Dorm Room Design | The Pursuit of Style

Ombre Chanel Print | Elizabeth Mayville Top Knot Print | Crane & Canopy Noe Bedding | CB2 Peekaboo Nesting Tables | PB Teen Lattice Rug | Serena & Lily Moroccan PoufLand of Nod Checkmate Table Lamp | Furbish Blue/Silver Frame

Between boarding school and college I’ve decorated my fair share of dorm rooms. Sure, my idea of decorating consisted mostly of taping Ralph Lauren and David Yurman ads to my walls (at least in high school), but I also distinctly remember what a pain shopping for twin xl sheets was. Things have come a long way thanks to companies like Crane & Canopy who actually have stylish options for students.

With back to school season right around the corner, Camila of Effortless Style gave me and a few other bloggers a challenge: design a dorm room featuring Crane & Canopy’s Noe Blue Twin XL Duvet Set. Game on. Adding art is the fastest way to warm up those cinder block walls and these prints from Waiting on Martha are a bit more unique than the faux Van Gogh available at the bookstore’s poster sale.

A rug is the next necessity. It will help you define your space in a shared room situation, and more importantly, cover up that scratchy industrial grade carpet or stained linoleum. If a nightstand isn’t provided, I’d recommend this CB2 nesting set. The lucite won’t take up too much visual real estate and you can pull out the nested tables when you need a spot for your laptop, book, or beverage. Top them with a lamp (love this one and so affordable) and framed photo of your fam. If maybe you’re living off campus and have a bit more room, add a moroccan pouf for extra seating.

So there you have it, one stylish dorm room! It’s been so fun seeing how everyone styles the same bedding. Be sure to check out the rooms these ladies pulled together.

Camila from Effortless Style
Gabby from Savvy Home
Lindsay from Sadie & Stella
Carmel from Our Fifth House


Kate Spade Charlottesville Opening | The Pursuit of Style

I’ve been on the edge of my seat waiting to share this invitation with you! Next week, September 5th, I’ll be in Charlottesville, VA hosting an event with kate spade new york and InStyle. This is a pinch me moment for sure, so I hope you’ll join me for sips, snacks, and some shopping (with 20% off!) I’d really love to meet you, so if you can make it please RSVP to by Wednesday, September 4th.

P.S I’m planning to drive up early so if you have any recommendations for things I can’t miss while in the Charlottesville area I’d love to hear them.


In Pursuit | The Pursuit of Style

Kenneth Jay Lane Earrings | Sam Edelman Fringe Booties | Madewell Paris TeeReed Krakoff Boxer Bag | J.Crew Leather Pocket Sweater | Chad Wys Castrophia Print | NARS Galathee Polish | Gold & Gray Necklace | Sole Society Sage Flats | Warby Parker Preston Glasses | J.Crew Nouveau City Scarf

This might be my favorite In Pursuit post yet. Where to start… how about those business in front, party in back booties. They’re going to be my second purchase for Fall; right after I pick up that leather pocket sweater I’m already envisioning myself wearing straight through Winter.

Paris is always a good idea, don’t you think? I was recently introduced to the work of Chad Wys and love love love this print. I’m continuing to covet just about every piece in Gold & Gray’s jewelry collection, but especially love this smoky topaz and coral number.

I’m intrigued by NARS’ Galathee polish. Going to need to give that shade a test run for Fall. Reed Krakoff’s Boxer bag is perpetually on my wish list. And coming back to the realm of possibility, can you believe what a steal those KJL earrings are? Bling bling.


Annabel Tollman | Tales of Endearment

Annabel Tollman | Tales of Endearment

Annabel Tollman | Tales of Endearment

So I realized this weekend that I might as well have been living under a rock because I just started reading the fabulous blog, Tales of Endearment. (I also just downloaded Emoji’s last night so you could say I’m a late adopter…) There is so much visual eye candy going on over there you need to add it to your Feedly or Bloglovin ASAP.

If I may make a recommendation, start with a tour of this Parisian inspired apartment. I can’t get enough of the ultra-feminine space with it’s mirrored accents, botanical wallpaper, vases of pink peonies, and zebra rug. Send my apologies in advance to your bosses–I’m sure I just caused at least an hours worth of lost productivity.

Update: After writing this post I learned that Annabel Tollman, stylist and owner of the apartment above, sadly passed away earlier this summer. May her memory live on in the inspiration she continues to bring to many.


Tom Scheerer Decorates| The Pursuit of Style

Tom Scheerer Decorates| The Pursuit of Style

Tom Scheerer Decorates| The Pursuit of Style

Tom Scheerer Decorates| The Pursuit of Style

Tom Scheerer Decorates| The Pursuit of Style

Tom Scheerer Decorates| The Pursuit of Style

Tom Scheerer Decorates| The Pursuit of Style

I realized during yesterday’s shoots that we need a bigger place. A second bedroom would be a plus, but what I really need is more space for my books. I ran out of shelf space awhile ago, but that hasn’t stopped my addiction in any way.

Thanks to Vendome Press, I have one more addition to my ever-growing collection. Tom Scheerer is one of my very favorite interior designers, so when Vendome offered to send an advance copy of his new book Tom Scheerer Decorates (available September 2013) my response was an emphatic YES PLEASE!

After eagerly awaiting its arrival I ripped open the package and have been pouring over it ever since. I know we’re all guilty of judging a book by its cover–especially a design book–and this one does not disappoint. Slip off the dust jacket and you’ll find the most gorgeous caned cover.

More importantly, the inside of the book is a complete inspiration. Divided into three sections: City, Country, and Tropics (my favorite), this tome is filled with some of my all-time favorite interiors–like that sixth photo of his Lyford Cay Club project.

What I’ve always admired about Tom as an interior designer is his ability to inject color and pattern in a way that is still sophisticated and timeless. Something I definitely aspire to. If your interest hasn’t already been sufficiently piqued, I’d highly recommend pre-ordering this one! I know I’ll be coming back to it for reference for years to come.