BITS & PIECES

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The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

Zara Sweater | Boulevard Tote | Gap Jeans | Boden Shoes (c/o) | Super Sunglasses (similar)

I may have been reluctant to embrace fall, but the temperatures have finally dropped and we’re in that sweet spot of autumn where there’s a crispness to the air but you don’t quite need a jacket. The leaves are starting to turn and it’s almost time to stock up on my favorite fall candle. I think I anticipate buying a new Pumpkin Chai candle like coffee lovers anticipate their first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season.

A trip out to Butler’s Orchard has become another fall tradition. We headed out this weekend intending to pick apples but ended up in their pumpkin patch instead. After searching for the perfect pumpkins we headed down to the farm market to buy some of their addictive pies–lemon blueberry buckle for me and apple for Garrett–it’s probably the real reason this has become an annual pilgrimage.

If you’re in the DC/MD/NOVA area I’d definitely recommend a visit!

Photos by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style

WEEKEND READING

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For Answered Prayers:

-I don’t think I’ve ever gotten more excited about a status update. Domino is back with Michelle Adams (formerly of Lonny) as the new editor in chief!!

For the Never Unplugged:

-Digital curfews, phone stack games, and social media free zones–do we all need to step away from our phones?

-While we’re at it, maybe we should chill out on the #hashtags too.

For My Fellow Book Nerds:

-What does your coffee table stack say about you?

-You can analyze mine in this Glitter Guide sneak peek. Caught red handed with I Married Adventure.

For a Steal:

-These animal print loafers have become part of my weekend uniform. Cheap, chic, and so comfortable!

For Living Vicariously:

-Vogue’s fashion week social media feed is addicting. Paris, je t’aime.

photo by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style

LITTLE BOY BLUE


Liz Caan
The Animal Print Shop | Molly Sims' Nursery

If there’s one type of project I would love to do more of in the future, it would be children’s rooms. Clients tend to be more open to injecting color, pattern, and a bit of whimsy into these spaces which, as you might have picked up on, is kind of my main jam. The freedom to be playful is refreshing.

As much as I love a playful space, I’m also inspired by children’s spaces that feel a little sophisticated too–spaces that I imagine reflect the parents’ style and flow with the rest of the home rather than screaming ‘you are about to enter a world of plastic toys’. The rooms above attracted me for exactly that reason. Interesting color combinations feel youthful, but the fabric, wallpaper, and furniture choices are more luxe.

Obviously not having children myself, I realize that these rooms most likely fall into the aspirational, borderline unrealistic category–that third room is Molly Sims’ nursery–but they sure are beautiful, no?

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DAZZLING BLUE

Dazzling Blue | The Pursuit of Style

Suzani Fabric | Loren Hope Roxy Earrings | Conran Brooke Sofa | Diane Von Furstenberg Dress | Yves Klein Print | Teaspoon Set | Imperial Blue Box | Serena & Lily Flag Sheet Set

Pantone recently declared ‘Dazzling Blue’ the color of Spring 2014 and it’s easy to see why. The vibrant shade of cobalt is brighter than your traditional navy, but still transitional enough to work with a variety of color palettes. In celebration of Spring 2014’s top shade, here are a few blue pieces from lapiz lazuli to Yves Klein blue that dazzled me.

For interiors, I’m loving this suzani fabric and that statement making sofa (so affordable! I’m picturing it in a study). For fashion, you can’t go wrong investing in a classic DVF wrap dress— you’ll wear it for years! I also have my eye on these Loren Hope stunners. I originally fell in love with the turquoise but think I might just be having a change of heart.

What do you think, was ‘Dazzling Blue’ a good choice for 2014?

BUILDING A GALLERY WALL WITH UNCOMMON GOODS

gallery wall | Uncomon Goods | The Pursuit of StyleGood Morning, Morning by Kate Lewis | AIGA/NY Anniversary Poster by Maira Kalman | Big Orange Chair by Kate LewisBeach by Yao Cheng | Sunglasses by Denise Fiedler | Coat of Arms by Patricia Carlin | AIGA/NY Anniversary Poster by Paula Scher |Hydrangeas by Denise Fiedler

Art can undoubtedly make a room but shopping for it requires a bit of hunting and I’m always on the lookout for new resources to share. When Uncommon Goods asked to collaborate I browsed through their home decor collection and found some great pieces I thought you might like, but when I came across their beautiful  artists gallery I really started to get excited.

There among the huge selection of wall art were pieces by two of my favorite artists, Kate Lewis and Maira Kalman, who up until now, I had no idea sold prints! In a twist of serendipity, I just looked back at this post I wrote about Kate Lewis’ artwork (over a year ago!) and in it I mentioned loving a piece called ‘Big Orange Chair’. That exact piece is available as a print on Uncommon Goods. It’s fate, no?

After calming myself down after the initial Kate Lewis/Maira Kalman freak out, I was happy to discover a few new-to-me artists whose work I also love. The intricacy of Denise Fiedler’s papercuts amazes me, and I’d like to live in Yao Cheng’s pink watercolor beach scene. If you’re expecting, or know someone who’s expecting, I think an illustrated coat of arms by Patricia Carlin would make a wonderful addition to any nursery and is such a thoughtful and unique gift.

Hope you found something you like!

This post is sponsored by Uncommon Goods, a site whose artwork I’d be happy to have hanging on my walls. Thoughts are my own.