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The Pursuit of Style

Confession: I went through most of the day yesterday thinking it was Monday. Clearly I’m not back into the swing of things just yet. If you missed yesterday’s post, there are just a few days left to save on reservations to what I happen to think is one of the most charming inns in New England and I announced some exciting news!

The good thing about realizing I was a day ahead of myself is that I had more time than I thought to put together my New Year’s Eve outfit for the Gatsby themed party we’re attending. I was this close to pulling the trigger on this dress (Parker is on point for 1920s inspired frocks–I’m also obsessed with this and thiswhen I remembered I had this champagne sequined BCBG number hanging in the back of my closet.

With a tangle of pearls and cocktail rings I think it will work for channeling my inner Daisy Buchanan, no? If only I had thought to buy one of those amazing rhinestone headbands… Where will you be celebrating tomorrow night? Any traditions? Wherever you are, I hope you have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve. I couldn’t be more excited about welcoming 2014!

Photo by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style

GETAWAY: THE INN AT ENGLISH MEADOWS

The Inn at English Meadows, Kennebunkport ME | The Pursuit of Style

The Inn at English Meadows, Kennebunkport ME | The Pursuit of Style

The Inn at English Meadows, Kennebunkport, ME | The Pursuit of Style

The Inn at English Meadows, Kennebunkport, ME | The Pursuit of Style

The Inn at English Meadows, Kennebunkport, ME | The Pursuit of Style

Kennebunkport, ME | The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style
Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are looking forward to ringing in 2014. We’re driving back to DC today and I’m feeling so relaxed after taking a week off. Since there are only a few days left to save on reservations and gift certificates to The Inn at English Meadows I wanted to share some photos from our visit which ended up being pretty special.

The Inn is a quick three hour drive from the Cape so we headed up the day after Christmas and arrived at a postcard perfect scene. Big fluffy snowflakes were falling and the Inn was still decorated in its holiday best. We caught up with Liz (who owns and runs the Inn with her husband Eric) and got settled into our beautiful room.

We were one of the few guests that night due to the snowy weather and Liz had kindly upgraded our room to the Tack Room Suite which is surrounded on three sides by windows which makes you feel as though you’re snuggled inside a snow globe. With the fireplace lit and a big comfy bed covered in luxe linens you’d have a hard time finding a more inviting room (especially when you see the spa-like bathroom!)

Somehow we managed to leave the comfort of our room and headed downtown to visit some of our favorite shops and ended up at the beach. If you follow on Instagram you already know how this story ends… with a ring on my finger! We’re engaged and couldn’t be more thrilled! (P.S I wish I could say that photo was staged but I was totally caught in the act of admiring the new addition to my ring finger ha!)

Thanks to Liz’s recommendation, we ended the night with celebratory French 75s, whiskey and dinner at The White Barn while a piano player played our song. The next morning Liz whipped up one of her delicious three course breakfasts (banana nutella muffins, greek yogurt with mandarin orange slices, and apple walnut pancakes) and we celebrated some more with bellinis.

I think it’s safe to say that our Kennebunkport visits will continue to be something we look forward to annually! If you’re planning a visit to Maine I hope you’re able to take advantage of the offer below because I really can’t recommend The Inn at English Meadows highly enough!

Here’s the deal:
Mention PS for 20% off any reservation made for 12/29/13 – 4/30/14 OR add 20% to any Gift Certificate purchased in December.

P.S check out this post for photos from our stay in August!

Photos by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style

INSPIRED BY: HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE

How to Marry a Millionaire

How to Marry a Millionaire

Peter Dunham

Peter Dunham

Peter Dunham

How to Marry a Millionaire ChairsOld movies are one of my favorite sources of inspiration. Don’t get me wrong, I love a Nancy Meyers film as much as the next interiors addict, but there’s something about the films from the 50s-60s that always seems to get my creative wheels spinning.

This weekend I revisited one of my favorites, How to Marry a Millionaire, a 1953 classic staring Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, and Betty Grable. The three friends and models set themselves up in a swanky NYC apartment while they hunt for millionaires to marry.

Trapping husbands proves to be a bit more difficult than they hoped so they end up needing to sell most of the grand furniture in the apartment for cash leaving only the bare essentials–which brings me to the point of this post–the chairs you see peeking out in the top two photos.

One of my absolute favorite designers, Peter Dunham, re-created the rush and oak chair originally attributed to designer T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings to sell in his chic California shop, Hollywood at Home.

The modern lines and texture provided by the hand-woven rush make for a surprisingly transitional chair that’s been a fixture on my ‘someday list’ for years. Given the fact that they still look as chic today as they did in 1953 I’m not too worried if it takes me awhile to snag a set.

P.S any favorite old movies I should add to my Netflix queue? I’m impatiently waiting for A Philadelphia Story to arrive next!

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MOUNT VERNON BY CANDLELIGHT + GIVEAWAY

Mount Vernon by Candlelight

Mount Vernon by Candlelight

Mount Vernon by Candlelight

Several years ago I bought a Living Social deal for tickets to Mount Vernon in an effort to check off a DC attraction from my list. Growing up in Massachusetts, my experience with historical preservation sites was limited to elementary school field trips to Plimouth Plantation which is a decidedly different experience. Early colonists definitely weren’t enjoying the comforts that the Washingtons enjoyed at Mount Vernon.

I remember leaving that first tour shocked and inspired by the vivid interiors (you can read the post I wrote after that initial visit here) and easily envisioned them translating into homes today. I’d actually be curious to know if Miles Redd has taken inspiration from the estate for some of his work. Could we call George Washington (who was highly involved in the estate’s design) the original Miles Redd? It might have the same cache as President in some design circles…

All kidding aside, I was thrilled to receive an invitation to take a candlelight tour of Mount Vernon this past weekend. The holidays are the only time you’re able to tour Mount Vernon after dark and I’m sure you can tell from the photos above what a unique and beautiful experience it is.

If your a design dork like myself, you’ll love getting a closer peek at the interiors, and if you have little ones they’ll love meeting the camel (yes, a live camel) and listening to the carolers. This weekend, December 21 and 22, are the last two nights to take a tour and I’ve got two tickets to giveaway to a local reader!

The Details: Win two tickets valid for admission to any one Mount Vernon by Candlelight tour on December 21, 2013 or December 22, 2013. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable and valid only for one redemption. The event occurs rain or shine and no outside food or beverages are allowed on the estate.

To Enter: follow the steps in the Rafflecopter widget below (if you’re reading in a feed or via email you’ll need to click over to enter) and I’ll be contacting the winner Thursday, December 19.

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Photos courtesy of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association