GETAWAY: SINGITA CASTLETON

Singita Castleton | South Africa

Singita Castleton | South Africa

Singita Castleton | South Africa

Singita Castleton | South Africa

The Pursuit of StyleGoing on a safari ranks pretty high on my ‘must do before I die’ list. I can’t even tell you how many shades of green with envy I turned when I found out my parents were going to South Africa to celebrate their wedding anniversary this fall. Jealousy can be a more vicious beast than any you’d encounter in the bush.

The Robb Report’s travel issue landed on our doorstep earlier this week which only further stoked my wanderlust and Out of Africa daydreams. An article on the newly opened Singita Castleton, a private safari lodge in South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve, had me wishing for a few million in the bank.

Formerly a private home, Singita Castleton consists of a main house, six individual cottages, a swimming pool, wine cellar, gym, tennis court, spa treatment room, and private chef. Talk about glamping, right? A visit is going firmly on my ‘someday’ list (if only for the purpose of dreaming big) but for now I’m taking inspiration from the decor.

Black and white botanicals, woven African baskets, and a simple flatweave rug combine to make the most luxe safari lodge I’ve ever seen. And then there’s that gorgeous bathroom with its steel frame doors and subway tile… straight to the inspiration files!

TILTON FENWICK FOR DURALEE

Tilton Fenwick for Duralee | The Pursuit of Style

On my most recent trip to the Design Center I made sure to swing by the Duralee  showroom to check out the gorgeous new collection designed by Anne Foster and Suysel DePedro Cunningham of the NYC based design firm, Tilton Fenwick.

As a longtime admirer of Tilton Fenwick’s work (see a few of my favorite projects in this post) I knew their collaboration with Duralee wouldn’t disappoint, but I was blown away by the expansive collection of updated classics in intriguing colorways.

Three of my favorites are above (clockwise from top): Olsen, Paboreal, and Sissy–I just can’t get enough of the coral, light blue, and peacock all mixing together in that print. Ahh it’s enough to make me want to redecorate my entire apartment!

Congratulations, Anne and Suysel! Looking forward to using these in future projects and can’t wait to see what you ladies come up with next.

Photo by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style

SOCIETY SOCIAL PROJECT SOFA

 Society Social Project Sofa | The Pursuit of Style

A three post day? I think this might be a first, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t remind you that you only have a few hours left to enter to win a custom Society Social sofa over on Style Me Pretty Living. Having trouble narrowing down your options? I suggest taking a peek at Project Sofa. You might even recognize a familiar face in the mix!

I was so thrilled when Roxy asked me to be a part of the project and gave it my boldest and brightest effort with the Geranium red Carroway you see above. For some reason it makes me think of the opening of Bring It On: “I’m still! Big Red!”

Good luck!

VALENTINE’S DAY DATE NIGHT

The candy hearts and cards are starting to appear on store shelves which means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! After seven years together, we keep things pretty low key around here. I’d rather have a handwritten note than a dozen roses, and we tend to favor making a special meal at home than fighting for a reservation–last year I found the cutest heart shaped lobster ravioli at Eastern Market!

If there’s one thing I am a sucker for though, it’s a love story; and A Winter’s Tale scheduled to be released this Valentine’s Day looks to be a tearjerker! Watch the trailer above and you’ll see what I mean. Based on a novel by Mark Helprin, the film follows the unlikely romance between a burglar (Colin Farrell) and the sick young daughter (Jessica Brown Findlay–Lady Sybil!!) of the wealthy family he attempts to rob. Russel Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, and Will Smith round out the star studded cast.

Winter's Tale

See it with your girlfriends or capitalize on the one night a year you can get your significant other to watch a romantic movie with you. We’re just under three weeks away, but to get you feeling festive I’ve started pinning some inspiration for the perfect Valentine’s Day right over here.

A Perfect Valentine's Day | The Pursuit of Style

Keeping it Real: This post was sponsored by WB Winter’s Tale through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about WB Winter’s Tale, all opinions are my own.

BITS & PIECES

US Botanic Gardens | The Pursuit of Style

US Botanic Gardens | The Pursuit of Style

US Botanic Gardens | The Pursuit of Style

US Botanic Gardens | The Pursuit of Style

US Botanic Gardens | The Pursuit of Style

US Botanic Gardens | The Pursuit of Style

US Botanic Gardens | The Pursuit of Style

US Botanic Gardens | The Pursuit of Style

US Botanic Gardens | The Pursuit of Style

US Botanic Gardens | The Pursuit of Style

In the winter I’m completely guilty of going into hibernation mode. I’m embarrassed to admit exactly how much time has been spent in yoga pants and an oversized sweater. With the Polar Vortex, this winter has made me even more of a recluse. Why go outside when I could be warm and perfectly content snuggled up reading The Goldfinch? (P.S tore through it in 3 days–so good!)

As great as it’s been checking things off my reading list, there’s only so long you can stay cooped up before going stir crazy. Craving some fresh air and a respite from gray skies, we ended up at the Botanic Gardens. If you’re in DC and have been feeling at all similarly, it’s a must visit.

In my humble opinion, the glass conservatory is one of the most beautiful buildings in DC, and with the citrus trees ripe with fruit in the garden court and the palm fronds reaching skyward in the jungle room, you’ll easily be transported to a balmier climate.

Photos by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style