GETAWAY: VILLA AMELIE, ST. BARTS

Marigot Villas | St. Barths

Marigot Villas | St. Barths

Marigot Villas | St. Barths

Marigot Villas | St. Barths

Marigot Villas | St. Barths

It’s been gray and gloomy for most of the week here in DC and honeymoon destinations have been on my mind. You probably won’t find it too surprising that chain hotels aren’t really my cup of tea. I’ll take the charming Airbnb rental or boutique hotel any day!

In the usual way, one Pinterest click led to another and I found myself at Villa Amelie, in St. Barts. From the wicker pendants to the black lacquer Chinese cabinets topped with antique birdcages to the ticking stripe slipcovered dining chairs, I think I could happily spend ten days (or maybe a lifetime) in Villa Amelie.

I still have my heart set on Greece (or maybe Marrakesh, or Istanbul, or Paris…), but at the very least I’ll be filing this one away for future design inspiration.

If you’ve tied the knot, where did you honeymoon? Jetsetters, what’s been your favorite travel destination?

THE PARTY OF THE CENTURY

Truman Capote & Gloria Guinness | Black & White Ball

Lee Radziwell | Black & White Ball

Candice Bergen | Black & White Ball

Black & White Ball

Billy Baldwin | Black & White Ball

With all the talk about Kimye’s weekend nuptials in Florence, I was reminded of an equally publicized (albeit arguably more chic) event, Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball.

Still enjoying his meteoric rise to fame after the success of In Cold Blood, Capote decided to throw a lavish masquerade fête to be held in honor of Katharine Graham (then owner of The Washington Post) in the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel.

Invitations were coveted and if you weren’t invited you simply left town. Attended by his famed swans–Lee Radziwell, Gloria Guinness, Babe Paley, and C.Z Guest to name a few–on November 28th, 1966 everyone who was anyone was at the Plaza.

Halston and Kenneth Jay Lane crafted fanciful masks for the attendees and the media fueled the frenzy by covering every last detail leading up to the event. Sound familiar?

If you’re interested in reading more, I’d recommend picking up a copy of Party of The Century or reading this Vanity Fair article. Oh to have been a fly on the wall!

P.S that’s Billy Baldwin in the unicorn mask in the last photo!

photos via

THE SECRET GARDEN

Secret Garden Wedding: Allison + Paul

Secret Garden Wedding: Allison + Paul

Secret Garden Wedding: Allison + Paul

Secret Garden Wedding: Allison + Paul
Now that our Save the Dates have officially been sent, I’ve been able to focus on the details for our October wedding and it’s finally starting to feel real! I recently stumbled across this California wedding and the details just blew me away so I knew I had to share.

Inspired by the bride’s favorite classic novel, The Secret Garden, the vibe was boho-English garden party and I think they totally nailed it. I mean, those table cards!!! I would like numbers 3, 5, and 15 made into fabrics and also wouldn’t mind having that rug in the bottom right photo!

Cheers to Allison and Paul for what looks to have been a magical day!

via Green Wedding Shoes

AT HOME WITH JEAN COCTEAU

Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau
The next time I find myself in France (which will hopefully be sooner rather than later) a trip to Maison Cocteau in Milly-la-Forêt will be at the top of my must-visit list.

Home to the famed poet, writer, director, designer, and potter, Jean Cocteau, Maison Cocteau houses a 500 piece collection of drawings, photographs, and sculptures.

As much as I’m an admirer of Cocteau’s quirky art, what I’d really like to see is the interior which was designed in partnership with one of my 20th century design idols, Madeline Castaing.

Leopard upholstered walls, a pink quilted canopy bed, and what looks to be a block printed wallpaper that I’d really like to find a reproduction of today, are a feast for the eyes.

Who’s up for a field trip?

DOORS OF DC

Georgetown, DC | The Pursuit of Style

Georgetown, DC

You may have already caught this guy on Instagram, but I’m still obsessed so I thought I’d share here as well in case you missed it.

The louvered door, powder blue high gloss paint, and fox knocker are just perfection. Reminds me of something you might see in a Wes Anderson film, no?