OUT OF AFRICA

The Pursuit of Style | Safari

The Pursuit of Style - Zebras

The Pursuit of Style | Safari

The Pursuit of Style | Safari

The Pursuit of Style | Safari

The Pursuit of Style | Safari

The Pursuit of Style | Safari


The Pursuit of Style | Safari

The Pursuit of Style | Safari

The Pursuit of Style | Safari

The Pursuit of Style | Safari

The Pursuit of Style | Safari

The Pursuit of Style | Safari

The Pursuit of Style | Safari

We’ve been back from South Africa for a few days, and ohh where to begin? Simply put, it was the trip of a lifetime. Over the past year of planning, everyone I spoke with who had been said that it would be, but perhaps in an effort to manage my own expectations, I brushed off their words as hyperbole and steeled myself against potential disappointment. I was so wrong.

The landscape of South Africa is of another time. The craggy mountains and dusty bush dotted with pistachio colored fever trees are in complete contrast to the verdant valleys of the Cape Winelands, and the brilliant blue waters of the Western Cape. Each only hours to the south.

And then there are the animals. I hope I never forget the elegance of grazing giraffe, the goofy laughter of a hippo braying, the beauty of a leopard’s coat, how a lion rolls on it’s back just like our Golden, Brody, and the¬†tenderness of elephants with their young. It will break my heart if rhinos do become extinct in the wild within the next 8-10 years as predicted due to poaching.

Needless to say, life back in our little apartment is feeling a bit ordinary ūüėČ , but I’ve come back with so much inspiration that I’m eager to put to use. We stayed at some really lovely places and if you’re interested I’ll share more of our itinerary in the coming weeks.

DINING ROOM BEFORE & AFTER ON DOMINO

Every once and awhile the stars align just so and you find yourself with clients that are not only kind and genuinely wonderful to work with, but also have serious style in their own right, love the things you love, and are willing to take some risks.

When you find clients with that sort of secret sauce, pretty things are bound to happen. Pretty things like this dining room I had the pleasure of working on, which had its 15 minutes of fame yesterday over on Domino!

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

You can check out the before photo in the feature, but I couldn’t resist sharing a few more of the after photos on the blog because this project really¬†is a favorite.

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

My clients were initially on the fence about the statement making size of the capiz shell chandelier we selected, but were willing to take a risk and stretch the boundaries of their comfort zone. Once it was hung they agreed it makes the room.

You can’t tell in these photos, but the dining room is open to the living room through an archway which perfectly frames the chandelier. Right at the edge of discomfort is where all the good stuff happens!

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Instead of a traditional buffet or sideboard, we used the vertical space between the two windows to our advantage for storage. We found an antique china hutch that perfectly fit the dimensions we required and offers ample display space for china and other decorative objects, as well as concealed storage for linens, etc.

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

We lacquered the exterior of the hutch in Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue and papered the interior in an acid yellow Phillip Jeffries grasscloth to offset all of the blue and white throughout the room.

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

I’m always harboring some sort of textile crush, and normally using the object of my affection in a project gets it out of my system, but things are getting serious with the Carolina Irving fabric we used on the drapery panels and Roman shades. I think we might be moving in together in the future. ūüėČ

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

An inset niche became the perfect spot to house cookbooks and a small bar set up. P.S I can’t promise that they’ll improve your prowess in the kitchen, but I can promise that this and this will up your #shelfie game.

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Hope you enjoyed the project peek! It kills me to have to sit on these for so long while I wait for them to be placed, but it’s always exciting in the end to be able to share.

And with that, I’m signing off to enjoy our honeymoon! I’m hoping to be offline for most of the next 2.5 weeks, but I might schedule a few posts while I’m en route. Follow along on Instagram where I undoubtedly will be oversharing photos of zebras, leopards, and giraffes! ūüėČ

LONDON CALLING

Sketch | London

Sketch | London | Afternoon Tea

Sketch | London | Afternoon Tea

“In a room refined by a curious mind, a touch of humour… It‚Äôs a work of art, a striking backdrop‚Ķ It’s David Shrigley’s Gallery…”

Our bags have been packed, reservations double confirmed, and one epic itinerary has been made, but in the midst of my Type A revelry I forgot to give one leg of our trip some much deserved attention–our day¬†in London!

We decided to extend the requisite layover en route to Johannesburg to allow for a full day of sightseeing since neither of us have been. There are¬†a few must-visits I’m hoping to squeeze in: Sir John Soane’s Museum, the Fabric of India¬†exhibit at the V&A Museum, and visits to Pentreath & Hall¬†and Robert Kime¬†to soak up interior inspiration.

Of course I also wanted to fulfill my clich√© American in England tea time fantasy and started researching with gusto last night, which led me to¬†sketch. Basically¬†sketch¬†is a triple threat that¬†allows me to simultaneously fulfill my Anglophile aspirations of¬†Afternoon Tea, pretend I’m in a Wes Anderson film, and continue my campaign for pink walls.¬†Truly a win on all fronts.

What makes the location even more special is it’s actually an art installation–watch this short video for a bit of background–such a brilliant concept!

 As always, I would love any and all recommendations as to how we should best utilize our day in London!

BITS & PIECES

Lindsay Speace | Citrus Art

It’s been just over a week in Raleigh and we’ve finally dispatched with all of the moving boxes, so I thought I owed you a more aesthetically appealing update! Books have been unpacked, shelves styled, and we’ve started to get art up on the walls.

Ironically, just as things are starting to feel like home I’m headed straight back to DC for a few days before we fly out for South Africa on Wednesday. Knowing that we won’t be coming home jet-lagged to a sea of boxes is a big relief and I can’t wait to actually start exploring when we¬†return.

In other news, being without internet¬†this past week was just the push I needed to make some headway on my 52 books in 52 weeks challenge (I’m 8 books behind – whoops!) I picked up a copy of¬†All the Light We Cannot See¬†on a Target run and it’s absolutely as good as everyone says it is. I stayed up way too late and blew through it in two days.

With 16 hours of flying time ahead of me, I need to pick up a few more titles for our trip – any recommendations?