I am without a doubt in the midst of an orange obsession and I have the Pinterest trail to prove it. If you happen to have the perfect orange paint color similar to that fabulous door please send my way. I just had a mirror lacquered for our entry and it was just slightly off from that almost electric Hermès color I was hoping for. #decoratorproblems

Orange Door

Chateau Marmont Matchbook

Orange Bamboo

Orange Play Table | Lonny

Orange Gingham Chaise



Sometimes inspiration comes from the most unexpected places. Case in point: a few weeks ago Garrett and I were watching In the Heart of the Seaand as captivating as Chris Hemsworth and the white whale were, for me, the real eye candy was the 19th century Nantucket setting (okay, and Chris Hemsworth’s abs).

The glossy black millwork of the whaling office reminded me of a hotel I’ve been dying to visit: Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor, New York. Surprisingly, (or maybe not so surprisingly considering I grew up on Cape Cod) I’ve never visited the Hamptons, but when I do have the occasion to make a trip, Sag Harbor is at the top of my list.

Barons Cove | Sag Harbor

The hotel’s striking interiors were designed by Colleen Bashaw, a Parish Hadley alumna who heads up the design team at Cape Resorts. If you’re a design lover, all of their properties are worth a peek.

Barons Cove | Sag Harbor

What I particularly love about Baron’s Cove is how it breaks from the expected beach resort palette of blues, whites, sisal, and driftwood. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of those things, but it’s refreshing to see a different, darker take on nautical. More sea captain’s home than Something’s Gotta Give.

Barons Cove | Sag Harbor

It’s all about that black lacquer! Hicks’ pendants have never been more apropos.

Barons Cove | Sag Harbor

I would never have thought to use that fantastic pineapple wallpaper in this setting, but it works perfectly.

Barons Cove | Sag Harbor

The blue and white tile surround and herringbone brick fire box lends a historical feel.

Barons Cove | Sag Harbor

Sister Parish’s Tete de Negre is yet another stroke of wallpaper genius.

Barons Cove | Sag Harbor

Antique stores in New England are gold mines for these old schooner oil paintings. I’m taking note of how amazing they are against black walls.

Barons Cove | Sag Harbor

Worn leather and green millwork make for a meeting room I’d actually want to be in all day.

all photos via Colleen Bashaw and Baron’s Cove


As I was stalking the Shopbop sale last night–which is ridiculously good right now, btwI came across this little number. A suzani skirt?! Gimme that.

All Things Mochi

The skirt reminded me of another skirt that had recently won my affection. Check out this genius detail as seen on (and shamelessly screenshot for future use) the immensely talented Katie Ridder’s Insta feed.

Katie Ridder Suzani Sofa Skirt

Does it get any better? Oh wait, it does. This whole situation lives on Nantucket. Truly winning.


Oh man guys, hello from not Tulum. We’ve been foiled by tropical storm/hurricane Earl. I hemmed and hawed over canceling but after the kind folks at Papaya Playa Project said it was no bueno and we could change our dates I reluctantly gave in to Mother Nature.

So, how about a #homespeacehome update. We closed on the house back in May but since we’re technically in our apartment lease through September we took our sweet time moving in. We used the overlap to our advantage and addressed some of the structural concerns, replaced rotten fascia boards, etc. Here’s a PSA: clean your gutters. You’d be shocked at how much damage overflowing gutters can cause.

Once we got the bones of the house back into good shape we shifted gears to focus on foundational elements like floors, walls, windows, doors, trim & electrical. We’re tackling what we can right away–floors, walls, doors, trim & electrical–but are pushing off replacing our single pane windows for a bit because sigh, #budgets, and I’d rather have new bathrooms.

Floors Before

Refinishing the floors was one of the first decisions we made and something I knew I wanted to do while the house was empty. The house had 2.5″ plank white oak throughout and carpet in the master. We tore up the carpet almost immediately and were happy to find the hardwood in perfect condition underneath.

The existing finish on the floors was what I like to call No. 2 Pencil–that awful shade of yellow-y orange– with a shiny shiny polyurethane topcoat. It had to go. Flooring really sets the vibe for a house and I fully admit to waffling a bit over the direction I wanted to take ours at first.

Mark Sikes

Carrier & Co

Initially I had considered going light and whitewashing the floors à la two of my favorite interiors: Mark D. Sikes’ California home and Carrier & Company’s Cooper’s Neck Beach project. The Cape Codder in me can’t resist the airy, coastal feeling whitewashed floors lend to a space, and the thought of blonde dog hair disappearing was appealing, but ultimately I knew in my gut that whitewashed floors weren’t fitting with the style and location of our 1950s home–or even my own aesthetic if I’m really being honest with myself.

Floor Stain Options | Lindsay Speace Interior Design

So, the hunt for the perfect medium brown finish began, and this is where my Goldilocks complex took over. It couldn’t be too red or yellow, it couldn’t be too dark, it had to be just right. Our floor guys patiently put down a few swatches but I wasn’t feeling the initial round of options. The lights–Early American, Special Walnut, and Provincial–were too light and the darks–Jacobean and Dark Walnut–were too dark (Jacobean) or slightly red (Dark Walnut) on our floors.

Custom Floor Stain Mix | Lindsay Speace Interior Design

It was time to get fancy (read: difficult) and try out a custom mix. I requested a 50% blend of Dark Walnut and Provincial somewhat on a whim and it ended up being exactly what I was going for. Not too yellow/red, not too dark, just right.

Dark Floors With Pets

If you’re considering dark floors and are worried about how dirt, dust, pet hair, etc. will show I think the above photo is a pretty good example of what you can expect. There will definitely be upkeep, but personally–and this might be weird–I’d rather see the dirt so I know it’s time to clean. I’ll get back to you on how I feel in a few months. 😉

We chose a satin (not shiny) waterborne finish (Bona Traffic HD) primarily because waterborne finishes will not amber or yellow over time (and I’m taking no chances on going back to No. 2 Pencil!), but they’re also very low VOC so there’s no overpowering odor. I’ve heard that a semi-gloss finish can help with disguising dirt and dust a bit better, but I was feeling the matte look for this house.

Custom Wood Floor Return Cover

Lastly, we replaced all of our hideous builder’s brass floor register and return vent covers with custom wood grates that sit flush in the floors. The return register in our living room is huge! It made such a difference replacing the old vent with something less obtrusive.

Custom Floor Register Cover | Lindsay Speace Interior Desisgn

Here’s how the floors look today from the same perspective as the before photo. Truthfully I think they photograph a bit red in certain light but Garrett thinks I’m crazy. Thankfully there’s no red in person. Apologies for the grainy photo I didn’t get up early enough for the best light. 😉 Also, that entry is primed for wallpaper which is why the paint looks super thin.

Floors After | The Pursuit of Style

Overall we’re really happy with how the floors turned out! As a designer I think it’s easy to feel pressure to do something “different” or “unexpected” because we’re so over exposed and everything feels done, but classic is classic for a reason and I have to remind myself that sometimes you really don’t need to re-invent the wheel.

Brody | The Pursuit of Style

I have plenty of more updates to share but this post has gotten insanely long so I’ll save those for another day. If there’s anything specific you’d like me to share along the way or questions you have please do drop me a line in the comments or via email. Hopefully I can make these progress updates a semi-regular occurrence!


The Pursuit of Style | Tulum

Bikini | Sunglasses | EarringsModern Lovers | Sandals | Bug Spray | Clutch

I have a milestone birthday coming up this weekend (goodbye 20s!) and to celebrate Garrett and I booked an impromptu trip to Tulum. We’re staying at Papaya Playa Project which looks to be the perfect spot to laze away a long weekend and ring in a new decade with margarita in hand.

Other than two day-ing this bikini and a new pair of sunnies I have done zero planning. The good news is I might be the last person (or at least the last blogger) to visit Tulum, so I’ve had lots of guides to peruse. Reservation secured at Hartwood – check – but I’m also excited to check out Coqui Coqui after having their packaging on my inspiration board for years.

I’m keeping my packing list light – bikinis, cut offs, a few caftans, and flip flops – as I’ve heard Tulum is pretty casual, but I’m going heavy on my Kindle reading list – any suggestions?

Keep your fingers crossed for me that tropical storm Earl stays south and I’ll catch up with you next week when I’m another year older and wiser. 😉