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I spent the weekend doing some last minute zhushing around the apartment in preparation for an upcoming magazine shoot (!!).

I upped the ante on the tortoise shell addiction in the bedroom with the two shells above that I picked up several months ago at Lauren Liess’s fantastic studio in Great Falls, VA.

I’m loving the added pattern and texture they’re adding to an otherwise bland corner. To be honest, after living in our current apartment for just over 3 years, I’m really itching for change, so every detail I can switch up makes a difference.

Hope it’s cooler wherever you are than it is here in DC. We’re melting!

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The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

Cape Cod | The Pursuit of Style

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend! I fully intended to be back at it on Monday, but instead spent the past two days hunting around for my camera cord to upload these photos. Where did I ultimately find it you ask? At the bottom of a ginger jar. Yup, I’m as confused as you are.

Our weekend was the perfect mix of work and play. The antique French naturalist book plates above (there are three more) were framed and hung, window treatments were finalized, and millwork and bathroom renovations discussed.

Brody was able to get some swimming in before the storm rolled in, and once it rolled out Garrett and I were able to spend some time on the boat with my family. Coming back to DC just gets harder and harder!

Can you believe we’re almost mid-way through July? Someone hit the pause button, I never want summer to end!

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The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley
A few weeks ago we met up with friend, and our talented wedding photographer, Kate Headley, to snap our engagement photos. I wanted to share a few photos of the setting because in my opinion it’s truly one of the most beautiful but surprisingly unknown places in DC.

We decided on the gardens at Dumbarton Oaks for the same reason I decided on our wedding venue–stunning architecture and a sense of history. It was actually The Orangery that sold me. It’s breathtakingly beautiful in person (fourth and fifth photos) and Kate totally caught me obsessing over those lanterns. Typical, right?

As camera shy as I am (no future in fashion blogging here!) it was so fun to spend an afternoon wandering the gardens with Garrett and have Kate as our very own paparazzi. I know we’ll cherish the photos for years to come.

For our garden photos I wore this eyelet dress and these espadrilles, which are probably the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned. I highly recommend them and already have my eye on another pair!

DC friends and out-of-towners, definitely put Dumbarton Oaks on your must-visit list. Next time we’re going back with a picnic packed!

All photos taken by Kate Headley

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Remember the bachelor pad project I mentioned awhile back? Well, it’s kicking into high gear. New hardwood floors are being installed, everything is being painted, built-ins constructed, lighting has been selected, and now we’re moving into the really fun stuff.

Here’s a peek at what I’ve been pulling together. It’s stayed pretty true to the original vision: smokey gray walls, glossy black accents, handsome materials with a mix of texture and geometric pattern. Yum.

Promise to keep you updated on this one!

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Anyone else wake up this morning wishing there was a special snooze button for Mondays? After a whirlwind trip to the Cape and Martha’s Vineyard where we managed to fit in meetings with all of our wedding vendors and my 10 year high school reunion in one day, I could have used another Sunday in my weekend.

Despite being in serious need of a nap, it couldn’t have been a better weekend. I’ll take any excuse I can get to spend some time at home–especially in the summer! The quick trip was also the perfect opportunity the check in on some of the projects around the house I’ve been managing from afar.

The dining room with its seafoam grasscloth walls and newly hung vintage bamboo mirrors is shaping up to be a favorite, but I’m also partial to this comfy spot. Next up on the to-do list is finishing off the living room. A wingback chair just came back from the upholsterer looking pretty snazzy in a favorite China Seas fabric, and I can’t wait to get the window treatments installed.

Many more progress photos to come from my next visit!