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Ann Mashburn | Thread | The Pursuit of Style

Ann Mashburn | Thread | The Pursuit of Style

Ann Mashburn | Thread | The Pursuit of Style

It was one of those weekends you wish you could bottle up and save for a rainy day (or maybe snowy day would be more appropriate after this winter!) The weather was beautiful, we had the perfect balance of time with friends and time outside relaxing with the pup, and there were pop-up shops to be shopped.

I was thrilled to see Sid and Ann Mashburn on the Thread pop-up shops line up because although I’ve been a longtime admirer, I haven’t yet had a chance to visit their Atlanta or Houston brick & mortars. As much as I love online shopping (and they have a fantastic website), it will never replace the experience of being in a well merchandised boutique of a brand you love.

I practiced Herculean self restraint and only allowed myself to come home with a few strands of the beads above and two of my much coveted pens, but left inspired not only by the merchandise, but by what the Mashburn team was able to create in a tiny space. I’d be the first to sign a petition for a DC location–who’s with me?

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As if on cue, the painting I mentioned in last week’s post was waiting on my doorstep when I came home from work on Friday. I don’t think I’ll ever not act like a 3-year-old on Christmas morning when there’s a package involved–it’s always going to be a race to see how quickly I can tear into it.

Like any kid with a new toy, I excitedly showed the first person I saw, which happened to be my sister who was visiting for the weekend for some bridesmaid dress shopping.

Further proving that beauty really is in the eye of the beholder, when I asked: “Doesn’t it remind you of Papa?” (our grandfather) she said: “No, but it does remind me of the rapist in The Lovely Bones.” Awesome…

Now every time I look at it I’m sure I’ll laugh thinking about her reaction. Which, of course, only makes me love it more. I’ll take a home with some personality over a show house any day!

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Confession time: the book situation in our apartment has gotten so ridiculous I’ve actually started making end tables out of the poor homeless books that couldn’t fit on our shelves. Has that stopped me from ordering more books? Not a chance. I’ve got this and this in my Amazon cart as we speak.

The silver lining to my questionable “furniture” choices is that I know have the perfect perch for my new Cody Hoyt planter which I adore. We haven’t had much success with plants around these parts, but I’m going to try my best with this little hypoestes because I just can’t bear to see those pretty pink and green leaves turn brown.

May the odds be ever in its favor!

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A few weeks ago I made the quick trip up to Annapolis for a girls weekend with two of my college girlfriends. We lucked out with unseasonably warm weather and ended up spending Saturday morning strolling Annapolis’ charming downtown and recovering from one too many glasses of wine (I’m officially getting old.)

We popped into Main St. Gallery which happened to be showing a collection of artwork by artist, Sam Dixon, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the two pieces above ever since. The vibrant colors and quirky subject matter completely drew me in.

Someday I hope our home is as brimming with art as that of two of my design idols, Kate and Andy Spade, but of course it takes time to build a collection. Art is one of the most personal design decisions, and I’m a big believer in buying what you love–even if it’s as silly as a Chinese take-out container.

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My desk has become somewhat of a disaster zone. Design books, pretty bits of ephemera saved from my travels, fabric and magazine tear sheets pulled for project inspiration all compete for visual attention and threaten to swallow up every last bit of usable work space.

I finally decided to tackle the towering stacks and reclaim some territory this weekend and unearthed my copy of Wayne Pate’s limited edition volume of line drawings which I fully intended to blog about months ago. If you remember this post, you know how much of a fan I am of Wayne’s work, so when he announced the release of his first book featuring 24 loose leaf line drawings, I jumped at the chance to purchase.

In typical fashion it’s been months and I still haven’t gotten to the framers (have to work myself up to signing over a paycheck, ha!) but re-discovering these has firmed up my resolve. I’m thinking the urn in the bottom left will be the perfect addition to a grouping of black and white pieces I have in the works.

P.S you can also find a few of Wayne’s pieces here; including some super adorable onesies I hadn’t seen before!

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