Annnd I’m back! I hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July. It’s my absolute favorite holiday, but is always bittersweet because summer seems to be on fast forward afterwards. Have you ever made a seasonal to-do list? I think I might start to make sure I soak up every last drop.
We definitely did while on the Cape this past week–gorging ourselves on fried clams (okay, that was just me), spending every sunny day on the beach or boat, doing some antiquing, and totally owning being the oldest people at the drive-in showing of Inside Out (until we just about died of embarrassed when Garrett accidentally turned the headlights on). I shared some snaps on Insta from our trip.
It’s back to the grind this week, but who am I kidding, when “the grind” looks like the above scheme I’m working on, I consider myself pretty lucky because I remember all too well the Sunday scaries that plagued me prior to making the shift to my current career.
Hope everyone’s July is off to a great start!
Good morning from Cape Cod! Garrett and I drove up on Friday to spend the Fourth with my family and I couldn’t be happier to be home. We managed to sneak in a boat ride to Provincetown for the Portuguese Festival and lobster rolls (also the perfect place to raise a glass to last week’s victory #lovewins!) before the weather turned stormy.
Rainy weather gave me an excuse to knock out two more titles on my 52 books in 52 weeks challenge: My Paris Dream was surprisingly less fluffy than anticipated, and Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life was like a pep talk for the soul with exactly enough hilarity to keep things relatable and the eye rolling to a minimum.
The blog will likely be taking a back seat this week, but you can find me on Insta where I’m sure I’ll be over-sharing cedar shake shingled houses, hydrangeas and other quintessential New England things that I so desperately miss in DC.
Have a great week!
Biased as I am, I thought the Cape & Islands had the hydrangea game on lock until I encountered these stunners on a walk this weekend–Capitol Hill: 1. We’re headed up to the Cape on Friday to celebrate the Fourth with my family so I’ll do my due diligence and report back.
June has gone by way too quickly, wouldn’t you agree? I think a summer to-do list is in order. First up, I need to add some books to my reading list. Have I mentioned I’m attempting to read 52 books in 2015? Currently I’m 5 books behind schedule (damn you Netflix) but I know I’ll be able to make up for lost time while on vacation.
What are you reading and loving these days? I’ve been reading a ton of business books/biographies so I think it’s time for something a little lighter. I’ve seen this work its way into more than a few Instas and I’ve been meaning to pick up a copy of this, but what else should be on my radar?
Nothing makes me happier than an unexpected color combination and as of late I’m finding black, white, and aqua pretty pleasing. The snaps above were taken at a recent installation. We’ve been giving the Capitol Hill row home built in the 1900s a bit of a facelift and mixing modern, graphic patterns with more traditional pieces.
The tufted ottoman in the first photo has the sweetest kick pleated skirt. Its conservative form is the perfect foil to the almost David Hicks inspired patterned rug beneath it. In the adjacent dining room, aqua piped cushions sit atop mid-century dining chairs.
I just love how the cheery aqua cuts the harshness of the black and white palette. Modern, but still warm and inviting! Looking forward to sharing more as we wrap up the project.
I can’t imagine a better Monday morning mood lifter than big fluffy peonies! Over the past few months I’ve had the pleasure of assisting a client in adding the last layer of accessories into her already beautiful home in advance of a summer soiree.
We brought in decorative objects and one-of-a-kind finds, beautiful monogrammed linens, new throw pillows in some of my favorite fabrics, and refreshed a gorgeous antique bench–and of course there were the peonies!
I thought I’d share a few snaps from the beautiful event this past weekend. What’s not pictured is the amazing Pinterest worthy S’mores bar my client created for her guests to enjoy around the fire pit- the guests loved it! I’m definitely planning to take a page out of her book while we’re on the Cape for July 4th.
All in all, this was such a fun project to be involved with. Clients that appreciate the details are always a dream to work with and leave me feeling very grateful for my job.