The Pursuit of Style | Peonies

Scattered petals in my living room this morning…

Peonies in December might as well be a Christmas miracle. I’m still not sure how that worked out–I assume greenhouses in South America were involved–but I’m grateful for every last bunch.

These are on their last leg after a photoshoot last week (just wait until you see these before and afters!) but those fluffy blooms make me unreasonably happy even as they slowly fade away.


The Pursuit of Style | Christmas

Annnd just like that we’re two weeks into December–can you even believe it? I can’t, but I’m determined to not let the holidays pass me by in a blur. We picked up our tree last week and got to work decorating it this weekend.

Our tree skirt–black watch plaid with hot pink pom pom trim–was my very first (and to-date only) foray into sewing. Let’s just say I have an even greater appreciation for my workrooms! The playful twist on tradition still makes me smile–although this tree skirt is pretty fantastic if you’re still on the hunt.

I’ve been adding to my collection of vintage Shiny-Brite ornaments over the years with help from my mom and nana and love re-discovering my favorites each time it’s time to unpack the holiday décor.

Are your halls decked yet? I always feel hopelessly behind on this front. You day after Thanksgiving folks impress me!


The Pursuit of Style | Matisse Cut-Outs

We made a whirlwind trip to NYC this weekend to celebrate a friend’s engagement and I’m still pretty impressed with all that we were able to pack into just over 24 hours!

We stayed at my favorite hotel (this visit I obsessed over the artwork in our room), I chatted design with Sarah over brunch at Claudette, crossed Palma off my to-visit list, and made our way through most of the cocktail list at Margaux. We wandered around the West Village real estate stalking and spent hours in Strand where I ultimately settled on a copy of New York, New York: How the Apartment House Transformed the Life of the City.

Aside from celebrating with great friends, by far my favorite part of the trip was our visit to the MoMA for the Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibition. It was absolutely fantastic and I’d highly recommend a visit if you’ll be in NYC before February 8th–if not, definitely pick up a copy of the catalog, which would also make a great gift!


Danielle Rollins | Thanksgiving inspiration

It seems like the commercial rush of the holidays starts earlier and earlier each year–or maybe I’ve just become more keenly aware of it as I’ve gotten older. I heard my first Christmas song in a store yesterday and had to do a double take on my iCal. Yup, November 9th.

In the interest of giving each holiday its due, I’m planning to devote this entire week to Thanksgiving. I’ve always loved setting a table and have been excitedly pulling together some tablescape inspiration to share. Whether your a traditionalist at heart, or prefer a more modern mix, I’ve got you covered.

The photo above from Danielle D. Rollins’ Instagram is what my ultimate Thanksgiving table would look like–ikat, Scalamandre Tigre, monogrammed linens, and not one, but two of my favorite Mottahedeh patterns: Tobacco Leaf and Sacred Bird & Butterfly.

Before we get started with all the pretty I have lined up over the next few days I thought it would be fun to hear from you about how you’ll be celebrating. I’ve answered a few questions below and invite you to do the same in the comments!


Where I’ll be celebrating: Virginia
Big family gathering or Friendsgiving?: Little family gathering! My younger sister is hosting and my parents will be flying down from the Cape and Garrett and I will be driving down from DC.
My Thanksgiving style is: classic, but colorful
I always make my: mashed potatoes–I won’t even tell you how many sticks of butter are in there…
Pass more of the:
cranberry sauce, please!
Favorite tradition: playing Scrabble after dinner while fighting off the food coma
Three things I’m thankful for:
the support of my family, a husband that keeps me laughing every day, and the ability to do what I love!


Where I’ll be celebrating:
Big family gathering or Friendsgiving?:
I always make my:
Pass more of the:

Favorite tradition:
Three things I’m thankful for:


The Pursuit of Style | Bits & Pieces

This riot of color is currently making me insanely happy. My normally type-A self doesn’t even care that my desk is basically unusable because every inch is covered in wallpaper and fabric memos.

I’m working with some fantastic new clients and we’re racing the clock to make some design magic happen before Thanksgiving. Wallpaper is involved and you know that’s my crack.

 More to come… Until then, I’ll be staring at this candy striped moire like a middle school girl with a crush.