US Botanic Gardens | The Pursuit of Style

I’d venture to guess that if you’re on the East Coast you’re just about done with the cold–and if you’re in Boston you’re definitely done with the snow!

I’ve posted about the US Botanic Gardens before, but a visit has become somewhat of a winter tradition. It’s one of DC’s hidden gems and the perfect escape when you’re craving some warmth but an exotic escape isn’t in the cards.

Thankfully, a bit of sunshine is in my future. I’ll be spending the week in Florida and am equally excited to hit the Dixie Coast highway and do some antiquing (if you have any tips please send them my way!) as I am to ensconce myself under a cabana with a pile of books–I’m currently reading The Girl on the Train and can’t put it down! Definitely has a Gone Girl vibe.

P.S be sure to check back tomorrow for some exciting news I can’t wait to share with you!


The Pursuit of Style

For me, it’s always right around February when winter starts to lose its charm and becomes more of a slow slog until spring. The holidays are over, I’m sick of boots and sweaters, and I could really use a little bit of color.

Thankfully, I’m headed down to Florida in a few weeks and I’m looking forward to trading gray skies and my black and gray all-day winter wardrobe for a more colorful lifestyle.

As monochromatic as my closet’s been looking lately, my projects are anything but. I rooted for the Pats in spirit, but in reality my Superbowl Sunday was spent searching for the perfect shade of coral to pair with Farrow & Ball’s iconic Hague Blue.

Throw in that chartreuse tape trim and I’ll meet you in Palm Beach.
Like I’ve been saying… beige is boring.


The Pursuit of Style

Hello, Monday! I’m hoping some of you might be enjoying a snow day today. There’s nothing I love more than an excuse to light a fire, curl up with a book, and completely indulge in the life of a recluse while the snow falls.

Perhaps I was subconsciously inspired by this book everyone seems to be talking about, but this weekend I ruthlessly edited our apartment. Gone went the floor lamp I don’t even like but loyally moved from one apartment to the next, quickly joined by even more flotsam and jetsam that’s been cluttering our lives.

Starting the week off with a clean slate and letting go of all that excess is a wonderful feeling and the perfect way to close out January. Let’s hope I can keep this quality over quantity mantra going straight through February.
Next up, my closet…


Blue & White FabricsJohn Robshaw fabrics at my absolute favorite showroom: John Rosselli

Oh, the Monday blues. If you’re celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a three day weekend maybe today isn’t quite as blue, but if you’re back to the grind I commiserate and offer up some fabric eye candy as consolation.

My weekend went by entirely too quickly as they always do, but was punctuated with a design presentation for some really lovely clients that I’m pretty thrilled about. More to come. (P.S I know I keep saying this and it’s annoying as hell, but cha-cha-cha changes are coming! Promise.)

In non-design related news Washingtonian recently released its list of 100 Best Restaurants and we spent some time last night culling it for new spots to try. One of our shared goals for 2015 was to be more intentional with our dining choices. Less mildly satisfying take-out and more date nights–12 to be specific.

In addition to spending a less ridiculous amount on dining out, I’m thinking the anticipation of one special night a month somewhere we’re dying to try will actually make us enjoy the meal more! I’ll let you know how the experiment goes, but in the interim I’d love to know: what’s the best restaurant–anywhere in the world–you’ve ever been to? We can all add to our lists.

Happy MLK Jr. Day!