BITS & PIECES

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! The last of my family departed yesterday, so I’m getting back into the swing of things and sharing some bits & pieces of what I’ve been up to lately.

Last week was a whirlwind, and one of the highlights was photographing a large renovation project here in Raleigh that I’ve worked on over the past year. I’m so proud of this one and can’t wait to share the photos with you.

As I’m sure you can imagine, there’s a lot of styling that goes into making a home camera ready (don’t worry the photos you see in magazines or designers portfolios are far from real life – smoke & mirrors, baby!) and I was somewhat worried about flower options this far into fall.

I worked with a local florist, Wylde, on the bulk of my arrangements (they’re lovely, hire them!) but couldn’t resist picking up a few bunches of peonies which serendipitously showed up at Whole Foods. Peonies in November, who knew?

I wrapped up my shoot Wednesday evening, which meant a quick transition into hosting mode with family arriving the next morning. Thankfully, flowers were far from in short supply and easily elevate the most slap dash of tablescapes (which this one certainly was!)

The real victory, however, was discovering this linen collection and this tableware which saved me from using my much loved, but somewhat tired Blue Willow. This set up felt fresh. My last pro-tip: colorful taper candles. They’re the easiest tablescape upgrade. Don’t be afraid to go for a non-traditional hue. Perhaps turquoise or eggplant for your Christmas table?

Lastly, my new (very old) flame mahogany Georgian chest deserved documentation if only because its arrival meant the last of our moving boxes (yes, over a year after moving) have finally made their way to the recycling bin and my sweaters now have a permanent home. It was well worth the wait.

The mini magnolia is serving as a place holder until I find a larger piece of art, but I do love how it works with our yellow silk drapes (better photo here).

 So that’s the highlight reel!  Not pictured, my hot mess of an office or our fridge full of tupperware. 😉

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Ah, September 1st. It’s better than New Year’s in my book. A fresh start. New notebooks. A return to routine and productivity after the indulgent months of summer. So much promise!

I woke up this morning feeling rather gung-ho about the whole thing. Today would be the day I commit to writing in the 5 Minute Journal my sister gifted me for my birthday last year daily rather than haphazardly, followed by diligently opening my Headspace app instead of Instagram.

Naturally, I’d join in on the September Whole 30 in an attempt to undo the sins of the past three months and maybe with all of this newfound enthusiasm I’ll finally make it past week three of BBG.

We’ll see how I fare with those pursuits, I know the shine of a new month tends to wear off somewhat quickly as life gets in the way, but I’m savoring this feeling while I can. For now, I just wanted to stop in to say hi and share some beautiful bits & pieces from my desk: antique mall artwork and delicious fabrics.

Happy Labor Day weekend and I hope we can catch up soon.

BITS & PIECES

Oh, hey. It’s been a minute, hasn’t it? Here’s what I’ve been up to…

ENJOYING// Peony season. Need I say more? Actually, yes, I need to tell you the story of how I found myself at the American Peony Society’s annual convention, but I think that one deserves a post of its own if only for the photos.

READING// Most nights we eat outside on the porch, and reading until the fireflies come out has become my favorite evening wind down routine. I’ve been trying to narrow the gap in my 50 books in 52 weeks goal (I’m currently 4 behind) and some recent favorites have included: The Rules Do Not Apply (expanded from this New Yorker piece), Small Great Things (couldn’t put this one down) & Love Warrior (spoiler: this profile). Currently I’m reading Lolitawhich I’ve found to be repulsive (subject matter) but so elegantly written.

DESIGNING// The past few months have flown by as I’ve been prepping for two big installs happening this summer in Raleigh. I’ve been working on each of these projects for over a year (one for almost two!) so to say I’m thrilled to dust off the sawdust and begin to see the beautiful designs we dreamed up taking shape would be a massive understatement. Above is a peek at one of the master bathrooms. The sconces installed over the mirror are everything!

BUYING// Glass hurricanes. We were gifted a pair of Simon Pearce hurricanes for our wedding (adore them!) which have been perfect for extending our evenings outdoors. I think it would be so beautiful to line our deck with them (and so useful if I buy citronella pillar candles), but that would be a little more of an investment than I’m willing to make outdoors. These are the perfect dupe. I just ordered 4 of the large size to intersperse. P.S I also took a gamble on this kaftan and have high hopes!

DE GOURNAY DAYDREAMS

De Gournay shared this beautiful vignette on Instagram last week and I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind ever since. Their stunning hand painted papers truly are works of art and these custom lamp shades are next level genius.

I need to do some more investigating as to how I can make these a reality in my life. Until we are in our forever home, lamp shades are surely more advisable than including “wallpaper will not convey” in a real estate contract…

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Lindsay Speace Interior Design | Mantle

What do you do when you wake up at 5:00AM and can’t fall back asleep? Go for a run? #nope. Recommit yourself to reviving your much neglected blog, of course! So, hello. I’m back. At least until the next time I find myself drowning in a sea of fabric memos and architectural plans. 😉

As we’ve been preparing to host my family for Thanksgiving it dawned on me that we’ve hit the six month mark in our (not so) new house. I vacillate between being impressed by how far we come to feeling like we’re never going to “get there”. Above is a peek at our living room–the least done room in the house–but one that make me so happy because of its cheerful pink walls. The conch shell is a souvenir smuggled back from a recent trip to Tulum. More photos from that slice of sunshine on Insta.

I’ve been missing this outlet lately and and am looking forward to getting back into the swing of things, though I admittedly do feel this weird tension between wanting to share and wanting to keep some things under wraps when it comes to decorating our own house so we’ll see how that shakes out.

Out of curiosity – do you still find yourself reading blogs these days or are you spending more of your time on Insta, Insta Stories, Snapchat and the like?