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No matter how long I’ve been out of school, September will always hold all of the promise of that first page in a new notebook. I love the energy that Fall brings as the lazy days of Summer come to a close. The crispness in the air is like a splash of cold water to the face that reminds me it’s time to get back to business.

So in the spirit of a fresh start, here’s what I’ve been up to the past month–thankfully I’ve been a slightly better Instagrammer than blogger!

STAMPING & SENDING:
Our wedding invitations were definitely a labor of love, but I’m hoping that all of those hours of stamping resulted in some smiles at the other end of the mailbox.

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DESIGNING:
I am so obsessed with how this office in my Cape Cod project is coming together. I know I’ve pushed its owner beyond his comfort zone at each point along the way–first with the navy walls, then the antelope rug, then layering more pattern with the loveseat–but we all agree they were risks well worth taking. Why shouldn’t New England nautical take a walk on the wild side?
Next up: new art, sconces, and throw pillows.

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Continuing with the masculine theme, phase 1 of the bachelor pad project is just about coming to a close! Window treatments and the last pieces of furniture were installed a few weeks ago and now it’s time to zhush everything up with the last layer of decorative details. Can’t wait to get my hands on the black lacquered built-in!

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Like everyone else, I’ve been hitting up the Labor Day sales this weekend. I picked up a pair of these which I had monogrammed with MRS to wear the night before the wedding. Kind of dorky, but cute, right? 1

5% off is also a good excuse to add some new art to our kitchen. With all the lovely gifts we’ve been receiving, the walls deserve some attention too, right? Lastly, don’t miss this site-wide sale from one of my favorite shops, Waiting on Martha! I’m taking the opportunity to pretend I’m heading back to school and stock up on paper products which was always my favorite part!

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I had to snap a picture of this lovely situation before mailing it out to a client earlier this week. The sophisticated combination of chocolate browns, taupes, and blues just makes me giddy.

Pulling together fabrics will always be my favorite part!

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Re-discovering the ephemera I’ve invariably tucked away in various pockets of my bags is always my favorite part of unpacking from a trip. I spent this past weekend in New York with my mom for my first wedding dress fitting (can’t believe we’re under two month!) and I think it’s safe to say that I fall in love with the city a little more with each visit.

My NYC restaurant ‘to-visit’ list is about a mile long and on this visit I was excited to check off Prune, Freemans, and The Breslin. All were fantastic. Prune’s hot pink branding is as on point as the food–I was pleasantly surprised to realize that owner and chef Gabrielle Hamilton also authored Blood Bones & Butter which has been on my reading list for far too long. Changing that immediately. Anyone else love reading about food?

I’m still dying to know the paint color of Freemans’ doors which beckon you from the end of an unassuming alley, and wouldn’t mind having the ricotta stuffed squash blossoms with prosciutto, tomato, and eggs that I had at The Breslin every Sunday for the rest of my days. Yum. With an hour before my fitting and still no wedding shoes to actually fit the dress to, a trip to the Saks shoe salon was in order. Thankfully Stuart Weitzman came through for the win.

NYC friends, I’ve checked three restaurants off my list, what are the next three to add?

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I spent the weekend doing some last minute zhushing around the apartment in preparation for an upcoming magazine shoot (!!).

I upped the ante on the tortoise shell addiction in the bedroom with the two shells above that I picked up several months ago at Lauren Liess’s fantastic studio in Great Falls, VA.

I’m loving the added pattern and texture they’re adding to an otherwise bland corner. To be honest, after living in our current apartment for just over 3 years, I’m really itching for change, so every detail I can switch up makes a difference.

Hope it’s cooler wherever you are than it is here in DC. We’re melting!

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I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend! I fully intended to be back at it on Monday, but instead spent the past two days hunting around for my camera cord to upload these photos. Where did I ultimately find it you ask? At the bottom of a ginger jar. Yup, I’m as confused as you are.

Our weekend was the perfect mix of work and play. The antique French naturalist book plates above (there are three more) were framed and hung, window treatments were finalized, and millwork and bathroom renovations discussed.

Brody was able to get some swimming in before the storm rolled in, and once it rolled out Garrett and I were able to spend some time on the boat with my family. Coming back to DC just gets harder and harder!

Can you believe we’re almost mid-way through July? Someone hit the pause button, I never want summer to end!