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African Baskets | The Pursuit of Style

Wasn’t the weather amazing this weekend? I split my time between NYC and DC and was so happy with the sunshine I didn’t even mind that my fall fashion choices were entirely overkill for the 80 degree temperatures. New York was a feast for the senses as usual and I’m happy to report that I checked my final dress fitting off the list–that baby is on its way to Cape Cod as we speak!

It’s completely crazy to me how fast the past 9 months have flown by. I keep saying to everyone that it’s felt like being in a time lapse film where the seasons have been changing around me but I’ve had my nose to the grindstone completely unaware (okay, maybe hyper-aware these past few weeks!)

With less than two weeks left, I find myself letting go of the little things–the custom cups that weren’t ordered in time, the linen that came in from India a few yards short–and just feeling overwhelmingly excited to have found this amazing human who wants to spend the rest of his life laughing with me.

With that said, I know we’re both looking also forward to the dust settling. Personally, I can’t wait to re-direct all the creative energy I’ve been pouring into planning back into design. And I think I’ll start with these fantastic African baskets hand-woven by Ugandan artisans that I have grand plans for!

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antique inlaid dresser | The Pursuit of Style

What do you do when you’re antiquing for wedding decor and come across an inlaid beauty like the one above? You stop dead in your tracks, call your client and say you simply can’t leave it behind and that you’ll find a spot for it somewhere–this technique works especially well when the client happens to be your mom.

While they’re slapping on the sold sticker, you design an entire room around it in your head and start to selfishly think maybe you should keep it for yourself. Once you reconcile with the fact that you have zero storage space, you thank the antique gods and decide that the guest room will be the perfect home so you can visit it often.

And that is my latest adventure in antiquing!

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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?