DC design friends, I hope to see you tonight at the opening of Farrow & Ball’s new showroom! Looking forward to chatting design and celebrating a beautiful new space!
A few weeks ago we met up with friend, and our talented wedding photographer, Kate Headley, to snap our engagement photos. I wanted to share a few photos of the setting because in my opinion it’s truly one of the most beautiful but surprisingly unknown places in DC.
We decided on the gardens at Dumbarton Oaks for the same reason I decided on our wedding venue–stunning architecture and a sense of history. It was actually The Orangery that sold me. It’s breathtakingly beautiful in person (fourth and fifth photos) and Kate totally caught me obsessing over those lanterns. Typical, right?
As camera shy as I am (no future in fashion blogging here!) it was so fun to spend an afternoon wandering the gardens with Garrett and have Kate as our very own paparazzi. I know we’ll cherish the photos for years to come.
DC friends and out-of-towners, definitely put Dumbarton Oaks on your must-visit list. Next time we’re going back with a picnic packed!
All photos taken by Kate Headley
We passed these cheerful potted geraniums on an Easter stroll with the pup and I couldn’t help but stop to snap a quick photo. Aren’t the colors gorgeous? Suddenly everything is in bloom and color is all around after what seemed like an endless winter of gray skies.
The past two weeks have been nothing short of a roller coaster with lots of life changes happening at once, but in a completely cliché way seeing the neighborhood come alive reminded me that the future is bright. Sometimes, it really is the little things.
Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!
Photo by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style
On Tuesday I had the opportunity to attend a preview of the 2014 DC Design House which opens this Sunday, April 13 and runs through May 11. I had gone on a walk-through when it was bare bones, and can’t even begin to tell you what a transformation the 1929 stone estate has undergone.
Many of the home’s original features were maintained, but the designers definitely faced some of the unique challenges that older homes often present. What I was most excited about, however, was seeing so many designers embracing color in their interiors.
I knew good things were in store when I passed through the turquoise lacquer vestibule with its Moravian star light fixture. By far my three favorite spaces were the dining room designed by Marika Meyer Interiors, the guest bedroom by Melissa McLay Interiors, and the guest bath by Anne Walsh Design.
The jumping off point for Marika’s design for the dining room was the beautiful Quadrille wallpaper. She added paneling, a fantastic chandelier, and faux finished malachite consoles which flanked the entrance to the kitchen–so good! I loved the headboard in Melissa’s guest bedroom which is upholstered in a custom colorway of a Victoria Larson Textiles fabric.
When I saw the house during the bare bones walk-through, I remember thinking that the original tile in the guest bath looked surprisingly current, so I was excited to see that Anne was able to incorporate it into her design plan. You know I love a risk-taker, and the Manuel Canovas fabric Anne applied to the walls was definitely a risk, but one that I’m so happy to see taken. It’s such a fun jewel box of a space.
The DC Design House is a wonderful event showcasing the local design community, but more importantly, proceeds benefit Children’s National Health System. I’d highly recommend purchasing a ticket and seeing these beautiful spaces (and many more!) in person.
Congratulations to all of the designers!