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The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley
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.

For our garden photos I wore this eyelet dress and these espadrilles, which are probably the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned. I highly recommend them and already have my eye on another pair!

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

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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

DOORS OF DC

Doors of DC | The Pursuit of StyleCapitol Hill, DC

This row home I recently passed in the neighborhood got all of the details just right. Don’t you love the ornamentation on the transom?

I also have a weakness for homes with double doors–bonus points for brass letter slots and house numbers.

Have a great weekend!

DC DESIGN HOUSE 2014 PREVIEW

DC Design House 2014 | The Pursuit of StyleRill Architects

DC Design House 2014 | Marika Meyer Interiors | The Pursuit of StyleMarika Meyer Interiors

DC Design House 2014 | Marika Meyer Interiors | The Pursuit of StyleMarika Meyer Interiors

DC Design House 2014 | Marika Meyer Interiors | The Pursuit of StyleMarika Meyer Interiors

DC Design House 2014 | Melissa McLay Interiors | The Pursuit of StyleMelissa McLay Interiors

DC Design House 2014 | Anne Walsh Design | The Pursuit of StyleAnne Walsh Design

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!

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Ann Mashburn | Thread | The Pursuit of Style

Ann Mashburn | Thread | The Pursuit of Style

Ann Mashburn | Thread | The Pursuit of Style

It was one of those weekends you wish you could bottle up and save for a rainy day (or maybe snowy day would be more appropriate after this winter!) The weather was beautiful, we had the perfect balance of time with friends and time outside relaxing with the pup, and there were pop-up shops to be shopped.

I was thrilled to see Sid and Ann Mashburn on the Thread pop-up shops line up because although I’ve been a longtime admirer, I haven’t yet had a chance to visit their Atlanta or Houston brick & mortars. As much as I love online shopping (and they have a fantastic website), it will never replace the experience of being in a well merchandised boutique of a brand you love.

I practiced Herculean self restraint and only allowed myself to come home with a few strands of the beads above and two of my much coveted pens, but left inspired not only by the merchandise, but by what the Mashburn team was able to create in a tiny space. I’d be the first to sign a petition for a DC location–who’s with me?

Photos by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style