I was hoping by this time this week I would have exciting news to share, but unfortunately it wasn’t in the cards this time. We found a house. My perfect house. It was built in the 1830s, a classic colonial in a cute little neighborhood that reminded me of New England. White clapboard, black shutters, tomato red front door–it even had peonies planted in the huge backyard!
We played real estate cat and mouse and were ecstatic when we finally met in the middle and went under contract. I had floor plans drawn, light fixtures selected, and convinced myself it was okay to buy a few rolls of discontinued wallpaper I found for a steal. Here’s the deal, that saying,: “don’t count your chickens before they hatch?” It might as well be: “don’t buy wallpaper before you own the walls.”
Last week we brought in an amazing inspector who specializes in historic homes and it wasn’t pretty. Although you’d never know it from outward appearance, the house had more issues than Lindsay Lohan, and at least with Lindsay it’s pretty transparent that she’s a hot mess! Needless to say, things fell apart almost as quickly as I’m told one of the support beams did.
Having my dreams of wallpaper and twin green velvet English roll arm sofas dashed left me pretty heartbroken; but thankfully I quickly realized how first world our problems were and ended the pity party of one. We’re taking a break from the house hunt until after the wedding, which has gotten my wheels spinning about maybe making some changes around our current apartment to get my fix….
Garrett’s out of town this weekend, and who knows, maybe by the time he gets back the walls will have been painted that shade of lavender I’ve been talking about.
P.S Aerin Lauder’s East Hampton home would be my ultimate get out of jail free card if I were to have an affair with a house. Greek Revival perfection.
Yesterday I introduced you to MACK, the new site shaking up the online decor scene. Hopefully you had a chance to visit and start making your wish list, because today I have the perfect thing to kick start your shopping spree: a $200 gift card!
I’ve rounded up a few things I’d happily put the prize money towards–a lavender hide, a statement making chandelier, or maybe a set of greek key cocktail napkins–but I’m sure you’ve already got a long list of your own. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you if you promise to share what you buy if you win.
To Enter: follow the steps in the Rafflecopter widget below (if you’re reading in a feed or via email you’ll need to click over to enter) and I’ll be contacting the winner next Wednesday, April 23. Good luck!
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Keeping it Real: This post is sponsored by MACK, a company whose model I’m excited about and happy to share.
Ikea Stockholm Sofa | Teil Duncan Nude | Bungalow 5 Malachite Side Table | Bauble Bar Necklace | Serena & Lily Gobi Sheet Set | Amber Interiors Shoppe Fig Leaf Pillow
Green is typically not a color I dress or decorate with, but after spotting this green velvet Ikea sofa (yes, Ikea!!) I made a silent vow to change my ways. It seems only appropriate to be turning over this new leaf (four leaf clover, perhaps?) just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.
I really don’t know why I haven’t embraced green sooner when there are so many fantastic options like the ones above. I’m keeping this malachite side table on the back burner for a future home, but will definitely be headed over to the Teil Duncan pop-up shop today at 10:00AM to try and snag one of her nudes.
Or maybe a beach scene might be a better choice since we already have this pretty lady by Jenna Snyder Phillips in the mix. Not sure how many nudes you’re allowed before it becomes a brothel!
With a snowstorm, a client presentation (can’t wait to share–really excited about this one!), Valentine’s Day, and scrambling around with lots of last minute errands before catching my 5:00am train to NYC this morning, this week has been nothing short of a whirlwind. To be honest though, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I’m looking forward to kicking off the week ahead by spending some quality time with my mom and sister, trying on lots and lots of beautiful white dresses, and hopefully saying yes to one of them! Follow along on Instagram for more of our NYC shenanigans.
For Wardrobe Inspiration:
-Ralph Lauren Fall 2014 is pretty near perfection.
For Your Art Collection:
-Some really great pieces from emerging designers. I wish I weren’t running out of wall space!
For the Love of Stripes:
-Here’s your Chance to snag the best of the best at 40% off.
-Wedding tips from one of my design idols.
For the Wish List:
-Love the typography, color, and city of course!
-Saving up for these…and basically the rest of the Spring collection!
-Don’t even know how I haven’t pulled the trigger on this yet.
I might have ended January feeling a bit blah, but this first week of February has been the perfect re-set and I couldn’t be more excited about the month ahead. I started this program and survived my first nine days (oh what I’d give for a Diet Coke…), dragged myself out of bed for my first barre class this morning, and scheduled a trip to NYC next week to go wedding dress shopping with my mom and sister (!!)–kind of happy we’ll be missing the NYFW craziness, although I do love watching from afar.
A few things for your perusal on this chilly Sunday…
For Fashion Week:
-I love Style.com’s split second previews. A peek at the inspiration behind some of the biggest names in the industry’s collections and descriptions in 140 characters or less.
-NYFW by the numbers: can you imagine spending $60,000 for ten minutes?!
-The latest designer collection that had fashionistas waking up early to shop.
-This collection is aimed at a much younger audience than your typical NYFW crowd but it’s pretty much my favorite.
For The Bedroom: -Couldn’t agree with this article more. It’s all about the mix!
P.S if D.Porthault isn’t in your budget (don’t worry, it’s not in mine either!) here, here, and here are some of my favorite bedding sources.
-I’ll never get enough of this home. Ever. Don’t miss the stylish musings of it’s owner either!
-I just discovered this new-to-me luxury shopping site. Holy rainbow of Birkins!