Joe Nye

Before I get swept away in errands and Thanksgiving preparations (eating out went out the window and we’re now hosting in our new place, eek!) I wanted to post a quick note of thanks.

Thank you for continuing to stop by and catch up even when posts are fewer and farther between than I’d like; thank you for your words of encouragement and support as I opened my business this past year and have shared projects along the way (special thanks of course to those I’ve had the good fortune to work with!); and thank you for your recommendations and warm welcome when we moved to Raleigh.

In such tumultuous times I’m reminded just how much I have to be thankful for, and I wanted to be sure I passed those thanks along to you in addition to my friends and family when we celebrate tomorrow.

Wishing you safe travels, happy celebrations, and extra slices of pie!



St. Frank Tablesetting

The Pursuit of Style | Thanksgiving

Placemat | Napkin Ring | Candles | Tasting Spoons | Plate | Cookbook | Wine Glasses | Napkins | Tablecloths

I was looking back at my Thanksgiving posts from years past and had to laugh because apparently this week is, without fail, the week I start bemoaning the onslaught of gift guides and take up the cause for Thanksgiving. So call me predictable.

My family is joining us in Raleigh this year, and–confession time–I’ve asked if we can eat out. Normally I’d be all for a big spread, but our apartment is still (embarrassingly) in a state of disarray, and I’ve promised myself that I’ll hold off on all major purchases (like a dining table!) until we have a house.

My tablescaping will be of the virtual variety this year, but I’ve found some great pieces that would have totally made the cut in real life. Like these tortoise placemats…I would blow the entire Thanksgiving budget on these bad boys. They’re insane. The cone shell version is pretty great too– reminds me a little of Les Touches.

My favorite tablecloths and napkins are on sale (scoop ’em up–awesome deal!) and I’m especially feeling the raspberry and lilac for a non-traditional T-Day palette. For an even more playful mix add in some ikat napkins with sputnik napkin rings, or gold spattered plates (do not microwave, ha!) with your wedding china.

Because the cooking is just as much of the main event as the actual dinner, I’m looking forward to picking up a copy of newly released Garden & Gun title, The Southerner’s CookbookI think it could be an adorable hostess gift paired with this tasting spoon set, don’t you?

If you’re looking for an easy way to upgrade your tablescape, start trolling Etsy for vintage candlesticks (these and these are favorites) and top with colorful tapers.

Are you hosting this year? Any tablescape plans in the works?

<3 YOU

Grays Lane

Ruthie Sommers

Rita Konig

You know what I’m not loving? The fact that the U, T, and Y keys mysteriously stopped working on my keyboard. Thank god for the Genius Bar because I quickly realized you can’t get too far without good old U, T, and Y!

Anyway, on to what I am loving: Valentine’s Day. It’s right around the corner, and as polarizing of a holiday as it seems to be, I’ve always taken a broader view and taken it as an opportunity to shower everyone in my life, romantic or otherwise, with a little love.

In the spirit of pink and candy hearts, here are three appropriately themed bedrooms. You just can’t go wrong with D. Porthault ever, and Coeurs is one of their most iconic patterns–equally at home in a little girls room by Ruthie Sommers as in Rita Konig’s bedroom.




I’m signing off for the week–we’re headed up to the Cape this afternoon–but wanted to take a moment to wish you and yours the happiest of holidays!

Thank you for taking time out of your busy days to check in, share your thoughtful comments, emails of encouragement, and for generally joining in my obsession with all things aesthetic.

Cheers to many exciting things to come in 2015!


Wit & Delight

Wit & Delight

Wit & Delight

A minimalist I am not, but if there was anything that could compel me to consider the merits of paring down my palette, Kate Arends’ holiday decor might be it.

 A healthy dose of greenery, interesting mix of materials and textures: brass, wood, seagrass, linen, and wool combine to create an interior that is anything but cold; which, I admit, is the feeling I generally associate with minimalism.

I think Kate’s beautiful space proves that reigning it a bit doesn’t have to be ascetic. Being more intentional with our décor choices can lead to a home that is just as cozy as the layered spaces I generally tend to favor.

Now I can’t wait to get home and light a fire–have a wonderful weekend!