Art | Lamp | Fabric | Pillow | Rug | Nightstand
You know what happens when you gloat about 80 degree weather while everyone else is suffering through yet another snow storm? Karma comes around and knocks you on your butt in the form of a nasty cold! So, that’s what I’ve been up to…
On the plus side, working “from bed” is decidedly comfier (I’m promising myself I will not let this become a habit!) and slowing down gave me a chance to do some daydream decorating.
I pulled together the bedroom above with a teenage girl in mind, but honestly I wouldn’t mind resting my head here either. Picture a headboard and bed skirt in China Seas’ Java Grande paired with Biscuit bedding.
These tasseled nightstands are everything and I can’t wait to find a project to use them. The simple, sculptural lamp is a new favorite, and–in my opinion–you just can’t go wrong with a striped rug.
The art, of course, is what makes the space. If I could make one decorating plea it would be to beseech you to invest in art. Find an artist you absolutely love–even if it means saving for awhile–and bring some beauty into your life. I promise you won’t regret it!
On the topic of art, are there any new artists you’re loving lately? I’m currently having a moment for Natasha Law.
Firstly, I want to say a big huge heartfelt thank you for your kind comments, emails, and tweets about my news earlier this week. I was reading them to my mom by the pool and kept saying over and over: “people are just so nice” which these days, I think is an incredibly refreshing and important reminder. So thank you again for rooting for me!
Now, let’s chat about wallpaper. Specifically the wallpaper I can’t get out of my head: Pierre Frey’s Toile de Nantes. Inspired by a 18th century historical document, Pierre Frey was doing ikat before ikat was cool, and I promise you this paper will look as good 30 years from now as it does today.
Don’t believe me? The first two photos are of Estée Lauder’s Hampton’s bedroom designed by Mark Hampton in the 1970s. Still timeless. The best thing about Toile de Nantes is its versatility. How many papers can look as fantastic in the home of a beauty magnate as they do a little boy’s room? Not many.
Which is why when I was commissioning a rendering for my new site, I designed a fantasy entryway around Toiles de Nantes walls and a leopard runner. Someday I’m hoping to make that situation a reality… Anyone else joining me in the fan club?
I got into Florida late last night after weather delays and a medical emergency on my flight, but even though I was exhausted, I found myself unable to sleep because I was so excited for today to come.
Why? Because I can finally share two big pieces of news: 1. I’ve taken the leap into entrepreneurship and established my own design firm and 2. the bachelor pad before & after has been featured on Domaine Home!
Launching Lindsay Speace Interior Design has been equal parts thrilling and terrifying, but it’s also one of my proudest accomplishments. I can’t imagine another endeavor I’d be willing to work at as tirelessly or wholeheartedly.
I truly do consider it a privilege to be invited into a house and entrusted with transforming it into a home, and getting to know my clients and telling their stories through design is immensely rewarding. Hearing someone say: “You just got us. We can’t tell you how much happier we are in our home” is what it’s all about.
So, thank you for your support. Having this outlet has played such an important role for me, and it’s hard to say if I’d be taking this leap if I hadn’t started writing The Pursuit of Style from that cubical at a job I didn’t love so many years ago.
I hope to share more of my projects in the future, but for now check out the before & after of the bachelor pad on Domaine Home! For reference, here’s where it started.
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.
My wallpaper love affair has reached new levels and I think it’s time to channel my inner school girl with a crush and start documenting the objects of my affection.
First up in the wallpaper diaries: Adam’s Eden by Lewis & Wood.
The graceful vines of this botanical paper first caught my eye installed in Charleston’s recently opened all-day café, St. Alban. Thanks to @brookekiernan for capturing such a lovely shot above and to St. Alban for giving me another excuse to decamp to Charleston.
Shortly after, I realized I had seen the same paper used in a Maine bedroom by none other than my decorating idol, Tom Scheerer. These two projects show the paper’s versatility. Slightly quirky paired with modern light fixtures and grey millwork at St. Alban, and full on cottage chic in Southwest Harbor, Maine.
Available to-the-trade only, contact me if you’d like to make this wallpaper dream come true!