FRIDAY VIBES

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

This week got away from me on the blog front, but the morning light and leftover photoshoot flowers (sneak a peek on Insta) inspired me to clean up the tennis ball fuzz from the rug (pulling off the fuzz is our golden retriever Brody’s favorite thing – weirdo, right?) and snap a pic.

I can’t remember if I’ve shared photos since I painted our walls lavender on a whim last year, but it’s cozied things up so much. The color is Benjamin Moore Lavender Mist in case you’re curious. I’ve found that the key to keeping pastels from being too Easter Egg-y is to off-set them with a healthy dose of saturated color and punctuate with gray or black to up the sophistication.

I’m too lazy to commit to a link round-up every week, but always love reading them on other blogs. I found a few great things this week that I wanted to share–just don’t hold me to it regularly 😉

Because we’re all addicted: 

Things That Will Happen If I Don’t Take My Phone Out Right Now

Instagram’s Growing Role in the Art Market

The case for investing in quality design:

Couldn’t agree more with Sally’s thoughts and cost/use perspective!

Love her, or hate her, she’s building an empire and it’s pretty fascinating:

Inside GOOP

 

Have a great weekend!

INSPIRED BY: CASA TUA, MIAMI

Casa Tua | Miami

Casa Tua | Miami

Casa Tua | Miami

I’ve been to Florida dozens of times, but somehow haven’t spent longer than a layover in Miami. After recently discovering Casa Tua the destination has shot much farther up my to-visit list.

The Mediterranean style villa is an oasis from–what I imagine to be–the frenetic pace of South Beach and I’m feeling especially inspired by its decor.

There’s a bit of a British colonial meets laid back island vibe that reminds me of India Hicks’ home on Harbour Island (one of my all-time favorite interiors!) or maybe even the dining room at The Dunmore. Anyone else seeing it?

Regardless, Casa Tua has completely charmed me. So much so, that I felt inspired to pull together a few pieces to re-create the look. You can never go wrong with blue and white stripes… Or a hint of animal print… Or this book for styling!

Inspired by Casa Tua | The Pursuit of Style

 Photographs |MirrorLamp | Pillows | CoralChairs | Book

P.S this song was stuck in my head the entire time I was writing this post, and with my birthday coming up on Friday I’m officially feeling old!

A VISIT TO HOLLYWOOD AT HOME

We had so much fun with Garrett’s family in California–hiking Runyon Canyon, watching Willy Wonka at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (such a cool experience!) and enjoying an amazing meal while watching the sunset over Laguna Beach–but what really made me ready to say ‘West Coast best coast’ was a pilgrimage to Hollywood at Home.

Hollywood at Home | The Pursuit of Style

Recently relocated to a larger showroom in the La Cienega Design QuarterHollywood at Home is the brainchild of one of my very, very, favorite (we’re talking top 5 here!) interior designers, Peter Dunham.

Hollywood at Home | The Pursuit of Style

I’m oblivious to celebrities, but would have been completely star struck if Peter had been in the shop during our visit–and probably would have been too shy to express my admiration for his work!

Hollywood at Home | The Pursuit of Style

There are interior designers who create beautiful rooms, and then there are interior designers who are able to perfectly capture a sense of person or place; whose interiors create an atmosphere and make us feel something. Peter Dunham is one of the latter.

What I love most about his interiors is how expertly layered they are. You could study each project, but the combination of art, antiques, and fabric he employs is entirely singular and inimitable.

Hollywood at Home | The Pursuit of Style

Collecting fabrics for a project is by far my favorite part of the design process. I’m happiest in a showroom with notepad and pencil in hand, and leaving with a bag full of memo samples feels like a present waiting to be unwrapped (or, more accurately, spilled all over my desk!) 

Hollywood at Home | The Pursuit of Style

In addition to his own line of textiles, Hollywood at Home carries many of my personal favorites: Carolina Irving, Penny Morrison, Peter Fasano, and John Robshaw.

Hollywood at Home | The Pursuit of Style

The best part of the large showroom is seeing the fabrics and furniture come to life in the styled vignettes throughout the space. It’s the next best thing to stepping into one of Peter’s interiors from the pages of a shelter magazine.

Hollywood at Home | The Pursuit of Style

I was pretty much the happiest upon entering the back room bedecked in Fig Leaf–how couldn’t you be?!  Normally I’m the first to be ‘over’ a fabric when it starts to become too played out, but as ubiquitous as Fig Leaf has become, I think it’s transcended trend and entered into timeless. There’s just something about those leaves that seems to be universally appealing and surprisingly versatile.

I’m so glad we were able to pop in during our visit to LA and hope you enjoyed the virtual tour!

 

DAYDREAM DECORATING

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Chair & Ottoman (super cute matching crib!)| Lantern | Hamper | Rug

So many friends and clients are preggo right now and I couldn’t be more excited. First and foremost because I’m thrilled for their growing families (and love babies in general!) but also because designing for little ones is so much fun.

I’m not a mom yet, but I imagine the nursery is an extra special room. It’s where you first get to know your new addition and make those early memories–not to mention spend a whole lot of sleepless nights and early mornings–so why not make it beautiful?

I was attempting to clean up the leaning tower of fabric memos that is my office earlier this week, and the pink gingham and Indian floral above caught my eye. Pretty soon I had a whole nursery scheme in the works.

When it comes to children’s rooms, I don’t believe in watered down design. In fact, I would rather see a room that is slightly more sophisticated, but will grow with the child. It’s more cost effective than replacing pieces the child quickly ages out of in the long run.

Durability and functionality are obviously especially important considerations for children’s rooms, but my m.o otherwise remains the same as with any other room: invest in timeless, classic pieces that will easily transition with you, but most importantly, surround yourself with the things you love.

For this room I’m imagining the Indian floral on the window treatments (Roman shades to avoid sticky fingers on drapes down the road) and crib skirt or bumper, the pink gingham (stain treated!) on the spool chair and ottoman, and my very favorite scalloped lantern (that I would happily hang in my bedroom today) topping off the room.

No children’s room (or any room for that matter!) would be complete without some element of playfulness and whimsy, and I’m obsessed with this elephant hamper. Wondering what the crazy factor would be if I bought one now for fear that it won’t be available when I’m designing a nursery of my own!

Only medium, right? 😉

CHARTREUSE CRUSH

The Pursuit of Style | Doors of DC

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Patricia Altschul | Charleston

Katie Ridder | House Beautiful

Yesterday I was mourning the loss of one of my beloved doors on Capitol Hill (above) on Instagram which was recently re-painted blue. Later in the day I found myself researching chartreuse grasscloth options for a client which reminded me of Jeffrey Bilhuber’s fabulous Locust Valley country home and its Benjamin Moore Chic Lime walls.

It wasn’t until I landed upon the Charleston home of Southern Charm star Patricia Altschul featuring a healthy dose of my favorite chintz (decorated by none other than the prince of chintz himself, Mario Buatta) and re-visited the above dining room by Katie Ridder that I realized I was in a full on chartreuse hued spiral.

I couldn’t help but wonder what the clients’ initial reactions were to the proposed wall colors. Did they need some convincing or did they recognize that they were working with design legends and fully trust that the results would be near perfection?

Regardless, I thank them for taking what many would consider to be a risk to show that even the boldest of color can be done in a tasteful and classic way. Bring on the chartreuse!