The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style


A few months back an old friend connected me with Samantha Knapp of Tiger Lily’s, a family owned interior design studio and custom workroom in Greenwich, Connecticut. Knowing we each had come to interior design from somewhat unexpected backgrounds (me from politics, and Samantha from journalism) and our shared penchant for turning tradition on its head (check out Samantha’s cottage in Lonny!), our mutual friend knew we had to chat.

We talked about the inherent opportunities of life changes and cooked up a little collaboration that I’m excited to share today! Tiger Lily’s is truly a full service design studio offering everything from custom furniture and window treatments to interior design services. The options were limitless, but we decided my desk chair needed some love and got to work designing a custom pillow to zhush it up.

To coordinate with my lavender fretwork desk chair and coral desk, Samantha suggested a Tilton Fenwick for Duralee fabric paired with a coral brush fringe from Duralee’s outdoor trim collection. It was love at first sight and I now want to put brush fringe on everything. More importantly, I’ve actually started using my desk rather than decamping to the bed.

Samantha is such a talent and it was such a pleasure working with Tiger Lily’s on this project. If you’re in the area I hope you’ll check them out. I can’t wait to stop in next time we drive up to the Cape.

P.S don’t miss Samantha on HGTV’s House Hunters Reno Saturday, August 23 at 9PM!


Tom Scheerer | House Beautiful
Elle Decor
The English Country House

Last weekend I picked up a copy of The Signature of All Things–an airport decision that I’m not too terribly embarrassed to admit was based largely on its fern bedecked cover. I’ve been tearing through the book–definitely worth picking up–and unsurprisingly  given the subject matter, botanicals have been on my mind.

A few of my all-time favorite interiors featuring botanicals are above. Tom Scheerer is a constant source of inspiration, and the decoupaged chest is an unexpectedly chic choice that has recently had my wheels spinning.

Botanicals and naturalist studies always look best in groupings as Steven Gambrel so deftly illustrates in the bathroom above featured in Elle Décor about a decade ago–still amazing–and another bathroom from the pages of The English Country House.

Wouldn’t you love to know the name of that mint paint color?!


The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of StyleLast week was a big week for the bachelor pad. We said goodbye to dingy and dated walls, old switch plate covers and carpet and hello to hardwood floors, a contemporary palette of smokey gray-blue walls, onyx interior doors, and a freshly papered dining room in the most handsome chocolate brown/duck egg blue/turquoise stripe.

Next up on the installation schedule: a brand new wrought iron railing and handrail, mid-century inspired light fixture, and a Chesterfield sofa in the most perfectly aged leather. I honestly think I’m more impatient than my clients while waiting for deliveries. Can’t wait to get this one styled and properly photographed!

Single ladies, you’d be pleasantly surprised if you came back to this right?!



When French fine furniture company, GRANGE, invited me to participate in a contest for the opportunity to win a trip to Maison et Objet in Paris for myself and a lucky reader, my response couldn’t have been a more enthusiastic YES!

With over 100 years experience in hand crafting artisanal furniture, GRANGE combines the best of classic design and modern sensibility. Timeless shapes paired with a myriad of colorful finish options are enough to have me feeling like a kid in a candy store!

So, how do we win, you ask? Over the next few days I’ll be creating a design scheme featuring the Directoire console cabinet above which will be judged by a panel of industry leaders. If I make it to round two, I’ll need your votes to get us one step closer to Paris.

I need to start gathering inspiration, but in the mean time follow GRANGE on Facebook to stay in the loop. Wish me bonne chance!


Tom Dixon Copper Pendant

Metallic Gumball Pendant

If you asked me to do some trend forecasting, I’d tell you that the once ubiquitous Hicks pendant is on it’s way out and its soon-t0-be successor is Tom Dixon’s Copper Shade pendant. A favorite among the mid-century modern set, the mirrored copper pendant has been popping up everywhere and I can’t say that I mind (yet…)

Urban Outfitters is one of my unexpected, but tried and true, budget friendly resources for clients that may not be in their forever home. On a recent perusal I came across their Metallic Gumball pendant which is a pretty great dupe (albeit in gold, not copper) for the Tom Dixon.

The Gumball is smaller in size, but wouldn’t it be great to hang several of them at varying heights over a long rectangular dining table? I’m seeing a lot of potential!