CHEERS!

The Pursuit of Style | Fall Bar

It’s been a long week but the weekend’s finally here! Time to sidle up to the bar and pour ourselves a cocktail (or two). I shared this photo of our bar on Insta and the Scalamandre cocktail napkins I picked up in Charleston got so much love I wanted to share an online source: Furbish Studio!

My tortoise ice bucket is one of my most treasured vintage scores, but here’s a hook up on that too. Ours pairs perfectly with one of my favorite shower gifts, a Sabre bottle opener. In case you haven’t caught on to my MO it’s pretty straight forward: never. enough. tortoise.

Now go get yourself some dancing zebras (also available in guest towels) and pour yourself a stiff one!

*Or Hendricks, as you all so astutely commented

#WESTELMDC

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a dinner to celebrate the opening of West Elm’s newest DC outpost on 14th street. West Elm is always one of my go-to retail resources–especially for clients that need to be cost conscious without sacrificing style–so I couldn’t be more excited about the new location.

West Elm DC | The Pursuit of Style

The dinner was hosted at Table, one of the newer restaurants to hit the scene in the rapidly revitalizing Shaw neighborhood. This was my second time to Table and revisiting the inventive menu above has me thinking about making a reservation this weekend–DC friends, add it to your restaurant list!

West Elm DC | The Pursuit of Style

We were seated in the upstairs loft, which opens out to a really fantastic rooftop (unfortunately it was pouring the night of the dinner). I loved the juxtaposition of modern white walls with textural pendants and rough hewn wooden beams.

West Elm DC | The Pursuit of Style

Styling was handled by Kruse & Vieira Events who incorporated mercury glass hurricanes, and sculptural brass objects throughout the tablescapes.

West Elm DC | The Pursuit of Style

Place settings featured whimsical dinnerware designed by Rachel Kozlowski set atop hand painted place mats. The beautiful white flower arrangements were designed by Sweet Root Village–I chatted with co-owner, Lauren, during dinner who couldn’t be sweeter. Check out their portfolio to be inspired!

West Elm DC | The Pursuit of Style

 No social media dinner would be complete without iPhones in hand. Billy and I are likely strategizing Instagram captions. It appears as though I approve.

If you haven’t visited the new location, head on over, it’s worth a visit. I’ve been really impressed with some of the new arrivals: this inlaid coffee table, Faribault Woolen Mills throws (we purchased one in Maine a few years ago and they are SO cozy), candy colored side tables perfect for apartment living, and a sculptural dining table that looks way more expensive than its price tag!

AT HOME WITH TORY BURCH

Tory Burch | Daniel Romualdez

Tory Burch | Daniel Romualdez

Tory Burch | Daniel Romualdez

I’m not big on Halloween (mainly because I never seem to have my act together in time to come up with a creative costume!) but I am big on the color orange–especially in interiors. With the exception of Aerin Lauder’s East Hampton living room, probably the best execution of the color I’ve seen is Tory Burch’s New York home featured above in Harper’s Bazaar Interiors.

The color is a little more Veuve Cliquot than pumpkin, and paired with vermillion, chocolate brown, and plum it couldn’t be more chic. Exactly why I can’t wait to pick up a copy of her recently released book: Tory Burch: In Color. If you haven’t had a chance to check out her home collection it’s also not to be missed. I hope it continues to grow within the Tory Burch brand, and I’ve said it for years, but I’m going to continue to hold out hope for a design book from Tory.

Happy Halloween!

AT HOME WITH ALEX PAPACHRISTIDIS

Alex Papachristidis | NY Social Diary

Alex Papachristidis | NY Social Diary

Alex Papachristidis | NY Social Diary

Alex Papachristidis | NY Social Diary

Alex Papachristidis | NY Social Diary

Alex Papachristidis | NY Social Diary

Rumor has it that when I was younger I was kind of a nosey kid. The kind of child who constantly needed to be reminded “don’t touch that” as I was caught admiring the tchotchkes of friends and family members. The inclination to wander in other people’s homes hasn’t much subsided, however, I’d like to think my awareness of appropriate social behavior has greatly improved.

As a firm believer in surrounding yourself with things you love, I find the objects other people treasure fascinating. Have an interesting collection? I want to hear where you found each piece. Found something on a recent trip that your partner hates but you couldn’t leave behind? I’ll be your cheerleader. Take me on a tour of your house and tell me all about your favorite pieces–I genuinely want to know.

As someone with an unabiding love for objects, I get a special thrill when I stumble upon the home of a kindred spirit–minimalism is not my thing. I’ve been a long time fan of New York based interior designer, Alex Papachristidis, so naturally I was thrilled to be able to poke around his apartment care of New York Social Diary. Somehow I think “appropriate social behavior” would go out the window if I had the opportunity to explore this treasure trove…

OSCAR DE LA RENTA IN PUNTA CANA

Oscar de la Renta | Punta Cana

Oscar de la Renta | Punta Cana

Oscar de la Renta | Punta Cana

Oscar de la Renta | Punta Cana

I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Oscar de la Renta last evening. It’s odd an odd feeling to be moved by the passing of a complete stranger, but the loss of monumental talent in the world is always something to be mourned.

In addition to his elegant clothes, I’ve always been particularly inspired by his Punta Cana home. His sophisticated take on coastal style has influenced my own considerably. In fact, re-visiting these photos, I’m realizing the mix of blue and white ginger jars with coral likely subconsciously inspired some of the design choices I made for our wedding. Funny how that happens.

It goes without saying that he will leave an indelible mark on American fashion; however, I’ve always appreciated his commitment to style rather than trend in his collections. A favorite quote:

“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself”

May he rest in peace.