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!

A MANHATTAN BEACH HOME

Dutch Door | Luxe Magazine

Kitchen | Luxe Magazine

Banquette | Luxe Magazine

Luxe Magazine

I came across this mint green Dutch door on Pinterest and it quickly stole my heart. Your front door is the first opportunity you have to make an impression and give guests (or curious passersby) an indication of what might lie within. Black, navy, and red are always classic choices, but why not consider something a bit more unexpected?

Musings on door colors aside, I was excited to stumble upon a few photos of the interior of this Manhattan Beach home designed by Joe Lucas and Parrish Chilcoat featured in Luxe Magazine. The powder blue kitchen with its shiplap ceiling (and one of my favorite Quadrille fabrics on the wishbone barstools!) are enough to make me want to get in touch with my inner Ina Garten.

Would you consider colored cabinetry? I’m sure I’d agonize over my color choice, but I absolutely would! The nearby banquette seems like such a cheery spot to enjoy breakfast–all the more so with a scalloped Colleen & Company lantern overhead.

Since this house seems to feature all the items on my hit list I had to include the last shot featuring my all-time favorite Bunny Williams lamp. Anyone else ready to pack up and head to Manhattan Beach?

HOUSE CALLS | LSID IN THE WASHINGTON POST

The Washington Post has a really fun feature called House Calls where they ask local interior designers to solve design dilemmas for their readers. I was thrilled to be invited to participate and thought I’d share the before and after!

The way the feature works is the designer is provided with photos, rough dimensions, a budget, and a brief description of the homeowners goals and preferences. Working within those guidelines the designer pulls together a design plan using only retail sources to make the finished product accessible to Post readers.

Lindsay Speace Interior Design | Washington Post | House CallsYou can see the before photo in the Post feature, but basically my task was to transform a townhouse basement into a dual use space for entertainment and socializing with an ocean cottage feel. I was to work with the existing paint colors and stay within a $4,000 budget.

To fully take advantage of the space I knew splitting the 20′ x 15′ room into two distinct seating would be the best solution, and initially had hoped to employ back-to-back sofas, but purchasing two new sofas would quickly eat up our already tight budget!

Lindsay Speace Interior Design | House Callssofa table | pillow | ottomans

The solution was to use the client’s existing navy and white piped sofa paired with two upholstered poufs (which could be used as ottomans or extra seating as needed) to anchor the entertainment area and use an area rug to carve out a second seating arrangement of three small chairs around a round cocktail table.

Lindsay Speace Interior Design | House Calls

art | chair | mirror | desk | cocktail table | pillow | floor lamp

A parsons desk acts as a bar during parties, but can also be used as a work space which still has a view of the television. A tripod floor lamp balances out the structural column in the corner and abstract art (not shown) creates a focal point behind the seating area.

To impart a coastal feel without becoming overly thematic (a huge pet peeve for this Cape Codder!) I kept the colors in shades of navy and seaglass and incorporated natural textures in the rug, cocktail table, mirror, sofa table, and floor lamp.

If you’re struggling with a similar room hopefully this will provide some floor plan inspiration!

Interior rendering by Julius Goyanko for The Washington Post

BITS & PIECES

The Pursuit of Style | Georgetown, DC

This is pretty much the definition of curb appeal, am I right? Oh Georgetown, you charm me. I hope you all had a relaxing Memorial Day weekend! I did a little work, a little play, and a whole lot of soaking up the sun. The weather was downright dreamy.

Just wanted to share this little flash of delight as we ease back into the work week. I have a few installations lined up which always makes for a good week! Bring on the pretty after months of paperwork. 😉

PIZZA BEACH

Pizza Beach | NYC

Pizza Beach | NYC

Pizza Beach | NYC

Pizza Beach | NYC

The eve of a holiday weekend seemed like all too appropriate occasion to share this new-to-me NYC eatery, Pizza Beach. Because what could be more American than pizza in New York and the red, white, and blue?

Inspired by a 90s-retro beachside café Pizza Beach is the stuff Instagram dreams are made of. Blue and white checkered Cuban cement tile floors, red Tolix chairs, and large scale beach photographs bring a little bit of Miami to Manhattan. I can’t vouch for the pizza, but I’d go for the scenery alone.

I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, and most importantly, my eternal respect and gratitude to those that have lost their lives keeping us safe and free.