Absolutely Beautiful Things: A Bright and Colourful Life on my bookshelf
For the past two years I’ve done gift guides based on personalities (see them all here) but as much as I love a good round-up, this year I’m feeling gift guided out–so many great guides have already been published, would I really be bringing something new to your inbox or just adding to the visual chaos? I wasn’t sure.
So, this year I’m shaking things up. I’ve edited down my picks to just one perfect present for every personality on your list. The crème de la crème. Because, let’s be honest: at this point, there’s no time left for indecision! We’ll kick things off with my perennial favorite (yes, I’m biased): The Decorator.
If I hadn’t already bought a copy for myself, Anna Spiro’s first book, Absolutely Beautiful Things: A Bright and Colourful Life, would be at the very top of my Christmas list. Her blog was the very first I ever read and I truly credit her for re-awakening my interest in interior design at a time when I was bored to tears attempting to follow a “serious” career path.
As one of my design idols, I’ve been secretly hoping Anna would author a book for years, and having read it from cover-to-cover I can say with authority that this color drenched tome did not disappoint! It’s available exclusively through Furbish Studio which will make it an even more covetable addition to any Decorator’s collection.
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
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.
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!
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.
Styling was handled by Kruse & Vieira Events who incorporated mercury glass hurricanes, and sculptural brass objects throughout the tablescapes.
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!
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!
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.
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…