CHEERS TO 2015

The Pursuit of Style | 2015

When I reflect back on 2014 it’s hard to bring the year into focus in my mind’s eye. So much of it is a blur. It started on the highest of highs as we celebrated our engagement just a week before ringing in the New Year which took us on one wild ride over the next nine months as we planned our Martha’s Vineyard wedding long distance.

Inevitably–as anyone who has ever planned a wedding will tell you–there were lows, but they were completely overshadowed by the unadulterated happiness we felt on our wedding day and during our Charleston mini-moon.

Though the blog was put on the back burner for much of 2014, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with brands I admire: curating a sale with Chairish, creating a paint palette for DC with Farrow & Ball, and traveling to colonial Williamsburg with Benjamin Moore.

One of my proudest accomplishments in 2014 was focusing on my health. I kicked a life-long addiction to Diet Coke cold turkey and transitioned to a primarily wheat, dairy, and sugar free diet after this program changed my life last February (I’m on day 4 of my second round if anyone wants to join!)

Professionally there were changes as well. I juggled a new 9-5 with incredibly rewarding personal projects from Cape Cod all the way to Kentucky. Expect to see more from those projects in 2015!

In retrospect, 2014 was a building year for me; laying the foundation for the goals I hope to bring to fruition over the next year. So, what do I want from 2015?
In short, everything.

Travel: I want to invest more in experiences and take more adventures both near and far. We already have a South African safari on the docket for our honeymoon in early October and plan to extend the trip to include stops in Morocco and London, but I also want to take more spontaneous long-weekends closer to home. The Greenbrier has been on our list but I’d love to hear your recommendations!

Professional: my career goals are a major area of focus for 2015 and my biggest hurdle will be to get out of my own way. It’s time to silence those negative, doubting voices and bet on myself. Let’s make it all happen!

Education: whether a formal class on Photoshop/Illustrator, or finally working my way through A Field Guide to American Houses, I plan to be more intentional with how I spend my time in 2015. More visits to the museums that are at my finger tips and fewer Netflix marathons.

Be Well: both mentally and physically. I plan to continue the healthy habits I laid the groundwork for in 2014, but also focus on eliminating destructive thoughts and behavior. No more comparing my behind the scenes to other people’s highlight reels.

I’ve gotten a little more personal with my goals than I have in years past, but I’m genuinely thrilled to be starting what feels like the next chapter this year. So I’m not alone in laying it all out there, I’d love to hear one of your goals/intentions for the New Year in the comments.

Cheers to 2015!

MARKET WATCH: SIMPLE LIFE ISTANBUL

Grey Ebru marble ceramics

Thanksgiving Table Inspiration | The Pursuit of Style

I was recently introduced to Simple Life Istanbul, a new-to-me Turkish lifestyle brand with insanely gorgeous goods and had to share. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, their Ebru ceramics collection has inspired me to up my tablescape game.

Normally I would gravitate towards blue and white (so gorgeous!), but I decided to push myself out of my comfort zone and pull together something a bit more moody and modern. Deep plum pillows and peshtemals were the perfect complement to the grey marbled dinnerware.

Blush flowers add femininity (can you even believe these are faux?!) and I’m envisioning place cards tied to guinea hen feathers and woodfire matches as favors at each place setting. Gorgeous, right? Let’s make this happen.

With peshtemals (Turkish towels–I use them all summer!) in every color of the rainbow, ikat pillows, and beautiful throws, I’m pretty confident Simple Life Istanbul is going to become one of my new go-tos for clients.

P.S use code: SIMPLE20 for 20% off!

A PILLOW PROJECT WITH TIGER LILY’S

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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!

WHITE BOX CHALLENGE WITH JOY & REVELRY

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When Paloma invited me to take part in Joy & Revelry’s White Box Challenge by styling a mystery item from her shop I said yes immediately. Everything in her shop is expertly curated so I knew I wouldn’t have a problem finding a way to style whatever arrived. Plus, who doesn’t love getting surprise packages?

When my silverleaf tray arrived I knew exactly how I’d use it. While I love my boyfriend dearly, I do not love the pile of clutter that is perpetually taking over our bureau. The black metal greek key handles added just enough masculinity to the weighty silverleaf tray for what I had in mind.

While my boyfriend wrapped up some work downstairs I covertly got to styling his stuff. Receipts and discarded bits of paper were thrown away, a small dish was added to corral the millions of pennies he’s always dumping out of his pockets, and the cologne his Dad is always gifting him got lined up neatly. I also couldn’t resist adding one of the cheeky Playboy Club ashtrays I saved from my One Kings Lane sale (even though I find it far more amusing than he does.)

I thought for sure I’d get some grief when he discovered my little project, but surprisingly he was thankful for the clean up. Brings a whole new definition to manscaping, right?

P.S Head on over to Joy & Revelry for 10% off with code LDV_WHITEBOX_10!