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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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The Pursuit of Style

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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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The Pursuit of Style

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The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

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!