PETER IN PINK

House Beautiful | Peter Dunham

House Beautiful | Peter Dunham

House Beautiful | Peter Dunham
When asked to name my favorite designers and decorators I’ll happily rattle off a long list; some living, most (sadly) departed. Peter Dunham is always in the top five of that list.

His laid back, California eclectic vibe is often imitated, but never replicated. He manages to successfully straddle the line between bohemia and sophistication–simultaneously elevating the boho and tempering down the sophisticated. The results are the kind of effortless, well-appointed interiors I find myself studying.

Peter recently downsized into a 550 square foot apartment in Los Angeles and though it might be diminutive in size, it’s big on charm and chic. The cheerful pink walls serve as an unexpected backdrop to Peter’s art collection, and as always, his signature textiles steal the show.

Having recently painted our living room lavender, I was excited to see this pastel jewel box. Be sure to read the interview and find the full tour over on House Beautiful!

BITS & PIECES

The Pursuit of Style

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Cape Cod | The Pursuit of Style

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend! I fully intended to be back at it on Monday, but instead spent the past two days hunting around for my camera cord to upload these photos. Where did I ultimately find it you ask? At the bottom of a ginger jar. Yup, I’m as confused as you are.

Our weekend was the perfect mix of work and play. The antique French naturalist book plates above (there are three more) were framed and hung, window treatments were finalized, and millwork and bathroom renovations discussed.

Brody was able to get some swimming in before the storm rolled in, and once it rolled out Garrett and I were able to spend some time on the boat with my family. Coming back to DC just gets harder and harder!

Can you believe we’re almost mid-way through July? Someone hit the pause button, I never want summer to end!

THE RED WHITE & BLUE

The Pursuit of Style

Oversized Hepcat Shades | Seersucker Bikini | Linen Scarf | Blue Dragon Picnic Set | Turquoise 360 Studs | Tri-Color Tote

Have I ever mentioned that the Fourth of July is my favorite holiday? I’m obsessed. It’s the perfect summer day and one that triggers many memories of lazy days spent on the beach or boat, low-key barbeques with friends, and bonfires at night with the fireworks in the background. Perfection.

We decided to make a last minute trip up to the Cape to celebrate, and even though it’s looking like there might be rain, there’s still no place I’d rather celebrate. If I had gotten my act together, my packing list would have looked a little bit like the above: oversized white sunnies, a seersucker bikini, a linen scarf to warm up inevitably sunburned skin when the sun goes down, and a perfectly festive beach bag.

I’ve also been meaning to share these genius tin picnic plates by Mottahedeh. Our wedding caterer tipped me off and now I have to buy a set or two. So chic, right? I’ll be signing off early to enjoy some time at home, but I hope you have a wonderful Fourth!

BITS & PIECES

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley
A few weeks ago we met up with friend, and our talented wedding photographer, Kate Headley, to snap our engagement photos. I wanted to share a few photos of the setting because in my opinion it’s truly one of the most beautiful but surprisingly unknown places in DC.

We decided on the gardens at Dumbarton Oaks for the same reason I decided on our wedding venue–stunning architecture and a sense of history. It was actually The Orangery that sold me. It’s breathtakingly beautiful in person (fourth and fifth photos) and Kate totally caught me obsessing over those lanterns. Typical, right?

As camera shy as I am (no future in fashion blogging here!) it was so fun to spend an afternoon wandering the gardens with Garrett and have Kate as our very own paparazzi. I know we’ll cherish the photos for years to come.

For our garden photos I wore this eyelet dress and these espadrilles, which are probably the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned. I highly recommend them and already have my eye on another pair!

DC friends and out-of-towners, definitely put Dumbarton Oaks on your must-visit list. Next time we’re going back with a picnic packed!

All photos taken by Kate Headley

DESIGN DICTIONARY: HAINT BLUE

The Pursuit of Style | Haint Blue | Capitol Hill

I’ll admit without shame to being a wannabe Southerner. Get me started on the topic of my favorite city, Charleston, and I’ll happily talk your ear off for an hour or two about my daydreams of moving to the Palmetto state and making my Southern Belle fantasies a reality.

When it comes to hospitality, design, and casual elegance, the South (at least my idealized view of it) gets a lot of things right. So, in the spirit of the summer in the South, let me introduce the next entry into the Design Dictionary: Haint Blue.

If you’ve ever noticed the charming painted blue ceiling of a porch, or sunroom, you’re already acquainted with Haint Blue. Introduced to the Lowcountry by the Gullah community who brought the practice with them from Africa, the blue paint is meant to be a bit of a ghost buster.

Ghosts or ‘haints’ were thought to be kept at bay, and misfortune kept from a household by painting porch ceilings, door, or window trim with the blue hue. There are mixed reports as to the significance of the color, some say the blue is meant to represent heaven (a place an evil haint would surely avoid), others that it’s meant to represent water which haints cannot cross.

In the lore of blue painted porches, there’s also a camp that believes blue paint is an insect repellent–the blue mimics sky and dissuades creepy crawlies from nesting. We may not be pulling a fast one on the bugs, but historically paints were milk based and mixed with lye, which is a known insect repellent. Rest assured, your Great Grandmother wasn’t pulling a fast one over on you when she told you to paint your porch ceiling blue to stay bug-free.

Whether you’re trying to keep away bugs or haints, a blue painted ceiling will always be beguiling!

P.S If you’re searching for the perfect paint color, Benjamin Moore’s Palladian Blue and Polar Sky are popular choices.

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