Fig leaf on fig leaf in our entry
2016 has been getting the short end of the stick (with good reason on the global and national scene—if you haven’t seen this scary movie parody it’s pretty hilarous!) but personally and professionally it was an overwhelmingly positive year that’s left me feeling very grateful.
In early 2016 I hit the ground running and ultimately tripled my client load with projects in Annapolis, DC, Durham, Cape Cod, New York, Raleigh and Virginia. Lots of beautiful things to photograph in 2017 and maybe time to consider expanding the team with an intern. This sweet nursery was a favorite I did manage to get photographed in 2016. I’m hoping for more nurseries in 2017, they really are my favorite. If you’re preggo, let’s chat. 😉
Admittedly, juggling my own work travel and adjusting to Garrett’s new work schedule with more travel and longer trips was one of the biggest challenges of 2016. Thankfully we did manage to fit in some personal trips (or join each other on work trips) and visited Dallas, Cape Cod, Charleston, Charlottesville, LA, Tulum, and Vermont.
Even though it felt like we spent most of 2016 living out of a suitcase, we did officially put down roots in Raleigh and bought our first home. I shared some progress (and then dropped the ball on updates) but you can see bits & pieces on Insta. Locally, I was also excited to have the opportunity to design a chair to support a local charity.
As we usher in 2017, I’m focusing on intentions rather than resolutions and my intention this year is to be fearless.
So, let’s do this 2017!
A few weeks ago Moda Operandi (my favorite site to visit when I’m feeling fast and loose with my budget) had a fabulous Tory Burch Pre-Fall 2017 trunkshow. Unfortunately (because I’m a bad blogger and this post has been sitting in my drafts), the trunkshow has since ended, but I still think it’s worth sharing because I find it extra inspiring.
Italian furniture designer, Gabriella Crespi, was reportedly the muse for the collection, but I can’t help but be reminded of Carolina Irving’s Manhattan apartment. Going down the design rabbit hole even further, the flower on the dress and kaftan in the first and third photos is a dead ringer for Schumacher’s Ottoman Flower wallpaper.
Though the collection is intended for Fall of next year, the jewel tones and metallics feel especially festive and relevant this holiday season. Wouldn’t you agree?
De Gournay shared this beautiful vignette on Instagram last week and I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind ever since. Their stunning hand painted papers truly are works of art and these custom lamp shades are next level genius.
I need to do some more investigating as to how I can make these a reality in my life. Until we are in our forever home, lamp shades are surely more advisable than including “wallpaper will not convey” in a real estate contract…
And just like that, it’s December. I hope you all had a lovley Thanksgiving. It made me so happy to read via your comments that you’re still coming back to blogs for the conversation. I’ve been missing it too.
So let me share a deep, dark design secret I’ve been harboring… I’m afraid blue and white’s becoming trendy. Perhaps trendy isn’t the word, because there really isn’t a more classic color combination, but it’s undeniably been having a moment and I’ve found myself hitting pause.
Until, of course, I stumbled across this timeless Nicholas Haslam bedroom which has completely charmed me. Perhaps it’s the particularly lovely shade of Prussian blue, or maybe it’s those cornice boards–which I may need to shamlessly copy in my own bedroom–but of the moment or not, I’m resoundingly back on team blue and white.
My ginger jar collection is relieved.
After finishing off an extra generous slice of apple pie I’m digging into another indulgence: holiday sales. I normally find Black Friday to be super overwhelming, so I’ve narrowed down my list to six I’ve hit tonight.
Furbish Studio – 20% Off w/ Code: HOLIDAY20
Moon & Lola – 30% Off w/ Code: MERRY30
- Because who’s not obsessed with their dog?
- Loving these turquoise and tortoise beauties.
Nordstrom – extra 20% off selected sale items
- This is such a classic piece.
- I’ve seen such dramatic results after using this product for three months.
Serena & Lily – 20% Off w/ Code: THANKYOU
- this sale is HUGE! Take advantage of savings on big ticket items like rugs, furniture – I adore this, this & this – and lighting.
Shopbop – Buy More, Save More w/ Code: GOBIG16
Tuckernuck – 20% Off w/ Code: GIVE20, 25% Off $500+ w/ Code: GIVE25, 30% OFF $1000+ w/ Code: GIVE30
- the spot for baubles to complete your holiday looks. These, these, and these are my picks.