LATELY I’VE BEEN…

Good Vibes Only

 this sign is 100% – a must have for my new office?

I’m SO excited to usher in a new month. Guys, I don’t know what it was, but last month had some bad juju. It started with a smashed car window welcoming us home from vacation, was quickly followed up by a flat tire in the fast lane of 495, two stolen packages (hope you’re loving your new long lashes, an upgrade to the best bras, and my favorite sandals, jerk!), a broken water heater upon moving into our new house and a sink that kicked the bucket shortly thereafter. What the what? Sincere apologies to whoever I maligned to receive such a karmic kick in the pants. Message received, over and out.

Misadventures aside, the month wasn’t without its bright spots. We kicked things off with a last minute trip home to the Cape for the Fourth. I’ll drive any distance for some salt air, sand beneath my toes, and a clam strip roll – really it’s all about the clam strip roll.

The Pursuit of Style Provincetown

This view isn’t too shabby either….

The Pursuit of Style Clutch

I’ve been carrying this clutch all summer long. Best accessory purchase of the season! I can’t find the exact one online – I bought mine at Fleur in Raleigh – but shop other styles here. Also, if you find yourself in Provincetown, eat on the back patio of The Canteen. I’ll vouch for their lobster roll.

The Pursuit of Style Provincetown House

I tore through a ton of easy beach reads to unwind. Some favorites included: Eight Hundred Grapes, Barefoot, In a Dark, Dark, Wood (if you liked The Girl on the Train you’ll love this one!) One I didn’t love was Rich and Pretty anticlimactic plot line and not particularly likable characters.

After vacation it was all about werk, werk, werk. Thankfully none of my foibles last month extended into my professional life. A few bits and pieces from current projects below. I love that each and every project I’m working on right now has such a different vibe.

Lindsay Speace Interior Design | Paul Yanko

In Logan Circle this 4′ x 4′ abstract by Paul Yanko is enlivening a modern industrial condo. An awesome mix of pillows is coming soon to the sectional below.

Lindsay Speace Interior Design | Spool Chair

In an Annapolis project it’s all about classic Americana. Red, white, and blue, baby!

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Here in Raleigh it’s serene ice blues and grays for this master bedroom – at least for now. Custom coral bordered bedding is coming down the pipe!

Lastly, my Georgetown kitchen reno is finally complete and that bad boy is getting its own post as soon as I have it professionally shot. It’s come a long way!

So that’s what I’ve been up to – oh, and moving into our new house – but we’ll save #homespeacehome updates for its own post. 😉

PUTTING DOWN ROOTS

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

In all my years of blogging, this is the post I’ve wanted to write the most: we bought a house! We closed two weeks ago after a roller coaster ride of inspections and negotiations (followed by even more inspections and negotiations…) but I’m thrilled to finally be able to say that we’re putting down roots in Raleigh.

I’m a homebody without question and not having a sense of permanence or a place that felt truly our own left me feeling unmoored these past 2-3 years. Professionally, it was like the cobbler’s children who had no shoes.

Architecturally, our new home is exactly what we said we didn’t want (isn’t it funny how that happens?) more 1950s ranch than 1890s federal (hard to come by in a young city like Raleigh), but we love the neighborhood, the big backyard, and the room to grow if we choose.

Right now it has grasscloth wallpaper that has been painted over (from the first time grasscloth was cool), lacquered brass switch plates, registers, and door knobs (again, from the first time brass was cool) and an unidentifiable but distinct smell it will take me an arsenal of Diptyque to defeat, but the bones are good, the potential is endless, and most importantly it’s ours.

I’ll be sharing peeks here and there along the way and am accepting all ideas for witty Instagram hashtags. 😉

BITS & PIECES

The Pursuit of Style | Mario Lopez Torres

Oh hi. Popping back in from the depths of blogging obscurity. Life has been particularly crazy this past month, but more on that later. For now, let’s ease back into the swing of things by reveling in all the whimsical glory of my new Mario Lopez Torres giraffe lamp found at a favorite new Raleigh haunt: Urbage.

The jury’s still out on whether it’s normal to buy pieces for the future nursery of your yet to be conceived children, but I’ve come to realize there’s no greater regret than a one-of-a-kind piece left behind, so until he’s needed elsewhere this guy will be dressing up my desk. Smiles all day long guaranteed.

Other items of note: the custom storage ottomans just back from the workroom in a vibrant Guatemalan striped woven. There is a serious lack of attractive storage furniture out there and pieces like these are so versatile!

I’m considering having a few more made in my favorite fabrics, any interest? We’re all about form and function over here.

PROJECT REVEAL: BABY GIRL’S NURSERY

Lindsay Speace Interior Design | Nursery

Lindsay-Speace-Interior-Design-Nursery-3

Lindsay Speace Interior Design | Nursery

Lindsay Speace Interior Design | Nursery

Lindsay Speace Interior Design | Nursery

Lindsay Speace Interior Design | Nursery

Lindsay Speace Interior Design | Nursery

One of the first projects I took on when we moved to Raleigh this fall was a nursery design for a sweet young couple. They had just moved into their first home–a 1950s white brick beauty–in November and baby girl was set to make her debut in February. We began work after Thanksgiving and were finished just in time to welcome baby Caroline home (ultimately she was gracious enough to wait a week so we could get her cornices installed 😉 )

I’ve shared a few peeks (here and here) along the way, and am happy to share the completed space with you today! My client is the epitome of Southern charm and grace and had collected a few special pieces to incorporate. We decided on a feminine but sophisticated scheme that would could easily transition from baby to toddler to pre-teen.

My jumping off point was a favorite hummingbird wallpaper. My client requested a serene space so I proposed papering the ceiling to provide visual interest, and neutral walls to keep the space from feeling busy. A buffalo plaid check provided the requisite pink and pom pom trim added some whimsy to the custom cornices.

Two of my favorite details in the room are the scalloped fixture we had lacquered in pale pink and trimmed in gold (to coordinate with the bathroom off the nursery) and the sweet mobile above the crib. Isn’t the combination of animals my client selected adorable?

Nurseries are always such a joy to decorate. There’s so much excitement, anticipation, and the opportunity to be more playful than you might in other areas of your home. I hope you enjoyed this one!

photos by Anna Routh