SAM ALLEN INTERIORS | LCDQ LEGENDS

Sam Allen Interiors | LCDQLA Legends

Sam Allen Interiors | LCDQLA Legends

Sam Allen Interiors | LCDQLA Legends

Sam Allen Interiors | LCDQLA Legends

I’ve been unabashedly stalking photos from last week’s La Cinega Design Quarter Legends events in California and thought y’all needed to see this space designed by interior design wunderkind Sam Allen Interiors.

Sam has been designing insanely inspiring spaces since he was sixteen. Yes, sixteen. When I was sixteen I was wholeheartedly convinced fame and fortune awaited me as an attorney… funny how things work out.

Anyway, I’ve been devouring Sam’s peeks via Instagram and adore his orange and blue color palette inspired from a collection of Imari porcelain. Orange and blue are my college colors, and (perhaps because of one-too-many orange and blue emblazoned pieces of paraphanelia) a combination I’ve never been inclined to think of as inherently chic, but consider my tune changed.

The Suzanne Rheinstein for Lee Jofa fabric shown on the arm chair is an all time favorite and one I’m further committed to using in a project (who’s up for it?!) and don’t even get me started on that skirted table with bullion fringe- very Daniel Romouldez for Tory Burch and I love it.

It’s been far too long since I’ve been out to California (although we do have a trip planned this summer!) so I’m just throwing this out there to the Universe to make it happen– next year I need to make it out to this event. Even better, in the next five years how amazing would it be to design a window of my own? Dream big and make it happen, Universe!

THANK YOU

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Just popping in to say a heart felt thank you for all of your kind comments and emails about yesterday’s One Room Challenge reveal! The truth is, being a small business owner is equal parts exhilarating and terrifying. So incredibly rewarding, but also all consuming and with those inevitable moments of isolation and feelings of self doubt.

For every beautiful photoshoot day there are about a hundred not so glamorous days (ironically like yesterday’s marathon 6:00am to 9:00pm accounting sesh!) but taking this leap has been my proudest accomplishment and I would be remiss if I didn’t take the opportunity to let you know just how much your words of support mean to this ol’ sap.

I can’t imagine anything I’d love doing more, so cheers to embracing the days with left over photoshoot flowers decorating my desk, right along with the days of pushed backorder dates, damaged items, and constantly wondering why an accounting course wasn’t a requirement in college, but Bio was! 😉

P.S anyone else feel bad about snubbing carnations when they were younger? They’re kind of like the boy we didn’t want to date in high school: ended up being kind of sweet and stuck around a hell of a lot longer than the showoffs (I’m looking at you ranunculus!)

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE | WEEK SIX

Six weeks have flown by and the day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here: the big reveal! If you’re dropping by The Pursuit of Style for the first time today, welcome! I’m an interior designer based in Washington, DC and for the One Room Challenge my wonderful clients gave me the opportunity to share the transformation of their master bedroom in their 1940s condo.

To see where we began this journey click on over to week one.

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

My marching orders were to create a space that was the perfect balance of masculine and feminine to reflect both my clients personalities, maximize functionality in a small space, and satisfy their love of color and pattern in a classic way.

We updated several existing pieces (i.e the bed frame, white dresser, and closet system) and invested in new, high quality, custom pieces where appropriate which will easily transition with them throughout the next chapters of their lives.

To read more about the three design schemes we considered click over to week three.

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

My clients chose to keep their existing bed frame for its storage capacity, but to freshen up its look and provide a focal point I designed a custom headboard upholstered in William Yeoward’s Vignatella (to-the-trade) accented with a brass nailhead on leather trim.

To give the illusion that the wall mounted headboard and existing frame were a single piece, I had the old cream frame cover reupholstered in a coordinating solid navy linen fabric.

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Our next–and possibly my favorite–investment was a pair of custom grasscloth wrapped nightstands from Liven Up Design. We decided upon a peacock blue Phillip Jeffries wallpaper that has the most beautiful luminous finish.

We significantly increased the size of their previous nightstands and the combination of a lower shelf and central drawer offers both concealed and plain sight storage. Wall mounted sconces with custom shades open up surface area for important things like massive flower arrangements. 😉

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

The grasscloth is sealed to protect against any spills. I seriously might need to design another pair of these nightstands for myself. Can’t recommend Liven Up Design’s workmanship highly enough!

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

My clients love color and pattern (which is just one of the reasons I love working with them!) so we mixed a vintage suzani lumbar pillow with a colorfully striped bolster I designed and had custom made to punch things up.

The vertical lines of the headboard fabric and bolster pillow work to draw your eye up this wall which, although you can’t see in these photos, is stunted by a bulkhead containing the HVAC ductwork.

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

A natural fiber rug grounds the room and provides texture. This one is actually quite soft underfoot and hides any dirty paw prints from their adorable pup, Zoey–she’s making her dog model debut at the bottom of the post!

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

We considered layering this gorgeous green and peacock blue vintage Turkish rug I recently scored at Market, but my clients ultimately decided they preferred an un-layered look.

Shoot me an email at lindsay@lindsayspeace.com if you’re interested in purchasing–I’ll be sad to part with it but would love for it to find a happy forever home! (SOLD)

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

One of the major changes to the floor plan to make this space more functional (discussed in week two) was consolidating two smaller storage pieces with one eight drawer dresser.

It was a bit of a splurge, but one my clients are so happy they made as they will enjoy it for years to come. I love the movement of the grain in the walnut. Modern day heirloom status, for sure!

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

In my projects the jumping off point of a scheme is usually fabric or art, and this project was no exception. I’ve been working with my clients for over a year, so when I discovered this piece by Kristi Kohut I knew they’d love it! It really unifies the room and enabled us to incorporate so many colors, but the watercolor quality makes it serene rather than jarring. We selected a simple brushed brass frame from my go-to local framer for a modern look.

Developing a relationship with clients to the point you’re able to say “this is so them” is one of the things I love most about interior design; a room really should look like its inhabitants and not its decorator! Crystal lamps (to-the-trade) flank the piece without detracting from it.

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Everyone needs a way to corral the clutter that inevitably finds its way onto dresser tops. Help your husband/wife/significant other help themselves with a set of these leather catchalls from Mark & Graham. No more excuses, problem solved!

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

My clients’ existing dresser and closet system hardware was updated to a brass finish for a fresh new look that coordinated perfectly with the other hints of brass in the room.

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Previously this space was occupied by one of the two smaller dressers in the room. Consolidating storage allowed us to hang a floor length mirror which is super functional, but also visually enlarges this small space.

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

In any design project it’s important to determine who the decision makers are, and pup Zoey definitely has discerning taste! It’s tough to say since she plays her cards close to the chest, but I’d like to think she’s pretty thrilled with her new digs!

If this were the Academy Awards, I’d have a lot of people to thank and they’d likely start playing the music on me… First, to my clients for their generosity in allowing me to share their home and for their patience and trust; second, my talented photographer Kate Headley for capturing everything so beautifully; to the workrooms and vendors who made everything happen on time; Linda of Calling it Home for inviting me to participate, and of course, to everyone who’s been following along for their kind words of support!

Thanks for joining me today, if you’d like to continue to follow along my design adventures you can find me on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, & Twitter.

If you’d like to work together to design a home you love (e-design available) visit my portfolio site, or shoot me an email at lindsay@lindsayspeace.com–I’d love to hear from you!

Today really feels like Christmas morning with so many reveals to check in on. Don’t miss my fellow participants spaces below. Everyone’s been working so hard these past six weeks I’m so excited to see the final results!

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BITS & PIECES

The Pursuit of Style

 Somebody’s got a case of the Mondays…caught in the act my friends, caught in the act. While one of us lazes the day away, I’ll be over at casa One Room Challenge getting it zhushed up, photographed, and ready for its internet debut on Wednesday. I’ll try and share a sneak peek or two over on Insta.

After all, fresh flowers, a perfectly made bed, and expertly styled vignettes are the aspirational illusions Insta dreams are made of, right? 😉 Jokes aside, I love photoshoot days and really can’t wait to share this space with you later this week!

TRADITIONAL HOME JUNIOR LEAGUE HIGH POINT SHOWHOUSE | PART TWO

Earlier this week I took you on a virtual tour of the Traditional Home Junior League of High Point Showhouse and today we’re going to wrap up our visit with a re-cap of the upstairs and carriage house.

If I had to pick a favorite room of the entire showhouse–an impossible decision–it might be the daughter’s bedroom designed by Charlotte based interior designer, Catherine Austin.

Catherine Austin Interior Design | Traditional Home Junior League High Point Showhouse

The abstract painting over the vanity will undoubtedly be one I think about for years to come. It perfectly unified the shades of pastels and more vibrant pinks and purples throughout the room.

Catherine Austin Interior Design | Traditional Home Junior League High Point Showhouse

I’m a big proponent of a pelmet and this one had the perfect amount of whimsy while still being tailored. Let’s do more pelmets, people!

Parker Kennedy | Traditional Home Junior League High Point Showhouse

This bedroom designed by Parker Kennedy was another showstopper. Thibaut’s Tanzania wallpaper enveloped the room and accents of emerald green made for one chic retreat.

Parker Kennedy | Traditional Home Junior League High Point Showhouse

Parker Kennedy | Traditional Home Junior League High Point Showhouse

Sometimes I think I was meant to live in 1960s Palm Beach- I might have missed my era, but I can’t get enough faux bamboo, fretwork, or chinoiserie.

Parker Kennedy | Traditional Home Junior League High Point Showhouse

Parker Kennedy | Traditional Home Junior League High Point Showhouse

When in doubt, group books by color for visual impact.

Laura Covington | Traditional Home Junior League High Point Showhouse

This serene bedroom designed by Laura Covington was another favorite. As popular as it is, I still haven’t tired of that Paule Marrot artwork.

Laura Covington | Traditional Home Junior League High Point Showhouse

A pretty quadrille pillow atop the sweetest Oomph slipper chair.

The English Room | Traditional Home Junior League High Point Showhouse

Talented designer and fellow One Room Challenge participant, Holly Phillips of The English Room, took us on a walk on the wild side with her space and I loved it! Holly has an amazing eye for art and naturally I was coveting her Sally King Benedict which hung above a cobalt velvet sofa.

So there you have it! My highlights from the Traditional Home Junior League of High Point Showhouse. I hope it was the next best thing (terrible iPhone photos aside) to being there!

Have a great weekend!