As is typical in decorating projects, what was initially just a living room, dining room overhaul has since expanded to include a study for my Dad. He fell in love with this desk (in antiqued coffee finish) which led to us to converting an under utilized sitting room into a man cave. After 20+ years being outnumbered by me, my sister, and mom I think it’s well deserved, right?
I want the space to be handsome and classic, but also want to turn tradition on its head in some way which is where the antelope carpet comes in–I’m still kind of shocked (in an eeeeek I’m SO excited kind of way) that my Dad approved it!
White horizontal beadboard wainscoting runs throughout the room and the one point I’m still trying to win is painting the walls Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy. Who would have thought antelope carpet would be an easier sell?
If all goes as planned, I’m hoping to have photos to share in the New Year!
P.S help me win this one–the Hale Navy makes the room, right?
Anyone else feel like they need to wobble their way to the gym today? Really hoping I’m not alone on that one! I’m headed back to DC after spending Thanksgiving with my family on the Cape and thought I’d share some photos of our Thanksgiving table.
We have a small family and normally keep things pretty casual. This year we threw together our table somewhat last minute using a linen tablecloth, rattan chargers, simple white dishes, and my favorite feather napkins (no longer available but purchased here) tied with raffia.
The brass pheasants were a last minute addition found on a side table in another room of the house. It’s always good to hunt through what you have before buying something new!
What I was most excited about though, was the newly installed seafoam green grasscloth wallpaper–you can see the tiniest peek in the top right of the first photo. Can’t wait to share a full reveal when the room is finished!
Photos by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style
-I’ve always gravitated towards residential interior design more than commercial, but I think I could easily live in Martin Brudnizki’s restaurants. Read his tips for creating an inviting dining space here.
-The shots in this winter catalog made me feel a little surge of hometown pride for DC.
For Your Leftovers:
-How to build a better turkey sandwich.
For Predicting the Future:
-I was thrilled to share my 2014 design trend prediction on House Beautiful this week. What are yours? Anything you hope will be on its way out?
For a Discount on Designer Duds:
-Don’t miss Net-A-Porter’s amazing annual sale.
1. Jayson Home Sabie Lamp | 2. Tory Burch Beetle iPhone Case | 3. High Street Market English Blue Bird Print | 4. Virginia Johnson Geranium Candle | 5. Horchow Coral Sculpture | 6. Gap Hair Calf Tote | 7. Nest Hand Cream Set | 8. Marc by Marc Jacobs Zebra iPhone Case | 9. High Street Market Flying Stick Insect | 10. C.Wonder Zebra Belt Buckle | 11. Kenneth Jay Lane Necklace | 12. Anthropologie Giraffe Trinket Dish
Can’t you just picture The Naturalist reading Osa Johnson’s I Married Adventure on the metro and daydreaming about an African safari? Maybe it’s my own naturalist tendencies, but this was one of my favorite gift guides to put together.
I really hope this iPhone case (save up to 25% today!) ends up in my stocking and I’m kind of in disbelief that this necklace is only $28! I’d love to use these lamps in a project and would totally buy these just for the packaging (tip: buy the set and split them up for hostess gifts/stocking stuffers).
To help you hunt I’ve broken down some gifts by kingdom: