I didn’t have a dog in the fight on Superbowl Sunday (let’s be serious, even if I did, I’m only watching for the commercials and half time show) but I do have a new pair of porcelain pooches on my bookshelf.
My sister remembered I was on the hunt and picked up this sweet ring box for me from a shop in Roanoke, VA. Pretty cute, right? Decidedly much less high maintenance than our real pooch, Brody.
P.S if you’re looking, you can almost always find a a good selection here.
As January came to a close this week, I found myself feeling disappointed in what I had accomplished in the first month of the New Year. Re-committing to green juicing and clean eating didn’t happen, I never signed up for that first barre class I wanted to, and this blog fell by the wayside as wedding planning frustratingly began to consume my life–well, at least my free time–and all the changes I had hoped to implement moved to the back burner.
But that’s the beauty of a new month (or week, or even day!) it’s a clean slate. I decided February 1 would be my chance to course correct and re-center after feeling like things had started to spin out of my control. So here we go. Inspiration for turning over a new leaf!
For Your Netflix Queue:
-I never expected to find professional motivation in a film about an 85 year old sushi legend, but this one lit a fire under my butt. The most memorable quote: “Once you decide on your occupation… you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That’s the secret of success… and is the key to being regarded honorably.”
For Your Frame of Mind:-I wish I had watched this video before heading to the frame store earlier this week. Can’t wait to share my new art all gussied up.
For 30 Days:-I’ll be doing this. I’m hoping that posting about it here will keep me accountable. Has anyone else tried it?
-Looks like I’ll be ordering these for the next month!
For Your Inner Monet:-I’m obsessed with this new app. Everything looks better in watercolor. I bet it’s a great way to entertain little ones too (judging by how much fun I have watching it do its magic!)
For the State of the Blog:
-This was an interesting article and something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. What comes next?
Happy Super Bowl Sunday!
Going on a safari ranks pretty high on my ‘must do before I die’ list. I can’t even tell you how many shades of green with envy I turned when I found out my parents were going to South Africa to celebrate their wedding anniversary this fall. Jealousy can be a more vicious beast than any you’d encounter in the bush.
The Robb Report’s travel issue landed on our doorstep earlier this week which only further stoked my wanderlust and Out of Africa daydreams. An article on the newly opened Singita Castleton, a private safari lodge in South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve, had me wishing for a few million in the bank.
Formerly a private home, Singita Castleton consists of a main house, six individual cottages, a swimming pool, wine cellar, gym, tennis court, spa treatment room, and private chef. Talk about glamping, right? A visit is going firmly on my ‘someday’ list (if only for the purpose of dreaming big) but for now I’m taking inspiration from the decor.
Black and white botanicals, woven African baskets, and a simple flatweave rug combine to make the most luxe safari lodge I’ve ever seen. And then there’s that gorgeous bathroom with its steel frame doors and subway tile… straight to the inspiration files!
On my most recent trip to the Design Center I made sure to swing by the Duralee showroom to check out the gorgeous new collection designed by Anne Foster and Suysel DePedro Cunningham of the NYC based design firm, Tilton Fenwick.
As a longtime admirer of Tilton Fenwick’s work (see a few of my favorite projects in this post) I knew their collaboration with Duralee wouldn’t disappoint, but I was blown away by the expansive collection of updated classics in intriguing colorways.
Three of my favorites are above (clockwise from top): Olsen, Paboreal, and Sissy–I just can’t get enough of the coral, light blue, and peacock all mixing together in that print. Ahh it’s enough to make me want to redecorate my entire apartment!
Congratulations, Anne and Suysel! Looking forward to using these in future projects and can’t wait to see what you ladies come up with next.
Photo by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style
A three post day? I think this might be a first, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t remind you that you only have a few hours left to enter to win a custom Society Social sofa over on Style Me Pretty Living. Having trouble narrowing down your options? I suggest taking a peek at Project Sofa. You might even recognize a familiar face in the mix!
I was so thrilled when Roxy asked me to be a part of the project and gave it my boldest and brightest effort with the Geranium red Carroway you see above. For some reason it makes me think of the opening of Bring It On: “I’m still! Big Red!”