BITS & PIECES

Kathryn Ireland Textiles | The Pursuit of Style

You guys, I’m starting to feel a kinship with Eeyore, and am 90% certain that a rain cloud is following me around. I swear it’s been raining every day we’ve been in Raleigh. We leave, beautiful weather; we come back, the rain clouds roll right on in. North Carolinians are promising me this is abnormal, but I’m ready to start googling no-rain dances.

I made a trip back to DC at the end of last week (incidentally, it rained) to check in on projects, and got my sunshine fix at John Rosselli care of Kathryn Ireland’s gorgeous textiles. Happiness on a bolt is what she’s selling and I want all of it. A shot of color and pattern is just the way to start off the week and fight those Monday moods.

Think dry thoughts for us down here!

HOUSE GOALS

Lily Bunn

Lily Bunn
Lily Bunn
Lily Bunn
Lily Bunn
Lily Bunn

One Kings Lane has been killing it with the house tours lately. Honestly I find the site more inspiring than some of my shelter mags–except for you, House Beautiful, nothing but love!

I’ve posted this apartment designed by New York City based interior designer, Lilly Bunn, in the past, but it’s truly one of my all-time favorites so I was thrilled to see a few more snaps on OKL.

From the leopard carpet and moss green velvet headboard in the master, to the bergere outfitted in a Madeline Weinrib ikat in the dining room (and duh, the de Gournay), this project is perfect down to the last detail.

Sigh, #housegoals.

HELLO, NOVEMBER

The Pursuit of Style | November

Chair | Necklace | Slippers | Sweater | Syrup | Blanket | Plate | Napkins | Coat

After spending most of October in South Africa (where it is actually Spring!) I’ve had a tiny bit of Fall FOMO. It’s been awhile since I’ve put together a monthly mood board, and I’m really feeling everything on this one as we say hello to November.

The comfy vibe is on point with my horoscope, which, if it is to be believed, says I’ll be doing some hibernation this month. A fringed fisherman’s sweater, my favorite slippers, and a Pendleton blanket from this new collection sounds like a good recipe for hibernation, no?

Perhaps with a stack of pancakes with this maple syrup (that I’ll unabashedly purchase for the packaging) on marbleized plates if I’m feeling extra indulgent.

The real scene stealer though is this coat which I’m determined to make mine–even though I’ve heard it doesn’t get cold in Raleigh until much later in the season… Hopefully we won’t be hibernating too much as I’d really like to start exploring our new city now that we’re settled!

OUT OF AFRICA

The Pursuit of Style | Safari

The Pursuit of Style - Zebras

The Pursuit of Style | Safari

The Pursuit of Style | Safari

The Pursuit of Style | Safari

The Pursuit of Style | Safari

The Pursuit of Style | Safari


The Pursuit of Style | Safari

The Pursuit of Style | Safari

The Pursuit of Style | Safari

The Pursuit of Style | Safari

The Pursuit of Style | Safari

The Pursuit of Style | Safari

The Pursuit of Style | Safari

We’ve been back from South Africa for a few days, and ohh where to begin? Simply put, it was the trip of a lifetime. Over the past year of planning, everyone I spoke with who had been said that it would be, but perhaps in an effort to manage my own expectations, I brushed off their words as hyperbole and steeled myself against potential disappointment. I was so wrong.

The landscape of South Africa is of another time. The craggy mountains and dusty bush dotted with pistachio colored fever trees are in complete contrast to the verdant valleys of the Cape Winelands, and the brilliant blue waters of the Western Cape. Each only hours to the south.

And then there are the animals. I hope I never forget the elegance of grazing giraffe, the goofy laughter of a hippo braying, the beauty of a leopard’s coat, how a lion rolls on it’s back just like our Golden, Brody, and the tenderness of elephants with their young. It will break my heart if rhinos do become extinct in the wild within the next 8-10 years as predicted due to poaching.

Needless to say, life back in our little apartment is feeling a bit ordinary 😉 , but I’ve come back with so much inspiration that I’m eager to put to use. We stayed at some really lovely places and if you’re interested I’ll share more of our itinerary in the coming weeks.

DINING ROOM BEFORE & AFTER ON DOMINO

Every once and awhile the stars align just so and you find yourself with clients that are not only kind and genuinely wonderful to work with, but also have serious style in their own right, love the things you love, and are willing to take some risks.

When you find clients with that sort of secret sauce, pretty things are bound to happen. Pretty things like this dining room I had the pleasure of working on, which had its 15 minutes of fame yesterday over on Domino!

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

You can check out the before photo in the feature, but I couldn’t resist sharing a few more of the after photos on the blog because this project really is a favorite.

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

My clients were initially on the fence about the statement making size of the capiz shell chandelier we selected, but were willing to take a risk and stretch the boundaries of their comfort zone. Once it was hung they agreed it makes the room.

You can’t tell in these photos, but the dining room is open to the living room through an archway which perfectly frames the chandelier. Right at the edge of discomfort is where all the good stuff happens!

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Instead of a traditional buffet or sideboard, we used the vertical space between the two windows to our advantage for storage. We found an antique china hutch that perfectly fit the dimensions we required and offers ample display space for china and other decorative objects, as well as concealed storage for linens, etc.

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

We lacquered the exterior of the hutch in Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue and papered the interior in an acid yellow Phillip Jeffries grasscloth to offset all of the blue and white throughout the room.

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

I’m always harboring some sort of textile crush, and normally using the object of my affection in a project gets it out of my system, but things are getting serious with the Carolina Irving fabric we used on the drapery panels and Roman shades. I think we might be moving in together in the future. 😉

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

An inset niche became the perfect spot to house cookbooks and a small bar set up. P.S I can’t promise that they’ll improve your prowess in the kitchen, but I can promise that this and this will up your #shelfie game.

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Hope you enjoyed the project peek! It kills me to have to sit on these for so long while I wait for them to be placed, but it’s always exciting in the end to be able to share.

And with that, I’m signing off to enjoy our honeymoon! I’m hoping to be offline for most of the next 2.5 weeks, but I might schedule a few posts while I’m en route. Follow along on Instagram where I undoubtedly will be oversharing photos of zebras, leopards, and giraffes! 😉