It’s been just over two weeks since we left Charleston and I would be only mildly dramatic in saying I’ve missed it every day. When we initially decided to delay our “real” honeymoon–an African safari–until our first anniversary, I was a little bummed (cue the violins, I know) but our Charleston mini-moon ended up being the perfect getaway.

We called the charming boutique hotel, Zero George, home during our stay, and I can say with confidence that it is the only hotel we will be staying at on subsequent trips to the Holy City.

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Zero George had been on my must-visit list, and after pulling up to the early 1800s restored carriage house and entering through the courtyard, I knew we had made the right decision.

There’s nothing I love more than a thoughtfully designed hotel and the well appointed interiors are sophisticated but still warm and inviting–a delicate balance that I’m convinced Southerners have a natural born gift for creating.
Color this Yankee jealous.

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A European influence–a nod to Charleston’s history as a port city in colonial times–is evident in the design decisions throughout the hotel’s common areas as well as its 18 rooms. I’ve been hunting for a French Louis Philippe mirror similar to the one above for years!

Also note the candles in the fireplace which were lit each evening and created such a romantic ambiance.

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No detail was spared, as evidenced by the sea grass covered guest book and brass key fob.

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These beautiful sculptural brass lamps (similar) were not missed by my roving design eye.

Zero George | The Pursuit of Style

My wedding gift to Garrett was a Lotuff Leather duffel (purchased via Roztayger). A much needed upgrade from the tattered Patagonia he’d been carrying since boarding school.

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At some point each day we ended up reading on the veranda. I picked up a copy of this and laughed my way through with drink in hand, listening to the whir of the fans. It was pretty much perfection and fulfilled all of my Southern belle fantasies.

Zero George | The Pursuit of StyleBreakfast is included with your stay so each morning we nibbled on (or more accurately gorged ourselves on) Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits, quiche, fruit, and prosciutto at a picture perfect bistro table.

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This pair of seafoam crusisers were the latest addition the the Zero George arsenal when we arrived.

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I snapped this photo on our way to dinner at Zero Cafe. Charleston has no shortage of amazing restaurants–a few of which I’ve posted about here–but Chef Vincent Petrillo’s food was so delicious we ended up canceling one of our reservations and dining in for a second night.

The menu changes almost daily and both of our meals were unreal. Garrett thinks the octopus appetizer we had at both dinners was his favorite dish of our entire visit.

I should also add that the staff was unfailingly gracious, friendly, and accomodating. I had booked the room under my name and knowing it was our honeymoon they greeted Garrett as Mr. Souza throughout our entire stay which we found too funny to correct!

If you’re headed to Charleston at any time in the near future we can’t recommend Zero George highly enough, and are looking forward to our next visit.

P.S I hate that I have to qualify gushing reviews, but this post was not sponsored in any way, shape, or form, we just genuinely loved our experience and hope you’ll visit too!


The Pursuit of Style | Bits & Pieces

This riot of color is currently making me insanely happy. My normally type-A self doesn’t even care that my desk is basically unusable because every inch is covered in wallpaper and fabric memos.

I’m working with some fantastic new clients and we’re racing the clock to make some design magic happen before Thanksgiving. Wallpaper is involved and you know that’s my crack.

 More to come… Until then, I’ll be staring at this candy striped moire like a middle school girl with a crush.


Tory Burch | Daniel Romualdez

Tory Burch | Daniel Romualdez

Tory Burch | Daniel Romualdez

I’m not big on Halloween (mainly because I never seem to have my act together in time to come up with a creative costume!) but I am big on the color orange–especially in interiors. With the exception of Aerin Lauder’s East Hampton living room, probably the best execution of the color I’ve seen is Tory Burch’s New York home featured above in Harper’s Bazaar Interiors.

The color is a little more Veuve Cliquot than pumpkin, and paired with vermillion, chocolate brown, and plum it couldn’t be more chic. Exactly why I can’t wait to pick up a copy of her recently released book: Tory Burch: In Color. If you haven’t had a chance to check out her home collection it’s also not to be missed. I hope it continues to grow within the Tory Burch brand, and I’ve said it for years, but I’m going to continue to hold out hope for a design book from Tory.

Happy Halloween!


The Pursuit of Style | The Hob Knob

I came back from our mini-moon feeling like I was ready to take on the world… but the only thing I ended up taking on was my bed, a few boxes of Kleenex, and too many episodes of Blacklist to count.

Whether it was post-wedding exhaustion, or the fact that the weather here in DC has been consistently yo-yoing between 45 and 80 degrees, my body finally called it quits and I spent most of last week/weekend side-lined by a nasty cold.

Silver lining? Logging some serious hours in bed gives me an excuse to share this photo I snapped of one of the (many) beautiful headboards at the Hob Knob–where we spent our wedding weekendand it’s somewhat relevant.

Pretty fantastic, right? Okay, back to taking on the world…


Grey Ebru marble ceramics

Thanksgiving Table Inspiration | The Pursuit of Style

I was recently introduced to Simple Life Istanbul, a new-to-me Turkish lifestyle brand with insanely gorgeous goods and had to share. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, their Ebru ceramics collection has inspired me to up my tablescape game.

Normally I would gravitate towards blue and white (so gorgeous!), but I decided to push myself out of my comfort zone and pull together something a bit more moody and modern. Deep plum pillows and peshtemals were the perfect complement to the grey marbled dinnerware.

Blush flowers add femininity (can you even believe these are faux?!) and I’m envisioning place cards tied to guinea hen feathers and woodfire matches as favors at each place setting. Gorgeous, right? Let’s make this happen.

With peshtemals (Turkish towels–I use them all summer!) in every color of the rainbow, ikat pillows, and beautiful throws, I’m pretty confident Simple Life Istanbul is going to become one of my new go-tos for clients.

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