THE SECRET GARDEN

Secret Garden Wedding: Allison + Paul

Secret Garden Wedding: Allison + Paul

Secret Garden Wedding: Allison + Paul

Secret Garden Wedding: Allison + Paul
Now that our Save the Dates have officially been sent, I’ve been able to focus on the details for our October wedding and it’s finally starting to feel real! I recently stumbled across this California wedding and the details just blew me away so I knew I had to share.

Inspired by the bride’s favorite classic novel, The Secret Garden, the vibe was boho-English garden party and I think they totally nailed it. I mean, those table cards!!! I would like numbers 3, 5, and 15 made into fabrics and also wouldn’t mind having that rug in the bottom right photo!

Cheers to Allison and Paul for what looks to have been a magical day!

via Green Wedding Shoes

AT HOME WITH JEAN COCTEAU

Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau
The next time I find myself in France (which will hopefully be sooner rather than later) a trip to Maison Cocteau in Milly-la-Forêt will be at the top of my must-visit list.

Home to the famed poet, writer, director, designer, and potter, Jean Cocteau, Maison Cocteau houses a 500 piece collection of drawings, photographs, and sculptures.

As much as I’m an admirer of Cocteau’s quirky art, what I’d really like to see is the interior which was designed in partnership with one of my 20th century design idols, Madeline Castaing.

Leopard upholstered walls, a pink quilted canopy bed, and what looks to be a block printed wallpaper that I’d really like to find a reproduction of today, are a feast for the eyes.

Who’s up for a field trip?

DOORS OF DC

Georgetown, DC | The Pursuit of Style

Georgetown, DC

You may have already caught this guy on Instagram, but I’m still obsessed so I thought I’d share here as well in case you missed it.

The louvered door, powder blue high gloss paint, and fox knocker are just perfection. Reminds me of something you might see in a Wes Anderson film, no?

SHOP TALK: LUCKY DEN

I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of luxury recently; what it means to me, and how I choose to incorporate luxury items into my lifestyle. For me, luxury isn’t about the label or price tag, it’s about quality and craftsmanship. It’s also about beauty. Indulging in the little things that enhance our day-to-day existence, like a lucite vanity set or pewter vase that just begs for a single peony.

A few months ago I had the pleasure of connecting with Felicia Marquie, founder of Lucky Den, an online retailer of luxury home décor, textiles, and gifts. We chatted about a shared love of linens, how her past positions led her to launch Lucky Den, and of course, we chatted luxury. From malachite boxes, to intricately embroidered pillows, to abstract art, you’ll find a bevy of beauty at Lucky Den.

I hope you’ll enjoy learning more about Felicia in the interview below!
(Psst: don’t miss the exclusive discount for The Pursuit of Style readers!)

Lucky DenMalachite Box Collection | Cabo Diamond Ikat Pillow | Pewter Octagonal Vase | Mustique Zig Zag Shibori Pillow | Bottle with Wood Ball CapOjai Blue Pillow | Crystal Coasters | Lucite Vanity Collection

Tell us about your background and why you decided to launch an online boutique.
My experience building luxury home décor brands is wide-ranging having spent my professional career working alongside some of the most influential designers of today in key positions that allowed me a view into the business from many angles; product design, manufacture, marketing and managing retail and wholesale operations.

During this time, I recognized a niche in a market that I already believe in. A niche to provide luxury items in a single location that was not a flash sale site or a discount store. Using this knowledge and some market research, I took my passion for quality and luxury goods and used my experience to start Lucky Den luxury home boutique to fill that void.

How do you define luxury?
Luxury is a feeling of comfort and enjoyment that celebrates
the design and craftsmanship of products created in that vein.

What do you look for when buying for Lucky Den?
When sourcing products, I focus on finding quality made handmade products, items made using organic materials, and most importantly, one-of-a-kind items. Within those groups, I also look for products created using exquisite materials and are distinctly unique from everyday mass-produced varieties. I also seek out items that have an heirloom appeal, for example, fine art and hand-blown glass.

Where do you think it’s important to invest when our budgets only allow for a little luxury in our life?
Fine art pieces and well-made home décor are great investments because luxury items such as these can be pass down the generational lines, thereby increasing the value.

What are your goals for Lucky Den in the next year?
In the next year, I want Lucky Den to be known by many of the interior designers that specialize in high-end luxury items.The overall goal for Lucky Den is for it to become the web site that interior designers and homeowners alike come to for all of their design needs; from luxury bedding and pillows to one of a kind home décor items.

Best piece of business advice you’ve ever been given: Be flexible!

Since we all should have a little luxury in our lives, use code STYLE15 to save 15% at Lucky Den. Happy shopping!

Keeping it Real: This post was sponsored by Lucky Den, a small business I’m happy to support!

IN PURSUIT

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Serena & Lily Palm Beach Mirror | Furbish Blue Leaves Tablecloth | Hunters Alley Goblets | Baja Fabric | Gap Ballet Flats | Equipment Pajamas |

 This mirror is everything. I want to use it in every project for ever and ever (at least until I’m on to a new obsession next week). I stumbled upon this tablecloth and set of goblets independently of one another, but I think they’d make a perfect pair for a spring fête.

It’s a little bit granny chic, but I’m kind of loving this fabric. Consider it an alternative to the ubiquitous Fig Leaf (which I still have an undying love for). I can never have enough ballet flats and the price on this pair is just right.

On the other end of the spectrum, these pajamas are a major investment, but I can’t help but think they’d be adorable to get ready in on my wedding day. Don’t these delicate earrings laurel earrings have some serious every day potential? Love ‘em!