The Pursuit of Style | beach bag

bag | bikini | towel |  espadrilles (similar)

Once my birthday has passed, I’m always acutely aware of how few summer days are actually left. After undergoing renovations for the entirety of June & July (talk about poor planning!) the pool in our complex has finally re-opened and I’ve been making up for lost time ever since.

Growing up, we always had a mishmash of LL Bean boat & totes around the house, but until I picked up this one at the beginning of the season I had forgotten how perfect they really are. Originally I planned to use it for trips to the Design Center, but as un-chic as this might make me, I’ve found myself reaching for it daily. Inexpensive and indestructible–what more can you ask for?

Pool time is also when I tackle the stack of magazines I’ve inevitably let litter every surface of our apartment. I think the cover of the summer issue of Conde Nast Traveler is especially chic (it’s since made its way to my inspiration board) and I was excited to see a great little write up about the Halcyon House which I’ve posted about.

This week I’m excited to be finalizing a few presentations and photographing a beautiful blue and white dining room I can’t wait to share with you! Here’s to soaking up every last bit of summer we have left!

29 for 29

Today is my 29th birthday – I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t feeling just the tiniest bit freaked out about leaving my “20 something” years behind me, but from what I’ve heard, your 30s are really where it’s at! Years ago I wrote and shared 26 goals for my 26th year which was a lot of fun so I thought I’d give it another go for 29.

Dinner with Jackson Pollock

Some are frivolous (#12) and some are pretty major (#10) but I’ve come to be a big believer in writing it down to make it happen so let’s see how many of these I’m able to manifest before the big 3-0 next year!

Cheers to making every day count.

P.S I’d love to hear what’s on your list (birthday or not) in the comments!


1.    grow my business and continue to do what I love

2.    practice meditation regularly

3.    send more snail mail

4.    volunteer for a cause I’m passionate about

5.    stop comparing… seriously, stop.

6.    find ways to be a better friend, sister, daughter & wife

7.    have a project featured in a national publication

8.    design and manufacture that product I keep thinking about…

9.    cook at home for one month

10.  buy our first home (or move somewhere that feels like home) (September 2015)

11.   unplug earlier and often


12.  take a flower arranging class

13.  upgrade to grown up luggage (October 2015)

14.  get serious about skincare

15.  add a new original piece of artwork to our collection

16.  invest in a classic to last the next 29 years

17.   learn how to needlepoint

18.  have personal stationery made

19.  read a book about wine


20.  run a half marathon

21.  take a solo trip

22.  master my Nana’s Portuguese cookie recipe

23.  take sailing lessons with Garrett

24.  do something that scares me

25.  hike Table Mountain in South Africa

26.  visit a new state

27.  visit a new country

28.  complete my 52 books in 52 weeks challenge

29.  plan an epic 30th birthday trip with friends


Casa Tua | Miami

Casa Tua | Miami

Casa Tua | Miami

I’ve been to Florida dozens of times, but somehow haven’t spent longer than a layover in Miami. After recently discovering Casa Tua the destination has shot much farther up my to-visit list.

The Mediterranean style villa is an oasis from–what I imagine to be–the frenetic pace of South Beach and I’m feeling especially inspired by its decor.

There’s a bit of a British colonial meets laid back island vibe that reminds me of India Hicks’ home on Harbour Island (one of my all-time favorite interiors!) or maybe even the dining room at The Dunmore. Anyone else seeing it?

Regardless, Casa Tua has completely charmed me. So much so, that I felt inspired to pull together a few pieces to re-create the look. You can never go wrong with blue and white stripes… Or a hint of animal print… Or this book for styling!

Inspired by Casa Tua | The Pursuit of Style

 Photographs |MirrorLamp | Pillows | CoralChairs | Book

P.S this song was stuck in my head the entire time I was writing this post, and with my birthday coming up on Friday I’m officially feeling old!


We had so much fun with Garrett’s family in California–hiking Runyon Canyon, watching Willy Wonka at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (such a cool experience!) and enjoying an amazing meal while watching the sunset over Laguna Beach–but what really made me ready to say ‘West Coast best coast’ was a pilgrimage to Hollywood at Home.

Hollywood at Home | The Pursuit of Style

Recently relocated to a larger showroom in the La Cienega Design QuarterHollywood at Home is the brainchild of one of my very, very, favorite (we’re talking top 5 here!) interior designers, Peter Dunham.

Hollywood at Home | The Pursuit of Style

I’m oblivious to celebrities, but would have been completely star struck if Peter had been in the shop during our visit–and probably would have been too shy to express my admiration for his work!

Hollywood at Home | The Pursuit of Style

There are interior designers who create beautiful rooms, and then there are interior designers who are able to perfectly capture a sense of person or place; whose interiors create an atmosphere and make us feel something. Peter Dunham is one of the latter.

What I love most about his interiors is how expertly layered they are. You could study each project, but the combination of art, antiques, and fabric he employs is entirely singular and inimitable.

Hollywood at Home | The Pursuit of Style

Collecting fabrics for a project is by far my favorite part of the design process. I’m happiest in a showroom with notepad and pencil in hand, and leaving with a bag full of memo samples feels like a present waiting to be unwrapped (or, more accurately, spilled all over my desk!) 

Hollywood at Home | The Pursuit of Style

In addition to his own line of textiles, Hollywood at Home carries many of my personal favorites: Carolina Irving, Penny Morrison, Peter Fasano, and John Robshaw.

Hollywood at Home | The Pursuit of Style

The best part of the large showroom is seeing the fabrics and furniture come to life in the styled vignettes throughout the space. It’s the next best thing to stepping into one of Peter’s interiors from the pages of a shelter magazine.

Hollywood at Home | The Pursuit of Style

I was pretty much the happiest upon entering the back room bedecked in Fig Leaf–how couldn’t you be?!  Normally I’m the first to be ‘over’ a fabric when it starts to become too played out, but as ubiquitous as Fig Leaf has become, I think it’s transcended trend and entered into timeless. There’s just something about those leaves that seems to be universally appealing and surprisingly versatile.

I’m so glad we were able to pop in during our visit to LA and hope you enjoyed the virtual tour!



While we were in L.A. last week, we spent a few days at the Sunset Tower Hotel, an art deco gem in West Hollywood. Built in 1929 by architect Leland A. Bryant, the property exudes old Hollywood glamour.

The Sunset Tower Hotel | The Pursuit of Style

Originally built as luxury apartments, the Sunset Tower has counted Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne and Howard Hughes among its residents.

Thanks to a 2004 restoration by hotelier Jeff Klein, the hotel is once again a favorite among celebrities–especially for its famed Tower Bar whose cozy ambiance provides a discreet oasis.

The Sunset Tower Hotel | The Pursuit of Style

We didn’t spot any celebrities during our stay, but even if we had, I’m pretty sure I’d still have been more impressed by the amazing collection of Cecil Beaton books lining the lobby. As a collector myself, I was more than a little envious!

The Sunset Tower Hotel | The Pursuit of Style

We didn’t make it to the Tower Bar, favoring the more casual poolside cafe, The Terrace, for breakfast each day instead.

Since we were on East Coast time, we woke early enough to have the entire place to ourselves–providing me with ample opportunity to take an embarrassing amount of photos of the bullion fringe trimmed umbrellas and chic cabana tents. Future pool goals. I couldn’t get enough!

The Sunset Tower Hotel | The Pursuit of Style

If you’re visiting L.A. I’d highly recommend a visit. The staff were incredibly accommodating–assisting us in a last minute rental car crisis–and the atmosphere is truly from another time. Plus, those umbrellas. 😉