I hinted I had some personal news earlier this week and am excited to finally come clean… It’s time to pack up the ginger jars because we’re moving to Raleigh!
It still feels surreal to type as we haven’t had much time to process–Garrett accepted a transfer within his agency earlier this month and the past few weeks have been a whirlwind of searching for a new home, packing up our current apartment, and tying up loose ends in advance of our moving date–just over a week away!
We’re so excited for this next adventure, and truth be told, have been considering our long term options for quite some time as we weighed the reality of the currently crazy DC real estate market with our future goals of starting a family, etc. This New Englander always thought she’d be heading back up North, but I’m truly looking forward to life further south of the Mason Dixon and have only heard the most wonderful things about our new city.
Over the past 6.5 years (!) DC has been the backdrop to so many firsts and periods of transition in our lives. There’s much that I’ll miss: the charming row homes, the museums, the restaurants; and many things I won’t mind leaving behind: the traffic, expense, and sometimes seemingly singular focus on career, success, and achievement which is inspiring, but also exhausting.
Speaking of career, in case you’re curious, I’ll be hanging out my shingle in Raleigh! Of course it’s a bit scary to start over after feeling like I’ve just gained momentum here, but thankfully it’s only a quick drive or flight away, so I’ll be back in the DC area twice a month to oversee current projects that I would have been so sad to leave behind. I’m sure it won’t be without its challenges, but I think it will be the best of both worlds as we transition and technology really has made things easier than ever.
I’m planning to do a more reflective post on DC and my favorite spots as we get closer to the move (let me know what you’d like to hear about!) but in the mean time, I’d love to hear from any North Carolinians!
On to the next chapter!
Oh, hey! Sorry for going off the grid…again! All will be explained later this week, but in the mean time, remember those antique botanical book plates? They were framed and installed last week and I just love how they turned out.
You can sneak a peek at some of the fabrics we’ll be using in the space in this snap I took prior to the presentation, and some of the decor here. Excited to see this project taking shape!
P.S I promise it’s just my iPhone skills that are crooked and these are actually straight in real life! 😉
With Labor Day behind us, I’m finally feeling ready to embrace Fall. Of course the weather can’t keep up with my fickle moods, and I’m currently typing this in a pair of shorts and a tee shirt, but the mental shift has taken place which is the bigger half of the battle, right?
I’ve always been one of those people that not-so-secretly relished shopping for school supplies and coming home with a new stack of books. There’s nothing as satisfying to me as the feeling of a fresh start.
If ever there were a wallpaper that captured that back-to-school feeling it would be Brunschwig & Fils’ Bibliotheque. I love that it’s a little bit stodgy – totally satisfies my granny chic predilections.
The author of this New York Times article about the iconic paper is a kindred spirit. Like her, I’m waiting on a dining room to wallpaper (and a library to lacquer). It’s worth a read.
Just a few things that have caught my eye that I think you’ll find worthy of your attention…
I’ve posted about the work of NYC based design firm, McGrath II, in the past, and was especially excited to see the apartment of co-founder, Lauren McGrath, on Domaine.
I really need to find a faux finisher because Lauren’s faux horn coffee table is everything! Anyone want to share their secret source with me? 😉
Projects by McGrath II always make me want to upgrade my furniture. Without fail, they the select perfect pieces –whether new or antique–that are sure to stand the test of time.
The One King’s Lane blog has quickly become a favorite. Did you catch the tour of Heather Clawson of Habitually Chic’s home? I’ve always coveted the oil painting behind the orchid in this photo.
A renovation I’m working on has kitchens on my mind and this one from Zooey Deschanel’s former home is particularly great (the whole house is worth a peek!) I’ll always love an all white kitchen, but if you’re willing to go outside your comfort zone, color is so worth the risk!
SALES I’M SHOPPING
I’ve kept my shopping to a minimum all summer with plans on hitting the Labor Day sales. It will be Spring in South Africa during our trip next month, so it’s the perfect time for me to scoop up some warmer weather pieces at a steal.
Packing for 2.5 weeks in a carry on will be another story… Any tips?!
I hit up the end of summer clearance at Nordstrom for these scarves which will be perfect for 16+ hours of flying and am planning to test these out for out hike of Table Mountain.
Shopbop’s sale is especially good right now. I grabbed this, this, and this and have my eye on a new pair of sunnies which seem safari appropriate.
Have a great holiday weekend!
Hello, September! I love the fresh start, blank slate feeling that comes with start of Fall. With three installations on the books, a major kitchen renovation underway, our trip to Africa just a month away (!!), and some exciting personal news I’ll be sharing soon, this month is gearing up to be a doozy, but we’re hitting the ground running. I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Today it’s off to the framer. The two ferns above are favorites from a set of a dozen 19th century botanical book plates I picked up for a client. They’ll be hung in three rows of four above a navy chaise. It’s going to be such a great little spot for the young family that will call it home and I can’t wait to see it come together.
Do you have any plans for the holiday weekend?