BLACK FRIDAY SALES NOT TO BE MISSED

Vogue | Terry Richardson

After finishing off an extra generous slice of apple pie I’m digging into another indulgence: holiday sales. I normally find Black Friday to be super overwhelming, so I’ve narrowed down my list to six I’ve hit tonight.

Furbish Studio – 20% Off w/ Code: HOLIDAY20

Moon & Lola – 30% Off w/ Code: MERRY30

  • Because who’s not obsessed with their dog?
  • Loving these turquoise and tortoise beauties.

Nordstrom – extra 20% off selected sale items

  • This is such a classic piece.
  • I’ve seen such dramatic results after using this product for three months.

Serena & Lily – 20% Off w/ Code: THANKYOU

  • this sale is HUGE! Take advantage of savings on big ticket items like rugs, furniture – I adore this, this & this – and lighting.

Shopbop – Buy More, Save More w/ Code: GOBIG16

Tuckernuck – 20% Off w/ Code: GIVE20, 25% Off $500+ w/ Code: GIVE25, 30% OFF $1000+ w/ Code: GIVE30

  • the spot for baubles to complete your holiday looks. These, these, and these are my picks.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! I’m feeling especially grateful as I reflect back on where we were just a year ago today–surrounded by moving boxes in a characterless apartment in a brand new city that didn’t quite feel like home–but still celebrating with family who didn’t mind.

We’ve put down roots and Raleigh has become our home, but most importantly we’re joined again by family (their first visit to the new house!) who are all happy and healthy.

I’m thankful to the clients who have invited me into their homes and allowed me to continue to do what I love each day, and thankful to you for your kind words of encouragement no matter how long I’ve stayed away from this space.

I hope your day is filled with love, laughter, and an extra slice of pie.
Happy Thanksgiving!

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BITS & PIECES

Lindsay Speace Interior Design | Mantle

What do you do when you wake up at 5:00AM and can’t fall back asleep? Go for a run? #nope. Recommit yourself to reviving your much neglected blog, of course! So, hello. I’m back. At least until the next time I find myself drowning in a sea of fabric memos and architectural plans. 😉

As we’ve been preparing to host my family for Thanksgiving it dawned on me that we’ve hit the six month mark in our (not so) new house. I vacillate between being impressed by how far we come to feeling like we’re never going to “get there”. Above is a peek at our living room–the least done room in the house–but one that make me so happy because of its cheerful pink walls. The conch shell is a souvenir smuggled back from a recent trip to Tulum. More photos from that slice of sunshine on Insta.

I’ve been missing this outlet lately and and am looking forward to getting back into the swing of things, though I admittedly do feel this weird tension between wanting to share and wanting to keep some things under wraps when it comes to decorating our own house so we’ll see how that shakes out.

Out of curiosity – do you still find yourself reading blogs these days or are you spending more of your time on Insta, Insta Stories, Snapchat and the like?

DESIGNING THE WHITE HOUSE

Betsy Burnham White House Rendering | 1st Dibs

David Netto White House Rendering | 1st Dibs

Alexandra Loew White House Rendering | 1st Dibs

Robert Couturier White House Rendering | 1st Dibs

The best thing about the timing of our move from DC last Fall is that we were able to make an Irish exit from much of the craziness of this campaign cycle. Going out and enjoying dinner without running political commentary from Capitol Hill interns in the background has me truly feeling #blessed.

Regardless of your geographic location, I’d venture to guess at this point in the election cycle you’re also feeling a little bit like this. So let’s talk about something politically inspired, but more enjoyable than talking points: the design of the next administration’s White House.

1st Dibs asked 5 designers to create design concepts for both a Clinton and Trump White House–arguably the most high profile project of any designer’s career–and what a dream to have the best art and antiques at your disposal! The feature is both entertaining and an instructive look at how designers imbue their clients’ personality into a space.

 The West Sitting Hall design for a Clinton administration by Betsy Burnham is by far my favorite. Her fresh take on American style is polished but unpretentious, a quality I very much admire.

So here’s the question: who would you hire if you had the opportunity to re-do the White House? I know I’m still fan girling over his new book, but I’m certain Mark D. Sikes would do an impeccable White House. I’d also love to see what Miles Redd would cook up.

WALLPAPER WEDNESDAY

Anthropologie Wallpaper

Jovana Wallpaper

Anthropologie Wallpaper

Pineapple Welcome Wallpaper

Anthropologie Wallpaper

Artemis Wallpaper

Anthropologie Wallpaper

Jungle Vines Wallpaper

Anthropologie Wallpaper

Magnolia Blossoms Wallpaper

Have you guys visited Anthro’s home section lately? My mom sent me a hot tip to check it out this weekend, and it’s a veritable treasure trove of design goodness. Their wallpaper collection is especially on point so I thought I’d round up my favorites above.

Just when I thought I was over suzani, Jovana pulled me right back in. There are a ton of coordinating pieces, too. I’m thinking the shower curtain might mitigate the very beige situation in our guest bath until we’re ready to renovate.

Jungle Vines is begging to be used in a powder bath with basketweave tile and Magnolia Blossom is making this Southern transplant’s heart skip a beat. SO pretty.

Happy papering!