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Hydrangeas | Capitol Hill

Biased as I am, I thought the Cape & Islands had the hydrangea game on lock until I encountered these stunners on a walk this weekend–Capitol Hill: 1. We’re headed up to the Cape on Friday to celebrate the Fourth with my family so I’ll do my due diligence and report back.

June has gone by way too quickly, wouldn’t you agree? I think a summer to-do list is in order. First up, I need to add some books to my reading list. Have I mentioned I’m attempting to read 52 books in 2015? Currently I’m 5 books behind schedule (damn you Netflix) but I know I’ll be able to make up for lost time while on vacation.

What are you reading and loving these days? I’ve been reading a ton of business books/biographies so I think it’s time for something a little lighter. I’ve seen this work its way into more than a few Instas and I’ve been meaning to pick up a copy of this, but what else should be on my radar?

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Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Nothing makes me happier than an unexpected color combination and as of late I’m finding black, white, and aqua pretty pleasing. The snaps above were taken at a recent installation. We’ve been giving the Capitol Hill row home built in the 1900s a bit of a facelift and mixing modern, graphic patterns with more traditional pieces.

The tufted ottoman in the first photo has the sweetest kick pleated skirt. Its conservative form is the perfect foil to the almost David Hicks inspired patterned rug beneath it. In the adjacent dining room, aqua piped cushions sit atop mid-century dining chairs.

I just love how the cheery aqua cuts the harshness of the black and white palette. Modern, but still warm and inviting! Looking forward to sharing more as we wrap up the project.

CHARTREUSE CRUSH

The Pursuit of Style | Doors of DC

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Patricia Altschul | Charleston

Katie Ridder | House Beautiful

Yesterday I was mourning the loss of one of my beloved doors on Capitol Hill (above) on Instagram which was recently re-painted blue. Later in the day I found myself researching chartreuse grasscloth options for a client which reminded me of Jeffrey Bilhuber’s fabulous Locust Valley country home and its Benjamin Moore Chic Lime walls.

It wasn’t until I landed upon the Charleston home of Southern Charm star Patricia Altschul featuring a healthy dose of my favorite chintz (decorated by none other than the prince of chintz himself, Mario Buatta) and re-visited the above dining room by Katie Ridder that I realized I was in a full on chartreuse hued spiral.

I couldn’t help but wonder what the clients’ initial reactions were to the proposed wall colors. Did they need some convincing or did they recognize that they were working with design legends and fully trust that the results would be near perfection?

Regardless, I thank them for taking what many would consider to be a risk to show that even the boldest of color can be done in a tasteful and classic way. Bring on the chartreuse!

A MANHATTAN BEACH HOME

Dutch Door | Luxe Magazine

Kitchen | Luxe Magazine

Banquette | Luxe Magazine

Luxe Magazine

I came across this mint green Dutch door on Pinterest and it quickly stole my heart. Your front door is the first opportunity you have to make an impression and give guests (or curious passersby) an indication of what might lie within. Black, navy, and red are always classic choices, but why not consider something a bit more unexpected?

Musings on door colors aside, I was excited to stumble upon a few photos of the interior of this Manhattan Beach home designed by Joe Lucas and Parrish Chilcoat featured in Luxe Magazine. The powder blue kitchen with its shiplap ceiling (and one of my favorite Quadrille fabrics on the wishbone barstools!) are enough to make me want to get in touch with my inner Ina Garten.

Would you consider colored cabinetry? I’m sure I’d agonize over my color choice, but I absolutely would! The nearby banquette seems like such a cheery spot to enjoy breakfast–all the more so with a scalloped Colleen & Company lantern overhead.

Since this house seems to feature all the items on my hit list I had to include the last shot featuring my all-time favorite Bunny Williams lamp. Anyone else ready to pack up and head to Manhattan Beach?

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Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

Lindsay Speace Interior Design

I can’t imagine a better Monday morning mood lifter than big fluffy peonies! Over the past few months I’ve had the pleasure of assisting a client in adding the last layer of accessories into her already beautiful home in advance of a summer soiree.

We brought in decorative objects and one-of-a-kind finds, beautiful monogrammed linens, new throw pillows in some of my favorite fabrics, and refreshed a gorgeous antique bench–and of course there were the peonies!

I thought I’d share a few snaps from the beautiful event this past weekend. What’s not pictured is the amazing Pinterest worthy S’mores bar my client created for her guests to enjoy around the fire pit- the guests loved it! I’m definitely planning to take a page out of her book while we’re on the Cape for July 4th.

All in all, this was such a fun project to be involved with. Clients that appreciate the details are always a dream to work with and leave me feeling very grateful for my job.

Happy Monday!