The Pursuit of Style

Confession time: the book situation in our apartment has gotten so ridiculous I’ve actually started making end tables out of the poor homeless books that couldn’t fit on our shelves. Has that stopped me from ordering more books? Not a chance. I’ve got this and this in my Amazon cart as we speak.

The silver lining to my questionable “furniture” choices is that I know have the perfect perch for my new Cody Hoyt planter which I adore. We haven’t had much success with plants around these parts, but I’m going to try my best with this little hypoestes because I just can’t bear to see those pretty pink and green leaves turn brown.

May the odds be ever in its favor!

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The Pursuit of StyleIkea Stockholm Sofa | Teil Duncan Nude | Bungalow 5 Malachite Side Table | Bauble Bar Necklace | Serena & Lily Gobi Sheet Set | Amber Interiors Shoppe Fig Leaf Pillow

Green is typically not a color I dress or decorate with, but after spotting this green velvet Ikea sofa (yes, Ikea!!) I made a silent vow to change my ways. It seems only appropriate to be turning over this new leaf (four leaf clover, perhaps?) just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

I really don’t know why I haven’t embraced green sooner when there are so many fantastic options like the ones above. I’m keeping this malachite side table on the back burner for a future home, but will definitely be headed over to the Teil Duncan pop-up shop today at 10:00AM to try and snag one of her nudes.

Or maybe a beach scene might be a better choice since we already have this pretty lady by Jenna Snyder Phillips in the mix. Not sure how many nudes you’re allowed before it becomes a brothel!


Budget Buy | The Pursuit of StyleIndigo Tye Dye Napkins | Blue Chevron Ikat Napkins | Indigo Oversized Dot Napkins | Indigo Block Printed Napkins

Spending a ton of money on table linens is something I’ve never been able to wrap my head around. Maybe it’s because I have the grace of a toddler, but while I love the idea of beautifully monogrammed linens, I also know that odds are they’ll end up with a big old dollop of ketchup spilled on them.

World Market is one of my not-so-secret sources for inexpensive table linens. I’ve always been impressed with their selection of solids, but they’re really killing it this season with a collection of blue and white napkins (shown above) and coordinating reversible placemats.

You can never go wrong with a blue and white tablescape, and the boho options above would provide the perfect juxtaposition to a more traditional pattern like Blue Willow. I just spotted these Isnik plates and if I weren’t already in trouble for hoarding one too many sets of dinnerware, I think they’d be the perfect thing for an Easter brunch.

Check out a few of my other blue and white favorites below…


The Pursuit of Style

A few weeks ago I made the quick trip up to Annapolis for a girls weekend with two of my college girlfriends. We lucked out with unseasonably warm weather and ended up spending Saturday morning strolling Annapolis’ charming downtown and recovering from one too many glasses of wine (I’m officially getting old.)

We popped into Main St. Gallery which happened to be showing a collection of artwork by artist, Sam Dixon, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the two pieces above ever since. The vibrant colors and quirky subject matter completely drew me in.

Someday I hope our home is as brimming with art as that of two of my design idols, Kate and Andy Spade, but of course it takes time to build a collection. Art is one of the most personal design decisions, and I’m a big believer in buying what you love–even if it’s as silly as a Chinese take-out container.

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