Magic Carpet Yoga MatsI’m willing to bet that something related to fitness graced your list of goals for 2014. Whether it’s to reacquaint yourself with that old frenemy the gym, change up your game with a new class, or simple maintain the healthy habits you started in 2013, it’s on there–am I right?

Personally, I’m hoping to find a class I actually look forward to attending in 2014. I tried P90x at home, but really, is there any better motivation to push through that last set, hold the pose just a little longer, or lift your legs a little higher, than the mom of three on the mat next to you rocking her Lululemons better than you did in college? Maybe that’s just me…

It could be as small as picking up a new water bottle, but somehow shopping for new gear always helps me ease back into a workout routine. So when I saw these magic carpet yoga mats I knew I had to share in case any of you are the same way. Obsessed!


The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

Remember the inspiration for this room and the battle I waged for navy walls? Well my difficult client (kidding, it’s my dad!) finally surrendered and I wanted to share some updated photos in case you missed the peek I posted on Instagram.

We’re still waiting on a worn cognac leather desk chair–similar to Arne Jacobsen’s egg chair–and will be reupholstering a loveseat (on the opposite wall to those shown above), but I’m thrilled with the progress we’ve made so far.

My dad has a great collection of paintings by Sam Barber, a local impressionist painter who happened to be his neighbor growing up, and I was working on art placement when these photos were snapped. I love the injection of color they bring to an otherwise traditionally masculine space.

Vintage pieces instantly give a room a bit of history and I like to incorporate them as much as possible. The mid-century brass pharmacy desk lamp is one of my favorite finds yet. Can’t wait to share the full reveal when we’ve got all the finishing details wrapped up!


The Pursuit of Style

Spending the first weekend of 2014 in bed with the flu might have thrown a wrench into the productive start I had planned but I’m just going to consider it a cleanse and cross that one off the NY resolutions list. I mean I was drinking tons of liquids, wishing I could eat anything, and did end a few pounds lighter. Same thing, right?

All joking aside, it did give me plenty of time to finally finish unpacking from the holidays and in the process, unearth some of the treasures I had bought for myself and squirreled away before Christmas morning (naughty list, I know!) I just can’t resist hitting all my favorite haunts when I’m home.

This trip I came home with a few more pieces for the framers. Hand colored butterflies from an 1872 book on natural history and another constellation chart for my collection (see here and here) dating back to 1835. Couldn’t possibly have left those behind, right?!

I hope your first full week of 2014 is off to a great start!


Victoria Molinelli

Victoria Molinelli

Victoria Molinelli

I recently came across the work of artist and illustrator, Victoria Molinelli, and was so taken with her portfolio–particularly the interior renderings above–I thought it merited sharing.

With a client list studded with some of my very favorite designers (Ruthie Sommers, Meg Braff, Charlotte Moss, Tilton Fenwick and Krista Ewart to name a few…) I’m hardly surprised I fell as hard as I did.

With advancements in technology like 3D imaging, interior renderings aren’t nearly as commonplace in design as they once were, but I’d still take a hand drawn illustration over a computer generated model any day!

The second image almost reminds me of something Albert Hadley might have sketched. Still kicking myself for missing out on that One Kings Lane sale of his pieces a few years back. Ugh.


2014 | The Pursuit of Style

As I spent this morning reflecting on the past year and getting started on setting goals for 2014, I was reminded of how I was feeling just one year ago today. 2012 had been a tough year and it was hard to think back to that time, but more importantly, the post reminded me how immensely grateful I am for this past year’s successes.

I kicked off 2013 with a career change and joined a residential interior design firm. It was the best professional decision I’ve ever made and completely set the tone for the rest of the year. Funny how doing what you love will do that, right? The Pursuit of Style got a makeover and I sourced some amazing vintage pieces for a design blogger tag sale with One Kings Lane.

I traveled to High Point, Brimfield, Charleston, and New York and came back from each trip feeling inspired (and usually with a heavier suitcase). I accepted the fact that our apartment would never be “ready” (in my perfectionist mind) but was still proud to share it with you with tours on Glitter Guide, Apartment Therapy, and in a print publication here in DC, D/City.

I hosted an event with kate spade new york and InStyle in Charlottesville and took the opportunity to finally visit a store I’ve long admired. I was illustrated, visited a favorite artist’s studio, crossed off most of the items on my 26 for 26 list, and we had a pretty great chat about blogging.

¬†Who knows what 2014 will bring (hope, peace, and cookies wouldn’t be a bad start), but at the very least I know I’ll be marrying my best friend and that’s not too shabby.

Cheers to 2014!

Photo by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style