MELISSA MILES RUFTY

Melissa Miles Rufty | Domaine Home

Melissa Miles Rufty | Domaine Home

Melissa Miles Rufty | Domaine Home

Melissa Miles Rufty | Domaine Home

Melissa Miles Rufty | Domaine Home

I can’t even begin to describe the complete geek out I had when I saw this feature on Melissa Miles Rufty on Domaine Home. Not only is the New Orleans based designer one of my favorites but I’ve been obsessed with this specific project for years (check out this post from 2010) and was so so excited to see some new photos of the home.

Melissa says in the feature that the clients asked her to “deliver color–and then some”. Melissa nailed it without a doubt and can we say hello, dream clients! The bedroom and bathroom still make my heart skip a beat and are likely what started my love affair with Manuel Canovas’ Bengale Toile which has been well documented on this ole blog.

Into the inspiration file these images go!

A PROJECT…

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I think it goes without saying that this chair is going to need a whole lot of TLC, but listen to this… my mom found it at an estate sale for $3. How insane is that? My favorite chapstick costs more than $3!

I co-opted it while I was home (Brody, my golden, was non to pleased to share the back of the car with it on the ten hour drive back) and now it’s time to give this lady a much needed makeover.

Now here’s the question… ‘Amethyst Cream’ or ‘Purple Lace’? Kind of hate both ot those names but think either could be pretty great in high gloss. Thoughts from the peanut gallery?

*Whoops I’ve been confusing everyone with the second photo. Should have mentioned that I’m going with a neutral fabric for the seat. That leopard is a pillow I took the picture on :)

NOTEWORTHY

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Just a few things I thought warranted a quick note and your attention…

1. Elva Fields for Anthropologie: Though I don’t know Emily Maynard (founder of Elva Fields) personally, I’ve been a fan of her jewelry for years and was so excited when I saw her collection on Anthropologie. The Pearled Pathways necklace is my personal favorite. Congrats, Emily!

2. Issa for Banana Republic: Normally designer collaborations leave something to be desired, but I was pleasantly surprised by Banana Republic’s recently debuted collaboration with British label Issa. If you want to channel your inner Duchess, try this three quarter wrap dress. I thinking the coral printed kimono could be a great addition to my fall wardrobe.

3. Serena & Lily Big Deal Sale: I don’t post about sales too often but this one was too good not to share. Score up to 50% off at Serena & Lily with code BIGDEAL through Wednesday on gorgeous pieces like this inlay mirror, sconce, and frame bedding in a rainbow of colors! Also check out the rugs. The River Rock kind of reminds me of Stark’s antelope and the Lash feels very Kelly Wearstler.

GETAWAY: THE INN AT ENGLISH MEADOWS

The Inn at English Meadows | The Pursuit of Style

The Inn at English Meadows | The Pursuit of Style

The Inn at English Meadows | The Pursuit of Style

The Inn at English Meadows | The Pursuit of Style

The Inn at English Meadows | The Pursuit of Style

The Inn at English Meadows | The Pursuit of Style

The Inn at English Meadows | The Pursuit of Style

We were talking about our favorite parts of the trip on our ten hour drive back to DC (never.driving.again) and at the top of both of our lists was our stay at The Inn at English Meadows. Thanks to a kind invitation from owner, Liz Brodar, we were able to call The Inn at English Meadows home during our quick visit to the Kennebunkport area.

Liz and her husband Eric are basically living out one of my (many) daydreams. After 25 years in Manhattan they bought the 1860 Victorian/Greek revival house and removed from it all the cliché decor the words B&B might conjure up for you and transformed it into the chic getaway it is today–seriously look at their before and after photos, you’ll die!

We had already been on vacation for a few days at this point, but with the Frette robes and linens, Sferra throw, Malin + Goetz toiletries, and overall amazing decor (that turquoise lamp!) I found myself even more relaxed. The Inn is in walking distance to Dock Square so we took a walk down to do some browsing before getting the car to head over to Snug Harbor Farm (post to come!) and pop into a few antique stores.

At Liz’s recommendation we tried out the wine bar next door which was the perfect spot for a casual dinner. Full and happy, we walked back to The Inn and within about five minutes my pajamas and that amazing Frette robe/slippers were on. After a restful night’s sleep in the most comfortable bed ever the next morning we sat down to a three course breakfast of peach crumble, breakfast sundae (greek yogurt, banana, and walnuts with honey), and crabcake benedict–all prepared by Liz!

I think it goes without saying that we enjoyed ourselves. If you’re headed up to the Kennebunkport area I’d highly recommend a stay with Liz and Eric at The Inn at English Meadows. They’ll take care of you. We’re already planning our next visit–most likely next summer–but I kind of think a winter getaway sounds completely charming too. Most of the rooms have fireplaces and I hear Liz makes a mean cup of hot chocolate… What more could you ask for?

BITS & PIECES

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I’m back from our vacation to the Cape and Maine and am feeling both relaxed and re-energized. Of course, the best part about coming home from any trip is unpacking the treasures you picked up along the way.

One of my favorite finds during our brief visit to Maine (more on that tomorrow!) was this pair of bookplates featuring a thornback ray and a skate. I know this might be Grade A crazy lady material, but I bought them because I thought they’d be adorable in a future little boys room. So what if that’s probably years away, ha!

If a little boy isn’t in the cards, I’ll just have to save them for that beach house I’m always dreaming about, right? Hope your week is off to a great start!

Photo by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style