ROOM RECIPE

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Brunschwig & Fils Kanchou Verdigris | Horchow Venetian Mirror | 1st Dibs Tole Palm Leaf Sconces | Taper Candles | Overstock Console Table | Furbish Studio Siri Vase

Yesterday at the Design Center I noticed an advertisement that featured the most striking room and decided to try my hand at recreating it. Brunschwig & Fils’ Kanchou wallpaper in Verdigris provided the perfect backdrop for a cherry red console table and an ornate venetian mirror. White tole sconces holding elegant taper candles in a similar cherry hue flanked the mirror, and a pair of turquoise vases filled with white peonies dressed the table.I wish I could find a photo of the original room because my recreation just doesn’t do it justice. To quote Oscar Wilde (and the Dowager Countess): nothing succeeds like excess!

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Ah, long weekends. What a perfect way to hit re-set. I have to admit, at first I was a little bummed to not have big plans for the 4th, but I think a weekend with nothing on the calendar was exactly what I needed.

We finally got a break from the rain that seems to be constant this summer and I might have overcompensated with just a little too much pool time. Thankfully my Classic boyfriend sweatshirt arrived last week and quickly became part of my ‘I’m nursing a sunburn’ uniform.

A super soft oversized sweatshirt basically begs for a good book, so in keeping with the ‘classic’ theme I reached for Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Suffice it to say, getting back to reality today is pretty much guaranteed to be rough.

How was your long weekend? Where’d ya go, what’d ya do, who’d ya see?

BABY YOU’RE A FIREWORK

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The Pursuit of Style

I know, I know. You’re ready for me to move on from the 4th of July and back to regularly scheduled programming. I just couldn’t resist sneaking in one more post to share a few photos from last night’s fireworks display.

The Mall isn’t my scene (so. many. people.) but there happens to be a fountain behind the Capitol with a great view and much more manageable crowd. Kind of nice to feel a little secluded but still take part in the festivities.

I hope you all had a wonderful 4th and enjoy the four day weekend ahead!

JULY SCRAPBOOK

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Flag | Fireworks | J.Crew Seersucker Bikini Top (40% off!) | Jackie in Hyannisport | John Derian for Bon Appetit | Oscar de la Renta Plates | DIY Straw Flags | Gorjana Infinity Knot Bracelet

This month’s scrapbook makes me insanely happy. Flags, fireworks, fresh clams–what more could a girl ask for? I’ve posted about the Bon Appetit feature on John Derian’s Provincetown, MA home before but thought it was worth a re-visit. He knows how to do summer right–but would you expect anything less?

As excited as I am for July, I’m also a little anxious that summer is going by so quickly. I feel like I need to savor every day before it slips away. I’m planning on finally packing a blanket and enjoying some sangria at  jazz in the garden and catching a movie at  Screen on the Green; summertime traditions in DC that somehow I’ve never done in my four years here!

What’s on your July agenda?

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Wow, is it Monday already? Better question, is it JULY already? Summer needs to slooow down! I feel like this weekend in particular went by in a whirlwind. We kicked things off on Friday with a date night at The Kennedy Center to see Anything Goes. The Kennedy Center is such a beautiful venue I’m happy any time we go, but Anything Goes was fantastic. Love a good musical!

After getting in some pool time on Saturday I holed myself up to work on a project for my design course. Of course I took the opportunity to work in one of my favorite John Robshaw fabrics. X-acto knife wounds and glue gun burns aside, I’ve never been happier to work on my homework. Bold statement coming from a perpetual school nerd.

With design on my mind I decided it was time to tackle some long over due projects around the house. The blank inspiration board I hung a few months ago was my first target. It’s looking much better now that it’s actually serving its purpose. Do you have a copy of  The New York Times 36 Hours? I just picked one up this weekend and am really excited to put it to good use. Here’s to a summer road tripping!