A CHARLESTON LOVE AFFAIR

The Pursuit of Style | Charleston, SC

The Pursuit of Style | Charleston, SC

The Pursuit of Style | Charleston, SC

The Pursuit of Style | Charleston, SC

The Pursuit of Style | Charleston, SC

The Pursuit of Style | Charleston, SC

The Pursuit of Style | Charleston, SC

This weekend was one of those perfect trips where we didn’t have too much on the agenda other than relaxing. When we weren’t wandering the beach, we were wandering around town taking in all the inspiring details Charleston has to offer–and there are many!

I think the city steals a little more of my heart every time I visit. How could I not fall in love with a place with a building resembling an Hermes box, or where chippy emerald doors with lions head knockers are commonplace?

And then there’s the food… but that really deserves its own post!

Photos by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style

BITS & PIECES

The Pursuit of Style | Charleston, SC

The Pursuit of Style | Charleston, SC

The Pursuit of Style | Charleston, SC

The Pursuit of Style | Charleston, SC

The Pursuit of Style | Charleston, SC

We’re headed home to DC today and I think it’s safe to say that the transition back to daily life is going to be rough after such a picture-perfect weekend at the beach. I still can’t get over how beautiful it was in mid-October! If only I had actually packed a bathing suit (dumb)…

Anyway, please excuse me while I escape reality for just a little while longer. I’ll be back tomorrow with some of my favorite highlights–I was a bit snap happy this trip! I also feel like we ate our way through the city thanks to some fantastic recommendations from friends so I’ll be sure to pass those along as well.

Happy Columbus Day!

Photo by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style

THE EVOLUTION OF OUR STAIRWELL

It pains me to lead with such an ugly before picture, but I thought I’d share one more space you didn’t get a chance to see in the tour earlier this week: our stairwell. This space has undoubtedly been one of the most challenging to decorate because the walls are so high.

This is how the space looked when we first moved in. Cream walls and track lighting. It stayed that way for honestly about six months–art stacked and everything–while I tried to figure out what I wanted to do.

The Pursuit of Style | Stairwell Before

The game changer was finding this palm leaf chandelier in Key Largo. Don’t hate me, but I think I paid $100 for it at a kitschy roadside consignment store–best find ever! That was the solution to the horrible track lighting that had slowly been killing my soul.

We rent, and normally I would just grin and bear a landlord’s questionable lighting choices, but once I found this beauty the only thing going through my head was: “It’s better to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission.” How could I not switch out that track lighting??

The Pursuit of Style | Palm Leaf Chandelier

Once the chandelier was installed, my wheels started spinning. The walls were painted Benjamin Moore’s Seafoam Green, my vintage nautical charts were hung, and a gallery wall was created on the wall leading up the stairs. You can read more about that transformation here.

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The thing is, I never really loved it. The stairwell is open to our living room, which is white, and the contrast between the Seafoam Green and white walls wasn’t sitting well with me. Also, as much as I wish it weren’t true, my gallery wall skills will never rival a kate spade boutique. Lastly, the chandelier/vertical artwork combo doing nothing for the space except make the walls seem even higher.

A few weeks before I was scheduled to have a some photoshoots at the house, I rather impulsively decided to overhaul the entire space. The Seafoam Green walls were re-painted white to match the living room, the gallery wall came down, and I finally accepted my beloved nautical charts just weren’t meant to be in this apartment and put them in storage (aka the laundry room).

This is what I’m working with now… a grid of 12 French constellation charts.

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You can read more about my inspiration for the layout here, but basically I knew I needed something that would take up a little more horizontal real estate to balance out the crazy 13′ ceilings.

A close up of one of the constellation charts…

The Pursuit of Style | Constellation Chart

Overall, I’m so much happier with the space! The clean lines feel a bit more sophisticated than the gallery wall we had previously, and the monochromatic artwork makes a visual impact but still flows well with the living room below. The one change I would like to make is adding some black, or hot pink shades to the chandelier so it doesn’t get quite as lost in all the white.

P.S I swear those photos are straight in real life, it’s just next to impossible to photograph!

ZERO GEORGE

Zero George | Charleston

Zero George | Charleston

Zero George | Charleston

Zero George | Charleston

Zero George | Charleston

Zero George | Charleston

When the clock strikes 3:00PM I’ll officially be on my way to Charleston, SC for a much anticipated weekend getaway. We rented a house on the beach (can’t wait to escape this rain!) but next time I visit I’m hoping to book a room at Zero George. After seeing photos from Caitlin and Grant’s stay, the boutique hotel captured my heart and made its way onto my must-visit list.

It seems to be the perfect blend of southern charm and modern luxury. Can’t you imagine enjoying a leisurely breakfast in that courtyard? I think I’d be pretty content. Charleston has such a sense of history and I’m looking forward to wandering the streets and taking in the architecture and inspiration.

If you want to join in on the adventure follow along on Instagram–I’m pretty confident I won’t be able to show much restraint when it comes to over-sharing pretty pictures of the city.

P.S any recommendations for things I can’t miss?

READING LIST

The Pursuit of Style | Reading List

MEMOS The Vogue Years | Beauty at Home | Mastering the Art of French Eating | Flair | Soiree | Paris Street Style

I have an Amazon gift card that’s been burning a hole in my pocket. Thankfully I keep my wish list more up-to-date than my grocery list so it shouldn’t be too hard to put to good use. Here’s what I’ve got in the queue right now…

From two of my idols: I think I already own at least three books on Diana Vreeland so it only makes sense that I pick up MEMOS The Vogue Years. One of my favorite Vreeland-isms: “Style — all who have it share one thing: originality.” Speaking of style, Aerin Lauder has it in spades and I can’t wait to pick up a copy of Beauty at Home. Her interiors are some of my all-time favorites. Remember this room?

Because I wish I were French: I’m curious what French people think of American’s fascination with all things French. Is it flattering or more like when your little sister always wanted to borrow your clothes growing up–kind of annoying? Regardless, I definitely fall into the fascinated American category and Paris Street Style and Mastering the Art of French Eating are two of the latest books to have caught this Francophile’s eye.

Let me entertain you: I had a chance to flip through Soiree by Danielle Rollins and Flair by Joe Nye at the Caspari store in Charlottesville and they’ve been on my to-buy list ever since. If effortless elegance is what you aspire towards as a hostess, these are the books for you!

Have you read anything great lately? I’m always looking for new additions to my list!