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It’s getting to be that time of year when the holidays are behind us, and looking forward it’s one long slough until Spring. My skin has turned a ghostly shade that belies my Portuguese roots and my favorite sweaters lost their charm a month ago.

Glimpses of the insanely chic Lyford Cay Club Design Weekend from some of favorite interior designer’s instagram feeds only fueled my desire for an exotic escape (and solidified Tom Scheerer’s spot on my list of design idols). Sadly it’s not in the cards this winter, so back issues of Holiday magazine will have to suffice.

Aren’t the covers amazing? They’re chock full of inspiration too. As if I needed another collection… So let’s daydream–this will actually be good honeymoon destination brainstorming–where would you want to jet off to this winter? Marrakesh is on my short list.

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WEEKEND READING

Tory Burch Rodeo Drive

For Interior Inspiration:
-If he hasn’t already, Daniel Romualdez deserves to win some sort of award for best retail design. The newest Tory Burch boutique on Rodeo Drive could easily be mistaken for the interior of a chic New York townhouse. I definitely wouldn’t mind doing a little retail damage (this and this please) in such a beautiful setting!

-Oh what I would give to see the interior of  this DC home in person…

For Fun:
-Where would you live if you weren’t living in your current city? This silly quiz tells you where you should be living. I got London.

-Ever wonder how big your vocabulary is? Find out here.

-For extra credit, follow up with this quiz to see how well versed you are in design speak.

For Spring:
Serena & Lily is killing it with their new arrivals. My personal picks: this, this, and this (yesss!)

-Really excited to see these among Nate Berkus’ new items for Target.

Have a great holiday weekend!

 

GONE TO THE DOGS

Staffordshire spaniels

The Neotraditionalist

Anna Spiro

Lonny

The Pursuit of Style

I’m not sure when I spotted my first pair of Staffordshire spaniels, but I’m pretty sure it was love at first sight. I was reminded of my affinity for the quirky ceramic pooches after spotting the lamp above while venue hunting this past weekend.

Staffordshire spaniels were kind of the Diptyque candle (yes I’m guilty) or brass urchin of the 19th century- everyone was styling up their houses with them. These days an authentic pair can be a bit pricey, but keep your eye out while hitting your favorite antique store or flea market–they were so ubiquitous there are plenty still circulating.

No pair is exactly alike and their expressions are kind of priceless. My favorites have a little bit of attitude and lusterware spots, collars, and lockets. How can they not make you smile while taking themselves so seriously? I’m still hunting for the perfect pair (kicking myself for leaving a set behind at Brimfield last Spring) but until I find mine, I thought you’d enjoy some of my favorites above.

So granny chic, right?

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BITS & PIECES

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

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The Pursuit of Style

I’m a New Englander at heart. As much as I love the excitement and conveniences of city life, I’m always reminded of how acutely I miss being near the water whenever I’m home. Unsurprisingly, the Potomac just doesn’t measure up.

It was a wet and gloomy weekend, but I think you can still get a sense of that New England charm I often find myself missing in the photos above. Give me worn weathered shingles with white trim and I’m happy as a clam!

P.S thank you so much for all of your helpful comments–I’m taking notes! We made our first big decision this weekend and are checking the venue off our list!

Photos by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style

LET’S CHAT

Textile Museum Wedding | Kate Headley | Ritzy Bee Events

Textile Museum Wedding | Kate Headley | Ritzy Bee Events

Textile Museum Wedding | Kate Headley | Ritzy Bee Events

Textile Museum Wedding | Kate Headley | Ritzy Bee Events

Textile Museum Wedding | Kate Headley | Ritzy Bee Events

Textile Museum Wedding | Kate Headley | Ritzy Bee Events

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my brief two weeks of being engaged, it’s that people love to talk about weddings. They’re such joyful, beautiful celebrations it’s easy to understand why people love to reminisce about their own, daydream about their someday, and why we all seem to love a royal wedding (but I will be slightly heartbroken when Harry finally ties the knot. Big crush!)

We’re currently en route to the Cape to spend the weekend visiting venues so I thought I’d take the opportunity to ask for your two cents, since if I’m being completely honest, I find the whole prospect of wedding planning completely overwhelming.

So, let’s chat about weddings. If you’re married, I’d love to hear all about yours and your best piece of advice for planning. If you’re single or dating, what’s your dream wedding look like?

P.S this DC wedding shot by Kate Headley and coordinated by Ritzy Bee Events is pretty much my idea of perfection. Intimate, simple and sophisticated. It kills me that the Textile Museum (where this was held) is relocating.