BUDGET BUY: BLUE & WHITE LINENS

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Spending a ton of money on table linens is something I’ve never been able to wrap my head around. Maybe it’s because I have the grace of a toddler, but while I love the idea of beautifully monogrammed linens, I also know that odds are they’ll end up with a big old dollop of ketchup spilled on them.

World Market is one of my not-so-secret sources for inexpensive table linens. I’ve always been impressed with their selection of solids, but they’re really killing it this season with a collection of blue and white napkins (shown above) and coordinating reversible placemats.

You can never go wrong with a blue and white tablescape, and the boho options above would provide the perfect juxtaposition to a more traditional pattern like Blue Willow. I just spotted these Isnik plates and if I weren’t already in trouble for hoarding one too many sets of dinnerware, I think they’d be the perfect thing for an Easter brunch.

Check out a few of my other blue and white favorites below…

BITS & PIECES

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A few weeks ago I made the quick trip up to Annapolis for a girls weekend with two of my college girlfriends. We lucked out with unseasonably warm weather and ended up spending Saturday morning strolling Annapolis’ charming downtown and recovering from one too many glasses of wine (I’m officially getting old.)

We popped into Main St. Gallery which happened to be showing a collection of artwork by artist, Sam Dixon, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the two pieces above ever since. The vibrant colors and quirky subject matter completely drew me in.

Someday I hope our home is as brimming with art as that of two of my design idols, Kate and Andy Spade, but of course it takes time to build a collection. Art is one of the most personal design decisions, and I’m a big believer in buying what you love–even if it’s as silly as a Chinese take-out container.

Photo by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style

MODEL BEHAVIOR

Karlie Kloss | Nate Berkus

Karlie Kloss | Nate Berkus

Karlie Kloss | Nate Berkus

If Karlie Kloss didn’t seem to be such a sweetheart, I might be inclined to hate her just a little bit. At only 21 years old, the mid-western beauty recently moved into her first home: a West Village townhouse decorated by none other than Nate Berkus. Cue the jealousy.

Having walked the runways for the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton (to name a few) Karlie’s success is most definitely well deserved. With a punishing travel schedule and a job that requires her to constantly become other people’s vision, I can only imagine how wonderful it must feel to have a place truly her own.

Unsurprisingly, Nate Berkus delivered an expertly layered space that is also age appropriate. Retail finds like the Restoration Hardware sofa mix with to-the-trade pieces and souvenirs from Karlie’s travels. Personally, I’m loving the color palette: a neutral base with accents of red, yellow, and emerald green–those sconces!!

I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of Karlie for years to come, and I for one, am definitely looking forward to following the evolution of her style and space.

ENGLISH DECORATION

Ben Pentreath

Ben Pentreath

Ben Pentreath

Ben Pentreath

Ben Pentreath

I recently picked up a copy of English Decoration by British architect and interior designer, Ben Pentreath. Ben’s conversational writing drew me in so completely I read it cover to cover in front of the fire the first day I received it.

If you’re looking for a design book where the pillows are karate chopped into submission and every featured project is styled within an inch of its life, this is not the book for you. If you’re interested in a peek inside the homes of some inspiring British creatives that live like real people, I think you’ll be refreshed by this book.

My favorite interiors were Ben’s own residences in Dorset and London (featured above). His lived-in luxe aesthetic inspires me to no end. Every time I look back through the photos my eye finds some new detail I somehow missed on my last perusal. Aren’t those the best kind of interiors?

P.S Ben also has a fantastic shop that has been added to my must-visit list the next time I’m across the pond. Until then, online shopping will have to suffice!