CAROLINA IRVING FOR OSCAR DE LA RENTA HOME

Carolina Irving

Carolina Irving | Lonny

Carolina Irving

Carolina Irving | Lonny

Carolina Irving

Carolina Irving

Carolina Irving | Lonny

Last week, I was excited to read that Carolina Irving will be succeeding Miles Redd as the new Creative Director of Oscar de la Renta Home. After turning out beautiful collections since 2003, Miles is stepping down to focus on his interior design business–and understandably so, have you seen this home currently featured in House Beautiful?

Oscar certainly knows how to put a team together and after being an admirer of Carolina’s work for years, I’m looking forward to seeing what she turns out for the brand. If it’s anything like her New York City home, we have a lot to look forward to!

Having previously spent a decade as an editor at large for House & Garden then moving on to working with Hamish Bowles at Vogue and founding her own textile line, Caroline is undeniably an arbiter of style. Her interiors are a little bit bohemian, a little bit English country, and a whole lot of chic. Can’t wait for the debut collection!

Photos via Lonny and Habitually Chic

IN PURSUIT

In Pursuit | The Pursuit of StyleStray Dog Designs Fred Sconce | Clare Vivier Catchall | Deborah Lippman Break 4 Love Polish | Furbish Suzani Pillow | Macaroon Box | Finn Love Knot Ring | Je T’aime Card | RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek | Gorjana Infinity Earrings | Topshop Snakeskin Make Up Case

How about a perfectly pink edition of In Pursuit just in time for Valentine’s Day?  A sconce might seem like an odd thing to include in a Valentine’s Day round up, but this one really has stolen my heart. Definitely using a pair in a project someday. Clare Vivier’s Love Shop is not to be missed. You’ll be wearing this new shade well past February 14 and into spring. Pairs perfectly with this.

If you’re hoping for some jewels this year, this sweet little pair won’t break the bank, but this is luxe list worthy (and has been on my own wish list for 3 or 4 years now!) Give these out as favors if you’re hosting a Valentine’s Day fete–they’ll last longer than the real thing. Sometimes all you need is a little bit of neon, and because everything sounds better in French, my Valentine of choice.

PURPLE PERSUASION

Katie Armour | Matchbook Magazine

Katie Ridder

What sort of decorator would I be if I wasn’t always craving some sort of change in my own home? The latest victim of my disapproving eye is our living room. We painted it white when we first moved in three years ago mainly to get rid of the toffee colored walls (and ceiling!!) as quickly as humanely possible.

I’m glad we made the decision to go neutral rather than rushing to pick a color–never a good idea, you’ll almost always end up re-painting–but I’m ready for a change. So what’s on my mind? Lavender walls.

When mixed with the right furnishings, lavender walls are anything but childish. Just look at the examples above from my inspiration arsenal. Playful but sophisticated and the perfect backdrop for artwork.

What do you think, should I go for it? I see some sample boards in my future…

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BITS & PIECES

The Pursuit of Style

I didn’t have a dog in the fight on Superbowl Sunday (let’s be serious, even if I did, I’m only watching for the commercials and half time show) but I do have a new pair of porcelain pooches on my bookshelf.

My sister remembered I was on the hunt and picked up this sweet ring box for me from a shop in Roanoke, VA. Pretty cute, right? Decidedly much less high maintenance than our real pooch, Brody.

P.S if you’re looking, you can almost always find a a good selection here.

WEEKEND READING

The Pursuit of StyleAs January came to a close this week, I found myself feeling disappointed in what I had accomplished in the first month of the New Year. Re-committing to green juicing and clean eating didn’t happen, I never signed up for that first barre class I wanted to, and this blog fell by the wayside as wedding planning frustratingly began to consume my life–well, at least my free time–and all the changes I had hoped to implement moved to the back burner.

But that’s the beauty of a new month (or week, or even day!) it’s a clean slate. I decided February 1 would be my chance to course correct and re-center after feeling like things had started to spin out of my control. So here we go. Inspiration for turning over a new leaf!

For Your Netflix Queue:
-I never expected to find professional motivation in a film about an 85 year old sushi legend, but this one lit a fire under my butt. The most memorable quote: “Once you decide on your occupation… you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That’s the secret of success… and is the key to being regarded honorably.”

For Your Frame of Mind:-I wish I had watched this video before heading to the frame store earlier this week. Can’t wait to share my new art all gussied up.

For 30 Days:-I’ll be doing this. I’m hoping that posting about it here will keep me accountable. Has anyone else tried it?
-Looks like I’ll be ordering these for the next month!

For Your Inner Monet:-I’m obsessed with this new app. Everything looks better in watercolor. I bet it’s a great way to entertain little ones too (judging by how much fun I have watching it do its magic!)

For the State of the Blog:
This was an interesting article and something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. What comes next?

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!