The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of style

The Pursuit of Style

Full disclosure, I’m about to do (in my opinion) one of the most annoying things a blogger can do. I have something in the works that I’m super excited about but–you guessed it–I can’t share everything just yet. Blah, blah, the worst I know. I guess this series is called “Bits & Pieces” though and not “The Full Story” so maybe you’ll give me a little leeway!

Anyway, if you follow me on Instagram (@thepursuitofstyle in case you’d like to) you may remember these vases. My mom was visiting last weekend and we did some antiquing. I spotted these beauties in a store in Annapolis and it was love at first sight. One of those moments when you’re terrified to look at the price tag because you know you can’t possibly leave without buying said item.

Have you ever seen anything like this color? I’m obsessed. Totally puts my little collection of blue and white to shame. The swan handles and whimsical geckos are the icing on the cake. Conversation pieces for sure and one of my favorite vintage finds to date.

Can’t wait to share more about the project these are a part of. Thanks in advance for tolerating my teaser!


Last spring, in between graduating college and loading up the U-haul to seek new adventures in D.C, I made one last trip to a favorite antique store. On my last visit I picked up a pair of teal pierced porcelain lamps that I swooned over for their shape and detail. The teal wasn’t exactly the most stylish look so these lamps were in desperate need of a make-over.
Here’s what a lot of patience, a tiny paint brush, and a few coats of paint got me:

And here’s the not so glamorous before:

I think they look a hundred times better in white and they’re so much easier to decorate with now that they’re a neutral shade! What do you think?


I really think I need to create an Etsy Addicts Annonymous group if one isn’t in existence already. I’ve spent countless hours on Etsy absorbed in the hunt for hidden treasures and have definitely put my paypal account to good use.

My most recent find was via CrashandCarry’s shop where I snagged this vintage chinoiserie fabric. I honestly have no idea what I’m going to use it for yet but I just knew I couldn’t pass it up.

I bought two pieces of fabric with this beautiful office in mind. Wouldn’t it look great framed? It’s completely slipped my mind where I found these images so if you know where they came from please drop me a line so I can give proper credit.

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This photo from Domino is making me think framing it might be the way to go!

Domino via Chinoiserie Chic

And just so we can all ooh and ahh here’s one of my favorite pictures from the past issue of Lonny.