The weather has gotten chillier which has only upped the ante on my desire for a cozy spot to hibernate. I’ve always thought if we had the opportunity to buy a little retreat I would want it to be by the water, but lately I’ve been thinking being a country mouse certainly has its own appeal.

This weekend I was browsing Rita Konig’s beautiful new website and was thrilled to find some new-to-me photos of Deborah Needlman’s country house in upstate New York. If my inner country mouse needed any persuading this gorgeous spot all but sealed the deal.

Deborah Needleman's Country House| Rita Konig

I think what’s most appealing about the idea of a country house is the opportunity to go in an entirely different design direction than what feels appropriate in our city apartment. I would love to furnish an entire home with antique and flea market finds.

Deborah Needleman's Country House| Rita Konig

Of course, I wouldn’t be able to resist adding in some of my favorite textiles here and there. I’m imagining a lot of Colefax & FowlerCarolina Irving, and Kathryn Ireland–linens in subdued hues that are a departure from the saturated colors and patterns I generally gravitate towards.

Deborah Needleman Country House | Rita Konig

With touches of Rita Konig’s signature design insouciance the home is feels inviting rather than stuffy. The patina of antiques add warmth and the unpretentious arrangements of pieces let you know you can sit and stay awhile.

Deborah Needleman's Country House| Rita Konig

The brass articulating sconces feel very of the moment even though these photos are years old–I’ve had this bathroom image saved forever and somehow never connected the dots that it was part of Needleman’s country house.

Deborah Needleman's Country House| Rita Konig

I just love an inset niche in a shower.

Deborah Needleman's Country House| Rita Konig

If we ever buy an older home, painted floors are happening in some capacity–I’ll be saving this photo for reference. The white with wood feels like less of a commitment than some of the other examples I’ve seen over the years.

Deborah Needleman Country House | Rita Konig

I’ve written about Marianna Kennedy’s lamps before and this red one with its purple shade is the perfect foil against the chocolate toile wallpaper.

Deborah Needleman Country House | Rita Konig

It might be counterintuitive, but I find a sloped ceiling in a small room to be the perfect opportunity for wallpaper to create an enveloping cozy space.

Deborah Needleman Country House | Rita Konig

This desk scene is another longtime favorite from my inspiration files. The combination of the black walls, bamboo matchstick blinds, tortoise frame, and French desk with bentwood desk chair is a primer in the art of the mix. If you have to bring your laptop to the country, this is the place to do work.

Deborah Needleman Country House | Rita Konig

Then, when you’re done, why not head out to the cutting garden and do some informal arranging in your soapstone sink? I know, it’s perfect.

Deborah Needleman's Country House| Rita Konig

Set your new arrangement out on the patio and enjoy dinner al fresco!

Anyone else ready to completely forgo city life and become a country mouse? At the very least it’s given me a goal to work towards–especially since we’ve been hearing such great things about the mountains in North Carolina.

We’re hoping to get an Asheville weekend on the books and I’d love your recommendations if you have any!


The Pursuit of Style

I’ve posted about my admiration of Ivy and Vine before, so you can bet I’ll be signing on to One Kings Lane at 11:00AM EST today to check out Heather Hogan Roberts’ expertly curated sale. I’ve seen a sneek peek and already know it’s going to be amazing!

This scarf, featured in the latest edition of Lonny, caught my eye and led me to discover Block Shop’s hand blocked Indian textiles. Once you’re done coveting their scarves, check out the gallery for some beautifully styled photos.

Rita Konig definitely makes my top ten list of design idols and her old NYC apartment has always been a favorite. I was thrilled to see some new-to-me photos of her space over on The Selby. Does anyone style a space better? I think not.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!



LOVE print | Glassybaby | ikat pillow | Harry Allen bank | lamp

I’ve already shared some fresh inspiration for the New Year, but there are many time tested favorites in my inspiration files worth revisiting. Rita Konig’s Greenwich Village apartment is one of those spaces that I can look at a million times and still find new details to love. Rita has mastered the art of the mix. In a way that is seemingly effortless, she layers traditional, modern, and eclectic pieces to create a perfectly chic space that is also inviting and lived in. I’ve rounded up a few pieces to Rita-fy your own space. My personal favorite is the letterpressed LOVE print from Sugar Paper. I happen to have an anniversary coming up and this would be the perfect gift, don’t you think?