POINTS OF VIEW, click to expand

POINTS OF VIEW

Even though we have only been in the house since June, I still feel like I have been working on it since we signed the papers. The minute I knew it was ours, and maybe even a little before that, I was flipping through my favorite interior design books. Most of the books above now have dog-ears and creased spines from paging through them so many times. A rarity, as so many of us look through once or twice and inevitably settle it neatly in a stack.

A mix of traditional and modern design, each designer has helped me solve a problem in some way or another. May it be considering a new seating arrangement, editing an area down, or getting color inspiration, it is much easier to learn from those with great taste.

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STEVEN SILLS DECORATION  /   VICTORIA HAGAN INTERIOR PORTRAITS   /   COHLER ON DESIGN   /   TOM SCHEERER DECORATES FROM VENDOME PRESS  /   BUNNY WILLIAMS POINT OF VIEW   /   THE GREAT AMERICAN HOUSE   /   AMERICAN MODERN   /   FOLLY OF GRANDEUR   /   ONE MAN’S FOLLY

TO PRE-ORDER: MARKAM ROBERTS “DECORATING THE WAY I SEE IT” FROM VENDOME PRESS.

 

 

SPRING SOCIAL CALENDAR, click to expand

SPRING SOCIAL CALENDAR

I am always eager for the month of May but this one takes the cake. It will be our last May in Charleston and I am determined to make the most of it. On top of our local social events (noted above) this year we get to make the trip to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby and the Oaks races!

I have had so much fun finding an outfit (and fascinator) for this weekend that I decided to share it with you! Though it is void of color – there is still something terribly fun about this Tibi dress (25% off today!). The fit and flare, mesh stripes, incredible texture and oh how I love a drop waste. Classic but a touch creative. And the shoes… well the shoes were a splurge (similar here) but so far, very well worth it. Though it will be a total repeat, I will be pairing them with this little red number for The Oaks races the day before so double the wear time. I have loved breaking them in. They are honestly the most comfortable heels I have ever worn. I cannot wait to take them for a spin around the track (and then quietly take them off and trade them out for some flats).  Only a week or so left to wait!

I hope you all have some fun events planned for May! It can’t get here soon enough for me! PS. If you are making the trip up to Kentucky this year, do let me know!

 

Oh and remember! Today is the last day for SHOPBOP’s incredible 25% off everything sale! 
THE DERBY PETS, click to expand

THE DERBY PETS

About three weeks ago I saw a Derby print in a Charleston antique shop called “The Derby Pets”. Though I do not have a strong connection to any Derby and have only ridden horses a handful of times, I just had to have it, water stains and all.

There was something about the faded colors, the men in top hats, and the happy dogs at the horses’s feet that made me want to bring it home. I normally do not purchase art that does not speak to our hobbies, interests or experiences, but for this one, I made an exception.

At the time, I thought little about the print besides my eagerness to rearrange the guest room art to hang it. Though I knew full well we were leaving the apartment in only two months, I still wanted to change the small gallery one last time.

The small amount of interest this story holds would have ended at this point had we not found out a week and a half later that Nelson had matched in Internal Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky. In some weird little way I feel like I willed this to happen because I purchased the print. Either that, or someone upstairs was sending me a sign of what was in store for our social calendar this spring.

Now that we have a set of Derby tickets in hand, the print has become our new favorite inside joke.

Though we were crossing our fingers for New Orleans for match day, after our recent house-hunting trip to Louisville, I can honestly say I am so happy to be headed to this city instead of the big easy. It is beautiful, friendly, southern, and nestled in a part of the country I probably would not have had the opportunity to explore had we not been pushed here by Nelson’s career. There are wonderful restaurants, tons of antique shops in and outside of the city, and a strong culture and social scene eager to celebrate something.

And the best part is, I can finally get my hands on our first house!

After looking at a good many houses with the cutest realtor, we found the perfect little brick house in the St. Matthews area! I cannot tell you how excited I am about this. I have already drawn out furniture plans and have been throwing my things in boxes. Though we will miss Charleston terribly, and I mean terribly, three years in a new city will be such a wonderful opportunity for us both personally and professionally.

This past weekend I snapped a few pictures of the guest room gallery wall, and my two favorite Derby pets (I fear this will become a nickname now.)

I was excited to share our happy news and show you the print that inspired this post. Thank you for sticking with me for the two weeks of radio silence. Having to sort out the move and house hunt made it a little harder to share my superfluous spouts of inspiration.

BEDDING BY MATOUK   |   LAMP BY ROBERT ABBEY