Help me celebrate my 30th birthday!  (wink wink!)


The Pursuing Vintage Shop is full of terrific on-trend vintage finds right now!  Use my 30% off discount to your advantage!

Here are some of my favorite items in the shop:

Vintage Red Cliff Ironstone Mini Tureen / Pursuing Vintage

Antique Hollywood Regency Candle Holders / Pursuing Vintage

Vintage Still Life Painting / Pursuing Vintage

Vintage Flamingo Audubon Print / Pursuing Vintage

La Barge Coffee Table with Rams Feet / Pursuing Vintage

Take a look at The Shop – there are sooo many more terrific finds just waiting for a new home!  Remember that the discount is only good on the item price (does not include shipping) and will expire at the end of the day Friday.  That’s 3 whole days of shopping opportunity!  Spread the word!



DC Design House Logo

This is a bit belated, seeing as how the event is over, but it left such an impression that I still have to share this beautiful home with you!

At the end of April I attended the DC Design House with a couple of friends – a fun girls day out while the kids were in school.  This year was a bit different than previous years, as the house was actually down the road from me in Virginia (not actually DC) and the house was new construction.

DC Design House 2015

Rendering via DC Design House


I was a bit disappointed when I heard the home was new construction – I’m an old home advocate!  But the builders integrated salvaged materials and made an effort to give the house an “old farmhouse feel” with modern amenities.  The result is a beautiful home with architectural character.

I want to share with you a few of my favorite spaces within the home.  Come with me on the tour!

A wonderful bar on the front porch greets guests.

DC Design House 2015 / Front Porch Bar / Designed by Powell & Lemieux

I’m in love with this elephant!

DC Design House 2015 / Front Porch Bar Styling / Designed by Powell & Lemieux

I have a thing for pleated skirt tables.  I’m desperate to find a place for one in my home!

I like how the designer, Pamela Harvey, used a combination of materials.  The stone planters on the table accent the stone wall in the background.  And yet, the gold tones keep the glamour.

DC Design House 2015 / Entry Hall / Skirted Table / Designed by Pamela Harvey

The dining room was stunning.  Again, the designers (Akseizer and Brown) used many different materials and textures.  Check out the timbers on the ceiling!  I absolutely love the chrome chairs paired with the traditional wood table.  However, I can’t say that I love the chandelier.  To me, it is a little overwhelming in this space, and seems “off” to me a bit.  What do you think?

DC Design House / Dining Room / Akseizer & Brown

A small detail that absolutely delighted me: these adorable knife rests!

DC Design House / Dining Room / Knife Rests / Akseizer & Brown

Here’s a great shot of the beautiful stone walls in the lower gallery.  I think this vignette of the Lucite chairs paired with the antique chest and modern photography is just stunning.

DC Design House 2015 / Gallery / Akseizer & Brown

Another beautiful pleated skirt table!  This upper gallery is such a bright and cheerful spot.  Of course I have a soft-spot for the Chinese Chippendale chairs!

DC Design House / Upper Gallery / Designed by Christopher Nutter

This pink and gold guest suite (designed by Alex Deringer & Courtney Cox) is so feminine and chic.  I wasn’t sure how I felt about the window treatments matching the wallpaper, but in this space, I think it works.  What do you think?

DC Design House 2015 / Guest Suite / Designed by Deringer & Cox

This built-in desk is just styled with such interesting pieces – it’s a neat little space with big impact.

DC Design House 2015 / Built in Desk in Hall / Designed by David Benton

The family room was one of my favorite rooms in the house.  I love how designer Iantha Carley mixed different styles and accomplished a comfortable real room.  I truly felt like this was a room that could be lived in, not just a “show room”.

DC Design House 2015 / Family Room / Designed by Iantha Carley

How fabulous is this etagere with the giant foo dog?  It is styled to perfection.

DC Design House 2015 / Etagere in Family Room / Designer Iantha Carley

And these authentic mid century chairs were a show-stopper for me.

DC Design House 2015 / Mid Century Chairs in Family Room / Designer Iantha Carley

Finally, I could dream up some spectacular dinner parties on this patio!

DC Design House 2015 / Patio / Designer Skip Sroka

Special thanks to the security guard/amateur photographer for getting our glamour shot in front of the house!  I told him to take it far away and I guess he listened… can you see us??!

DC Design House 2015 / Pursuing Vintage

If you’re in the market for a beautiful home located just outside of Washington, D.C., you can grab this one for a mere $4.8 million.  Check out the listing and more photos of the beautiful interior here.

Extra special thanks to Kathy & London for going with me to drool over the house and stunning interior design!





Quick Tip for Painting Doors by Pursuing Vintage - Save Time & Money


That’s right – don’t tape your windows!

When I recently painted my front door and back door, I taped all of the windows on the back door – and it was very time consuming.  It took forever to tape, and then, because I didn’t tape perfectly in some spots, I had to go back and touch up.

Pursuing Vintage : Painting Front Door

I found it much easier when painting my front door to skip taping the windows.  After the door was dry, I went back with some wet paper towels and a razor blade.  I found that if I wiped it down first, then scraped it, I could peel the paint off the glass.

Pursuing Vintage : Front Door Paint Tip - Don't Tape

Pursuing Vintage : Front Door Paint Tip - Don't Tape, Peel!

The edges looked much cleaner doing it this way.  I saved time and money by not using all that tape!

(However, I would recommend taping around your hardware and door handle).

Looks great, right?!

"Sophisticated" by @modernmastersinc is my color! See details #ontheblog  #oneroomchallenge #orc #paint #doors #red #pursuingvintage #diy

“Sophisticated” by @modernmastersinc is my color!
See details #ontheblog
#oneroomchallenge #orc #paint #doors #red #pursuingvintage #diy