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CREATIVE CRUSH | OCTOBER

October 18, 2020

Between political discord, catastrophic environmental conditions + a global pandemic all with an unrelenting grip on America, one might say our country is in a state of disarray. We have the power to change the spiral – we can knock the current course off its axis and create a new trajectory for generations to come. I carry no political agenda here, but rather, deep respect for the fundamental principles of freedom upon which our country was founded. My ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War in pursuit of liberty and a belief that our country have the opportunity to write its own chapter. I vote to carry on their legacy in a display of patriotism. No matter the color of your skin, gender affiliation, religious beliefs or socioeconomic status, each vote carries equal weight; it’s the most universally equal opportunity we have as Americans. I sincerely hope you will get out there and do the same, whether in person or by mail, make your vote count.

CREATIVE CRUSH | OCTOBER EDITION

Cozy corners. | (@ritakonig | @kitchenandbeyond.se)

Beauty in every bite. (@boltcoffeeco)

Seasonal palette. (@mariadelaordenstudio)

Put a ribbon on it. (@emiliebonaventure)

Internal compass. (@laurariu__)

Best seat in the house. | (@oandgstudio)

Roll with it. | (@handelsmannkhaw | @peterbrookeball)

Life’s too short, ruffle feathers. (@demyleeny)

Wear your monogram on your sleeve. (@demyleeny)

 

If you’ve been following along, you likely know we’re in the early stages of renovation at Summerset. While not colonial like many homes in Newport, a 1940s-cottage does come with its own set of construction challenges in the age of modern zoning + occupancy approvals. We’re leaving the heavy lifting of marrying floor joists and reinforcing rooflines to our dream team of architects, engineers + contractors so we can focus almost exclusively on the interiors.

As with any design project, options are endless (while for many of us, budgets are not) and the project can feel overwhelmingly daunting. When setting out, there were two things I was determined to write into the next chapter of our coastal home – maintaining its charming character and making it feel unequivocally me (don’t worry, the Captain’s input is usually always incorporated). Since the early years of penning posts here at Around the Pound, I’ve openly shared a love + admiration for textiles. The Part Deux of our double feature this month is dedicated to a new textile studio out of Charleston, whose gorgeous fabrics will undoubtedly be designed into the delectable details I have planned for Summerset.

Palmette, founded by Chris and Elizabeth Boyette, is rooted in the brand’s aesthetic, ‘Classical and timeless with the breezy and relaxed air of the coast‘. Similar in sentiment to our TGL tagline, ‘Classic Style with a Pinch of Glam‘, I had a strong intuition upon their launch that I was going to adore anything (or better yet, everything) the couple created. A small collection of textiles (and just launched pillows!), each available in several colorways, sparks the perfect balance between sophisticated and sweet. Printed on 100% Belgian linen (with options in weight depending on your project and product application), Elizabeth’s eye for color is spot-on – subtle synchrony for the Henrietta Tonal, or a versatile range of colors on ivory for the Sullivan Stripe. Personally, Henrietta for bespoke shades to dress up tiny wall sconces is sitting at the top of my wishlist, with the million dollar dilemma – True Blue, Indigo or Mulberry?

The design duo behind Palmette’s sister studio Good South created their own identity for the brand. A simple type treatment, equally as beautiful as the textiles, sets the stage for the pretty patterns. And because I love paper equally to prints, when a lush letterpress business card arrived tucked in with my memos, I immediately reached out to Elizabeth to share how stunning everything is. Looking for interior inspiration or a slice of Charleston charm? Follow along on their instagram, you’re sure to find yourself scouring antique shoppes for a settee in need of something extra special. I can’t wait to see where Palmette ventures next, while not textiles, I’m secretly hoping wall coverings are in the forecast. A certain cottage is chock full of nooks and crannies that would be drop dead adorable with a pop of Palmette pattern.

Images courtesy of Palmette.

SUMMERSET SERIES | NO. 4

August 7, 2020

 

‘The value of time’, cliche yes, and yet, so undeniably true. The past several months, respectfully void of gilded getaways, world travel and general day-to-day distractions given the state of international affairs, have afforded us the luxury of time. Time to slow down, time to focus on the things that feed us creatively and and time to enjoy the bounty granted to us by a life near the sea (our hydrangea cup runneth 10x over this season).

With demolition scheduled to commence imminently at Summerset, it’s been pencil-to-paper in an all out effort to define/refine the necessary details for our upcoming renovation. While we worked with Cordtsen Design Architecture on all structural elements of the project, the interiors were a scope of work I felt confident to navigate. Full transparency folks – I am not an interior designer by trade, but know my way around a drafting table, have 15+ years experience in the field of design, and can manage a project from concept to execution well enough to know I wasn’t biting off more than I could chew. (Not to mention, we have an amazing GC who ‘gets me’ and my penchant for perfection.)  That said, I also know things almost never go according to plan, schedules run delayed and running a tight ship when it comes to balancing budget and beauty is nonnegotiable for a successful outcome.

In celebration of breaking ground (i.e. dumpster delivery + excavation), follow along at #tglsummersetseries and dive into the ‘avant’ highlights in our insta-stories for a sneak peek at the ‘before’. I promise, not a one-eye open sort of scary.

CREATIVE CRUSH | AUGUST

August 2, 2020

If a month passes and you don’t post, did it really even happen? Our sincerest apologies for the written recess, we promise it wasn’t personal. It goes without saying from the City-by-the-Sea, July falls smack dab at the height of summer, when sunrises, seaside strolls + layers of SPF pull ranking. Heat and humidity have arrived on island with the month of August, which translates to a trifecta of survival tactics – tucking inside, attempting to stay cool + curating a hearty helping of inspiration. A season of change is on the horizon, so we’re diving headfirst into our August edition of Creative Crush with the same intention as a scoop of sorbet between courses – a palate (or, in the case of our black + white moodboard, palette) cleanser.

CREATIVE CRUSH | AUGUST EDITION

A common thread. (@nobilis_paris | @mollyhaynes_)

Tied up in knots. (@peterbrookeball)

Natural beauty. (@maralazaridou | @cassblackbird)

Subtle curves. (@sarakatestudios | @humbertetpoyet)

Make your mark. (@stitchdesignco | @flourist)

Paris, Je t’aime. (@alexandrine_ar)

Keep going.  (Source unknown)

 

Many people and cultures believe ‘7’ to be a lucky number, and while most would contest these beliefs to be purely matter of opinion, in the context of today’s note, I’ll roll the dice and happily join forces with Camp Seven. 2020 is our seventh ‘season’ in Newport (note: loose use of the word season because we spend considerably greater time here than between the bookends of Memorial and Labor Day). Our first Summerset Series post was just about seven years ago and today welcomes the month of July, the seventh month and the peak of prime time to be enjoying the City-by-the-Sea.

Looking back on that first post in 2014, a glow sweeps across my face remembering the feeling when we took ownership of the property, fell in love with her original floors every time we crossed the threshold (which based on this photo, many of you would back us up on that one) and embarked on the journey of turning a quaint little cottage into a coastal abode. In the years since, we’ve lovingly dressed her in all our favorite shades of blue, filled her with precious treasures and most importantly, welcomed countless friends + family into every cozy corner her 1,040 square feet would allow.

Later this month, we’re scheduled to break ground on some significant renovations at the Gilded Getaway House. In 2018 we worked closely with a local Newport architect to reimagine the 1940’s house and breath new life into the space we plan to love for many more ‘seasons’ to come. After months of zoning board meetings, negotiations with neighbors and honestly, a much-needed break glass of wine to recoup from the exhaustion of it all, the time has arrived to transition from plans-on-paper to something tangible we can physically see + touch. I know many of you reading have a keen interest in design – join me as I make a brave attempt at sharing snippets of the delectable details through the process. Follow along with #tglsummersetseries for pint-sized servings, or, if like me you’re hungry for more, stick around here at Around the Pound for larger portions. Regardless where you choose to follow along, I promise the content will be occasionally golden, always deliciously creative.

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