Hailing from Cape Cod, Lindsay Souza, owner and author of the popular website ‘The Pursuit of Style’ now lives in Washington D.C. Lindsay recently partnered with Farrow & Ball to create here ‘City Palette’ – a guide to the sights and colours that inspire her in and around DC. From the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, to the West Parlour of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate.
The Chromologist was lucky enough to catch up with Lindsay to talk style, shopping and interior inspiration!
TC: How would you describe your personal style?
LS: I’m a traditionalist at heart but prefer the classics updated with a modern mix of textiles, art, and splashes of color.
Tell us about your city’s style. Is it as buttoned up and conservative as some may think?
I just hit my five year mark in DC and the city has changed so much in the relatively short time I’ve lived here! There’s a vibrancy and sense of energy as new areas of the city continue to be revitalized. It’s been an exciting time to be part of the growing creative community. I think there will always be a traditional bent, but DC’s definitely not the conservative bastion it once was.
What are some of your favorite places to shop in and around DC?
There are some fabulous home and antique stores in Georgetown: Moss & Co., Marston Luce, John Rosselli, Amano, and Georgetown Emporium, to name a few.
What’s your favorite room in the house to decorate?
I particularly love taking an overlooked room and making it into something special. A rarely used powder bath can become a jewel box with the right wallpaper. A neglected dark room can be turned into an enveloping library with some moody lacquered walls.
Favorite piece of furniture you own?
I have a French bergere chair that I found at the Brimfield Antique Show and had reupholstered in an African mudcloth fabric. I love the juxtaposition between the traditional frame and ethnic fabric.
What First Lady’s style do you most lust after?
I hate to be predictable, but I have to go with Jacqueline Kennedy. Her restoration of the White House was an admirable feat and her personal style was always on point.
You’ve taken over 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for the night. Who’s invited and what’s for dinner?
I recently read The Party of The Century which is an account of Truman Capote’s infamous black and white ball. I think it would be pretty fantastic to recreate; although I’d update the menu and invite all of my favorite interior designers!
DC is full of some of the country’s best museums and galleries. What are some of your favorites?
The Phillips Collection, The National Gallery, The Portrait Gallery and The Botanic Gardens are just a few of my favorites. It’s amazing to have so many resources for inspiration just a Metro ride away.
You’re about to get married. Congratulations! How did your background and passion for design play into your wedding?
Thank you! My background in design probably made me a bit more obsessed with the little details than your average bride. I’ve loved collecting antique pieces to incorporate throughout the design and have tried to customize everything to truly be a reflection of us and our style–right down to the linens on the bar!
First comes the wedding, then the honeymoon! Where are you going? What’s on your travel bucket list for 2015, 2016…?
We’re headed on an African safari and I can hardly contain my excitement! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a leopard sighting. I have the longest travel bucket list–Morocco, Istanbul, Greece, and Portugal are all on my must-visit list. We’re hoping to start a tradition of travel for anniversary each year.
Read more at The Pursuit of Style here