Dorian Ward Trading Co.

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A handsome concept shop is turning heads in New York’s West Village. Dorian Ward Trading Co. was named after “a dashing heir to a large fortune” that purchased a farm in Kenya and bid farewell to his native England for good. The boutique specializes in one of a kind pieces such as antique barware and leather goods from the 1920’s and 1930’s. I can’t wait to stop by on my next New York visit.

VISIT: Dorian Ward Trading Co., 35 Christopher Street New York, NY 10014

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Ben Pentreath’s Dorset Country House

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Happy Friday, my loves! Do you have any fun adventures planned? I thought I’d kick off the weekend with the handsome Dorset country home of English architect and designer Ben Pentreath. I’ve been dating a wonderfully funny Englishman from Dorset here in Chicago (what luck!) so I’m afraid my Jane Austen fantasies have been running a bit wild lately. Ben’s home is a 19th century former Parsonage and brilliantly mixes classic and contemporary English design. Ikat lampshades, Staffordshire spaniels, striped wool bed blankets–the entire home tugs at my heartstrings. It’s no surprise the Duchess of Cambridge enlisted Ben to decorate Kensington Palace. If you like what you see, be sure to check out his book and blog (I’ve been eagerly following his adventures for years now!). Wishing you all a lovely weekend. xx Katie

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Poppy Delevingne for The Coveteur

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These pretty photos of Poppy Delevingne snapped by The Coveteur crossed my path this morning. The olive green chinoiserie wallpaper is breathtaking, don’t you think? The British beauty is currently residing at some “temporary digs in Brooklyn” and they look quite nice indeed. Someday I’d like to have a room covered in de Gournay. Until then, I’ll just keep adding to my “Dream Home – Walls” Pinterest board.

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Wednesday Wish List

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Happy Wednesday afternoon, my loves. Just some pieces I’m currently coveting…

1. Collection Ribbed Sweatshirt – love the cut, perfect with high-waisted jeans… / 2. White Agate Stone Stud Earrings – chic and cheap… / 3. High-Rise Distressed Jeans – because Madewell denim always makes you look good (also available here)… / 4. Gucci Bucket Bag – though I usually stay away from logos, the vintage feel of this bag is awesome… / 5. Crystal Bar Ring – subtle sparkle… / 6. Leopard Dot iPhone Case – love this new design from Kate Spade… / 7. Gold Vans Slip-On Sneakers – a metallic twist on a classic.

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Kensington Townhouse by Suzy Hoodless

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This glamorous west London townhouse by English decorator Suzy Hoodless recently caught my eye. Published in the November 2014 issue of House & Garden UK, the traditional-meets-industrial space makes a sophisticated statement. The herringbone pattern floors, tall marble mantle, and moody charcoal painted office are among my favorite touches. Did I mention the killer light fixtures throughout…? See more of the home here.

(photography by Sharyn Cairns)

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Insta Crush: Marissa Cox of @RueRodier

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I’ve been dreaming of Paris a great deal lately (I know, what’s new…) and the instagrams of Marissa Cox haven’t done much to help shake my wanderlust. Her popular account, Rue Rodier, is full of classic Parisian scenes—strolls along the Seine, decadent French éclairs, and the colorful shelves of the Merci used book cafe. What I would give to tag along on Marissa’s Parisian adventures for a week (better yet, two!).

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