One of my favorite decorators in all the world, Rita Kong, just launched a lovely new website and I thought you ought to be the first to know. Rita was a member of the original Domino magazine team and is the daughter of English decorating doyenne Nina Campbell. Her new site includes a portfolio of her gorgeous interiors, links to her many articles, an online shop packed with treasures, and information on her latest workshops (seriously contemplated flying to London to attend!). The Matchbook team interviewed Rita over cocktails at Schiller’s Liquor Bar years ago and she was one of the most genuine, funny, and warm people I’ve had the pleasure to meet. I especially enjoy following her instagram adventures with her adorable, rosy-cheeked daughter, Margot. The website’s “about” page concludes in the most delightful and Rita-esque way, “As Dorothy Draper famously declared: Decorating is Fun! It’s terribly easy to get in a muddle, so we are here to keep you on track.”
Our new Hyde Park apartment is slowly but surely coming together and my favorite corner has to be our dining area. I’ve been coveting a round Saarinen-inspired piece for years and the La Jolla Fiberglass Dining Table from Apt2B fits perfectly under our bay window (we also considered this beauty). It comfortably sits four people and injects our old building with modern flair. Around the table are four Chateau Dining Chairs from Wisteria. They’re so classic and I love their traditional look paired with the sleek table. I’m still hunting for curtains for the bay window—let me know if you have any ideas!
Above is a rough idea of what I’ve envisioned for the rest of the room. Alfred loves our handsome new West Elm Hamilton Sofa. It has proven extra comfy during my recent marathon viewing sessions of the The Good Wife (who’s excited for Sunday’s premiere?). The Moroccan-style rug was a One Kings Lane purchase, as was the sheepskin throw. The leopard pillows are old favorites from Ariana Belle, but I’ve recently replaced them with these ink dot pillows from Anthropologie.
Moving along to lighting, the white Jean Michel Frank-esque lamps (I’m obsessed) are from Zinc Door and the brown ceramic lamp from Lamps Plus. Still on my wish list is the blue and white garden stool from Furbish. The finishing touch? A fiddle leaf fig tree. Now, if only I had an even remotely green thumb…
It dawned on me that I haven’t shared a “wish list” in ages. Fall has always been my favorite season–riding boots, golden leaves, tweed blazers! A roundup of autumnal items I’ve been admiring of late:
1. Satin-Trim Wool-Tweed Blazer (also here) // 2. Maiyet x Warby Parker Sunglasses (so excited about this new collaboration) // 3. Double Rose Pearl Earrings (great price) // 4. Mini Reva Double-Wrap Chain Watch (love this new design) // 5. Derby Riding Boot (timeless) // 6. Chloé Leather Crossbody Bag // 7. Leopard-Print iPhone Case //
One of my favorite stops on our trip to London was the handsome Bloomsbury boutique Pentreath & Hall. Beyond its doors are many of artist Bridie Hall’s colorful creations, including the Roman Emperor Ingalio Cases above (don’t you just die for the pink?) and the alphabet brush pots below. I would love my initials displayed on my desk here in Chicago, or better yet, on the cozy mantle of my future English country house…