Style At Home: Lindsay Souza Of The Pursuit Of Style

Written by on October 8, 2013 in Lifestyle, Style At Home - 32 Comments
Lindsay Souza

The political world isn’t usually the first place we look to for style advice, but for Lindsay Souza, fashion and design were passions even while she worked on Capitol Hill. Her popular style blog, The Pursuit of Style, started as a creative outlet that served as a break from her politics-focused day job, but grew into a budding career in interior design. Since Lindsay constantly has us coveting the items she features on The Pursuit of Style, we couldn’t wait to peek inside her home. Of course we found all the classic, sophisticated, and playful details we’ve come to expect of Linday’s enviably good taste!

Images by Stacy Zarin Goldberg 

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  • Tell us about your blog and how you started it.
    I started writing The Pursuit of Style in 2009 for the same reason I think a lot of people have started blogging: I was in desperate need of a creative escape. I was fresh out of college and working at my first job in politics when I quickly realized I enjoyed decorating my first apartment more than anything I was doing at work. I stumbled onto this whole world of design blogs and was hooked! It became a great outlet for me to share my other interests.

  • You work full-time in interior design. Tell us a little bit about your work, and how you got into design.
    It took a long time for me to realize that interior design was something that I could or should pursue as a career. I was a Political Science major in college and had always thought I was going to be a lawyer! My friends and family definitely recognized it as a passion before I was willing to admit it to myself. I was spending all of my free time pouring over design books and shelter magazines, consuming all that I could to educate myself. I had gone to the local design college open house twice, and of course, was still writing the blog.

    After an almost two year stint in event planning, I happened upon my current position at a local residential interior design firm almost serendipitously. The owner was profiled on another lifestyle site and it happened to catch my eye because she was based in Capitol Hill, where I live. That brought me to her site where she had posted she was looking for a Design Assistant. I nervously applied and three days later was offered the job! I couldn’t be more grateful that she was willing to take a chance on me.

  • What are some of the perks of working in the design industry?
    I’d say being able to do what I love is a pretty big perk! Every day isn’t sourcing beautiful fabrics or one-of-a-kind antiques — there’s a lot on the administrative end too, which I think is important to acknowledge — but the days I am able to select things for clients, that I only dream of someday having in my home, are pretty amazing.

    It’s also incredibly rewarding to assist in translating someone’s vision for their home into a reality. I love that we’re able to create beautiful backdrops for our clients’ lives that reflect their personalities and complement their lifestyles.

  • Who are some of your favorite interior designers?
    Oh, I have about a million! Miles Redd, Anna Spiro, Mark D. Sikes, Tom Scheerer, Bunny Williams, Albert Hadley, Ruthie Sommers, Billy Baldwin, Celerie Kemble, Meg Braff, Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel dePedro Cunningham of Tilton Fenwick, Elizabeth Bauer, Liz Caan, Hillary Thomas… I could go on and on.

  • What are your favorite local DC places to shop for the home?
    For beautiful things on the someday list: Marston Luce, John Rosselli Antiques, Moss & Co., Jean Pierre Antiques.

    For the thrill of the hunt: Christ Child Opportunity Shop, Georgetown Emporium, Foundry, Miss Pixies, Goodwood, Old Lucketts (VA), Gallery St. Elmo (MD).

    For gifts: Salt & Sundry, Red Barn Mercantile (VA).

  • Do you have any advice to young women wishing to break into the interior design world?
    My path was a bit non-traditional so I’d be hesitant to give advice, but I think one thing that would serve anyone well is to constantly strive to keep learning. Interior design is also one of those professions that’s easy to idealize so I think it’s important to do your research, maybe chat with a designer, to make sure you understand what the day-to-day of the profession is really like. Lastly, don’t be afraid to start from the bottom. You’ve got to start somewhere!

  • What’s the design process like for you? Where do you start on a room?
    I’m most inspired by color and pattern, so it might be a great fabric, wallpaper or piece of art that serves as the jumping off point for a room. Function is also an incredibly important consideration. You need to know how a client lives so you can create a room that suits their lifestyle.

  • What are your favorite places to seek inspiration? Favorite websites or blogs?
    Domaine Home is a recent addiction. I also love the glimpses into tastemaker’s homes that Vaunte provides.

    For blogs, some of the very first I started reading (and still love!) are I SuwanneeAbsolutely Beautiful ThingsGadaboutShelter and Little Green Notebook.

  • How do you sparkle?
    I have this Elsie de Wolfe quote framed at my vanity that I’ve kind of adopted as a motto: “I am going to make everything around me beautiful. That will be my life.”

  • http://adiaryoflovely.blogspot.co.uk/ Helena – A Diary of Lovely

    excited to see Lindsay here and have a better look at her gorgeous home!!

  • http://www.domestikatedlife.com/ Kate {domestikatedlife}

    Adorable space – I love the pops of pink throughout!

  • http://www.bigcitytyro.com/ Tianna Gallinaro

    Absolutely adorable! Love her mix of bright colors!!!

  • Dana

    LOVE her home – its gorgeous. and those horse head bookends… where are they from!?

    http://www.thecasualclassic.com

    • Lindsay Souza

      Hi Dana, thanks so much! The horse head bookends were an antique store find. They pop up pretty frequently on One Kings Lane though!

  • Laurie Jones

    I found myself pinning every image, I love how she mixes color in her space! So beautiful!!

  • Fashion Follows Her

    Wow what a beautiful house… I made a headboard for the spare room- not as difficult as it sounds! http://fashionfollowsher.com/

  • Comfy Cozy Couture

    Her place is gorgeous! I love all of the bright colors and different textures! Fab job :)

  • kat

    That leopard pillow is TDF. Must have must have….

  • Maria

    Where did you get that coffee table??

    • Maria

      Also the rug – such a great place!

      • Lindsay Souza

        Thanks, Maria! Coffee table was a really lucky Craigslist score a few years ago and rug is Safavieh.

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    that pink wicker chair is everything !!

  • Lulucylemon

    I need to know where the white shirt with the lacy sleeves is from…

    • Lindsay Souza

      Zara :)

  • Christina Torres

    From where are your patterened and white bed shams? Both gorgeous!

    • Lindsay Souza

      Thanks so much, Christina! The patterned pillows are from a local boutique and the white/purple shams are Matouk.

  • FatFreeFashion

    Love the heavy mix of prints in Lindsay’s home…simply gorgeous!

    http://www.fatfreefashion.com

  • http://primpandpaper.com/ Francesca

    her home is lovely!

    xx Francesca of primpandpaper.com

  • http://dccl.wordpress.com/ Catherine Ahern

    I love Lindsay’s style. Her home is full of fun surprises and playfulness, but still comes across as sophisticated and classy. Plus, she has an amazing eye. Nicely done, Lindsay!

  • carrie

    Love the pillows on the bed! Do you mind sharing where you got them?

    • Lindsay Souza

      Thanks, Carrie! They’re from a local boutique in DC but were one of a kind. Sorry!

  • Stephanie Maassen

    Where did you get the print hanging over the dining/breakfast room table?

    Thanks!

    Stephanie

    • Lindsay Souza

      Hi Stephanie- It’s a painting by a German artist, Peter Keil. I found it at an antique store on Cape Cod.

  • Monika Hibbs

    Love this space! Especially the black and white striped walls! So good!

    Monika thedoctorscloset.com

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  • Mandi Brady

    where is the white bookshelf from? Great style, girl!

    Mandi @ http://www.livingforpretty.com

  • Teal

    Love the bookcases also…mind sharing your source? Great room!!!

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  • Republik Hijab

    Love combination of the colors!

    Republik Hijab,
    Inspirasi Hijab Fashion Indonesia

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