I’ll suffer a little bit in the name of fashion, but when it comes to downtime, comfort is king. I was one of those people with drawers of t-shirts, “comfy” pants, and no plan when it came to making purchases. Clothing is about how you feel and my loungewear made me feel frumpy, unattractive, and awful. At first I made small steps and decided that I would put on jeans every single day. That one change made me feel so much better that I was motivated to dig deeper.
Adding more stuff to our home, when our goal is to keep things simple changes when it comes to Christmas. We have kids, who have their own ideas and wishes on what the holiday means. As a mom I love catering to them; from colored lights, hand drawn santa pictures taped to the fireplace, festive wrapping paper, and a mantle decorated a little different than I would do myself. It’s about creating a space together, throwing expectations out the window so it remains fun and stress free.
We often create traditions without realizing it. For years the week after Thanksgiving, cash in hand, kid in stroller, baby in carrier, dog on leash, we walked to the nearest street vendor and bought our Christmas tree. They were never big, but getting them home always proved to be part of the angst of living in the city. As we embrace our lives in the suburbs, a different set of logistics come into play, and just like that we have started something new. [Read more…]
Traveling with our boys began early and often, by taking trips out of state to visit our families, we primed them for a life of getting up and going. Their lives began as city kids in Brooklyn, without a car, with lots walking and riding public transportation. I attribute these factors to part of our success with traveling, but mostly our attitudes. Children tend to be exhausting no matter what, and going into travel thinking anything else has proved to be a letdown. We decided waiting for our children to be older and “easier” for travel would rob us of some great opportunities in the past and present. Traveling BEFORE required fare for air travel is such a sweet spot. This gives you the chance to see and do more for half the cost. A snuggly baby in a carrier is contained and portable, I can’t think of a more ideal time to travel.
We tend to be inspired to travel to interesting places, not ones that are all about the kids. One trip we took was at a family resort with everything included. As much as this seems wonderful, it was a bit of a bust and we’ve said we probably wouldn’t go this route again. Having a plan helps, through trial and error we have learned some solid tips over the past five years; [Read more…]
One of my goals this year is to expand my experience styling photo shoots. A neighbor and friend of mine started working for a company called Cabi, she is a style consultant and sells their clothing from her home. The company gives back and supports women, which is something I can always get behind. This summer I set up a lifestyle shoot, at her house, to portray the women that love the brand. I am my own worse critique and there are absolutely things I would have placed or done differently. Overall I loved the opportunity and it confirmed that I want to do more work like this. All the photos I took on my iPhone and edited with VSCO. I hope you enjoy the details of her incredible home and get a feel for who the Cabi women is. [Read more…]
Art is personal, and when choosing for my own home, I love photography, pieces that are playful and art that fits the mood of the specific space. My home office is going to be my favorite room once it’s complete. I purchased the piece “I keep hitting escape but I’m still here” from the Artist Ionut Radulescu. It sets the tone for the room, and the rest of my design will be based off this one bit of inspiration. I interviewed Ionut and would love to share his feature with you.
August is a big travel month on the East Coast. Kids don’t start school till after labor day, the city and surrounding areas quiet, everyone flocks to the beach and the peak of summer unfolds. It’s a phenomenon I’ve only begin to embrace after 10 years here. Typically I like to travel when its still cool, as a break from the long chill we experience all winter. Now that we are closer to the beach, I plan to take advantage while the temps are hot, and being in the water feels like the only place to be. [Read more…]
Today I would love to share with you the office redesign I created for my client. This room is entered in three ways; From the living room, from the kitchen, and from a door that opens to the backyard. The room also has vantage points from these various areas of the home and I found it important to take this into consideration. As you can see in the before photo the desk and accompanying furniture didn’t quite fit the space, the rest of the room was completely open with a few toys on the floor. Rooms that are long and narrow can be intimidating, but leaving them bare actually make them look smaller.
How I created the ideal living room
Furniture that fits a space is so important, This is especially true in our 100 year old home. A couch in this space never felt right, it blocked the window seat and always looked out of place. We spend time reading, drinking coffee, and having some of the best conversations to date in these chairs. It’s a place to come together, face each other, and connect.
How to drink coffee black
It wasn’t until my first job in New York City that I started drinking coffee. When I was up late finishing projects or studying for exams in college; hot chocolate was my drink of choice, the thought of this now makes me audibly laugh. I eased into my eventual love of caffeine my first summer in the city. Customers at the bodega used known lingo to get what they wanted. It took a few attempts to realize “light and sweet” was my jam. It was hard to ever veer from the order once “my guy” knew me, the cup was on the counter before I pushed my quarters to him. Over the next several years; Blue Bottle, Variety, Toby’s Estate and Uro cafe changed the coffee scene in Williamsburg. The neighborhood grew in a way I could have never imagined, as well as the desire for carefully brewed and poured beverages. My quarters for coffee turned into five dollar cold brews and I was hooked in a big way.
When we left Brooklyn I was grasping for straws for a daily fix. A walk into town needs to be for more than coffee, it was time to learn the art of making my own. I took note of what the baristas where using, did a little research and within days set up shop at home.
Being mindful of the water temperate, using locally sourced beans, and being patient, produced such a smooth taste, I no longer needed anything to mask the bitterness. As a result I learned a hobby I find fun and fascinating.
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