Saturday, November 22, 2014

Saturday Smattering

Happy Saturday my friends!

Here are a few links for your perusal...

Is exercise the new religion?

Thanksgiving recipes from each state.

Six ways to make your home smell like Christmas.

A stunning 600 square foot apartment.

From the archives, a Thanksgiving outfit idea.

Foster Hunting is one of my favorite accounts to follow on Instagram. Now he has a book!

A great DIY gift idea.

Enjoy 30% off and free shipping over $100 with C.Wonder's friends and family sale (I love these slippers).

Have you heard of The Skimm? I just signed up! It's a daily e-mail newsletter that breaks down the top news stories. Here is an example of yesterday's letter. It's a quick and easy way to stay informed.

In case you missed it…

A new way to buy art.

How to get custom furniture on a budget.

A Central Park photo shoot.

And gift guides for kids and your hostess.


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Friday, November 21, 2014


John Robshaw MAHOUT, MULTI

I'm going to let you in on a really good designer secret. Are you ready? The Ballard Designs custom upholstery service or COM. What is COM you ask? It stands for customer's own material and it means that their furniture can be covered in any fabric of your choosing. One of the things that makes interior designer's work look so special, is that many of the pieces they use are one-of-a-kind. Ballard allows you to get that same look without spending a fortune.

When we were starting to decorate our bedroom, we knew we wanted to do a custom headboard. We toyed with the idea of doing one out of raw wood but ultimately had a flaky carpenter and decided to go in another direction. One afternoon, I was scrolling through ebay when I found this fabric by John Robshaw.

Ballard Designs Custom Upholstery Service, Ballard Designs Custom Upholstered Kate Headboard,

I had admired it before and was thrilled to find it at an amazing price. I ordered ten yards (the amount Ballard needed to upholster the headboard) without getting a sample. This is SUPER risky and not something I recommend doing. When it came it was a bit creamier than I had remembered, but I now had ten yards so it was time to commit. (I eventually realized that it's good thing it's a bit off-white because it won't show dirt as easily).

Ballard requires that the fabric come on a bolt (and thankfully I bought enough that the ebay seller was willing to oblige) and the people at FedEx nicely re-packed it for me in a ski bag. I sent it off and along with my order for the Kate headboard.

The Kate is a go-big or go-home shape and it's not for everyone. I have had clients in the past who have passed on it for fear that it was overpowering. However, as I've mentioned, we have fairly high ceilings so I knew our room could handle it. Plus, unless you have a really low bed, a box spring, mattress and pillows quickly add up and suddenly the Kate's height (68") doesn't seem like a big deal. There's no point in getting a custom headboard that's any smaller because people would never even see it.

Here are some inspirational images that I had in mind…
Ashley Whittaker


Now for the bedding. It's not fully zhushed yet, but we ordered this coverlet from Furbish (pom poms of course) and I'm delighted to say that it looks amazing. I'm still figuring out what to do with sheets and the duvet. I could go for just a quilt, but Mike can't live without a duvet (and I'm sure he's really glad I shared that with you). I'm excited to see what Biscuit has next season (this photo looks promising) and I will keep you updated on our progress!


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Thursday, November 20, 2014


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Thanksgiving is only one week away! And you know what that means, we are officially entering the holiday season. As the invitations roll in (you social butterfly you) take this time to stock up on gifts for your host. While wine is always welcome, branch out this season with a thoughtful and creative gift that will have your host knowing just how much you appreciate them.

Jonathan Adler is one of my all-time favorite designers. His work bring a pop of happiness into any home and his holiday collection is full of perfectly priced items for the discerning hostess. Consider this holiday candle or this elephant match strike. If you're staying the weekend, consider doing both or pairing the candle with this beautiful brass owl snuffer. For something even more unexpected, consider these place card holders (perfect for any party) or his zebra tray, a go-anywhere classic.

For the cook, how about a fun cookbook or a set of pretty (and practical) measuring spoons. Around the holidays we're all indulging a bit more (breakfast included) and this maple syrup would be such a nice treat. For the hot sauce lovers, try this set of small batch sauces with flavors like Habanero Carrot Curry and Serrano Ginger Lemongrass.

If you're really thinking out of the box, go bold with a HOLLA doormat (HOWDY and HOLA would also be nice). You certainly won't find yourself holding the same gift as the girl next to you.


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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

spotlight on // Mark Thompson Photography

Anthropologie hat sold out similar | Vince shirt sold out in black love it in mulberry on sale!
Rag & Bone boots | J.Crew necklace on sale! | one of several Madewell bracelets 

A few weeks ago, one of my friends from college, Mark Thompson, reached out to me about taking some photos. Mark is an up-and-coming photographer here in the New York area, and thanks to the power of the Internet, he knew I was writing a blog. As you may have noticed, outfit posts have been absent lately. I leave for work when it's still dark and I get home from work when it's dark. That leaves weekends for photos, and honestly most Saturdays the last thing I want to do is wrangle my friends in to taking pictures of me. Luckily, this is not a "fashion" blog, and outfit posts aren't mandatory. 


If a super talented photographer is going to seek me out, I'll take him up on it. Mark is using the photos for his portfolio and so he had some ideas of shots he wanted to take. It was fun to shake things up a bit and try some poses I wouldn't have ever done on my own (i.e. chillaxing in a pile of leaves). You can see the whole shoot here if you're interested. If you're looking for a great photographer, please reach out to Mark. He's an incredibly smart and hard-working guy (a Michigan MBA and several years in finance speak for themselves), but the amazing part is how he has been able to translate that same passion and drive into this new venture. He's incredibly professional, creative and fun to work with. He does portraits, corporate events and even videos. All I can say is hire him, hire him, hire him

I mean trust me, I don't usually look like this on a Sunday morning. 

On a clothing note...

I haven't done much shopping for myself this fall, but I got this necklace a few weeks ago and it has quickly become my go-to. It's not too dressy or too casual, and it looks perfect paired with a loose blouse. Plus, it's less than $45 right now. Jump on it.


photos by Mark Thompson

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

spotlight on // uprise art

Jen Wink
Last week one of my girlfriends invited me to an event at Uprise Art. The party, which was hosted by Homepolish, featured the work of Jen Wink. Her work was beautiful, but I was even more interested in the story behind Uprise Art and what sets it apart in the art world.

Anna Beeke

The company, which was founded on the idea of making original art more accessible, allows customers to shop their gallery online. But their most innovative trait is how they set up payments. No matter how much the work costs (and many are quite reasonable) you can pay for the work in monthly installments. For example, if you wanted to buy a $1,200 piece, you could pay for it in $100 monthly installments over the course of a year.

Will Hutnick

But the most amazing part of this program, is that you can swap out the art at any point. You read that right. If you have had a piece for six months and decide you want to change it out for something else, you can. Not sure if you want to spend $3,000 on that painting? Don't worry, you can return it.

Ashok Sinha

In addition, Uprise Art frames, delivers and installs your art within a few weeks…record time in the art world.

John Klukas

Julie Martini
Julie Martini

Katrine Hildebrandt-Huseey

Buying art can be overwhelming and intimidating, but Uprise Art's unique program takes a great deal of that anxiety out of the equation. Check it all out here and be sure to stop by the gallery if you're in New York.


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Monday, November 17, 2014

2014 holiday gift guide // for kids

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Here is the honest truth. I wasn't sure if I should start gift guides this week. I had penciled them in a while ago, but when I was looked at my schedule last week I thought, "No way! The holidays are so far away." But then my dad sent me pictures of our house covered in snow…So, here come the gift guides. If it's too early for you, you can just ignore them. 

First up, the kiddos. Because let's be honest, they never think it's too early to start holiday shopping. They whole-heartedly believe in the magic of the holidays and they are happy with the simplest gifts. Most kids are just as excited for a pack of tattoos or some bath crayons as they are for a new bike (or the box that the bike came in). Kids gifts are so adorable this guide go on and on. If you scroll below you will see even more suggestions. If you don't know about it already, the MoMA Store has the most beautiful collection of unique and innovative toys. It could easily be your one stop shopping destination for the kids in your life. 


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Saturday, November 15, 2014


Happy weekend my friends! 

What are your plans? After a busy week, I was delighted to go see Andy Cohen speak with Anderson Cooper at the 92Y. Andy was promoting his new book, The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year. It's supposed to be full of salacious celebrity gossip so I'm looking forward to that. If you haven't read his last book, I highly recommend picking up that as well. He's really entertaining and his background is fascinating. Here are a few links from around the web…

After last year's polar vortex, I've been eyeing this jacket.

Dreamy vintage trailers (I've always wanted to own an airstream).

A cool magazine for your inner farmer.

This book is on my list.

Loving Everlane's simple accessories.

Rachel Roy swears this is the secret to the smokey eye.

Dying to check out this jewelry exhibit and this art collection.

This is a good weekend for shopping if you've been eyeing anything.

Get 25% off at J.Crew with the code SHOPNOW

Things are 30% off at the Gap with the code HAPPY

Bloomingdale's is offering 20% off with the code HOLIDAY

Get 25% off at Kate Spade with the code BEMERRY.

Madewell is offering an extra 25% off sale with the code FALLBACK.

Things are 40-60% off at J.Crew Factory and an extra 20% off clearance with the code EXTRA20.

In honor of their 15th anniversary Otte is donating 20% of all online profits from now until November 20th to Every Mother Counts


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