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Monday April 9th, 2012

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zebra towels in coral + navy

I think my body and brain have teamed up to convince me that it’s already summer. I can’t stop myself from looking at swimsuits online and figuring out how to sneak in a little beach trip this season. Until I find a way to get to the beach, these towels will be on my wish…

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Monday March 19th, 2012

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sarah rainwater seed kit

Spring is basically here in Brooklyn, so I’m excited that gardening posts are now back on my plate. While I don’t have a lot of room to grow things in my own home, I’m committed to trying (again) to grow a windowsill herb harden this year. This beautiful seed kit from Sarah Rainwater is a…

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Wednesday March 14th, 2012

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good erdle

Yesterday it was a whopping 70 degrees outside in NYC. Yep, 70. Apparently spring is already upon us, and I’ll take that as an excuse to resume my green-thumbing with gusto. Since my windows are now open and the sun is shining, these little modular planters seem like a great idea for the windowsill. Designed…

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Tuesday February 21st, 2012

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wearable planters (for your bike!)

Today’s major plant kick continues. Maybe it was the sun’s appearance this morning or just wishful thinking, but I’m ready to start gardening again. Thanks to Jemma on Twitter, it looks like I can start some small-scale gardening with these awesome bike planters from Wearable Planters on Etsy. I’m the sort of crazy person who actually…

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geo planters

Good morning, guys! I know it’s the first day back after a long weekend, but I got two solid days of rest (I’m attempting a new “no work on the weekends” rule), so I’m ready to be back at work and to share some cute pieces I saw around town this weekend. For starters, these…

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terra

I’m having a love affair with plants this morning, thanks to this beautiful Terra planter from Fort Standard. I finally got to see this in person last weekend, and it remains one of my favorite ways to showcase plants at unexpected heights. I’m used to plants being on windowsills or side tables, so to have…

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Wednesday February 8th, 2012

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hanging sphere planter

Winter seems to be slipping by us without so much as a peep these days. We’ve only seen one tiny snow storm and rather than our standard “wintery mix” of slush and ice, it’s been sunny and close to 50 most days. While I can’t pretend it doesn’t creep me out to have such a…

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Monday October 31st, 2011

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michele quan bells

As nice as the idea of wind chimes sounds, I don’t normally buy or use them at home, mainly because I think the bell would slowly drive me nuts if I had to hear it all day. But I recently walked by Love, Adorned and heard these bells in person and had to momentarily reconsider…

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Friday October 21st, 2011

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sponge

I don’t often come across someone who has to say the word “sponge” as often as I do. So when I do, I feel like I’ve found a new friend.* These beautiful Sponge lights are from designer Miguel Angel Garcia Belmonte, who makes each clay sphere by hand. Good for indoor or outdoor use, it…

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Monday September 19th, 2011

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sprout

Good morning guys! Amy and I are home from the first leg of the book tour and feeling both excited and exhausted at the same time. But I’m so happy to be back at work and diving into great design again. This simple-but-genius idea was in my inbox last week and I’m just getting a…

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Thursday August 4th, 2011

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poketo planters

If there’s one thing I learned from homes in Portland, it’s that I need a lot more plants in my home. I’ve resisted the urge to clutter up the new clean space with plants (like I typically do), but after seeing how common house plants (especially beautiful succulents) were there, I’m convinced it’s time to…

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Monday July 18th, 2011

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outdoor organization time

Around this time every year, my parents would go on a mission to get the garage organized. Everything would come out, the cement floor swept and hosed off, and then it would all go back in. In a family of six, this was no small feat, and pitchers of sun tea were necessary to sustain…

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Thursday July 14th, 2011

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wood planters at haunt pdx

One of my favorite things to do when visiting a different city is to spot little mini-trends that are different from what I’d see in my own town. Over the past week, I’ve noticed these beautiful planters popping up in shop windows. I’d never seen them in New York before, so I did a little…

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Wednesday July 6th, 2011

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top 30 gadgets of summer

Normally when summer rolls around, I try to stay as far away from technology as possible. The only cords and wires I want to be near in July are the ones holding up a hammock or hanging from my ears as they deliver beachy music from my headphones. But since that isn’t always an option, my…

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Tuesday June 28th, 2011

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bevara terrariums

I’m on a bit of a forced terrarium hiatus right now (I went a little overboard with glassed-in plants last year), but these hand-blown terrariums from Bevara were too beautiful not to share. Designed by Liz Boscacci and made in Poland, each of these terrariums is a seamless egg shape that makes them suitable for…

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Friday June 3rd, 2011

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creating an outdoor room

Kevin O’Shea has spent a lot of time lately designing outdoor spaces. He recently finished the Sky Terrace at the Hudson Hotel, and he’s also designed the outdoor waiting lounge for the Agua Spa at the Mondrian Scottsdale. Kevin is a firm believer in using your outdoor space as an extension of your indoor living…

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Tuesday May 3rd, 2011

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ropey summer design

While my raging sinus infection did its best to keep me away from the outdoors this past weekend, I managed to get out in my parents’ yard for a hours to soak up some much needed sun. And as much as I love deck chairs, you really can’t beat a good hammock or hammock chair….

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Monday May 2nd, 2011

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wedding cake planter

I’ve got a major soft spot for cute planters. When we moved in March, I discovered an embarrassingly huge stash of them under the kitchen sink that hadn’t even been used yet. I ended up selling most of them to kick off the “clean start” vibe in the new space, but I always have an…

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Thursday April 28th, 2011

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bicycle wine rack

For the bike-riding oenophile in your life, there can’t be a greater gift than this handmade leather wine holder. Sure, not everyone needs a special device to strap wine to their bike, but if you’re someone who enjoys wine (but not cars) and wants to bring a nice gift to a party this is a…

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Wednesday April 13th, 2011

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gadgets for green thumbs

While it may seem depressingly gloomy outside today (too gray for gardening), I’m always hopeful that spring will return (Monday was such a cruel tease) and bring back some signs of life. The tree behind our building is starting to bud and show signs of blooming, so I was excited that Kate’s new post at…

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