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Friday September 20th, 2013

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Gem Punch Bowl + 10 Great Cocktail Recipes

After ten years in Brooklyn, I finally got lucky and found an apartment with a proper dining room. Though it served primarily as storage for the first few months, the dining room has now been transformed into a grown-up room complete with a DIY fauxdenza (made with salvaged wood and filled with glassware and serving…

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Friday September 13th, 2013

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Watercolors

The other day I was listening to the song ‘Watercolors‘ by Mal Blum and stumbled onto these beautiful pieces at Koromiko at the exact same time. It felt like the perfect melding of music and art and I immediately added both pieces to my wishlist. The top piece, a stoneware serving plate with blue watercolor…

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Thursday August 15th, 2013

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Fossik

I think the life of a professional prop stylist must be the greatest job in the world. Not that I’m not completely grateful and happy to have the job I do, but if I had the skills (I don’t) and could run away to do an even dreamier dream job it would involve shopping all…

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Thursday August 8th, 2013

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Haus Interior

I’ve been window shopping quite a bit lately, imagining the things I would buy for my new apartment if I had some extra money burning a hole in my pocket. That’s not quite the case right now, so instead I’m bookmarking and imagining where I would put things if they were actually mine. Haus Interior…

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Wednesday August 7th, 2013

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Brooklyn Plates

Despite the deep love I feel for the borough I’ve called home for the past ten years, I rarely celebrate it in product form. It’s felt like everyone and their brother bought a Brooklyn hat, t-shirt, tote bag or print the last few years, so I preferred to quietly give Brooklyn all of my hard-earned…

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Thursday July 18th, 2013

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Page Turner Placemat + Runner

When it comes to table linens, I tend to like something pretty simple. Almost always linen (despite the pain it can be to clean it) and almost always something solid, or with an incredibly minimal print. But every now and then I’m tempted by something a little whimsical with a photo-realistic print or clever saying….

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Wednesday June 12th, 2013

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Cartan Napkins

A few weeks ago I slid pretty hardcore back into my old latte + chocolate croissant routine. I’d been so good for a long time, forgoing coffee for coconut water. My skin cleared up, I had more energy and I even started walking more. But then a few busy days turned into busy weeks and…

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Tuesday June 11th, 2013

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25 Turquoise Designs I Love

Sometimes I am the world’s laziest writer. I’ll flat-out drop a post idea if it hovers around a word, phrase or topic that constantly trips me up. For example, turquoise. I don’t think I’ve ever spelled that word correctly without having spell-check or that dreaded dotted red line point out that I’m reversing the ‘o’…

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Tuesday April 16th, 2013

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Muhs Home

Muhs Home has started to become my go-to shop for great tabletop window shopping. I originally stumbled onto their site looking for Fog Linen coasters, but I recently found myself bookmarking an incredible new set by Molly M designs that were metallic and well, perfect. In addition to great coasters, Muhs carries a great range…

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Thursday March 14th, 2013

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Favorite Coasters and Linens

In honor of the beer-tasting party Max has coming up later today, I’ve rounded up some coasters and linens to help you keep your wood furniture drip- and ring-free. One of my favorite gifts was a set of Jonathan Adler zodiac coasters that Grace gave me one Christmas. Each coaster has a different zodiac sign,…

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Wednesday March 13th, 2013

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Mixed Print Napkins

I’m a total napkin weirdo these days. A few years ago, in the early days of Kickstarter, I helped fund a project that Diva from Linea Carta was doing to finance the production of her new line. The reward was a set of beautiful linen napkins/tea towels that I have been using every day since. I…

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Monday March 11th, 2013

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Milkhaus Design

For the past few weeks I’ve been trying to re-commit myself to a healthier eating plan. In addition to cutting out carbs and processed foods, I’m cutting coffee and switching back to peppermint tea. I sorely miss my morning coffee, so I’ve been trying to create a new morning routine that will distract me from…

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Monday February 25th, 2013

Friday February 15th, 2013

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Dip Dye Placemat

We’ve been working on a few spring-themed entertaining projects for D*S, and I’ve got placemats on the brain. After brainstorming a million ways to make custom DIY versions, I keep finding myself researching cute pre-made options online. During my search I came across these cute new placemats at Leif that have a soft watercolor feel….

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Friday January 25th, 2013

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40 Great Teacups & Teapots

We really lucked out when we discovered that Bellocq Tea was at the end of our block here in Greenpoint. We’ve been over before to chat, check out their space and drink delicious teas, and later today we’re sharing a great cold-weather tea recipe from their team. So to get us started on the tea…

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Friday January 18th, 2013

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40 Great Juice Glasses

Sometimes my life feels like a never-ending battle against dehydration. I have a weird aversion to plain water (unless it’s infused with fruit), and coffee has become my new best friend over the past few years. Combine those two things, and you’ve got a recipe for dry skin and all sorts of health issues. So…

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Vintage Stands from Glitter & Grain

Ever since Kate’s DIY Recycled Cupcake Stand project from 2008, I’ve used these hybrid-style vessels for everything. No fancy stand for a dessert table? No problem. Just throw together a cup and a plate with epoxy, and you’re good to go. I’ve seen so many great examples of the trend online, and these beautiful pink…

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Wednesday January 16th, 2013

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Smith Handmade

Some things get drilled into you at an early age: a love of animals, a respect for elders and, in my case, an extreme reverence for piping. Growing up, it seemed like everything around me got piping or some sort of border. Couches, jackets, pillows, you name it and the southern women in my life…

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Thursday January 10th, 2013

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Winter Whites

Among friends and even some casual acquaintances, I’m often considered the Wednesday Addams of the group. Not because I’m creepy and angry but because I’m most frequently decked out head to toe in black. Despite my complete and total love of hot pink and glitter, I typically dress like a stagehand. Owning a white cat makes…

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Geo Shakers by Von Tundra

In the realm of trends that won’t die, one that I’m happy is still alive and kicking is geometric/faceted shapes. Maybe it’s all the curly, girly, super-ornate design we’ve seen for the past few years, but I’m still excited to embrace a more hard-lined, minimal look. Along those lines, these porcelain Geo Shakers from Von…

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