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Monday February 17th, 2014

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15 Modern Trivets

I feel very lucky to share my personal life with someone who loves food as much as I do. Not fancy food, complicated food or food that’s been fussed with – just simple, comforting, good food. For me, that’s usually something that involves a pot on the stove that’s bubbly and warm. From warm winter…

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Thursday November 21st, 2013

Wednesday November 20th, 2013

Thursday October 31st, 2013

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New: Xenia Taler

I’m a big fan of Xenia Taler‘s painting style, so it’s been lovely to see new work pop up on her website on a regular basis. These new geometric trivets in gold and blue are definitely going on my holiday wishlist ($46-$50 each) and her colorful floral cards are a nice way to translate her…

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Friday October 25th, 2013

Monday October 14th, 2013

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Hand-Painted Table Runners from Heather Chontos

This weekend we got to throw our first big dinner party in the new apartment. After lucking out and discovering that Julia’s antique 12-foot farm table fit perfectly in our narrow dining room, we filled it with food, flowers and friends to celebrate Amy’s birthday. I spent a few days trying to find a pre-made…

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Thursday October 10th, 2013

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Paola Navone for Crate and Barrel

Every morning after I take Hope to the park for her off-leash hour, I start my work morning with the same routine. I pull my laptop onto the couch, ready my coffee by my side and start deleting spam emails from my work account and weeding through the pages of press newsletters that all bloggers…

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Tuesday October 8th, 2013

Monday October 7th, 2013

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Monohara Ceramic Collection by House Industries

After the success of their Hasami Morning Collection, House Industries was invited by Hasami’s Kyohei Baba to create a new collection of ceramics. Debuting this December (this is a pre-sale sneak peek), House Industries’ Monohara Ceramic collection is beautiful 29-piece series that includes five plate options, six bowl sizes, teacups, teapots, a compra bottle and…

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Wednesday October 2nd, 2013

Monday September 30th, 2013

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Geometric Runners + Tea Towels

This weekend, while Amy and I were out shopping in the city, we stumbled into a bodega that happened to be selling the new quarterly issue of Domino magazine. Not the old recycled content issues, but the brand new issue with new stories (it’s also being revived as an e-shop that goes live this Thursday)….

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Thursday September 26th, 2013

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Modern Stump Black Walnut Cutting Boards

Now that my little rental kitchen makeover is pretty much complete (I always drag my feet on one last thing- this time it’s re-painting the ceiling) I’m ready to start stocking up on serving pieces. While I’ve been incredibly loyal to my Ariele Alasko cutting board (and always will be), I’m ready to add a…

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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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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 June 27th, 2013

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Chambre de Sucre

I know a fair amount of people in my life who have chosen to give up sugar. I have no idea how one begins to cut such a delicious thing from their life, but they are far stronger than I am. Not only am I adding sugar to my coffee as we speak, but I’m…

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Monday May 13th, 2013

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Tas-Ka at Leif

This month is all about color for us and these painterly pieces at Leif are exactly the sort of color I had in mind. I love when products feel like someone (who knows how to use a paintbrush) took a palette and paint to the pieces, decorating them as they see fit. All those loose…

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Friday April 5th, 2013

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Bee’s Wrap

It’s hard for me to think of spring without thinking of honeybees and all the spring flowers they make possible. We have a beekeeper on our team (Amy), so Max and I have been learning more about them over the past few years. We’ve got a few bee-themed posts coming up today, so I thought…

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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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