It's hard to spend 15 minutes on Pinterest nowadays without stumbling upon a beautiful pillow or wallpaper by Rhode Island School of Design graduate Rebecca Atwood -- and for good reason. This Brooklyn-based creative has built up a following with her "luxurious yet simple" textile lines influenced by her New England childhood and recent years in the Big Apple. She draws much inspiration for her intriguing patterns from nature as well as prints she comes across on furniture at flea markets. Read on to learn about the path she took to get here, recent developments for her business and insight into her favorite artists and products at the moment.Read More
This week I'm sharing some amazing treehouse vacation rentals, a round-up of my favorite interior design blogs to follow, and tips on decorating with yellow. Have a great weekend!
Spring is in the air, and it's time to start thinking green. I've pulled together a round up of a few jaw-dropping greenhouses to get you inspired to start your own backyard garden. I'm also sharing some great decor ideas for a Bohemian chic backyard party.
Last year I watched a documentary about the fashion industry called The True Cost, and I was deeply disturbed by what I learned. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, but the costs to the environment and the overseas laborers who make the majority of our clothing is devastating. The fast fashion industry promotes the idea that clothing is disposable, and designers must churn out new styles at an increasingly fast pace to keep up. But Reformation is a Los Angeles-based clothing company that aims to change all that. They manufacture their clothing in an environmentally-responsible factory using sustainable fabrics and vintage garments. Their workers are paid fair wages, and they strive to achieve sustainability on every level - from using 100% renewable energy suppliers to shipping items in recyclable packaging. While all of that sounds wonderful, it does add up to higher costs for the consumer. I'll be honest - the majority of clothing that I've purchased in my lifetime came from Forever 21, Target, and Old Navy, so the thought of paying $200 for a dress is definitely shocking to me. But sustainability is important to me, and this changes the way I shop and think about fashion. I'd rather spend more on fewer pieces that I truly love, and wear them over and over again. And the truth is, having less clothing makes life so much easier. I don't need a big closet, and I don't have to stress out thinking about what to wear every morning. I pulled together a wish list of my favorite pieces from the Reformation. Simple, classic, and stylish these would make great wardrobe staples that can be worn again and again! Keep reading for the full scoop:Read More
Memphis-born Caroline Z Hurley started creating long before attending the Rhode Island School of Design. After an inspiring trip to Bali following her graduation, she formed her Brooklyn-based home-ware company, Caroline Z Hurley Studio. Inspired by her world travels, but cherishing the importance of creating a home, Caroline's goods are created using a small-scale cottage industry. That means she has hands-on relationships with all of her producers - be it the ceramists in North Carolina or the weavers in Mexico or Guatemala. Read on for insights into how she finds inspiration, what she predicts for her future, her current favorite possessions and artists, and a sneak peek at some of the amazing pieces from her newest collection inspired by her most recent journey to Rome, Italy:Read More
I've been creating content over on MODE Media lately, and this week I'm sharing a round-up of some of my favorite current design trends. I've got lots of DIY terrarium projects for you to try, jaw-dropping Moroccan tile inspiration, and some clever ways to bring ombre into your home. Be sure to check them out:
A year ago in this post I wrote about life in the Financial District, I lamented the lack of greenery in my neighborhood and fantasized about a future when our city is lush and green. Well instead of waiting for the world around me to change, I decided to take matters into my own hands and build my very own window garden! Inspired by this project from Martha Stewart Living, I added a glass shelf to my window sill and filled it with plants. It's actually a really simple project, but I cannot tell you how much of a difference it has made! The plants bring so much life and color to my home, and it makes me so happy to watch them grow and thrive. I swear to you've I've never been a plant person, so if I can do it, you can too! Keep reading for more pics, sourcing details, and instructions on how to make your very own window garden:Read More
The temperatures are rising, and it feels like spring is only steps away! As you anxiously await the first blooms of spring, why not decorate your home with one of these gorgeous floral-inspired light fixtures. I have rounded up a few of my favorites - some striking and dramatic, and a few that are more subtle - to bring new life to your living space.Read More
For over 12 years, vintage furniture store Baxter & Liebchen has been a beloved resource for high-quality, Scandinavian furniture. While they were located in a Brooklyn warehouse for many years, they moved to their new home at 50 Laight Street in Tribeca about a year ago. Open 7 days a week, this place is a must-visit for design aficionados. Baxter & Liebchen specializes in Scandinavian furniture from the 1940's through the 1960's. They offer a wide selection of tables, chairs, case goods, vintage accessories, and more. The selection is sophisticated and well-made, and has a maturity that distinguishes itself from other mid-century mod furniture. Keep reading to learn more about this amazing place:Read More
Happy Friday everyone! Are you on the hunt for some stylish floral wallpaper, or looking to take on a DIY project this weekend? Then you're in luck! I started working as a content creator for Mode Media, and I recently shared these stories on their website. I highlighted some of my favorite contemporary floral wallpapers and 10 Easy DIY Plant Walls. Be sure to check them out, and have a great weekend.
I recently spent an incredible week in Shanghai, and I wanted to tell you more about the trip. This past December, I travelled with my mom and sister to visit Shanghai, China. Although my mom is from Hong Kong, and we have been to Hong Kong many times, this was my first visit to Shanghai! I had been dreaming of visiting Shanghai for years, and I didn't know what to expect. It's a bustling jumble of old world meets new, with construction popping up everywhere. The city is so rich in culture, and amazing food, and to visit is truly an eye opening experience. There's so much change happening so fast, and there's just SO. MANY. PEOPLE. The sheer scale of humanity is breath-taking, and I'm so grateful I got to experience this amazing city. Keep reading for a full recap of my trip, including the itinerary of where we stayed and what we ate:Read More
Despite the chilly weather, I am a huge fan of trekking to a weekend brunch in the winter with friends and loved ones. For those of us who are lucky enough to live in or near Manhattan, we have such a huge assortment of amazing eateries to choose from. What inspires me possibly even more than a great bloody mary or frittata is the ambience of a well designed bar or restaurant. With Valentine's Day only days away I've pulled together a list of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful brunch spots that NYC has to offer. And you better believe that their fare is equally as lovely! Read on for the full breakdown...Read More
Before you consider buying brand new furniture, be sure to take a look at some of the great new resources out there for pre-owned furniture. Viyet specializes in high-end designer goods, and they make the whole process really simple. You don't have to scour through piles of junk because every item available for sale has been inspected by their team of curators. They make it easy for sellers to unload quality pieces, and shoppers get access to high-end furniture at a fraction of the price. It's a win-win, plus they handle all the delivery arrangements. I skimmed through the listings, and picked out a few of my favorite pieces for an old-world, Bohemian inspired living room. Keep reading for all the details:Read More
Hey friends! I've been trying to live more sustainably in 2016, and I was pretty bummed to learn that my favorite meal of all time (a cheeseburger with fries and a chocolate milkshake!) is actually really bad for the environment. Not only is beef production a big land and water consumer, it's also a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. I've been trying to cut back on my meat consumption lately, and have been exploring vegan food options - no easy task for a burger-loving, veggie-phobe like myself! But thankfully, I discovered the wonderful world of chef Chloe Coscarelli. I went to check out her restaurant by CHLOE in New York City's Greenwich Village, and I was blown away. They make everything-you-can-dream-of vegan food: cupcakes, cookies, burgers, mac and cheese, bacon! 100% vegan, house-made daily. What!? Everything I tried was surprisingly delicious, and I can't wait to go back for more. I had no idea eating vegan could be this much fun. Keep reading to learn more, and see pics of all the yummy foods I tried:Read More
Thanks to the magic of e-commerce, you can now shop online from some of my favorite local boutiques in the New York City area, including handmade goods from Brooklyn. I've compiled a list of of chic and simple home goods that would make a charming addition to your home, or a great hostest gift! Keep reading for sources:Read More
As I mentioned in my recent post on What's New in 2016, I plan to share more yoga and wellness related content on the blog in the coming year. I completed my 200 hr yoga teacher training last spring, and it has introduced me to a lot of interesting new people and ideas that I want to share with you. While I learned a lot about the history and practice of yoga during my training, it was also a gateway into the broader topics of Eastern medicine and philosophy. Even though I am half-Chinese, I grew up in America, and learned very little about Chinese history and culture in school. I've been exploring these topics more lately, and have been learning all kinds of cool stuff - like the story of YouYou Tu, an 84-year old scientist, and the first Chinese woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. When I read the incredible story about how she, along with a team of researchers, developed a treatment for malaria by consulting an ancient Chinese text, I was pretty impressed! Keep reading to learn more about this amazing discovery:Read More
We've got a blizzard heading to the East Coast this weekend, which means it's time to start planning your next winter escape! New Orleans is a culturally vibrant city located on the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana, and is the perfect destination for a sunny weekend getaway. This historic locale is known for it's delicious southern food, and fantastic music scene. I searched the Airbnb listings, and found a few charming and colorful places to stay that caught my eye. Keep reading to see the full scoop on 7 great Airbnb rentals in New Orleans including lots of pics, and pricing details:Read More
Want to shake things up a bit with your kitchen remodel? Consider adding a pop of color with a retro-inspired stove from Big Chill. Taking inspiration from Pantone's Color of the Year, Rose Quartz, I've created a mood board featuring a stove in Pink Lemonade. You want to be careful when designing with a bold appliance because things can easily veer into tacky town. But don't be afraid to add a little color to your life. With the right finishes, you can put together a really unique and charming kitchen. Keep reading to see my tips on working with a pink stove, and suggestions for a stylish and contemporary kitchen palette.Read More