This past Monday was the Summer Solstice and Strawberry Moon, which means summer is officially here and it's time to start living in full color. This week on MODE I'm sharing some jaw-dropping design inspiration from India, and highlighting some big celebrities who live in small homes. I've also pulled together a round-up of easy baby shower ideas for the modern mama. Be sure to check it out over on MODE.
I recently got to visit a really cool place in Long Island City, Queens called Materials for the Arts. Materials for the Arts (MFTA) collects discarded items from businesses and individuals that can be repurposed for art projects. They have a huge 35,000 square foot warehouse where these items are available for free to nonprofit organizations with arts programming, government agencies, and public schools. In addition to providing all these wonderful art supplies at no cost, they do a lot of great work to promote the arts in schools with outreach and education programs. Throughout the year they host several artists in residence who exhibit their work at the onsite gallery. They also have several classrooms where they lead workshops for educators, and classes on working with unconventional materials for art projects. I met with Education Associate Omar Olivera for a tour of the space. Keep reading to learn more about Materials for the Arts, and see lots of pics of their gigantic warehouse filled with fun art supplies:Read More
This week on MODE, I'm highlight some very cool permaculture communities from around the world that aim to redefine how we live. Permaculture is a growing lifestyle movement that looks to the regenerative cycles of nature as a model for our agricultural, social, and economic systems. I've also pulled together a round-up of some amazing beach houses from Costa Rica to Portugal, Hawaii and more. Check it out over on MODE!
One of my most favorite things to do is tour historic homes, and a few months ago I got to visit one of the amazing Hunterfly Road houses at the Weeksville Heritage Center in Crown Heights Brooklyn. Weeksville was one of America's first free black communities, and the discovery of the Historic Hunterfly Road houses is pretty incredible. In the 1960's, historians at the Pratt Institute discovered evidence of this lost village while flying overhead for an aerial survey. The houses, which date from 1840-1880, were dug up and restored. They were designated New York Landmarks, and are now part of the Weeksville Heritage Center Museum. The center hosts all kinds of cool activities to bring together artists, writers, musicians, and other creatives to celebrate the rich history of this place. In February, I attended a delightful tea party hosted by executive director Tia Powell Harris where we got to tour one of the historic houses. Keep reading for more details about the tea party, including lots of pics inside one of the houses:Read More
Have you ever wondered why some color combinations look fantastic together while others totally clash? Well I'm going to let you in on a little secret that we interior designers often use to pull together amazing color combos. It's all about the color wheel! I'm also sharing some drab to fab vintage furniture makeovers, and nature inspired nurseries. Head on over to MODE for the full scoop.
Summer is in full swing, and it's time to get tropical. Transform your space into a little piece of paradise with whimsical flamingo and pineapple inspired decor. Keep reading for more details and sources:Read More
Since I did my yoga teacher training last year, I've been trying to be more mindful and eat healthier foods. While I'm not a vegetarian, I have been eating less meat these days in an effort to promote sustainable living. I've actually discovered there are lots of delicious vegetarian dishes out there, and I'm really enjoying exploring new recipes. For today's post, I have enlisted the help of contributor Shelly Stinson. Shelly is a Denver-based freelance writer who is passionate about all things related to healthy living. She pulled together this round-up of totally doable, healthy vegetarian recipes. I tried a couple of them out, and let me tell you, I might just have a new favorite cookie recipe! That's a pretty big deal coming from a cookie monster like me. Keep reading to see the full scoop on some of Shelly's favorite vegetarian recipes - from linguine with caper and green olive sauce to asian inspired quinoa, and more:Read More
Mother's Day is coming up on Sunday, and this year we received an extra special surprise! This gorgeous photo of me and my mom, taken by my super talented sister, Lisa Weatherbee, is featured in an iPhone commercial that has been running all week on ABC, CBS, FOX, AMC, and ESPN. It's been so fun to be featured on TV, and hear from friends and family from around the world who have seen it. My mom said it's the best Mother's Day present she has ever received! You can check out the full video here. It's a really sweet, touching portrait about motherhood, home and family, and it might just make you tear up a little bit. Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers around the world - the powerful women who have been holding it down since the beginning of time.
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
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
This week on MODE I'm sharing a round-up of some of my best resources to buy one-of-a-kind, handmade wall hangings:
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