The New York real estate scene is pretty crazy these days. Prices were recently at an all time high, and new developments are constantly popping up all over the city. To venture into this market as a buyer or seller can be a bit overwhelming and intimidating. That's why it's important to work with the right people. My friend Zack Sosne is one of the best, and would be an excellent guide on your next real estate journey. Zack and I met nearly 10 years ago at the New York School of Interior Design, and he is a savvy real estate agent as well as a trained interior designer and construction manager. While most agents come into the field with a law degree or finance background, Zack has brought his design eye and renovation experience to the table to create a one-stop showroom to meet all of your real estate and renovation needs. In 2012, he opened the first joint showroom of NextStopNY and 3F Living, and is working on their second location opening this fall. In the past seven years he has developed a loyal customer base through both selling and renovating over 100 NYC apartments. I interviewed Zack to learn a bit more about how he got here, what he is currently working on, and how he envisions growth in this niche market. Keep reading for the full scoop:Read More
Happy August everyone! I hope you've been staying cool in this muggy summer weather. Speaking of staying cool, this week I'm sharing a round-up of totally rad, kid-friendly design that hip parents will love. I've also put together a list of the 5 Most Common Interior Design Mistakes and How to Fix Them. And I'm sharing a round-up of this fall's hot home design color - emerald green!
Well we've officially rolled into August, can you believe it! I hope you've been making the most out of these hot summer days and enjoying time outdoors with friends. This week I've put together a quiz to help you narrow down your backyard patio style. I'm also dishing 5 essential ingredients to create a boho chic kitchen.
Hey everyone. I'm excited to announce that a new Indian restaurant that I designed, Aahar, is now open at 10 Murray Street in Tribeca. Aahar is a family-owned restaurant specializing in North Indian cuisine, and it was a pleasure working with owners Prashant and Sonal to help them bring their dream to life. Aahar is Sankrit for nourishment, and that's what they strive to deliver, serving carefully prepared, authentic Indian food made with savory spices and quality ingredients. The restaurant is located in a historic Tribeca setting, and has a classic cafe style with a touch of Indian flair. The design of the space is clean and contemporary with pops of coral, turquoise and gold. Keep reading for a tour of the space, resource list, and lots more pics:Read More
This week on MODE, I've pulled together a round-up of headboards to suit every style. I'm also sharing magical nursery design inspiration for your own little witch or wizard. I know there are a lot of busy working moms out there who don't always have time to make it to the yoga studio. That's why I'm sharing some tips on how to create your own chic at-home yoga zone inspired by some of the coolest studios around the world.
I hope your summer is off to a great start so far. I recently spent a week relaxing at a friend's family lake cottage in Massachusetts. We spent most days out on the dock, and evenings around the campfire. It was super rustic and charming, and oh-so-relaxing. This week on MODE, I'm sharing some inspirational lakeside cottages, as well as 10 Must Haves for the Minimalist Chic Traveler that will keep you traveling in style. Enjoy!
Like many people, I am deeply saddened by the recent shooting attacks at The Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL. It's hard to know how to respond to such awful news, but I hope we can come together to share our grief and figure out ways that we can end this senseless violence. You can support the victims' families and survivors of this terrible attack by making a donation to this GoFundMe page.
In honor of the tropical beauty of Florida, I've pulled together a chic and modern living room with lots of natural materials and luscious plant life. I love spending time on the beach in beautiful weather, and dream of having a Florida beach house one of these days. If you're in the market for a dream home in paradise, check out these listings for Florida real estate, and don't forget to pack your swimsuit! A good rule of thumb if you love working with color is to stick with neutral, natural materials for the major items like the sofa, accent chair, and coffee table. Then you can bring in more color with other elements. You could paint the walls or introduce a bold wallpaper for a dramatic statement. And finally you can play with adding pops of color in the art and accent pieces. When you start with a neutral palette, you can always mix and match your accessories to change up the colors if you get tired of them down the line. Keep reading for more details and source info:
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