Thursday, June 30, 2011


First spotted this modern monogram pillow (left) on Pinterest. Definitely want one for my bed!

Found it at Serena & Lily, Red Letter Pillow

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Most of the time you're busy, walking by it, over it, even on it, but sometimes there's just something on the ground that captures your eye. This weekend, I found two great street artists in NYC that made me smile.

Each weekend, Felix Morelo, a NYC street draws over a thousand chalk faces in a yellow brick road-like line around Union Square Park.

Each face, slightly different, reflects Morelo's style. He marks every 10 faces, so you can see his process.

I felt like a kid walking the zigging and zagging line around the park. At the end... Morelo (in white).
I checked in with Morelo a few times on Sunday. At last I left him, he had drawn over 600 faces that day and was still going strong.

The second artist, Joe Mangrum works exclusively with colorful chalk dust to create stunning original pieces of artwork in Washington Square Park.

Pouring colorful sand out of his hands, Joe adds color and highlights to his work. Seeing these huge creations in person is definitely worth it.

I admire these artists dedication to their temporary installations. Be sure to check them out (and donate).

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


I heart Brooklyn. It was my second home during my staycation weekend. Sat, I ventured over the bridge to Williamsburg to partake in the brand-spanking new outdoor food event, Smorgasburg.
Started by the folks behind Brooklyn Flea, there are over 50 vendors, small (I8NY, Porchetta) and large (Momofuku Milk Bar, Red Hook Lobster Pound) serving delicious organically grown and locally sourced food. I'm convinced I've died and found foodie heaven by the East River. 

A finger-lickin' good sandwich by I8NY, roasted chicken with pickled green tomatoes and salsa verde.

A local fav, People's Pops were serving shaved ice from a huge ice block.

Frozen banana spiltz, yum! 

Wouldn't be Brooklyn without a slew of bikes chained to the fence.

If you're in NYC (or planning to visit), get to this market soon!  Once word gets out about this foodie haven, it won't be long before the lines start wrapping around the block. 

Saturdays, 9am-5pm, Rain or Shine, East River Waterfront, Williamsburg (btw. North 6 + 7 St.)

Monday, June 27, 2011


This weekend instead of beating the heat and getting out of NYC, I embraced my city and did a little Staycation. On Sat, I headed over the bridge to Brooklyn, where I checked out two of my favorite design stores, A&G Merch and The Future Perfect. Chock full of great home accessories,  I can't help but feel inspired in these stores.

Good news for those not living in NYC, items are available online.

 Farmyard glasses, A&G Merch

Carnival Letter, A&G Merch

Whale Pillow, A&G Merch

White Wolf w/ Gold Tooth, The Future Perfect
Puzzle Tray, The Future Perfect

Friday, June 24, 2011


I've been working my little butt off this week, getting things photographed for Octavia & Brown. My apartment is literally overflowing with awesome sets of glasses and new bar items. Time to have a party!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011

Charlie Harper Love

I love Charlie Harper. I was very excited when designer Todd Oldham collaborated with him to edit and design a stunning, oversized book that has been a fave on my coffee table for years.
So when I recently discovered that Todd Oldham had done a Charlie Harper collection with one of my favorite stores in NYC, Fishs Eddy, I could barely contain my excitement. The collection is bright and whimsical and will most certainly be showing up at my next summer soirée.

Check out the rest of the collection here.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Molding Love

I recently visited a friend's new apartment and my jaw just about dropped to the floor. This girl had thought about all the details. One of deign ideas (that I hope to steal) is that she added some Chinese Chippendale style molding to all of her closet doors. Simple change, but instantly transformed the doors from ho hum to inspiring. Sort of something like this on doors.

Found via Bliss

I love the way simple molding spruces up a space...
 Lonny Magazine

 Apartment Therapy

 Found via Pinterest

Coco Kelly

Apartment Therapy

Have you ever added molding to to a wall or door?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Pure Awesome.

Love this! Chalkboard paint, awesome collection of vintage cameras and chalk outlines. Yes!
 Found via Pinterest via Bianca Stella

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Big Apple BBQ Block Party

This past weekend was one of my favorite events in NYC, the Big Apple BBQ Block Party. What's not to love about live music, craft beer and the most delicious BBQ brought in from around the country?

This year's food did not disappoint. My favorite was the pulled pork sandwich from Ed Mitchell. Vinegar based North Carolina BBQ and delicious coleslaw. Yum!

The music was fab too. Those Darlins from Nashville and Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears kept the crowd going all day.

Monday, June 13, 2011


And she was right... I've got some changes going on in my personal life right now and while I know there's always a silver lining, I've been digging up wise words on Pinterest for some inspiration. 

What's your favorite quote?


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