Nature Photography

January 26, 2015




Lupen Grainne’s nature and still life photography has a soft vintage style, and they’d make beautiful additions to a gallery wall, don’t you think? I’ve been looking for affordable ways to decorate our apartment, and most recently, I used a catchy scarf by Coveted Things as a wall hanging (seen here). But finding prints and other artwork at affordable prices has proven to be a bit more challenging. Grainne’s prints start at $30 for an 8″ x 10″ and go up to $90 for a 16″ x 20″ print–very affordable! I’d love to hang a collection of her prints in our apartment.






See the whole Lupen Grainne photography collection, here.

Moroccan Rugs and Where To Buy Them

January 22, 2015

Moroccan Rugs and where to buy them



How beautiful are these Moroccan rugs? Last September, when I worked at Blogshop, Patina Rentals, a vintage furniture rental shop in NYC, styled the studio where Blogshop was hosted. They brought over the pretty vintage Moroccan rug pictured below and everyone loved it…

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Geometric Planters by ferm LIVING

January 14, 2015


I can’t get enough of these geometric planters from Danish design and lifestyle firm ferm LIVING’s new Spring/Summer 2015 collection. The dusty blues and greenish-grays with pops of pale pink and brass make for a beautiful color combination. I love how each piece can stand on its own or several pieces can be grouped together to create a distinct focal point in a room.

“Embrace the small and sincere moments in everyday life. We do.” –ferm LIVING blog




I’ll take multiples of each!

PS. Gardening in an NYC apartment.

(All images from the ferm LIVING blog.)

Clear Coffee Mugs

January 8, 2015

double wall coffee mugs

Have you seen these modern double-wall coffee mugs before? We discovered them a few months ago while housesitting in DUMBO, and it seems like I’ve seen them everywhere since then. Morning coffee looks a bit fancier in a clear coffee mug and colorful snacks are pretty in them, too! : )


(Image via.)

Simple Christmas Decor

December 23, 2014

Simple Christmas decor

Every year, we cut down a Christmas tree from Dan’s family’s Christmas tree farm in central New Hampshire, and a few weeks ago, while visiting for Thanksgiving, we found a little tree for our little Brooklyn apartment. Since space is limited in our apartment, we kept our Christmas decor simple. Here are a few pictures, if you’d like to see…

The City and Us: Christmas Decor

The City and Us: Christmas Decor

Exposed Brick Wallpaper

December 17, 2014

Last spring, we apartment-hunted in Manhattan for a short-term lease so we could get our bearings and see if we actually liked living in NYC before committing to a longer lease. One thing I really wanted in our apartment was exposed brick (a quick look at my Pinterest account will reveal my love for exposed brick walls and brick fireplaces). Although we viewed a few apartments with exposed brick and one with a beautiful fireplace, none met our top priorities, namely budget, dog-friendly and location. The same thing happened when we searched for our Brooklyn apartment.

While I’m still holding on to my hopes for an apartment with real exposed brick, I was so psyched to discover Norwegian photographer Tom Haga’s ‘Attic Wall’ wallpaper collection with exposed brick wallpaper! I’d love to wallpaper just one wall in our apartment with this beautiful wallpaper.


Images via Tom Haga.

Holiday Shopping Guide

December 9, 2014

Today is gray and rainy, and Christmas is 16 days away (how did that happen?!), which brings me back to the holiday gift guide. Remember this post from a few days ago? Well, instead of curating a post with specific gifts, I’ve decided to start a list of some of my favorite shops (with a few item links) to help with the holiday shopping process (or any shopping process, for the matter). My plan is to update this list regularly, adding new shops to the mix as I discover/remember them. I’d love to hear your suggestions for places to shop! Please feel free to leave recommendations in the comment section.

For gifts for the home like candles, coffee mugs, kitchen trinkets, garden supplies, and more:


For clothing, shoes and accessories:


For photo gifts like photo books, calendars, journals and notebooks:

For the little ones:


For art and design gifts:


Happy shopping readers! xo


I’ll be updating the list, and of course, keep in mind that there are thousands of wonderful DIY gift ideas floating around the internet! 🙂

(Images link to sources.)

Etsy Find: Beautiful Bud Vases

November 19, 2014

These small bud vases by Emily Reinhardt of The Object Enthusiast are so beautiful. I love the combinations of neutral colors with the copper and gold leaf polka dot detail. They would be lovely on a mantel or included in the centerpiece on a dining room table. Check out Emily’s whole Etsy collection here.

What are your favorite Etsy shops? I’d love to hear. Share in the comments, if you’d like. 🙂


(All photos from The Object Enthusiast.)

Fall Wreath

October 6, 2014

This wreath made of dried bay leaves, lavender, nigella, millet, and broomcorn by Terrain is beautiful. I’d love to hang it in our apartment this fall.


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Staghorn Ferns

October 1, 2014

Staghorn Fern

The tenants before us in our Brooklyn apartment had two Staghorn Ferns hanging from the walls behind their couch. I distinctly remember seeing them when we viewed our apartment because they were big and mounted on these unique wooden plaques. They looked more like art than plants and the dark green, antler-shaped leaves popped against the apartment’s white walls. The tenants bought them at the Brooklyn Flea a few years ago and said the plants are great for them because they require very little watering and attention. I love the idea of adding a Staghorn Fern to a gallery wall like Megan Gilger points out in this step-by-step DIY project for mounting a Staghorn Fern.

For the life of me, I couldn’t remember the name of the plants until my Mom texted me the picture above of a Staghorn Fern hanging in her colleague’s classroom (thanks, Mom!). This particular plant is 10 years old. Pretty amazing! Now I can’t stop thinking about where to hang a pair of these awesome plants in our apartment.

A little side note: Staghorn Ferns get their name because their fronds look like the antlers of a staghorn deer.


(Second photo via Design Sponge. Third photo via The Fresh Exchange. DIY mounting project with Corey Mason of Clyde Oak, here.)

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