September 29, 2014

EP 38 /// Modern Mountain Decals

In today's episode of HGTV Handmade I share a modern mountain decal tutorial with you and provide a template for you to make your own. Check out the video here!

Download the photo and save it to your computer. Open it up in photoshop and make it the size you want. Print it out on card stock paper and cut out the mountain. If you want a larger decal, you can always print it out on 2 pages and tape the together like I did for a decal that measures 13.5" along the bottom. 

September 26, 2014


THIS jaunt with Catherine Baba is everything. Just everything. Via Paper Mag.

+ I can not wait to see THIS film. The book is one of my all-time favorites and the film looks right on par with it. Also by Strayed; THIS + THIS.

THIS is a fascinating look into a devastating time.

THAT coat is everything I need for fall/winter.

THESE quotes by 25 Famous Women on Not Having Children is really interesting and important. As a woman who does not have children yet, I often find that people project less of a value onto my life because of that. I am fulfilled and happy and content without, and agree that the value of a female's femininity need not be measured by what or what has not lived in her womb. Thoughts?

September 23, 2014

EP 37 /// Copper & Suede Wall Display

Last week's DIY on Handmade is a favorite of mine, in which we let the simple industrial modern supplies do most of the work. A clean and crisp aesthetic that serves a utilitarian purpose? I'm IN. 

September 12, 2014


This summer came and went with only a mere few days spent relaxing and not working. Will and I have been trying to get away for a little down time together in a lovely Airbnb house in Woodstock with my kind of amenities (re: HEATED POOL) but kept having to put it off. In an attempt to not miss the season altogether, we are heading up to Woodstock on Monday to spend a week away from it all with the dog and bathing suits in tow. We will do a lot of swimming, hiking, exploring, lounging, reading, and UNplugging. It is so important to take a break once in awhile so you can return refreshed and ready for more. I'll be fully unplugged next week, so will miss you, but will return on the 23rd recharged. Until then, here's a little this and that.

+ THIS turned out just as I wanted it. Simple and weird.

+ Jenna Lyons is everything as are CUFFS + popped collars forevs, so thanks girl for showing us how to do it right in THIS video. Via R29

+ THIS homage to the stylings of Miss Kimmy Gibbler via Of A Kind is giving me what I need.

+ THAT is a dish I can get down with.

+ THIS is the sexiest outlet I've ever seen. And the only sexy outlet I've ever seen.

+ Still coveting THESE, can't lie. Catbird forevs.

+ I am still incredibly and genuinely bummed over THIS. If you are too, I highly recommend THIS.

September 11, 2014


+ Copper piping from Tony's Hardware. It's NO Crest Hardware, she types through tears of regret.

+ Industrial nails + S-hooks from Dry Goods

+ Suede twine from The Bead Box

+ Air plants from Grdn

+ Clay from Artists & Craftsman

+ Suede scrap from a larger scrap purchased at a neighborhood yard sale (they are EPIC in these parts).

More Supplies: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9

September 10, 2014

Currently Reading...

If you've ever wanted to be a fly on the wall of a deeply intimate therapy session, but only during the good parts, this book will fascinate you. Stephen Grosz is an analyst who shares some of the most interesting moments of his sessions with his patients, and partners them with thought-provoking insight that lingers long after the 50 minutes are up.

// More Currently Reading //

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September 9, 2014

Episode 36 /// Abstract Art Tablerunner

Check out this week's new DIY on HGTV Handmade, an Abstract Art Tablerunner. 

September 8, 2014

House + Home: Outdoor Spaces

Over on the HGTV blog, Design Happens, we were just talking about the importance of having an outdoor space in, or shall we say, outside of, your home. The consensus from all of us is that having an outdoor area to unwind in, from the tiniest fire escape to the most lavish landscaped backyard, is a crucial part of a happy life. 

Our last apartment, in which we lived for almost 9 years, started out with an outdoor space. When we first rented out apartment on N. 7th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in January 2005, it had a big backyard that we loved to garden and grilled. We let our dogs romp around and had friends over for dinners outdoors during the first few years there. Until they paved over it. I can't even get into the disappointment involved in all of that, nor can I discuss when they took it away from us altogether. I can only move forward to the much more pleasant present, and discuss how in our *new* place, that we moved into almost a year ago, we have a lovely balcony overlooking a patio and garden. My landlord has cultivated a gorgeous green "English garden" over the last several years, and with him being away quite a bit, Will and I absolutely love being tasked with taking care of it.

The balcony off the kitchen is a dream. Nearly every day I begin with coffee and a book out there. It's the most peaceful way to start a day, and it makes it easy to resist the urge to check my phone or email until I've read a couple of chapters and had a nice cup of coffee. Is it too much to say that this little outdoor room of zen has changed my life? Because it most definitely has. To have a beautiful space like this that is filled with trees, flowers, plants, squirrels, birds, and other wildlife, it's a little slice of nature in our New York City backyard that brings tranquility through the sliding door with every backyard breeze. The space is exclusively dedicated to quiet, peaceful moments, and having it within eyesight makes it easy to create more and more of those. Where do you find your moments of peace and zen in or around your home? I will do all I can to ensure that our next home has an outdoor space as well, because now I just can't imagine going without. Until then, I'm going to savor every second, sip, and page outside on the balcony.

September 5, 2014


 + THIS is my list of the Top Ten Movies for Fall Fashion. I created this for my homeslice Morgan Hungerford West, whom you've heard of many times from Panda Head Blog and Panda Head's now bi-monthly newsletter, No News is Good News (remember these DIY moon phases?). Morgan said it could be a Top Ten List of ANYTHING, but this curated collection of cinematic genius just would not leave my brain-space. All fantastic films that I know way-to-well to be considered a social human being, they are classics that should be watched for many reasons, the outfit inspiration being just one. Keep your eyes peeled for a .gif and a music video that will make your life a tiny bit better. 

THESE DIY cleaning videos on DIY Network are going to save you a ton of money, and help get your cleaning and laundry game in order. A blast to make, such useful info, and a FOOD FIGHT on camera with the one-and-only (crazy amazing!) Laurie March made this project one of my favorites to be a part of.

THIS is speaking directly to me, the one who still hasn't taken the time to get to the gallery wall I've been "planning" for I wanna say months, but I moved in a year ago so....

THAT warm welcome made my whole week feel all love-filled and friendly. THANK YOU.

THIS pattern will appear in Monday's DIY.

THESE sunglasses that I've been coveting are comin' home to mama soon! My old ones broke so I saw that as a fitting reason to go for the gold. Or tortoise shell.

+ THIS needs to be on my lips.

September 4, 2014

Catch-Up: Episodes 33 / 34 / 35

Get caught up with my DIY game with the last 3 episodes of HGTV Handmade where I show you how to make a suede fringe purse, lace luminaries, and office supplies.