Friday, June 28, 2013


I’ve had a major thing for handmade wooden products recently—the more unique the better. There’s something about the warm, natural material of wood that readily compliments the handmade process. Imperfections on the manufacturing side are echoed and supported by knots in the wood, subtle gradations of color, and the irregular pattern of the wood’s grain. Wood has a tendency to warp, roughen, and otherwise change over the course of time, so the sign of the craftsman’s hand adds just another touch of distinction. After stumbling upon some old wooden bowls  last month, I’ve launched what has amounted to an epic hunt for similar handcrafted wooden items. At Rosewood & Birch, I fell immediately in love. Crafted by the wood turner Gary Camardo in Columbia County, New York, each piece of furniture from Rosewood & Birch is sourced from fallen trees and entirely custom made. Literally one-of-a-kind, these handmade gems seem to tell a story, both about their material and the eye and hand of the craftsman who made them. 

Thursday, June 27, 2013


I wish this year for my birthday... I am surprised by somebody, anybody.. and i get a pet dog.. So in honor of my hunt great hunt for a cute but functional new leash to go on my future dog's harness, I decided to share my top 20 leashes that I’ve been bookmarking around the web. From girly and ombre to classic and leather, there’s an option here for any dog and hopefully something that might suit the owner’s style, too. [Image above: RESQ Leash $50]
*Please note these leashes should be attached to harnesses or collars that are safe for your dog’s size and condition. Not all leashes are right for all dogs so please read the description for each item before ordering.
Shopping sources and more leashes continue after the jump!

Image above: 1. Found Leash in Olive Ombre $64 | 2. Arrowhead leash $30 | 3. Black & Cream Leash $30 | 4. Mod Leaves Leash $38 | 5. Pink Rope Leash $35 | 6. Yellow leather leash $52.50 | 7. Triangle pattern leash $28 | 8. Preppy green leather lead$160 | 9. Flagged Leash $13-$16 | 10. Pink ombre rope leash $56-$60

Image above, left to right: Marbled red rope lead $42, Green rope lead $42

Image above, clockwise from top left: Ella Dish leash $36, Polka dot lead $14+, Braided leashes $34 each, Hello! leash and collar set $25, Vintage jute leash $25, Ella Dish leash $36, Gingham lead $36

Wednesday, June 26, 2013


With the monsoons here in full swing almost here, it feels like the right time to do a round up of one of the colors I associate most with monsoon: turquoise. Varied hues of turquoise remind me of swimming pools, mysterious arrowheads found on family trips out West, blue raspberry slushies from Carter Road and endless blue skies on the hottest summer days — just a few of the many things that define summer fun. While combing through the archives, it was easy to find examples of turquoise in many homes. It seems to be one of those colors that possesses the rare quality of being perpetually on trend and timeless at once, a color chameleon that is, among other things, chic, playful and cheerful. Here are some of my favorites! 
Image above: This worn-in, vintage armoire nicely offsets the boldness of Liz Cook’s bedroom walls.
Image above: This hotel room at The Lords in Miami goes all out with turquoise on the pillows, side table and this fabulous portrait of Elizabeth Taylor.

Image above: Wallpaper fills almost every room in Elisabeth Dunker’s country home. Pairing this turquoise wallpaper with patterned blankets makes for an elegantly disheveled bedroom.
See more turquiose after the jump…

Image above: Jill Danyelle cherishes this weathered turquoise ashtray she received as a birthday gift from a friend.

Image above: Neon lighting serves as an unexpected light source in Armin Basblicher’sbathroom.

Image above: Alison and Jeff Allen’s kitchen needs a complete overhaul, but since they won’t be remodeling anytime soon, they gave it a quick and easy facelift by painting the walls bright turquoise.
Image above: There’s nothing like a backdrop of clean white paint to make other colors pop, specifically this turquoise Eames chair in Raya Carlisle’s home.

Image above: Nicholas Santore and Valerie Ferus’ dining room showcases just about every hue in the turquoise spectrum.

Image above: Turquoise serves as a perfect backdrop for displaying artwork in Chrissy Poitras and Kyle Topping’s print studio.

Image above: These tiles, combined with the porthole mirror and boat wallpaper lend a playful nautical vibe to Pete and Bailey McCarthy’s bathroom.

Image above: Charity D’Amato loves coming home every night to this pop of color on her walls.

Image above: Kelly Teasley re-glazed the bottom of her bathtub to match the tile in her turquoise hued bathroom.

Image above: Turquoise has never looked more elegant than it does at the Palacio Belmonte in Portugal.

Image above: Another view of Kelly Teasley’s turquoise hued bathroom.

Image above: Hot pink and turquoise make the perfect pair in Carla and Jack’s Minnesota home.

Image above: These turquoise chairs mix in nicely with the lush greenery in Shelley Goldberg and Tony Writer’s backyard.

Image above: Turquoise takes center stage in this gorgeous portrait in Amie’s Weitzman’sNew York City townhouse.

Image above: A childhood blackboard and vintage stool brings shades of turquoise intoKimi and Paul Weart’s kitchen.

Image above: Jo Metson Scott displays a collection of globes in her East London home.

Image above: Michelle Mason’s stairs, painted “Port Arthur Blue”, remind her of the seaside.

Image above: This delicate pendant lamp adds to the airy feeling of Vesa and Riikka Sammalisto’s home.

Image above: Another quick-fix kitchen facelift, Jutta Rikola paints a turquoise sky and pink clouds on the cabinets.

Image above: Turquoise brings a welcome dose of color into Sverrir and Berglind Mari’sIceland home.


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