Tulsi scarves


My dear friend Tara Hogan (of INK + WIT fame) has recently launched the most beautiful scarves called TULSI.  Block printed in India by master printers, these scarves are a wonderful addition to any wardrobe!

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[images from Tulsi]

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Nikki Couppee

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I’m going seriously gaga over Nikki Couppee‘s jewelry…so unique and colorful! Perfect for dressing up any sort of outfit. nikki couppee nikki couppee nikki couppee nikki couppee

[images from Nikki Couppee]


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Naked cake party


I love a good skills class for expanding my horizons, so this cake workshop hosted by Paper Heart Patisserie is a great idea!  It would be super fun to take a bunch of girlfriends or to have as an activity at a bridal or baby shower!

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From Paper Heart Patisserie: The saying “Less is More” has certainly been making an impact in the cake department lately. Naked cakes, layered cakes with minimal buttercream frosting, have been all the rage for weddings, birthdays, showers– just about any event or celebration. The style is definitely more organic and rustic, but is not short of being beautiful. What’s even better about naked cakes is how simple it can be to create them! I hear a lot of people say that they feel like they could “never” make the cakes they surface popular blogs and sites like Pinterest”. However, with just a few techniques and tricks, even a baker with little experience can put together a delicious and gorgeous looking cake. For my Spring Naked Cake Workshop, I wanted to emphasize exactly that. It was a lot of fun to share my knowledge with passionate learners. Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun putting on their aprons, rolling up their sleeves, and “getting naked”! To keep the cakes looking fresh and colorful, Scarlett & Grace provided some vibrant and lovely flowers that really made the cakes shine…plus, we had to put a little bit of “clothing” on our cakes, right?

Photographer:  Milou + Olin Photography//Location:Goodwork HQ //Bakery: Paper Heart Patisserie //Floral Designer: Scarlett & Grace//

[images from Milou + Olin Photography]

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Nursery reveal

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As an interior designer, I come up with room schemes on a daily basis for clients, but when it comes to designing for ME?  That’s a whole other ball game.  I don’t know why its nearly impossibly to settle on a design for myself, maybe its because I’m a Libra, maybe its because I know how many options are out there…I have no idea!  But this nursery did NOT come easy.  I had an idea in my mind for the longest time that for some reason just was not working, and now I’m at a place where I’m happy where its gone.  Hopefully this kid will like it as much!

As a starting point, I knew that black and white would play a huge role in the room…originally I was toying with some wallpaper ideas, but in the end went with a simple colorblocking for the room that allowed the color from Will’s budding art collection to take center stage above.  And for the record, I would have gone with this color scheme if I had had a girl too…I find it timeless and easy to accessorize to get the color in there.  I chose art that weren’t all necessarily for kids, and mixed in some tactile pieces like the pompom mobile and vintage W.  For furniture, I went with pieces that didn’t cost a ton, but were still modern and would carry through his toddler years.  The biggest splurge was probably the glider, but it was the most comfortable one I tried and since I’d be doing the bulk of his nursing there, I figured I might as well be comfy.  Its classic enough to work in our living room once he’s outgrown snuggling in it with me.


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When it came to framing art, I already had a bunch of West Elm and IKEA white frames, but for the larger or newer pieces like the map or Hulk photo above, I worked with Simply Framed and they couldn’t have been easier to work with.  To stick with the white theme when framing the art, I used their Gallery White frame, but they have tons to choose from if thats not your style.  I liked how it worked well with my existing frames, and sending the art to them was a breeze.

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Rug: Urban Outfitters (similar)
Crib: Babyletto Hudson crib
Crib mattress: Simmons 2 in 1 crib mattress
Glider: Como glider from Monte Design
Side table: UM Project
Bedding: The Land of Nod
Mobile: Themis by Artecnica
Framing service: Simply Framed
Hanging light: Signal pendant from Fab
Art from left to right: ABC NYC print by Mr. Boddington, Mint horseshoe from Cast and Crew, Red eye by The Great Lakes Goods, Less is More poster by HolsteeBaby porcupine by Animal Print Shop, Mini painting by Mark Mulroney, Vintage W from Harper’s Flea, Alligator print by Linda & Harriett for The Land of Nod, World map from Future Mapping CompanyHulk by Amy Stein, Pompom mobile by Dana Haim
Grey paint: Benjamin Moore Witching Hour 2120-30
Picture rails: Ikea

[images from Brklyn View Photography]

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Photo gifts from Minted

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Modern dot

Last week I showed off our birth announcements from Minted, and this week I’m going to show you guys some grandparents gifts we did with them using pictures from our newborn shoot with my friend Jainé from Brklyn View Photography.  As I quickly found out after having William, grandparents are OBSESSED with taking pictures of their grandkids.  I don’t know about your parents, but mine never want gifts for the holidays, but I knew they would love a great framed picture of their grandson they could hang up, so again I teamed up with Minted to showcase some of their frameable art options.  With so many designs to choose from, including some using foil in a variety of shades, you really can’t go wrong.  I, of course, love the more modern designs!!

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Quote of the year – I can’t wait for Will to start talking so I can use this design for his funny quotes!

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Delicate dots

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Not only can you use photography in their designs, they now are able to print your childs artwork, or create custom maps or silhouettes of your child as well, in bright bold colors or even in metallic foil!

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[images from Minted]

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Birth announcements from Minted

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Happy New Year everyone!  Hope you had a wonderful time celebrating the holidays with your families and friends!  Normally by this time I’ve sent out my holiday cards thanks to my friends over at Minted, but since this year I welcomed my son so close to the holidays, I just could not get my sh*t together with a newborn hanging all over me, so I’m going with a new year’s birth announcement instead!  (Mom’s out there, you feel me right?)

I’ve always loved how many options Minted has for designs, and especially love so many of their announcement cards.  I’m a big fan of keeping it simple so a lot of their geometric or typographic designs really spoke to me, but in the end I went with the Baby Bunting design in black and white because it was very reminiscent of my baby shower.  I’ve never been a huge “pastel” fan anyway, so the graphic nature of this one really worked for me and my aesthetic.  Here are some other designs I was considering…there are so many to choose from for every persons taste!

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Chalkboard stats

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Tall type

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Half chalkboard

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Ribbon banner – This was the one I was going to originally go with but didn’t work with the orientation of the photo we decided on.  Still love it though!

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Meet Jacob

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Just the numbers

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[baby photo by Brklyn View Photography, all other images from Minted]

We received our announcements in exchange for an honest review, but I’m a fan of all of Minted’s products and absolutely love working with them!

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Holiday cocktail from Signature Sips

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Hosting or having a DIY party (engagement, bachelorette or birthday) in your honor? If so, it’s time to get creative in the kitchen and concoct a signature beverage for your special day!

Offering a signature cocktail at an event can make all the difference. It shows your guests that you’re thinking about the little details, and it’s a super fun perk for those in attendance. A signature drink provides your family and friends (and sometimes strangers!) with an option that’s different from anything at their local pub.

Signature Sips has created a drink that’s easy to make and a crowd-pleaser. Read on to find out how to make “Plus 1” and enjoy!

DIY holiday drink

“Plus 1”


2/3 cup of fresh lemon juice

1 bunch of fresh rosemary

2/3 cup maple syrup

Steep rosemary for 30 minutes (save a few strands to garnish later on).

Remove rosemary and combine all ingredients in a large bowl or drink tupperware.

Mix with equal parts water, soda or spirit*. Recommended with whiskey. You can also add a splash to beer for a refreshing shandy.

*Note: You may either mix in the alcohol with the entire batch or on a per-glass basis.

To garnish:

Place one or two pieces of fresh rosemary in each glass. The rosemary can also double as a stirrer.

To serve:

A whiskey tumbler is a classic option for this cocktail, but not the only option. Mismatched pastel glassware, vintage tea cups or copper moscow mule mugs are also visually perfect to entice your guests to the bar, and keep ‘em coming back for more!

Signature Sips, based in Brooklyn, NY, is passionate about mixology and events. Their goal is to bring the elusive speakeasy experience — meaning care and time into each drink — to your event, but without the wait. Signature Sips’ boutique service works with couples and event planners to create a taste sensory experience via your bar. Any taste you can imagine, any flavor you can remember, Signature Sips will turn it into a lovely libation. Homemade with care, their versatile cocktails include nothing less than the freshest ingredients. These Brooklyn ladies value the importance of mocktails too, as they want to cater to all of your guests, even those not consuming alcohol. Let’s celebrate with taste!

[images by Blue Spark Photography]

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