May 11, 2015

Space Saving: It's All in the Details

Living in a NYC studio apartment has taught me to live simply ... and by simply, I mean I'm pretty good with getting rid of clutter and keeping things organized.  No pack rat here!

It has also taught me to be pretty creative when it comes to space saving and space planning ... I take pride in the fact that I can comfortably seat seven in my tiny living area!

So with all this space saving in mind, two products recently came onto my radar that you need to know about:

The Ranger Stool from Scout Regalia is fantastic ... a little cubby for your purse, a little hook for your coat.  Every restaurant should beeline for this barstool!

Pottery Barn's Wallmount Drying Rack.  How great is the accordion arm that pulls out when you need to dry items and pushes back when you don't.  Who else can remember those rickety wooden drying racks that look like they could collapse with a simple sneeze?  Throw in a shelf and this rack is golden!


May 8, 2015

Favorite Find Friday: The Veritas Crystal Coupe Glasses

As a champagne fan, I'm always on the lookout for beautiful champagne glasses.  While some flutes grab my eye, the classic coupe is still my vessel of choice and the Veritas collection from Riedel fits the ticket.  

As my good friend Christian always says "Bubbles, darling" and cheers to the weekend!

May 4, 2015

Just Hanging Around: Stylish Birdfeeders by Joe Papendick

If you're anything like me, one of the best parts of spring's arrival is sleeping with the windows open and hearing the birds first thing in the morning.  Okay, let's be honest, in NYC, I'm not sleeping with the window open and the only noise I seem to hear are fire trucks and helicopters .... but when I go home to North Carolina, the chirping starts bright and early ... and I love it!

I've always been lucky that my parents taught me to help take care of these little winged friends.  I can clearly remember one chore was to fill the bird feeder.  Back in the day, bird feeders were usually quite basic and functional: a clear cylinder, maybe a little prime real estate here!  But these days, my how stylish they are!  With various designs from Joe Papendick, no longer are these houses simple structures for seeds, but rather modern sculptures that add a little style to your bird watching!

All images courtesy of Joe Papendick's website.  Enjoy!

May 1, 2015

Well, Hello Stranger ... Meet Still House NYC on this Favorite Find Friday

The twists and turns, the ups and downs of life, well, as I'm sure you know, can take us in a variety of directions ... some you plan, some you don't.  Sometimes our attention gets diverted and activities we enjoy, such as blogging, simply fall to the bottom of the list.

The past year and a half has provided a variety of new chapters and I'm excited to be back to the blog, back to giving insight into the interior design world.  So on that note, on with the show and back to Favorite Find Friday ...

Still House, a boutique in Manhattan's East Village, is owned and operated by Urte Tylaite and holds the premise of thoughtful and minimal design as a means of encouraging us to "be more perceptive of the qualities in things around us that often go unnoticed".  Products range from home goods, to jewelry, to stationary with a focus on artisans from New York, Scandinavia and Japan.

I came across this vendor in a recent issue of House Beautiful magazine.  As I was looking for accessories for a client on the Upper West Side, the handblown vases from Brooklyn based studio Ciovere caught my eye ... 

The subtle hues of gray and purple are in line with our palette and with a price point of under $300 per vase, it is budget friendly as well.

Enjoy the weekend!