August 25, 2017

What’s in My Bag? Pool Day Edition

One of the most exciting things about moving back to Florida has been all the beach and pool time we have been able to have. It’s so easy to gather a group of friends and spend the whole day by the pool or just hang as a family. Another great thing about Florida is, that as a family, we have made a promise to not waste time doing things we don’t want to do as much as possible. We are embracing convenience.  We have subscribed to the idea that getting as much delivered as we can is the best way
April 28, 2017
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Bed in a Box, Take 2

We have moved a lot more than we first anticipated. When we purchased our first home in New York in 2009, it was our thirty year plan. That was that. We went big, we went for exactly what we wanted, and we envisioned raising our 4 children there, doing every holiday at our huge dining room table, and being snowed in year after year in this house. After five years, we got honest with ourselves. We realized Atlas was going to be our only child, I confessed my utter distain for the cold, and I started dreaming up this totally ridiculous
March 6, 2017
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In Pursuit of Magic

Earlier this year, I had acquired a stencil in NYC that read “In Pursuit of Magic”, and proceeded to stencil the inside of my planner to remind me to focus on those things that feel like magic and to make my plans bigger than my comfort level. 2016 couldn’t have been further from magical. It certainly ended in a way I never, ever imagined. Finding out your child is autistic is kind of a double edged sword. On one hand, after a year of testing, you find out it’s not brain cancer. It’s not terminal. It’s do-able. We were so
February 6, 2017
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Adventure 2 // Atlanta, GA

Length of stay: Two Night Accommodations: Airbnb Atlanta has always been a lunch or dinner stop on the way to Florida. When we lived in NYC, we usually timed our drive down to South Florida, with at least one vegan stop for me along the way. Atlanta has always come through for food, and then we were off. Since living in Nashville, we do the same exact thing. Lunch, and then bounce. Every time we say, “hey, we should really explore Atlanta”, and finally we did. We planned our Atlanta trip around Market for my kid’s shop. We decided to
January 16, 2017
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We decided to move to Florida

I’ll give you the long and the short of it. I guess it depends how curious you are; if you’ll read it all. In short, it’s true, and something I said I would never, ever do. I insisted it’s a horrid place to raise a family and that a place with no seasons, has no soul. We are moving south of the south, to Boca Raton, Fl. It wasn’t even a long discussion for us to land on “Yes, let’s move to Florida for a while”. I honestly think we are exhausted by winter. Nashville has been nice. We have met
September 30, 2016

A Paint Project a Month

We had a really good time using paint to transform our home, from our bathroom to our bedroom, living room, and, now, dining room. We are almost ready to sell this baby. We got inspired by a local artist’s piece of work we acquired, and we thought it was the perfect opportunity to add a little bit of color to our otherwise high-contrast and neutral home. We started off with a few different looks in our dining room. We had a gallery wall at one point against a white wall, and then a curio case. When we decided to paint,
September 13, 2016
If you feel like shopping, a good place to start is The Paris Market. It's smaller than I thought it would be, but has a really well curated selection of gifts, and even a tiny cafe. Don't forget to pop downstairs, there are even more home goods. The whole strip is walkable and cute.

Adventure 1 // Savannah, GA

Length of stay: Two Night Accommodations: The Brice Travel Time: via Nashville 7 hours 10 minutes Have you ever wanted to go someplace but were so scared the expectation wouldn’t quite line up with the reality of being there? I have put off a Savannah trip for so many years. Maybe like, 20 years. When I was about 16, I was addicted to road trips. I would drive anywhere and everywhere for a good show. From sweaty punk rock basement venues, to living rooms, to huge festivals – I was there, no matter the distance. Something in me loves the control
August 23, 2016

Our Top 30 Must-Have at the Land of Nod Sale

I am a HUGE fan of kids stuff. Well, kids, baby, and tween. So much so, when we moved to Nashville, I opened a kids shop, and then another, and we are off venturing in various states as we pick our third location.  It’s basically the most fun I have had working besides designing kid’s rooms. I LOVE designing homes for clients, there is something so magical about environments for little people. Every nook counts. Every material choice needs to be a positive sensory experience, and everything must be placed at the right level for little hands to reach. It’s a
August 22, 2016

Some Obvious Changes

This is no longer a home blog. I know. I get it. The truth is that we haven’t been nearly as in love with this house as our last house, and we have plans to move. Back to New York. Eventually. We have a detour that wasn’t planned until just about a week ago and we are getting our ducks in a row. The detour is pretty exciting and unexpected, but we don’t want to share anything until we have some solid plans in place. However, when we land back in NYC, it will be into an apartment or a
August 7, 2016

Bathroom Bright UP

This post is sponsored by Ace Hardware For this installment of our home transformation with Ace, we will be focusing on our guest bathroom.  Our guest bathroom has gone through a lot since we moved here a little over two years ago. That wallpaper in the mood board below makes me smile every time I go in there. I am surprisingly not sick of it, but what I was getting irritated at was the faux wood sink stand. After making everything so light and bright, it just looked so heavy. If you remember, we made this mood board, where we