Friday, February 26, 2010

I'm in The New York Times!


I have never written a letter to The New York Times, but when I read the article about Zach Motl's tiny apartment, I decided to send one off. Unbelievably, the newspaper decided to print it! Here it is in all it's glory above, and here's the text below:
Re “A Roomy 178 Square Feet,” by Penelope Green (Feb. 11):

No matter the size of his space (at left), I wholeheartedly disagree with Zach Motl’s assessment that you don’t want to cook much in a small space. When I lived in a 265-square-foot studio, I cooked often. On one occasion, I even prepared a lobster dinner for six; while the apartment smelled a little fishy for days, I wouldn’t trade the experience of a home-cooked meal with friends for anything.

LAURA FENTON
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Artist Kelly Reemsten

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Victoria of SFGirlByBay for posting about artist Kelly Reemsen! I got a good chuckle out of these images, but I also appreciated them for their fine painterly qualities. Victoria notes that Kelly describes her work as, "A celebration of dress and adornment of the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies." Kelly Reemsen, you make me want to paint.




Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ting London's Leather Belt Flooring

Wow, what an unusual idea for a flooring material: Vintage leather belts! I spotted this incredible piece of craftsmanship from Ting London's home line in a British magazine (though I cant' recall which one). While it's probably prohibitively expensive, I just love the sheer ingenuity of the project.

General Nightmare Antiques

Has anyone ever been to General Nightmare Antiques on Columbia Street in Brooklyn? I read about it in Lucky magazine (of all places) this month. The gals from Harvey Faircloth listed it as on of their got-to NYC shopping spots. I must have driven by this place more than 50 times coming to and from Red Hook and I never even noticed it. Now I'm super-curious to visit.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Hooray for Land's End Canvas!

Land's End's new Canvas line is adorable! I could happily wear (and afford) almost everything on the site. The line has echos of Land's End's classic look, but with a much younger, more contemporary feel. They're billing it as, "Clothing that's real and relevant for how you live today."

It looks like clothing that would fit right into to my life--the prices are also very relevant, especially when you consider how prices brands like J. Crew and Banana Republic have become in recent years.

Above (from left to right): Women's Poplin Shirtdress, $69.50; Ragtop Stripe Canvas Tote, $34.50; Women's Shawl Collar Vest, $49.50.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Eye Candy from Artist Helga Steppan

This is just a little inspiration for the eyes. I am entranced by the work of Artist Helga Steppan. For the ‘See Through’ she divided her belongings into color groupings and photographed them. Amazing, right?



Sunday, February 21, 2010

Cute Idea: Re:Knit

A few weeks back, I read about Re:Knit on The Haystack Needle and made a note to remember the post. For a re-knitting fee of $30, Re:Knit turns your old sweater into a new knitted item. January's knitted item was a scarf above, and currently the knitted item is a pair of gloves. I love, love, love the new disclaimer that has been added to the site, which reads:

due to the unexpectedly overwhelming response in january, and because i only have one mom, we've decided to limit orders to the first 30.


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Obsession: Sun Prints

Wouldn't it be lovely to have a whole wall of framed sun prints (aka cyanotypes)? I'd sure like one. Check out these two images below from designer Steven Gambrel's portfolio and relatively recent story from Food & Wine magazine. So pretty, right? The one time I tried making them myself I had little success, but maybe it's worth another try?


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

J. Crew Timex? Or Make Your Own


Like many people, I fell in love with the simple, classic Timex® Military Watch featured in recent J. Crew catalogs, but $150 seemed like an awful lot for a Timex. So, a little poking around on Timex's own site pulled up a more affordable solution: A Timex 'Men's Dress Casual' watch ($50) plus a plain, slip-through nylon watch band (approx $13). The combo would get you awfully close to the J. Crew version for less than half the price.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Small Spaces for Dapper Boys

This apartment featured in last week's home section of The New York Times, was a great example of a lot of style (and a lot of stuff) packed into a small space. However, I don't believe for a moment that, that apartment is only 178 square feet. Having lived in a 265-square foot space for several years, I am certain that the space seen in these images is much closer to 300 square feet than 200.

The tiny apartment reminded me of another small space which ran in New York magazine last year. The dorm room of undergraduate Maximilian Sinsteden is probably a lot closer to the under-200 square feet estimate--and even though it's a dorm room, it's also a heck of a lot more stylish, in my humble opinion.

I mean, look at this salon-style wall hanging below. In my book, that beats the wooden tennis rackets and framed school map above. It's no surprise that Maximilian knows how to decorate: New York notes, he was an intern for decorator Charlotte Moss.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Two Wood Block Stacking Games

Take a look at these nearly identical wood block stacking games. I wonder whether this is a case of great minds thinking alike or if it's an instance of one company knocking off another's idea. Above is the Pile-On Game from Umbra's U+ line, which retails for $40. Below is D├ęcor Craft's Boulder Blocks, which sell for half the price of the Pile-On blocks.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Capture The Moment: Kate Spade

I love the photo (above) that appears on Kate Spade's home page right now. It looks like it is from the same day/shoot as an adorable little video they had up last week, which Jordan Ferney posted about on Oh Happy Day! I wonder where the video got buried on the Kate Spade site? It was really very charming and I'd love to see it again.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

A Perfect Nantucket Kitchen

Thanks to a little blog called A Simple Life Afloat, I came across this image from while researching an article about houseboats (though this is not a houseboat). Look at that blue floor! And the vaulted, raw timbered ceiling! And the lovely butcher block counters! And the simple open shelving! And the nautical and patriotic details! Me, oh my, I like this kitchen.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Sofa: Ikea's Karlstad

Another sofa I like is the Karlstad sofa from IKEA, and at $399 for the white or $499 for medium gray, it's a very affordable option. I'm weary of buying another IKEA sofa after my Lillberg sofa broke. I could also go pick it up in my station wagon and bring it home the same day without having to pay for any shipping or wait for it to arrive.

Perhaps I could even replace the ugly legs on the Karlstad with a wooden, tapered leg like the Jasper sofa from Room & Board?

Monday, February 01, 2010

Pillowcase Mending

You know you're cheap when you sew new hems around your 10+ year-old sheets to give them a few more months of life. These Ralph Lauren sheets were getting so full of holes that I was ready to toss them out, but then I decided to stitch a new outline for the pillowcase cutting off the holes at each corner. It worked pretty well, if I do say so myself.

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