Friday, February 29, 2008


discovered the company, and i'm so excited about these personalized note cards. great for new address cards, invitations, calling cards, or just everyday stationary. cool fonts and your choice of colors. below are my favorites.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

william waldron

discovered william waldron, the photographer who took the pictures of nate's manhattan apartment in the post below. william is a professional photographer who lives in new york city.
i LOVE the interiors he photographs. i could move into any of these and be quite content. all of the photos below were taken from his website.

more of nate

so i couldn't move on to a different topic without showing you nate's manhattan apartment. this is one of the reasons i like small spaces instead of large monstrosities. you can decorate the heck out of a small space. i love how he painted the floors white and all of the doors and kitchen cabinets the high gloss navy blue. it adds an architectural element to the room. josh and i got the idea to buy the bertoia side chair from these pics too. photos by william waldron from the oprah website.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

nate berkus

nate berkus is not only a cutie pie sweetheart; he is the interior designer that i find the most inspiration from. my test for a good designer is if i could move into their space without changing a thing, and he gets the prize. lots of heart and soul. his mixture of antiques with modern lines, unique chairs, meaningful accessories, natural elements, and neutral palette make me fall in love each time i see one of his creations. the pictures below are from his home in chicago. they were taken from the oprah website.

Monday, February 25, 2008

field and sea

jennifer from field and sea in vancouver, british columbia on etsy celebrates on each and every 100th heart she receives by sending out free gifts. i was the 1400th person to put her as my favorite business in etsy. so i wanted to give her a shout out to let her know how much i love the things she sent me (mini pillow boxes-abc, 123 and the notebook vines print). everything down to the packaging and the graphic design of her stickers are so special and meaningful. i will definitely be ordering from her in the future. thanks for sending a ray of sunshine down from canada. you made my day!

weekend recap

a foot of snow on friday < cozying up
definitely, maybe with friends< watching
harvard vs brown hockey game with friends < cheering
hotdogs and popcorn < inhaling
davis square < walking and exploring
mr crepes with friends < drinking eating and laughing

Sunday, February 24, 2008


discovered decor8 blog this week and boy, does she have some inspirational links. the first picture above is from the australian magazine, inside out. their catchy phrase on the front of the magazine is "inspiring homes with heart". that embodies what i like-not too modern, but homes that have a mixture of antique or vintage things with new finds. not too cold and austere, but ones with a heart and soul.

the second and third pictures above are of chez larsson's home in stockholm, sweden. have always had a crush on maps and now i am inspired to display them like chez has done. and her organized and neat kitchen is a goal of mine. see more pictures of this visual merchandiser's home here.

via decor8.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

henry horenstein photography

josh, matthew and i went to the harvard natural history museum this past weekend. there was a special exhibit -'looking at animals: photographs by henry horenstein'. above are some of the photos that were part of the exhibit. his detailed photos offer a different perspective on animals.

glass bottles

via apartment therapy on 2/12/08. these glass bottles are available at lekker. what a great purchase to cut down on waste. instead of drinking out of plastic bottles, try these reusable bottles that have a great shape. it's green living and good design all in one.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

blue sky

my one and only brother, matthew, came to visit this weekend. he has a calm, centered presence, yet at the same time is full of energy and is always up for an adventure. he makes me laugh and helps me to see the important things in life. he's 5 years younger, but wiser and much, much cooler than his older sister. we took a walk through mount auburn cemetery in cambridge, ma. it's not as morbid as you may think. it's actually a beautiful sanctuary that provides much solitude in an urban environment. founded in 1831, it was the first large-scale designed landscape open to the public in the united states. 5,ooo different trees. it is so much fun to take pictures all 4 seasons and then look at the changes. we lucked out with a crisp, bright winter day with no clouds in the sky.

out of africa

i haven't been shopping for clothes in months. would much rather spend money on things for our place or crafting thingies. but, the old navy website has a safari chic line that i'm romanticizing about. picturing a scene from out of africa with meryl streep and robert redford. pastoral landscape. dressed in linen, cotton, gauzy fabric. hot days. white, khaki colors. wildlife. furniture in functional colonial elegance. i might have to stop by a store to check out the clothes so i can fulfill by mid-winter fantasies.

Friday, February 15, 2008

urban calendar

beautiful functionality. this 2008 urban calendar from fe yerwerks on etsy is pleasing to my eyes. perfect for a small space because it leaves a small footprint. love the design of it.

spicy shrimp with garlic

i'm telling you...whole foods recipes are rocking my world lately. josh made this and served it with basmati rice and i loved it. we felt like we were cheating a bit because we bought the shrimp at trader joe's, the cilantro and serrano pepper from shaw's, and the other ingredients came from our cupboard. the recipe says it serves 6, but the two of us inhaled it!

Spicy Shrimp with Garlic

  • 1 lb medium-size shrimp, peeled, deveined, patted dry
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 5 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 serrano chile, minced (wear gloves)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp roughly chopped cilantro

Place shrimp in a bowl and dust with cayenne and turmeric. Rub seasonings onto shrimp. Heat oil in frying over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, add mustard seeds. In a couple of seconds the seeds will begin to pop; at this time add garlic (be careful not to burn) and stir. When garlic turns golden, add serrano chile and stir. Add shrimp and stir. Fry over high heat until they are done (shrimp will be opaque), about 3 minutes. Season with salt and cilantro. Serve with basmati rice and a crisp garden salad.

love note

love note from josh. so sweet that i want to frame it so i can look at it every second of the day.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

happy valentine's day!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

winter in rockport, mass.

josh and i took a day trip to rockport, mass. the place we got married 6+ years ago. i think it's the first time we have been there with a dusting of snow. it's a breath of fresh air making that one hour drive north away from the stress and conjestion of the city. we gradually decompress as we drive north. looking at the ocean, hearing the waves, smelling the salt water and seaweed, and watching the shorebirds dip in and out of the water. so calming.