Archive for August, 2011

Wallpaper Weekly, no. 2: Schumacher Ottoman Flower

Manufacturer: F. Schumacher  /  Pattern: Ottoman Flower / Color: Mica

Schumacher's Ottoman Flower via Martha Stewart Living, September 2011

What a clever installation!  Lovin’ a little Schumacher wallpaper as seen in Martha Stewart Living September issue. (Sidenote: chic styling with that adorable Zara bag, Martha!).  We’re also enjoying an alternate colorway… which do you prefer?

Schumacher "Ottoman Flower - Heliotrope"

as seen above, Schumacher "Ottoman Flower - Mica"

Toss In…Kage Handbags

Kage Handbags

Must check out: new Fall collection from handbag designer, Kage.  We are squealing in delight to peruse the latest releases from Kage.  In fact, we’ve recently noticed we carry nothing but Kage, Kage, Kage and are constantly answering the question “WHERE did you get that bag??” (Here we are at the TradHome Barn Bake this summer both clutching our Kages)!

You may also remember Kage (AKA Kristin), her amazing Gramercy Park apartment, and her adorable new baby girl, Teddie from Matchbook Magazine, Issue 6?! Shop online and follow her! Kage on Facebook/Kage on Twitter

Kage Wilson Satchel perfects the "toss in" at the designer's own apartment; Matchbook Mag, Issue 6

Below: a sampling of Kage Handbags (new Fall collection included!) along with some equally as chic interiors.  Toss these bags in, they’re perfectly at home.

Kage: Hunter, Fall 2011 / Room: credit unknown

Kage: Quinn Hard Clutch (on sale!) / Room: Designer Unknown, Elle Decor

Kage: Stormy Hobo, Fall 2011/ Room: Home of Minnie Mortimer, APT with LSD,

Kage: Beaded Clutch, Summer 2011 / Room: Designer Sig Bergamin's own NYC Living Room, Elle Decor

Kage: Teddy Crossbody, Fall 2011 / Room: Lauren Gold, Nate Berkus Associates; LonnyMag July/Aug 2011


We’re not sure if we’ve been living under a rock, but we recently discovered the great online home design resource, Houzz.  CNN calls it “the Wikipedia of exterior and interior design,” not to mention they have 30,000+ followers on facebook!  Bottom line is we’re glad we know them now.  It’s a great resource to search photos, keep a “lookbook,” discover designers by specialty and location, and find links to new products.

Suysel’s house upstate is currently being featured on a Houzz Tour! Check us out there today and SO much more great Houzz content…Happy surfing!

Wallpaper Weekly: Osborne & Little “Jangala Rose”

We’re starting a little weekly post, fondly titled “Wallpaper Weekly,” to be posted each Wednesday (not an alliteration accident!). Wallpaper Weekly will be another outlet for us to share our healthy (healthy?) obsession with wallcovering.  Here’s a great one to commence the series…

Manufacturer: Osborne & Little  /  Pattern: Jangala Rose

via Marie Claire, September 2011

via Living Etc, September 2011


Start Small, Go Big

Today, we’re totally inspired by Daily Candy’s “Start Small, Go Big” contest which aims to scout out the best newbie entrepreneurs in fashion, food, and fun…and apparently the “Home” themed businesses are categorized under “Fun” – we like it!

While it was a hard decision to pick our favorite in the Home category, we are just smitten with Fire Escape Farms, based in San Francisco. Their twitter profile sums it up: “Helping people grow edible gardens in small urban spaces.” Us NYC gals love their biz concept and their genius logo design!

While we recently discovered it is illegal in New York City to have a technical fire escape garden (for safety reasons, of course), a balcony or roof top, or window planter is certainly not!  Best of luck to them! We’ll be voting and maybe even buying some seedlings for our own urban garden?

Some XS – XL urban gardening images, proving no matter your space (or lack there of), it’s doable!

XSmall. Sky planter via Fire Escape Farms

Small. via One Green Generation, photo credit unknown

Medium. Balcony garden in full bloom, TriBeCa, NYC; via 66 Square Feet Blog

Medium - Large. Steven Gambrell's terrace via Habitually Chic

Large! Via Treehugger; Photo: Norman McGrath, Rooftop Gardens, Rizzoli, 2011

XLarge!!! Via New York Rooftop Gardens, photo credit: Charles de Vaivre

PS – Fire Escape Farms sheds light on a current discussion re: future of farming in urban settings.  Check out this great video simplifying a big idea by Columbia University professor, Dickson Despommier.