Art With Polarn O. Pyret

posted on: Friday, January 30, 2015

To be honest, Im not sure how we would survive winter over here without art sessions. This week in particular, with a stomach bug rotating throughout the apartment, movies and art were about the only thing that kept River and myself sane.  I can depend on art, that specific creative hour, or hours, to refocus and to help bring a bit of joy to a normal or boring day. Art has that way with anyone, and I'm happy be able to spend quality time with my daughter in this kind of way, any day, really.

Polarn O. Pyret asked me if I would help spread the word about their PO.P Art launch, a collection of silkscreened posters and four t-shirts, I of course said yes. I have been a shopper at Polarn O. Pyret for a while now, even before I got pregnant actually. Their shop in Tribeca was conveniently located near a few of my classes way back when.

The posters are fun and inspiring, and remind me of all the kiddo art galleries I've seen my friends have in their apartments.

To celebrate the launch, Polarn O. Pyret is having a Facebook giveaway and contest! All you have to do is enter in your child's art work here, Or, you can post a photo on instagram and use the hashtag #popartkidsusa #popart. Truthfully, we never need a real reason to have an artfest over here, but the $200 shopping spree for each winner doesn't make the art session a terrible thing by any means.

Good luck and happy weekend!

This post was in partnership with Polarn O. Pyret. All opinions are my own. 

STYLE| Clog Filled Rain

posted on: Tuesday, January 27, 2015

On this particular day, it seemed like the rain would never let up. It was the hard rain, that kind that usually occurs after a day full of drizzling. The kid of rain that stops you, and forces you to find cover. Not the romantic movie scene kind of rain. This wasn't that kind of rain, nor day, but we all decided to make the best of it.

I find that if there's a rainy day, I'll choose to stay comfortable and cozy at home. Or Ill want to dress up a bit. I tend to lean on my clothes to uplift me on a crappy day, and this outfit did just that. I was layered in knits and thick socks to stay warm, but I felt relatively put together. More importantly, happy.

Wool sweater- vintage| Clogs- Swedish Hasbeens | Coat- Vintage | Pashmina scarf| Diaper Bag- Lily & Jade| Lipstick- Rebel by Mac

Lets Talk: Wallpaper

posted on: Monday, January 26, 2015

If you read this blog pretty often, you've probably noticed that I reference my grandmother a lot. She had an incredible eye when it came to interior design. Deep down, I realize that most of my home and thrifting habits as an adult, are a direct result from watching her. Like my mother, she never talked to me about these things specifically, I just watched and absorbed it all. It makes me really think about what my kids and grandkids will remember about me. Will they remember the plants? The crazy colors? Or my love for neon nail polish? I think about these seemingly silly, yet powerful legacies often.

When I think about my grandmother's apartment, the apartment I knew so well, the apartment which was home for many for nearly 20 years, I think of beauty. All of the warm, fuzzy, and sappy feelings. When it comes to it's beauty, the wallpaper stands out in my memory. My grandmother knew how to make a rental apartment her's.  I clearly remember she had this floral print wallpaper with a creamy background. It was subtle and beautiful. She had laid it on the walls of her railroad apartment so carefully. I would often find this tiny 5 foot woman up on a ladder, happily reapplying a new roll. She never asked for help, just sang a little church song along the way, and continued to apply that paper. From one side of the wall to the next, she made her apartment her own.

When renewing our lease, and basically settling on this apartment until the unforeseeable future, wallpaper came to mind when I had the itch to redecorate. For me, wallpaper has the power to uplift and change any space with little effort. Yes, it takes upkeep, but it's worth it. Especially when you're working with a spall space, a space with rules, but still a space that will be home.

These are the groundbreaking years for my kids, the years that pretty much define a lot of paths in their lives. It starts with Peter, myself, and this home. I'd rather make this place home in every way, then dream about someday moving and making that place home. These are our dreams, these are the memory making moments... right here and right now. And goodness, if my kids remember that beautiful hand painted wallpaper that their mama threw up on the walls, and retouched every few months, that's okay in my book.

My friend Carter created all of these wallpaper designs for me to choose from, and I am pretty stuck on all of them. I'm excited to throw myself into some funky projects during this blizzard we are having here, this wallpaper being the first.

Here are a few more wallpapered room inspirations.

When it comes to wallpaper, are you a fan? I kind of wish I never painted any of the rooms and laid down a bunch of wallpaper instead. Though that thought can easily be attributed to the snowy weather, and me constantly pretending that my apartment is some sort of island. I probably would never leave this place if I did that. Never! That's scary.

Hre are a few that you might fancy:
This one is inexpensive, and kind of reminds me of that one my grandmother had.
This is perfect for a gender neutral kids bedroom.
My favorite color.
For the minimalistic bunch.
This is kind of perfect for a bathroom.

I love that this is considered a "don't." Lately it's a total do! If my kitchen wasn't the size of a closet, I would be all over it.

Moments| 01

posted on: Friday, January 23, 2015