To be totally honest, I never use the word “clutch” to describe “a slim, flat handbag without handles or a strap.” To me, “clutch” is what a baby sloth does to a stuffed giraffe. Or it’s a part of a car that does something (I have no idea what). Those little flat bags that you can carry under your arm? I just call them pouches. I also don’t usually carry them under my arm, I tend to cram them full of little things that would otherwise get lost in a bigger bag—then I put the pouch inside the bigger bag, and when someone asks who has a Band-Aid or a Magic Eraser or disposable wipes, guess who pulls out one of a dozen pouches in her bag and comes to the rescue? Yep—this girl.

So since no amount of pouches/clutches/zippered bags/wristlets (I’ve never said the word “wristlet” out loud) is ever enough, here’s my current wishlist!

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1. Jen Hewett / Simple Patchwork Foldover Clutch
2. Hansel From Basel / Polka Dot Envelope
3. Kertis / Lines Clutch
4. CORIUMI / Geometrical Illusion Pouch
5. Wood & Faulk / Continental Wallet
6. Gap / Perforated Clutch
7. Lee Coren / Monarch Butterfly Clutch

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1. oelwein / Graphite Zip Pouch
2. Gap / Stripe Straw Clutch
3. Urban Outfitters / Large Textured Pouch
4. byMART / Cream and Orange Foldover Clutch
5. Urban Outfitters / Small Pouch with Audio Hole
6. Lee Coren / Confetti Print Black Clutch
7. Kertis / Modern Art Clutch

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Herman Miller modular sofas, via Cooper Hewitt

It’s a beautiful day in America. How far we’ve come! To reiterate and expand upon something I wrote four years ago:

To every tireless LGBT advocate who has fought for equal rights for decade; to Justices Sotomayor, Ginsburg, Kagan, Breyer, and Kennedy; and to everyone who wasn’t afraid to SPEAK OUT and ACT UP in order to get this done—THANK YOU.

And to all of my beloved friends who until today were denied the right to choose to marry if and who they wish, thank you for hanging in there. I never took for granted that I could do what you couldn’t without a second thought. And I love you so much.

Have the BEST Pride weekend EVER, America. I love you!

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Happy Friday! This is just a quick note to let you know that there are FOUR new designs in my shop, as well as a FREE worldwide shipping (on almost everything) promo at Society6 that’s running through Sunday, June 28. Oh, and wall clocks are 20% off!

All prints are available in five sizes ranging from tiny to huge, and are printed on 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin-free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. They look awesome.

Rise & Shine
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Oh What Now
Je t’aime…moi non plus

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Spotted this morning on It’s Nice That: Finnish creative agency Bond has created a typeface based for the Moomin brand based on Tove Jansson’s hand-drawn comic strip lettering. Given the success of the books that have been collected and reissued by Drawn & Quarterly over the past few years, I’m not surprised that this alphabet has been commissioned. It’s lovely, of course, and really captures the spirit of Jansson’s letterforms without pretending to be hand-drawn.

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The reissues are all beautifully done, by the way. Story-wise I’m more a fan of the Moomin novels than I am the comic strips, but visually, the comics are pretty phenomenal.

Top: Moomin Valley Turns Jungle
Middle: Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, Book One, Book Two, Book Three
Bottom: Moomin’s Winter Follies

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As an aside, I’m fascinated by the similarity between the Moomin Font (and Tover Jansson’s original lettering) and the one designed by Arne Jacobsen for Aarhus City Hall in 1937—currently available printed on lots of gorgeous housewares from Design Letters. I never noticed that before. Those Nords and their pointy-tipped Grotesque typography! Cool.

Typeface graphics via Bond

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Photo by Fiona Galbraith

When I spotted the photo above on sfgirlbybay last week, my jaw dropped. That yellow sink. I’m so used to seeing colored sinks in ’60s and ’70s kitchens, and this context—the rustic wood, the classic subway tiles—is so vastly different that it’s sort of jarring. In a really, really good way. And that got me thinking about brightly colored sinks in general, and how they really kind of went by the wayside when the ’80s ushered in the era of stainless steel sinks and…beige. So much beige.

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Typo theirs, not mine.

Last fall, Daniel and I went on a trip to Wisconsin to visit the nice people at Kohler. One of the highlights of our stay there was the museum on the lower level of the Design Center—which, by the way, is a must-visit if you’re ever in the Kohler-Sheboygan area. The museum documents Kohler’s history going back to its founding in 1873, and it was truly fascinating to see physical examples of bathroom and kitchen trends over such a large span of time all in one space. They had a really cool chart (here’s an online version) showing the evolution of their color palette over the years.

I honed right in on the 1967 additions: Avocado and Tiger Lily. SO GOOD. I grew up during a time when everyone was making fun of matching Avocado and Harvest Gold kitchen suites (side note: OH MY GOD), and I fully admit I didn’t start to see the appeal until about ten years ago. I can’t say that I love everything about the kitchen trends of the time (mushroom curtains, I’m looking at you), but those bold sinks and colorful countertops? Hell yeah!

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Photo via El Cosmico

My next memorable sink experience was when Daniel and I (apparently all of my big sink moments happen with Daniel, which is as it should be) took a vacation to Marfa, Texas, and stayed at El Cosmico in a refurbished 1950s trailer, the Imperial Mansion. The whole thing was incredible, but my favorite part? The kitchen, which was outfitted with orange Formica countertops and a pale pink sink. I know that kind of pastel is a bit older than the bright sinks I’m talking about in this post, but I need to mention it because it really got me thinking more about the appeal of “dated” colors in the kitchen and unexpected combinations.

Speaking of orange…

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Photo by Wary Meyers on Instagram

YES! YES! This is a 1974 American Standard Fiesta sink, and it belongs to designers, authors, scavengers, soap sculptors, candlemakers, artists and all-around cool people Linda Wary Meyers and John Meyers, otherwise known as Wary Meyers. After picking it up years ago at a salvage yard, they recently installed it in their Maine home.

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Photo by Wary Meyers on Instagram

Well, how about that? Screaming red-orange sinks look pretty awesome with solid white Corian countertops. (And those mismatched knobs! I bow down.)

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Clockwise: Photos via 4 Fraziers, Retro Renovation, Retro Renovation, Antique Addictions

When I was digging around for examples of vintage, brightly-colored sinks used in contemporary renovations (there are very few, by the way), I came across some really nice ones that were for sale on Etsy and via Retro Renovation, as well as a SUPER cool bright yellow one which, tragically, was documented before being hauled off to a trash heap. RIP, rad yellow sink.

eBay turns up surprisingly few ’60s/’70s colored kitchen sinks, but there are two red cast iron American Standard bathroom sinks listed right now. Can you imagine how wild they would look side-by-side in an new bathroom with floor-to-ceiling white hex tiles?!

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Scans by Click Americana

I love these American Standard and Kohler ads from 1968 and 1966, respectively. They really make it sound like washing the dishes in that avocado sink is akin to driving a sports car. And that Kohler color range…wow. The cobalt blue! Heart-eyes. Again, I don’t love the rest of the decor, but the sinks are winners.

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Photos of The Unique Space via Remodelista

A few years ago Jonathan Adler did a limited-edition collection of sinks for Kohler in bright colors, but they’re just not the same. I don’t doubt that they can look great in use (see above) and they’re much more fun than this snooze-fest (don’t get me wrong, I like to snooze, but I also like options), but the colors are a little too “clean” for me. I prefer the bold dirtiness of the ’60s shades.

So is anyone making enameled cast iron sinks in bright colors anymore? Not that I could find. If you’re listening, Kohler…now might be the right time to bring back Tiger Lily and Blueberry!

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I don’t know how to write this post.

Every time I start, including right now, the tears start to fall. You can be absolutely sure that you’re making the right decision about something, and still feel like your heart is breaking.

16 Henry Avenue, the brick row house in the City of Newburgh for which this blog is named, is for sale.

When Evan and I bought this house in the spring of 2006, we had no clue what we were getting ourselves into. Somehow, we thought we’d get the whole thing renovated in about six months. Maybe a little longer for the little details. We knew absolutely nothing about what it meant to be homeowners, much less what goes into renovating a house. We had no idea that for the better part of the following decade, our lives would revolve primarily around one thing: working on the house.

It took a lot of learning. It took a lot of patience. It took a lot of sleep deprivation, bodily injury, more emotional breakdowns than I care to remember, and, because it also took a lot of money, it took a very long time.

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Until late 2009, we commuted from Newburgh to New York City via ferry and Metro-North every day (about as beautiful and low-stress a commute a person can ask for), and we fully expected to continue doing so indefinitely. But unforeseen things happened, primarily related to my physical health (which I know I never really talk about here), and it became impossible for me to take the train on a daily basis. So, we got a little pied-à-terre in upper Manhattan for not much more than the cost of monthly train tickets. For a couple of years, that was great. We stayed in the city when we needed to, and we went to Newburgh when we wanted to. Then Evan got a new job in Brooklyn, which meant that his commute got much longer, which seemed to defeat the purpose of having a city apartment, so we got a new apartment in Brooklyn…which is that much further from Newburgh…

You see where this is going. Two more apartments later, the shift in our lives from Newburgh to Brooklyn can no longer be ignored. It’s gotten to the point where packing to go upstate every weekend feels like a chore (I know, cry me a Hudson River), and we’re spending less and less time in our beautiful house. We have never stopped loving Newburgh, and we feel great when we’re here, but to continue to hold on to a house when you’re rarely in it is, well, kind of silly once you take look past the sentimental aspects.

Also, even the most affordable house—and our house is about as affordable as they come in that part of the Hudson Valley—becomes a financial weight when it’s a second (first?) home, especially when the first (second?) home is a rental in New York City.

Am I rambling? Maybe. Sorry. Like I said, I don’t know how to write this post. There are too many pictures and too many words.

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I feel like I’m letting so many people down by selling my house. Is that crazy? When we first decided to sell, I was overwhelmed by the feeling that I was bailing on Newburgh. Let me make this totally clear: THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH NEWBURGH. I love Newburgh. I will champion Newburgh as one of the greatest places I’ve ever known until the day I die. I was born and raised in the Hudson Valley, and it’ll always be my home. My mother and stepfather live in Newburgh. I have wonderful friends here. For all of the hardships Newburgh has faced, it keeps chugging along—and people are finally starting to respect its place not only in history, but in the future. There’s so much exciting stuff going on here right now, and I plan to continue to be a part of that.

Then I started feeling like I was letting my neighbors down. And like I was letting my mother and stepfather down. And, of course…I felt and still feel like I’m letting you down.

YOU. The reader of this blog.

I get comments pretty regularly from people who are angry that I no longer post about renovation stuff here. I get that, because not everyone cares are about graphic design and makeup and shoes and stuff, and even though I’ve been blogging about those things for as long as I’ve been a blogger, I’m sure it was much easier to scroll past that stuff when there was something else to scroll to. How are those people going to feel when there’s no more house at all? They’re probably going to be even more disappointed, but there’s nothing I can do about that. I mean…there really isn’t. But I still feel badly, because feeling badly is what I do best.

Also, this is hard to articulate, but I kind of feel like I’m losing a major part of my identity. We’ve been so focused on this house for so long. As Evan put it a few weeks ago, it’s come to define who we are. What does it mean to not have that anymore? I don’t know. Much like I can’t remember the time in my life before I had dogs, it’s very hard to remember not having this house to take care of.

More to the point, this house is the physical manifestation of everything I believe when it comes to preservation, renovation, decoration, aesthetics, style, comfort, and what it means to be at home.

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You know what else I’ve been getting upset about? Not knowing who will buy the house. What I wanted more than anything from the first day we owned this place was to make certain that it would outlive us by hundreds of years. The house had been neglected and mistreated for so long, yet had managed to hold onto its character for 115 years when we came along. I’ve always seen our roles as being those of temporary caretakers, and I believe that’s how owners of these old houses—built to last for many centuries—should approach any renovations, modifications and improvements they make. I only wanted to give this house back its beauty, and make it strong and healthy for its future. That’s it. I think we succeeded in accomplishing that much, and I truly hope that the next owner gets it.

Whoever does buy this house will be getting something very, very special. That is for sure. Door Sixteen has been treated with love from top to bottom for the past nine years. It’s right by an open bluff with some of the best views of the Hudson River imaginable. The neighbors (Remember my neighbors?) are awesome. It’s a great place to live.

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Speaking of neighbors, I need to take a minute to call out one in particular—Joshua Brown, who took all of the photos in this post. Last summer, he bought the identical house three doors down from us, and soon after his dog Skillet came to live with him. Josh is a really nice guy, an amazing photographer, and a pretty swell neighbor. He’s also totally committed to doing his part to help make Newburgh an even better place than it already is. You couldn’t ask for a better guy to have on your block. You can follow his Hudson Valley adventures on Instagram, hire him to photograph your wedding, and become his new neighbor!

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I’ve set up a simple website with a bunch of the photos Josh took. Take a peek. Here’s the Zillow listing, and the one at Realtor.com.

If you or someone you know might be interested in buying the house, you can get in touch with our agent, Chris Hanson. Chris is THE guy you want at your side if you’re looking to buy in Newburgh. He’s in the midst of renovating his own historic Newburgh home for the second time (the first time was this beauty right on my block), and he’s super knowledgeable about all of Newburgh and its properties.

By the way, the big Newburgh Illuminated Festival is this weekend, and it’s going to be AWESOME. If you’re thinking about coming up to check out the city and see how nice it is up here, this would be a great excuse to do it.

Viva Newburgh! Viva Door Sixteen!

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All photographs © Joshua Brown Photography. Please do not use for commercial purposes without permission.

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My last face makeup post was more than two years ago, so it’s definitely time for a new one, right? I probably should have made an effort to wear a different shirt than I did in my haircut photos, haha. I swear I own more than one shirt. More than two shirts, even.

It’s not sweltering in New York yet (it’s kind of chilly today, in fact—this has been a weird June so far, weather wise), but we all know it’s coming. Cutting my hair off was move #1, and switching to a light, simple makeup routine is always move #2 for me in preparing for summertime humidity. I cannot deal with smudgy eyeliner, any kind of foundation, or touching up a sweaty face in the summer. I just cannot. I love makeup and feel much better wearing it than not wearing it, but I don’t want to be aware that I’m wearing it. You feel me?

So, here’s what’s on my face in the photos above. (Plus some gentle Photoshopping, because if you can’t look better on the internet than you do in real life, what’s the point in having a blog?)

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✚ Dr. Jart+ / Premium Beauty Balm
After a few disappointing experiences with BB creams made by American brands, a couple of years ago I figured I’d give one of the original Korean lines a shot. The difference is night and day, frankly, and I’ve been using Premium Beauty Balm ever since. In winter I do need to later another light moisturizer underneath, but the rest of the year, it’s all I need. I wouldn’t rely on it for sun protection if I expected to be at the beach all day, but since the chance of that happening is about as likely as me quitting makeup altogether, it’s almost always a win in the SPF department, too. (Yes, I do use a physical, powdered sunblock on my face in addition if I’m spending extended periods of time in the sun.) The coverage Dr. Jart+ provides can be described as sheer, but somewhat buildable. There’s no confusing it with foundation, but it’s not the same as a tinted moisturizer, either. It’s just enough to soften uneven skin tone. Personally, I’d rather spot-conceal anything it doesn’t hide than glop on another layer.

✚ Urban Decay / Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion
I used the original formulation of this lid primer for years, and last time I ran out, I switched to the anti-aging formula. It performs just as well, but it’s gentler on my eyelid skin. I don’t think it actually has an anti-aging properties, it’s just less drying. I’ll take it! I really can’t wear eye makeup unless I use a lid primer, especially in summer.

✚ NARS / Radiant Creamy Concealer
I don’t like the way this liquid concealer performs under my eyes (too drying), but for any redness or discoloration that remains after putting on my BB cream, it is fantastic. NARS has a great color range, and theirs is one of the few lines that has a perfect match (I use vanilla) for my fair, neutral-toned skin. I pat on teeny, tiny dots with my ring finger, and it stays put for at least 12 hours without touch-ups. Impressive. Less impressive is the leaky messiness of the tube, but I solved that problem by decanting a small amount at a time—enough for a week or so—into a small plastic pot.

✚ Tarte / CC Undereye Corrector
I have no idea why I bought this, but it’s working out really well for me. I’ve fallen in and out of love with SO MANY undereye concealers over the years, and the reject pile…it is large. This is a keeper. I’ve been using it for six months now (at the rate I’m using it, I expect it to last about a year), and I have no complaints. It’s not super-full coverage, but it’s enough—and I’m starting to accept that enough is good enough when it comes to my undereye area. I really hate obvious undereye concealer or having to reapply throughout the day, so if the trade-off is a little less coverage, that’s fine. I apply this with Sephora’s Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush using a very light hand and gentle stippling motion. It does need to be set with a tiny bit of powder, but once that’s done, it’s locked in place for a full day. Good stuff.

✚ Laura Mercier / Translucent Loose Setting Powder
This is another product I’ve been coming back to for years. One jar lasts a very long time (over a year) with daily use, and it does exactly what it’s supposed to do—sets my makeup without adding any color, and without leaving a dry, powdery finish. I prefer to apply loose powder by pressing (not wiping) it in with a velour puff, but I just use the cheapies from the drugstore that come in a 2-pack and toss them when they start to look a little icky. No need to spend $12 on an LM-branded puff!

✚ NARS / Blush, Orgasm
I will never stop hating the names of NARS blushes, but this one is a classic for a reason. It gives just the right amount of shimmer, the peach tone is universally flattering, and it has great staying power. I always come back to this blush, no matter how many others I try.

✚ Urban Decay / Naked2 Eyeshadow Palette
I have mixed feelings about makeup palettes. One one hand they’re a good way to try out a lot of shades without buying a bunch of separate products, but on the other hand, what are the chances you’re actually going to use all of those shades? The Naked2 palette stands a good chance of being used up, but only because the shades it contains are, well…pretty similar to each other. I’ve had this palette for a about two years now (UD shadows last forever), and I honestly can’t really tell the difference in how different colors look on my lids. The only two I never use are the ones with a matte finish, because who wants to use matte when you can have shimmer? Not me! Next time, though, I’ll just buy four individual shades (Bootycall, Half Baked, Snakebite, and Busted) and put them in this hideous palette box together. (Why must your packaging be so ugly, Urban Decay? Sigh.)

✚ Anastasia Beverly Hills / Brow Gel
I manage to pick up a brow pencil maybe 10 times a year, and while I will concede that my brows do look better with a touch of a fill-in, it always seems like too much effort. I always use this brow gel, though. It keeps my brows looking neat but not stiff all day long. I’ve been using this gel for about a decade—highly recommended.

✚ Ardency Inn / Punker Lash Wax Mascara
I’ve already written at length about this fabulous mascara, so I’ll direct you to that post for my review rather than rehashing it all again here!

✚ Dr. PAWPAW / Tinted Ultimate Red Balm
This was an impulse buy for me at the UO register when I was buying a rug on clearance a couple of weeks ago, and I LOVE IT. I don’t usually like a lot of color on my lips unless I’m feeling fancy and it’s hot pink, but I don’t like to have my lips totally bare, either. So many sheer lip colors seem to be weirdly drying, and the ones that hydrate never have enough color. This stuff is just right. It doesn’t have any real staying power, but that’s OK with me. I apply it throughout the day like I would any lip balm, and it keeps my lips feeling really soft and hydrated, with just the right amount of reddish tint. The tube is cute, and it doesn’t leak out or get messy in my bag. Winner!

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Every few years, I get it in my head that I want to grow my hair out really long. Then, after a couple of years of letting it grow, I remember that I don’t really like how I look with long hair, and I cut it all off. This has been going on since I was about 9 years old. Seriously. I don’t know why I keep thinking I’m going to love my hair when it’s long, because I never do. It’s a pain to take care of, it gets tangled and frizzy, it feels hot on my neck in the summer, and in the winter it’s a static-ridden mess.

I just am not a long hair person.

I’d had a hair appointment scheduled for a couple of months and didn’t really know what I wanted to have done, but on Monday morning I hit my breaking point. This was just WAY too much hair (for me). Also, change is good. Who wants to have the same haircut for years on end? Hair grows!

Inspiration:
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Photos from (L–R): Lula via Rubi Jones; Dia Frampton; Hello it’s Valentine

These are the photos I took with me to my haircut appointment on Monday evening. I like my bangs shorter than this, but the overall style is what I wanted. A short bob, parted on the side, with lots of layers and texture. For the past year or so I’ve been getting my hair cut (and colored) by the amazing Danielle Peters at Fox & Jane in Brooklyn, and she really nailed it. Getting 8″ of length cut off is a big deal no matter how open-minded you are when it comes to haircuts, but Danielle understands my hair type and my personal style and my grooming habits—so I trust her with my hair completely.

Speaking of grooming habits…

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Fox & Jane recently started using the R+Co. line exclusively in their salons, and as a packaging design enthusiast, I cannot stop ogling all of these tubes and bottles. I inclination is to always choose styling products based on how they’ll look in my bathroom (heh), but Danielle steered me toward four products from the line that will help give my hair the beachy, textured, messy look that I like. In order of application: Dallas thickening spray, Chiffon styling mousse, Jackpot styling creme, and Death Valley dry shampoo. That might seem like a lot of stuff to be putting in my hair, but I’m a product-lover. My hair is also pretty fine and fluffy, and it needs a boost in order to look like it has substance. I’ve tried going days on end without washing in order to get that effect naturally, but unwashed hair and I just don’t work together. New York City can be gross, so I want to wash New York City off of my head at least 4 or 5 times a week. My hair is in relatively good condition, so I’m not worried about it being too much. For me, dry shampoo is more about getting texture and thickness than it is putting off shampooing.

See that curling iron? That’s an optional item, and I think I’m starting to get the hang of it! I have a Hot Tools 1-inch barrel iron, purchased after taking note of what Danielle uses in the salon. On most days I just blow-dry my bangs and let the rest dry naturally, but if I want a little extra wave, I can throw in a few curls here and there. Danielle showed me the trick: Alternate directions (under/over) as you work your way around your head, only curl the top layer, and let the ends hang out of the clamp so they stay straight. That’s it!

p.s. While looking through my “haircuts” tag, I just noticed how similar this cut is to one I had in 2008. A little looser, though, which I think flatters my (fuller/aging) face a bit better. Also, allow me to quote myself from 7 years ago: “I don’t think I am a long-hair person, though I keep trying it out every few years.” HAH! HAH! I am such a broken record.

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NYC-based plant design/delivery service The Sill runs one of my favorite Instagram accounts, a great collection of primarily indoor plant inspiration photos. I hadn’t checked out their blog until recently, though, and it turns out it’s a pretty great resource for both plant care and interviews with cool plant people. Now that I’m trying to be a cool plant person, I feel like I should be paying attention to this stuff.

Anyway, last night I read this great interview with the creators of the Urban Jungle Bloggers project, Igor Josifovic and Judith de Graaff. I’d never heard of Urban Jungle Bloggers before! What a super cool site. I wound up going from blog to blog to blog (including Little Green Fingers, home to the GORGEOUS plants in the photo at the bottom of this post), checking out everyone’s cool plant photos…and eventually feeling a deep sense of plant inadequacy. Today, though, I have a renewed sense of excitement about wanting to continue overloading my home with plants (and I don’t mean more of thesenot that there anything wrong with that), and to that end, I am ready to pick out some cute new pots and planters to put them in.

Currently on my wishlist…

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1. Pottery Lodge / Black & White Planter
2. Pottery Lodge / Spiky Hanging Planter
3. CB2 / Chunky White Block Planter
4. Assembly Home / Jada Mini Planters
5. 4040 Locust / Beach House Terrarium
6. Rider Designs / Mini Succulent Planter

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1. Anne Nilsson for IKEA / Mandel Plant Pots
2. Boxwood Tree / Icosahedron Glass Terrarium
3. Leah Ball / Black & Pink Hanging Planter
4. Schoolhouse Electric / Mini Planter

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1. Urban Outfitters / Mod Metal Planters
2. Fox & Ramona / Concrete Planter
3. Frae + Co. / Concrete Macrame Hanging Planter
4. The Object Enthusiast / Faceted White & Gold Planter

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It’s been pretty gray and dreary in New York this week (Why is it 55° in June??), and I was yawning around my office drinking my second cup of coffee this morning when an email from Areaware popped up in my inbox and made me smile. Behold, the world’s most perfect paper clips!

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Photo via Daphna Laurens

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The paper clips (cleverly named “Paper Clips”) are the work of Dutch designer Daphna Laurens. They began life in concept only as part of an exercise to create 60 “imagination tools” using only the color black. Now that they’re in real-life production, they come in sets of reds, greens, and, of course, black.

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Areaware has a really cool section on their website called Origin Stories, where they delve into the design process of their products through prototype illustrations and photos from their designers. I love seeing this kind of stuff! There’s a section on the beginnings of these paper clips, and I must say…I’d like a large print of one of those drawings almost as much as I’d like to stock my office with the clips themselves. Perhaps more so. Aren’t the shapes so lovely?

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Photo via Daphna Laurens

Going a little deeper, I found a photo of the cast metal objects that were created by Daphna Laurens’ studio prior to their life as paper clips. A great example of how “working with form can result in functional objects with, nonetheless, a fluent visual appearance.” Yes!

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