Category brownstone

front page feature on houzz – go brass!

Everyone, everywhere is asking for unlacquered brass. Chrome? Pewter? Nickel???!? (over) It’s unlacquered brass fixtures, fittings and hardware’s moment in the design-sun. Never one to toe the trends, Shanti’s been loving and living with brass for ages (see her post here) and so through her amazing and prescient bathroom designs, has become a bit of […]

Animal Hooks for Kids Room

BEDROOM BASICS: Hooks

This was to be a post about bedroom organization. Per my obsessive drill-down, it became a post about hooks. Just hooks. (For the post on dressers and dressing tables, and a spirited drawers vs. shelves debate, please check back.) I love hooks and think they can change behavior generally (for the better). In the bedroom, […]

BEDROOM BASICS: bedding

As promised in my Love My Bedroom Post, a post on bedroom building blocks. Crafting a bedroom grown-up enough to satisfy the “escape + nest” instinct but that can withstand children is a give-take I’m ever working on. In my BEDROOM BASICS series there’ll be observations, successes and about-faces in the almost 2-year life of […]

please love my bedroom

Again? Again. Once again, we’ve (I’ve) gone and entered a contest on Apartment Therapy. And this time it’s truly personal – I’ve entered my bedroom (shared with husband and 2 kids of course). The contest: My Bedroom Retreat (sponsored by Legget & Platt) seeks: The bedroom is a retreat, the spot in our homes that […]

consider it a snow day

Remember when you were a kid who woke in the morning to SNOW. Only to be informed that while it was CLEARLY still snowing, and there was PLENTY of snow on the ground, and ALL signs pointed to it being a snow day .. (your sled was ready) It wasn’t. It was a school day […]

marble love

I’ve loved marble – white marble to be precise – since I was a child and surrounded by it.  I remember how cool it was to the touch on hot Calcutta days and how pretty I thought the swirly marks were; like snowflakes, no two pieces exactly alike. I’d like to say that sound reasoning […]

imperfect = you

Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There’s a crack in everything That’s how the light gets in. – Leonard Cohen, Anthem Leonard Cohen’s zen spin on the Japanese “wabi-sabi” – the art or embracing of the imperfect, the impermanent and incomplete. Variations exist in many faiths and cultures, though (tragically) […]