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union square holiday market

lolabean union square holiday market
We have opened shop at the 2015 Union Square Holiday Market. Please come see us!
Booth A43 (two booths in from Farmer's Market - northwest corner - across from HSBC)
Open daily from Nov. 19th - Dec. 24th
Weekday hours are 11am-8pm, Saturdays from 10am-8pm, Sundays from 11am-7pm 

black + white school benefit

black linen dining tables w/ black & white runner via pizzazzerie
white chinese lanterns via bobbi+mike
cocktail tables most likely with black linen via style me pretty
tiny lights on black linen bars via save on crafts
floral arrangements, tea lights, black linen cocktail tables via hello darling
prosecco w/ blackberries via burnett's boards
black & white straws via style me pretty
black & white cheese table via celebrations at home
fun dessert bar w/extra large balloons via the tomkat studio
pop of fuchsia flowers on dessert bar via style me pretty
tiny black & white cookies via zsa zsa Bellagio
For the last three years, I've decorated Luca's school's annual benefit. It's a lot of work but I love researching ideas and designing it. This year, some Moms came up with a black and white theme so I ran with it. Here are several ideas I came across.

our home tour: the nest

all photos by Alexis Johnson for the nest
I was so excited when Alexis Johnson, Style Director of The Nest reached out to me about featuring our New York City apartment in a home tour. It was such a great experience and she was just the sweetest! See the complete home tour here on The Nest. 

a jewerly studio

One of the main reasons for wanting a little country house is to also have a tiny studio in the backyard so I can do more metalsmith work. I've had a fine jewelry line in my head and sketched for almost 10 years now. It's time! It's almost impossible to do metalsmith work in a small apartment for safety/ventilation reasons and studio rentals in New York City are astronomical. I'm able to do a little sawing, hammering and drilling but not much else. I found some really beautiful studios online and a few modern prefab sheds that would be perfect. The last one is a DIY. It would be so cool to build my own.

tiny living

I was browsing through Lonny yesterday and I stumbled upon interior designer, Mischa Lampert's, amazingly beautiful 300 sq. ft. SoHo apartment. Immediately I felt a kindred spirit. For the love of Manhattan, she turned a tiny space into such a lovely home. I've always been passionate about making our little apartment work for us, specially since Julian and Luca were born. I've tried to design it so that my little boys don't even think about the smallness; only that it's a nice, warm, relaxing environment to come home to. Since I'm not originally from NYC, I didn't grow up in such a tiny space, but I'm truly just as happy. I think the approach to making a small space feel good is to keep it clutter free, keep the walls light, buy only what you love - even aesthetically pleasing toys and to store things well. View the complete home tour of Mischa Lampert's tiny SoHo apartment here.