Urban Living // dwell + Garden + Sustain
It seems like it would be as natural as your love, but combining two individuals different styles and unique tastes into one home is often times more like an arranged marriage. However, no one wants their stuff to feel like it has to co exist; merely tolerating the other persons' things, just hoping one day love will happen! How can we make certain our homes represent the best combination of “us” in their style and design?
I am a part of this privileged and entitled group - I'll own it. I didn’t grow up in a home where we recycled. I don’t even remember seeing recycling in my school until we moved to Austin, TX for high school. I have not been one to care about what packaging surrounds a product, let alone what that packaging is made of. I buy what I buy, with no thought to where it was sourced, how it was produced, how the workers involved were treated, how/if animals were involved or what lasting implications this product's plastic packaging may have on Mama Earth. Historically, I have been a very UNonscious consumer.
Maybe the most picturesque part of NYC (I should know, I carry a camera everywhere I go ;), is DUMBO on the water's edge in Brooklyn. "DUMBO," an acronym for "down under the manhattan bridge overpass," is a tiny area of Brooklyn between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. Flanked by these two giants, and facing the entire skyline of Manhattan, DUMBO is home to some of the best businesses, shopping, and events in Brooklyn.
My sister, Alyssa, and her husband Jackson, are moving to New York City! This is a dream come true. I can't count the number of times in the last few years, since moving to NYC, that I either silently or out loud wished that I could have a sister near. This solves practically the only problem I have with New York! (now if I can get a decent mountain to snowboard on, I'll never leave!!!)
Apparently every year for the last twelve, there has been a "Jazz Age Lawn Party" hosted on Governors Island in NYC! Most natives probably know about this, but I had to learn from our friends who are visiting/living in NYC for a few months.
I'm a big fan of New York City, but I'm especially in love with Brooklyn. And of all the things I like about Brooklyn, (at the risk of sounding mega cliche + touristy)... my favorite thing is the Brooklyn Bridge!
There's not very many things that rank higher on my "awesome list" (c'mon it's a real thing) that a snow day. The surprise of getting "free time" combined with the glorious lack of obligation is a beautiful thing.
Tyler & I have been working really hard to keep our apartment always looking it's best. As Airbnb hosts, it's even more important for our space to be in tip top shape.
Alarm snoozed. Roll over to pretend for five more minutes that the inevitable can be forestalled. Roll out of bed. Late. Minutes to get ready. Rush out the door. Sound familiar?
The kitchen is the beating heart of our home (and probably yours too). In my childhood home the kitchen table & space were where we gathered for meals, games, conversation, & work. Now I’m all grown up with a big girl kitchen of my own
We’ve wanted to try a dinner delivery service for so long. Tyler is taking 20 credits at NYU and I'm working my booty off teaching 4th grade... and as much as I would LOVE to cook a real dinner every night
Here's a little look-see around our second bedroom, or as we call it, our Airbnb suite ;) ;)
It took Tyler and I a few months to get together our own bedroom space, let alone furnish a second bedroom.
I cannot rave enough about Airbnb. If you haven't heard of it, let me give you a glimpse into the wonderful world of home sharing. (You will also find a $35 discount code to book your Airbnb travel at the end of this post ;)
“tis better to give than to receive”
We hear that phrase often this time of year, and I think all of us can attest to its truth.
If you live in New York, and if you have a small apartment, and if it happens to be December, then you are most likely thinking about buying a Christmas tree.
My sister and her husband Jackson came to visit New York for a week! It was my sister's first time!
Over the summer I found the instagram page of a beautiful artist, Maryann Moody. As I scrolled through her pieces and found other inspiration I realized I had caught the highly contagious weaver fever!
Tyler and I went running together this morning.
This is a rare thing. Like finding a Pikachu. It's hard for us to work out beside each other.
For eight months of the year, Tyler and I are only one year apart. As opposed to the other four months where I am "two years" older. Needless to say, I always look forward to Tyler's b-day