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New Apartment on Design*Sponge

Our apartment was featured on Lonny a few months ago, and before the photos were published, we had already moved to a new place just around the corner. As my business was growing, we decided to get a larger apartment so that I could have a studio in our home. As soon as we moved in, Grace from Design*Sponge reached out to see if we would be interested in having some photos taken of the new place. They photographed the space in August, and the post went up a few weeks ago. Below is a sneak peek, and you can see the whole tour on Design*Sponge.

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The new office/studio. It never looks this neat!

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Our bedroom with some lighting prototypes that I am working […]

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The Story of Desi: Part 1

The Desi collection actually started out as a school project when I was in graduate school.  I was working on my thesis, and decided to focus on fair trade. In my previous job I had spent a lot of time designing furniture to be manufactured in Asia, and I wanted to learn more about opportunities overseas to work with factories that employed socially responsible manufacturing practices.

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I began by doing lots of research on the World Fair Trade Organization, Fair Trade Federation and other organizations supporting the idea of social responsibility. Through the WFTO I found a few factories in India that were fair-trade certified and reached out to them to find out more. I focused on India because I had traveled there several times, and love the people and culture. I also saw the devastation of poverty and disease in the country […]

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THE INTERN: Starring our Vintage Media Cabinet

Writer/director Nancy Meyers is known for her beautiful set design (The Holiday, It’s Complicated, Something’s Gotta Give, Father of the Bride!) and is working on a new movie in Brooklyn. I was beyond excited when her assistant contacted me a few months ago to see if they could use my Vintage Media Cabinet in one of their sets. They recently instagrammed some sneak peeks at the set, and I spotted our piece in Anne Hathaway’s character’s home. See the sneak peeks below, as well as some favorites from some of her other movies.

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Journal Entry #5: Orange and Red

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This room is one of my all time favorite inspirations for comfortable and chic living. They represent an eclectic and well-traveled individual who has excellent taste and can create beautiful vignettes with all of their pieces they have gathered from around the world. I’d love to live in either space. The tables from Caste Design are such an innovative design and would go in both super modern or traditional homes. Journal5

The dark walls and brass in this bathroom are so beautiful and moody! And I love bathroom large enough to put regular furniture in. The orange chaise in the top photo looks so comfortable and chic. I have tried to look up a store called Community and Co., but I can’t find any reference to it. Does anyone know if […]

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Our biggest giveaway ever!

To celebrate the 4th of July, we are having our biggest giveaway ever! 10 lucky winners will win a piece from our collection, including one grand prize winner who will receive a Vintage Media Cabinet. To enter, just sign up below. You can get bonus entries by sharing or “liking” on social media. Make sure to enter by midnight on June 30! The winners will be announced as shown below:

  • July 1: 4 winners will receive a Captain’s Tray
  • July 2: 3 winners will receive a One Drink Table in the color of their choice
  • July 3: 2 winners will receive a Zelda Table
  • July 4: 1 Grand Prize winner will receive a Vintage Media Console

 

7/1/14 UPDATE: We have started selecting the winners! Please visit our Facebook page to find out who won!

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Peru Part 3: The Amazon People

While we were on the river, we stopped at a few really small villages. We toured schools and markets and learned how the native people use vegetables to dye all of their textiles for their intricate weavings.

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In one of the markets, we got to hold a baby sloth (named Theresa). She moved really slow and latched onto you with her long claws.

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My husband, Drew.

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We stopped at a park ranger’s station and these little kids from the village brought their own little canoe across the stream to see us. The oldest was probably about 6 years old and they all knew how to paddle their own boats.

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Peru Part 2: The Amazon Wildlife

After Lima, we flew to Iquitos to start a 5 night tour of the Amazon. We stayed on a boat that carried about 20 passengers, and every day we would tour the jungle in a skiff.

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Above is a sloth in a tree. They were so hard to spot, but our guide could see them from hundreds of yards away.

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It rained a little bit while we were there, but it was mostly sunny and really hot.

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These lilypads were huge, and had a really sharp, thorny structure on the underside.

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This is a flock of blue and yellow […]

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Peru Part 1: Lima

I spent the last ten days in Peru with my husband’s side of the family. I had been to South America before, but never to Peru. We spent a few nights in Lima at the beginning and end of the trip, and visited the Amazon on a riverboat in the middle.

In Lima, we stayed in the beautiful Miraflores neighborhood, which literally translates to “to watch the flowers”. It has a beautiful tropical climate, and the plants were so colorful, as was the architecture. Peruvians are not afraid of color on their homes! The cacti were also enormous and beautiful.

 

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Journal Entry #4: A perfect office

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I believe this image is from Domino years ago. I love everything about it and think it is the perfect mix of classic and contemporary. The teal mixed with yellow is so unexpected, and yet it works together perfectly. I love the black desk, and those perfectly organized shelves are a dream come true.

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