to introduce the very talented graphic artist Kimberly Howe. She grew up in the Garden State, but has been living in NYC for 12 years now. Over that time she has resided in 7 different apartments in 5 different neighborhoods. But even though moving can be tough, she looks at it as an opportunity to reinvent her lifestyle, and experience all different aspects of the city (what a refreshing perspective!). Most recently, Kim has settled in to an apartment in Hell’s Kitchen with her boyfriend. I can say with certainty that she’s got an amazing eye for decorating, and it’s almost impossible not to be envious of how easily she pulls it all together. This smart girl feels very strongly about supporting local, eco-minded and organic products, enjoys making pottery, loves to travel and started painting and drawing when she was only twelve… a true individual.
So to learn more about Kim, and see what she’s got to share – from the places she scores her furniture to where she grabs a delicious cup of soup, keep on reading.
My love of all things vintage runs deep. I find great value in home furnishings and accessories that are re-purposed, restored or in their original untouched state. There is a history and character that is unmatched by much of today’s modern designs. In fact, I have trouble parting with a well-made piece of furniture because I can always find a way to reinvent it… a little paint can go a long way. Olde Good Things is one of many resources I use to find inspiration.
I also like to stick to your run-of-the-mill flea market or garage sale. Here is an old secretary desk I found a while ago. I spruced it up a bit and it’s now my dressing table.
I recently received a towel as a gift from Etsy’s Untold Imprint and I love it. All of the designs are handmade and environmentally responsible. This cotton, unbleached flour sack towel is printed with non-toxic, water-based ink. No two are exactly alike!
Laura Zindel’s ceramics have been a big hit for a while now, but is worth another mention. Her lovely illustrations are silk screened and printed as enamel transfers in a converted 1778 farmhouse in Vermont. Her beautiful creations have an elegant, yet bold quality that I really like. I already have one of her mugs and I’m thinking of getting a tarantula serving platter, but if spiders aren’t your thing, there are a bunch of other insects and animals to choose from.
Love these charming little paintings from Coco de Paris. All are original acrylic paintings on nearly 200 year-old french paper. I think they’d be perfect for a child’s room, but could work anywhere in the home depending on which one of the endless selections you choose.
I stumbled upon Shareen Vintage in NYC and was instantly hooked. A combination of well-edited restored vintage pieces and some original creations, too. Shareen takes vintage fashion to another level with her eccentric, always evolving collection. A totally different shopping experience with endless racks of clothing in a loft-like 2nd floor apartment setting. It’s like shopping in your best friend’s closet complete with a glass of wine while you peruse. I try and stop in as much as I can to check out their weekly new selections and I also opt for the monthly emailed newsletter chock-full of beautiful, inspirational thoughts from Shareen herself. I’m shocked that this place is still quite unknown so if you’re in the NY area this is a must (or in LA for the flagship store). Oh and you’ll know you’ve found it when you see a pink dress hanging from the 2nd floor fire escape!
13 West 17th St. (Between 5th & 6th Ave)
New York, NY 10011
1721 N. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
I don’t know much about men’s shirts or men’s shirt collars, but I’ve been made aware that these collar stays from Wurkin Stiffs are “really great.” Evidently, these little suckers hold that unruly collar in place. Who knew? Not me, that’s for sure! The difference is that this product uses magnets to do the job. I always appreciate a clever concept, not to mention a catchy name, so I think that this seems like a pretty great idea.
The children’s toy store Kid O in the West Village was my go-to for any kiddy gifts I needed. They have a strong focus on simple and engaging products, two very important things when it comes to kids’ toys. The Seedling line is one of my favorites – love this design your own puzzle and I just got this precious baby hand print kit for a friend who’s about to be a first-time mommy. Unfortunately, the NYC store is no longer there, but you can find their products in an array of local and online retailers.
Wall decals have been popping up lately and I’m really liking the easy transformation it allows in a room, especially if you’re renting. My friend is using this jungle wall mural for her baby room and i think it is going to look great and probably will only take a few hours to have the room all finished. Talk about big impact for a little effort!
In these cold winter days nothing hits the spot quite like a cup of soup. I’ve been cooking up my own creations since the temperature dropped, and because soup is hard to really mess up it’s the perfect meal to experiment with. One recipe I wish I could replicate is the chickpea soup from City Sandwich. It’s thick without being too heavy, and it has little chunks of Parmesan which complement really well. Yum!
649 9th Ave (Between 45th & 46th)
New York, NY 10036
With the new year comes resolutions… eat healthier, work out more. … It’s no surprise that being a better version of you tops the list (at least mine). I’ve been using the Fitbit and so far I think it might just be the answer. This tiny pedometer does a lot more than count your daily steps… It monitors how well you sleep, how many stairs you climb, calories you burn all while discreetly clipped to your clothing. It also syncs to their website/phone app where you can keep track of your food intake and how much water you drink a day among other healthful things.
Speaking of wireless gadgets, now that having a smart phone is basically a law, the issue of using it when the temperatures have sunk below freezing and you’re wearing gloves is in need of some attention. I stumbled upon these conductive digits by Quirky and thought that this great idea had some serious potential. The fact that you can attach a digit to your favorite (already purchased) gloves is a huge plus. They are inexpensive enough so I may just give them a try… Otherwise I will stay with my current favorite solution – fingerless gloves.