Tommy Hilfiger dress
Dear Frances shoes
Nothing like home sweet home. A place to rest my head at night, after a long train ride home. Soon I will be saying goodbye to a place that has been my home sweet home for three years. For me, that place is Bushwick. A size heavy apartment that made up for the fact that it had thin walls, a creaky staircase and a broken stove (that my landlord took two years to fix). I’ll miss the epic bakery and deli right next door, literally attached to my building. I’ll miss my favorite burger spot, AP Cafe, right off the Jefferson stop. I’ll even miss the gritty corners and every other imperfect corner of my stop. And yes, I think I will miss that heavy sigh of relief after finally getting home after a longer than normal commute home at night. Because no matter what, no matter where, home feels like home when you are finally tucked in bed at night. Excited to make a new home soon . . . a real home, and in a more adult state of mind. I will always be thankful for my time in Bushwick, a significant part of my NYC process and growth. I wouldn’t be the same without the extra long subway rides (especially when the L was malfunctioning), Spanish music blasting from the 24 hour delis and the Chinese laundryman who folded my clothes oh so perfectly. Bushwick, in it’s own little way, was a part of my NYC hustle. And I hustled my entire way through (that’s the non glamorous side you don’t often see of my life). That subway sweat and tired feet, not matter what, felt worth it at the end of the day. I still subwayed my way home and didn’t complain an ounce, because I got to wake up going to a job that I loved and truly cared about.That’s the real NYC. I love you, and I know I’ll visit you again Bushwick.
It was perfect timing that I got to spend an afternoon at Jonathan Adler and Simon Donnan’s Shelter Island home for a summer brunch to celebrate his collaboration with Clinique. Man, did his home blow me away with its 70’s-modern aesthetic that very much reminded me of a summer house in Venice, California. It’s tones were warm and rustic, and every piece of furniture had a distinct shape to it. I felt like I was walking into a very chic playhouse. Certain pieces oversized in cartoonish ways. Others subtle and slight. It was an array of texture play and color coordinating that made me feel so at home. It’s a house one would never be bored living in. And the ocean right in the backyard. The view of the home from the back was very zen feeling, minimal and rectangular. Japanese in a way that felt complementary to the peaceful and simple Shelter Island lifestyle. I left the island with fresh perspective on home decor. This home is a true example that there are no limits when it comes to creating the space you live in. I felt inspired to take bits of Jonathan Adler’s home to apply to my own that I will be creating very, very soon.