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why so quiet?

March 7th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Because the first two months of 2011 have been crazy! I got a new job(!), and Ryan and I moved to New York City!

In less than a month, we packed up our entire apartment, scooped up the dog, and drove all of our belongings to our new home in New York — it was only after we moved in that we discovered the building had been featured in a 2006 issue of Dwell magazine!

So yes, we’ve been busy! And I probably won’t be posting as much as I used to, but don’t let that keep you from stopping by . . .

Posted by: kimberly phillips · → 4 CommentsTags: architecture · etc.

immense midwest cold generates innovative get-togethers.

January 23rd, 2011 · No Comments

If I weren’t working all day today, I would be cozied up at the Empty Bottle in Chicago for their First Annual Synthesizer Chili Cook-Off.  I’ve never been much of a chili gal, can’t do spice and don’t do a whole lot of meat…but this bizarre pairing of experimental music and homemade chili has got me yearning for interaction with some smack-talking, chili-cooking, taste-testing competitors.

Posted by: Allie_Kushnir · → No CommentsTags: current events · etc. · food

woven plastic rugs: perfect for people with pets.

January 14th, 2011 · No Comments

I absolutely adore our dog and couldn’t imagine life without his little scruffy face in it. However, since introducing the four-legged gremlin into our lives, we’ve had to make some decorating concessions. For example, when it comes to floor coverings, there’s just no way we could ever have a luxurious, high-pile rug (at least in a room where the dog is allowed — and he’s allowed in all of them, so . . .  He believes anything put on the floor is put there for him and therefore meant to be well-loved by him, his toys, and anything else he sees fit.

I’ve been looking for some durable floor coverings to combat the problem and discovered that those oh-so-clever Swedes have been weaving the solution for years —  plastic rugs or plastmattor in Swedish. Plastic rugs are durable (some people use them for decades), easy to clean, quite modern, and exactly what I’ve been looking for.

Here are three companies  making stylish strides:


Sandy Chilewich has theUS market cornered on high-end woven plastic home goods. These particular utility mats (in Electric Stripe) are available through her website and customizable by size and color.  Prices range from $45 to $150.

Brita Sweden

Brita Sweden is a family-run business that specializes in textile design and production. These snazzy mats Anna Black, Gunnel Blue, and Anna Red are available through its website.


Horredsmattan has been in the business of weaving and textiles since the 1950s. In fact, Horredsmattan weaves the mats designed by Brita Sweden. The mats pictured here are from the Design Collection. From left to right: Bauhaus by Carolina Kroon, Savane by Lotta Söder, and Inca by Wiveca Hall.

Posted by: kimberly phillips · → No CommentsTags: design · interiors · trends

polaroid iphone decal, how fun.

January 14th, 2011 · No Comments

Buy the The Polaroid iPhone Decal at the Photojojo Store!

It is somehow always cooler to make fancy schmancy modern possessions appear much less fancy schmancy and modern than they really are…case in point: iphone decal mimicking the front of a classic Polaroid camera.


Posted by: Allie_Kushnir · → No CommentsTags: art · design · etc. · modern objects · photography · technology · trends

beatrice coron puts a positive spin on papercuts.

January 6th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Bestrice Coron’s whimsical papercuts are incredibly intricate pieces of artwork.  They draw inspiration from various angles such as poems, current events, and even philosophical concepts…and quite frankly, I can’t stop looking at them.

Posted by: Allie_Kushnir · → 3 CommentsTags: art · artists · etc. · paper goods

photojojo contest

January 4th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Hey everybody! As you may or may not know, I am a freelance photographer in New York City. I recently became a finalist in a Photojojo/CEA contest with the above photo and would love for you to support me! Just click HERE and vote for your favorite photos (mine is under PETS all the way to the right!). Thanks so much! Love, Erin

Posted by: Erin_Goldberger · → 1 CommentTags: photography

bodum’s chambord milk frother.

January 3rd, 2011 · 2 Comments

This Christmas my parents surprised me with a Bodum Chambord Milk Frother. I had technically asked for a milk frother, pointing my mom in the direction of the Aerolatte version. However, she went the extra mile and did a little research on the best milk frothers on the market, which led her to Bodum’s stove-top version. It’s fantastic! I’ve used it pretty much every day since Christmas and have to say that it produces beautiful, cafe-quality foam that looks especially gorgeous when served in my vintage Italian turquoise blue and gray espresso set. Thanks Mom!

Posted by: kimberly phillips · → 2 CommentsTags: design · food · modern objects

mother nature’s ‘shock and awe’ campaign.

December 29th, 2010 · 4 Comments

Mother Nature threw a wrench in travel plans for those of us who live up and down the Eastern seaboard this past weekend, stranding people in airports, halting public transportation, and leaving anywhere from 12-24 inches of snow in its wake.

I, for one, lucked out and caught the very last Southwest flight out of BWI Sunday morning, otherwise, I too would have spent the remainder of my vacation eating trail mix from Hudson News and fitfully sleeping on top of my carry-on bag.

Unfortunately, these folks weren’t as lucky.

Posted by: kimberly phillips · → 4 CommentsTags: Boston · etc. · travel

laura marling: new romantic way.

December 29th, 2010 · No Comments

Ms. Marling has had me both swooning and sobbing for weeks over this song and I think it’s about time I spread the sentiment.  You’d better have  a hankie handy before pressing play.  And if you happen to dig this young British prize, I suggest you check out her new album, “I Speak Because I Can” which has rightfully made Entertainment Weekly’s Top 10 albums of 2010.

Posted by: Allie_Kushnir · → No CommentsTags: etc. · music

all i want for christmas: allie’s wishlist

December 22nd, 2010 · No Comments

Dear Santa,

Allie was real good this year, please bring her . . .

1. An Undone Cloche; 2.Tied Bow Ring from Erica Weiner Jewelry; 3. A Beatles documentary, this seems good: The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit.

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