It’s Mourning in America

Remember when Jenna Lyon’s dreamy Park Slope home came up for sale back in 2011 and real estate enthusiasts alike released a collective swoon and sigh? Well, we can all be horribly envious of Vince Clarke, founder of Depeche Mode, and his wife Tracy Martin, CEO of the Morbid Anatomy Museum – the new owners of the 4000 square foot, four story townhouse. And it gets even better. The couple has transformed the space, with the help of firm Roman and Williams, into a stunning Victorian style residence with a wonderfully eclectic mix of antique furniture and other dark but tasteful curiosities.



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N. Historiae 2015

Ever since her debut collection wowed us back in 2012, we’ve been anxiously awaiting jewelry designer Flora Lam‘s next move. Her inspiration runs deep and her forms are wonderfully unconventional so we weren’t surprised that her sophomore collection has proven to be nothing short of greatness. Old world geometry found in Moorish architecture and ancient insects were the foundation for N. Historiae‘s latest offerings – each piece delicately plated in 14kt gold and black ruthenium.



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DIY Roman Shades

One of the most forbidding tasks I’ve come across after renovating our home has been finding proper window coverings. From the tedious task of picking out fabric from a collection of subpar choices to the daunting cost of a custom order, it’s no wonder countless windows have remained bare and uncovered for nearly a year since we moved in. Privacy is a non issue since we live in such a quiet neighborhood but the addition of texture, pattern and color has been needed for far too long. When textile maven Rebecca Atwood launched her line of digital and screen printed fabrics by the yard (I mean, that stunning indigo marble dyed Belgian linen!!), I knew I had to try my hand at DIYing my own Roman shades. And before I scare you away completely, I encourage you to read through the step by step tutorial. It’s really not as difficult as it seems – it’s just a heedful process. But no pain, no I-have-fabulous-shades gain!


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