March 30, 2018

Curated, Not Decorated

So many of us start out our SOMA lives having come from smaller quarters. Often after making this shift, what once felt like a crowded life suddenly feels empty and full of overwhelming possibility. That sofa that once felt way too big for your cramped living room now feels like a pin cushion. That lone standing lamp that lit up your entire bedroom now only produces a puddle of light. As a result, we often rush to furnish our spaces so that they feel “finished”

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March 24, 2018

A breath of fresh air: eco-friendly paint for your home

There’s nothing quite like opening a window and feeling a cool breeze flow through a room. Fresh, clean indoor air is one of the most important features of an eco-friendly home. With a newly painted room we quickly reach for the window latch to get some clean air flowing through. And rightly so, many paints pose health hazards for you, your family and the environment.

But why are some paints so harmful?

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March 21, 2018

Spring Cleaning

Before the weather warms, when there is still snow on the ground (and in the forecast), Mother Nature is hard at work sending secret signals to the green things buried deep under ground. I think she sends us signals too… out with the old she whispers!
We spend time and energy in the fall preparing to keep winter at bay. We lower storm windows, shutter porch doors and batten the hatches for extreme weather. 

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March 12, 2018

Letting Go of Excess

Recently I have been on a tear. I find myself pining for spring big time this year and it is making me rethink the habits I seem to have in regard to acquiring stuff. My basement is a sea of good intentions  – baskets I was sure would solve the scattered tendencies of my family; furnishings that no longer fit their intended use; pillows I no longer love. It has been making me feel suffocated.

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March 08, 2018

Amongst the succulents

At the end of a long, busy day, when my children are asleep, and the toys have been tidied away and the dishes are washed, I stand in the shower. I close my eyes, let the day wash over me and I breathe a sigh of relief. Bedtime beckons, but there’s nothing quite like the water pulsing over my head and the warmth around me to help soothe a weary mind and body.

In London,

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March 03, 2018

I just want to see the floor again

We sold our house in London in April 2017 and were told our visas would be with us by Easter, and then we would be flying out to New York a week later. So we went to stay with friends for two nights, the shipping company came and packed up all our possessions and we completed on our sale. Off we went with a bunch of suitcases, a travel bassinet, a stroller and a few toys to amuse my 1-year and 3-year-old children on the flight.

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March 01, 2018

Buying a New Sofa

Just last week I was vacuuming under the family room sectional thinking to myself… I wonder when I will be able to justify buying a new sofa for this room? Then I thought of the million other things the house needs and, well… the thought disappeared.

Truthfully, the sofa is fine. We bought it when we got married 10 years ago and it was perfect for two people and a dog living in an open plan apartment.

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