Category Archives: Design

For all the readers, NPR’s Book Concierge

Okay Hart Beat. We’re eighteen days till Christmas. How’s that list of yours coming? This year, thanks to god know who because I usually am the person running around December 23rd looking for presents, I have most of my list done. There are just a few people that I’m like huh…. waaaaa…. aka actually stumped. Luckily for me (and you if you’re in the same sinking ship that I am), NPR just released an amazing site to help us all out. They’re calling the interactive, web designed drool inducing page the NPR Book Concierge, Best Books of 2016. Well, they’re actually calling it an App which I’m not really sure is true but hey, who knows what constitutes apps these days.

NPR Best Books of 2016

Anyway. Go to the site! It’s amazing. There are a series of filters on the left-hand side of your screen that you can click and unclick to filter the 300 books that they have fully vetted and reviewed. And, true to NPR humor and wit, the filters are amazing. You can select from the basics like “Staff Picks” and “Nonfiction” but they also have “Rather Long”, “Rather Short”, “Let’s Talk About Sex”, “Ladies First”, and “The Dark Side”. These people get me.

Another thing I love about the site is when you click on a book it gives you a great review and places to buy INCLUDING your local bookstore by using the great site IndieBound. Ug. Love. I’ll be brainstorming other last minute tools that can help you cross friends and family still on your lists. Stay tuned, Hart Beat.

Sally Nixon: What we do when no one is watching

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Browsing the interwebs last night I came across a gem of an illustrator. Have you seen the work by Sally Nixon? I hadn’t but as soon as I saw her illustrations of women in every day moments I knew she needed to be shared here on Hart Beat. Each scene calls my name one hundred million times. I love that in each illustration is a woman (or sometimes many) so clearly in her own thoughts while doing something as personal and mundane as brushing her teeth in the shower. I have never seen these moments called out and, to be honest, I wish I did.

The whole series to me seems like the antithesis of Instagram right now. Instead of showering our feeds with “don’t I live such a charmed and privileged life” wouldn’t it be great if we could see more scenes like these?

If you’re interested in more info about the artist check out Habit & Heart’s great interview with the Little Rock based Nixon.

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All illustrations by Sally Nixon.

Happy Friday, Hart Beat

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Hi Hart Beat! I was resting my legs all week long and am late with a post, I know. Lucky for you here are some articles that I did spend time reading this week that I thought you might like to see. P and I are going up to stay with my parents this weekend and I’m so excited to get out of the city. California really won me over with that whole “not humid” thing. Happy weekend, Hart Beat.

Apparently you can cure chronic lateness… Might have to try this one.

I want to eat this all summer long.

Have to try this bar next time I’m in North Brooklyn.

RBG spins truth.

Sleep makes the modern girl.

Speaking of girls, don’t call me one.

Photo of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin aka the dream couple.

A Kitchen Accessory

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Hi Hart Beat. Happy Saturday!!! It’s starting to be my favorite time of the year in Brooklyn and every day I am so happy to wake up with the windows open and the breeze blowing through the curtains. Last night Pedro and some friends of ours had the best night in Red Hook and I think I’m going to take a bike ride over there today. But first coffee.

A few weeks ago I broke down and finally bought another not so necessary but adorable still kitchen accessory. These little Dansk butter warmers are everywhere on food and style blogs (including Food52). I’d never seen anyone actually using the butter warmer (how often do people heat butter) but since buying it I can attest that I use it almost every day. Am I really warming that much butter? Nope. But I do heat my milk before pouring it in my coffee and for that task, the little Dansk pot is perfect.

It holds enough milk for two cups of coffee and the wooden handle makes it super easy to grab and pour. Obviously it looks adorable on my kitchen shelf too… Hope you’re enjoying a hot cup of coffee right now too, Hart Beat!

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P.S. Pitcher, candles, candle stick holders, and butter keeper all from the Food52 Shop.

Bedroom Day Dreaming

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Hi Hart Beat. How are you doing? I’ve been day dreaming about redecorating my apartment lately and have been hooked on my bedroom. Last Spring Pedro and I painted our kitchen to give it a mini makeover. It made all the difference in the world! This year we’re talking about doing another one of the rooms of our apartment and I have my eyes on a few things for our bedroom.

1. A new bed frame. This one from West Elm caught my eye on Pinterest and now I can’t stop thinking about it. West Elm has great shots of the bed in actual people’s apartments and I can’t get over it! The photo up top here was taken by @dabito who’s Instagram is so great I’ve gone down such a rabbit hole of beautiful apartment design photos.

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2. New linen sheets from Parachute. I’ve heard different things about the new(ish) addition to the ecommerce order-online-no-store-just-online movement company but what really got me was the post by Stella Blackmon on her Instagram. As soon as I saw those dreamy white sheets I was all oh mamacita set me free. I have this weird thing with sheets where I really prefer white sheets above all else. I think it’s because the seem extra clean? The Parachute linen sheets look amazing and, even better, you can order just a top sheet or just a fitted sheet (more on this to come..)

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3. New throw pillows. I have these Ikea pillows that I picked up from the old Food52 office and I think it’s time for them to be updated slash they’ve been needed to be updated for years. I have my eye on this stripped one from a favorite store of mine in Greenpoint called Home of the Brave. I think tow of these + white linen sheets + that beautiful bedframe = my dream bedroom.

I’m also considering an iBeani iPad holder for my bed as my friend has recommended them to me. She describes them as another piece of furniture with a technology purpose that is otherwise hidden if you didn’t know what they were, which I think is great. However, that’s for another day once I’ve got everything else sorted!

The Art of Letter Writing

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Hola Hart Beat. I hope you’re week is going well! I want to talk today about something I’ve been trying to do more of lately, letter writing. My mom’s birthday is today (Happy Birthday, Mom!!) and over the weekend I had the best time going out to look for an actual birthday card for her, coming home, hand writing a note, and then walking up the block to put the letter in the blue mailbox. Thinking back on the steps it sounds like a lot, especially when compared to writing an email (literally 30 seconds in total), but letter writing is something I try to keep in my life even in this day of internet.

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The other day I got in my mailbox a letter from my Grandfather. Bobby is notorious in my family for sending mail to each of us every week or so. It’s usually newspaper clippings of articles from The Boothbay Harbor Register, or notes that he wants me to pass along to his favorite person in the world, my college roommate Carolyn, but the other week he sent me something new. It was a photocopied letter that he had written and sent to someone else in an envelope to me with no other note. It was my Grandfather’s version of a BCC. Amazing.

I’m not that bad but I have had a shoebox full of postcards, stamps, different sized envelopes, pens and cards for years now. I’ve lugged the same box from four dorm rooms and two apartments at this point. Every time someone’s birthday comes around, a holiday passes, or thank you notes are in order, I pull out the shoebox and page through the cards I’ve collected over the past ten years.

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Most of the postcards I’ve picked up from museums traveling internationally or at small stationary stores around the country. I tend to buy cards that I don’t need right away but will file away for something special. That’s what happened with my Mom’s birthday card. I think I’ve had this card in my collection for three years, just waiting for the perfect person to send it to.

So I’m wondering, do you still write letters and cards, Hart Beat? Do you like getting real mail? This post made me think of an article recently published in The Boston Globe about my collage scrapping the student postboxes for a bigger package center. It’s so sad to think about but I guess it does make sense that no one sends letters anymore. I don’t even have up to date mailing addresses for some of my closest friends. I think I’m going to have to change that today. Even if it means sending an email asking for a mailbox number.

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Celestial Love with Eugenia Loli

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Hi Hart Beat! Happy Sunday to all you readers out there. What are you up to this weekend? Today I’m running errands in Brooklyn, going to a Bar class (!) and F I N A L L Y getting new bras. Wish me luck. Other than talking about boobs this am, I wanted to share the work of an amazing artist that I just became aware of. Are you familiar with Eugenia Loli?

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I came across her Instagram and have since been hooked. Eugenia’s work is collage based and she uses photography scanned from vintage magazines and science publications with overlaid surrealist details. It’s so weird and romantic and celestial. I can’t look away. I want them all framed in my apartment. You can see all of Eugenia’s work on her website (and even buy prints!) but here are some of my favorite pieces of hers for you to check out.

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All collages by Eugenia Loli.

A Few Things, Tuesday Afternoon Editon

Hi Hart Beat. It’s Tuesday afternoon and I am STRUGGLING. STRUGG-U-LING. As some solace, because you too are probably feeling the nap need coming to you, here are a few images that I’ve been loving and finding inspiration in lately. WE CAN DO THIS.

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This ^^ building La Muralla Roja by the architect Ricardo Bofill in Calpe, Spain.

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These ^^ Spring lookers from the Portland Apothecary’s newsletter.

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This ^^ Grand Acrobate c. 1952 by Henri Matisse that creeped (in a great way) into my Instagram feed.

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These ^^ photos by Alice Gao from the Everlane Open Office events last week.

Four Apps I Use Every(ish) Day

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Morning Hart Beat! What apps we all have on our phones apparently can predict how old we are, what gender we are, and how much we make at work. Creepy right? What I got after taking said quiz was I basically had none of the apps listed on my phone. It got me thinking, what do I keep on my phone. I won’t list all of them but here are my four most used apps in the last few weeks. You have any of these, Hart Beat?

Ham Lottery App
= Reminds and helps you enter in the daily Hamilton the musical lottery.

That’s right, this app’s one job is to help you enter the daily Hamilton lottery to win same day tickets. I’m sure you like me, Hart Beat have been obsessed with the AMAZING MUSICAL MAGIC that is Hamilton. If not then stop right now, don’t finish this post, and listen to the official cast album. When I realized my my life would not be complete until I saw this musical live on Broadway I had a slight heart attack when I realized tickets are sold out into next Holiday season and sit at prices like $200 per ticket. After realizing this I did some digging and found that shoe does a daily lottery for 21 same day front row tickets which are sold for $10 each. The catch to the lottery is that you have to enter each day.

And that’s where Ham Lottery App comes in. Besides having the icon of a hilarious cartoon ham, the app sends you a notification every day when the lottery opens and lets you easily enter. MY FINGERS ARE CROSSED EVERY DAY AT 11AM.

VSCO
= Makes it insanely easy to edit photos on your phone.

I like Instagram, Hart Beat. And as much as I love my actual real life camera, I definitely take my photos for Instagram on my trusty iPhone camera. What that means is most of them need a little doctoring up and that’s where VSCO comes in. The app has hundreds of pre-made filters that you can download to find the exact amount of contrast, coloring, shading, and highlighting that you want. Additionally, you can manually edit each photo if you want it to look juuuuuust right. I use it all the time that I don’t even know what filters Instagram actually has now.

NPR One
= Now listening to public radio the most enjoyable and convenient thing in the world.

NPR rules my life and WNYC runs my morning routine. As soon as I wake up in the morning I turn the radio on and it’s really not until late in the afternoon that I turn it off. As soon as I get back home it’s on again. Let’s just say that I pretty much never turn it off. For years I had an old radio that used to be in the kitchen when I was growing up but in my move down to Bay Ridge, it stayed back in Greenpoint to keep Samantha company now that I don’t live there anymore. In it’s absence I’ve come to love the NPR One app. It’s basically pandora for raidio and podcasts. The app first asks you to pick a public radio station that you prefer (WNYC is New York’s public radio) then the app plays a stream of national, local news stories with podcasts mixed into the stream. It learns what kinds of stories you skip over and what you “fave” and uses this information to play more stories that you’ll like.

What I love about the app (other than more NPR more of the time) is the news is always on and the app plays even if you don’t have service. For my commute that means that I can load a dozen stories before getting on the subway and can listen to the morning’s news while commuting. Long live NPR.

Nike + Running
= Easily track runs.

I wish I could say I run every day but I definitely do not. When I am running though, Nike + Running is what I use every time. The app uses both geolocation and pace tracking to track how many miles you run and how what your miles per hour time is. I find this helpful mostly because while you are running at every mile a voice will come on and say in a soothing robotic voice “One mile run, time 9 minutes thirty seconds per mile” or whatever your average pace that run is. I don’t know if it’s the fact that I am actually seeing or hearing my progress but each time I run with the Nike app I run more than I would without it.

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Fresh Photography from Alice Gao

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Hey Hart Beat! Happy Mondaythatwe’reallatworkbutwishwewerehome. Just me? Anyway, this week I’m pretty stoked because I’m FINALLY getting a new phone. My upgrade is here and I am taking full advantage of it. To celebrate I’ve been looking for some new photography for my phone screen, and on that note, for my computer.

One of my favorite bloggers Alice Gao is also an extremely talented photographer and has a whole slew of gorgeous shots on her professional site. I thought I’d share with you my favorites. Let’s live casually through Miss Gao today.

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All photos by Alice Gao.