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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..) I think about adding a rug to it I found the perfect one, (see one that is similar to it by clicking here) but I haven’t gotten around to getting it yet.

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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. Another thing I’ve been considering is an upgrade to my old vacuum cleaner. A friend gave a good review of her Bissell vacuum cleaner. However, that’s for another day once I’ve got everything else sorted!

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The Secret to Finding Furniture in Brooklyn

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Happy Saturday morning, Hart Beat! I hope you’re having a nice, relaxing time. Other than making some coffee and praising the fact that the headache I’ve had since Wednesday is FINALLY GONE, I’m also celebrating a few new acquisitions that I made to my kitchen.

If you don’t live in New York you might find this story a little unusual but if you do then you’ll know what I’m getting at.. See these beautiful chairs here? I found them on the street!!

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That’s right, on the street. One weird thing about living in New York is that I’ve found a few of my favorite pieces on the streets of Brooklyn. And it’s not just me! I got my beautiful kitchen table in outside my old Greenpoint apartment while slightly drunk on a Saturday night and Pedro’s cousin found a handful of framed, original Keith Herring prints resting on the corner of a Brooklyn back ally. These stories aren’t that bizarre and I bet if you’re not from here if you asked anyone living in the dirty they’ll have a similar story.

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By far though, my favorite thing found on the streets of New York are these two wooden folding kitchen chairs. I found them when out walking the dogs in my neighborhood! I was walking by an old building where, leaning casually outside, sat these two just polished collapsed wooden chairs. I didn’t know if they were good or bad but one trick about scooping things from the trash man is to take now and question later. The worst is to walk by something, think, oh that’s nice, and then twenty minutes later come back and see that it’s gone to someone else. You can always take things home and then if you hate them, put them back outside you’re apartment for someone else to grab! Karma is real people.

As soon as I got them home with these chairs though, I realized how much I loved them. I’m not sure if the chairs are anything special but I don’t care, they are perfect in my eyes. They’re simple, stable, and sit just right in our kitchen. Plus they are hella comfortable.

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One caveat though. BED BUGS ARE REAL PEOPLE. Never bring in anything that has a place for bugs to live. Furniture = good because you can disinfect the crap out of it. Mattresses, couches, chairs with pillows = DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT.

P.S. The linen dishcloth, if you’re interested, comes from a little site called Food52.

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Snowpocalypse 2016 brought to you by Hudson

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You warm, Hart Beat? If you’re living anywhere near the East Coast right now then you’re being dowsed in a heavy slam of snow. Right now outside our Brooklyn apartment we already have one foot! Pedro and I both braved the weather this afternoon (he went into the city and I visited Marina in Park Slope for pie and coffee) but now we are snug as two bugs in a rug in our cozy apartment. What’s keeping us alive? You might ask. The answer is simple. The answer is Hudson.

Early in the Fall Pedro and I visited Hudson, NY for the day and both of decided it was the best place to escape NYC for the day. Tonight, he and I are both realizing that “Hudson” branded products are keeping us sane. (That, my bean boots and a kitchen stocked with Annie’s Mac & Cheese and  Genius Chicken.) Between the two of us we have Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey, a Hudson scented candle from Hawkins New York, and Hudson Standard Bitters. Why are these things keeping us alive? Two words, drinks and candles. What more could  you want on a snow day?

P.S. This playlist is killing it right now.

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Heart of Darkness coffee

Sunday Morning Coffee

Heart of Darkness coffee

Happy Sunday morning, Hart Beat! Sundays are one of my favorite days because they mean I can sit down, relax, catch up with Pedro, and drink a delicious cup of coffee. Yup, since last spring when I dabbled in the tea vs. coffee experiment I have stayed true to the winner of that battle. Although my dentist would like to sway me otherwise, coffee has won and I still drink a cup (or two🙉) a day. Since coffee is such a subtle but IMPORTANT part of my life, I thought I would share two things that have been making my perfect cup this week.

  1. Delicious coffee beans. While there are a few places in New York and Brooklyn that brew delicious coffee (looking at you 7 Grams and Gorilla Coffee), my most favorite ground coffee comes from No. Six Depot. Six Depot opened a few years in the Berkshires, one town over from where I grew up. The coffee is a) delicious and b) has the most beautiful packaging and names for each roast. Example, am drinking Heart of Darkness now. It is everything.
  2. This coffee scooper. Okay, this one doesn’t necessarily brew the best coffee but since buying it at the Food52 Holiday Market I’ve been obsessed. The little Black Walnut Wooden Coffee Scoop it the perfect size because you can keep it in your coffee grinds bag. Yup, that’s right. I keep it right in there so every morning when I go to make my coffee it’s sitting right there waiting. It is so pretty and sparks so much joy that it’s one of my most favorite tools in my kitchen.

Happy coffee drinking, Hart Beat!