Treat yo self, Hart Beat. Treat. Yo. Self. This post comes at you a little ridiculously since what I’m going to tell you about right now is a ring that costs an entire months rent (at least for me). That’s right. You know what I say to that, Hart Beat? Whatever. Sometimes we want to dream and some days we want to dream big. Today is one of those days.
One of my (and probably your) sites, Of a Kind, has the most amazing jewelry right now. One of my favorites is the Opal Dream Ring by Kathryn Bentley, the NY/LA transplant designer who has an eye for the oh so beautiful. The handmade ring is made of 14-karat gold so it will last you forever. Come on, Hart Beat. Don’t you want to buy me one?
Bonjour, Hart Beat! Comment allez-vous? Bienvenue sur le blog, en français! … Just kidding! Lucky you, I didn’t major in French and will not be writing this blog to you in said language. Today is Bastille Day and because of that I thought that I would share with you my most recent Instacrush.
This story comes with a bit of a backstory so bear with me. The summer right after Carolyn and I graduated from Bates we took a once in a lifetime trip together through Europe. I chronicled the whole thing here on the blog and you can read each installment here (Berlin, Nuremberg, Munich, Salzburg, Luzern, Interlaken, Montreux, Nice, Marseilles, and different parts of Spain.)
I haven’t been back to France since that trip and I still think about southern France (specifically) often. Carolyn and I had such a blast taking the train from oceanside town to oceanside town and Marseilles was one of our favorites.
Not long ago I found out that the city of Marseille has an official Instagram account called @choosemarseille. It’s awesome. It does a great job of both representing the beauty of the city AND making me want to buy a plane ticket right now so I can go to la plage. So on this dreary New York day, here’s a little French celebration and wanderlust for your afternoon.
All images via @choosemarseille.
Oh Hi Hart Beat. Blurg, Wednesday is here. Is it just me or is this week dragging by? Last weekend I went to visit Orient, Long Island with Marina and Carolyn and I’m still thinking about how amazing it was to be on the ocean.
I love living in Brooklyn but one of the things that I don’t love is not living right on the ocean. Sure, my new neighborhood is right by the bay but, not quite the same. Especially when you can’t go swimming in the water. So if you, like me, are missing the ocean or really just the outdoors in general here are some Instagram shots from what I took this weekend (the top photo!) and a few by others so you can dream with me.
@seacannon via @artifactuprising
Oh hello there Hart Beat. As I’m sure many of you dear readers are aware, our girl Joanna posted a great new series on her blog the other day entitled “My beauty uniform.” In her first post of the series Jo (come on girl, we’re friends now) wrote about her friend and “one of the sweetest and most effortlessly beautiful people I’ve ever met,” Courtney Adamo.
Oh Miss Courtney, can I have your life? Can I have it?
I’m sure that Courtney, the founder and co-owner of a baby boutique online aggregator site called Babyccino
, is another European form of Joanna Goddard but at this point I don’t care. I am fascinated by her life in London, her four beautiful children, her effortless style, and the work life that she has created for herself.
Oh Courtney, tell me your secrets (and not just about the two hundred dollar face cream you use
, I’m on an entry level budget here). Apparently Courtney met her husband while living in San Francisco and then the two of them moved to London for her husbands job. While living in England Mrs. Adamo began a blog with her other mommy friends living around Europe and now that has turned into Babccino.
It’s fine, Hart Beat. We all can’t have our lives together like this. It is fun though to read articles about her life and marvel at her ridiculously clean house (YOU HAVE FOUR CHILDREN
). So, on this drab Monday, let’s live vicariously through my newest girl crush.
This office is so organized. How??
Just some beautiful children playing in a beautiful bedroom.
Photos via the articles listed above.
Hi Hart Beat. Today’s dreary weather has me daydreaming of my almost life on the west coast. I am so thankful to be living in New York and the life I have built here but, man, sometimes I miss those solar rays. In honor of the left coast here’s a little Monday afternoon song for you lovely readers. Also, heard on WNYC this morning there is a major drought out there right now, sending rain your way CA.
“West Coast” by Coconut Records
Oh Hart Beat, don’t we all wish we lived on the coast of somewhere wonderfully warm? I’m wishing it especially today while I can see another winter blizzard starting right outside my window
. My mom and I are heading south
in a couple of weeks but I can’t wait until then. I love this Architecture in Helsinki song “Heart It Races” and the other day I found out that Dr Dog does an amazing cover. Even better? This video bellow features the song amongst beautiful surfing scenery. Yes please.
Dr Dog covering “Heart It Races”
Hola Hart Beat! I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. Oh were you stressing in the city? Don’t worry, I was relaxing in my beautifully renovated farmhouse Upstate that features not only a fireplace in the bedroom (my dream) but, a porch floating over the creek next door. Just kidding. But really, isn’t this the perfect house? Designed by Givone Home, this “floating farmhouse” just looks like the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. As Liz Lemon states, “This is MY house.” Why don’t we take a tour this lazy Sunday morning (and try to forget what might happen after a massive rain storm when the creek creeps up to the land…)
Sited at the edge of a pristine creek, with a waterfall cascading over an ancient dam of hand-laid stone, the Floating Farmhouse was sinking shop when first discovered. After a design and rebuild process spanning four years, the 1820 manor home is now a study in contrasts: fully restored to its period grandeur while featuring purely modernist elements, including a curtain wall of skyscraper glass in the kitchen, polished concrete and steel finishes, minimalist interiors, and a cantilevered porch “floating” on the surface of the water.
Hi Hart Beat. Isn’t this the most beautiful house you’ve ever seen? The house, like all epic estates, is named Clingstone. How appropriate, right? The 103 old house is perched on a small island in Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay. The house has 23 rooms on three stories that all radiate off a center hall. Even better, there are ten bedrooms that all have beautiful views of the ocean. These pictures are unbelievable, I’m in love.
Hi Hart Beat. My friend H. sent me the images of this beautiful house after I told him my dream of living in a converted barn. He nailed it. Isn’t this the most beautifully designed house you’ve ever seen? I want to live here now, somewhere on the coast, and read all afternoon. The cabin, called “Chicken Point Cabin” was designed by Olson Kundig Architects and sits somewhere in rural Northern Idaho.
The design concept is composed of basically three parts: a concrete block box with a plywood insert and a 4-foot diameter steel fireplace. Materials are low maintenance—concrete block, steel, concrete floors, and plywood—in keeping with the notion of a cabin, left unfinished to naturally age and acquire a patina that fits in with the natural setting. Open interior spaces are intended to be a seamless extension to the natural setting. A 19-foot tall steel entry door can accommodate long skis.