In The Studio: 4.18.14

stuido-01Well it’s been a while since we’ve done a studio update around here!  On March 27th the studio moved out of our apartment to Industry City in Sunset Park.  I’ve mentioned before but it’s such a relief to have our home back! While there are definitely things I’ll miss about working from home I will not miss all of the stuff! It’s also just good to have a place to go every day to get work done.  I think ultimately this will make me more efficient, and give me a healthier mindset, but there’s still a lot to do to get settled in.  More studio shots after the jump.

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Required Reading

Architecture: João Mendes RibeiroSpace of the Week: Aren’t these shelves by Architect João Mendes Ribeiro great? I wish I had storage like that.

This describes me well.

Your clothing is not disposable. This understanding guides what we do and the choices we make with production, and we’re always trying to do better!

On that note – the white plate rule for dressing could help you streamline your wardrobe.

A very nice surprise to be part of Catherine Kwong’s currently coveting list on Domaine.

Rumspringa.

Loved these store photos from one of our newest stockists Isabella Studio. I love how they’ve styled the tangerine pillows on the bed, don’t you?

Why I don’t wear Makeup.

Get the modern farmhouse look.

How to Fold a Fitted Sheet.

Love this look at the town house Jenna Lyons lived in and what the new owners have done.

Another amazing workspace feature by Caitlin.

In Stores: Anyon Atelier

Anyon AtelierWe’re thrilled to have our pillows in some of the best boutiques around the country.  We love our stockists and want to introduce you to them!  First up we’ve got our San Francisco stockist Anyon Atelier.  I met with owner and interior designer Lindsay Brier last time she was in Brooklyn which was such a treat.  Find out more about this wonderful shop and see how they style our pillows after the jump! (more…)

Thoughts on Green Cleaning

Spring Cleaning our Apartment

Do you ever feel overwhelmed at all of the things you need to do to keep your life organized? I’ll admit when I start to think about all of the things I want to get sorted, improve on, or learn more about I can feel this way. There’s just not always enough time in the day as we all know.  One of the things I’ve been working on is simplifying the ‘things’ in my life.  When my space is clean and organized it makes everything else feel better – don’t you agree?

We had an overwhelming amount of stuff in our home with the business here but now that it’s moved to the new studio I can focus on getting things back into shape.  Our apartment was honestly in an embarrassing state and we hadn’t had friends over in ages.  I am really looking forward to getting things organized and clean.  I’ve actually saved all of the emails Apartment 34’s Janury Cure as I thought it would be a good way to start.  We have cheated a bit by having a cleaning lady come over the weekend to give us a basic cleaning to work from, but I don’t feel bad about that!  We took that time to go through all of the clutter in our bedroom, do laundry, etc.

Since cleaning has been on my mind I’ve naturally wanted to research more about green cleaning.  I’ve been buying Mrs. Meyer’s lavender products for a while now, but have been curious about what other options there are.

Here are a few links worth reading if you’d like to know more:

Easy cleaning tips from Jessica Alba – they may seem pretty basic but sometimes it’s good to remember the easy things we can do, don’t you think?

10 Ways to Clean with Vinegar.

All-natural cleaning solutions from Real Simple. I especially liked their tip for cleaning the shower head with vinegar.

Since I love the idea of having less products I’m all about trying these homemade recipes made from a few basic ingredients.

More on easy homemade recipes.

We’ve tried ‘green’ glass cleaners before and my husband always complains we need real Windex since the results haven’t been the best.  I’m going to give this homemade recipe a try though.  It’s just one part vinegar and two parts water with a few tablespoons of alcohol.

If you don’t want to make your own check out this article and this one for tips on buying green products.

I’m thinking this dishwasher detergent could be a good option after we use up our current Costco sized bottle of Cascade.

This brand also look like a good option and can be refilled at a shop near our apartment.

This brand sounds like all of the products would leave your house smelling amazing, but I’m not sure if it’s available in the US yet.

general cleaning calendar I’d like to implement.

And just for fun a roundup of pretty great dustpans. Doesn’t hurt to have nice tools right?  I also like this ‘loo brush‘ idea.

So that’s all for now – but I’d love to know if you have any green cleaning tips? Please share!  I’ll be back with an update on what we end up trying.