Minding Mindfulness.

As one who has practiced meditation for some time, it is an essential part of my life – at this point, I really can’t live without it. Nonetheless, I’ll sometimes go for long stretches without “taking the time” to really relax and savor the opportunity to be mindful. While it does happen more naturally these days, I still go through cycles where it gets pushed by the wayside as more important things come up. Continue reading

A Recipe for Memories.

Please welcome Allison, our newest “Curious” contributor!  Allison’s first post pulls at our sentimental heartstrings, loving anything that refers to the slower days of handwritten, photocopied memories, much like this post that was created a while back. 

We hope you enjoy it.  Stay curious…


3-ring recipe binder, courtesy of DesignerBinder's Etsy shop.
3-ring recipe binder, courtesy of DesignerBinder’s Etsy shop.

Recently one Sunday morning I was sitting at my kitchen table planning my meals for the week. This is always quite a production as I am one of the few people who still uses hard-copy recipes. I have no filing system, other than a few overstuffed manila folders, so it inevitably takes me several minutes to organize all of my recipes before I can even begin to make a grocery list. Continue reading


courtesy of antiquesdiva.com
image courtesy of antiquesdiva.com

Antiques Diva Founder Toma Clark Haines turned her love of antiquing into the largest antiques touring and buying services company in Europe.

Overwhelmed by the Paris Flea Market? Eager to explore London’s Portobello Market?  Toma’s team will take the reins and guide you through these and dozens of other European markets.  Or, if you can’t make it across the pond but are dying for the perfect Italian marble mantlepiece or Mid-Century Danish dining set, let Toma’s team know and they will source it for you.

Knitted Love.

A hand-and-machine knitted stool from Claire-Anne O’Brien.  As a “designer meets artisan” project, Claire met with local women in the Himalayas to develop her product, as well as further develop traditional local products.

Lovely, isn’t it?

2012….Curiouser and Curiouser

It’s a new year, and I must say, I’m looking forward to it.  I’ve enjoyed several curiously-filled months (albeit mostly offline), occupying myself with wedding plannning and execution (for myself), wedding planning (for my sister), and shower & reception planning (for us both).  Oh, and I managed to kick-off two new design projects, as well as attend to my blogging duties over at Apartment Therapy.  In short, it’s been fun, but busy.

Before I dive into the thoughts that have started to bubble up in the first two weeks of the year, it’s best to start off on the right foot.  Here’s a humble nod to my muse, Miss Alice, who reminds me to remain curious in the new year, and to observe trends (design, food, or otherwise) as they unfold around us.  Looking forward to a fun, post-filled world in 2012.

Reaching Towards The Sky The Ironworkers of One World Trade Center

“Sky Cowboys” – courtesy of the NY Times 9.11 tribute site

You don’t want to be afraid of too much. 
You definitely need to be a little wild. 
That’s why they call us the Cowboys of the sky.

I had the unique opportunity to visit the unfinished 48th floor of WTC 7 last spring (my former architecture professor was one of the project leads).  As we walked the perimeter of the floor, we marveled not only at the artwork being done by the few artists allowed to call this unfinished space their studio, but also, of course, at the skyline.  It is a breathtaking experience to view the city from a space like that, but what really got my attention was the workers at WTC 1, almost eye-level with me from that vantage point.

These workers are fearless.  Called the “Sky Cowboys” in the New York Times video for their 9.11 tribute, many of the ironworkers are 3rd, 4th, even 5th generation.  Although legally required to harness, I saw a few walking untethered across some suspended beams.  They think nothing of it – which I guess is the point.  Look down too long and your mind starts going elsewhere.  At that height there’s no time to second-guess.

It’s these types of fearless leaders whom I think of this weekend.

Listen to the story of the Ironworkers who built New York via NPR’s All Things Considered.
Read about another fearless WTC daredevil.
Learn about other modern-day cowboys.

Enjoy Your Labor-Less Pursuits

“Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
~ U.S. Dept. of Labor

Take advantage of this national holiday to do something we often feel guilty about – less labor, less technology (none if you can swing it), and more enjoyment of this chance to be free of requirements.  Even if it’s only sanctioned for 3 days.

Learn More About:
The History of Labor Day
The History Channel’s  Video on Labor Day
Rosie the Riveter
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911