Nov 19, 2014

words // 108

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.” -Martha Graham

Nov 17, 2014

Bookstores Of New York.

Inspired by New York City's most beloved bookstores, The New Yorker cartoonist, Bob Eckstein, recently shared this charming collection of drawings and stories. Bookstores are my true happy place. It's my favorite way to spend my time. Some of my fondest memories travelling, are ones where I stumbled upon some sort of charming, independent bookstore, happily lost for hours and hours. Unfortunately these types of bookstores are becoming few and far between. It is so important that we support our local bookstores, wherever we are.

xo N

Oct 28, 2014

flowers, not guns.

Flowers instead of guns. How lovely.

xo N


Sep 18, 2014


Our beautiful Luca turns three years old Sunday. I don't know what is about this birthday, but its got me all sorts of emotional. Time moves so quickly and no matter how present you try to remain, you can never beat it...

Most of my personal entries on this blog are about my boys. While this certainly isn't a "mommy blog" (and never will be), it is a space where I can share some of the things that are inspiring me. During these past three years, nothing has inspired me as much as this boy. It wasn't until I had Luca that I started to write about things that made me happy, rather than what wasn't. Celebrating even the smallest things have brought a positivity in my life that didn't exist before. He has taught me that the most ordinary moments can be the most beautiful. He has inspired me to work harder at realizing my dreams, to be an example to look to in case he ever feels stuck. But most importantly, he has inspired me to love stronger.

I have cherished these past three years with Luca more than any time in my life. Our little intellect, his head always buried in some sort of book :) Such a sweet, affectionate and curious soul. I'm so proud to be his mom. Happy birthday my sweet boy. We love you so much. 

xo N

Sep 8, 2014

Aug 26, 2014

fireplace love.

I absolutely love our current apartment, but I do miss having a fireplace, mostly because of the cozy feel it gives a room. I also like that, quite often, it serves as the focal point of the room, instead of say.. a flat screen TV.
These nonworking fireplaces have been utilized in the most creative ways. I especially love the one filled with books! More inspiring ideas here!

xo N

Photos: Apartment Therapy 

Aug 25, 2014

guts over fear.

Talking about letting go and moving forward. I love when these two collaborate. They make beautiful music together.

Happy Monday!

xo N

Aug 21, 2014

looking in: jonah hill's soho loft.

My brother recently purchased his first home and I've been living out my dream of interior design by helping him realize his decor vision ;) This particular loft has lent quite a bit of inspiration for me, with it's high ceilings, hardwood floors and exposed brick (perfection). As we are dealing with a brand new build, our goal is to balance the modern fixtures and amenities with some great wood  and steel pieces, creating an industrial, masculine feel. I've really enjoyed helping him and I can't wait to for him to enjoy the end result.

xo N


Aug 20, 2014

words // 107

"Some periods of growth are so confusing that we don't even recognize that growth is happening. We may feel hostile or angry or weepy and hysterical, or we may feel depressed. It would never occur to us, unless we stumbled on a book or a person who explained to us, that we were in fact in the process of change, of actually becoming larger, spiritually, than we were before. 
Whenever we grow, we tend to feel it, as a young seed must feel the weight and inertia of the earth as it seeks to break outside of its shell on its way to becoming a plant. Often the feeling is anything but pleasant. But what is most unpleasant is the not knowing what is happening [...] Those long periods when something inside ourselves seems to be waiting, holding its breath, unsure about what the next steps should be, eventually become the periods we wait for, for it is in those periods that we realize that we are being prepared for the next phase of our life and that, in all probability, a new level of the personality is about to be revealed."

-Alice Walker, Living By the Word

xo N

Aug 18, 2014

photoshopped liquor bottle labels.

Have you guys seen this hilarious collection of digitals from Sooooooo funny. Warning: some labels may trigger a suppressed memory or two. (Or was that just me?)


xo N