Brook Farm General Store

July 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

It’s a gloomy morning here in Mill Valley and after coming across this awesome Brooklyn store I’m definitely having an “I miss living in NY” moment. Oh well, for now perusing this cheerful store online will have to suffice!

According to their site, Brook Farm General Store is “a small shop on the south side of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We are a neighborhood store, modeled on the traditional general stores of New York City, but with a modern interpretation.” Here are some of my favorites from the site. So many of these things would make great gifts!

I have a bag similar to this from Madewell, which I absolutely love but this one is so much cooler! Love the color and looks nice and sturdy.

This would be so cute in the “white cabinet vintage kitchen” I’m lusting for:

Great hostess gift or just fun to display in the guest bath!

They have some great “vintagey” kids toys:

I came across this outdoor folding chair that looks exactly like the one from this “Get the Look Post”:

On a final completely off topic note, this song totally helped my mood this morning. How can you not dance to this!

Mayer Hawthorne – The Ills

Until tomorrow!


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Artist Michelle Armas

July 24, 2012 § 3 Comments

Today’s One Kings Lane sale features emerging artists and I picked up the above print by Michelle Armas. I hate buying art online but I just love the colors in this so fingers crossed it looks good in our home! Here’s another example of her work:
While doing a little research on Armas, I came across some fantastic interiors including a shot from her Atlanta studio.

Michelle Armas’ studio. Photo credit:

I love how cheerful all of these interiors are and am hoping the Armas print will do the same for our dining area! I’ll post a pic when it arrives.

– Adrienne


When can we leave?

February 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

I was reading the blog Elements of Style and Erin Gates posted that the villa from “Under the Tuscan Sun” has been renovated and is up for rent. Not only is that one of my favorite movies, but I’ve had a total crush on that house since I first laid eyes on it! Anyway, this led me to check out the rental site (  and I have been drooling over all the properties. Not only would renting one of these properties be an amazing trip, some of the houses are really well decorated and the pics make for some great inspiration!


While I’m chasing Oliver around the house trying to entertain him on this rainy day, I’ll be mentally booking my trip to Tuscany where the most pressing issue of the day will be which wine to pair with our delicious dinner al fresco… one day right? ;)



Industrial Office Accessories

February 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

I saw this on the other day and think it’s such a cute way to organize! I particularly liked the mesh wire holders so of course I had to go searching for them. While looking online I actually found quite a few options. Here are some from Ballard, which are really cute.

I think the bins look great paired with some reclaimed shelving:


And if you were organizing a crafts room, I think this would be such a fun table to work on!

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Single Wall Pocket $35

Bookcase $995

Cafeteria Table 4 seater $2000

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What time is it?

February 13, 2012 § Leave a comment


I came across this image on yesterday and loved that screensaver. So simple but useful! Here’s the link if you want to download it.




Yet another reason to move to Paris…

February 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

Sorry for the parenting post, but I found this article fascinating. We like to say that our son Oliver is strong-willed but to be more accurate he is impatient like my husband and stubborn like me. I guess we can only blame ourselves for passing on these less then enviable traits, but they do make certain things like going out to dinner, taking naps and basically doing anything that Oliver might not feel like doing at the moment very taxing. Don’t get me wrong, I love and adore our little guy but I’m exhausted by the end of the day.

Well, last night my friend Lisa forwarded me this great article about parenting in France. It compares the French and American parenting styles and while it makes many good points, a couple big takeaways were the importance of teaching a child delayed gratification and encouraging their ability to entertain themselves.

“Why French Parents Are Superior”

I don’t know if I’d go so far as to say French parenting is superior, but of course there’s value in reading about different parenting techniques to get a fresh perspective. I also think Oliver would benefit from me being less of a pushover. The article is an excerpt from the book “Bringing up Bebe” written by Pamela Druckerman. Guess I better start reading!



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Adler & Reid

February 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

Two great interviews in this month’s Matchbook! The first is an interview with fashion designer Jules Reid. Not sure I could pull off her clothes, but I love that she made her transition into fashion when she was 40 (with 3 kids no less!) Very inspirational and such a good reminder that it’s never too late to pursue something you love. Plus, her house decor is super fun.

The second interview is with Jonathan Adler, one of my absolute favorites. His stuff can be crazy but he truly embodies his motto of happy chic and I would love to work in his office!! Enjoy!



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