In October 2013 we bought our first home. After renting for twenty years, looking at real estate for 7 years, we landed on the Main Line of Philadelphia. From the road, it is a traditional farm house, with two chimneys rising out of the pitched roof, a circular drive with mature landscaping, multiple trees taller than my old apartment building. Sounds lovely, doesn't it? In reality, the house was built sometime in the late 70's (I think we got on of the only non-split levels built in that era), the "white clapboard" is actually dented aluminum siding, the chimneys are an extension of corner fireplaces that are beyond annoying to arrange a room around, and the landscaping was overrun with the relentlessly invasive gout weed. Stick around to see how I renovated, replaced, and reimagined my home in a sustainable and attainable fashion.
Since leaving NYC almost a year ago after spending most of my life gliding around it's streets, I've been pouting. My remedy for the longing I feel in my heart is to expolore the Philadelphia area, seeking the vintage, hunting for the ethical, and exploring the thrift scene. I've met some really cool people, I'm assembling my tribe, and I want to share these finds with you.
Always hunting and gathering the best in ethical design, sustainable products, and conscious consumer goods that I also love and want to bring into my own life. I never write about anything unless I've done research and have an authentic affinity for the item, person, or place.
I love parties. Getting people together, decorating a space, serving delicious food is almost second nature to me. I come from a long line of great hosts, and now that I have my very own home I am definitely making the most of it. My style is definitely of the "use what you've got" variety, I'm often doing things at the very last minute, and I've been known on more than one occasion to pull a rabbit out of a hat. I must give credit to my years at Martha Stewart--I was the Even Director, after all. But, I also worked for the Ritz Carlton and The Hotel Jerome in Aspen Colorado, so I know my way around the kitchen.
When it comes to sensible, tasteful, wonderful weddings--I wrote the book on it. Okay, so I just wrote a book--Eco Chic Weddings--and it's one of the best selling wedding books on the market. It's about keeping your integrity intact while planning the perfect wedding for you.
This book is exactly what the title says--but it's also so much more. I included more than 60 different design projects for your home using everyday materials. Often using materials that can not be recycled (easily). But the trick is--none of the projects have to look like recycled decor. I produced the book with the most amazing and talented Kendra Smoot, Stylist (www.kendrasmoot.com) and Seth Smoot, Photography (www.sethsmoot.com).