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  • life in a tiny apartment.

    Tip #136: Size your traditions to fit your space.I’ve written before about my philosophy on holiday decorating: Simple and spare and requiring only a shoe box’s worth of space in the closet for storage in the…

    December 9, 2015 45 Comments
  • berry branches in a tiny apartment | reading my tea leaves

    life in a tiny apartment.

    Tip #135: Berries make the room.That’s how the expression goes, doesn’t it?The snowflake lights are strung up and turned on over Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. Too early for Christmas some people might say, but I…

    November 18, 2015 17 Comments
  • a wool overcoat from everlane.

    This post is in sponsored by Everlane, a transparent clothing company that I’ve come to rely on for simple, classic additions to my wardrobe.Some of you might recall that last winter I was bemoaning…

    November 9, 2015 48 Comments
  • shake the wintertime blues: move.

    This post almost didn’t get written. First I had to double-check the price of two tickets to Puerto Rico. Which led me to wondering about cute sun hats for babies with tiny heads. Which…

    February 18, 2015 14 Comments
  • shake the wintertime blues: museum hop.

    Days boasting wintry or summery extremes are my favorite ones to go museum hopping. Inside the climate-controlled walls of the museum, I can last for hours when I might otherwise succumb to frost-bite or…

    January 19, 2015 13 Comments
  • shake the wintertime blues: ten tiny things.

    Ten tiny things we did over the weekend that made our apartment feel fresh and bright and the frigid temps more tolerable. 1. Light some candles. The hardest part about coming back to our apartment…

    January 12, 2015 39 Comments
  • brown sugar & spice syrup.

    Sometimes all you need is the taste of something to get you in the spirit of things. And sometimes that taste comes in the form of a syrup. This is not a recent discovery.…

    November 20, 2014 4 Comments
  • fire escape hot chocolate.

    A few weeks ago, James and I clambered out onto my sister’s fifth-floor fire escape and festooned the spindly iron rails with cedar and pine and boxwood in the name of December and the holidays and…

    December 9, 2013 30 Comments
  • ice wine.

    I’m not positive that these grapes are on the vine to make ice wine, but it’s a nice thing to imagine, isn’t it? All those purply spheres getting sweeter and sweeter the more the…

    December 2, 2013 4 Comments