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i’m a big fan of rifle paper co. anna bond’s illustrations are so beautiful that i sometimes get the sense i’m being taken back to an earlier, simpler time – they have a vintage feel, almost. rifle paper’s mission is to help people celebrate moments of joy and inspiration with handwritten notes (like i said, an earlier, simpler time), and their pieces do indeed help to do that. i always feel like i’m sending something extra special when i address a rifle paper card. i’ve also taken to utilizing their notepads and notebooks at my desk at work; they work wonders to brighten up a rather drab office space.

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recently, the company put together their very first lookbook (free with any purchase over $50). the brand’s signature floral illustrations were brought to life by brooklyn florist amy merrick (who you may recognize from her work on design*sponge). aren’t these shots beautiful? i want to order my $50 of goodies just so i can get the lookbook to swoon over.

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Imageis what i want to wear, every single day of my life. and then in the winter, the pants, with a cozy black v-neck vince sweater as a top.

{rachel zoe spring 14}

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have you ever been to haven’s kitchen? it’s an awesome combination cooking school, event space, and restaurant located on a quaint block in chelsea, and it’s impeccably designed, with open shelving, subway tile and beautiful industrial-style finishes throughout. HK is the brainchild of ali cayne, and specializes in sustainable, seasonal food (yum). they offer a wide range of classes (i’ve got my eye on baking with apples thanks to my weekend trip upstate to harvest moon orchard), and also offer the opportunity to pop in for a pastry and a chai for those looking for a bit less commitment.

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i’ve long been interested in the founder ali cayne, and have kept my eye on haven’s kitchen since it opened a few years back, so i was thrilled to see cayne’s home featured in the new and improved domino issue that went live last week. according to the piece, cayne relocated from uptown to a west village town house last year after realizing that she needed to bring her work and home lives closer together. she selected the home because it had good bones, and poured her heart and soul into breathing new life into the space, working closely with her architect to select every paint color, finish, and piece of furniture you see here. impressive, right?

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the color palate is quite similar to that of haven’s kitchen: black, white and neutrals with a pop of yellow here and there. metallic finishes abound, but never feel overly glitzy. the rooms are simple and cozy, homey and one of a kind. the living room, especially, reminds me of jenna lyon’s old brooklyn townhouse (also featured in domino way back in the day!) – though i do wish that rug were bigger. it’s so tiny!!

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can you imagine having such a sundrenched kitchen? so beautiful and filled with light. i love that deep grey on the trim. gorgeous! and looks so beautiful with the brass accents in the space.

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can we talk about that range hood? i mean…i die. i’m also loving the white subway tile contrasted with the dark grout. it really makes the room pop, don’t you think? i’m always envious of people who dare to attempt open shelving in the kitchen – how is it that things don’t get dusty? i am an anal OCD clean freak and my apartment STILL gets dusty!

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i’m especially partial to cayne’s office; i can’t resist that wall to wall inspiration board. i love that she has to stand up on her furniture to pin things to the top. in the pinterest age, i can’t help but appreciate people who still tear things out of physical magazines and create their own personal collages.

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i’m also loving the use of black and white in the master bedroom. so clean and classic – and allows for cayne to add a pop of color if and when she pleases without messing up the color scheme (i’d go for hot pink).

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that light fixture is insane, no? it’s actually really not doing it for me – i would have preferred a sputnik.

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I am dying over that nightstand, however. are those lucite legs i see? the detail on that baby is amazing.

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ah, the kind of closet dreams are made of. again with the black, white, and gold. love those pendants. so chic.

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more of the cozy living room. i love this little fireplace reading nook. in the daytime, the space clearly gets a lot of light, but i’d venture a guess that at night, with a roaring fire, those chairs are as comfy as can be. they’re a bit modern for my taste (i would have gone for worn leather), but i’m still loving the look.

what do you think? are you a fan of haven’s home?

01_IMG_0903have i told you guys how certifiably obsessed i am with designer/HGTV star emily henderson? well, i am. i read emily’s blog way back before she was famous. then she was on design star. then she won design star. and went on to continually do awesome things, and just be generally awesome overall. if you haven’t read her blog, you must. the woman is effing hilarious. also, she’s obsessed with cats just like me, which makes me like her more (duh). basically, in my head, we’re best friends, even though i’ve never even met her. oh emily, please come to new york and hang out with me! we could have sooo much fun searching for weird brass objects at chelsea flea!

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anywho.

because she’s awesome, emily was recently commissioned by airbnb for this insanely cool project that involved co-designing tiny little mobile airbnb popup “homes” with celebs such as moby, angelica huston, lake bell, and more. i mean, hello, dream gig. i’m a big airbnb fan in general, so obviously i loved this idea and couldn’t wait to see the results. emily operated as the lead designer on the project, but worked with a whole bunch of other smart, cool, stylish folks to bring the homes to life. last week, she featured moby’s home, which, while cool, didn’t totally make my insides melt with happiness.

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but today, she featured lake bell’s house. and it is seriously awesome. it features gold mirrored side tables. GOLD MIRRORS, PEOPLE. hallelujah praise jesus, what an amazing invention! sadly, she informed readers that the tables are vintage and hence, not available for purchase. ALAS. 08_Justina-Blakeney-Air-Bnb3 03_Justina-Blakeney-Air-Bnb1

in case you missed it, bell’s brooklyn home was shot for lonny a few weeks ago, and while the shoot only featured her backyard, it became immediately clear that the woman has some serious boho chic style. apparently, her mom is a designer, so she’s got style in her blood. her popup home for airbnb has a global bazaar sort of feel, with cool moroccan lanterns and a carved wood bed, as well as eclectic funky bohemian textiles throughout. also, can we talk about that awesome copper chair? apparently it’s from blu dot. it’s a little weird, but in the best kind of way.04_Justina-Blakeney-Air-Bnb2 06_IMG_0573

i mean, who wouldn’t want to spend a night here? i love it. i’m sold. i would potentially give up my first born for those gold mirrored tables. okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration. but i really love them, a lot. mrs. henderson, you have done it again.