Curtain Buying Guide

Curtains absolutely complete a room. They are essential in my opinion. They draw your eye UP, which makes the ceilings look taller, they bring warmth to a space and add sophistication. I wanted to share a few things I’ve learned about buying curtains over the years, and where I recommend getting them from! *These are all curtains from my past and current homes. From top to bottom: my West Village living room, my LA dining room, my LA bedroom, my LA living room (all RH curtains), and our Connecticut home (Amazon curtains.) Curtain Buying Guide Custom Curtains I remember how expensive custom curtains were from my interior design internship days. We are talking about $1500-$2500 per window! Pretty crazy for just curtains, buttttt when you think about how much fabric it takes to make a single panel, the labor, and the cost of something like real Belgian linen, then it makes sense. In the past, I was never willing to invest in custom curtains because I was only renting my homes. But, now that we own our home, I have definitely started to reconsider. I wanted to share an alternative to custom curtains that I’ve used and that has been really beautiful and luxe! Restoration Hardware Curtains I’ve been so impressed with Restoration Hardware curtains. They look custom because they’re such incredible quality. The style I have always gotten is called the: Belgian Heavyweight Textured Linen – French Pleat – in shade white. These curtains are lined and very, very thick. The thickness creates a really rich, more formal look, which I love, BUT if you’re going for a more casual/light look I’d recommend the non heavyweight style over the ones I have. The RH shade of white is more of a creamy white, which looks perfect with any decor style. The width of these curtains is 46″ and then they offer 4 different ceiling heights. For a 46″ x 96″ panel, as an RH member (highly recommend signing up for their membership because you save so much $), you’re looking at $494 per panel, or about $988/window. I 100% feel this is worth it after purchasing and seeing several other curtains from various brands in person. For a super wide window that takes up almost the entire wall, 1 panel on each side would be plenty (as you can see here in old my LA living room.) For a more narrow window, honestly you could probably get away with having a tailor cut just 1 panel in half, and hang a 1/2 panel on each side of the window because they’re so thick! So then you’re looking at $494 + tailoring (which I don’t think would be a whole lot, since it’s just sewing a straight line!) Something to think about… Amazon Curtain Review After seeing several photos online of the Amazon “custom” curtains in other people’s homes, I was very intrigued. We have SO many windows in our home (5 in our living room/front entry alone) so I really didn’t want to spend almost $5000 on new curtains just for that part of our home. (Sadly the RH curtains from my past rental places were too short since the ceilings were lower, so I couldn’t reuse them like I had in the past.) I decided to take a risk, and ordered 10 panels of these curtains. Spending $150/panel vs almost $500/panel was enticing ($1500 total vs $5000 total for all of my windows.) The reason I ordered all 10 panels at once, is because I’d heard from other people who had ordered them, that the colors can vary – even if you’re ordering them in the same color – due to the different batches of fabric they receive at the factory in China. Color Discrepancies When I ordered them I opted for the snow white color which appeared to be a true white online, but it happens to be a pretty stark white color in person (it’s so white, that it almost has a tint of blue to it…) To be completely honest, it looks kind of cheap on a gloomy day because the starkness is more apparent (versus on a sunny day), and I find that it clashes with our warm, creamy white walls. For reference, our walls are Benjamin Moore Simply White in Aura Matte (not a true cream color by any means, but also not super white.) I did notice they had a beige white color option, but it looked too muddy online for my taste (although not sure what it looks like in real life!) If you have a more relaxed, beachy vibe or if a beige curtain would work in your home, then you could absolutely do the beige with no lining for an airy, light, ethereal look. Customize Option On the right side of the Amazon page, you’ll see the customize option. I did the pinch pleat with a 46″ width (same as my RH curtains.) The odd thing is that the Amazon 46″ width is a lot more narrow than the RH 46″ curtains, SO if you have a super wide window in your home, you’ll definitely need to at least double this width for each panel (going up to 100″ in width would probably even be better.) I also got my curtains lined with white since I wanted that thicker, slightly more formal look. Pros Such a bargain for custom curtains – I mean, you cannot beat this price! Great option if you’re on a tight budget, in a rental space, or staging a house to sell it and need curtains in the photos. They actually look great in photos after you brighten the exposure, and you can’t really tell they’re a stark white. If you want a lightweight curtain that’s ethereal and casual (less structured than my RH ones.) If you have a big piece of furniture going in front of the curtains and just need a curtain peaking out, these are ideal since the tops are really decent. Cons The material is a faux linen, which may not bother some, but it does bother me since I have real linen chairs in our room, and the RH curtains to compare to. Up close they look and feel a bit cheap, but it really depends on what you’re used to in terms of materials. They’re not the worst faux linen I’ve ever seen though. The stark white against the warmer white wall bothers me, but again, this is something that may not bother you! And if your wall is a cooler white, then these would be perfectly fine. On a sunny day, you can’t really tell the harsh contrast, it’s just when it’s gloomy and there’s not a lot of light pouring in that my discerning eye picks up on it and cringes haha. The beige white, or beige color of these curtains obviously wouldn’t clash the same way the white would, so if beige works in your home, go for it. Beware if you have other white/off white linen furniture in the same room. I have 2 warm white linen chairs situated close to the Amazon stark white curtains and the contrast between the two objects irks me. It’s not that I don’t like mixing different shades of white – I do, it’s just the blue-ish white in the Amazon curtains looks more obvious when you’re looking at our chairs. To preface, this is something that I notice because I’m picky, but Thomas doesn’t notice at all…. Since they’re not heavy, they don’t hang quite the way I’d want them to – they slightly bow out/flare at the bottom and the sides. This is partially due to the fact that I have very tall ceilings and did a more narrow width to fit my windows. If you have a lower ceiling and do a 100″ width for a wide window that spans the whole wall, you probably won’t notice it as much since it will be a thicker cluster of fabric. Also, if you place furniture in front the curtains (like a sofa or bed) this won’t be noticeable at all! Overall I wouldn’t rebuy these at this point in my life, because I’d rather splurge on curtains I’ll have forever, vs curtains that I’ll probably want to change in 6 months to a year…BUT if I was still renting, then I’d definitely consider these. What I will say is this – I think whether you like these curtains or not, will really depend on your wall color, decor style, room layout, furniture, amount of windows, and window size. For a super wide window that spans the entire wall – the unlined beige in 100″+ width is a great option for a room with a ton of white furniture. If you just need a pair of curtains for a guest room you barely look at, these could work well. Again it all depends on your preferences! Other Options I have heard from several readers that they like their Pottery Barn and Ikea curtains. I can’t speak to these at all because I’ve never seen them, but wanted to share in case you wanted to test out a few other options! The Pottery Barn real Belgian linen curtains are only $129 for a standard 50″ x 96″ panel which isn’t bad – and it’s actually cheaper than the custom Amazon option!!! The only thing is you’re not getting that same pinch pleat detail on the top. Curtain Rods While I’m sure you can find cheaper curtain rods elsewhere, I’ve always used these ones from Restoration Hardware. I love the thickness, and am so impressed with the quality. The exact style is called the: Dakota in soft iron. I have the thickest bar with the biggest finial and large loop rings. The gold brass rods they have are beautiful as well! Summary I’d love to know about your curtain experience, and if you’ve gone the custom route as I am considering it now! Hopefully you found this very long winded, in depth review helpful ;) I always like to be thorough and super honest when it comes to home decor!
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My Morning Routine

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I struggled with my digestion for years. I was constantly bloated, doubled over in stomach pain, had unexplainable weight gain, and brain fog. It was terrible and I searched endlessly for solutions. The silver lining of it all, was that it sparked my interest and passion in wellness. I tried SO many different things to heal my digestion. It was beyond frustrating and extremely discouraging at times, but I am so glad I didn’t give up! What ended up working was eliminating histamines from my diet, and following this morning routine. Benefits from Green Juice I’m excited to finally share the simple steps that make up my morning routine. When Thomas decided to start doing it as well 3 months ago, I was curious to see if he would have the same amazing results I did. Within 3 days of back to back juicing first thing in the morning before eating, he noticed a huge difference in his energy levels. (He used to start his day with eggs and toast.) Within a week he literally said, “Wow I feel so much more clear headed and awake.” Not only that, but he noticed it curbed his appetite for junk food and midday snacks. It’s done that for me, and has completely regulated my hunger levels. He also noticed a huge improvement in his digestion, his skin became clearer and more glowy, and he had energy that lasted throughout the day (he used to be exhausted and asleep by 9PM!) He’s lost a ton of weight, and says he overall just feels so much better. It’s been incredible to see these improvements – and hilarious that he now can’t go a single day without his green juice!!! My Morning Routine Step 1: Hot Water with Lemon I wake up around 8AM and drink a glass full of hot water with 1/2 an organic lemon squeezed and dropped into the glass. If you can’t find organic, don’t fret! I thought this went without saying, but since someone asked haha…wash your lemon! I use this spray. Make sure to put the lemon with the peel into your glass because it’s full of amazing nutrients. Doing this first thing, alkalizes your body and wakes it up. It’s the most soothing ritual. I’ve received questions about the acidity from the lemon effecting the enamel on your teeth, and that hasn’t been a problem for me, but be sure to chat with a dentist if you’re concerned! Step 2: Green Juice PSA do not buy a store bought green juice! It’s not the same as a juice you will make fresh in your home and drink right away. It loses its nutrients even if it says it is “cold pressed.” I honestly cannot stress this enough – you will not even remotely see the same results unless you make it yourself. This is the juicer I have. It’s so easy to clean and has lasted for years. My juice recipe is; 1/2 fennel (use only the white bulb part), 5-6 stalks celery, 1/2 green apple, and 1 cucumber. I use this veggie spray to clean them beforehand. If they don’t have organic of something, I don’t sweat it. Life’s too short, and a juice is better than no juice for me. This makes about 16 oz of fresh juice, which I drink immediately. It loses 50% of its nutrients after 30 minutes, so it’s definitely best to drink right away to get the biggest impact. Like I said above, green juice healed my digestion, regulated my hunger signals, made my skin glow like it never had before, helped me lose weight, and got rid of my brain fog. I don’t go a day without it, and if I am on vacation I seek out the fresh juice spots. I typically drink this about 45 minutes to 1 hour after my lemon water, because I like to meditate after my lemon water. Wait at least 30 minutes to eat anything after you drink your juice. I wait a few hours until lunch, but Thomas waits 30-45 minutes and then has his eggs and toast. Step 3: Matcha latte (optional) TBH I rarely drink matcha anymore because I just don’t need the caffeine. My life is a lot slower paced now that I’m not running around NYC all day. I don’t need to be jacked up with energy to make it to back to back meetings, events, shoots etc. But, if I ever do need an energy boost or pick me up, I make a simple matcha latte using ceremonial grade matcha powder, hot water, and this whisk. Add 1/2 tsp of matcha powder to a bowl, along with 1/4 cup of almost boiling water. Whisk rapidly and once the powder is dissolved and frothy, top with more water. You can add a few tablespoons of full fat coconut milk or cream from Trader Joe’s (or find one that doesn’t have any guar gum in it and is pure because guar gum bloats you.) Coconut cream has a natural sweetness to it. If matcha is too bitter for you add some honey, stevia or a little white sugar. I love using this frother for the coconut milk or cream so it tastes like a latte. Most places make terrible matcha lattes, so if you don’t like them, you’ve probably had a very low quality powder. Starbucks matchas are fake and full of sugar…30g of sugar to be exact. The best matcha latte I’ve ever had is from Cha Cha Matcha where they use the barista coconut milk with a frother. I can never seem to make it as good as they do at home even with this though! I typically have my matcha around 2 or 3PM (if I feel that I need it), but Thomas likes to drink his at around 11AM after his eggs. Intermittent Fasting So there you have it, that’s my morning routine. I do not eat breakfast because I have never liked breakfast and feel way too full in the morning. So I love eating a huge lunch and dinner. I don’t “try” to fast. But because I don’t actually eat until around 12PM, I am technically intermittent fasting everyday. I say “try” because if I’m hungry I eat, if I’m not, I don’t. I listen to my body! Recap As always when I talk about my health, I like to mention that I am not a doctor and you should always consult with a medical professional regarding any dietary changes. I love sharing what has worked for me, and hope you have the same amazing results that Thomas and I have had from this simple routine!
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Currently Coveting

Hello! I’ve been a bit MIA because I’ve been buried in wedding planning. What everyone says is true….it really is like having a second full time job. There are SO many moving parts and details you’d never even think of! I’m excited to share more about that process, since I’ve met a ton of incredible vendors along the way! Anyways, I wanted to share a few things I’m loving right now, a few things I’ve ordered, and a few things that I’m coveting… Currently Coveting These combat boots are beautiful, on sale and come in 2 other colors. I love that they’re subtle and not super clunky looking. I ordered these ones which are similar earlier in the season. And they just came back in stock if you’re interested! I rarely see a chocolate brown leather boot like this, and these ones really caught my eye – they also come in black. I often get asked about the artwork in my living room and although the exact set of prints are sold out (they are Thom Felicia), these are almost identical and would make a great impact in any home. One of my best friends, Jesse, who also works with me, has the longest eyelashes and she told me it’s all because of Grande Lash serum. Update: after I ordered it, it sadly made my eyes red! I ordered the Grande Brow serum and have been happy with that so far, so will be keeping that. I LIVE in faux leather leggings in the winter, and you can’t go wrong with these. You will never believe that this turtleneck is from H+M and under $40!!! It looks like real cashmere, has the most luxurious (non itchy!) texture, and is the best winter staple. How fabulous is this faux croc bag? And it’s also under $40. This coat is from Topshop (I have a ton of their coats and love ’em!) and is ideal to transition into the spring with. It’s definitely one of those coats that won’t go out of style and can be worn in the fall, winter, and spring.
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Our First Home

Our First HomeI’m so excited to share more about the home we bought in Fairfield County! We bought a charming modern farmhouse in the cutest town just an hour outside NYC. The second we walked into this house, we just knew it was “the one.” It instantly felt like home. The previous owners had decorated it impeccably, and picked beautiful fixtures throughout the home. The home buying process was stressful no doubt (will share more on that later along with tips!), but it was all worth it in the end. From NYC to CTWe loved living in NYC, but after a series of events (the last straw was our apartment building getting broken into by someone who had robbed the surrounding buildings multiple times), we made the decision to leave. This wasn’t an easy decision at all, since we both not only loved the city, but loved our apartment, our doormen, and our neighbors. Everyone’s experience in the city will be different based on their own circumstances. So I can only speak to and share what ours was like during this time. Ultimately, I feel that for our family, we made the right decision, and I’ve been so pleasantly surprised at how much I love it here. I say surprised, because I didn’t envision myself “moving to the ‘burbs” for many, many years. I love big cities and need a sense of culture/liveliness wherever I am. Luckily our neighborhood has a great downtown with a nice vibe/buzz to it (even during the pandemic.) While we aren’t sharing exactly what town we moved to for our privacy, I will say, you can’t go wrong with any of the towns in Fairfield County area – they’re all beautiful. I included a ton of my favorite shops, restaurants and sites in each town on my Travel App in case you’re ever interested in visiting. Modern FarmhouseIn the coming months I can’t wait to share more photos inside our home, fun DIY projects (I’ve gotten hooked on refurbishing estate sale finds), and our kitchen renovation which is hopefully happening this spring! Our home is new-ish, but doesn’t look or feel “too new” if you know what I mean? It still has a real sense of charm and coziness to it. For our kitchen reno, I’m swapping out the more traditional elements like the white cabinets and stainless steel appliances, for slightly more modern/unique elements like mushroom/taupe colored cabinets, gold hardware, a plaster hood, and cool veiny marble countertops. My design inspo for the process is Eye Swoon; her kitchen is to die for! And this black La Cornue oven is at the top of my wish list! Year of ChangeWhile 2020, was certainly a year of change for all of us, I’m personally really grateful and happy about where I’ve landed. I’m so looking forward to sharing more tidbits of our home and life here in Connecticut! If you’re contemplating a move or just in need of a little bit of guidance right now… I highly recommend reading these posts; Life On Your Own Timeline, Advice On Moving And Changes, Dealing With Uncertainty.
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