I’m curious how people relax. Do you like to curl up with a good book? Take a walk outside? The other night, after working until very late, I found myself up past 2 a.m. watching clip after clip of Jimmy Fallon on YouTube and doing that endless Instagram scroll. I just could not relax!
It makes a world of difference, whether I let myself get to that point where all I can do is passively stare at a screen, or whether I put down the phone and pick up a book. I would have closed all of those tabs in my head much sooner and fallen asleep. Had it been earlier, maybe a bath would have helped. Maybe with a glass of wine or with some dark chocolate. Wouldn’t that be lovely? I don’t do that enough.
That night, what finally ended up getting me to sleep, I realize in hindsight, was putting in earplugs. It’s not loud in our room. The dog makes funny little breathing sounds now and then, but Aron doesn’t snore. But when I have earplugs in, I hear my own breathing and it can be calming. I first started doing this when our room actually was loud: we lived on 14 th street in Manhattan, and even though we were on the 12th floor, the sounds of the city would make their way into the room.
Thinking about this one small habit of mine, I started wondering what others do to relax?
I’ve been partnering with Ghirardelli this month to spread the word about their Savor the Dark Book Club—Ghirardelli is pairing their premium Intense Dark chocolates with author-signed copies of new, seasonal book releases—and it occurred to me that after the kids are in bed, the other thing I usually reach for is something sweet and indulgent. Chocolate and a good book… sounds like a perfect way to end a busy day.
It’s that time again! (The time where I spill all my top-secret sources for modern, eclectic, and bohemian decor.) We’ve already talked rugs and lighting, so this week is all about pillows. The following are my all-time favorite Etsy shops for modern pillows, and their goods run the gamut from mud cloth to kilim, Hmong to shibori. These are the same shops I use when sourcing for clients—so you know I mean it when I say I love ’em!
Monica of Boho Pillow has been so lovely to work with. Her shop has a beautifully curated selection of pillows crafted from both new and vintage textiles (plus, there’s free shipping!). I most recently used her pillows in my little boy’s room.
This UK-based shop run by Amy Clare is exactly what you’d expect from its name—a sea of blue-hued pillows (with some pinks, for good measure). Its organization by pillow size makes shopping oh-so-easy.
The mecca of kilim pillows—truly affordable prices (I’m talking $5 pillows!) and over 5,000 options to choose from.
Thank you, Anna!
Anna Smith wants to live in a world where good design is accessible and affordable for everyone. An interior stylist based in Denver, Colorado, she creates modern homes for clients across the country through her firm Annabode + Co. When not buried in swatches and throw pillows, you can find her elbow-deep in renovations at her own fixer-upper. Work with Anna.
The eating habits of children can be baffling, to say the least. One day you’re ready to boast that your child eats everything, the next you’re happy when at least there’s some parmesan cheese on their buttered pasta. When the battle is whether or not the yogurt is too “lumpy” with fruit, getting the green vegetables off their plate and into their mouths can seem like a distant goal.
Today I’m partnering with OLLY Kids to share way to get kids the nutrients they need.
I’ve been talking to parents about the challenge—everyone from the kids’ grandparents to the clerk at our local store—and with their help, here are some of the best tips I’ve gleaned for getting your children to eat their veggies…