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DIY Pressed Leaves Pendant

Ever since I started following the prolific Marian McEvoy on Instagram, I’ve obsessed over finding a way to replicate her process of collaging pressed flowers in frames. I ended up with a simple DIY to keep the flowers looking fresh all winter (and longer).

Book Review: The Alchemy of Things

“The alchemy of things explores interior spaces at the edges of the decoratively possible,” McCartney writes. Her exploration of eighteen homes bring the reader inside spaces that have been worked and re-worked, styled and curated over many years to culminate in what one of the homeowners describes as a diary – a catalog of personal obsessions and eccentricities.

DIY Modern Art Topiary

Create a zero-maintenance preserved moss topiary out of pre-made styrofoam balls, or make a custom shape like my Walking Flower by sculpting builder’s insulation into any form you want. This easy DIY costs $15 or less and can be finished in as little as an hour.

The Women Who Redefined Scandinavian Rug Making

Inspired by Scandinavian folk patterns, Bauhaus abstraction, and hundreds of years of tapestry and rug-making in the region, artists like Loja Saarinen, Märta Måås-Fjetterström, and Ingrid Dessau redefined the tradition of Scandinavian Rya and Rollakan (pile rug and flatwoven rug) weaving, developing the iconic style we see today.

Get Out of Town: Modern Architecture Day Trips in and Around NYC

This labor day, ditch the beach crowds for something a little more modern. Staying local? Spots in the city like Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island and the Noguchi Museum in Queens feel miles away. If you've got a little more time, New Canaan, CT is just an hour by train, and is full of arch-forward excursions like the Philip Johnson Glass House and Grace Farms. If you're planning a whole weekend, try Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where George Nakashima's studio is open on Saturdays for free.

Buying Art Online

There are so many places to buy art online, but most of the more highly curated sites tend to be on the expensive side. While those sites are great for more advanced collectors (or more liberal credit card users) – I firmly believe that it’s possible to find exciting, original, affordable art as long as you know where to look.