If you're anything like me, decorating and redecorating is an ongoing obsession ... especially now that I have lived in different rented apartments in NYC & Toronto. The challenge is always how to make it your own - individualizing a wall, living room, bathroom, hallway, etc. without renovating. Tempaper is an ideal solution: self-adhesive, peel-and-stick, temporary wall decor with seasonally updated color ways and patterns. The designers update patterns based on design industry trends. As set decorators in NYC, the founders became increasingly frustrated with not having a source for temporary repositionable wallpaper. The company is family owned and operated by an aunt and her twin nieces who have all been involved in the film, television and entertainment industries. With every purchase of Tempaper Tots, they donate to Environmental and Wildlife Conservation. Tempaper is FDA approved, FDA 21 CFR and Certified child toy safety, lead and phthalate free. Take a chic peek at Tempaper. {photography credit: Tara Striano}


D.S. & Durga

This Brooklyn based handcrafted fragrance house was born from a husband wife team, who design all of their scents in house with rare and premium ingredients. They are made by hand by a small family company in the Bronx. D.S. (David) and Durga (Kavi) started their company as a hobby, making fragrances for friends and it organically grew into a career. To quote the duo, "We believe in the transportative quality of fragrance. Meaning it can take the mind to other places and times like symphonic music. We create stories and try to conjure them up in the bottle. We like to capture the essence of a particular place and time - the American west in the 1800s, Mississippi in the 1200s, prehistoric Scotland, etc." Take a chic peek at D.S. & Durga



A few weeks ago, a friend and I had a manicure date at her favorite local nail bar. I had read about TenOverTen and was delighted to find the salon lived up to the hype. The setting makes you feel as though you're at home enjoying a private pop up spa in your own living room; the comfortable Belgian linen upholstered pedicure seats, huge windows and high ceilings are typical of TriBeCa spaces. One of my favorite aspects of the nail bar is their selection of polishes: NARS, Chanel, OPI, RGB, Essie ... and ... their own exclusive signature TenOverTen colors which the founders, Nadine Ferber and Adair Illyinsky, named after their favorite downtown streets (examples being Ludlow, Rivington, Mulberry and Delancy.) Take a chic peek at TenOverTen. Photos via Ten Over Ten and Well+Good


Flower Girl

In case you haven't already noticed, I am a huge fan of all things whimsical, bohemian and chic. I love balance and color, but dislike things that match and are perfectly symmetrical (overly stylized). Sometimes this is a tricky balance to strike, in all things design oriented ... whether it be interior design, fashion styling or the like. I have finally found the perfect floral shop that speaks my language: Flower Girl. Beautiful, lush, organic looking arrangements that look freshly plucked from the field, and have been artfully and thoughtfully curated. Founder and owner Denise Porcaro comes from a background in Production Design in film, but discovered a creative outlet in flowers, crafting striking arrangements and bouquets for a select group of clients and friends. New York - if you are out there and looking for gorgeous flowers - don't look anywhere but here. Take a chic peek at Flower Girl.


Locanda Verde

Locanda Verde is one of my favorite restaurants in my neighborhood. It's delicious, simple, fantastic food, and happens to be in The Greenwich Hotel and owned by Robert De Niro. Chef Andrew Carmellini creates wonderful twists on Italian plates. The atmosphere is gorgeous, and, like all great New York restaurants, it is always packed. Take a chic peek of Locanda Verde, and if you go, the ricotta dish is a must! 


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