I'm Dreaming Of + Week(end) Roll Call

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With all the holiday spirit in the air, the Christmas trees on every corner, the wreaths hung on doors and Mariah Carey playing in every store.... my winter wonderland dreams have begun. I grew up in the Midwest, so a white Christmas was expected. It has been unseasonably warm in the city these past couple of weeks, but now that we are inching closer to Dec 25th.... I'm dreaming for at least one huge snowfall to coat the city before we depart for Texas. I want to stroll by the holiday windows on 5th Avenue with little white snowflakes cascading through the air, with a coffee in hand, and let's be honest, probably Mariah Carey playing in the speakers (her holidays album is everywhere this time of year people). Is that so much to ask for? 

Where did this week go? A few things I found of interest the past seven days :: 

- This 

article on being a 'Dragon Mom'

 brought me to tears. I am not a mother yet, but do look forward to being one 

(no time soon people!)

, so I can't even imagine what this mother is going through. Read her story, it's heartbreaking.... but it's full of truth and hope. 

"In the big scheme of things, the work will come and go, the trends will shift, there will be good years and down years, but investing in community and people is something that will prove worthwhile. I hope to keep that a priority, not just in theory, but also in practice."

 - my 


..... it's statements like that where I'm reminded how lucky I am. Read his 

full interview

 (and my first official photo credit debut!) over at 

The Great Discontent

. #proudwife

- Lately, I've really loved finding and following some great vintage styled blogs. The top two I absolutely adore so far :: 

Bleubird Vintage


 A Beautiful Mess

. Any others you recommend with that style? 

- If you loved the 

Factory 20

 post, you'll probably also be a fan of 

School House Electric

. Known for their lighting and fixtures, the recently expanded to include a large catalog of old but new products that are reminiscent of your elementary school days. Dear Santa, I'll take one of everything! 

Have a wonderful weekend and join me in wishing for snow!

Photos via:

Modern Hepburn

Cool Alert :: Factory 20

We currently live in a wide open loft space with great brick walls and high ceilings. It sounds too good to be true... cause it is. Really, if purchasing were anywhere in the near three decades of our life plan, I would squat on our apartment until we could buy it for less than eight digits (the woes on NYC real estate). Actually, that will now be the current plan!

I love filling a loft space with unique, salvaged style furniture. Old wood tables, industrial cabinets, and shelves with distressed paint.... the old stuff with a story. It was destined this would be my taste. After all, my father knows the history and lineage of every piece of family furniture we have.

Factory 20 is my dream store filled with everything my design heart could ever want. Every design is truly its own little piece of art. Basically, it's like stepping inside the Narnia of vintage and repurposed furniture! Also, if you need to just borrow some amazing pieces for a photo shoot, party or wedding reception, they also offer a renting service on the furniture. So glad I stumbled upon this little gem of a store! BONUS: they deliver to Brooklyn!


 photos via: Factory 20