The best part about spring cleaning isn't necessarily clearing out a bunch of stuff you never use, but realizing you have an extra square foot of real estate. Well, it's time to fill it back up with some awesome stuff you won't want to discard next year..
Having purged our apartment from unsightly clutter already, the opening weekend of the Hester Street Fair on the Lower East Side was the perfect excuse to fill up our corners with yes-these-are-absolutely-vital household items.
Naughty & Nice
The fantastical prints from this Brooklyn artist, many featuring brightly colored monsters laid over original oil paintings of ships, are perfect to adorn our walls now that we've taken down all those Brooklyn Nets posters.
Last summer we experimented with plants and this spring we ended up with just a lot of empty pots in the corner holding our loose change. We're not very good with greenery. Luckily The Sill specializes in hunting down houseplants suitable for city dwellers (i.e., they're very low maintenance). With a variety of cool-looking succulents in attractive pots, we're feeling pretty good about our second attempts at a green thumb.
We either got too overzealous in our spring cleaning, or we just knew we wanted some cool rugs and furniture from Jay Bazaar. Specializing in antique items from Central Anatolia/Turkey, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tibet, India and Central Asia, their new and used home goods now dominate our living space. Hopefully Bedoin Chic will become hot this year.
Because nothing says a clean, clutter-free apartment like the scent of a couple candles, we grabbed a few of Ollie's all-natural soy candles infused with essential plant extracts to open our place up a bit. The Saint Germain and Saint Clement are the perfect accompaniment to a nice springtime breeze. Or the perfect proximation when you have to keep your windows closed because it's still so damn chilly.
Started by a pair of brothers and their friend, Holstee designs and produces a number of inspirational, locally made products. We're talking cards and stationery, upcycled wallets and even tees made out of recycle bottles. Who knows, maybe the T-shirts we threw out last spring even made their way into one of their Holstee manifesto posters.