From the yearly archives:


Scouting : Stars

November 9, 2013


Update: I purchased the nap blanket, the wash clothes and the napkins.  I have been really happy with the nap blankets and the wash clothes, the quality is really good.  The napkins were a little bit of a disappointment.  Sort of cheap looking and hard to wash. My star obsession got a nice boost this morning when, while looking for a washable/cotton nap blanket for school, I came across these starry goods at H&M Home.  Washable because the blankets come home every week to prevent lice and other preschool vermin (!!).   Duvet $25, Baby Blanket $25, Wash Clothes $6, Napkins $4


Scouting : Thanksgiving

November 8, 2013

A few weeks ago my friend Faith asked me to brainstorm some ideas for setting her lovely Thanksgiving table this year.  Given my obsession with decorative arts, this was pure pleasure and I said yes before she could even get the words out.  We had a great time pinning images and talking on the phone.   [click to continue…]


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I am supposed to be in North Carolina right now, drinking coffee with my mother at her kitchen table and talking about how all the things moms and daughters talk about when sitting at a kitchen table drinking coffee.   I’m still in New York because my Raleigh bound flight sat on the runway at LaGuardia for hours yesterday afternoon, through a rain and thunderstorm so intense the plane shook and then finally was canceled. You know you are a mother when, while on a stranded plane, you find yourself giddy with relief that only you are having to go through this, that your four year old is safely at home, playing with Dad. [click to continue…]


Back to School

September 9, 2013

Pocket Dept. — A Notebook for Every Pocket! from Princeton Architectural Press on Vimeo.

Today is Alex’s first day at school, and even though he is only in a preschool program, he is going for a full day, five days a week.  Last week saw us in full back to school shopping mode and I find today feels like a big transition.  I suppose every mother asked herself some version of “where did my little baby go? this morning at drop off.   [click to continue…]



My first summer job was at the General Store in Putney, Vermont.  The video department was upstairs, and I did the usual clerk things: I checked out movies, called people to remind them of late videos, and answered, over the phone, questions such as, “HasPretty In Pink come back yet?”  … read more over at the Etsy Blog!

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Daily Dose of Green

July 24, 2013

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I’ve had this image open for weeks in my browser (I’m a multiple tab browser, using Chrome these days).  The color of the sky over the hills, the color of the light inside the house.  The stones, the big windows.   It’s pretty great.  Found on Brown Dress with White Dots 


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Just popping in to say hello with a Grocery Scouting find: a perfect, easy to use kitchen timer.  It doesn’t look like much, but, it’s easy to set, easy to start, easy to stop and a simple pleasure in the kitchen.



My Paris Cheat Sheet

June 13, 2013

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A Paris Cheat Sheet

We just came back from two weeks in Paris with our four year old son Alex (see my other post on all the design I saw).  This the second time we’ve gone to Paris with Alex.  It is a city we know pretty well from travel prior to having kids (and in fact, we’ve stayed in the apartment we rented before we had kids, so that helped us have courage to try it with Alex). There is something magical about experiencing a city through the eyes of your children.   [click to continue…]


Design Scouting: Paris

June 11, 2013


Tim, Alex and I just got off the plane from Paris where we were visiting my parents.  Traveling with a kiddo (maybe mothering in general) is one improvisation after another — meaning that when your son’s pants are hurting his stomach and preventing him from napping on an 8 hour flight home, and you forgot to pack his comfortable shorts in the carry on, you take your long sleeved shirt from Gap, stick his legs down the sleeves, make a few knots and call them pants…..between making pants (and barf bag puppets) on the fly I managed to do a little design scouting to share here with you! [click to continue…]



Random photo of Minneapolis Saint Paul I took this past February. So glad to have a reason to post it here.  

My friend Jim Norton and a cadre of talented folks behind The Heavy Table are kickstarting The Secret Atlas of North Coast Food which promises to be nothing short of mouth-watering. Minneapolis has some serious food mojo happening and I can’t wait to have this guide in hand for our next trip. For those of you who haven’t been, this will provide a guidebook and reason to get on a plane.  Here’s one of our  Minneapolis travelogues, if you haven’t seen it.

I’m especially looking forward to this chapter A Taxonomy of Ice Cream Trucks and Their Songs:

A Taxonomy of Ice Cream Trucks and Their Songs
written and illustrated by Andy Sturdevant

Writer and artist Andy Sturdevant (MinnPost, the upcoming Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow) tracks down some of the many ice cream trucks plying their fattening wares in the Twin Cities metro area, observes their habits in their native environment, and documents both their offerings and their maddeningly cheerful songs.

Click on over to Kickstarter for more information.


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Daily Dose of Green

June 9, 2013

Kengo Kuma

Kengo Kuma’s Lotus House (2003-05)  More images.


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The cartoons and the ads in the back of the New Yorker get reliably read every week in this house; this week’s classified winner is the Waldhaus Sils, a grand Swiss hotel in “an unspoiled alpine village.”  That has a certain ring to it, doesn’t it.  I didn’t even bother to look up how much it costs, that would spoil the magical calm bubble cast by the photos on the website.  Take a minute to revel in the musicians in the last photo and the lovely wooden structure they are playing in. [click to continue…]

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I thought you might enjoy a new post I’ve got up on the Etsy blog —  I scouted all about the night skies, these and lots more like them.  Take a peek, and leave a comment, if you like! [click to continue…]



The Nova Wright family has found itself in poor physical health this week* so much so that my stoic acupuncturist used the term “healing crisis” — all minor infections of one kind or another but all happening AT ONCE, along with one confirmed case of strep throat.   We are holed up, taking our antibiotics, our probiotics and yearning for some binge-worthy TV but coming up empty.  So I thought I’d ask: what have you binge watched and what would you recommend?

Here’s what we’ve binged and LOVED: Chicago Fire, Scandal, Battleground, 2012, Suits, Homeland, House of Cards, House of Lies, Sherlock, Downtown Abbey, Friday Night Lights, Weeds, Arrested Development, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Lost our Binge half-way through: Battlestar Galactica, Mad Men (too dark in the third season), the crystal meth show   Breaking Bad.

Watched in a non-binging way (aka, painfully, week over week):   Modern Family, Nashville, Sopranos, Portlandia, Six Feet Under, 30 Rock, Parks and Rec.

I’ve never watched the West Wing or Buffy (!! I know !!) so those are two contenders.

*I should say its been a tough year healthwise: since Alex started school last June we have been sick every other week!  My toddler the petri dish.

Thank you for any recommendations!