A Few Good Links


I really liked this 400 square foot West Village apartment tour that I came across on Apartment Therapy this week. By adding a lot of lightly worn-in and vintage pieces, along with personal mementos and nautical pieces, Ashley created a really unique and interesting space that’s small on square footage but big on personality and style. It’s refreshingly different because not everything is brand new, which is so essential for a great looking home (in my humble opinion). My favorite detail is probably the Louis XV settee, found at Brimfield (oh, what I wouldn’t give to go to Brimfield one of these days!).

Ellie of New York On My Mind was kind enough to feature me on her blog last week. You can read the interview here – I’m talking all about my New York City favorites and life in the city. Thanks Ellie!

I have a lot of Everlane sweatshirts and this marled navy one I got a while back is my favorite. It’s really comfy and warm but light enough for the warmer weather (I love wardrobe items that work all year round). They just released a light gray version and I’m very tempted to add it to my collection!

Remember when I wrote about my friend Julie, who started a barre/cardio fitness program fitBallet? Well, Julie continues to impress – she recently released an e-book! It contains workout routines you can do at home, meal plans, and lots of inspiration and motivation from Julie herself. I loved reading it and I think you guys will too! If you’re interested in checking it out, you can use code YORKAVENUE to get 10% off. Also, for New Yorkers, Julie is offering a special on in-person classes. Enter INSIDER at checkout to get a 10 pack of fitBallet classes for $120 (that’s half off!).

I love this original painting by artist Katherine Jury (found via Grace) – black and white abstract art is my thing. It also comes in a more affordable print version.

Did you like The Happiness Project as much as I did? Then you’ll want to tune into this past week’s episode of The Lively Show podcast, where Jess interviews author Gretchen Rubin about her latest book (on my to-read list!).

Hope everyone has a fantastic Fourth!

image credit: Alexis Buryk for Apartment Therapy


Designer I Love: Christine Dovey


Christine Dovey is a blogger and designer that I really admire. She has an amazing style that I find to be instantly recognizable, and is a pro at mixing baroque, antique furniture with modern, showstopping art and sculpture. This mix of Versailles-esque furnishings with ultra modern touches is something that I love and adore. She always throws in a few glamorous details and small touches of pink too, which of course I’m a fan of! I find her style to be romantic and feminine, but still modern and eclectic. Take a look at a few of my favorite of her projects…Read more ››

Ask Me: Affordable NYC Art

Today I’m answering a question that awesome reader Louise left for me on my Ask Me post. Here’s Louise’s question:


Thank you so much to Louise for the great question! I’m have a few suggestions but first off, this is a great opportunity to talk about a piece of NYC art I’ve been obsessed with for a while – it’s the Monumental Guide to New York, a really cool, eye-catching print available from Swedish website “My Guide To,” and designed by David Ehrenstråhle.


The My Guide To site has city guide posters for several different places – unfortunately, the NYC guide is sold out, but the Monumental Guide poster is still available. The smaller size is 700 KR, which translates to around 84 US dollars. Of course shipping from Sweden might bump that price up, but I think this poster is so unique and fantastic looking that it’s worth it. If I had even one little ounce of space left on my walls, I would have bought this piece by now. Here you can see the Monumental poster and the NYC Guide poster in a few different settings:


Here it is in Joanna Goddard’s apartment (photo by Alpha Smoot).


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So that’s one that I really love. Here are a few more options I’m into as well, a few of of which I own:



Rifle Paper Co.: Manhattan Art Print ($40-$60) // NYC Art Print ($40) – I have both of these – I think the NYC print in particular captures the energy of the city!

Note To Self Print Shop: New York City Girl ($18-$60) // NYC ($18-$60) – these are simple and chic.

Danielle Kroll via Buddy EditionsCity Living ($50-$100) // Manhattan Matches ($50-$100) – I have the City Living print and gave my sister the Matches print for her b-day. I LOVE the Matches print, wish I had room for it myself!

Jessica Durrant via Etsy: Skyline ($25) // Brooklyn Bridge ($25) // Chrysler Building ($26) – I love Jessica’s watercolor prints – I think they’re unique and unexpected.

The Everygirl: Empire State Letterpress Print ($40) – a simple, modern, graphic look.

Minted.com: New York City Foil-Stamped Map ($34-$52) //  Brooklyn Bridge Foil-Stamped Wall Art ($31-$49 – also with option to buy framed, still under $100) – a pretty metallic touch.

Paris vs. New York by Vahram Muratyan: L’Obsession ($35-$95) // La Facade ($35-$95) – quirky, colorful, and charming!

Kathryn Warren via Buddy Editions: New Y0rk City ($50-$100) – quirky and fun.


Now for something that’s a little over $100, but really special, there are these John Derian trays that my Mom and I came across the other week when we were in Bergdorf Goodman. They’re SO much nicer in person than on the computer screen! On the website they have a few options but in the actual store, they had piles of them, all with different neighborhood maps represented. I think one of these would look amazing mixed in with art in a gallery wall, and of course, a bunch of John Derian trays and plates all together looks incredible as well, which you can see in this post.

A few other options:

For vintage New York City maps of all shapes, sizes, and price points, check here.

Lots of energy in this photographer’s work.

New York sur Paris.

Moody NYC photography.

I hope that helps for any of you out there looking for affordable NYC art. If you have a question you’d like me to answer about blogging, Photoshop, Lightroom, photography, decorating, organizing, or anything at all, just leave me a comment on this post, e-mail me at jclair24@gmail.com, or reach out to me on Twitter!