“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” Download these postcard for free. Print and send to your representatives, to the strong women in your life, as a thank you to Senator Elizabeth Warren or use as a daily reminder to persist in what you are fighting for. Click here to download.
*protip: printing these signs at 11×17 will be cheaper than a bigger size, but copy shops like Staples and FedEx can do either for you. You can also print large signs at home and tile them together like a puzzle. Just takes a little patience, a long ruler, some tape and a sharp exacto. Here is a good tutorial for word and for photoshop
I’ve been inspired by the Women’s March sign design I’ve seen on instagram the last couple days. I need a digital flip board for all I want to say, picking one statement is so hard. I’ll be at the Women’s March in Boston with my 6 yr old son and my husband. Enjoy your right to peaceful protest!
A few of my favorite things about Rome, Italy…
The colors of the Campo de’ Fiori Market, (which is next to a fantastic bakery, Campo de’Fiori).
Michelangelo’s impossibly fluid marble.
Painted angels on high (this after hours tour is on my bucket list).
Bernini’s work; risqué and otherwise
The largest amphitheater ever built, (buy tickets ahead of time to lessen a massive line)
A tart + sweet cocktail with a twist of orange, (try the Negroni’s flirty sister… the Aperol Sprtiz).
My 3 favorite Roman pasta dishes: Amatriciana, Carbonara, Cacio e Pepe.
Finish it off with Gelato, (my favorite cone was topped with whipped cream via Venchi).
We spent 4 days of our 2 week Italian holiday in Rome, not nearly enough. I’d go back in an instant.
* The start to a new blog series, “How to Buy What Where”, tips on how to bring home non-traditional souvenirs from your travels. I brought some treasured rugs home from Morocco on Maryam’s advice years ago. Let us know what you think! ~ JHill
M.Montague is a multifaceted hospitality + design brand, operating out of Morocco‘s Red City. The boutique hotel (Peacock Pavilions) mixes modern style with vintage-inspired decor, with obvious Moroccan influence. Full of clean lines, interesting patterns and neutrals palettes – founder Maryam Montague has a sharp eye for style. (You may know Montague from her blog, her photography is intoxicating.)
I spent my honeymoon at this hotel-oasis in 2009, and was struck by her attention to detail, THIS black and gold wall and of course her amazing taste in textiles. (Staying at Peacock Pavilions still influences the way I decorate our modern Victorian in Boston). We asked Montague for her three best tips and tricks for buying Moroccan rugs….
1)”I love vintage rugs and accept the wear that comes with them. But check the back of a carpet to see if there has been any repairs. Just because there has been a repair, is not a reason not to buy necessarily, but examine the front where the repair has been made and see if you are comfortable with what you see.”
2) “Wool rugs hold up better than cotton and are more valuable. Check to see what the warp, weft and pile are made of. The warp is the backbone of a rug. Warp threads are strung from one end of the loom to the other and run the length of the rug. When the warp is cut, it forms the fringe on the ends of the rug. The Weft runs the width of the rug, or perpendicular to the warp. The pile is comprised of the thousands of knots wrapped around warp and weft strings and then cut.”
3) “Kilims are very hardwearing and are perfect for kitchens, hallways, kids rooms and media rooms that get a lot of foot traffic or spills. Save more expensive pile rugs for living-rooms and bedrooms.”
Check out more advice from the expert herself here. Can’t wait for your Moroccan voyage for a rug? The JHill crew will receive 10% off all carpets in the M. Montague shop with the code JHILLDESIGN (valid until March 15!).
Follow: Subway Book Review
This year I decided that I was going to set the Kindle aside and read at least one physical book a month. My 5 year old see’s me looking at a lot of screens. My parents always were reading books, and I hope if he sees me reading physical books, he will be inspired too. I love seeing real people and what they are reading on this Instagram account. Reading their synopsis and thoughts. I’ve gotten some great recommendations for myself from Subway Book Review.
Listen: Vinyl Me, Please
For Christmas my husband gave me a membership to Vinyl Me, Please. Each month I get on record, exclusively pressed on colored vinyl for Vinyl Me, Please, an art print and a custom cocktail recipe. It’s been SO fun. We’ve gotten Super Ape (which I’m obsessed with), Hot Chip, and Nada Surf. It’s been a great way to add surprises to our record collection
Read: Joan Didion Vanity Fair Article
Our entire studio is thoroughly obsessed with Joan Didion’s words, as well as the author herself. Vanity Fair’s latest article on the icon dives into her personal life, her time in and influence on L.A. and much, much more. For those of you disappointed by Daugherty’s biography on the literary femme fatale, this article is a great supplement.
Watch: Chelsea Does
This month I got a light case of the flu, which meant that I felt pretty terrible, but didn’t necessarily want to die and could still watch plenty of Netflix. My fav was Chelsea Does where Chelsea Handler covers topics like drugs, marriage and racism. I wasn’t the biggest fan of hers, but after I watched how she related to people here – I changed my mind. Especially the drugs episode where she does ambien, adderall and some psychotropic Peruvian drug.