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The Link Up: The Stretchy Shoelaces Brian And His Friends Are Freaking Out Over, Caitlin’s WARM Sweatpants, And Our Favorite New Cooking Show

Happy Sunday everyone! The gang was back together up in Portland where we finally got to see in Farmhouse IRL! It was incredible…as expected. Also, more reveal shoots happened this past week so get ready for those:) Until then here are our links…

This week’s home tour is a wild adventure! If you follow Architectural Digest you probably guessed we are talking about Lily Allen and David Harbour’s Brooklyn brownstone. It’s full of unexpected choices, like carpet in the bathroom (WHAT?), but it’s impossible to not be taken with all the choices they and their designer Billy Cotton made. Also, we were all talking about how opposite this home is to David’s loft tour in 2019. Really fun to see the differences. So please go check it out and you HAVE TO watch the video.

From Emily: A shoe hack that solved Brian’s lacing woes:) We should be embarrassed that this produces so much joy in our house, but you know how I feel about laces (not into them) and yet I like boots and so does Brian. While lacing up his new redwings a few months ago he was annoyed with the amount of effort it took (this is from the guy who does 8 rounds of boxing and runs the dogs every day – he’s not lazy, but this is specifically annoying to him). So Brian found these stretchy laces and he’s never going back. He tells all his friends and they all freak out, too. They look like normal laces, but you can pull them open to slip on the shoe instead of lacing up, tying, knotting, untying, loosening, etc. I’ll show you it on stories because you have to see it to understand how good it looks while being so much easier.

From Caitlin: My mom got me these sherpa fleece-lined sweatpants for Christmas and OH MY GOSH, they are INCREDIBLE. I run super cold and these are heavy-duty toasty – like, even a little bulky if I’m being honest – but they’re so soft and comfortable and warm. I accidentally left them in Delaware when I flew back to LA and had to ask my mom to ship them (thanks Brenda!) because I didn’t want to wait til my next trip home to wear them again – they’re THAT GOOD. If you’re also falling prey to insaaaaaane gas bills in CA (or if you’re just cold because, like, it’s February), I cannot recommend them enough. You know how it feels when you first shave your legs after a while and then all fabrics feel really soft for a little while? That’s how these sweatpants feel ALL THE TIME. They’re on sale right now so GO GO GO and grab a pair if you also are a little popsicle person!

From Ryann: If you are into cooking competition shows, this is for you. Pressure Cooker is a new cooking show on Netflix where 11 chefs have to live under one roof AND compete against each other in various cooking challenges AND vote each other off. Alliances are made and broken, a little bit of manipulation is inevitable, and they make really good-looking food that makes me hungry. It’s like Survivor meets Top Chef. My husband and I love it and hope it is picked up for another season!

From Mallory: If you know me at all you know I am obsessed with Nespresso, so please know I’m not cheating on Nespresso but kinda. I needed a switch up in my coffee game (I go back and forth between Nespresso “espresso” and wanting a real, traditional kind of cup of coffee. I was gifted this cute coffee maker a while ago and I can successfully say this was just the shake-up I needed (I use a blend of Philz coffee grinds – half dancing water, half hazelnut coffee – and it’s DELICIOUS). It’s a tiny little guy so it’s perfect for someone that lives in a small space like an apartment or a dorm, OR it would just be great if there’s only one person using it (I do not advise using this to fill 12 people’s coffee mugs in the morning – you’ll get max 2 cups outta it) but it’s super retro and adorable. If you’re in the market or know someone who would like it (it would make a great gift) I highly recommend it. I got it in the green color and it makes me really happy:)

From Jess: Visiting friends is the best way to find out about their favorite new products! So when I was in NY last weekend, my best friend and her roommate (also my friend:)) told me about this new buffing soap bar from the brand Soft Services. They say it makes your skin feel incredible and butter soft. If you go on their site there are a ton of other benefits. So while I know you don’t know my friends, I take their recommendations very seriously and so should you. I can’t wait to try it!

Have a nice rest of your day and see you tomorrow. xx

Opening Image Credits: Design by Jess Bunge | Styled by Emily Bowser | Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp | From: The Feel-Good Modern Romantic Bedroom Makeover Jess Did For Her Dear Friend (All Thanks To The Company Store)

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1 month ago

Lily Allen and David Harbour’s Brooklyn brownstone seems more like Lily Allen’s brownstone to me. It’s definitely top to toe outlandish and extravagant but, if David Harbour’s former home is anything to go by, it doesn’t seem to reflect both their styles. Maybe he happily indulged her, maybe his style has evolved (it’s a stretch, I know!) but I just can’t see how a home, any home, can be “theirs” if it only reflects one half of the couple?

1 month ago
Reply to  Elaine

did you watch the video- he’s the one into the florals and wallpaper- not her.

1 month ago
Reply to  alex

Yup, of course I did. Would be a bit daft of me to comment on a video without having watched it first!

When I compare his old loft (which also had wallpaper just in a subtler print) to the eclectic fabrics in her former cottage in the UK, I believe even more that Lily Allen is the brain child behind the decor and that he happily indulged her!

1 month ago

Dancing water.

1 month ago
Reply to  Bb
1 month ago

I saw that home tour a day ago and was hoping you’d include it! Not my personal style, but so fun and inspiring all the same!

1 month ago

Yes! The best line from the video “when we started on this design process with budget unconscious designer Billy Cotton”.

🥰 Rusty
1 month ago

Hhmmm…. This same, exact house tpur is on Cup of Jo today (?).🤔

1 month ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

It’s definitely gone viral, in the US at least! I’ve seen it all over Instagram. Frankly I would have disappointed if EHD had *not* featured it—but I wanted a more in-depth analysis 🙂 Agree with the commenter above, not my taste at all (frankly I can’t imagine living there, I think my head would explode from the clashing patterns/colors) but fun to look at!

1 month ago

Two posts with some fun house tours from Austin:

The last ten books I’ve listened to:

  • Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat 
  • Furia by Yamile Saled Mendez
  • The Henna Artist (book 1 of 3) by Alka Joshi
  • The Light in Hidden Places by Sharon Cameron
  • The Light Pirate by Lily Brooks-Dalton
  • My Name is Lucy Barton (book 1 of 4) by Elizabeth Strout
  • The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan
  • The Secret Keeper of Jaipur (book  2 of 3) by Alka Joshi 
  • The Whalebone Theatre by Joanna Quinn
  • You Should See Me In a Crown by Leah Johnson
1 month ago

I can confirm that on a bitterly cold day, putting on a fresh pair of sherpa-lined lounge pants is a religious experience.

1 month ago

Thank you for recommending the AD video! I now have a couple crush on those two – they seem like a great match. Whoa boy, that house is busy, but it’s quirky and personal and they clearly love it. It was a fun thing to watch on a Sunday morning.

1 month ago

I found another “deal of the century” if anyone is looking for a tall, dark and handsome cabinet under $400. Available from lots of different websites but on clearance at ZGallerie.

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