as this week’s guest hunter is Lisa Rondholz. She was born in the Garden State and lucky for me, was my neighbor growing up. She was always cutting-edge and surely the coolest kid on the block. She now lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn and is getting married this August (congrats Lisa!). She has worked at Paul Smith for 8 years and often gets the opportunity to travel for work to LA, San Francisco, Vegas and London. And much like us here at threetwentyeight, she enjoys all things food and delicious cocktails.
She’s smart, an individual and very refreshing – so take a look what is topping Lisa’s list by reading on.
Living in a small space in Brooklyn, I feel forever challenged with how to organize and make our small space work in the most efficient and practical way, but still maintain a certain style. And through this challenge, I now have a fond love for vintage industrial furniture, not only because of the way that it looks, but because of its versatility.
After doing a little bedroom redecorating with some vintage industrial style furniture from RePOP in Brooklyn, I had my heart set on a vintage scissor lamp as the final piece to the bedroom puzzle. Luckily for me, I received one as a gift from the Brooklyn based showroom and Brooklyn Flea native, totally Bruce and I could not be happier with the way that it looks. It’s a perfect lamp for reading and gives off such beautiful light, especially when paired with an Edison bulb. And, it’s also a space saver for a small room.
Industrial shelving units are great because they do not limit your space options with built-in drawers or dividers already worked into the unit. You can buy mesh baskets or hat stands, etc. and arrange the shelving unit however you like with whatever you like. It’s a great storage piece and looks really cool when everything is exposed.
Vintage metal stools and swivel chairs are another fun way to decorate the room. Using an old metal chair as a nightstand or a metal stool as a stand for your flowerpots, pictures or books looks great in any room. And, if you have company over and are short chairs, you can always use these as back up seating.
I love being surrounded by old family photos and am always looking for clever ways to display them throughout the apartment, without spending a fortune on framing. I stumbled upon these photos in vintage jars not too long ago and am in love with the idea and the look. You can find vintage bottles and mason jars at pretty much any flea market or antique store nowadays, so executing this look is pretty inexpensive and not very hard to achieve at all.
A good friend of mine turned me on to Satomi Kawakita’s rings when I first began the search for my wedding band and they are absolutely perfect. Delicate with a vintage feel, Satomi’s rings are not only gorgeous, but also beautifully made.
You can find her rings at Catbird in Williamsburg, but can also make an appointment to meet with Satomi herself where you can see her complete line of rings in her studio in Manhattan.
Staple: Each season, I am always on the hunt for a perfect and practical pair of flats that are not only somewhat affordable but can also take a beating during my commute and non-stop walking around the city. And, this season I have found them in Madewell’s Sidewalk Skimmers.
Splurge: The Rag & Bone Harrow Boot is a gorgeous comfortable bootie with a perfect heel.
Staple: This sneaker will never go out of style.
Splurge: I have always been a fan of Chukka boots and am so happy to see them around so heavily this season.
I also love this shoe from Paul Smith:
Caroline Thaw is a Brooklyn based illustrator who can take just about anything in real life and turn it into a fairytale. Her work can be seen in children’s books as well as prints, cards and other stationery.
Recently, she was commissioned to do a mobile for a nursery, which is one of my personal favorites.
I tried to pick just one but couldn’t, and since it’s always good to have a backup plan when looking for something to eat, the following are two of my favorite lunch spots in Manhattan during the work week:
La Esquina Corner Deli – 114 Kenmare @ Lafayette
The fish tacos and corn are irresistible and addicting.
Snack – 105 Thompson
Vegetarian Souvlaki. Get it, it’s delicious. And grab some grape leaves while you’re at it!
I was lucky enough to have a rare and very special opportunity to visit Primarily Primates in San Antonio, TX not too long ago. The work that the staff is doing and their dedication to the rescued animals at this sanctuary is not only commendable, but also extremely inspiring.