As Jenna and I entered the Brooklyn home of tapestry weaver Maryanne Moodie, we soon realized we would be in for a treat . Wall hangings from herself and gifts from friends in her circle of weavers adorn her spacious, mid-century inspired home. Sun floods into each room of her beautiful apartment, setting the bright and lively tone of the day’s conversation.
Maryanne began her interest in making as an art teacher in Australia. Wanting her own creative outlet, Maryanne knew that she wanted to craft beautiful hand-built gifts to share with people similar to the cherished creations she has received. She attempted ceramics, knitting, crochet, even took up basket weaving - foraging from sections of the bush for twigs & sticks to use. Nothing seemed to stick. While perusing Pinterest, as we all do, she began noticing some “knitty arty type things” but couldn’t find much further information on them. After pinning a few onto her boards, she was asked to clean out her school’s art closet in preparations for a move to a new building. A small box stuffed at the back of the closet called to her; inside was a tiny little loom and simple instructions. She quietly threw the loom into her car and the rest is history! (Well, maybe there was a little bit more to the story). With a newly acquired loom and focus to learn a craft, Maryanne began weaving small pieces that would eventually grow into the tapestries we love today. And with works inspired by textile artist Nick Cave, found objects, house doilies, bright colors and sequins, it’s hard not to want a piece for every room of your apartment.
We found Maryanne through her Instagram account where she carefully styles and arranges her lovely creations through her home; appropriately, this is also where she found a community of women with similar interests who helped guide her through the weaving process. Her kind spirit and willingness to help people learn is what we love about Maryanne and her work. She is all about giving back through her craft as well as creating wonderfully intricate and detailed pieces. To avoid the learning hiccups that she went through, she thoughtfully has sourced the perfect size, sustainable starter loom from a couple in Australia and put together a simple kit complete with thread, yarn and needle to give beginners a better start at producing their own works. Maryanne also has upcoming classes in May, as information for beginning weavers can be difficult to gather. For more information on Maryanne and her tapestries, visit her website. All of her current pieces are commissioned but she is beginning to sell small collections in a few stores across the U.S including Forage in Minnesota and online store Straw & Gold in Brooklyn.
On the hunt for vintage furniture and can’t seem to nail down the right price, detail and design? Jenna and I might have stumbled onto the place for you. The shop is Adaptations, an unconventional vintage furniture boutique specializing in Mid Century, Industrial and Farmhouse Decor. Owners Kyla and her husband Craig, invited us to learn more about their hidden treasures in their 67 West space.
Kyla, originally from Texas, has collecting unique, one of a kind pieces in her genes. Her grandmother owned a vintage shop in a Southern antique mall and insisted Kyla join her on her trips to seek out new finds. It was only natural Kyla became interested in crafting and collecting furniture, home goods and finding affordable ways to renovate her home. Initially Kyla began furnishing her finds in her own home, but with the encouragement of friends and her husband who saw she clearly had an eye for vintage furniture and decor, began selling on Craigslist. So she sold everything, emptied her apartment, and began her business about 2 years ago. They have currently called their Greenpoint space home for the past year.
Of course, we wanted to know all of her secrets and where she finds such quality vintage in great condition. Kyla and her husband both agreed that is always small towns, hidden houses, places that you would never expect you are going to fall in love. Lighting and drinking glasses of all sorts, are always on Kyla’s radar during buying trips, she enjoys collecting pretty accents for your home and loves when a good story comes along with a new piece. Apparently the mirrored ice bucket I bought belonged to an ex-MOB wife from New Jersey who was very into fur coats, mirrored walls, mirrored furniture and expansive white shiny floors! From the exterior, it was only a small, traditional ranch style home and would have never known about the treasures inside.
It’s really exciting investing in pieces that have a story we can share. There is much more for you to discover at Adaptations and you can bring home a piece of the store with you. Kyla and Craig are so knowledgeable on interiors, design and their inventory, and are so helpful in any answering questions you may have. Best part of all, they will make Greenpoint deliveries for FREE!! Yes, they bring the amazing piece of furniture you bought home for you. Yes, all the way up the stairs and into your apartment. We are telling you, they are the sweetest!
Visit Adaptations, Saturday from 2-5pm and they do take requests for private appointments. Adaptations is located at 67 West Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
xo Jenna and Nicole
With a name like Nights & Weekends, you ought to know they are open for brunch too.
Your favorite neighborhood hangout now welcomes you to brunch and dinner service 7 days a week with a revamped menu by chef Nick Korbee, formerly of Smith & Mills in Tribeca. Nick and GM, Diana Donohue, were nice enough to share some new plates with us while we learned about the inspiration behind the dishes.
Pulling from ideas of travel to the Caribbean, Nick was eager to learn about traditional plates from Trinidad, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica. Rather than flipping through endless cookbooks he turned to travel writing and old National Geographics to really get a sense of the culture and food from these faraway places. Incorporating those concepts into the tropical straight off the beach feel of Nights & Weekends was easy, with their breezy open space, huge windows and perfect location at the meeting point of Williamsburg and Greenpoint.
At the end of last November while gearing up for the transition into being open a full 7 days, it was decided the menu needed a refresher. Nick decided to slim down the offerings, making them more approachable and simply remove what wasn’t working. Nick explained he wanted the food to be authentic but not in the sense that it would be exactly what you would find on these caribbean islands. He sought out traditional, unique dishes served in Caribbean countries and gave them a modern update, with the idea in mind to forget you are in Brooklyn after taking a bite.
We love the specifically themed menu and were excited to dig into our dishes. We ordered the Cast Iron Baked Eggs, a mixture of stewed black beans, caramelized plantain, sliced piquillo peppers, and two eggs. The dish is garnished with pickled red onion, crema, queso fresco, and the addition of either roasted pork or skirt steak rounds the dish out for a hearty brunch. The Cuban Sandwich, a staple, came on a pressed Portuguese roll spread with mojo aioli, and Dijon mustard. The sandwich consists of pork shoulder (cooked for 10 hours!) thinly sliced honey glazed ham, melted swiss cheese and house made spicy pickled cucumbers. If that wasn’t enough food yet, we decided to share the Avocado Toast on multigrain bread made by Pain d’Avignon, topped with mashed avocado and garnished with citrus salt, chili pepper, and drizzled with olive oil. Of course we couldn’t leave without trying something sweet so we finished off our meal with the French Toast on special, rich with guava butter and covered with kumquats.
Nights and Weekends lovely lady bartender on duty, Tracey kept the drinks flowing with classic frozen margaritas, Bloody Maria’s and two new specials off the brunch cocktail list, the Beach Dad (conveniently named after a particular staff member who loves savoring his summer days at the shore) and the Federali, made with fresh daily coffee infused tequila.
After reading this and you decide you need to have brunch at Nights & Weekends this week, don’t forget to cover your food in their homemade hot sauce (liquid death) and have some small batch locally brewed Parlor Coffee. If that isn’t motivation enough then we have a $50 gift certificate to give away to a lucky neighborhood brunch goer! Just go to our facebook page to share our Nights & Weekends post and tell us what you love most about brunch. One lucky person who shares will win!! We can’t wait to read your notes!
Nights and Weekends is located at 1 Bedford Avenue, in the neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
xo Nicole and Jenna
It’s Valentine’s Day, let’s hope your sweetheart remembered all the little things this year. If not, it’s okay because there are plenty of other days in the year to show someone how much you care, but sometimes its fun to indulge in the Valentine’s Day fun. WIth all the sweet pop-up markets, local florists, chocolatiers and wine shops in our neighborhood make sure to support local business and treat you and your honey to a lovely day.
xo Jenna and Nicole
Baking cakes has sort of become a thing this winter for Jenna and I. The cold and snowy weather has given us the perfect opportunity to heat up the stove and bake - and we are not complaining. One of our favorite blogger’s, Molly Yeh, made the most adorable layer rainbow mini cakes and we thought they would be the best little gifts for your Valentine’s. We decided on simple vanilla and red velvet layers. Our red velvet recipe came from Smitten Kitchen (where you really can’t go wrong) and another fault proof Vanilla cake mix from Trader Joe’s. When short on time, Trader Joe’s mix is a great, inexpensive alternative to buying all those ingredients and we promise your Valentine will not know the difference ;)
In the end our cakes ended up a little bit wonky around the edges but we figure it’s the thought that counts! We love our cute mini cakes and can’t wait to share them with our sweethearts <3
xo Jenna and Nicole