Shop Visit: A & G Merch

If you're looking for truly unique pieces to distinguish your home, head over to A & G Merch in Brooklyn, NY. Their highly curated collection features goods that infuse humor and joy into one's living space without sacrificing beauty, downgrading quality, or appearing too kitschy. And they do it all at reasonable prices. 

A & G Merch Brooklyn

Upon entering, it's hard not to be enchanted. It smells like heaven (a lit sample of their namesake Rhubarb and Berry Candle, I'm told) and an employee greets you warmly at the door. 

A & G Merch Brooklyn

My eyes immediately wandered around the room, delighting in all the things I never knew I needed: Iguana Pencil Holders! Naked Lady Bottle OpenersBrass Animal Touch LampsIt's hard to know where to start. Wherever you dart to first, the room reads like a story that unfolds from section to section. 

Iguana Pencil Holder

The pieces have a twist, but they're not too edgy to leave around when Mom comes to visit. Rotating stock includes everything from stylish desk accessories to sleek sofas handmade by a family of artisans in North Carolina. 

Animal Pillows

The next-level customer experience at A & G will keep you coming back. They provide neighborhood guides to the team's favorite local spots. On display is a bowl of free keychains. The pièce de résistance? A Nespresso machine for browsers. Yes, you heard me right: they encourage you to come in, hang out, and drink free coffee on their lovely couches. 

A & G Merch Brooklyn

Mat (the friendly employee pictured above) asked if he could make me a cup, prompting me to wonder, How long can I hang out in a store before it gets creepy? But they don't mind. Go ahead, grab a seat. 

Something about A & G Merch feels very honest. They're not trying to sell you a "lifestyle" or a box set to turn your home into a catalog. They just like to stock fun stuff, and they hope you'll like it too. Trust me, you will.

This post was written by Lauren.

Style Board: Eclectic Living Spaces

Dreaming of new, exciting vacation destinations? Pull together these warm pieces inspired by different world cultures to give your space a little spice.

I like to balance a collection of bright throw pillows with a neutral chair or sofa and an eye-catching coffee table and striped tufted ottoman. A simple gold-tone mirror in a stylized flower shape keeps attention on the more sumptuous pieces. A solid beige rug pulls all of the colors together; or, if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, try a patterned rug that draws inspiration from traditional Indian designs. Remember to avoid cluttering up your personal oasis; the room should be inviting but not overwhelming. A few key pieces in the right tones will go a long way toward creating your perfect living area for planning your next international excursion.

This post was created by Lacy.

Fall Forward: Autumn Design Trends

The dog days of August have most of us seeing more air conditioning than sunshine. What better time to start refreshing your home for fall? Take advantage of that climate-controlled living room and start prepping your home for these new fall design trends. Sure, sitting on your couch and "visualizing" can count as planning. No judgment here.

Jewel Tones

Jewel Tone Blue Velvet Othello Couch

A fall staple in women's wardrobes everywhere, jewel tones are beginning to show up on walls and furniture fabrics. Get lost in the deep blues, royal purples, and emerald greens. To truly feel like monarchy, wash your den or living room walls in a rich, majestic plum or grape shade.

Othello Sofa,

Knit Accessories

White Chunky Cable Knit Pillow Urban Outfitters

Knit accessories kick the coziness factor up to 11. Stick to chunky stitches and neutral tones to keep them looking more HouseBeautiful than Holly Hobby.
Cable Knit Pillow, Urban Outfitters 

Nature-Inspired Decor

Driftwood Table Crate and Barrel

Bringing the outside in lends a warmth and soul to the home that can really carry you through those long winter months. Use a combination of woods, plants, and flowers to make your living space especially inviting. 
Driftwood Coffee Table, Crate & Barrel

Wine Colors

Wine Color Tufted Arm Chair Wayfair

Cabernet and sangria now belong just as much on your walls as they do in your glass! With Sherwin Williams advertising colors like Fabulous Grape, Aged Wine, 
and Rosé, wine colors are really making a splash this fall. If you don't love the idea of a merlot family room, start with something small, like this lovely tufted armchair.

Amelia Tufted Armchair, Wayfair 

Happy decorating! Time to pour yourself a glass of wine. You know, as paint color research.

This post was written by Lauren.