Friends with Benefits

While big projects are on hold as we scheme (and save for) the next area of the house to tackle, I find myself energized with the 'little things.' We strive to find the perfect balance of accessories to accent the architecture of the house, but we find ourselves being selective about the ones that we let pass through the front door. Thankfully, with the help and talents of good friends, we have a few new pieces that made the cut. Check out these great CB2 gifts from our dear friends, Sarah and Bo Bishop.

My search for a simple bookend is over.

The new centerpiece. I am loving this vase.

This little gem was find from last summer, at the local Design Within Reach closing sale. Now that the built-in is completed, we have a spot for it.

But we are most excited about our new local art that has taken its place on our mantel. Our friend and graphic designer, Charlie Wagers, recently had a show featuring his medium format photography. We came away with two pieces, but you can view them all here: http://www.charliewagers.com/throughaplasticlens/.

Here is a close up of the one we are most intrigued with - a great double exposed shot of us playing on Coney Island beach a couple summers ago. Notice Matt throwing the football in the background and me walking with Charlie's girlfriend, Katie.

These meaningful and sentimental touches are helping our modern house feel like a home.



In the past, we've hinted at the possibility of establishing our own renovation business -- but never with a solid grasp of when that time would come. Thanks to our recent episode of Extreme Makeover: Blog Edition (not a real show), some of you MCM sleuths have probably cracked this case already: Harbert Renovation & Design is officially a bona fide operation. (Our website will be trucking soon, but for now it only displays our logo with a link back to this blog).

Deep, deep thanks to our friend Charlie Wagers at Three Bears Design for his polished ability to capture our personal and professional style in a simple but complete way. The man has skillz. And he looks sexy in flannel.

Hannah made me write that.