Oh Valentine’s Day - how bitter and sweet you can be. I never knew that the name might come from two men, both named Valentine, executed by the ancient Romans. A fitting story for those who find the day less than joyous. For those who celebrate the day of love, here are some beautiful pieces that are both hand made and made with a heart. Uncommongoods, in Brooklyn, New York, is one of my favorite sources for the unusual and the uncommon but still knowing there is quality and value in the selections. These little treasures can all be found at


Plants: potted, practical and perfect

No room can be considered complete until there are humans and plants in it!  Not only are they green and sculptural, adding color and life, but they also clean our air!  And they ask so little in return, a little water now and then.  At least that's my strategy - only placing plants that are low maintenance in the spaces we live in so we aren't adding any more stress than necessary. Here are three photos of plants at a job on Hamilton Street, all paired with original artwork.