Friday, September 23, 2011


Oh yes, it's been awhile. Happy Fall to you! I'm back today with an incredible collection of furniture & lighting by whyrHymer. So here's a little back story. My college friend Deanna, who I haven't seen in about 10 years comes into town. Midst red wine sipping she tells me she has a cousin who designs furniture, and of course I get excited because we're having furniture talk. Don't you? No? Okay. Anyway, it turns out said furniture is one of the most beautiful handcrafted collections I've ever seen. Take a look and be sure to watch the videos! In the meantime I'm trying to figure out a reason whyrHymer and I can work together :)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Building a Brand

Launching a product line is the closest you will ever come to falling down the rabbit hole. Ask anyone who runs a sales/design/manufacturing business and they will tell you the same; each year we learn a little more, get a little smarter, and act a little tougher. We also waste a lot of time, energy, and money along the way trying to demystify the process. I've been lucky to meet a lot of entrepreneurs in my 4 years of business, each of us  talented, passionate, and chock full of blank stares. Where oh where is the book that teaches you everything you didn't learn in the 50 other books you read already?

In conjunction with the Textile Arts Center, I have designed a series of 10 classes that cover topics from Product Development & Design, PR & Marketing, to Business Financing. Each class will be led by an instructor proficient in that area to maximize the benefits of the course, and classes are designed to work together. Purchase separately or as a full series.

See class schedule here, and please leave me a comment if you have any questions!

Friday, May 6, 2011

What's in a name?

You've seen images like this on the site before and thought..geez this girl is OB-sessed with island living right? Wellll...kind of. In truth, it's all a part of my master plan. The name Hammocks & High Tea came to me in a tiny kitchen in a tiny Brooklyn apartment. I wanted something that spoke the inspiration for my brand immediately, in a few short, catchy words. Hammocks- Caribbean roots High Tea- British influence
Can I tell you how many people say "Wow, that sounds like someplace I'd like to be right now". Well, I'm letting it slip today. Part of my vision in choosing Hammocks & High Tea as a name is that I'd like to develop a Caribbean boutique hotel one day. Thoroughly modern, filled with amazing textiles and furnishings, and a world class spa. I hope one day I'll look back and be able to say the journey started in my little Brooklyn kitchen. 

P.S. Whomever is quoting that "make plans, God laughs" phrase right now is not invited to the party. No hammock for you!

Friday, April 29, 2011

The Bootstrap Project

I was introduced to The Bootstrap Project last week after reading about it on one of my favorite blogs, Out And About Africa. Could these piece be more heavenly? And how genius of them to show that traditional textiles can fit in thoroughlly modern spaces? As a matter of fact, I almost like them more in a neutral background than competing to be "heard" in a dramatic space.

The Bootstrap Project's mission is to retain centuries old crafts, working with artisans to preserve customs while enriching lives and communities. Now..I know what you're thinking. I see that Suzani, it's great and all but it's like $700 right? I'll let you go see the surprise for yourself...ok's $200, and prices are just as incredible throughout the entire site. Go forth and shop!

Monday, April 18, 2011

HGTV looking for NYC homeowners

The Hottest, Chicest Home Design Team Wants to Transform Your Family’s Home on TV

A New York-based production company is looking for energetic and vibrant family homeowners in the New York Tri-State area who want their homes to match their family’s personalities, but who may not have the vision to make it happen. Whether it’s your family room, patio, or your kids' playroom/bedrooms, we want to help!

Our design team will bring their eclectic, high-end / low-cost, new-meets-old design philosophy to your home. This will not be just a room makeover; it will be a life-changer!

If you think your family’s home and our show might be a good fit, send us an email to with the following information:

  • Names, ages [for verification purposes], and occupations of each household member
  • Address and contact info (please include e-mail address and cell phone number)
  • List of rooms to be styled, photos are a big plus!
  • Favorite style you'd like to see (or do you want to be surprised?)
  • Your real design budget

Our superstar designers are at your service! We will be shooting between January & May 2011.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Made In America

There was a show that I loved on HBO called How to Make it in America. It followed two 20 something guys trying to launch a denim brand in the hopes of striking it rich. As a product designer, I certainly identified with their daily hustle & bustle. You can often find me running around the garment district picking everything from zippers & linen, to meeting with sample makers. I know most of my small business owner friends lead similar lives as well. We get a first hand view of how to make it in America AND how it's Made in America. I've got nothing against products made outside of the USA, as a matter of fact I would like to one day support small artisan communities elsewhere, but I think there needs to be more education about what it actually takes to produce a product on our shores. I came across this article on a new ABC series called Made in America, where the challenge was to decorate a home using only American made products. Check it out, I see the names of some brands that I know well. What do you think?

Monday, March 21, 2011

Hammocks & High Tea Dopp Kits

As with many of the items we produce, our Dopp kits have a story behind them. My uncles, three of my favorite people in the world, used them for their morning shaving ritual. I'd study them as they crafted the most meticulous beards and spritzed themselves with cologne every morning. Those fellas had ladies chasing after them like they were leaving the country... no kidding! As I was dreaming up new products to offer you, it occurred to me that ladies makeup bags are kind of pfft. So I designed a women's dopp kit, that actually fits everything (raise your hand if you had two makeup bags when traveling), and had a bit of pizazz. I sat in my workroom to see these baby's get sewn up recently and they take about 1/2 hour to 45 minutes to construct. 3 part construction, 2 layers, zipper, and leather handle. I hope you like them as much as we do.