Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday READ: Practical typography for lawyers BLOGGERS

A lawyer named Butterick is attempting to clean up graphic design abuse in his profession with a book called Typography for Lawyers. It’s been so popular that he wrote a companion version for the rest of us: Butterick’s Practical Typography.

While I'm not wrapped as tight over typography as Matthew Butterick (and I can’t get over how his surname makes me want to buy some gabardine at Jo-Ann’s and stitch up an A-line skirt), I laud the intentions he shared in an interview in Quartz.

In fact, I may even write my own version: Practical Typography for BLOGGERS. I may just write it right here, right now.

Why does typography matter?



I heard this in every journalism class I ever took. I don't think Matthew Butterick, Esq., was in any of them (neither were most of the world's 8 million bloggers), so I don’t know where he picked it up, but he's right on:

Typography matters because it helps conserve the most valuable resource you have as a writer—reader attention. I believe that most readers are looking for reasons to stop reading. By spending time to finesse the layout of a document, a writer can eliminate distractions so readers can actually focus on content.

YES!!

I read a LOT of blogs, trolling for inspiration for my own (this one here that you’re reading), and I spend too much of that time fighting poor formatting choices and lazy grammar. (I don't like to play the journalism-degree/former-English-teacher card, but I am qualified to bitch about this.)

I know blogs are supposed to be conversational, to reflect the blogger’s unique voice and sensibility, to be relaxed and laid-back, and I wouldn't change all that. But I wonder if some bloggers (and on-line magazines!) understand how tough their posts are to read just because of a few silly things they do and don’t do. Apparently not everyone agrees with me because the blogs that annoy me most have way more readers than mine and a string of awards, though obviously not from the Modern Language Association or the American Society of News Editors.

But because these bloggers and publications have big shoulders and influence so many, it’s time they clean up their acts. I won’t call out any specifically, but you’ll know who you are based on my gripes. (That is, if they're reading ME.)

Please STOP:
  • Centering ALL body text. It’s hard to read, and it doesn’t look cute. I can tolerate centered headlines (sometimes) and centered photo credits/captions, as long as they’re confined to one line. But I prefer flush right photo credits and flush left for anything longer than one line because that’s where folks in a western society look for the beginning. When the lefthand margins are uneven, we lose our place.
  • Flouting standard rules of capitalization. it isn’t cute to begin a sentence with a lowercase letter. it makes you look like you’re in junior high, writing notes to your bff. next thing you know you’ll be using a font that dots the lowercase "i" with a heart. puh-LEEZ.
  • Italicizing lots of text. It’s also hard to read in bulk. It’s okay for emphasis (that means occasionally), for variation in headlines, for pull-out quotes.
  • Capitalizing lots of text. HARD TO READ AGAIN. Okay for emphasis and for labels (like in a table or chart).
  • Formatting large blocks of text in reverse type on a dark background. This is okay once in a while, in small quantities. But as standard style, it’s tough to read, too.



Please START:
  • Letting your layout breathe. Blank space is also a design element. It’s called “negative space,” and you should learn to use it to help the reader hang in there. If a page breathes, the reader will tire less and comprehend more.
  • Being consistent in your use of white space. It makes a difference. For example, I always use…
    • 1 line of blank space between a headline and body text below it.
    • 1 line between paragraphs
    • 1 line between a photo and the text that follows it
    • 2 lines of blank space between a paragraph and the photo below it
    • 2 lines of blank space between the end of one section and the head/subhead for the next section
  • Breaking up your writing into smaller paragraphs. Forget what your English teachers told you about well-developed paragraphs. Paragraphs on a typeset page (paper or electronic) are rest stops for a reader’s eyes. Whether you indent or skip lines between, try to limit paragraphs to 1-3 sentences. Study your page in preview mode and break up any text blocks that look forbidding.
  • Learning the correct use of common homophones, or else generate your posts in software that prompts you when you get it wrong (like MS Word). Start with it’s/its, you’re/your and they’re/their/there. Once you have those mastered, work on then/than, to/too/two, here/hear, lose/loose, are/our, and who's/whose. I'll let you look up correct usage yourself so (maybe) you'll finally remember and your fourth-grade teacher can stop spinning in her grave.


Whew! Now that I’ve got that off my chest, let’s redefine beauty


You won’t want to miss this compelling interview with plus-size model Tess Holliday in Paper. Holliday is the industry’s first size 22 model, a fashion designer, and the creative energy behind #EffYourBeautyStandards, which you’ll also want to check out.


Catherine Harbour

My favorite Tess quote:
There are so many people who think that being a plus-size model, that there's something wrong with it, or that I must be unhealthy or that I'm promoting an unhealthy lifestyle. And at first it was very hard, and I blamed it on myself, and then I thought...my health is none of their business, I'm modeling for this clothing company, so why are people dissecting my body and telling me that I can't wear some things? That I can't look a certain way because of my body? And I did combat that for a while, and argue with people about that, but ultimately it's kind of like banging your head into a brick wall. If people are committed to that theory, I'm not going to change their mind. But there are people who look like me, and feel like me, who feel like they don't have a voice, and that encouraged me to keep going.
As a plus-size woman, I can confirm how frustrating it is to shop for clothes modeled on diminutive women. I need to see how something looks on someone more like me, so thank you, Tess.

Paper devoted the last week of its January health and wellness emphasis to the plus-size industry. Follow links to read interviews with plus models Anita Marshall and Bishamber Das.


And let’s take on gender, while we’re at it


It was a little tough to tell who were the guys and who were the gals on the runway at Milan's fall/winter 2016 fashion week, as this photo from the Etro show attests…

Victor Boyko

And a few of the outfits shown for men made girly-me drool with envy…

Victor Boyko/Catwalking/Ernesto Ruscio/Victor Boyko

The first two coats by Etro and DSquared2, respectively, both had me wondering if menswear big and tall sizes would work for me. For these two, I'd give it a try. The first coat is so cuddly and smart, and the second is so elegant. I also loved the red print blazer by Helen Anthony, and even the skirt that accompanied it, though it really didn’t go so well with the Charlie Chaplin mustache and the pajama pants. 

The yellow Fendi fur I didn’t really want to WEAR so much as make into pillows for my sofa (see Call Me Mellow Yellow).

I understand why men finally want to wear prettier clothes, and I don’t begrudge them their forays into the feminine. I am, however, impatient for the clothing industry to start making women’s clothes just as durable and as functional as men’s without costing 10 times as much. Translation: Plus-size bottoms (of all sorts) that don’t fall apart in a few weeks, and please, more pockets on everything.

Ladies, do you agree?


File under ‘Just when you thought it couldn’t get any weirder’


A UK firm has devised a new way to separate expectant parents from money they should be saving for their kids’ college: 3D-printed renderings of unborn children


Mirror.co.uk

A scary company (appropriately named Baby BOO) uses ultrasound images and a 3D printer to produce eight-inch replica masks, which they then frame for parents-to-be to hang on their walls and creep out all their friends. Marketing materials tout the early-bonding opportunity the masks present, especially for the blind, who will now be able to “see” their baby’s face through touch much sooner.

Except it’s a not fully distinct face. And it’s creepy. Did I say that already? It’s worth repeating. CREEPY.

Hmmm. Reminds me of the ancient Romans, who were famous for death masks. Important families collected these wax castes down through the generations and hung them on the walls of their atriums (compare to modern-day foyers) to impress visitors. Then when a male in the family died, all the others marched in the funeral procession wearing an ancestor's mask. I’m still wondering how the masks managed not to melt (a.) in the hot Italian summers before air-conditioning, and (b.) alongside the customary blazing funeral pyres.

So, in a creepier still reverse ritual, will older children in “Baby Boo” families wear “their” masks at the birth of future siblings? Or go on family trick-or-treat outings where all the kids dress as their fetus self?

I repeat, CREEPY.


File under ‘Not as creepy, but twice as useless’



These floating bonsai are part of a Kickstarter project to bring some "anime magic" to your home. Though the project is well past its $80,000 goal, you still have about a month to become a backer at the $200 level and get the full package of plant, moss ball, pot and energy base with magnet, rotating mechanism and AC adapter.

If you’re feeling particularly generous, there’s still one open position for a $10,000 backer. For that you get an all-expense-paid trip to and tour of the Air Bonsai Garden factory in Japan. Woopee.

At this writing, the project was nearing the $500,000 mark on Kickstarter, which leaves me wondering how so many people have so much to spend on stupid stuff when I'm obsessing over a MERE $85 to buy a furry yellow pillow I want.

Read more about the Air Bonsai “Little Star” on Wired.


It’s a dog’s life #1: Meet the Bergamasco


Jamie McCarthy

When Madison Square Garden opens its doors for the 140th Westminster Kennel Club Feb. 15, seven new dog breeds will be certified to compete, including the Bergamasco, shown here.

An Italian herding dog, the Bergamasco’s coat is comprised of three types of hair, which form flocks, or loose mats, and protect the dog from weather and predators. These flocks, when trimmed back, will grow all the way to the ground each year.

Sweet as he (she?) is, it’s hard to tell whether that’s its real coat or this dog is wearing a mop, but I guess the judges can sort it out.

A mop or a chenille-shag pillow. Dragged through mud puddles.

Did someone say its name was "Bullion Fringe"?

Dye this little guy (or gal) yellow and it would solve my living-room-accent-pillow dilemma.

You know I’m kidding, right? I'm sure this one has a sweet face, too, if only we could see it. Follow this link to see all the new breeds.


It’s a dog’s life #2: Ludivine takes 7th place in the race but 1st in our hearts


This is the stuff that children’s storybooks, cartoons, and stuffed toys are made of. And if you haven’t heard of the two-year-old bloodhound named Ludivine who placed seventh in an Alabama mini-marathon, just look her up on the Internet, where she's already legendary.


Jake Armstrong/April Hamlin

Owner April Hamlin wasn’t surprised her buddy once again escaped her pen for a stroll around the small town of Elkmont (where most everyone knows her), but she was surprised Ludi ran all 13.1 miles of the race, “because she’s usually really lazy,” Hamlin said.

Lazy or not, Ludivine (who wasn’t registered to run) got curious when she saw all the people gathered. So when the starting shot fired, she took off alongside the 165 other runners. And she might have beaten the winner’s 1:19 finishing time, if she hadn't taken time to do the dog's version of "stop and smell the roses." Another runner who paced her most of the way said she detoured to sniff a dead rabbit, romp in water, greet another dog watching the race, and visit some cows and a mule in an adjacent farm field. She reportedly finished somewhere around 1:30, and was the highest-placing FEMALE.

Money raised from the race will benefit the Elkmont High School cross country and track and field programs. No word yet on whether Ludivine has been offered an assistant coaching position with those teams, but the January 2017 race has already been renamed “The Elkmont Hound Dog Half,” and a new logo features the town's favorite sniffer.

That’s a full lid! Enjoy your weekend.


XO,
Susan


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National Chocolate
Cake Day treat
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9 ways to add Rose
& Serenity for le$$

Thursday, January 28, 2016

9 ways to add a shot of Rose Quartz & Serenity for le$$

You don’t have to redecorate or spend a bundle to add a little Rose Quartz and Serenity to your boho home. These decorating ideas are easy on the wallet and easier still to implement. And if you're ready for something new later in the year, they'll be easy to switch out for the 2017 color of the year when it's announced.


1. Pull the rug out from under your room


Via Blomma

And find a new area rug that includes the colors of the year as well as the colors of items you can’t afford (or don’t want) to change. For instance, this rug is largely pink, but it has just enough coral to make it work with the sofa pictured. So everything old looks new again when set against a different mix.


Rug Store

This rug has pretty much every color EXCEPT the navy blue of the sofa but still works in the room. I heard a decorator say that whenever his focus is one particular hue, he makes sure he also includes elements in the room that are lighter and darker versions of it. So the Serenity in this rug works with the darker blue sofa because they're in the same color family.


2. Toss around some pillows 



The simple addition of pink pillows and a dusty blue throw bring a whole new sensibility to this space. 



A brown sofa can take on most any accent color, including pink and blue, as seen here.


3. Smarten up your art 


Via Dappar

Who would’ve thought to mix pink with peachy orange walls? And yet it works, thanks to the pink in the largest painting and supporting accessories (pillows, throw, cute little pink table).


4. A tisket, a tasket, don’t forget the basket


Via Cactus and Kudzu

Colorful baskets are a great way to bring pops of brightness into your home and add texture. They work hung on the wall as well as stacked on an ottoman, a table, or the floor.


5. Cuddle up a little closer


Cinematic Homes

This throw is a bold move away from the matchy-matched look I often fall back on because I'm afraid to take a risk. Nothing else in this room (that we can see anyway) is the same shade of pink as this throw, but it looks great anyway. Its pattern makes it the focal point, and everything else in different colors reinforces its starring role. See more photos of this home on Apartment Therapy.


Via Domaine Home

Given the artwork and the liberal use of black, this room could take on a variety of different looks simply by changing out the bedding. I wonder what it looked like BEFORE the homeowner decided to feature Rose Quartz and Serenity in these gorgeous blankets?


6. Paint yourself out of a blah corner


Coco Carpets

Start small with paint and work up your courage. Try a little bit of pink or blue, for instance, on a door. Keep chanting, "Paint is the budget-conscious redecorator’s friend." Results like this will convince you in no time.


Via House Picture Gallery

If you’re not ready to commit to all pink and/or blue when you paint the insides of a shelf unit, make each shelf a different color and include pink and blue in the mix. It’s a cheery look, and it gives you lots of options for accessorizing.


Ida Magntorn/Elle Decoration Sweden

Accent walls are great, too, and help you get used to using more color. Paint is one place to take color risks and go beyond what you’ve tried before. You can always change it if you don’t like it, and why live the rest of your life wondering if it would have been truly astonishing? Few things are as rewarding—or as forgiving—as paint. See more ideas for pink-painted living rooms on Apartment Therapy.


7. You deserve flowers 


Via Cuded Design & Inspiration

Blue-and-white chinoiserie, as in this fish bowl repurposed as a vase, is timeless, whether it’s on its own or filled with branches of pale-pink plum blossoms. No one can argue that it makes this largely neutral room sing.


One Kings Lane

Even a simple bouquet of pink peonies in a glass jar will become the focal point, no matter where they're placed. And flowers, because they’re from nature, behave as a neutral no matter their color or the colors that surround them. To me, their effect is to heighten all the senses and make everything in a room crisper and more penetrating.

See more photos of this home owned by blogger Lizzie Garrett Mettler on One Kings Lane. And don’t forget to check out her blog, The Reed.


8. Set a killer table


Kimberly Schlegel Whitman

Who doesn’t look for an excuse to add to their collection of colorful plates and glassware? And if all you have is plain white china and clear glasses, just think of the fun you can have with colorful chargers, napkins, placemats, runners and tablecloths--pink and blue this year, and next year, who knows? See more photos of this baby shower tablescape at Kimberly Schlegel Whitman Blog.


9. Use it all!


Via Nicety Live Journal

If you play your cards right, you can design a mix of colors that you can either change out with shifting trends or simply to incorporate your latest find. See more photos of this home designed by Jenny Foley at Nicety Live Journal.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

For National Chocolate Cake Day, I give you a Valentine's treat

If you've never tried flourless chocolate cake, you don't know what you're missing. It's a cross between a gooey brownie, fudge, and a truffle. I first encountered it at Tippecanoe Place, a gourmet restaurant in the old Studebaker mansion in South Bend, Ind.

I have to say it spoiled me for all other chocolate cakes. And since then, I’ve encountered this delicacy so seldom on restaurant menus that I decided to learn how to bake one myself. Today is National Chocolate Cake Day, so I thought it only fair I share my recipe with all of you.



Don’t let the “flourless” part fool you. Even if you don’t have a gluten allergy, you'll want to try this. It’s not terribly difficult to make, but you need to read the instructions ahead of time and follow them precisely. Baking is chemistry, after all, and in the absence of flour, precision is important.

And did I mention this cake makes a killer Valentine’s Day surprise? If your sweetheart is a chocolate-lover, he or she will be all over you for making this for them. It’s a guaranteed score!


Make a shopping list for these ingredients



For cake:
  • 12 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks) of unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 12 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons real vanilla extract
For ganache:
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • ½ cup dark corn syrup
  • 9 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
For garnish: Raspberries (or whatever you prefer)


Ready, set, prep!



Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter a 9-inch diameter springform pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment or waxed paper, and butter the paper. Wrap the outside of the pan with foil.


Chocolate 101



Use a high-end chocolate in this cake. Yes, ordinary chocolate chips will work, but this is a special cake, and you want it to be extra rich. I use Ghirardelli bittersweet baking bars, but you could also choose another high-cacao-content bar, including ones flavored with espresso, orange, chili peppers, etc. Or add your own special flavorings to your chocolate mixture (1-2 teaspoons of espresso, orange zest or chili pepper nips).


Stir chocolate and butter in heavy, medium saucepan over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool to lukewarm, stirring often.

Note: Don’t skip the cool step. If you add the eggs (next step) into hot chocolate and butter, you’ll fry the eggs. A lot of different flavors work well with chocolate, but I’m pretty sure fried eggs isn't one of them.


Eggs 101



Using an electric mixer, beat egg YOLKS together with 6 tablespoons sugar in a large bowl until the mixture is thick and pale; about 3 minutes.



Fold lukewarm chocolate into the yolk/sugar mixture, then fold in vanilla extract.

Because there’s no flour, any rise in your cake will come from the beaten eggs. So remember to be gentle when incorporating the chocolate into the eggs. To FOLD means to use a wire whisk or rubber spatula in long, slow, smooth strokes. You don’t want to deflate those egg yolks.



Using clean dry beaters, beat egg WHITES in another large bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining 6 tablespoons of sugar, beating until medium-firm peaks form.



Fold the whites/sugar mixture into the chocolate mixture in 3 additions. Remember: long, slow, smooth strokes. You especially don’t want to push out all the air you just pumped into those egg WHITES. When your batter looks like the last picture, pour it into the prepared pan.


Ready, set, BAKE!



Bake cake until top is puffed and cracked and tester (toothpick) inserted into center comes out with some moist crumbs attached; about 50 minutes. Leave cake in pan to cool on a cooling rack. 

Expect the cake to fall and don’t fret over it. This cake will be somewhat shorter than a single layer of a traditional cake made with flour. But what it lacks in volume, it makes up for in density. Gently press down the crusty top to make the cake evenly thick. Don’t worry about cracks on top because this will become the bottom of your finished cake.



Using a small knife, cut around the pan sides to loosen the cake, then open the spring latch to release the pan sides. Place a tart pan bottom or cardboard round atop the cake and invert so the cake is resting on the round. Peel off the parchment paper from the new, smooth top.


Ganache with panache!



Use the same high-end brand of chocolate used in the cake, but chop it finely. Bring cream and corn syrup to simmer in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat, add the chocolate, and whisk until melted and smooth.



Place cake (leave on round) on a cooling rack set over a baking sheet or a length of waxed paper. Pour ½ cup of the ganache onto the top and spread smoothly over top and sides for a crumb coat. Freeze until almost set, about 3 minutes. This step helps keep crumbs from messing up the look of your cake.




Now pour the remaining glaze over the cake. It will easily drip over the sides with a little help from you and a knife or an offset spatula. Smooth/even out where necessary. Scoop up what drips off and return it to the cake top if needed. If not needed, you have my permission to eat it, just lick fingers thoroughly! Chill the finished cake until ganache is firm, about 1 hour.

You can make this a day ahead. Cover your finished cake with a cake dome and store at room temperature. If garnishing with fresh fruit, wait until closer to serving time to add it.


Cool raspberry coulis



Pick out the best of your raspberries and use them to decorate the top of the cake however you like. The room temperature ganache should allow you to press them gently into place. You can also wait and add them to plated servings.



Puree remaining raspberries in a blender or food processor until smooth. Some people sweeten to taste with confectioners’ sugar, but I think the mild tartness of the raspberries adds depth to the chocolate and helps cut the overall sweetness of the dessert. It’s sugar you don’t need and won’t miss. But if you think you need it, add it at the beginning of the puree process. 

Remove the seeds by pushing the puree through a sieve or strainer. Use the back of a tablespoon to help the process along, and discard the seeds and pulp left in the strainer.



Your finished coulis should resemble this photo. Refrigerate until ready to serve the cake. You might want to take the sauce out of the fridge about 10 minutes before serving to allow it to warm up to the same temperature as the cake.


Finishing touches



Pool puree onto a dessert place and spread in a large circle with the heel of your spoon or ladle. Place a wedge of cake in the center of the pool. Add more raspberries if desired and a sprig of mint (optional). If you have a steady hand, feel free to get artistic with the coulis and decorate the plate and/or cake with swirls instead.



I love presenting this cake on a pedestal plate because it looks so grand! To keep it that way as you serve, rinse your knife in warm water between cuts and pat dry to make cleaner wedges and avoid tearing up the remaining cake.



Instead of raspberries, you can also garnish with chopped nuts, coconut or strawberries. Pictured are toasted hazelnuts, which sound yummy, and I’ve made it with slivered almonds, which were also good and looked pretty. I’d like to try it with chopped pistachios embedded in the side. The green would look so pretty and the combination of flavors would be double-yumm, don’t you think?

If you’re not a fan of ganache, you can skip it altogether and sift powdered sugar over the unglazed cake top. I’ve had it with ice cream (mint chocolate is to die for!) instead, but whipped cream or crème fraiche would also be good. When you start with this cake, I don’t think you can go wrong. So choose what appeals to you or that lucky someone you’re making it for.


For real decadence and an extra-special treat 



It is Valentine’s Day after all, so serve this with a full-bodied red wine. We like:
  • Cocobon, a California red blend
  • 14 Hands Cabernet, Columbia Valley, Washington.
  • Louis Martini Cabernet, Napa Valley, Calif.
  • Estancia Cabernet or Zinfandel, Monterey, Calif.
  • St. Francis Old Vine Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley, Calif.

Cheers! Salud! Chin-chin! Score! (uh, I meant, Skâl!)


Here's to love and the chocolate buzz of a lifetime!! (They're the same, aren't they?)
Print out the full recipe for the cake and ganache, minus the photos, at Epicurious.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Go gallery-wall gaga with 600,000+ images at your boho fingertips

Hey, boho home decor aficionados: Looking for vintage illustrations to finesse a gallery wall, but you don’t have a lot of dough?

Look no further than the New York Public Library’s digital collection, where more than 600,00 images, all in the public domain and free for downloading, are listed in an on-line, searchable catalog. 

Collections span fashion, zoology, science, nature, medicine, posters, receipts and contracts, vintage magazine covers, advertising art, Works Progress Administration art, maps and atlases, gay and lesbian history, theatrical photographs, book art and illustrations, New York scenes, paintings, and more.

Images intended for personal use can be downloaded for free in 300 or 760 pixels. High-resolution scans for commercial use, as well as other printing and framing options (canvas, mural, etc.), are available for a fee. 


What about quality?


To test image quality, I simply did a copy and paste into Microsoft Word. Without adjusting its approximately 5-by-7-inch size, I then printed it on the “normal” resolution setting of my color inkjet printer, and it came out good enough for framing. 



I then enlarged the same image in its 760-pixel version to nearly fill the printable area of my 8.5-by-11-inch paper. Neither print showed any pixellation or loss of detail. 

I especially like the fashion images because they remind me of sewing patterns from when I was a child and images from women's magazines in the 1950s and early 1960s.


All the flora and fauna images sent me in a tailspin! 



Add a custom mat and a frame, and these prints will be ready to spiff up any entryway, boudoir, living room, bathroom, kitchen or den. 



You can also take the digital file to a local printer for enlargement beyond the capacity of your home printer, or send it to an on-line source, such as Minted or Spoonflower





Paintings, posters and illustrations galore...



I just love these planet drawings found under science. They look more like modern abstract art to me and would made an uber-cool grouping, particularly in a black-and-white space.



These magazine covers are from the turn-of-the-century (19th into 20th) poster collection. Doubtless you've seen some of them before. 



And these paintings of India would be so right for a British colonial or other tropical/coastal decor.


Believe me, I've only scratched the surface with the images shown here.

Here’s that link again: New York Public Library digital collection


Make sure you budget plenty of time for browsing, and have fun getting lost in the search for the perfect pictures for your home sweet home.

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