Ordinary life is better together. Our new series, Family Habits, introduces creative parents and families, what they've learned about play, and their tips for appreciating the present moment with loved ones. In our first installment, we hear from Angela Tafoya of NOOMOON.
Ordinary Story is a series by Rachel Schwartzmann that features musings and conversations on one of our favorite ordinary habits:...
Take note of Zibby Owens's career trajectory, and you'll find a clear through-line: storytelling. From podcasting to publishing to running an independent bookstore, Owens has become a champion for all things books—and has even penned a few herself, including her forthcoming debut novel.
The holidays are here once more. Breathe in the scent of cinnamon and exhale any tension. Be calmed by the flickering candle on the mantle or the twinkling lights in the distance. Indulge in a cup of hot chocolate or fond memories of time spent with loved ones. Settle your mind and feel your heart race with excitement. Our annual gift guide pays homage to this idea. Discover our curation below—and from all of us at Ordinary Habit, we wish you well this holiday season and beyond
We were first introduced to Susan Spungen through her beautiful recipes featured in the New York Times, and were delighted with her approach to cooking. Fast forward a couple of years later, and Tre – one of our co-founders – had the pleasure of dining with her at Canal House, in celebration of the launch of her latest cookbook, Veg Forward. Read on as she shares a warming dish that’s perfect to dig into as we get cozy, and sink into the Autumn months.
Fall is a feeling. It's the warmth that fills your entire body after biting into a fresh pastry. It's the sounds of zippers closing on jackets and the wind whistling in the trees. It's the satisfaction of knowing you've made it to the end of another year. It's an enduring reminder to honor the little things that add value to your life.
It's easy for our team to become so absorbed in something—a classic novel, a delicious meal, an exhilarating conversation—that we lose ourselves entirely. This idea was certainly the case upon discovering Ilya Milstein's art. The self-taught illustrator's work demands attention at the highest level—though perhaps demand is too harsh a word. Rather than obligated, we often feel inspired to unearth the motivations behind Milstein's penchant for detail: Why did he choose to use that palette? To place that line or add that shadow? To render that moment on the page?
It's hard to look away from Manuja Waldia's art. Awash in eye-catching colors, her work captures both the vitality and gentleness of ordinary life. Take Troublemakers, which features a vibrant gathering of women over tea—or A Fruity Bunch, a communal scene that delights the senses. When asked about the latter's creation, Waldia explained that she "wanted to create a picture of abundance, a safe space of leisure, enterprise, self and selfless care for the marginalized."
Nature’s gifts grow plentiful in the spring, and with its arrival, we’re invited to reconsider our favorite rituals. This idea is core to everything we do at Ordinary Habit. Our design-led products strengthen your relationship to play and connection all year round.