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Cambridge, Massachusetts

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School Year Style Guide

Elizabeth Tobin

Whether you're heading back to college or saying farewell to long sunny, summer days, gear up and get back in the swing of the school year with us! We've got you covered from paper goods to dorm decor, stop by and shop with us Tuesday through Saturday 10-6 or find us online anytime!

For the Writers, the Readers, the Jotters, The Drawers and the Inspiration seekers.


New School Year, New home, New Style?

 

Are you working with a blank slate in your home away from home? Stop in and customize your space with our SYD+SAM furniture line and other home decor to make your space stands out! From tight city living to converting your dorm room to be uniquely your own, we've got you covered. 


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Shop Talk!

Elizabeth Tobin

To say it has been a crazy couple of months is an understatement. In March we dropped the first two pieces of our furniture line, the Sydney Sofa and the Samantha Swivel. The concept behind the line is to bring a product that would typically be available to interior designers and make it accessible to our everyday customers. 


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  “I wanted to design pieces that are clean and timeless and would fit into any design project, whether it was modern or traditional." - Emily Pinney

 “I wanted to design pieces that are clean and timeless and would fit into any design project, whether it was modern or traditional." - Emily Pinney

The Furniture line is MADE IN THE USA, completely custom, and available in multiple fabric options. Learn more about the products under the Custom Furniture Line Page!


Things are looking up!

We also installed new floor to ceiling shelving in April. The clean lines of the shelves add a new, inviting dynamic to our shop. The shelving allowed us to use the high ceilings in our space to our advantage. It's so fun to look back at when we first opened and see how much we've grown! This year we are making a conscious effort to transition our store into a shop that plays like a gift store and works as an interior design showroom for the public. Curating that balance has been the funnest part! Click on the images below to see what new accent pieces we have in shop!


Sweet Summertime

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For this summer seasons window installation we wanted to take last years design a step further. Made up of paper cutouts of varying shapes and sizes, we used depth and height to turn our windows into an urban jungle! Check out our urban jungle board in pinterest to see how we gathered inspration for this design!

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Swing into Summer 

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Emily's Mother's Day Gift Guide

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Mom, Designer, and Shop Owner Emily has put together a hand curated gift guide to help those of you looking for last minute Mother's Day gift ideas. The selected items are objects you can always find at her side or part of her everyday life. From furniture and decor to jewelry and accessories, read more about Emily's favorites in the curated gift guide below!


 A)  Side Shelf Tables  are made from mahogany and have a hand rubbed black finish. They are versatile shelves fit in the corners of any home and currently serve as end tables in Emily's living room! ($537)  B) Emily's favorite earrings are designed in San Fransisco by Colleen Mauer Designs- these  Black and Gold Drop Hoops  are composed from 14k gold and oxidized silver, displaying the artisans touch. ($208)  C)  Ceramic Lotus Tea Lights  are another bestseller here at SYD+SAM and they make for a perfect gift at a low price! Emily loves them for their charm and the simple aesthetic they add to a room.  ($13)  D) This  Sunprint Journal  is always on Emily's desk! With a cute floral linen cover and ruled interior pages, this notebook is suitable for inspiration jotting or styling. ($15)  E)  Teal Table Tiles  are a dynamic and modern piece to to help protect your furniture while enjoying summer beverages at moms house! ($18)  F) Found on the shelves of the SYD+SAM, and on all the desks at Pinney Designs,  Further Lotion  is a must have in your shopping cart. The lotion is made from the oils of bergamot, olive and exotic grasses leaving you with a fragrance that is clean and natural. (Starting at $12.50)  G) While shopping at Trader Joe's, going to the beach or carrying around office materials for an install, Emily's  Cambridge Market Bag  is always in hand. They are exclusively sold here at SYD+SAM and once purchased, the Apolis Cambridge Market Bag will save you 10% whenever you shop with us. All you have to do is bring it in with you and use it to shop when you come back to visit! ($68)  H) Perfect for the summer picnic season, this  Parisian Picnic Knife  is a must have for your outdoor adventures! Emily uses hers frequently while on family outings in the park or even at home for a cheese board snack! ($25)  I) This throw is composed of a cashmere and wool blend, you can find it on the sofa of Emily's  home. The  Runa Bone Throw  has a pink stitched edge adding pop of color to the neutral herringbone pattern. ($250)   J) The  No. 2  candle is a natural soy wax blend and burns uniquely in three nodes, top (hinoki wood), middle (cedarwood, patchouli) and base (white musk).  K) The  Lewis Windsor Chair  is a staple to the heart of the Pinney home. These dining chairs are a solid oak wood with a black wire brush finish complimenting the contemporary Windsor style. ($512)

A) Side Shelf Tables are made from mahogany and have a hand rubbed black finish. They are versatile shelves fit in the corners of any home and currently serve as end tables in Emily's living room! ($537)

B) Emily's favorite earrings are designed in San Fransisco by Colleen Mauer Designs- these Black and Gold Drop Hoops are composed from 14k gold and oxidized silver, displaying the artisans touch. ($208)

C) Ceramic Lotus Tea Lights are another bestseller here at SYD+SAM and they make for a perfect gift at a low price! Emily loves them for their charm and the simple aesthetic they add to a room.  ($13)

D) This Sunprint Journal is always on Emily's desk! With a cute floral linen cover and ruled interior pages, this notebook is suitable for inspiration jotting or styling. ($15)

E) Teal Table Tiles are a dynamic and modern piece to to help protect your furniture while enjoying summer beverages at moms house! ($18)

F) Found on the shelves of the SYD+SAM, and on all the desks at Pinney Designs, Further Lotion is a must have in your shopping cart. The lotion is made from the oils of bergamot, olive and exotic grasses leaving you with a fragrance that is clean and natural. (Starting at $12.50)

G) While shopping at Trader Joe's, going to the beach or carrying around office materials for an install, Emily's Cambridge Market Bag is always in hand. They are exclusively sold here at SYD+SAM and once purchased, the Apolis Cambridge Market Bag will save you 10% whenever you shop with us. All you have to do is bring it in with you and use it to shop when you come back to visit! ($68)

H) Perfect for the summer picnic season, this Parisian Picnic Knife is a must have for your outdoor adventures! Emily uses hers frequently while on family outings in the park or even at home for a cheese board snack! ($25)

I) This throw is composed of a cashmere and wool blend, you can find it on the sofa of Emily's  home. The Runa Bone Throw has a pink stitched edge adding pop of color to the neutral herringbone pattern. ($250) 

J) The No. 2 candle is a natural soy wax blend and burns uniquely in three nodes, top (hinoki wood), middle (cedarwood, patchouli) and base (white musk).

K) The Lewis Windsor Chair is a staple to the heart of the Pinney home. These dining chairs are a solid oak wood with a black wire brush finish complimenting the contemporary Windsor style. ($512)


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Partnering with Global Autism Project!

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When we first opened in November 2015, we made it a part of our mission to invest in stories. The stories of each vendor we represent in our store are of passion work and how their products are made with human hands and hearts in mind. This year, we took a big step in expanding that philosophy of telling the good stories and worked tirelessly on our first partnership! We've teamed up with Global Autism Project this holiday season to bring our shop to Brooklyn and help tell their story to our audience. We spoke with CEO Molly Pinney to hear how her passion project turned into a incredibly successful non profit that does amazing work in Brooklyn and around the world.

So what is Global Autism Project? How did it come to be? Well, Molly's story begins in Ghana. After a few years of working privately for a family with a child with Autism offering teaching aid and support, she came to a glowing realization that very few people in Ghana even knew what Autism was and the few who did, sought her out fervently. In the United States, education and societal understanding was widely spread. Molly found quickly that there was a huge vacuum of services that were actually available to students when locals kept knocking on her door looking for the woman who knew what autism was. Instantly, an idea came to life.

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Global Autism project started as a passion project and has grown to service, educate, and collaborate with students, parents, and teachers for children around the world. They've expanded their reach to 14 partnerships in countries like China, Kenya, The Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Nigeria, India, and Indonesia. The pillars of their work aim to change the stigma of autism around the globe and do so by creating partnerships with local communities where they send teachers and ABA therapists to offer education and support. GAP has set a goal of securing six more partnerships come 2018 and to do that, they are promoting their monthly giving program, Compass.

We've been working with them this month to not only spread our wings in a big new city, but we want to help them reach their dreams, we want to help them tell their amazing story. What is universal in their work is that autism truly knows no borders. It is devoid of language and it is so full of heart. The heart of their work also exists right home in Brooklyn. In a domestic effort to further promote the rights of adults with autism, Global Autism Project employees adults with autism through their R.A.I.S.E program. We've been so fortunate to get to learn each and every member of their staff as a part of this experience. Day in and day out they emulate love and work hard for a disability that some so often misunderstand. If you want to learn more about their work you can find them at www.globalautismproject.org. A certain percentage of our monthly sales will be donated towards their non profit. Every gift counts! And thanks for supporting us this month.

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Calling all stocking stuffer shoppers!

Elizabeth Tobin


The holidays are upon us and hopefully your shopping list is shrinking. Our shelves are stocked in two locations as we take on the holiday season with you in mind. From coasters to paper goods,  toys and jewelry- we are big fans of little gifts that go a long way. 




In addition to our home here in Cambridge you can find us at our holiday pop up shop in Brooklyn! Our pop up shop is located at the Global Autism Projects headquarters 252 3rd Ave, Brooklyn NY. A percentage of proceeds will be donated towards their efforts to bring education and specialized services to students with autism around the globe.

 

Happy Holidays to you and yours and don't forget to shop small this season!