It’s a brand new year and with that comes a fresh start and the perfect time to hit reset. This month, the IDCO team is focused on cleaning out, organizing and approaching design in a more minimal, less cluttered way. It may be the Christmas decor or the complete and total mass consumption that typically comes with the holidays, but in 2020 we are all for a more intentional approach to consuming. We still have favorites, of course, but within those, we are pushing ourselves to become more environmentally conscious, be more intentional in our purchases and consume less. So with each month of favorites, we’ll be adding a section on ways we are working to reduce our carbon footprint or give back and we would LOVE to hear from you. If you have tricks, great environmentally friendly brands or organizations that are doing amazing work to give back, let us know. Happy 2020, friends!
Photography by Madeline Harper
Earthenware Table Lamp – Don’t let the high-end look of natural pottery and elegant linen shade fool you, this table lamp is SUCH A STEAL.
Wrap Jute Chair – Texture seems to be the theme this month but do you really blame us when there are literal lounge chairs made out of jute rope? CB2 is on fire lately – it is always worth checking there when you’re looking for something unique and affordable.
Cooking at Home – Meet our new favorite cookbook that’s better classified as a comprehensive guide to any and all recipes you will ever need or want to make. Plus, it has Sour Cream Belgian Waffles… need we say more?
Every single thing from The Girlfriend Collective – From the Compressive High Rise Leggings to the super comfortable Topanga Sports Bra, we are now officially obsessed with this size-inclusive line of sportswear. Anastasia has a set in 4 colors and highly recommends the windbreaker and running shorts. The cute and comfy outfits have kept her going to the gym because it’s something to look forward to! Better yet, everything is made out of recycled water bottles. Get $10 off your first order when you shop this link: The Girlfriend Collective.
The BEST Down Jacket – Anastasia snagged the green version of this down jacket and it fits so well + is so cozy that she is already thinking of buying it in another color – if it ever gets cold in Austin again. And if that isn’t proof enough then the 8,644 reviews should do the trick.
Puff Sleeve Cardigan – This boxy cardigan with a pretty feminine puff sleeve is so dang good for layering and happens to be the most perfect shade of camel.
Ear Cuffs – Love this pack of ear cuffs for a cool pop of metallic without the need for ear piercing.
Ouai Hair Oil – We feel like this was in a previous favorites roundup and if it was, know that it is that good. Not only does it smell like heaven but it helps to hydrate dry hair and make it super soft without weighing it down or causing any oiliness. It’s a miracle worker.
Morning Show on Apple TV – It feels like almost every actor we love is in this show. Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, Jennifer Aniston are all in this Apple TV series centered around the cutthroat world of morning television. We know what we’re binging this weekend.
Little Women – As one of the most beloved books of all time, there was a lot to live up to for director Greta Gerwig. Don’t worry, she totally nailed it. Her adaption of Little Women is a must-see. Anastasia has seen it twice already and may or may not be going for a third time this weekend. The beach scene is right out of a Degas or Monet painting. If you haven’t seen it, go, go, go.
Wild Game – We first heard this story from Adrienne Brodeur on one of our favorite of all time podcasts, Family Secrets; and then we found out there’s a book! It tells the story of the complicated relationship between a daughter and her controlling, manipulative mother and it’s not often a memoir is riveting to the last page but this one completely is.
Woman in the Window – If you are into twisty turny, edge of your seat, creepy but totally riveting tales, then this one is for you.
Responsible Consumption – We’ve been decanting our milk/juice etc. in the fridge so we can see exactly how much we have and it never goes to waste before it goes bad. We’ve also been putting all takeout/leftovers in clear glass tupperware so we can see it and actually eat it. Another small but impactful change – buying groceries in smaller sections. By prepping for just 3 dinners at a time instead of buying for a whole week, we are wasting less in unused groceries that spoil when we decide to go out to eat or grab takeout.
Condensing Amazon Orders – Set your Amazon orders to all be delivered on one day to minimize shipping. You’ll use less cardboard which means fewer boxes to break down and will drastically reduce your carbon footprint per order. Just remember, every time you order on Amazon, that box has to be flown, then driven to your house and touched by like 1 million hands. The fewer the boxes delivered, the better!
ALSO – We established a new rule that if something is sold in a store locally, we’re not allowed to buy it on Amazon anymore. It’s helped with spending + limiting our waste.
Disaster Relief for Australia – With the devastating wildfires in Australia, we have been searching for the best ways to help the people and animals affected by this tragedy. IDCO sent $500 this week to the Red Cross AU. They make it super easy to cover their admin costs with the click of a button, so 100% of your donation goes right to those in need, not office work or overhead costs. Here are a handful of other organizations that are helping with disaster relief and support:
Community First Village – Homelessness is a growing and crippling problem in Austin. Our studio mates and PR mavens, The Southern Influence, work closely with this incredible non-profit focused on providing permanent housing for men and women coming out of chronic homelessness. The Village is a 51-acre master-planned community with over 200 residents – complete with a community center, health clinic, gardens, community amphitheater set amongst hundreds of tiny homes. Providing people a place of safety, dignity and community is the most beautiful action plan to combat the homeless epidemic.
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