Benjamin Moore x Pennyweight by Elise Joseph

A peek into my bedroom: I'm slowly settling into my new apartment, and couldn't be happier with the bones of the space. In general, I tend to stick to whites and neutrals, but decided to go more dramatic and moody this time with a black bedroom - the color is Universal Black 2118-10 by Benjamin Moore. I have partnered with them to inspire a life in color, and their 2015 color trend ideas couldn't be more on point. The berry family has actually influenced my entire bedroom - cozy dark walls, crisp white bedding, a soft sage candle and fresh cut flowers with pops of pinks and purples. Dark walls do take some getting used to, but with the balance of bright natural light, sheer curtains, simple decor and subtle color punches, I'm loving the fresh change.

Photography by Chelsea O'Leary for Pennyweight.

01 / January: A Mixtape by Elise Joseph

Dreams Today by Efterklang

A Word In Your Belly by Mi & L'au

Fuel to Fire by Agnes Obel

Lantern by The White Birch

Bite Marks by Atlas Sound

Drew by Goldfrapp

Cavendish Lab by Johann Johannsson

Every age by José González

Providence by Murder

Requiem for the Static King Part 1 by A Winged Victory for the Sullen

Feet Of Clay by Vashti Bunyan

Moon Pulls by múm

Belarus by Low

Your Own Spell by King Creosote & Jon Hopkins

Waiting by Alice Boman

Rails by Bing & Ruth 

I am really proud to introduce to you a new feature for Pennyweight this year. Each month, I will be sharing a curated playlist based around the mood of the seasons and the months that they contain. I'm thrilled to be partnering with the talented Julia Kostreva for the album art, and can't wait to see what she creates as she listens to each mixtape.

Cover design by Julia Kostreva for Pennyweight.

♫ LISTEN here.

Wanted: Winter Blues by Elise Joseph

I'm not going to lie... I have had a difficult time finding my rhythm again since the craziness of the holidays. The new year is not exactly off to the start that I thought - but here are a few of my saving graces, helping me through the inevitable winter blues.

+Purple Fashion Magazine. I just picked up this A/W 2014 edition, and have already spent hours poring over the endless inspiration. It's really more of a book then a magazine - totally worth the splurge.
+Orchids. This time of year, I always try to have an abundance of fresh flowers and orchids around the house to keep things bright and fresh.
+Elizabeth Suzann Knot Bag. My friend just released these simply stunning bags, and it's adding a lot to my outfits these days.
+Mazama Mug. One routine that hasn't changed is my slow morning ritual of making coffee. These mugs are my go-to. I have them in ash but am thinking about purchasing this beautiful glass color.
+Faribault Wool Throw. My brother and sister-in-law got me one of these amazing blankets for Christmas, and it's been the perfect cozy addition to movie nights on the couch.
+Earth Tu Face Skin Stick. This stuff is a lifesaver in the dry months. Use it on your lips, face, nails or body. And it smells (and tastes!) so so good.
+Rodin Luxury Body Oil. Another Christmas gift this year - my skin is feeling extremely grateful for this moisturizing body oil. It smells like subtle freshly cut flowers!
+Astier de Villate Incense Box. Since I'm spending a lot of cold days indoors, this incense can really lift my spirits. I can't get enough of this French line.
+Julia Kostreva Daily Planner. Writing things down in a planner helps me to balance all the spinning plates and projects in my head.