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40+ Essentials For Creating A Home You’ll NEVER Want To Leave

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    The music industry feels like it’s changing faster than we can hit “shuffle,” experiencing ups and downs with each new app, streaming service, and piece of production software. Riding in the front car of that roller coaster is Amanda Sidran, operations and licensing manager for family-run music company Unlimited Media Limited.

    In charge of overseeing record production, distribution, and marketing for a stable of jazz music stars (including her Academy Award-winning husband, Leo Sidran, who co-produced and performed in 2005's Best Song for the film The Motorcycle Diaries), her sharp command of digital distribution and social-media marketing helps keep her artists in the spotlight.

    Between touring the world with her clients, spending time with her three-year-old daughter, entertaining at home, and practicing yoga every day (she just received her teaching certification), Sidran caught up with us at the Brooklyn brownstone she shares with her family and a rotating cast of international musicians. Packed with quirky accessories from her travels as well as whimsical, functional wardrobe and home essentials from T.J.Maxx, it’s the type of home that makes us want to curl up with a glass of wine and a great playlist and stay for hours. Here, Sidran fills us in on her packed days, eclectic entertaining style, and secret history in a Madonna cover band (more on that later).


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    Morning "Me" Time
    Her Must-Haves: Shearling vest, yoga mat

    “My days usually start at 6:30 a.m. — my husband and I take turns waking up our daughter and getting her ready for preschool. In the morning, I have a few hours for work before it’s time to pick her up, make lunch, and put her down for a nap. Then, I can usually get a little more work done. We are lucky enough to work at home, which makes it easier. It’s all about finding those pockets of time when I can be productive.”

    Blanket, coffee mug, notebook, boots, leggings, sunglasses, and jewelry courtesy of T.J.Maxx. For similar styles, try:

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    Backyard Hangs
    “My backyard is my sanctuary — it's a great place to decompress. We have an herb garden and it's where we let our dog run free. Before we had our daughter, Sol, Maddie was the love of our lives. Her name is short for Madison, Wisconsin, where we’re both originally from. She’s a red toy poodle, and she’s totally crazy and the best spooner! And, now, she and my daughter are best friends, which makes me infinitely happy.”

    Wooden basket and dog bowl courtesy of T.J.Maxx.

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    Laid-Back In Layers
    “My personal style is easy, clean, and casual: leggings, jeans, sweaters, anything I can wash at home. There are so many surprisingly warm days in the late fall and early spring in New York — vests are great for that transitional weather. This one is like urban ski-chalet chic.”

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    Breathing Through The Busy Times
    “I love my yoga mat — the color is the best part. There's so much black in New York, it's always great to introduce a little light. I actually just received my yoga teacher certification — yoga and meditation have been my guiding force. They’ve allowed me to catch myself when impatience or frustration arise and to stop it before I lose myself to it."

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    Afternoon Upkeep
    Her Must-Haves: Oversized sweater, colorful baskets

    “We keep our home both kid and adult friendly by having designated play areas. On the lower level, there’s a big, soft couch and room for my daughter’s play kitchen and dollhouse. But, there are other areas that aren’t filled with kid stuff, and that’s on purpose. You want your kid to be able to go over to other people’s houses and not touch everything, so we teach her those skills by having more adult areas in our home.”

    Children’s books and jewelry courtesy of T.J.Maxx.