Monthly Archives: November 2009

Happy Holidays


Thanksgiving is coming up and I’m very excited!  This year we’re going against the norm by going out to dinner.  My parents are coming down to visit and we’re all going to Cafe D’alsace on 88th and 2nd avenue. Its a really great french restaurant in our neighborhood that will be offering a Thanksgiving prix fix menu.  After dinner we’ll be going to see Hamlet on Broadway with Jude Law. Yum is all that I have to say.


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I have included a few pictures of little details in my kitchen. Of course with these photos I can edit out the bad stuff. So I haven’t included an “after” photo of the the whole room. But here are a few of my favorite parts.

This is our welcome sign. I bought in Alsace when I was visiting my family this summer. The knobs I bought for our pantry at the Home Depot. They were only about $2.00. What a steal!

good dog

This is Wesley’s new water and food bowl.  I had been thinking about buying this cute bowl for a while but I wasn’t too excited that it was $15.00. But after thinking about it for 3 weeks I went back and bought two. They just work so well with our kitchen. The company who makes them is called Harry Barker and I bought them at Three Tiny Terriers pet boutique.


This is just a picture of our counter top. I decided one day after being inspired by John Derian, to decoupage my own stuff, the two containers are from Michael’s craft stores and the flowers are cut out from paper I bought at a local paper store.  The hot plate was a great find that was on sale at Anthropologie.


This shelf is a collaboration of finds and favorites. The shelf itself I grabbed from storage in my parents barn. I repainted with a sample can from Benjamin Moore, the color is called Overcast. The owls and letter mugs are from Anthropologie, the Zebra was a gift from my boyfriend. He found it in Berlin, Germany. The chinese containers are antiques that my mother gave me and the tray is a 19th century painted tray.

I hope my color scheme is coming through. Because I live in a rental, I have to keep the cabinets and countertops. The cabinets are that light oak wood, the counter is laminate in dark speckled grey and the back splash is white.  I have painted the walls a subtle yellow called Standhope Yellow from Benjamin Moore. (It was the closest find to Pale Hound (Farrow & Ball) that I could find.) The trim and french door is painted Overcast, a very light grey.  My accent color is that Tiffany-esq blue with black & white accessories.  I can’t wait to finish the roman shade and chairs. Those images will be coming soon, maybe when I have an image of the whole room.

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Today I was searching around the internet for storage bins/boxes to put in our bookshelves.  We’re having issues with storage which is very common in NYC, but I think the biggest problem for us is organization.  We have bookshelves galore and pantries and closets etc. but I don’t have anything to put my small misc. stuff into. Right now, that stuff is just taking up space in boxes.  Its all important too of course, you know, the tape measurer, the rulers, the hot glue gun, electrical cords, extra batteries, colored pencils, oh the list could go on and on.  I hate the storage bins from Ikea, Container Store and West Elm. Mostly because they’re outrageously priced, but also because they’re ugly and cheaply made.  The only solution I guess is to build, which is what we will do.

Now that I talked about stupid boxes, I wanted to express my enjoyment of this rug I stumbled upon.  Its so great! Neutral, unique, quirky and INDOOR/OUTDOOR!  I really want one for my bedroom, it would be perfect but I’m on the fence about spending money on another rug.

le poem rug


After looking through the rugs from Ballard Designs, I must say that they have a pretty good selection, with the taste level and price point. I mean some of them are hideous. . . .  but you can’t expect them to get it right all the time.

UGLY rug


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