Monthly Archives: May 2010

Extended Absence

Tomorrow evening at this time I should be on a plane, flying to Paris with my boyfriend!  We will definitely be taking tons of photos of our endeavors that I will share when I return.  Planning to visit the flea markets with hopes of taking at least one special something home.  So far the weather forecasts are sunny and in the 70s! Let’s hope its a safe and happy vacation!

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I’m a little behind, but the April/May issue of Lonny Mag is out!

It’s the green issue too! Check it out here: lonnymag.com

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über busy

It pains me that I have started a bunch of projects but have left them unfinished, but only because my life outside of my dream filled head of creativity is taking control. Please see below example.

Entryway before:

Entryway in progress:

Entryway after: Just kidding! Not true.

I decided one Sunday two weeks ago that I would paint my entryway.  I chose this lattice pattern because I fell in love with it for two reasons, 1. it’s cute and 2. it’s easy to duplicate.  So I decide to make stencil out of a pizza box and voila! started painting.  Of course Sundays end and Mondays begin and I had to put the rest of my work off until I had the time. That was two weeks ago. Sigh. It WILL HAPPEN! I just have to get through these next few weeks.

I also started another project last weekend. That was sewing my summer curtains. Let’s just say I’m 3/4 of the way finished.  I guess I’ll need to get through the next few weeks for me to finish those as well.  I think starting new exciting projects is a way to express my ADD and a form of procrastination.  I have so many things that must be done, but for some reason my mind can’t focus until I have at least started more things.

I graduate in less than 2 weeks and leave for Paris 3 days before that.  Instead of walking at graduation I will literally be walking around Paris!  So exciting, but so scary because of the multitudes of work I have to do. With that said, I must take a break from my inspirational blog to focus my time on “more important things” like theses and presentations and self-marketing plans, but I will touch base soon.

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Spotted

Ikat! Everywhere, but specifically, I wanted this fabric!

bag by pink posie @ esty.com and chair seen on NY Times: On the Cheap- Before and After

FOUND!

www.calicocorners.com

Yay! Can’t wait to cover my Louis chairs!

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The New Old?

More like old news.  I feel like everyone is mixing and matching new pieces with old ones.  It’s just better that way, better on our budgets and better on the spaces.  No one wants a place that’s all Ikea or all grandma’s plastic covered sofas.  We want a mix.

photo credit: The Selby

My friend told me to check out this New York Magazine article, Home Design 2010: The New Old by Wendy Goodman.  Needless to say she was a little bummed because she’s doing ‘Neo-English’ too!  She just doesn’t have the exposure or the money like Rita Konig.  Well neither do I, us usual people have to design our spaces ‘on a dime’ or a couple thousand when you add it up later, but we’re definitely not going to be able to keep stopping in MecoxCalypso Home and John Derian for our interior design needs.  Either way, her apartment is cute and similar to both of our tastes and she was the editor-at-large for Domino, so one can’t hate too much.

photo credit: The Selby

I guess what bugs me is that not all of us can get our furniture upholstered in Pierre Frey fabrics or live in a 700 sq. ft apartment in Greenwich Village.  That is why I enjoy the NeoVictorian‘s home a bit more.  It seems like a lot of their pieces were flea market finds and their dog is really cute too.

The other kinds of design featured in this article are: NeoFormal, NeoCountry, and NewVersailles, you can read the rest here: Home Design 2010: The New Old.

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fourth floor walk up . . . for real

It’s hot now in New York, and Muggy and gross. My fourth floor apartment is especially hot, and muggy and gross.  It really doesn’t help that we’re the top floor, all the heat escapes from the roof in the winter and the sun bakes us in the summer.  Yesterday I sent the ‘ol boyfriend to Home Depot to buy us a ceiling fan. Yes, they’re ugly and sometime gross too, but they really do help, especially when you’re watching your budget, (and the environment) and you do not want to turn the AC on.  Last summer I found a beautiful solution to an ugly problem, with a price tag of $47.97 in New York City you can’t go wrong with this fan.  The simple white globe light is included (it does not look that yellow) and it is really easy to install.

To Order: HomeDepot.com

Well I wouldn’t quite call it beautiful, but the fan is unobtrusive to a room and it works well when you use it in a smallish room – my living room is 12′ x 12′ and my kitchen is 10′ x 12′.

Fan pictured in my living room:

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