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My Style in One Picture


Wow! What a challenge! the blog From the Right Bank has asked their readers to post ONE IMAGE of a room that would sum up their style.  I did a lot of soul-searching and archive searching trying figure this out.  In a few words I would say that my style is: Traditional Comfort, with a touch of Glamour.  I came up with a list of certain qualities that must be present to represent my style.  Those are:

Book shelves full of books:  Books are beautiful.  Books are influential. Books are educational. Books are entertainment.  And I believe one’s library will tell you a lot about that person.  Their books reflect their interests, their taste, and in some cases their IQ level.

Picture walls:  I love walls filled with pictures.  I love art and looking at it.  I also love the patterns and dimensions picture walls can create in a space.

Color:  I love a balance between punches of color and neutrals.  Bright colors bring vibrancy to life, while neutrals settle one’s mind, creating stability.

Light:  Light is so important to me in a space.  I am most happy in my apartment when the sun is shining in and space is enveloped in light.

Pattern:  Patterns create mood,  interest and movement in a space.  I also like how you can pick up any patterned object or textile and know exactly when in history it was designed.

History:  In everything I love, I seem to find that there is a sense of history involved.  Because I believe that every design decision should be intentional and relevant, having a understanding of historical influences is very important to my sense of style.  I always want to figure out why I love something and where it comes from first before I use it in my designs.

Other aspects of my style include french chairs, hardwood floors (french zigzag parquet floors are my favorite), mirrors and lastly, hints of chinoiserie influences.

The image that I found was pulled from an issue of Domino Magazine (Sep 2008).  The living room of Tori Mellott’s (the decoration editor who now is the contributing editor for Lonny Mag) apartment is the best representation of my style.  Her entire apartment suites my taste and of course the room I chose as my one image can’t have everything I love, because it would be far too much for this small space; but if you look at the rest of the place now available on brides.com, you can see how most of my qualities are exhibited in her apartment.  I also chose this apartment as my style representation, because for this time in my life, it is the most realistic.  My style has to reflect my life, I live in a 450 sq. ft space in New York City.  Everything I chose to put in my place, needs to be practical and fit in with my lifestyle.

photographs by Anne Schlecter

Here are some other rooms that I love, but just couldn’t make the cut:

Images pulled from Lonnymag, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, and Living Etc.

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Curtains: Making the best decision for your budget.

Today as I hibernate indoors away from the 90º heat and ultra humidity I am working on my curtains.  One thing about being on a budget in designing your space is having to make sacrifices on the things you want, for the things you need.  As for now, I’m spending money on having my AC blasted while saving money on paying someone to sew my curtains.  Curtains can be extremely expensive, even if you’re doing it on your own.  One thing is for sure, I could not pay for someone to sew my drapes for me, but even the cost of all the materials needed, was a bit of a surprise to me.  I know I wouldn’t want anything pre-made from the catalogues because I wouldn’t say that my style isn’t cookie cutter.  So when coming up with curtain ideas, I first thought about the basic elements that I wanted the pattern to have.  Those elements include, being classic yet relevant for today, lots of movement, colorful, and whimsical and lastly, a larger repeat.  Next I picked through tears sheets and my design library.  That led me to an old Domino article that I had saved about chintz and floral fabrics, which I loved.

I also found a tear sheet I had saved from a Brunschwig & Fils Bird and Thistle advertisement.  This fabric fit the bill perfectly, but costing over $100 per yard, I knew I couldn’t afford it at full price.

So my first choice was to wait for it to go on sale, but after a few months of not seeing it on my favorite discount websites, I had to settle for something else.  I researched several companies and fabrics, ordered lots of swatches, as you can see below.  I ended up chosing the fabric on the top left of the below montage.

It’s from Calico Corners, the name is Darjeeling, It was $19.00 p/yard.  When I ordered it from the website I didn’t think I would like it, but the pattern and the colors coordinate perfectly in my livingroom.  It also has the closest resemblance to the Brunschwig fabric.  In long run, I think having to source out other options has given me a better result. It’s a good thought to take with you when shopping around in the future.  To have the best design I think you really have to do your research, and probably not jump on the first thing you like, because you may regret those purchases later.

The one concern I had in the beginning about making my curtains myself was, if I could do it or not.  To be honest it’s not hard, it just takes a lot of time and patience. I found a great post from the blog Design Sponge that was a major help in the sewing process.  If you’re interested in that post please click {here}.  I’m pretty sure I re-posted this article several months ago when I was still researching fabrics, but it doesn’t hurt to post it again!

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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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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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Design Crisis

How come whenever I have a question about what to do in my apartment I can’t find any answers?  I have to super search for what I’m looking for. This time its what to do when you have a really long, narrow room. How do you incorporate your bed? below is my apartment’s floor plan. The layout is how it was when I moved in, which for a while worked.

Last night however, I decided I hated my bedroom and needed a change.  I moved my bed against the back wall, with the window.  I’m fighting the feng shui in every way possible, but really there’s nothing else I can do. I’ve tried them all.  I checked out a few images on Apartment therapy that showed a bed in front of a window and some I liked, others I did not. I was thinking about making the curtain go all the way across, but the one image that really bugged me was the one that had those curtains.

Yes:

No:

The empty room before my bf built the wall.

This moving my bed around has also made me think about how I do live in New York and a lot of time when you live in a small space you have to just give up what you ideally would want  your place to look like and actually do what looks best for your space.

Apartment Therapy: Bed In front of window

Apartment Therapy: Bed in front of window take 2

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Its Thursday.

I just finished my second to last week of school for the year. Just one week left with six finals, which is just as exciting as it is scary. I should be writing my paper on Chinoiserie for my East Asian Art History class but I’m not, because frankly I am over school right now. I love Thursday nights because I don’t have to do ANY homework if I don’t want to.  I’ll just have to do it on Friday and Saturday and Sunday. yay!

I’m still undecided on whether I’ll be living in the same place next month, because we have put any application down on an apartment but I haven’t heard anything back yet from the management company. I really hope things go through, but I’m nervous and don’t want to get my hopes up.  Its bigger than our current apartment and has four windows!!!! And four windows that face out to the sky(!!!) or buildings that are at least 30 feet away.  In our apartment now we have three, one of which faces a wall that is 1 foot away.  This new place also allows pets and its only two blocks from the train!

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A poor IPhone quality photo taken of the building!

Here are a few pictures that have been taken in the last few days. I can’t take credit for them all, (not that they’re the most beautiful photographs) but my boyfriend snapped a few while we were out and about.

momanddaughter

Mom and daughter in Central Park

trees

Trees with contrasting greens

stoneman

Stone archway (Jack’s photograph)

tree

tree trunk (Jack)

katemoss

haha. Kate Moss and Topshop graffiti

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Candid photo taken of a super skinny girl. For some reason I like the way it came out.

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