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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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