Saturday, May 2, 2015

11 Month Power Nap + a New Apartment

So...uh, well this is awkward. There are so many great reasons why I might have taken 11 months off from the blog.  I could've been on an amazing spur of the moment sabbatical around the world (can 24 year olds take sabbatical?).  Or maybe it was something more holistic about taking a complete and total break from technology?

Nope, it was neither of those things unfortunately, just life.  Isn't it funny how shit gets in the way?
Sorry about that.  I could say it won't happen again (it might).  But hopefully now I can make it like one month power nap, or two week power nap.  A girl can dream.

I have tons of good photos and projects and posts coming up!  I moved to a new, big and beautiful apartment and am having a very interesting time trying to fill it up (a rare problem in NYC)!  For now, I'll leave you with the garish Before cell phone photos (always important to have an open mind when first seeing a place).  Stick around (you won't need to wait another 11 months).  Promise.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou

Remember how I wrote in my last post about feeling listless and drained?  Well, in some ways that's still true, but in others, I am so fulfilled.  I have accepted a phenomenal opportunity with Homepolish  and I begin   next week.  It's a great position with a ton of freedom and plenty of room to make it my own and for that I feel truly lucky.  

But for when I am feeling more like I was two weeks ago, I hope I will think long and hard about the work of a Phenomenal Woman we lost today.  I'll leave you with something we should all remember when we have those listless and drained days.

"You can't use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have."
Maya Angelou

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

So many job interviews, so few callbacks

Do you guys ever get so tired that you just are consistently living your life in autopilot?  Well that's where I'm at and I am trying my best to kick and scream and beat myself out of the funk.  Lots of job interviews and exciting prospects (which is good because boy, do I need a change) but no dice yet.  Let's all collectively take a quiet moment to pray that I get to move on to bigger an better things soon.

K thanks.  You done now?

Below are just a few images inspiring me right now, because copy-pasting is about all I have the time and energy for.  







Right?  I think they're great too.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Design Files

Will you look at this?  Now I had a pink room all the way through high school, but I have to say this puts mine to shame.  The three shades of coral (helped by the beautiful moldings)  combined with those perfect perfect blown glass lamps and the fabulous 70s dresser (read: flower knobs).  Wow.  Just wow.

Quick gripe though: gah, those nightstands. The pagoda tops with the inward-facing club feet?  Amazing.  That Pepto-Bismol paint color?  Not so much...and it could be so so good! Imagine them lilac, like below:

That would be killer here.  Otherwise A+ on this room!  And the peach storage bench?  I need that in my life, both because it is that great...simple, but great, and because I could use that storage for real.  

What's your favorite part of this room?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday: Quick Coffee Table Refresh

Good Morning Everybody!

Hope everyone's doing well so far this week!  I am surprised it's already Wednesday, but let's wait to see how I feel by Friday before I make any statements about how great things are going.  So a quick Work In Progress this week (better than none at all!) and I already have a few more projects in the works so the next few weeks should be good!

PS: I adopted two cats two weeks ago so I'm sorry I have been so distant but they are settling in so I think I shall be returning more often to the ole blog here.

So, as you may know, I got this Crate and Barrel coffee table off of CL for only $30!  WOO! But after living with it for a few months, I realized it just wasn't doing too much for me so I decided to give it a quick refresh with some paint last week.

(Forgive the mess: cats)

The bronze looks good, no?  And it had the unanticipated benefit of bringing out the orange of the rug!  And it's shiny, so there's that...

I am going to be painting in my apartment in the next few months so I am looking forward to that green in the rug coming out more when I paint the walls the same color.  It'll look bangin' with the orange/bronze and don't even get me started on the blue sideboard.  Future "before and afters" abound my friends!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Some Good Advice

"one part how-to and two parts why-not"

Read this here and thought it's a pretty cool thing to think about, even beyond the DIY genre.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Design Files

Because this week has been a little too crazy for taste, I'm going to mix up the order on you (and just when I had sort of settled on a rhythm).  

So just in time for maybe spring (those of us in NYC are learning that apparently, you can never count of the first spring-like day), take a look-see at this beauty here.  I've had this kicking around for months and months and I am actually surprised it took me this long to post it for you, that's just how much I love it.  This image, originally (as far as I can tell) from Apartment Therapy is mighty nice.  That's how this room makes me feel!  I say things like "mighty" and "look-see."  First of all, tulips.  I just love fresh blooms of any sort, but a nice white tulip?  Perfection.

But now on to the good stuff.

Oh lord, those chenille chairs!  I grew up with chenille throws draped over my couches and damn, what a luxury it would be to have the whole dang thing upholstered in it!  Maybe one day, but definitely not today.  I imagine chenille is a pretty difficult upholstery fabric as far as upkeep goes.  Anybody have any experience?

After the sky blue chenille, I have to admit, the rest is just a wash.  A beautifully-curated, aesthetically pleasing wash, but c'mon, sky blue chenille!  I love how each of the art pieces pick up on the blue hues though and the pale blue walls offer a backdrop a touch warmer than stark white might be.  Don't believe me?  Imagine if the walls were the color of that flokati rug or the sofa?  A bit sterile, no?  Sky blue to the rescue.  

Speaking of the flokati rug, boy oh boy do I want one!  Can you just imagine how warm your little tootsies would be in the winter?  So good.  And the way things are looking today in New York, we might never get a spring so maybe this isn't such a bad investment.  But I imagine my rug would be filled with strands of hair and missing food particles pretty quickly.  Maybe when I become a grown-up...