Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Living Room Inspiration

Our new living room is quite small and so the major challenge will be to find a way to incorporate all our styles into one tiny space without sacrificing comfort.  I still have to work out the details of our little dining room area, which is essentially one corner of the living room, but in the meantime I thought I would share some basic ideas for the living room section.

Three things I want to keep in mind when designing this space:
1) There is now a boy living with us
2) We can't afford to replace our orange couch so the color scheme will have to work with it
3) We will need to incorporate a rug (finally!) as stipulated in our new lease.

My roommates claim they are going to give me free reign, which is very brave of them as they are well acquainted with my enduring passion for sequins and the color pink. Overall, I want the room to feel casual but tailored with clean lines and a few mid-century accents. My roommates have a lot of Brooklyn pride and so I want to figure out a way to incorporate that without relying on maps or other paraphernalia that feels tired or overused. Also we have a giant old TV that will need a sturdy media console, at least until we can trade it in for something sleek and flat-screened.

Here's what I've come up with so far:

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Big News

We're Moving!!

Trying to find a new apartment in NYC (or Brooklyn for that matter) is about as fun as going to the lady doctor and yet, like going to the lady doctor, I somehow wind up having to deal with it without fail every year. Last year I delayed the move at the last minute by finding another roommate but after two years in our current apartment, enough is enough. There is too much water damage and too little water pressure. And also my roommate got engaged and that, as we all know, is a game changer.

Now there are three of us! The goal was to find a two bedroom in a nicer part of Park Slope with a decent landlord who won't claim to not speak English whenever we have a problem in the apartment.

I will spare you the ensuing drama.

No, I won't. What else is a blog for?  Here's the abbreviated version: We found an apartment, we got excited, we put in the application and were assured it was ours, I started fantasizing about wallpaper....and then we got denied. After looking at another nine apartments in two days, we finally found one that was even better than the first and it's ours! The lease is signed, the keys are safely on a Lego keychain in my purse and we have even gone over to measure every nook and cranny of the place for furniture placement purposes.


Packing up our apartment feels like the most daunting thing ever but the idea of starting over feels nice, especially if it gives me an excuse to try out a new style or two. Now my  mind is all aflutter with wallpaper and floor lamps and upholstery and patterned vs. striped throw pillows, etc.

The big move is scheduled for Saturday the 30th so I'll spend every waking moment between now and then making floor plans and mood boards.

Image: Apartment Therapy

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Words to live by

In response to my intense love of this clutch, my friend Jessica noted the following:

You could never be a spy with that clutch. 
So true, Jessica. So true.

Image: Charlotte Olympia Pandora Plexiglas Clutch on

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


I'm sick of cold weather and so until Spring decides to grace us with its presence I'm just gonna go live here, ok?

Image: Marks & Spencer/Sally Cullen via Bright Bazaar