Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Bathroom Inspiration...

Haven't written in awhile, waiting for that special inspiration. And lately, I've been preoccupied with other things, like my impending unemployment (which I am not at all sad or worried about, just wishing for it to hurry up and get here! Government Assistance, here I come!). So basically I'm behind on anything decor-related. Made a stop over at my go-to home decor blog, Apartment Therapy and saw this bathroom in Wes and Kayla's home tour:
Isn't it lovely? This bathroom is laid out basically the same way mine is, and although mine is currently unicorns-and-rainbows pink, I think it could work. It makes the room come alive! Like a spring day. I never really cared for this shower curtain before, it felt rather ubiquitous to me, but now I kind of want it... Do i really want to spend 50 bucks on a Marimekko shower curtain?? With all the colors flying around the bathroom, it's starting to feel like an Almodovar movie in there :)

Pic: Apartment Therapy house tour, Wes, Kayla, and Bacon's Brookline Remix

Sunday, October 4, 2009

More Bedroom Inspiration.

Obviously, I'm about ready to do the damn thing in the bedroom. I keep getting inspired! Love this bedroom, the sparsity, and the lone cross above the bed. I have a cross that would do the trick nicely!

Pic from Apartment Therapy: Melinda & David's Artsy Unique Home house call

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Bedroom Color!

Yay! I think I found my bedroom color! (Well, it's pretty darn close) I like this Olive Tree from RL Home Paints. I think I can find a similar color, maybe a little lighter, in a Glidden shade. Love Glidden, it's never let me down, and it's about ten bucks cheaper.

Also, my room gets more light than this room appears to get, so it won't be quite as dark.
This shade:

Minced Ginger from Behr... hate Behr, can try and find a similar shade in Glidden. I think this would be nice for my little hallway, which is now painted a slightly hideous shade of sunshine-y, gold-y yellow. I'm sooooooo over it.

Pics from Apartment Therapy, House Tour: Emily & Jacob's Poetically Photographed Home.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Puffy Chandelier, part 2 (kind of...)

This is a tumbleweed, hung from the ceiling, like a chandelier. Pretty cool. I still want some kind of abstract big light fixture... maybe in the bedroom? Inspiration! I don't think I've actually seen a tumbleweed in person. Makes me want to travel out west...

image from Design*Sponge's Sneak Peak: Jamie Gray.

Perfect Kitchen.

In a way, this kitchen pretty much sums up a lot of my design aesthetic. Glass bottles, farmhouse table, bistro chairs, gray cabinets, open shelving, tall windows... it's all here folks. Needless to say, it's pretty darn close to my dream kitchen. Maybe with the addition of a red or orange accent... Sigh. Oh and did I mention this house is located by the sea?

Photo from Apartment Therapy.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Cool Parisian Bathroom.

This bathroom is from a small Paris studio profiled on Apartment Therapy. I love this bathroom. I bet those double windows open to an amazing view of the city. Anywhoo, this is good design inspiration for small spaces- custom made Italian sink with storage, and that cool medicine cabinet. I love that both the sink and the medicine cabinet don't (seem) to have any sharp edges, with the curves of the sink, and the mirroring of the sides of the cabinet. Hot! Not a huge fan of that 'Lego' tile, but it looks good with the other finishes...

Image from Tech Tour: Studio in the Heart of Paris, via Unplggd

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Baskets as hanging art...

I think someone did a post about this awhile back, maybe on Apartment Therapy? But this pic was staring me in the face today as I perused Design*Sponge, and I think it's a great idea. A way to add some quick texture and interest to the walls. My mom totally did it in the 80's... in fact, I wonder where the baskets she had are today? They were huge! It's definitely more bedroom inspiration to add to the vault. I would love to get some baskets with history, which requires some looking... Also love that black lampshade, been looking for one of those to fit my dumb long-necked lamp forever!

Pic from Design*Sponge's Sneak peak: Linn Gresham post. []

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Bedroom Inspiration.

So I finally stopped resting on my laurels and rearranged the bedroom. Now I have a lovely new layout that makes the room feel much more open (pics to come soon, of the whole apartment, when I get another boost of productivity). Anywhoo, here's a little bit of bedroom inspiration. I have a corner that is arranged exactly like this, with a white bedside table and vintage lamp... now I just need to figure out a way to make it pop, like this... especially love that blue paint on the bedframe. Inspiration!

photo from via Honey Living

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Another reason to move to Cali...

Love how this unassuming house looks on the inside:

That's freaking palatial! It's almost unbelievable. No dumb drop ceilings here!

Photos: Peter DaSilva for The New York Times

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Kitchen Inspiration...

Love these rough-hewn shelves. Since I have a lack of cupboard space, this would be an aesthetically pleasing solution. I already have a similar table and a red chinese lantern. I just need to pull the look together in my kitchen. Now, where to find these shelves?

Image from Apartment Therapy, via Marie Claire Maison.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Ikat Pillows

I will be purchasing 2 of these when I get money. I'm annoyed with the stupid throw pillows I currently have, but with these around, I have a feeling my boyfriend will get annoyed with me when he's not allowed to lay on them. I gotta protect the fabric!

Ikat Pillow cover, 20x20, $19,

exact link:

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Pink Bathroom.

This is what my bathroom looks like... well, let me rephrase. My bathroom is this shade of pink, but his actually looks nice. :) That lighting fixture is crazy!

Photo: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Home Theater...

This is a good idea for my possible future home theater (which I must and will have as soon as i have another bedroom). Love that red curtain... Sigh.

This home is featured in the slideshow titled 'Making Sense of the City' The caption:

'The kitchen transitions into the living room, which transforms easily into a home theater when the heavy red drapes are pulled tightly shut.'

I have home envy.


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Marais Chairs on Sale!!

So DWR is finally within my reach with their 50% off summer sale. I think I am going to purchase this Marais stool- which I've been drooling over- in gunmetal gray. It's on sale for 90 bucks! I wish it was in a vibrant color like the Vermilion, but beggars can't be choosers. This stool will be a great multipurpose item in my small apartment. Head on over to DWR for more deals on summer seating.

Also this chair is on sale, which looks cool, but unfortunately does not have a red or orange option, which is the color I'm currently looking for (for my kitchen chairs). Sigh.

18 inch Marais Stool, gunmetal gray, $90 on sale from $180
Alonzo Chair, in white, $44 on sale from $88
Both available from

Monday, July 13, 2009

Teal Bedroom.

Love that red headboard. The NY times is on a roll today. This one is from the most recent edition of "On the Market in New York City". This is a one bedroom on the east side of midtown, could be yours for $530k.

Photo: Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times

Ready For My Close-up!

This bedroom, from a Kentucky (!) house featured in the NY Times article "Properties for $400,000", looks like a movie set, doesn't it? I can imagine some steamy scenes happening here... I love it. Minimalism meets Boho.

Photo: Carla Winn for The New York Times

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

All hats and little black gloves...

One note about the MJ Memorial (which I watched, like the Dirty Diana obsessed nerd I am): How great do they look?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Cafe Chairs

Still on my chair quest. Love these...

Monday, June 29, 2009

Bright Kitchen.

Love this look. I love big paintings that anchor a whole room. I needs to get me somma that.

Photos from Design*Sponge.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Here is another option for my dining stools... love the pink and orange! I like the modern design, I think it would contrast nicely with my antique-y table. They remind me of my childhood Fisher-Price chairs and my little kitchen set. And I am digging that price...

OFFI Tiki stools, $59 (plus free shipping!), []

Monday, June 22, 2009

Dream Sofa.

Someday, I will own this sofa (in brown or black leathuh, a little more versatile). Don't you just love it?? Now, why can't it be like 500 bucks (on sale)? Cause then it would be on it's way to my apartment right now. Sigh. Dreams. I'm just putting it out into the universe.

Leather Recamier Sofa, $2235.90 on sale from $2795.00,

Friday, June 19, 2009

Plain White Shades.

So this pic makes me think that plain white shades wouldn't be too plain... of course, I don't have quite as much going on in my apartment as this chick:

I'm thinking white shades for the bedroom. I like how these let light in, and aren't completely blackout. The bedroom is the only room in my apartment that gets direct sunlight, so I don't want to rob myself of that. I think it just might work...

photo from [] House Tour, Kelly's Craftsman Comfort

Monday, June 15, 2009


I'm painting something in my apartment hot pink. Period. It's decided.

Photo courtesy of Design*Sponge []

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Sale Item(s) of the Day!

Okay, this won't work with my decor, but I love the sculptural pop art quality of this table! This would be great in a foyer or entry way in lieu of a more traditional pedestal table.

Bike Wheel Table, $199.00, down from 399.00, []

Red /Orange Dining Chairs

So in my new apartment, I have a semi-eat-in-kitchen. I have enough room for this cool drop leaf table I found, but not much room for chairs to go around it. Hence my search for red or orange armless chairs (or possibly maybe metal stools) so that the table can be used for dining. Of course I can't afford the true apple of my eye- this Marais cafe chair from DWR (ha!) in Vermillion. It is currently on sale, but for 200 bucks. Which is about 150 more than I really want to spend. It's so lovely though, isn't it?

Other options include:

The Bryce Adjustable Bar Stool from Pottery Barn, 149.99 (still too expensive, but cool)

Or the Jake Chair in orange from Room and Board, $79:

The Air Chair from DWR, on sale for $98...

But guess what I'll probably go with? Ikea! Snooze. But I do love the funkiness of the Urban chair, $39.99.

Although, there is always the painstaking option (probably the best option) of hitting up local flea markets and Housing Works to try and find some funky chairs that I can paint red... and I love the idea of a few red metal stools stacked in the corner, waiting for guests. Guess I have a good excuse for doing more shopping!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Small Bedroom Inspiration

So I finally moved into a new apartment, and the bedroom is super small! We're talking 9 by 12, if that. So the room is wide enough for a full bed, with two small bedside tables on either side. That's it! (Pictures to be posted soon) This bedroom, from the New York Times real estate section, gives some inspiration. Love the chandelier, the collection of mirrors, and the tall dresser. A little frou frou, but some good ideas!

Photo: Ruby Washington/The New York Times

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Atlas Tapestry

Best thing ever. Wish it came in different colors...

Atlas Tapestry, 36.00, []

Friday, May 8, 2009

Sale Item(s) of the Day

These tables are pretty ubiquitous, pretty colorful, and now, pretty cheap! Gotta love that lacquer finish.

Natalie Nesting Tables from Pottery Barn, 99.99, down fron 179.00, []

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

New Posts!

Please excuse the laxity of posts lately! The stress of moving has gotten to me, sadly. I spend most of my time, when not working, scouring Craigslist for postings. And I now have my own "the-one-that-got-away" story. Yay me! But I'm back in the saddle and looking for my next apartment. I have two to see tonight, wish me luck!

Inspiration: Midtown NYC Hotels.

The Waldorf Astoria. Love this crystal idea, would work as a window treatment. Or maybe as art work on the walls, behind a sofa, perhaps.

The W hotel, love the coordinating art work, they look like shards of glass on the walls.

Hudson Hotel, love the use of color and texture. Very exotic.

The Pod Hotel. Nice vintage vibe and that great fabric. Almost feels like a Winnebago. The bathroom is very economical and is good inspiration for small spaces.

The Royalton. Love the light fixtures and sumptuous fabrics.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Craig's Makeovers

Okay so I kind of got lazy about the whole Craigslist thing, even though I've been looking everyday for a new apartment. I've had some luck, but now I'm not even sure I want to move... but I digress. Today while perusing, I found this person's funky little studio in the Sublets section. After uninteresting post after uninteresting post, these pictures really piqued my interest.

I love all the little details- like the shelves in the windows, the arrangement of the artwork and the use of color. This is a way to make white walls work- matted art work, and just the right amount of color in the fabric choices.

Love the little bottles, the hanging lights, the blue of the bathroom. Very cute. This space, although a little cluttered, feels cohesive and welcoming. And they sure got lucky in the amount of windows they have!

Here's the link to the original post:

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Muji now online!

I love the Japanese store Muji, which is located in Soho and in Midtown NYC. It's hard to describe the items they carry, but I guess it's like a neutral Target, a UNIQLO for home decor? I dunno, but it's awesome. The Muji online store does not carry anywhere near the range of items found in-store (hello, where's the lovely bed linens?) SIGH. Maybe in time. []

Monday, April 20, 2009

Rustic Farmhouse Tables.

This post is kind of in conjunction with my recent post about Vicky Christina Barcelona and my continuing dining room obsession. I understand some people in the know have declared the farmhouse table over, but I still love blocky, heavy, rustic tables. They look so great matched with a minimal or modern decor! And of course, the best rustic table would be one built by someone Amish or rescued from a flea market in Kansas or something, but here are some that are more accessible to us monetarily-challenged urban dwellers:

Better Homes and Gardens Farmhouse Table,, 127.00

Farmhouse table,, 199.58, on sale from 499.00.

Rustic Dining table,, 199.99

Sanders Cove Dining table,, 379.00 on sale from 649.00.