since i barely leave the house these days, i thought i would take advantage of the parachute sale to buy some new linens for our bedroom. the cloud cotton quilt and matching shams are so amazingly soft, and i love the rumpled white linen for summer. i still decided to stick to the gray and white scheme, but the darker gray on the inside of the quilt adds a nice contrast. i also like folding the duvet at the base of the bed, since it gives a neater overall appearance.
my post from the holidays made me realize that i never did a dining area reveal. while this area will still change over time as we collect more art from our travels, it makes me ridiculously happy to eat at as is. the lamp is from drew barrymore’s collection for walmart and fits in perfectly without blocking the art.
to say that i had a mild obsession with the pottery in japan is quite the understatement. we went to more stores than i can count, and i feasted on all the little bowls and dishes they had available. while many of these are meant for japanese-style meals, i use them everyday for mise en place while cooking, separating parts of my meal while eating, or even holding my tea bag.
these pictures make me ridiculously happy.
we’ve been keeping the apartment pretty clean lately, so i thought it would snap a few pictures of some of my favorite corners.
i also decided to get back to my shopping list method of focusing on what i want for the season. its funny that some of the items from my prior lists are still on there. i either never found the item, or i bought one and it has since worn out.
the last bit of my london shopping included these two classics. first, the louis vuitton train case is something i have had my eye on. i’ve seen people use it for home decor, for travel, and some even as a bag. i’m afraid to ruin its pristine condition so it is currently sitting out on display. once i get over that though, i think it will be a great companion for my travels.
second, i have had an hermes scarf on my list for so long but never took the plunge. that was, however, until i saw this stunner of a pattern.
i was playing around with the scarf and realized that i could fashion it into a bag, reminiscent of this one that i love but this is way too expensive for that it is.
i recently spent a long weekend in savannah, ga, where i basically just walked and ate my way through the city. i am still wading through my photos but in the meantime, here are the goodies i came home with.
the necklace is from the scad store. the artist takes old pieces from the 20s and 30s and reworks them into modern statement jewelry. i’m not really sure why i got new matches, other than the fact that long matches are so chic. beneath everything is a french linen bread bag.
wanted to capture some of the detail on this gorgeous bar of chocolate.
sorry for the blurry picture. i pretty much bought the candle because of the description.
earlier this year, i was finally able to complete some long-awaited renovations on my apartment. though i had finally saved up enough money last year, there were delays with building approval, the contractor, and ordering materials. and then there was the bathroom light that took forever to be replaced, which is why this post is just happening now.
despite the headaches and the $$$, it is something that i would 100% do again. it is a dream of mine to do a full renovation on an apartment, even though it is far more expensive and time-intensive than they show on hgtv (especially in new york).
let’s start with the listing photo that i had previously posted to this site. as i mentioned, this makes it look far nicer than it was.
here are some photos i snapped before the renovations began. even though i had made small improvements, the lack of storage, the rotting ceramic tile, and the useless rusted drain (among other delightful features) eventually drove me over the edge.
all the interior doors looked like this. rotting frames, unfinished surfaces, and uneven placement.
my bedroom closet doors which had been painted over about 10 times and were made of some cheap style of metal. oh and they came off their hinges all the time.
my new tub hanging out outside the bathroom. i figured i will want to remember this one day.
even though i have a dining area, i feel like i do everything sitting on my sofa using the coffee table. maybe i need more comfortable dining chairs.
writing/keeping organized (lost my old planner and replaced with this beautiful smythson planner found on sale)
reading while smelling my bodega flowers
if i had to pick a store in nyc to spend my last days in, it would definitely be abc carpet and home. for those of you who have never been, it is a bigger, more eclectic, and sadly more expensive version of anthropologie. i always find something there that inspires me, and luckily the prices are so out of my reach that my wallet is happy.
i stopped in last weekend, though, and they were having a sale on french linen towels and napkins. oops.
but look how pretty.