i finished my next five books for the year. this time, my favorite was a tie between where the crawdads sing and gentleman in moscow. i absolutely love amor towles’s writing.
some more progress shots of the apartment renovations. the rough plumbing and electrical are complete, and the bathroom has been waterproofed. doesn’t look like much yet but most of the work behind the walls has been done. next up is the tiling in the bathroom.
one of my favorite instagram accounts to follow is the home edit. not only are clea and joanna hilarious, but their method of styling and organization provides some serious inspiration. because i started buying blue ball jars years ago, i wasn’t going to recycle them all for the sake of organization aesthetics. i decided to work with what i had, get a few baskets and trays, and this is what my cabinets look like now. i didn’t “style” these for the photos, so they are more or less always like this now (depending on what food i have around).
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.
greetings from santorini! i can’t wait to share my pictures when i am back. in the meantime, here is a shot of my new globetrotter suitcase that is accompanying me on this trip.
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.
in my marie kondo phase, i donated my label maker since i had not used in in years and it definitely did not spark joy. however, when i was decanting some dried goods into my blue mason jars, i found myself wishing i hadn’t been so hasty. luckily, i soon realized that a white paint pen achieves the same goal and looks so much prettier.