Friday, September 21, 2012

Apartment Therapy House Tour

So chuffed to be featured on Apartment Therapy's house tour!

Ikea hack- Vanity Space

I've never been a girly-girl, but I've always wanted a place to put my make up on and get ready in the evening. I have a tiny Brooklyn bathroom, with bad light and no space. Also, only having one bathroom, it's inconsiderate to take it up putting on makeup.

My solution was rather than buying a vanity, I'd make one that takes up less room and fits perfectly in my left-over space. I had this unused spot between my back windows. Because of the radiator, it was pretty much useless space. I took a cheap ikea shelf, and mounted it over the radiator (with enough space so it doesn't get too hot in the winter), just the right height for sitting at. Next I hung this west-elm deep mirror, that created a second mini-shelf for my perfumes. I hung a small hook by the mirror for my jewelry, and one underneigh to hang my blow-dryer. I fount this birch swivel stool from ikea, and painted the top green to give it a bit more personality. 

The real ah-ha moment came when I took these big-bulb string lights from Target and wound them around the mirror. Now I have great even light to put my makeup on. Love it!

All in all, I think I probably spent about $90 to make vanity space that fits perfectly in my bedroom. Not bad :)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Before and After- the new studio space

Our 1/2 room in the apt had become a dumping ground for homeless items, so I decided to convert it into a studio space:

Sunday, April 22, 2012

We're on Apartment Therapy!

We are so excited to be featured on's small and cool contest! You can vote for us here:

As we could only show 5 pics, I've included those and a few more that didn't make the cut below...

Monday, December 5, 2011

Winter BBQ

We invited some friends over to celebrate the holidays with us this weekend. The theme was Morrocan inspired, so I got crafty, and covered my paper lanterns and old jars with metalic tissue paper cut-outs. The highlight of the night were the sparkles, which made everyone feel like a little kid.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Landing strip- done

After gifting our armoire to friends who are expecting in a couple weeks, we finally finished making a great landing strip at the entry way. As per Apartment Therapy's recommendation, there's a spot for mail, keys and hooks for bags (our shoes/scarves live in the lobby landing strip).

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Cottage living-Korea style

This house is built with traditional Korean techniques. I love the wood and the calm feeling it makes. The floors are heated in the winter and during the summer the windows open up. We met the owner of this house, an elegant woman in her 60's who seemed very worldy and wise. Very inspiring.
 The view over Seoul

 One of my favorite things about these houses are the serene private spaces inside. I think we could use a little bit of this in New York.
 Incredible construction

 This room opens up during the summer.