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.

Kitchen Inspiration from Seoul

It's no secret that I'm a bit obsessed with blackboard paint. I've been in Seoul for the past 2 weeks for work, and I came across this awesome kitchen at 8-Steps restaurant. My friend, Judie, took me here for delicious Italian food. This kitchen was part of a show kitchen, where you could eat at the counter and watch the chef cook.

Love the idea of the high shelf, with glasses.

Also, I think the stacked bookshelf for cookbooks is genius.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

Outdoor lounge

I'm starting to plan our outdoor living space... but on a budget. I found this cute idea on Aparment therapy for using palettes to build a lounge area.

I also like the idea of having a wooden wall behind with a place to hang stuff
And lastly, a fire pit to keep us warm in the autumn and spring

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Thank you Irene

Thanks to Irene, we spend some serious quality time in our apt this weekend and I finally put up the hooks and shelf in my closet. Originally, I was hoping my shoes would be able to hang from the shelf, but it didn't quite work out that way. Oh well, at least I now have a nice place to hang my bags, and realize that I am such a creature of habit. All my bags look the same!

Friday, August 26, 2011


I've been scouring craigslist, using a service called HeyCraig. It's a pretty cool website, where you just give them your email address, where you live and what you're looking for, and they send you appropriate links. After a week of looking, I found an Eames replica chair and ottoman for a deal! The living room is coming together as we originally planned.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Boho yard

Though I could never imagine Jacob wearing a linen shirt (thank god!) I love the relaxed boho chic of this yard dining area.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Wood walling

I'm really loving wood walls... wondering how I can do it at home.

Outdoor lounge

Now that the apartment is nearly finished, I'd like to tackle the back yard. At first I wanted to put a farm table and chairs out there, but I'm beginning to feel like having a comfy place to lounge might be more used. Louge chairs seem to cost a fortune, so I'm considering building something blocky and then sewing pillows and a futon mattress to sit on....

This chair is inspirational for the color, but I'd like the seat to be deeper and more cozy...

And I love the idea of having these white animal heads on the fence..

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Being an amateur Art Collector

Jacob, my better half, is an artist, so we go to lots of art openings in NY. For the longest time, he used to nudge me when we went to the shows, and whisper "Tell them you're a art collector". To me, the image of an art collectors was a 60 year old couple, him in a tweed jacket and her in some flowy black dress, patrons of the arts with grand children and tons and tons of money. It's only recently that I've realized what Jacob meant, and started really loving collecting art. That doesn't mean spending tons and tons of money, in fact it often means swapping for things, or buying work from our friends. In the last year, between Jacob's collection and my growing collection, we have some really nice pieces of work that make me happy daily.

This leads me to the show that we are holding later in this summer to raise money for Team In Training and the Leukemia society. Many of our friends are donating work to the show, and it's such a great chance to get amazing work that you love, for a great deal. So, please come down to the Lower East Side in NY and pick up a piece of art you'll love forever.

Here's a shot of our living room wall, which is a combination of works of our friends, Jacob's work, a sketch I did in undergrad, a flea market find, an airplane puke bag from a trip to NY (long story) and a painting by my great great Aunt Fanny. It makes me so happy.

Crazy with the chalk board wall- our first party!

For the 4th of July we decided to host our first party, and threw a hot dog social out back. Jacob decided to draw a chalk mural on the living room wall in celebration of the event.

New bedroom happiness

We finally got back to redecorating, and finished our bedroom! After painting the back wall a gorgeous blue grey (First round, I painted it yellow, which was not a good idea) we held our breath, and bought a platform bed from Gothic Cabinets for $750. Though the website is pretty scary, and most of their designs look pretty generic, we found a great all-wood bed for way less than the West Elm particle board bed, which all together costs $1800. It looks a little like a Swedish Modern space craft, but I love it and the huge drawers under the bed hold all my extra clothes. Sweet deal!

I was thinking about getting these west elm lights, but they seemed a bit pricey at $179.00, and so instead I got these wall sconce lights from Ikea, and then switched out the lamp shade. It cost me a total of $60. I love how calm and serene the room looks now. (In case you're wondering if that's a bible, it's the 3rd book of the hunger games).
I think my bedroom is now officially the poshest bedroom I've ever had! The inspiration for this room was the Park Hyatt in Korea (where I stay for work sometimes), and I think we took the original inspiration and made it a little more homey and a little more us. 


Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Back from LA

After a long weekend in LA, visiting with family and friends, we are happy to be back home to the heat and humidity of Brooklyn. Our couch was finally delivered this morning and it fits perfectly in the apartment, what a relief!!! We were worried it wouldn't get through the front door. Now we have a sleeper sofa, we are ready for summer house guests. Thanks mum and dad for your generous gift!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Who would have ever thought that being a 'chalk' artist would be a job. This work is pretty inspirting.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Contemplating bed options

We need to buy a bed. I've discovered that sleeping on a mattress on the floor gives you numb limbs in the middle of the night, which is seriously disturbing. We want a modern storage bed, but I really hate the idea of bringing any more particle board furniture into our lives. We also want something affordable. I found this one on the web, which is solid wood so it might be alright.
We really want to go for this minimalistic look, based on the bed at the Park Hyatt in Korea (my favorite hotel in the world)
I think it might work...minimalism is hard to do when you live in a tiny place with no closets!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Monday, May 9, 2011

Home for bikes

Jacob spent the weekend building this awesome bike rack for our bikes. He had to build a special bar because we couldn't drill into the tin roof. He came up with a really elegant and useful method of storing our bikes... we just need to start riding them now that the sun is shining again.

While Jacob was doing this manly work, I was busy breaking in our grill with our first burgers at home. Seriously yum.

Sunday fun- Gallery Wall

Sunday we spent putting up our art. We have some great art that we love, including photos by Amy Elkins, Camilla Schofield, Thomas Bangsted, my great-great Aunt Ethel Francis, Rebecca Campbell, Jen Behr, Hazel Mandujano and of course Jacob and I. I had fun playing with proportion and scale when putting the art up. (The 'bricks' around the antlers are actually paintings by Rebecca. She also did the portrait of Billie, our dog)