Thursday, April 17, 2014

April Wish List

This spring I am looking to get back to basics.  I already have one million pretty printed dresses, a hundred thousand cutesy jumpers and all my basic sandal needs covered, so to go along with my "quality over quantity" item on my list of New Years resolutions (I think it's one of the few I'm succeeding at), I choose a list of great items that will take me from season to season.  

1. This tee doesn't really count as quality, but I love it, and for $10 I can toss and re-buy once I wear it to death.
2. As a handbag designer, I don't often include bags on my wish lists, but this bag is exactly what I'm missing in my life, a cool, light weight carry-all that I can schlep around town.
3. leather jeans, because at 30, I don't know what to wear "out" anymore, and I think these are perfect.
4. I've been on the hunt for the perfect blazer in the color of the season, pink.  I've tried on a few that are a little too businessy, but this one has a perfect balance of put-together and cool.
5. these wedges have been haunting my dreams.  They are a total splurge, but I am so in love.
6. Every one has to have a pair of espadrilles, and these from The Sak will be amazing shoes for exploring my new hood in.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

DIY Tassel Throw

It has been a long while since my last DIY tutorial, but I am so excited to share my first Ikea hack with you!  Remember a few weeks ago I posted about the pom-pom blanket trend and how much I love it, well, I went ahead and did a little creating of my own.  I used Eivor throw I picked up at Ikea and the rest of the stuff I already had in the house.  Keep reading to find out just how simple this project is.  

Click here for the tutorial.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Budget Kitchen Makeover Inspiration

Last week I posted the before photos of the kitchen in our new home, I included an idea of the plans.  Below are some of the drop dead gorgeous inspiration photos for the look we are trying to achieve.  The three main things we plan to do with the kitchen is to paint the lower cabinets white and replace with hardware with something dark and modern.  Then we are going to remove the upper cabinets above the sink and main counter area and replace with rustic open wood shelving.  Finally, give the peninsula in the back of the kitchen a face lift by adding a panel of reclaimed wood.  Again, since this is a rental, we are working with what we got, but the hope is that we can make our kitchen even a portion as beautiful as any one of the below, it's a win.  

white cabinets: 1 / 2 / 3
wood shelving: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
reclaimed panelling: 1 / 2 / 3

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Update from Upstate (Budget Kitchen Makeover)

Almost two weeks in and phase one of the move, is just about over.  We've unpacked, found a home for most things, broken down the majority of boxes (though half of said boxes are still on the front porch, classy) and started to think about styling and art hanging.  

Now for phase two, the real projects.  There is a list including refinishing a thrifted dresser for a TV stand, freshening up the disgusting closets, changing out some light fixtures and figuring out what is under all the ceiling tiles (they are in every room, people!).  Then the biggie, a budget kitchen makeover.  We really don't want to spend much money, since we are just renting, but honestly, in this kitchen, I think a coat of paint and a hardware change would make the world of difference, but I'm me, so I'll be taking it up a level.  Below are my plans for this outdated, mismatched kitchen.  

I can't believe I haven't ripped that valance down yet, then burned it, but away from the house, cause that thing looks flammable.  We plan to paint the bottom cabinets, I was thinking white, but also considering black, since the appliances are black.  Then we are going to take down the upper cabinets in favor of some great open shelving to display my prized glassware collection.  

The back of the kitchen doubles as the laundry area, and there's not much we can't do about the awkward layout in a rental, so we'll make the best of it and try to spuce it up.  First things first, buy a washer and dryer.  I did not move out of New York City to have to drive my dirty clothes to the local laundromat!   Paint the cabinets above the laundry and change out the hardware.  Then the breakfast bar has those hideous shutter doors, so I want to creatively cover those, ideally so the storage is still useable, but there is enough cabinet space that it honestly wouldn't matter too much if we lost it.  I would explore the butcher block counter tops from Ikea, but at this point that is an afterthought.  

Stay tuned for inspiration photos coming at you soon.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wedding Wednesday (Macramé Mania)

It's back, ladies and gentleman, I'm not just talking about Wedding Wednesdays, but I'm talking about that bohemian 70's trend that is back in a BIG way.  Here are a few fabulous ideas to incorporate this gypset trend into your day.  I am totally grooving on the macrame chandelier and the dip-dyed tips in the wall hanging in photo 3.

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There are hundreds of DIY ideas out there on pinterest, but if you're not a DIY gal, check out a couple amazing macrame vendors on Etsy, Slow Down Productions and Love Wild Vintage, or you could make this curtain from Urban Outfitters your own by dip-dying or adding embellishment.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Paris in the Spring Time

Our second (and final) stop on our European shopping trip was Paris.  The weather is insane, I'm talking rain for five minutes, then beautiful sunshine, then rain for twenty.  But when it was nice, it was spring time in Paris at it's best.  We spent most of our time in the charming boutiques of Le Marais, but squeezed in just a little time to visit the Eiffel Tower, of course.  

This is my third time in the City of Lights.  I've enjoyed it every time, but every time it's been a completely new and different experience.  I think it has finally won me over and looking at these photos, how can it not? 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Amsterdam in Photos

It seems like a life time ago that we were in Europe, when in reality, it's only been two weeks.  Two insane, busy weeks.  But nevertheless, I wanted to share my little visual diary of our trip.  This is our second year returning to Amsterdam and last time I did posted an extensive shopping guide for all the spots we hit on that trip.   This time we hit most of the same areas, but it was sunny and about ten degrees warmer, which made the trip about a hundred times more enjoyable.  We even got the pleasure of taking a quick trip to the tulip fields outside the city, Keukenhof.  Unfortunately, it was a little early.  You can see the red and yellow stripes in the photo below, but at peak it looks like this!!!

Next up photos from Paris tomorrow!