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I enjoy simple things: solitude, cheap sheet cake, and sunlight. I also believe that white is, in fact, a color. Bring me fresh flowers and we can be friends.

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April 24, 2012

Antler Chandelier


This chandelier is something I have been searching for ever since I first moved into my apartment. Not only does it have decorative value, but I really, really needed the light. My apartment would get extremely dark at night and except for an ugly floor lamp, I had no other lights besides the one in the entryway and the one over my vanity. There was no existing wiring above my dining area, and I really didn't want to hire an electrician and go through the co-op board of my building, so  like most other projects - I called my dad.

 

There is a plug on the bottom of my gallery wall, so we ended up running a wire up the corner of the wall and along the ceiling. We also added a light switch (with a dimmer!!) so that the chandelier is fully functional.

 


It gives so much light and I love it! One of my happiest home improvements so far for sure.
April 19, 2012

Apartment of the Day

I look at inspirational images all day long. After a while, everything starts to blur together - white kitchens, gray walls, pop of color - my taste is easily identifiable. Every once in a while, something really catches my eye, and I am usually surprised to find that it is, more often than not, a style totally different than my own.







When I came across this apartment tour on Apartment Therapy, I was blown away.  The doors around the bedroom have to be my favorite part. It's totally innovative and totally functional - in essence, the perfect idea.  The kitchen light fixtures, exposed brick, and clean masculinity tickle my fancy just as much.

I'd move in in a heartbeat - and everything isn't white. Who said compromise wasn't my strongest personality trait?
April 18, 2012

I Want Wednesday

I love housewares just as much as I love clothes (my debit card loves neither).  When I see stuff like this bathing girls tea set, I always want to snag it in a second, but living in a small space has really made me stop and think about what I bring into my apartment. 


That being said, these would make a great gift!





They're just so fun! Plus, it's like grown up paper dolls - cover those naked girls up!

April 16, 2012

Weekend in Pictures

A lot of nothing and a trip to Philly (I'll be there once a month come June - it's a promise to my cousin!). But I'm rockin' overalls.  Needless to say, it was a good weekend. 








P.S. - How do you hang your pants? Apparently I've been insanely inefficient the past 25 years. Pant hangers take up less space and I can see every pair. Makes me extremely happy.

I'm so easy to please.

April 12, 2012

Recipe: Carrot Ginger Dressing

I never fail to order a house salad every single time I go to a Japanese restaurant. Not because I'm trying to get my serving of greens, but really because I am OBSESSED with the dressing.  Depending on who I am dining with, I usually end up drinking the dressing out of the bowl (it's a very rare occasion if I don't).  I've been meaning to make my own dressing ever since my friend John got me a grater plate for Christmas this year. It was actually the first thing he suggested I make with it. 

It only took me 4 months to get around to it. 


Ingredients:
1/2 lb carrots (3 medium)
1/4 cup chopped peeled fresh ginger
1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon Asian sesame oil
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
Chinese five spice
Salt




Peel the carrots and ginger and grate using the grater plate. If you don't have a grater plate, you can use a food processor (which will probably be a LOT quicker). Combine with rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, and vegetable oil.  Add salt and Chinese five spice to taste.

Yes, my arm got tired of grating, but who couldn't use a little extra arm workout?  The results were worth it and I've got my own stash of dressing to last me for two weeks. 

Ok, probably a week. But still..it rules!
April 11, 2012

I Want Wednesday: The Dining Banquette

It takes me forever to decorate my apartment because every so often I come up with a brilliant idea, and then it takes me a year to finally track down EXACTLY what I want. Case-and-point: my antler chandelier.  It took me almost exactly a year from this post when I came up with the idea to track down the perfect one (that I could afford).  A full post on that will absolutely happen once I get it hung up. 

I recently came across an image that instigated light bulb moment. It happens to be image #3 below, which is also my favorite of the group. When I first bought my dining table, I planned on having two chairs on one side, and a long wooden bench on the other. When it came down to it, I went with 4 chairs because I couldn't find a bench that matched well enough and was the perfect length, color, and height.


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Being that my gallery wall is quite busy, my antler chandelier will just add to the scene. I had been trying to figure out what to do with the big empty wall adjacent to my gallery wall, when I came up with the banquette idea. The high back will take up quite a bit of wall space, as well as pull together the entire table.  Because the entire apartment is one open space, the dining table almost feels as if it's floating in the middle of the room. A banquette against the wall will anchor the table and create a cozy nook to entertain or curl up with a book. 

I started doing some research, and this banquette is my favorite so far (I also think it's the one in my favorite image above).


It's from World Market and retails for $499.99 plus shipping (another $100). There's no World Market in the tri-state area (which always kills me because they have the BEST candles), so I'd either have to have it shipped or find something extremely similar. Let's hope it doesn't take another year. 

(P.S. - I don't know why the images are coming up so small - but click the links to get a better idea!)
April 10, 2012

DIY: Upgrade Your Doors

Living in an apartment has its perks, but it also has its low points. There are some things you just have to either deal with, or work into your decor (like my giant radiator - boo!).  One thing that I've always found funny about older Manhattan apartments is that no matter how much you decorate the interior space, the front door is always cold, ugly, and outdated. The deadbolt, the old hardware, and the thick metal frame never seem to blend in.

I had been thinking about adding moulding do my doors to spruce them up a bit when I came across this DIY idea. A painted door.



I don't hate it. 
Maybe not pink, but the idea is extremely intriguing. 

Thoughts?