New Blog Crush

Yesterday I was introduced to a new blog by my lovely co-worker Laura. Delight by Design is a blog that scours the internet collecting some of the best design photos out there. The writer, Blair, looks for ways to inject design elements into every nook and cranny of your space. Now, I am not sure if she has to ability to produce beautifully designed rooms, but she definitely has to eye to find them. For that reason I would like to nominate her for next season’s Design Star.

I am unbelievably inspired by her posts. And while they are light on the text, the incredible pictures she finds certainly make a statement. My one complaint is that you aren’t always able to tell where you can buy the products featured in her pictures requiring me to spend time googling the things I like. Thankfully, I am pretty much a professional googler.

Matt and I added a little design to our apartment over the weekend by finally hanging some pictures in our bedroom. My next step is to 1. buy some sort of new blanket/duvet cover combo and 2. figure out a way to remove the bachelor pad painting that is hanging above our bed without Matt noticing.

I am debating how much effort I want to invest in decorating our apartment considering we are most likely moving next July. What do you think? Is it worth the effort?

My HGTV Crush

I have only been married for 1 month and I already have a new man in my life… David Bromstad.

After spending an entire day with him last week during a “Color Splash” marathon, I must confess… I am in love with David. Not only is he super cute and has an addictive personality, but he is talented as well. The rooms that he transforms on his tv show are amazing. I love everything he does! He inspires me to step outside my Crate and Barrel comfort zone and take risks.

Now, not only can you see David on his tv show “Color Splash” but on Monday nights, he appears on the HGTV reality show “Design Star.” This is the show that launch his career forward after he won to design contest. This year, David will be serving as the mentor to this year’s contestants, offer advice and a friendly smile.

Matt and I just re-signed our lease for another year in our current apartment. With all the wedding planning, we didn’t have enough time to really look and see what else is out there. And while I really do like where we live, I am getting a little tired of it. I want to start fresh, with a new blank canvass to decorate. So now, I will dedicate the next 12 months to finding that perfect place. Let’s just hope it comes with two bedrooms, some outdoor space and an inexpensive monthly rent! And when I find it, I am going to invite my new BFF David over to help me get started!

Hey, a girl can dream, right?

House Hunter

Growing up, I lived in the same town from the time I was born right through high school. We moved from a small cape house into my parent’s current house when I was about 5 years old. I was young enough when we moved that I don’t remember much about that process, and I am certain, I wasn’t much help to my parents during it.

After graduating college, I moved to Boston and got to experience the fun of searching for an apartment. The process didn’t take too long and I liked adventuring to different areas of the city. I lived in the same apartment for two years before moving to NYC.

When I moved to the “big apple” I tried to convince Abby that would could find a better apartment than the one she had been living in. Boy was I wrong! After looking at 4-5 places that were smaller than the bathroom I had in Boston, I decided that her place, although old and very far north, was the best we could do on our limited budget. Obviously, we had a great time living together – it didn’t matter where the apartment was or what it looked like.

After moving out, Matt and I were lucky enough to find our current apartment right away. It was a newly constructed building and we got a great deal since construction wasn’t totally complete when we moved in. Although Matt was almost taken to small claims court because he refused to pay our broker the “fee” (yes, he is THAT stubborn), it was a great move. We have now been there for just over a year and just renewed our lease for another year. 

While I would love to buy our own place, and put some of skill to use that I have learned from watching hours and hours of HGTV, it isn’t very realistic since the average place of an apartment in New York City is more than 1.6 million dollars. so until that time I will watch House Hunters, My First Place and Property Virgins on HGTV. At least then, when the time comes for Matt and I to buy a place, I will be fully prepared!

I posted last week that Abby got a new job that will require her to move to Virgina. The area that she will be moving to doesn’t have a lot of places to rent, as it is fairly residential. This means the she will be in the market for a new house. We spend part of day looking online at places online. I found one that I immediately fell in love with: two bedrooms, two bathrooms, newly renovated, a back deck, multiple skylights, a fireplace, and a white picket fence!

Without even seeing the place in person, I was sold. I sent the link to Abby and she shared in my excitement. Unfortunately, after reading the fine print, she informed me that my dream house was in an “active living” community for adults 55+.

Hmmm, maybe I should spend more time watching HGTV to better hone my house hunting skills. Or maybe I should just stop having the same taste as senior citizens.

Twilight Stalker

When I was younger I had a HUGE crush on Johnathan Taylor Thomas (you know, Randy from Home Improvement and the voice of Simba in the Lion King). I would talk my mom into buying me “Teen Beat” and other neon colored magazines so that I could cut out pictures and cover my walls with JTT’s face. It was definitely creepy, but thankfully I grew out of that phase. Unfortunately, some 28 year olds are still very much in the “celebrity stalker” phase – and it VERY creepy.

One of my best friends, Molly Ward, is a HUGE Twilight fan. She rivals many tweens in her knowledge of the books and her love of Edward. After seeing the new Twilight movie, Eclipse, her away message stated “Team Edward!” Here is the conversation that followed (remember, Molly is not ME! That is my friend, AKA Wardo):

 me:  ewwwwww. I am on team Jacob!
 Molly:  well have you read the fourth book? bec if so, you’ll know why
 me:  I have read all of them
 Molly:  well … (Wardo goes on to explain her scientific reasoning for why she is on Team Edward, which I won’t put because it gives away part of the book)
 me:  I still like him better (ps I love how seriously you take these books)
 Molly:  Also, I think Bella and Jacob have an amazing dynamic and she would be able to stay human and see her fam and everything…and she would be w/ her best friend.  BUT, she and Edward are like magnets that can’t be kept apart.  They are just drawn to each other and meant to be together
but that doesn’t mean you can’t like Jacob more..just means Edward is the right one for Bella 
me:  Wardo, you know they aren’t real, right?
Molly:  hmmmm, that’s a tricky one
me:  haha
Molly:  well I refer to Edward as my boyfriend on a daily basis, so he’s real in my books. 
Molly: My roommate, Minna, just went to Forks on her way south from Seattle…check out the facebook pics…she tagged me in all of them. Bought me a ton of twilight stuff.  I am SOOOO excited!

So after more Twilight analysis, Wardo ends the conversation with this profound statement.

Molly:  but I will admit, I have always been a mega uber Edward fan, but after seeing the movie last night, I started to like Jacob a lot more.  And anyway, you like Jacob more, bec that’s like you…you fell in love w/ your best friend and are marrying him. So he’s basically your Edward and Jacob rolled into one.

I am so happy that Wardo was able to turn my 9 year relationship with Matt, and our pending wedding, into a Twilight analogy. Now, if I start to question my decision to marry Matt, I can look to this explanation and it will all make sense! I knew there was a good reason I asked her to be in my wedding.

The Search for the Perfect Desk: Complete!

One of my first posts was about my search for the perfect desk. Just as former President Bush announced, “Mission Accomplished” after he landed on the aircraft carrier, the USS Abraham Lincoln, I am happy to announce that in the mission to find my perfect desk, the mission has been accomplished!

While our apartment is a good size for New York, that’s just it… it is a New York apartment. When we moved in I thought our 900 square foot, 1-bedroom apartment was very spacious. Now that we have been there for a year, the same 900 square foot space is starting to feel a little cramped. I must admit, it may be because when we moved in we didn’t have a lot of furniture and over the past year I have added random tables, chairs and now, our (more or less, my) craft corner!

I purchased kitchen cabinets from Ikea and mounted a wooden countertop on them. I then added “organization tools” like baskets, storage drawers for paper, and shelving. I covered 3 cork titles with different colored fabrics and then framed them, to serve as bulletin boards.

The biggest headache of this whole thing was getting a chair, specifically one that fit with the height, of my desk. I originally purchased one from Ikea but it was too high. After much nagging by Matt I finally exchanged the chair for one that was slightly smaller. Of course, this exchange was not done without a lot of attitude from the Ikea employees and then in response, attitude from both Abby and myself (Anyone who knows us, is well aware of the power Abby and I possess when someone makes us mad).

I am thrilled to have a designated space to work at, although I have a feeling some of my blogs might still be written from the couch as I watch my favorite tv shows.

My next home improvement project is to finally do something about our bedroom which we have pretty much ignored up to this point. While I am sure Matt doesn’t mind having mismatched furniture, walls lacking pictures and a down comforter without a duvet cover, I have to do something about this. Honestly, you never know when Martha Stewart will drop by, unannounced. And to be honest, with our current set up, she would not be impressed.