August 10, 2011

Home Improvements

Move over, Tim Allen; You've got some major competition. Not really. In spite of weekly trips as a youngling to Home Depot with my Dad, I admit I'm not a very handy person. I could really use an Al Borland or Tool Time Girl of my own, most of the time, (and hey, whatever happened to JTT? Anyone got the 411?) So, it's probably not too surprising that little "home improvement" tasks are still on my to-do list, approaching two years of living in this apartment. Little things! I'm really excited about my new lamp (I love lamp), perched on top of a stack of magazines on my tree-stump&branches side table, oh, and - yes that IS a copy of Brooklyn Magazine! Subscribe here!

Lamp shade & base from Target. 
Yeah, okay, it's been pointed out that I have a soft spot for clear home furnishings. Have you seen my ghost chairs?




Apartment Therapy To-Do List
• Paint my non-brick walls! Preferably a shade of dove grey.
• Bigger bookshelf! I've maxed out on space, thus my clever horizontal-stack space-saving trick... I promise I actually read. I don't just keep books as decoration in an effort to look smart.
• Rectangular dining table. It turns out, my round cafe dining table just doesn't make a great work space...
• Chandelier. Linear, modern, simple -- but sparkly.
• Organize. Organize, organize, organize. Organize.
• Fancy dishes and china. This is last on the list, both in terms of priority and literally being last on the list. But, ever since I saw a Patti Smith plate at A&G Merch a few weeks ago, I've been smitten. Kate Spade glassware has my heart, too.

41 comments:

  1. I waana know what happened to JTT too! I loved him so much.

    Your abode is lovely :) x

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  2. You have well developed taste for one so young.  It is elegant but has a comfy cozy atmosphere.  The lamp is gorgeous.  I'm into clear items, though they do require more polishing.  Thanks for sharing and for inspiring us to continue...

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  3. Your apartment is amazing, you have INCREDIBLE taste!

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  4. i am so jealous of your exposed brick & wood floors - GIMME! 
    & i too have the affliction that is Need For Transparent Furnishings - i think my ghost chairs are my prized possessions!

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  5. oh & this was JUST on my tumblr dashboard this morning:

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  6. i believe this is the most recent picture of him on the internet, from 2009.
    NEED MORE JTT DEETS.

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  7. i also just found out he was a vegetarian? maybe i already knew that.... maybe, subconsciously, that played a part in my own (now defunct) vegetarianism.

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  8. You have all Love magazines ! You're so lucky even the Beth Ditto one ! I want them ! Never find them in Portugal! Amazing blog ! The Isabella Blow book must also be awesome !

    http://inspiremebitch.blogspot.com/

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  9. do you have any good design books you could recommend? 

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  10. You've been a blogging machine! Love it! I'm curious about the "Juliette has a gun."

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  11. I love how you've decorated your apartment and your floor length mirror is amazing! 

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  12. I LOVE the look on Lily's face. She seems totally in love with the lamp or has she learned to pose better for the camera like her mommy? Great pics as usual.

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  13. She's a natural model. I'm hoping to get her into the next United Bamboo calendar.... http://www.unitedbamboo.com/store/United-Bamboo-2011-Calendar.html

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  14. Thank you!!! The mirror is definitely one of my favorite things in my apartment :) It's perfect, huge, and an amazing focal point in my space. I had it shipped cross country from California!

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  15. Girl, you have no idea! I even have a post scheduled for tomorrow morning! Maybe I need to slow it down....

    I've been wearing Juliette Has a Gun since 2008, when I bought my first bottle at Colette in Paris before they started distributing in the US. They've since opened up their distribution a lot (even Urban Outfitters carries it online!). I LOVE the scents - they have amazing staying power, aren't overwhelming, and the amazing packaging doesn't hurt, either. There are a few other scents that they've added to the line that I've yet to test out, but I've been re-buying these ones consistently since I was first introduced to their perfumes. I really, really love it.

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  16. Oh my god! So many! But I'm going to need you to narrow this down.... Architecture? Typography? Graphics? Fashion? I have a list for practically every segment of the design industry.

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  17. I have a copy of every issue they've released so far, but they've really screwed me over with their multiple covers! I haven't gone to the extent of collecting those, yet....

    You may want to try http://stores.magazinecafeny.com/ -- I believe they ship their magazines internationally! LOVE, Lula, Bullett... All of them!

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  18. Move to NYC!!! There's tons of exposed brick and wood floors to be had. I barely see apartments here that DON'T have wood floors... It's a definite anomaly in the city.

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  19. Thank you, Rachel!! That means a lot to me :) xo

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  20. HE WAS SOOOOO DREAMY. I think he was one of my first legitimate attractions, at the tender age of seven years old, when I was in the 2nd grade, and he was doing voice overs for The Lion King....

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  21. No! Don't slow down! It's great! I wish that I could post more often, but I'm so slow. I will be sure to check out JHG!

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  22. interior decoration is my second passion! i am a huge fan of vitra and moooi! love to combine it with things i find on flea markets! i need fancy dishes too! always loved the versace ones because they are so over the top! curious about the candelier!!!!

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  23. Your home pretty much looks like my dream apartment!! I absolutely LOVE you lamp (I adore good lamps too and perspex furniture too - especially my Kartell ghost chairs and bougie lamp), your sofa and your piles and piles of books (one of my top measures of a good home).

    Briony xx

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  24. If  I would have known you were from my Hometown... swoon, I miss home SO much. Having said that, LOVE the decor pictures, I still only have a dinning set in our house and a few key items, but not finished yet and I am about remodel my condo but nothing can replace the REAL of nyc, your exposed brick, love it, I wonder if I can move a limestone to Japan?

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  25. Ooh, I don't have any fashion books (except piles of magazines). What fashion ones do you recommend? What kind of graphics ones as well. Thanks!

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  26. You would :) Why not go for it. Let's do it, lets do it in this life time.

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  27. I love the brick walls and the fact that you didn't try to hide them (that's unfortunately what most people would do here in Italy). And books immediately make a flat feel cozy and warm. In my opinion a house without books is nothing more than a cowshed. (I won't even get started on Lily, as I could go in for hours talking about the cuteness of your cat!!!)

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  28. I'd loooooove to see more of your home!! Please please please!
    This is the chandelier I like -- pretty reasonable, no? http://www.zgallerie.com/p-1466-linear-strand-crystal-chandelier.aspx

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  29. I've wanted a bougie lamp for yearssss and still haven't buckled down, though I do have some ghost chairs holding down fort!! Cannot wait for you to visit!

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  30. Anything can be shipped, why not a slab of limestone?! I love NYC, and I adore how the exposed brick is so quintessentially New York.

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  31. In my opinion a house without books is nothing more than a cowshed.
    I LOVE this, and could not agree more!! I think exposed brick is probably one of the most coveted features of New York apartments, and I'm pretty proud of the fact that my brick walls date back over 100-years!

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  32. Gorgeous apartment! I live in a modern building, but would kill for an exposed brick wall. Your home decor style is as fab as your personal style :). Great meeting you at Rebecca Minkoff, hope to see you around soon!

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  33. haha this post made me laugh.  You should totally paint your wall.  We put up wallpaper (not good times)

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  34. Thanks so much!! I love my building because it maintained so many of the original features (like the brick walls, the exposed beams, etc) from when the building was first built 101 years ago, while updating and gut renovating the rest of the fixtures. It's the perfect balance of new and old, for me.

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  35. Wall paper is a biiiiitch. I think painting will be one of my fall projects. It's too hot right now to leave the windows open so the apartment will air out!

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  36. Your home pretty much looks like my dream apartment!! I absolutely LOVE your home...thanks sharing with community i really like it..
    Huntsville Home Improvement

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  37. I totally bought that lamp after seeing it here. LOVE.

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