apartment update

Thank you to everyone who emailed and commented on my last post! A reader suggested Benjamin Moore's Queen Anne Pink, and it was exactly what I was looking for. I'm very happy with the way my walls turned out -- grown up, but still feminine (thank you Abigail!!).

After my saintly little brother helped me paint last weekend, I (naturally) went on a bit of craigslist shopping spree. Not to brag, but if Craigslist stalking was a sport I'd probably medal in it. I think that's what happens when you're delightfully impoverished yet don't want to live like it. Anywho, I foud those gold leaf brass bamboo coffee tables for $12 a piece, and the clean-lined gold sofa - which needs to be reupholstered - for $100. 

Of course, the room is hardly finished. Above are the items I'd love to buy next. Acquiring things slowly makes me appreciate what I have... but my inner Veruca Salt wants it all NOW! 

Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp. Bay Leaf Wreath for the front door (which I will probably paint in some way...). Opus 2 by Chad Wys (found through my friend Katie who has the best taste ever). Cheeky Nude Silhouette by Hugo Guinness. Modern White Plastic Chair. Claire Vivier Tassel. Cowhide Rug. 


pretty as a peach

First, if you are my landlord you should stop reading right now. 

If you are not my landlord, you can help me solve my latest dilemma. I just moved into a cozy little studio last week (no fireplace but there is a dressing room..!) and was intent on not painting the walls. But before I had my kitchen unpacked, I began to resent the  predetermined run-of-the-mill drab khaki color of the walls. They absolutely have to go. 

I thought about pale gray, I thought about pale lavender... but I've always found the warm peach color of the Hovey sister's glamourous grandmother's apartment to be perfect. (P.S. The space is featured in full in their book, Heirloom Modern... you need to see it.) I've tried Benjamin Moore's "Conch Shell" and  a coral-peach from Sherwin Williams - both were a no-go. A friend suggested Farrow & Ball's "Pink Ground", but that may be a touch too pink! What do you think? Sadly, I don't think I will sleep well until this is figured out :) 


storage for nerds

The librarian in me desperately wants Land of Nod's Circulation Chest. It only looks like a card catalog - a few of the drawers are much wider than they appear to be (which I think makes this piece a little more functional!). If I were to place this in my home, I'd be sure to add little gold "feet" to dress up the legs a bit. I'm hopeful that one day I'll be able to find (and afford) the real thing, but it's nice to know that I have options :)

(via blythe candace)


tory burch at home in manhattan

How lucky was I to stumble across these big, beautiful photos of Tory Burch's Manhattan apartment? The details in her incredibly luxe, über waspy abode are certainly a feast for the eyes. Take a closer look, and you’ll see that every inch is primped and polished to the utmost degree: the intricate crown molding, the perfectly arranged books paired with perfectly proportional trinkets, the sumptuous trim… Interior designer Daniel Romualdez did a fantastic job translating the fashion mogul’s vision into reality. This apartment, classic American and vibrant, just screams Tory! 

(Photographs courtesy of Harper's Bazaar Interiors)


on this day in history... 

Josephine Esther Mentzer, also known as Estée Lauder,
was born in Queens, New York.