Category Archives: Before and After

To Fiddle Or Not To Fiddle

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My apartment is great, and I feel lucky to have the space we have, but there is one eyesore I can’t get past. We have a large AC unit on our TV wall and I don’t think I can stand looking at it anymore! I’ve never been an indoor plant person (with the exception of my beloved terrarium air plant) but fiddle leaf fig trees are so commonly used in interiors these days, I’m considering giving it a try. Who needs a puppy when you can have a fiddle who, research shows, can require just as much maintenance. These apartment photos are quick photoshop doodads, just to help me get an idea of the effect. Inspiration images below…

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Chair, Serena & Lily | Stools, Serena & Lily | Floating Shelves, West Elm & Container Store | TV Cabinet, Ikea

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DIY: Embroidered YUM

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I found this YUM sign at Target and it hung unadorned for quite some time until I felt it needed some capricious love.

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IMG_8191Yarn found at Michaels

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The Word Around Town

IMG_5187Rings at the Brooklyn Flea (similar here)

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IMG_5060Leg detail at Jonathan Adler

IMG_5393Living Room coming together at my parents (see brainstorming here)

IMG_5030Tufting at RH Gallery (more of my tufting obsession here)

IMG_5350One of the most beautiful weddings at Tower Hill Botanical Garden

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IMG_5025Apartment progress at KPE’s

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In With the New

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Yesterday was emotional. I decided to retire, for the most part, my favorite and most sentimental pair of booties. These boys were picked up in a little town outside of Cinque Terre for, I’d say, $20. Impervious to the fact that I was purchasing them from a store with an aesthetic similar to America’s Rave, I took a chance on them. They quickly became my favorite pair of boots and the wear and literal tears on them are proof.

I’d been looking for a replacement pair for a few months but couldn’t find one that compared. The toes were perfectly round, the heel a perfect length to bring my flare jeans off the ground and the height just right to tuck my skinny jeans. As I hobbled over to the new pair due to the dulling and uneven heels of the former, I knew I had found their match.

So while you enjoy a laugh imagining me sitting in my room putting jewelry on my new pairs of shoes, because, in reality, isn’t everything a place to display your jewelry, I know my Siena friends will smile at these boots, knowing they come with a lot of history and love.

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For you. I just don’t think I’ve ever been happier.11435_1147264372303_1548360028_30415241_5260905_n

Intermediate Stage: The Living Room

This new sisal rug from Crate & Barrel has completely transformed our living room, bringing in light and really making the room feel alive. Our previous rug, a dark red oriental rug was pretty, but it really weighed down the room. Next on my list is a new swing arm wall sconce and a new coffee table. Some ideas below….

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Sconces: 1 . 2 . 3 . 4

Coffee Tables: 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 5 . 6 . 7 . 8 . 9

Phase 1: Replace Ugly Carpet.

 

The ugly green carpet that used to haunt my dreams is gone. The lighter carpet completely brightens up the space and is such a welcomed change. More house updates in the future…

 

 

 

 

 

A Potential DIY and Inspiring Image

I absolutely love the image above designed by Moises Esquenazi & Associates. The whole scene is perfect. But more than that, the door looks like it could be a potential DIY project. Instead of just wishing for something, I’ve learned this past year through blogs that creating something instead of just pining for something is possible. You just have to get a little creative, find inspiration, and take a chance!

Inspired by Belladwella’s door makeover, I think it’s possible!