I’m ready to move in to this house designed by Bailey McCarthy!
These bright glasses from CB2 are too cute to pass up at $3 a pop.
I stumbled upon Piol custom dresses; the dresses themselves are out of my budget, but I love the custom color palettes they offer. I already wear a lot of purple, but the red surprised me! What’s your color palette?
I’m a huge fan of cream blushers (really any make-up you can apply with your fingers), so I’m curious about these new Cheek Pops from Clinique.
Nicole’s black parlor is getting me motivated to paint my living room.
Finally, my living room rug made a cameo on Design*Sponge last week!
This weekend we caught up on our cleaning (including de-cluttering our poor dining table that has become a catch-all, hopefully only until we get better entryway storage), which was excuse enough to pull out my camera.
I got the dining table in December from Restoration Hardware, taking advantage of one of their many sales. The rustic look is a bit out of my wheelhouse, but since this is the one and only dining area in the house, I didn’t want a table that was too precious. I also was really adamant about having a 60″ round table, ruling out a vintage Saarinen tulip table (they come in 48″ and 72″). I picked the Monastery because it was the most refined of all the tables at RH: the surface is completely smooth, not that lumpy plank business. That would’ve driven me nuts. Absolutely nuts.
The banquette is the Finley Bench from MGBW in Citron upholstery. When it was delivered, I had a little whoopsie moment about the finish of the legs. I’m not quite sure what I was thinking with the dark legs, but hey, I don’t spend a lot of time at floor-level so I honestly don’t care. But it’s probably some sort of decorator no-no I committed.
Thanks to photoshop, the room looks very bright and airy with the Atrium White walls. But the thing is, the room really doesn’t get much light. It is never flooded like this. I made adjustments so you could see the true color of the bench and table, but I’m pulling some classic magazine trickery here. This is the kind of stuff that makes me gush over white rooms and then have serious “wtf?” moments when I see the magazine rooms in person. The dining room still feels pretty cold, but I’m hoping getting art and curtains installed will bring in the cozy factor.
So I guess I’m saying, the white walls may not be long for this world. There’s no point in having a room that photographs well but feels bleh in person. I’m going to finish it for now, with painting it down the line in mind, and once all my other major painting projects are done and I’ve hosted a few more parties, I will probably re-paint in here. In case you’re particularly attached.
In January I placed an order for a new sofa. Since we bought our co-op, I wanted to invest in a sofa that was a good scale for the room, and something a bit more traditional. I had always liked the lines of the MGBW English roll arm, and with the promotional 20 percent off, it was a done deal.
For the upholstery, I picked a sky blue velvet that picks up the border of our rug. The size is a quite perfect 77″. We did get the down fill upgrade (which clearly needs to be re-fluffed). Brand new, the cushions looked a bit more like this (Jayson Home carries the London, branded as Morgan):The blue works so well with the rug and I’m a bit amazed at how different the room feels with a light-colored sofa. We have a long way to go with the room, but visually not having this large, dark piece of furniture makes such a difference.
So now it’s time to start seriously thinking about painting the room. I’m still into the idea of dark brown–I cannot do another non-color in this house. I’ve done my research, tested the paint out, and I just need to bite the bullet. If I hate it, I’m out a weekend and some paint.
I would like to first note this is not our bathroom (though a sick, project-hungry part of me wish it were)! This is from the unit across the hall from us, currently on the market. It’s a one bedroom with several of the original details in place, including this bathroom.
I love seeing pictures like this because I’m obsessed with research. Even though I have no intention of going full-hog 1920s, I like to see what things looked like then. So many of the elements in this bathroom are still very much relevant today–a swap of hardware and fittings along with repaired tiles and a gorgeous shower curtain, this would be a perfectly lovely bathroom. And as much as some people like to declare subway tile “over,” it’s a classic.
I wish I had snapped a picture of the kitchen sink. We went into the unit originally to look at the french doors; we’re trying to figure out if we should go the Home Depot route there or if it’s really worth finding salvage doors that fit. I wanted to see if the original doors had the wavy glass or not (they did not), and ended up touring the rest of the apartment. The kitchen! Giant, giant farmhouse sink. The rest of the kitchen was essentially nonexistent, but that sink!
We’re really hoping whoever buys the apartment doesn’t intend to throw out all these goodies, or destroy the floor plan. The unit definitely needs work, but could be such a gem with the right vision! I tried talking my parents into buying it but I don’t think fourth floor walk-up living appeals to them, for some reason.
If we ever get around to re-doing our bath, I’m keeping these images in mind.