Tuesday, January 31, 2012

What's that, adulthood?

This article about Ivanka Trump's NYC apartment in an ago issue of Instyle from a million years ago still tops my list of all time favorite lifestyle inspirations. And I still think about it, even five year later. In 2007, I was fresh out of grad school, had just moved to DC, and was charting my own little path through the world. I looked at this article and dreamed about the day that I too would sip morning tea in my adorable nightgown while gliding down my living room wall on my library ladder. Ivanka meets Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Five years later, my dreams have evolved considerably and I'm starting to feel like they might just be achievable (what's that, adulthood? You snuck up on me), but this apartment inspiration still holds top ranking on my list. The library ladder is still on the wishlist, but I did upgrade my teacups:

Monday, January 30, 2012

Bold, Bold, Abstract

I acquired one of these prints by chance and fell in love with it. Never the wiser in realizing where in came from, I was clicking through Pinterest this weekend and there it was. Along with a whole bunch of other great prints. All from the Twoems shop on Etsy. I should have know. Now I'm forever in love.

Source: etsy.com via Abby on Pinterest
Source: etsy.com via Abby on Pinterest
Source: etsy.com via Abby on Pinterest
Source: etsy.com via Abby on Pinterest
Source: etsy.com via Abby on Pinterest

Friday, January 27, 2012

Glossy Shops: My trip to Mecca (otherwise known as HD Buttercup)

Not being from the west coast, H.D. Buttercup holds an attraction to me on the level of Disneyland. Except instead of overpriced amusement rides, it's sofas with too many zeros on their price tag. The amount of squeals and hand-clapping is exactly the same, though.  When I was in LA earlier this month, I FINALLY got my pilgrimage there.  And it did not disappoint: amazing upholstery mixed with interesting salvaged finds. In fact, if our Barn Sales had high-ended upholstered furniture (and heat, as I discovered on my trip there last weekend), I could probably get my fix on the east coast. Here were some of my favorite from my trip:

I looked up 'Manutailer' and it seems to mean: HD Buttercup invented word to make you want to buy things.

I'm putting all my carpets on tabletops now. Such a great mix.

Hi. Please come home and light up my entire life. You are amazing. 

 This sofa was my absolute favorite. The back was angled just enough that it was impossibly comfortable! Plus, that ginger jar needs to be in my life, yesterday.

Shoved all the way back in the corner was this lovely little table that looked lonely. 

I did something similar to this in my very first apartment and loved it. Two small stools are way better than 1 big coffee table in a small space. 

I love the chain linked, hammered gold look of this lamp. 

I have heels in this exact pattern. I think they need a chair-cousin. 

Books to hide your trashy celebrity gossip magazines in. 

I will never tire of these:

The storage space in here was increadible. And the white wash/"Mach Bolts" is gender neutral.

This felt like an amazing English jacket wrapped around you.

Stripes + Canvas + Trunks = storage trifecta

 This picture doesn't do right by the scale of this chair: which is big enough for 2 people. Or 1 person and 2 dogs in my case.

Here's my LA partner in crime, Ann, just after we talked about how many nights we could pass on this gigantic sofa watching movies. She was also my lunch date, here, where we devoured the most amazing burgers while a whole table of women drooled as they ordered their salads without dressing, cheese, or taste of any kind. Ah, LA.
 Sold. Enough said.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Workin' It...Where you can

Right now my work to-do list is 3 miles loooooong and most days I only see the daylights hours from behind the glow of my computer screen. My office space is less inspired than these, but they keep me going with the goal in mind of creating my own workspace one day that inspires my work.

Until then, I'm continuing to bring myself to the office with desk accesories and work gear that fits my style. See Jane Work always has the best round up of stylish notepads and desk essentials. Here are some of my current favorites.

Bamboo Calculator
Minimergency Kit - My drawer of makeup and tums needs this glossy upgrade
Pencil Cups
Laptop Bag
Leather Note Folio - My lists may be a mess of notes, but no one will know inside this amazing notebook
Jadite Desk Set - To hide your xanax from your coworkers
Receipt Holder - I need a receipt intervention in my life - maybe this is just the thing for me
Colored coded sticky tabs - I color code my books and my lists. Without it my life teaters on the edge of choas
Kate Spade Long List
Corporate Flashcards - For when The Office is all too real
Page Markers
Le Pen - I'm a sharpie devote, but these might be a close second

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sir Reads-A-Lot

I spotted this over on the Sweet Paul blog today and I'm dying for this tote that combines my loves of thick books and 90's rap songs I played on repeat in 8th grade.

I've been a reader since I was a kid (thanks Mom and Dad), but now that my life runs 100 mph, escaping into a book is a luxury. And I need this to tote around all my real books as I try to hold out on the digital world of reading as long as possible. True confession: I'm reading my first book on my iPad and despite the convenience, I feel like I'm cheating on all my paperbacks with each finger swipe of the screen. I can't even look at my bookshelves right now.

If you at all love quirky tote bags, get yourself on over to Pamela Fugate Designs on Etsy, because she has some GEMS in there! Or try your luck and win this one in a giveaway today on Sweet Paul.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Compact Life: Catalog Living

Catalog living is one of my favorite blogs for calling out the absurdities in our daily stack of mail. Here's one straight from my Crate and Barrel Catalog yesterday:

So glad we compacted all the stuff out of our life to make room for 5 bottles of wine. 
Small living rocks. 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Thursday Tabletop: Chalk it Up

If I could paint my entire kitchen in chalkboard paint, I would do it in a heartbeat. Painting the top of an old table with chalkboard paint makes a laid back canvas to create a cute table for each meal. An oilcloth painted a la chalkboard would work too for less permanent occasions.
Chalk it Up

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

New e-glossy from across the pond: Reverie Magazine

Joining the ranks of our beloved e-reads is a new kid on the block based in London with drool worthy shots of weddings(definitely heavy on the weddings), general lifestyle  and crazy-amazing page layouts. I wanted to jump through my iPad screen into every single one of the wedding shots. English countrysides, Napa vineyards, and oodles of vintage inspired shots. Even if you're not on the bridal super-highway, the tabletop inspiration in here is enough reason to read.

Oye, great layouts make my heart beat faster.
 The sourcing is mostly UK based, but filled with good inspiration.
 Wouldn't be a British affair without a full spread feature on propper toppers.
 Heres' me crawling in through the page because I'm stealing this mirrored tray inspiration and throwing a yellow and watermelon hued bash.
Just a few of their wedding shots straight from the Pinterst Page: