Apartment Tour (Part II)

I spend a lot of time in my office area, blogging, crafting and sewing.  I am not a minimalist, so I have a lot of supplies and treasures squeezed into this room, thus I have as much storage as possible.  Some things are hidden in the drawers of the vintage desk I bought off Craigslist, some in the wooden file cabinet, (another street find) and some of it displayed in vintage mason jars used at my wedding.

Finally to the bedroom, it’s home to my favorite pieces of furniture in the apartment.  The bedroom set was my grandparent’s from 50’s and I treasure it.  I love color and the rest of our home is super colorful, so I tried to keep the bedroom as neutral and calming as I possibly could.  The bed is West Elm (old); the quilt is from Target, the rest of the bedding, West Elm and the curtains are Anthropologie.   

Thank you so much for visiting our little piece of New York City.

photos by Laura Radford

Apartment Tour (Part I)

I've been trying to share a tour of our sweet little apartment for a while now, and I'm finally ready, just as we're about to find a new place in a couple more months.  Our little home on the Upper East Side of New York City, is a great little place, a railroad apartment, meaning it's long and skinny and stretches the length of the building.  We are lucky enough to live on the first floor and have access to the garden.  I am going to miss this little place, despite the lack of natural light and TEENY bathroom.  Without further ado, three years of love put into 600 sq/ft of New York City.  

Our living room is where we spend the most time.  Earlier this year we invested in the Crosby Sofa from West Elm and are in love.  It’s comfy, huge and while it’s a light color, the oatmeal-colored linen hides doggy dirt quite well.  The art above the sofa was a wedding gift.  One of my bridesmaids mother is the talented, Toronto-based artist, Linelle LeMoine.  The side table on the right is from Target and the lamp from Lamps Plus, the table on the left was a makeover project.  I found my CB2 coffee table on the street, covered in stickers!  The bottom rug was from PB Teen and the top from Target. 

Off the living room is the kitchen, the only room in the apartment with good natural light, which we try to take advantage of by having a little indoor garden.  The kitchen table was another dumpster-dive find (gotta love New York City), the two black chairs were a flea market score and the Lucite chair is Ikea.  My glassware collection is one of my favorite things in our home.  I started collecting when I first moved to New York 7 ½ years ago.  I even choose china that would mix-and-match well with the collection. 

We are one of the few lucky New Yorks to have an outdoor space.  It’s a great sized yard that we have been slowly working on making useable over the past three years.  The iron chairs and the table were there when we moved in, and after a serious facelift, they brighten up the space.   I spent last spring at my sewing machine making the striped cushions.

Come back tomorrow to see the rest of our charming little abode.

photos by Laura Radford

Christmas Around Here

It's the most wonderful time of the year and our little apartment is filled with tons of Christmas cheer.  I love every December when I get out my vintage bulbs and glittered deer.  I added some new details this year, including the beautiful gold garland I found on discount post Christmas last year and the marquee peace letters from Target.  I went a little paper flower crazy this year, but more on that tomorrow.