I wish I could use the weather as an excuse but the fact of the matter is, NYC hit the 60s last week. No, I barely breathed fresh air this past weekend because my apartment was in need of some major TLC. Maybe it's our impending lease renewal or just the start of a new year that made my roommate and me take a good, hard look around Apt 3D and decide we needed to take action. So we did, last Saturday, painting our entire kitchen a chalkboard slate color on which we can now pen grocery lists (her) and obnoxious, juvenile jokes (me) with red chalk (a very cool product, I highly recommend).
But now I've got the bug, casting a judgmental eye on every corner, wall and piece of furniture in our abode, imagining what sort of facelift I can give it given my available time (and, more importantly, budget). In an effort to motivate myself to take retail action and perhaps, inspire any of you in similar situations, here's a small sampling of what's on my latest Shelter Wish List:
Rustic Storage Coffee Table by West Elm
Small spaces, be damned! This genius coffee table features hidden storage and pop-up doors that pull double-duty when dining in front of the boob tube.
Design Cast Aluminum Bench by John Reeves
I love the idea of this piece greeting you in an entryway. It’s sturdy enough to handle guests’ comings-and-goings, but with an understated chicness.
Diamonds Rug by Jonathan Adler
We recently shot Jonathan and Simon Doonan in their home for Gotham’s February issue and I can confirm that this rug is a spot-on example of the couple's interior style. Here’s hoping some of that panache rubs off on me…
Seafoam/Taupe Ikat Pillows by Kim Seybert
Kim Seybert is traditionally known for her colorful tableware and accessories, but these ikat pillows are perfect for brightening up any room. So fresh and fun!
Domestic Art by Holly Moore, Robert Brinkley and Laurann Claridge
Because inspiration has to start somewhere…