Category Archives: home

kitchen makeover on manhattan nest

August 27, 2013

interiors / kitchen

i love daniel’s style and blog so much – but after recently buying an old fixer upper, i had no idea he could make the kitchen this good this fast. i am swooning over every element in this room!

check out the huge transformation.

manhattan nest before

manhattan nest after

manhattan nest

he DIYed the butcher block counters (they’re not really functional to chop on but still look amaze), he did all the subway tiling himself, fixed the ceiling, and used cheap pegs as hardware to save money. oh man i want to own a house and not do anything nearly as good as this. check out the full process here.


an office update

August 22, 2013

the apartment / workspaces

like i was saying last week – i’ve spent almost zero time fixing up or organizing the office since we moved in. but last weekend, i bought a bulletin board from target and it already makes a huge difference.

office snippit

i’ve been having so much fun pinning up memories and inspiration. like too much fun.


and speaking of too much, you know you’re a huge dork when you are ecstatic about your new screensaver. OMG. i love my new screensaver you guys.

new screensaver

our office sucks.

August 13, 2013

interiors / wish list / workspaces

for some reason, i am always unhappy with the state of my workspace. ALWAYS. because i am a packrat. and i have crap everywhere. and the room never looks filled with plants and cute desk accessories ever. it’s full of cat hair and opened envelopes and amazon boxes.

did i mention i am really getting over the vintage shop? i was so into it when i started it up that i overlooked how much space it would take up – there is inventory everywhere and boxes and popcorn and tape and i hate it. now that i’m done with summer trips, i am going to focus on getting the room that i’m too embarrassed to even show you into better shape. starting with … getting rid of the etsy shop. i’m going to do some sort of sale to try to clear everything out and if you live in LA and would be interested in purchasing vintage home decor, let me know and i’ll plan this for real.

until then – here are some perfect workspaces.

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and if money were no object, i’d buy all of these items right now and be super happy.

one . the chair i will never buy but always lust after
two . these collapsable trash bins are space saving and so pretty
three . a leather hanging plant holder? so in
fourit always helps to organize in pretty containers
five . this simple white file cabinet is nice enough to not hide in the closet
six . lovely headphones for when gideon doesn’t want to listen to the dirty dancing soundtrack with me
seven . an exit sign at the door would help remind me i can leave 
eight . it gets crazy hot in our apartment and we’re always fighting over the oscillation on our little fan
nine . cords are everywhere in the office. i wish they made usb versions of these.

chalkboard kitchen wall

June 6, 2013

kitchen / the apartment

i posted about debating doing a chalkboard wall in the empty space in our kitchen. well, we did it and i love it. here is the before shot.

those damn eye sores of outlets at all heights of the wall are now a little more disguised ( we removed them and painted by hand ) and you can now see a little pop of contrast from the entrance of the apartment.

i must admit we haven’t written anything on there since we painted it. i went through all the chalk curing the thing. but when we get some chalk – oh man that wall is in for it.

+ please ignore the dying orchid. i guess heat waves and no AC is bad for orchids. fyi.

it took us a good three or four coats to get it less blotchy looking and it wasn’t until we cured it by rubbing chalk EVERYWHERE that it ended up looking right.


May 28, 2013

bedrooms / roundup

our bed is on the floor.

see? we got rid of our old bedframe because i didn’t want the cats to hide from us underneath. and while it’s fine having the bed right on the floor, i have been thinking a headboard or bedframe might make the room a little more finished looking.

the usual dilemma, i don’t want to spend any money on it. and beds are expensive! here are a few modern ones low to high. ( ikea is really the only place with cheap beds i could find )

one / two / three / four / five / six

the cats were posing. i had to take a photo.

+ our really damaged blanket is from joinery and unfortunately out of stock. i wanted a new one in a new color since the cats have ruined it. very sad.

cat fur < new sofa

May 22, 2013

living rooms / roundup

we have a white couch… i don’t know why. but now that we have two cats who lay wherever they want, the couch is really super gross. it takes about 35 lint roller sheets to clean off all the fur. and looks like this most of the time.

it looks much worse in person.

so we’ve decided a new darker colored sofa will hopefully mask the fur a little more.

i’m really really into this one, and it’s cheap and comes in a pretty decent variety of colors. we ordered the fabric swatches and like this smoke color.

it’s pretty yes? and doesn’t look as cheap as it actually is? well hopefully.

in my quest for finding a super affordable but pretty sofa, i came across all of these for pretty good prices.

one / two / three / four / five / six / seven