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The Closet & The Nursery

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We all know how tiny some NYC apartments can be!  All of us New Yorkers probably have a story or two, either a great deal we found on a cramped one bedroom converted to two, or that 6 story walk up studio only liveable if you don’t plan on having guests, or that party at a friend’s where all 5 people were elbow to elbow, or that dinner gathering where everyone had to walk through the bedroom, then the guest bedroom, then the bathroom to get to the kitchen.  All this may sound unappealing to some, but there is nothing like looking out your apartment window and seeing the lights, hearing the sounds and feeling the energy of the city.  New York City is definitely one of the greatest cities in the world and there are many lengths one may go through to call a piece of the Big Apple home.  Even myself.

My first NYC apartment I climbed 6 flights of stairs to my little piece of the Apple.  The living room had a small 2 seater couch and if you crossed your legs you had to be careful not to hit the TV in front of you.  It was a duplex and my bedroom was upstairs with a sliding glass door that led to my private balcony, a fire escape.  Oh how I loved my “terrace”!  I would sit in a small chair and read a book, while listening to the energy of my fellow New Yorkers hustle and bustle below on East 86th Street.  It was my minuscule piece of the Big Apple.  And I loved it.

So now, its 9 years later, I’m married with two children living in a 2 bedroom condo.  It has been quite spacious for the 3 of us, however three months ago we had a sweet baby boy and wanted to give him his own space.  So we thought, ‘where in the world do we put him?’  Our NY design instincts set in!  We were both thinking it, but didn’t want to say it…we had to surrender our precious walk-in closet to our new precious.  We turned our closet into a nursery AND had a blast doing it.  Here’s what our tiny space, turned nursery, came out like…

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Phase 1 – We painted the walls with Pottery Barn grey by Benjamin Moore.  Found a small dresser and Monte bassinet.

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Next we decided on a nautical theme using light grey, light blue, white and a touch of navy.  I gravitate towards soft colored nurseries – feels sweet and innocent just like a baby.

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Then we added this cute whale, a few boats and seashells to our tiny nautical space.

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Always looking for more storage, these personalized Pottery Barn baskets worked perfect.

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A nursery is never complete without precious newborn photos.  We chose black and white.

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Added a glow-in-the-dark star chandelier and VOILA!  A small space with perfect bliss for baby!

Have you been creative in adding space in your home?  Would love to hear about it.

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Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas

With Thanksgiving just around the corner and families heading over, we are all thinking about how to decorate the main gathering area for the holiday…the table!  Are you wanting to make it look a little more festive than pizza night on the weekend with the kids?   I’m always looking for new ideas and here are some settings that really inspire me and are easy enough that you can use things already in your house, or backyard.

I always feel under pressure to set the table right, especially when there’s guests.  If you’re like me, and still a little confused where the soup spoon goes, then check out the place setting chart below!

Love the soft gold.  Pick a main color and go with it.  The elegant placemats can go with any holiday or special occasion. So simple and elegant.

Take out the special plates and use a pear as a decor or attach a name tag around it for fun.  Berries can be used in so many different ways.  Love how they are set along the table.  Easy, quick and very pretty.

 Creative way to use candles and highlights the reason for the dinner.

Oh I just love the fall colored roses on the table.  Most of us have white plates, white linens and white serving trays.  The roses add beauty, warmth and elegance.  Classy.  Love this!

Adding white pumpkins are a pretty centerpiece, since they have a clean fresh look.  And the berries in the candle bases and wrapped around the pumpkins dress up the table.

Grab some leaves from the yard, pine cones and simple fall colored flowers and use them like a table runner.

Mixing modern and traditional.  Love the pop of color and the subtle traditional table runner.

Why not bring the cabin to the city.  Using wood decor pieces (can find in a lot of home stores), fall leaves and white accessories.  Fresh, simple, classy.

And if you want to go all out – grab some sticks, put them in a vase with rice, tie string to a few pumpkins and start decorating!!  Fun and festive!

Need a refresher on how to arrange a proper place setting?  I know, I do!  And who knows it better than Emily Post!  Click here

How do you dress up your Thanksgiving table?  Would love to hear about it.

Pumpkin Carvings & Creations

What do you look forward to during the Halloween season?  Is it dressing up in costume? Is it the treats and candy?  Is it the spooky tales and haunted houses, or is it just another excuse to plan a party?  Well for me, it’s the pumpkin carvings and creations!  I love seeing the random carved pumpkins and pumpkin creations around the city, the rows of pumpkins lining the city squares, and checking out the glowing jack-o-lantern trails in the area.

This is the time of year when the parties and gatherings begin!  One of my favorite themed parties I’ve hosted is a pumpkin carving contest.  It’s fun for kids and adults, and most people are buying and carving pumpkins, so why not make it a party!  Check off one of your to-do’s while drinking, eating and laughing with friends.  And no need for a babysitter, invite the kids too.  It’s a simple party to get ready for.  Everyone brings their own pumpkin (BYOP), while you supply the stencils (free online) and individual pumpkin carving kits (they’re inexpensive) and a plastic trash bag for each person to carve their pumpkin on.  It’s fun watching each other create pumpkin designs and great for conversation.  I’ve planned one in the past and everyone had a blast!

Whatever your plans might be this year, either needing inspiration to design your own jack-o-lantern or ideas to help you win your pumpkin design contest, then check out below my favorite pumpkin ideas to get you in the spirit

So many ways to have fun with pumpkins!  There’s a lot more cool ideas out there, but these are my favorite pics!

Click here for free pumpkin carving stencils.

Click here to see the largest carved pumpkin.

Do you plan to carve or create something fun with your pumpkins this year?  Please share!  I would love to see and hear your ideas.

Getting Fall Inspired

 

Welcome Fall!  The weather has shifted here in NY.  The air is becoming more brisk and the leaves upstate are starting to change.  Scarves are starting to come out and the flip flops have been put away.  With the feeling of Fall setting in, I’m starting to feel our apartment needs a little shift as well.  This weekend we are braving our storage unit, and the dig and hunt for the box of Autumn décor beings.  Every year I forget what we have or maybe I use selective memory to justify my purchases to relieve any guilt for buying the new autumn decorations staring me down in every window display in the city.  New York City is a shopper’s danger zone, with so many beautiful designs everywhere you turn.  It’s hard not to want everything you see!

As we get ready to decorate for the season, I thought I would browse on of my favorite websites, Pinterest, to get some new ideas.  Here’s a few favorites I found…

There’s three things I live by when decorating anything…classic, natural, simple decorations.  Why? Classic never goes out of style and always looks nice, natural decor (ex: real leaves rather then artificial) because it always looks homey, and simple because I have a toddler and decorating needs to get done in a snap.  I love this mantel display with the pumpkin and leaves against the colorful wall.  Someday when I have a mantel this is what I would love to do!

Love the simple yet meaningful setting.  A personal touch and will last for years to come.

This table display is beautiful and has sentiment, which is perfect for the season, but also looks like a fire hazard!?

I really enjoy picking out the different gourds, pumpkins and squash for decorations around the apartment.  Every year it makes for a new arrangement, since they all come in different shapes, colors and sizes.  An inexpensive and fun way to decorate.

The more berries the better!  They can last from now through the Christmas season and can be added to anything already in the house to transform an old display to new.

What a great idea to use a chalkboard to write a seasonal saying on it!  I could use this for any holiday and what a perfect holiday teaching tool for Maddie.

There are always the fun seasonal gatherings.  Love this Fall place setting.  Will never go out of style.

Love how they’ve used real food and the color of the beans and corn kernels as a candle base - so fall!  And the yarn can be used for wrapping gifts as well.  Even better, multipurpose decorations.

So many beautiful ideas on Pinterest!  Can’t wait to decorate next week!

What are some Autumn decorating ideas you enjoy using?  Would love to hear about them.

Wordless Wed: Work vs Home Hubby

Illustrators Adrienne Hedger and Shannon Seip

Ha!  Our household can so relate and this just made my day!!!  Hope it adds some humor to yours :-)

Until next ride,

Amy

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