Dream Home 2.0

Moving, with all it's headaches, is so fun for us designer-types, because it offers a fresh start and a whole new set of projects to tackle. A few years back, when we were still living in New York City, Instagram was just an infant and I was deep in the height of my Pinterest scrolling addiction, I designed my dream home on paper. After that, we moved into a rental house upstate, then bought our first home. Five years later, we moved across the country and are embarking on the journey to buy our (possible) forever home. Looking back on my original dream home post, I think had this home come to fruition, I would still be happy with my choices, but now my style is a little more refined, a little more modern and a little less colorful. 

Modern & Bright Dream Home

See my shopping picks for my dream home. 

Rainbow Round-up

I just love that rainbows are having a moment right now. When I was in second grade, my teacher played a song for us called, "The World is A Rainbow." Do you know it? It became kind of a classroom anthem, with a beautiful message about different kinds of people living together in harmony. That song sealed my life long love for the symbol. It makes me happy that for so many people the rainbow symbolizes love and acceptance of all people no matter who they choose to be or who they choose to love. This being my first post of pride month, it seemed like perfect time to do a round-up of my favorite rainbow decor from around the web. 

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DIY Customized Modern Storage Baskets

I don't even remember the last time I shared a DIY with you, and now that we are currently homeless, aka bunking with family, it may be awhile before the next. With just two bedrooms to share between our little family, organization is on the top of my mind. I have long been on the search for the perfect storage baskets for a reasonable price. I have found options that I love, but are just too far out of my budget to purchase more than one. I've also bought baskets piecemeal at Home Goods that were affordable, but didn't give that beautiful, perfectly organized feel. But then, I found these beautiful white metal baskets at Target, for a very fair price. As a designer and a general home goods virtuoso I have learned a trick to elevate any product, add a touch of leather, and that is exactly what I did with these baskets. Scroll to see the tutorial.  

DIY Custom modern storage basket

I LOVE these metal baskets with wood handles, but at $24 - $50 a pop, they are more than I want to spend on storage baskets, so I got out my supplies.

Tosca Basket with Wooden Handles

Assuming you have the tools in your kit, the amortized cost of making these baskets is $11.30 for the small and $12.30 for the large, a very reasonable amount of money to pay for a beautiful, modern, metal storage basket. 

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DIY custom modern storage baskets

STEP 1: cut two leather strips, 3/4" wide

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STEP 2: punch hole on one side of the first leather strip in the center, about 1/4" from end

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STEP 3: Wrap handle around the basket and mark spot for the second hole

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STEP 4: Fold handle in half and use the first holes to mark the second set. Repeat for the second handle 

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STEP 5: Hammer in the rivets

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and you're done!

DIY Custom modern storage basket

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Breuer Cesca Chairs

I took a little time off from blogging to pack up our house and move our lives across the country. We are now settled (sort-of) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, currently staying with my in-laws. I am back at the computer and naturally I am thinking about what's next, aka, stalking Zillow and designing every home I love in my mind, and sometimes even on photoshop. It's what's on the brain, so it's only natural that I would start with an interiors post.

Today, I'm talking about one of the vintage finds I added to my list, and actually already checked off (!), the Breuer Cesca chair. Marcel Breuer was a Hungarian born modernist architect and furniture designer. He invented the tubular steel bicycle handlebar-inspired furniture in the 1920's. The specific chair I'm looking at today is the Cesca chair, named after his adopted daughter, Francesca. The chair was named one of the 10 most important chairs of the 20th century. It comes both upholstered and caned and given the surge of wicker and natural furniture, I have been digging the caned version. It's no wonder, these chairs are everywhere I turn, looking fab at a dining table, completing an office desk, or casually styled in a breakfast nook. The modern metal with the natural caned seat and back are perfectly California cool.

I am happy to say I own four (currently somewhere in storage) for a mega steal on Craigslist for $80! I cannot wait to figure out exactly where they will live in our future home. 

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Ten Dark Exteriors We Love!

Like most of you, we are still holding on to the all-white-everything stage we’ve been going through for the last few years, but it’s nice to see the pendulum start swinging and new, fresh colors emerge. As it pertains to exteriors, we are loving the dark trend we’ve been seeing all over Instagram and Pinterest. The colors range from midtone greys, to charcoal with blue undertones, to true black and even a deep deep olive green. For a classic look the white trim is a perfect choice, but we also love the way warm wood doors and trim pop of the dark ground.

Here are ten dark exteriors we are swooning over!

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Get the Look: The Wing

Have you guys heard of the The Wing? I am obsessed with everything about this place!  It's a women-only co-working/social club space. The Wing came at the perfect time for the amazing wave of women's empowerment we are surfing, because this club has expanded to three New York locations, two in Manhattan, one in Brooklyn and they just opened a location in Washington D.C.

The space is probably what any girly girl on Instagram and Pinterest's home might look like if there were no boys around. The photos in this post are all of the original, Gramercy Park location.  Designed by Hilary Koyfman with Chiara de Rege of CdR & Co, they tapped a dream team of female collaborators to create custom pieces for the space.  An entire wall of bookshelves stocked exclusively with female authors inspires members and a full calendar of events posted by the elevator (girls’ poker night, anyone?) creates connection to put ideas into action. Even the Internet password, set in acrylic frames on various low brass tables, relays the message: LadiesFirst.

This is what my dream office looks like!

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The Wing
Get the look: The Wing

photos via: Domino

1. chandelier / 2. sofa / 3. jute rug / 4. chair / 5. mirrored tables / 6. vintage rug / 7. orchid / 8. In The Company of Women / 9. lady part vase / 10. terracotta vase


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Right Now I'm Loving: Platform Sofas

I have been loving these simple platform sofas for a while, I was even planning to attempt to make a version (since been put on the back burner). The juxtaposition of the hard, wood frame with the comfy cozy cushions is both modern and relaxed. This sofa is the equivalent of the effortless cool girl.

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Holiday Home Tour

I wouldn't say the holidays snuck up on me, but I would say that I've been completely bogged down by work, so much so that it's taking some of the shine away from my favorite time of the year. I'm left feeling like I need to squeeze in everything on the few precious hours on the weekends. I honestly don't know what working moms did before online shopping. Can I get an amen for Amazon!? That all said, I found some time to make the house look merry. I feel like it's a little toned it down a little this year but still have bits of festive happiness sprinkled throughout the house. Can you believe that flocked garland was $12!? What was your big holiday decor win this year? 

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Holiday Home Tour

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LIVING ROOM: couch - West Elm  / rug - West Elm (similar) / leather chair: West Elm (similar) / coffee table - CB2 / side table - CB2 / hanging chair: vintage (similar) / pillows - Urban Outfitters, DIY / fauxdenza Ikea hack / planter - Target / print - Etsy/ lamp / light fixtures - Amazon

KITCHEN & DINING ROOM: paint - valspar // light over peninsula - Home Depot // light over sink - World Market // stools - Jayson Home // table - CB2 // chairs - Amazon // light over dining table - West Elm // rug - Etsy // bus photo - Etsy // watercolor - street artist in Italy // cake stand - Anthropologie // glasses - Ikea // letter board - Amazon