Monday, February 25, 2013

Book Stacks

 Andrea and I both love books, mysteries, best sellers, history, biographies, classics, fashion, craft books of all kinds and gardening. Ok, there are not many fashion books at my house and I can assure you there are no craft books to be found in Andrea's apartment! But the books Andrea and I both love are decorating books. For the holidays Andrea gifted me two books I did not have the newer Rachel Ashwell, Shabby Chic Interiors and my new favorite by Mary Randolph Carter, a perfectly kept house is the sign of a misspent life. How can you not love a book about clutter!

This book stack is in my living room, piled on top of a vintage cheese crate.

Perched on top of the stack is a vintage green cookie jar or I think they sometimes called them biscuit jars. The marble grapes came from a trip to China by a dear friend there to adopt their daughter.

An interesting book in that stack is, Read My Pins by former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright. We used to talk about her pins before we became obsessed with Hillary Clinton's hair. Another wonderful book gift from my sister.

From, a perfectly kept house is the sign of a misspent life, a page about clutter. I have been trying to reducing my clutter this winter or at least organizing it a little better. My office/craft room/studio has been one of my projects, I'm working up to the point where I can share pictures of it.

To view Andrea's book stacks from last year click here Andrea's Book Stacks.

Do you have a favorite book or decorating book? I'd love to hear about it.

Hope you have a wonderful week!

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Winter Colors

It's been a cold, cold winter in New York. I've spent most of it indoors hanging, which has been lovely but also led me to feel a little stir crazy...which led to me paint my apartment on a whim. Fortunately, it turned out a well! 

I started with a largely white-on-white apartment. 

With the help of my roommate I painted four walls in the apartment, one in each room, four different colors. It sounds like a lot of color, but it works. In one bedroom is a coral room, which looks nice with the bedding and accessories peppering the space. The rooms are still a little sparse - we did just move a few months ago. 

 Our hallway wall is nice cool blue, but it doesn't translate very well on film! Not a lot of light in our hall, but here's one snap for example's sake. 

In our kitchen, we have a poppy - colored wall. We've got to get some larger art for the space, but it adds some dimension to the room. 

The second bedroom is painted navy and is also well- accessorized. 

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