Beautiful details + contrast from the Vera Wang Collection
The like the light/bright/eclectic living room from the owners of Sandbox Studios. I dream of living in a space with big windows like that.
These images are from one of my favorite spots for interior design inspiration, Design*Sponge's sneak peeks. The website is full of beautiful homes from real people, not just set-up for a magazine shoot (though I'm sure they put special care into styling each picture).
Every bedside table needs a friend, and I am always thirsty at night.
Clockwise from top left:
 Recycled Transglass by Artecnica
 Cristal Carafe & Cup set by Marcel Wanders
 Recycled Night Set by ReForm School
 Self-cooling Carafe by Arian Brekveld
 Hand-blown Carafe by Simon Pearce
 Cora Carafe by CB2
These are a few of my favorite wallpapers that I gleaned from browsing the Sherwin Williams EasyChange books online (found via Oh Happy Day). It is a great idea for renters and we are going to use it to wallpaper our office. Now we just need to choose one...
(1st) stop: the upper west side Housing Works Thrift Shop. Lucky for us, we found a desk! It was buried under piles of frames and dishes, but we could tell it was a gem.
The style was simple with straight legs and two drawers, the size was great, and the price was right at $75.
(2nd) stop: Google, How to refinish furniture?
(3rd) stop: our local hardware store to stock-up on supplies.
I took pictures of our progress yesterday (sorry, not the best quality):
We spent most of the day/night working our fingers to the bone with scraping, sanding, scraping, sanding. Originally we planned on painting it, but it turns out the wood is beautiful so we are going to stain it.
Our apartment is covered in dust but we're making progress. At one point Brad said, "This is all part of being married to an interior designer." What a good sport.
Part 2 coming soon, hopefully.
FYI, getting down to your skivvies is not illegal in NYC, just ask the Naked Cowboy.
This is why I love the internet. One website can be a gold-mine for ideas. The flickr page for Uppercase (a gallery & papergoods store in Calgary, Canada) is full of amazing images. Including an entire set dedicated to 'Old School' workbooks:
Wouldn't these be great in a frame? or collaged? or enlarged + framed? So my sister was going to do some digging this weekend through old school folders looking for good pages to frame for the bebe's room. This is also the reason I sometimes regret that I'm very big into purging. You just never know when you might need an old spelling test!
UpperCase is currently my favorite site, and I am still browsing through their flickr sets.
You can find Uppercase here: [ website/store ], [ flickr ], [ blog ], [ etsy ]. Thank you internet! Happy browsing.