Sunday, November 18, 2012

Polka Dots!

Kitchen inspiration: Polka dots

Even though this kitchen isn't classified as small, I thought it was good inspiration for kitchens that have islands. I am in love with these polka dot bar chairs, they add such a cute touch of whimsy. Even the support for the island is unexpected - who would have thought to put such a sculptural leg there?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I Kill Even Cacti

Unfortunately I do not have a green thumb. This year, I was all inspired because we have a balcony and I thought "I hate buying herbs, let's grow our own! I will have pesto up the wazoo and I won't get mad when the grocery store inevitably runs out of basil by 4:55pm." I bought potted plants of parsley, basil and a Venus Fly Trap (for my own amusement). It's now about 4 months later and so far I have used the basil twice (the leaves are tiny), the parsley zero times (I overwatered it) and the V.F.T. has turned brown and I've had to clip off multiple of her little fly-snatchers.

If you have at least one window sill, this little quad might be the answer to stylish potted plants that fit anywhere. Look at how cute they are! Even the little cactus spuds are adorable. Plus, if they are in your kitchen, you probably won't forget to water them like you might when they are outside somewhere. I can't promise that these are magic potters that grow amazing plants, but they certainly are eye catching enough to inspire more care given to happy little house plants.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Ok look, could this chair not be the most perfect/functional item for an apartment:

Bookshelf, chair, decorative loud furniture, inevitable cat bed - all in one! The cool thing is that since everyone's library is different, no two chairs would be the same. My version might only be half full now that I've given away most of my library to GoodWill (I've found moving will do that to your library). I wonder how heavy it is without all the books, maybe it would even be an easy piece to move, killing yet another bird with one stone!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Organization inspiration

So NYC has just been hit by the massive hurricane Sandy this week and my heart goes out to all the families whose houses washed away, burned down, or facades flew off during the storm. Thank you to all the first repsonders and medical emergency staff that has put in so many hours to make sure everyone is safe. We were lucky and the UES had relatively little damage to the area, even though some street lights and trees came down, as well as a lot of wind damage. This was a horrible storm, and we just hope that the construction crews and insurance companies will do what's right, and will fix/pay for all the damages that have occurred in a timely manner.

I thought this nice, roomy, organized kitchen could be an inspiration to some of the people who may need to re-build. Note the well placed island, the use of chalkboards for notes and shelving baskets to keep organized. I feel like this would be a good kitchen for baking, as it does actually have a lot of counter space and everything seems to be pretty accessible. Even the covered bar stools are a cute touch.  Of course a freshly decorated cake and tulips are optional, but what a nice ambience!