additional resolution

have more dinner parties

(that’s my lovely roommate on the left, who made the world’s best spanakopita last night)

flash cards

This post from Say Yes to Hoboken reminded me that I hadn’t posted pictures of my redone dining room, specifically this arrangement on top of my sideboard:



I bought the flashcards on etsy a few years ago (from a now defunct shop,) and just framed them a few months ago. Pictures of the rest of the room coming one of these days . . .

dining room progess


This isn’t the best picture, but I had to get that one of me off the top of the page. The painting is almost done in here, and my to do list is currently looking like this:

  • buy this bookshelf (in white) for office supply storage
  • move and set up the bar cart
  • figure out the chair situation
  • paint the back of the niche and figure out art placement
  • get a plant stand for the right side of the room
  • put the shelf back up over the radiator (out of the frame)

You can see the before here.


OK, I’m back, and I’ve decided to try to post every day for the next month even if it means that all I get up is a lame short post. In this spirit, in between looking for jobs right now I’m working on reorganzing/cleaning the house, and it really really needs it. Seriously. Check out the current state of my dining room:


This room is in the process of becoming a more functional office (right now you can see the current desk tucked in the left hand side of this photo) with the idea that it’s going to house a business venture a friend and I have in the works right now. Hint: it has nothing to do with design. More info will be coming on that, but probably not for a few months.

But hopefully in a few weeks I’ll have new photos of this space, which will also probably be changing color. Exciting, right?

Painted built-ins

In my pre-party decorating craze a few weeks ago I decided to paint the inside of our dining room built ins. You can see the before here and here. Here is the after:

built ins

built ins

built ins

As you can see, the color is really bright (I’ve used this same color, Pratt & Lambert Capri Grotto 25-7 in semi-gloss, in the bathroom and on the kitchen peg board before) But when they’re closed the glass really subdues it a lot. I’m happy with the results – it draws more attention to the built ins, and is kind of a pop-y surprise when you open them.

Now I’m thinking about the bookshelves in the living room. Red perhaps?