As if Giselle Bunchen’s successful career, adorable girl-next-door charm, and blinding beauty weren’t enough reasons to hate her… look at her NYC apartment! This space designed by Yabu Pushelberg in the One Madison building is the most perfect example of modern warmth. The marble, dark wood flooring and lighter cabinets are sleek without being cold. Yabu did a beautiful job of mixing cooler gray tones, warm taupes and subtle colors to create a calming and visually interesting space.
This past weekend Ryan and I took some maternity photos. I took photos showcasing my bump in our bedroom and then we took some more in a local park since the weather felt like Spring. I absolutely love being pregnant and I wanted to have photos of this special time in my life. I know in a few years, when the baby is no longer a baby, I’m going to look back at these years with great nostalgia. A lot of mothers have told me that this was the the best time of their lives and I can feel it. I almost feel sad that I only have about 5 weeks left with this tiny, squirmy baby inside of me. Of course I am incredibly excited to finally meet my baby boy! I’m excited to see who he looks like, who’s eyes he has, or if he eventually gets Ryan’s goofy personality. I wonder if he’ll like doing art projects with me like his cousins do, or if he’ll want to play sports with Ryan. I’m hoping he’ll want to do both! There are so many things to look forward to, but for now I’m going to savor the last few weeks of growing a tiny human. :)
Two weeks ago I went to the NY Now show with a friend to scope out some new vendors for projects. (Time flies! I can’t believe this was two weeks ago already!) This was the first time I visited the show so I didn’t know what to expect. I thought it was more for designers, but it was geared more towards store owners who need to stock shelves with merchandise. They had a handful of items that I can use for projects so it was fun to get out of the office for a bit to see what’s new. Here are some items that I loved!
Love these modern prints from Zoe Bios Creative! They had so many beautiful, inspiring pieces.
Of everything I saw that day, I think these diorama art boxes by Christine Originals were my absolute favorite. As a kid, I loved making dioramas, with help from my creative father, for school projects. These made me feel so nostalgic and I just love the “little red” and “peter” nursery rhyme inspired pieces. I wish I got better photos of them because these iPhone shots don’t do them justice!
Adorable animal ABC print from Screech Owl Designs: Perfect for a nursery!
I love this shagreen table and sideboard from Mr. Brown. The sideboard has an antique brass front that is so beautiful with the texture of the shagreen.
I also LOVE this modern desk from Mr. Brown. So perfect and simple.
I also love this mid-century inspired side table. Would this be perfect next to an upholstered bed in a guest room!?
I love to-do lists and have been reading quite a few recently to get prepared for the baby. A common recommendation is to pick out your birth announcements ahead of time. I started looking at Minted and fell in love! I’ve ordered my personal and professional Christmas cards from them for the past two years. I love their thick card stock and artsy stationary designs. They even have beautiful art prints, and an adorable blog with DIY crafts! You should definitely check it out if you’re looking for easy Valentine’s Day craft ideas!
Here are my current favorites:
The Fields Abstract Print : I love the colors and the movement.
Striped Suit Art Print : Cute for a modern beach house.
There are too many adorable options for birth announcements! I think I’m loving Hello Baby. :) Which one is your favorite? Now I just have to print the labels for the cards. One less thing to do once I have a newborn at home!
I have a bit of a candle addiction. I love them so much that my neighbor gave me one for Christmas because she sees that I even like to light them in lanterns in the garden. How sweet is that?! I’ve been hoarding the glasses of used candles because they are perfect sizes for tiny floral bouquets. (Another guilty pleasure of mine? Fresh flowers every week.)
Here’s how you can recycle your candles:
1. Place your candles on trivets or hot plates while you boil water in your tea pot.
2. Pour boiling water into each of your candles and fill to the top. You’ll start to see the wax melt and travel to the top of the candle holder.
3. Wait for wax to solidify. Once it gets solid (may still be a bit gooey) take it out with your hands and discard. Be careful – the water can still be hot!
4. Once you remove the wax pieces, wash with soap and water.
Voila! It’s that easy! The whole process takes about 15 minutes. Now I have a ton of small vases that are perfect for low arrangements for dinner parties.
I recently started working on a project in Edgewater, NJ that overlooks NYC and I could not be more excited! I started the project two weeks ago, and the entire townhouse is already demoed and we have the majority of the finishes chosen. It’s so much fun to see results so quickly! So far the most drastic change is this kitchen. Take a deep breath and check out the neon lit back splash. If the lights and the orange veneered cabinets don’t scream the 90′s, I don’t know what does. (Well, I guess side tied tee-shirts and big hair do, too. But that’s besides the point…)
Doesn’t it already look better?! In the kitchen we’re doing ivory cabinets, a mushroom counter top and a glass mosaic back splash. We’re also replacing the wood floors throughout the entire house and went with a grayish brown wood (below) with a matte finish so my client’s puppies don’t scratch the finish. My client loves earth tones so my goal was to create a space that is modern but also warm and inviting. Since the kitchen and adjacent family room overlook the George Washington Bridge and a view of the city, it’s important that this space make a big impact since this is where everyone will hang out. The kitchen should be installed the week I have baby Dreissig, so I suppose it gives me one more thing to be excited about this coming April. :)