NY Now

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!

peter rabbit

little red



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!?

wood side table

Custom Bookshelf Progress

This week has been a bit hectic to say the least… and it’s only Tuesday. It’s been that good hectic where things get done and you’re too busy and preoccupied to stuff your face with Chips Ahoy at your computer all day. (Who am I kidding?! There’s always time for pregnancy cravings!) My energy is slowly draining and this little tiny baby inside me doesn’t feel so tiny anymore. He’s kicking harder every day which is a sweet little reminder that I have only 8 weeks left (!!!) until he’s expected to change our lives forever. Needless to say, I’ve been on a mad dash to get things done, both professionally and personally.

This week we made some huge progress for my Allendale project. The custom bookshelves have been built! The next step is to stain them a deep, rich cherry stain to compliment the cooler toned fabrics we’ve chosen for the space. These pieces will go in my client’s living room and will house family photos, colorful books, and interesting objects that reflect the couple’s interests. We also included a drawer for storage to hide toys, games or other items that aren’t as beautiful. Wait until you see this room completed… I can hardly wait!

Custom bookshelf
Custom bookshelf

Let’s Go To Bed

Now that we’re talking about bedrooms, I can share with you the beds I’ve been looking at for the past 7 months. :) Once we bought the new dresser, we scored these nightstands from Crate and Barrel (now discontinued) for only $99 each! We’ve had them in the attic because they don’t really go with our current wood headboard (leftover from Ryan’s pre-married bedroom). Our plan was to take them down when we got a new bed frame but that hasn’t really happened yet. Every time we travel we always get a room with a king size bed and I always end up getting the best nights sleep. Ryan’s 6’2″ and I’m 5’10” and our cats have taken to sleeping on my head or my neck. Needless to say, I am often scrunched up into a little ball at the edge of our queen size bed causing my back to hurt every single morning. Pilates and yoga have helped a little bit but I think a king size bed will allow me to finally have a restful nights sleep. Ryan is being very picky about his requirements: needs to be free (ha!) or inexpensive, have nail heads or have a little bit of detail. He suggested doing a DIY headboard, but it’s important to me to have the frame upholstered too so we can finally get rid of our old lady bed skirt. What do you think? Do you have a favorite? I’m leaning towards the last bed option because it’s affordable, has Ryan’s nail heads, and has a modern upholstered base.


Crate and Barrel Ronan Nightstand

Mitchel Gold Bob Williams Yates Bed Room and Board Wyatt Bed

Room and Board Upholstered Bed


West Elm Nailhead Upholstered Bed

Beds 1 // 2 // 3 // 4


Dining Room Sideboard

This Conant Ball sideboard is probably one of my favorite pieces in our house. We bought this sideboard on Craigslist almost two years ago for only $100 because it was stained, in rough condition and smelled like pee. Thankfully Ryan and I have “vision” and were able to see/smell past it’s existing condition. (I love a man that can get just as excited by a piece of vintage furniture as he does for a football game!) Once we took it home, we used several cans of Lysol on her and let her sit outside in the sun for a few days. Ryan is a genius when it comes to refinishing furniture. Seriously. I never thought he would be able to get this piece to feel so smooth. When he put the last coat of poly on it, I think I sat and pet it for a few minutes.  Now we use it to store wine glasses, wine, china from his Grandmother, candles and mail. Storing mail in here is probably weird, but I hate piles of paper and it’s right near our front door. (You can see the “before” photos here of the room. This sideboard is on the right wall opposite that ugly old recliner. ick.)

Above it I hung a collage of photos that are special to us: wedding photos, the London eye from our first vacation together, the water at Niagra Falls, and a still life Ryan’s mom gave me. Although getting all these pictures to look “carefully undone” took hours but it was worth it in the end. I’m kind of spastic when it comes to hanging pictures so there are about 4 “practice” holes behind each of those photos, I’m sure. I thought this post by Joanna was interesting about having family photos in public spaces in your home. I feel like having personal photos in your public spaces is even more important so you can show your family and friends what is important to you. I can’t tell you how many times people comment on these pictures. My Mom especially loves the Rorschach print by Andy Warhol.

After we got this piece inside Ryan looked online to see what similar pieces were going for and they were going for thousands (!) of dollars… some even for $6k. Not a bad deal considering we got this for $100! Another reason it’s one of my favorite pieces in the house. :)

Conant Ball Buffet Before

Conant Ball Sideboard

Conant Ball Buffet

Photo Collage

Water Pitcher on White Tray


Oh, and of course I always have a bowl of lemons and water on it waiting for guests. Obviously. :)

conference table

I just got some progress photos from my vendor of the black walnut slab table that we’re installing in my office project! The base is going to be black powder coated metal and the top is going to be three tree slabs seamed together. I cannot tell you how excited I am to see this in the space!

Two walnut wood slabs being worked on for conference table

Uncoated steel table base for tree slab conference table