September 3, 2015

I'm Going to NYC! #DC2NY

TOMORROW! Nick and I are celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary, so we are jetting off from DC to NYC for four days. We've both been many times before, but usually either when we were younger or for day trips here or there. We are both super excited to stay in the city (at this gorgeous hotel!), and we're really looking forward to exploring the neighborhoods and lesser-known places that we haven't seen before. I see NYC as our next step in our life adventure, so it's going to be so much fun exploring and scheming about the future!

I need your help! We have an itinerary that's chock full of fun things to do, but I suffer from a severe case of what the kids call FOMO (and what old people I call "fear of missing out"). Have you been to NYC? Do you live there? Let me know what your favorite off-the-beaten-path places are to visit! Have a favorite restaurant? Show? Neighborhood? Bar? Park? I wants to see them all! I'm specifically looking forward to exploring the High Line, trying Buddakan, shopping at Brooklyn Flea, and having high tea at Bergdorf's. We're still searching for a nice dinner spot for our actual anniversary on Saturday, so let me know if you have any recommendations! (Bubba Gump in Times Square? No?)

I am so excited to get on the road! Make sure you're following along on Instagram and Snapchat (I'm scsmith012 and I will be using this the most) to see what I'm up to! And let me know in the comments what I shouldn't miss. Can't wait to hear your suggestions!

image via, graphics by me

September 2, 2015

Introducing Kimberly of Swoon Worthy and a new hashtag- #COLORSHARE

Well, hello! Happy Wednesday! I have some exciting news for you today- are you ready? Do you love color? ME TOO! And because I love color, I have partnered with my sister-from-another-mister who lives across the pond and created a new hashtag campaign that involves COLOR! Introducing Kimberly from Swoon Worthy. If you haven't met her or aren't familiar with her blog, check it out it all its colorful goodness HERE. She is uber talented and her home is absolutely jam-packed with colorful details that she deliberately curated to make a stunning home. 

I've been known to play it a little safe (aka, neutral) in the past- my old house was outlined in black and white and decorated with a pop of color here or there. But since moving to a small apartment in the city, I decided to embrace the color wheel and GO CRAZY (and thus, my pink ceiling was born). Kimberly embraces the same mentality when it comes to color. Her walls are slathered with the most beautiful moody colors- so rich they look three dimensional. She accents with metallics and brass like a pro, and loves to bring in those bright colors to up the contrast in a space- and I love this about her! We've also bonded over our love of makeup and cats, which happen to be two of my weaknesses (in no particular order).

What does this mean to you? EVERYTHING! Well, if you love color, that is. If you are as much of a fan of color as we are, we want you to share (color share, get it?) The hashtag that we came up with for this campaign is #colorshare so be sure to use it on your Instagram images of your colorful spaces! We love to see what our readers and followers have been up to, and this is the perfect way to create a little color community!

So, here's what to do: make sure to follow ME and KIMBERLY on Instagram! Then, share your colorful photos with the hashtag #colorshare. On September 16th, we will pick our favorites and share them here on our blogs! In the mean time, we'll be looking, liking, and re-gramming those photos, so make sure to use the hashtag! We can't wait to see what you come up with!


August 30, 2015

New Dining Room Pendant!

photo by Abby Jiu

Thank you so much for your kind words on my Glitter Guide tour! If you didn't catch the feature, you can read it HERE. And if you did catch it, you probably saw that there were a few new things in my apartment. I can't wait to share all of my updates with you! Today, I'm sharing my new dining room pendant. When we moved in, there was a horrible ceiling light that I not-so-lovingly termed the "UFO". Forgive me for not having a before photo, but you get the picture by the nickname, right? As a stop gap until I found what I really loved, I installed a large drum shade from Ikea, and shared it in my Blogger Stylin' Spring Home Tour. Here's a refresher:

My dear friend Jesse has an amazing home shop that I love, Scout & Nimble. I fell in love with the "Copper", and knew that it would work perfectly in my dining room (also, notice the chairs? More on that this week!)

The black coordinates with the black wall, but doesn't get lost, thanks to the black and white art on the wall behind it. The inside of the light is a gorgeous brushed coppery gold that glows beautifully at night. We also installed a dimmer- lighting is so important, even in rental apartments! I really do believe that lighting makes all the difference. 

Isn't it stunning? You can shop all of Scout & Nimble's lighting here- I guarantee you'll have trouble picking a favorite.

I love how this one give the dining room a chic upgrade, making the whole room look more expensive. The modern shape mirrors the shape of the tulip table, too- repeating shapes in a small space is key for giving your eye something on which to land. 

What's your favorite lighting source? 

August 25, 2015

DIY Pink Ceiling and Sunburst Mirror "Light Fixture"

Let's talk about this pink ceiling. 

Before we do that, though, I want to thank each and every one of you for your kind words on my Glitter Guide Feature yesterday! I am SO honored to be interviewed and featured. If you haven't checked it out yet, you can read all about it here. It was written by the fabulous and hard-working Carrie and photographed by the uber talented Abby Jiu.

The thing that I got the most e-mails and comments about after my feature went live (besides my dining room chairs- more on those later!) was my pink ceiling. And I have to admit- it's one of my favorite things in my apartment! It's certainly the most surprising. Our ceilings are so high (9+ feet!) that you don't immediately notice it, but it's a pop of fun surprise when you're walking in the hallway. I love quirky things like this- I think they're essential in a small space especially.

Let me tell you the story of how this ceiling came to be. Nick was at work one day, and I was working from home. I was sitting on the couch and staring at this ceiling, and I suddenly had the idea to paint it pink. I knew that I wanted to paint a ceiling in our apartment (our landlord is totally ok with paint), and since this hallway ceiling was the smallest space in the apartment and was completely enclosed by walls on all sides, it was the clear winner. I actually mixed this paint color myself from a few samples I had lying around! I threw down a drop cloth, stood on my tip-toes on a chair, and got to work. If you've been reading this blog for a while now, you know that I've talked about my (horribly) textured walls. I shared a tutorial on how to paint lines on textured walls already, but this ceiling was a whole different beast. Because it was so textured, I couldn't use a roller. So, I had to load up a paint brush with paint and brush the entire thing. Also, loading up a paint brush with paint so you can get in the cracks and crevices also means that some (most) of the paint will end up in your hair (and face, and bra). It was a completely rash decision that was a pain in the butt and I don't regret it for one second. 

From the very beginning of this spur-of-the-moment makeover, I knew that I wanted to hang something from the ceiling. And since there is no light fixture in this hallway, I knew that I could mimic the look of a light fixture by hanging a sunburst mirror upside down. Well, the idea was easier said than done since our ceilings are not only textured, but made of concrete. We had to buy a special drill bit to drill holes in the ceiling, and then screw sturdy cup hooks in the ceiling to hold the mirror in place. It did the trick, and I am in love with the result! The best part is that the mirror itself is convex (fish-eyed), so it bounces light around and makes the hallway look much bigger than it really is. 

I think it's so important to include fun and quirky things that you love in your home, especially if it's a small space. These things add character and charm, and are a perfect way to display your style and personality. 

My favorite part of this story is about Nick- he was neither surprised nor upset that I painted a ceiling pink while he was at work. And he didn't bat an eyelash when I asked him to hang a mirror upside down in this tiny hallway. It really is the little things, guys. :)


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