Monday
Jan262015

Fit 2015 with Marshalls & Boston Weekly 

Above: Yoga leggings & Gaze Merci Beaucoup top via Marshalls (c/o), Miu Miu sneakers (old/check this years metallic version here), SAM camper parka, H&M hat, Rayban aviators

 

 

 

Who: As in, who am I listening to. Skylar Spencer, aka, St. Pepsi, Fiona Coyne.

What: As in, what went down this week/end. Marshalls hosted a bunch of bloggers at FlyWheel. Sadly, husband had to work and my quest for fitness in 2015 took a backseat. But at least my outfit was 'fly'! Husband: "where did you get that?", all accusatory. Me: "Marshalls, for a song". And that was all I had to say about that, end of discussion. 

Where: As in, where it's at. Launches, events, general goings on you need to know about. 

Presidents Day sale goings on at Wrentham Village Premium Outlets. I'm planning a drive by the Restoration Hardware outlet for some basement fixings! Enjoy extra savings at your favorite stops.

January 19-Feb 1st, guests can drop off clothing at Copley Place Guest Services to support Fashion Project. Did I mention generous donors earn a $20 Simon gift card for every five qualifying items? Give a little, get a little. For more on Fashion Project and the qaulifying list, check here. Time for a closet clean out!

View Klimt's masterpiece Adam and Eve at the MFA Boston, January 17th - April 27. On loan from the Belvedere Museum in Vienna, it is the first time that the Klimt has graced the halls of the MFA. Well worth a snowy visit to see one of my favorite artists up close and personal.

 

 

Marshalls supported this outfit and post in part with a gift card.

 

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Thursday
Jan222015

Sweet vs. Savory Ricotta Beignet with Prosciutto, Cheddar & Rosemary Recipe


 

The culinary quest that began over the summer at NYC eatery Hundred Acres has now come to a close. Yeah, that took a while, but hey, I am trying to achieve culinary greatness with a toddler.

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Tuesday
Jan202015

Basement Renovation: Operation a Basement that Doesn't Suck

 

 

You're probably sick of me yammering on about our basement reno? Not yet? You likely will be soon. We are in the home stretch and I get to start thinking about finishing touches, the fun part! Some of these are already in the works, some are in my dreams, but this is the overall inspiration behind the basement project. You'll get to see all the hideous 'befores'. When I have a pretty 'after' to finally show. Deal?

 

I wanted to carry the color themes and design aesthetic from our entire house into our tv room/playspace for Miss Daphne. This room is key in hiding 1) the TV and 2) all Daphne's toys. Luckily we have a great large space to do it in.

 

We are repeating Benjamin Moore's Crisp Khaki from an upstairs space, using it on three walls. The large wall behind the sofa will have the stunning Scalamandre Zebra print wallpaper in Masai, which is pretty chic, but kind of whimsical for a kid's space, right? I have been dying for a chance to use this ever since it popped up on my radar (see: Royal Tenenbaums). Mission accomplished.

 

I originally conceived of the floors being a delicious warm cork, but fear of moisture in the basement dashed that dream to bits. Speaking of, you can track all my ideas on my Pinterest board - Basement Reno, for more. Home Depot to the rescue on the floor. Yup, you heard that right. Home Depot stocks a mind blowing redwood mahogany tile that looks like a million bucks and costs about 1.99 a sq ft. With a dark matching grout, we have actually fooled people into thinking it is hardwood. 

 

Our other huge misstep? The couch I originally ordered, waited months for, from Williams Sonoma Home, was discontinued. And truth be told, too big to fit down our narrow doorways. When we got measuring, pretty much EVERY sofa out there was too big. The only one that fits (and is leather, and is roomy)? The beautiful chesterfield we already own in our living room. So we ordered a new design for the living room and will move our beloved current sofa to the basement. Which means my entire living room is going to be up in the air too. Oye. 

 

We will have a TV over the fireplace (fancy-pants for husband). I can concede placement over the fireplace because we will now have a formal living room upstairs without a TV. If I have to have ONE in the house, a man-classy/man-cave is the spot for it. And a good way to bend my unspoken rule that TV's do not belong over fireplaces. THEY ARE NOT ART. I say this while admitting to breaking the rule in the previous sentence;) 

 

Daphne's nook will have a fun craft table, some mini lou lou ghost chairs, a lamp, perhaps a pouf or two, maybe some built in shelves, and a huge armoire to hide all her toys. 

 

Surprise, surprise, we discovered beautiful hardwood under the hideous shag on our stairs- score! We are refinishing it, painting it, and adding a faux bois runner in a neutral sage/khaki. I love this carpet so much, I want to invent more space and ways to use it. 

 

And my favorite project to come out of this? Framing those gorgeous Hermes scarves from the Real Real. Remember these how-to posts on the framing process and hermes decor? These are the actual scarves I had framed. They are stunners and a really great cost effective alternative to fine art (when the budget just doesn't stretch that far). Downside? They are so large I'm not sure I'll be able to use both in the space! TBD.

 

We'll have to see how close my vision is to the real thing in the coming weeks. Still lots for us to do down there and lots of painting for me and hubs. I am mighty impressed with his finishing work, though the real reason we can do all this is my amazing father in law. He is superman. Quite literally, figuring out ways to build mantles, hide TV wiring, and mount a TV in a solid stone fireplace. Superman.

 

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Or get the Amazing Kaspar Clear chair for a 1/4 of the price;)

 

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