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D.I.Y.

Okay, so I’m not exactly crafty.  Honestly, I’d rather buy something already assembled than have to make it myself, but sometimes stores just don’t have what I’m looking for.  For example, I was browsing through design*sponge’s archive of D.I.Y. projects and came across this brilliant idea for jewelry storage.  

Martha Stewart has an even more economical version (pictured below)–I’d just need to invest a little more elbow grease to recreate her design…

 

As for materials, Ikea (again) seems to be the cheapest source for my needs. They have 5″x7″ display boxes for about $4.  I would probably get four and stack them into a grid.

 

 

Then there’s the fun of choosing paper patterns…I love the selection at the Paper Source.  So many of their designs would work in my living room, so it’s going to be hard to narrow my choices down.

 

Of course there’s always Martha Stewart to fall back on.  I thought I hated her, but she’s been a lot cooler since she got out of jail.  Anyway, her craft line has some very cute paper patterns.

 

 

Along with basic screw-in hooks, Home Depot also has a great selection of knobs.  I like the effect of mixed and matched hardware and want to get a variety of designs.

 

 

All in all, I’d probably only spend about $30 on four complete boxes…the only problem is actually getting around to making them…

April 29, 2008 at 10:48 pm Leave a comment

Ray-1 Me-0

What you see above is the Samsung LN32A450 32-inch 720p LCD HDTV.  I didn’t think it was necessary, but Ray looked like he was going to have a heart attack when I suggested we just get another tube TV.   

April 29, 2008 at 2:08 pm 1 comment

Thanks IRS!

I got my tax return over the weekend, so I treated myself…

 
Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan

As I mentioned earlier, one of my favorite blogs is Apartment Therapy.  It was started by an interior designer named Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan and I am so excited to read his book.  I’m beginning to get my new furniture together and I’m hoping this book will help me get organized rather than overwhelmed…

 

Apartment Therapy Presents: Real Homes, Real People, Hundreds of Design Solutions by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan (Author), Jill Slater (Contributor), Janel Laban (Contributor)

This book is so fun! I love looking at other people’s small apartments for design inspiration. The home owners’ interviews also include all of their sources which is awesome/dangerous for me.  Already, I’ve learned about Muji, a Japanese design store in Manhattan that I desperately want to visit because they have display cases that would be perfect for my toys.

April 29, 2008 at 2:48 am 2 comments

Magic? Ah…no.

This week’s stuff@night includes a profile of Grand, a new design store in the heart of Union Square.  I’ve been planning to check it out and after reading the article, Ain’t Life Grand, I have a little shopping list already going.  Hopefully, when I stop by next week they will still have the Sun Jar, by design company suckUK, in stock.  I was fascinated when I read it “soaks up rays all day, then glows at night.”  However, upon closer inspection, I realized that it was not magic, as I initially assumed, but does, in fact, contain a light bulb.

 

Encased within the frosted glass jar is a little solar charged battery.  The effect reminds me of catching fireflies as a kid…


 

I also want to check out Grand’s collection of Roost china, especially the bathroom accessories.  (I tend to ignore my bathroom because it’s the size of a smallish coat closet)  I like the texture of the tree trunk design and because it’s a neutral white, Ray did  not say it was “weird.”

April 25, 2008 at 4:24 pm Leave a comment

Nathaniel – Yo Gabba Gabba’s Trump Card

 

April 18, 2008 at 4:10 am 1 comment

Lighting

A blog I visit almost daily now is Apartment Therapy.  I looooooove all the posts they do on small spaces because I learn a lot of things about design fundamentals. Recently, I stumbled upon an older post they did on lighting which is an especially pertinent issue for rental apartments and their harsh overhead lights.

First of all, look at this bathroom…I know, ridiculously cute.  They replaced the standard light fixture that came in their rental with something very visually appealing and quite affordable at about $20 a pop.  

For something a little different, I also checked out Modern Poverty.  Below is a Tord Boontje fixture that I think is really whimsical and interesting to look at.  Plus, I think it will make some really beautiful shapes on the walls.

Even though I really like it, I think I know what Ray is going to say…

April 18, 2008 at 2:48 am Leave a comment

3 New Reads

I work right next door to the Harvard Book Store, but I try not to go in because it’s almost impossible to leave empty handed.  I just picked up three books that I’m pretty excited about.

The Elements of Cooking: Translating the Chef’s Craft for Every Kitchen by Michael Ruhlman. This is more of a reference book, but the entries are surprisingly entertaining.  I certainly don’t want to be a chef (I can’t even cook well), so is it weird that I find reading about chicken stock fun?

 

 

Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink.  With a range of contributers including Anthony Bourdain, Woody Allen, and Roald Dahl, how could I resist?

 

 


       Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.  I’ve been meaning to check out                Satrapi’s work for years and I was happy to find a collection of her novels in            one book.  I’ve also see previews of her Persepolis film that look fantastic, so I        want to read her books before her movie releases to DVD in June.

 

April 18, 2008 at 12:55 am Leave a comment

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