Our Fireplace Excavation

Fireplace renovation

In previous blogs about my empty apartment-makeover, you've seen the pretty fireplace but until now, I've been hiding its ugly twin from you. It's a cookie-cutter cherry marble fireplace that has been boarded over with faux marble, and it's been looming in our master bedroom since the former homeowner left. We knew it was probably ...

The Wallpaper Hanging

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In designing our new apartment, a lot of elements are still fuzzy but one thing I've always known is: Each bedroom will have a wallpapered accent wall. Maybe this is because wallpapering is practically forbidden in the land of renters, but it is most of all an excuse for wild pattern. If placed right, it ...

Headboard Solutions

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I don't have a headboard above my bed for various reasons. I rent in New York City and that usually means: its small, its expensive, and you wont be there very long. So investing in a headboard (and schlepping it up my fifth floor walkup) just never seemed to be an option. But I recently ...

Gorgeous New Vanity

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Most girls want jewelry or clothes for Christmas; I crave furniture. This brand new vanity from Williams-Sonoma Home is just what I wanted under the tree. I love the two-toned look—the cream panels give this walnut piece such definition. It is perfectly petite but has three large compartments for storage. It would be fabulous for ...