April 22, 2010

louboutin-inspired paint job

Posted in color, decorating, inspiration tagged at 3:11 pm by Brit

photo by living etc.

A sliver of paint along the door edge is a great way to add a little pop of  accent color.

It’s like the interior version of a pair of Louboutins.


April 9, 2010

friday lovely

Posted in inspiration, Lovelies tagged at 2:03 pm by Brit

photo from james merrell

I just love a little unexpected pop of color, don’t you?

April 6, 2010

recipe experiment: artichoke dip

Posted in party foods, recipes, Weekly Recipe Experiment tagged at 4:24 pm by Brit

Every time I host a get-together at my apartment, my friends beg me to make this artichoke dip that I first introduced to them on Superbowl Sunday.


2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
3 6-ounce jars marinated artichoke hearts, drained, coarsely chopped
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese (about 2 1/2 ounces)
3 green onions, finely chopped
2 teaspoons minced seeded jalapeño chili


Using electric mixer, beat first 8 ingredients in large bowl to blend. Fold in artichokes, mozzarella cheese, green onions and jalapeño. Transfer to 11x7x2-inch glass baking dish. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

Preheat oven to 400°F. Place pita triangles in single layer on baking sheet. Brush with oil. Sprinkle with salt. Bake until crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Maintain oven temperature.

Bake dip until bubbling and brown on top, about 20 minutes.

Rating: 5 out of 5 spoons


I substituted havarti cheese for the mozzarella and left out the jalapeno chili … I felt it would overrun the cheese taste (which, I absolutely couldn’t have).

March 31, 2010

pretty diy jewelry organizing idea

Posted in Apartment Project, decorating, diy at 5:38 pm by Brit

I’m not the only one whose necklaces have an uncanny ability to tangle themselves to the point of no return, right?

I’ve had to throw away jewelry because the knots they managed to create in themselves were beyond repair (RIP cute purple chunky necklace).

Something had to be done.

my jewelry hung nice and neat

Read the rest of my post here.

(I know, slightly cheating, but it’s still my posts, just at a different site! Hey, at least I got a one up finally!)

March 26, 2010

bad blogger

Posted in 1 at 5:12 pm by Brit

I know, I’m awful.

Forgive me?

We just relaunched the editorial section at my job and it has been an insane last few weeks, hence for my lack of posting. Remember when I received that promotion?  Basically, it’s the same ordeal. But without the increase in pay. Darn.

But I just have to get my new groove going at work and I’ll be back to blogging here. I promise. Bear with me.



March 5, 2010

the rest of the blue chair hunt

Posted in furniture, life adventures, magazine tagged , at 1:07 pm by Brit

I love that I was caught up in the whirlwind of House Beautiful’s recent “Blue Chair Hunt” contest. Even though I didn’t win big, it felt good to win at all…I never win anything!

Here are some images of the other chairs that I coveted but did not score:

'prentiss chair' by bernhardt interiors found at south street seaport

arhaus furniture giles ocean blue chair found at columbus circle...this was my favorite

crate & barrel village azzuro...congrats jon!

la-z-boy 'carlyle reclining chair' in blue found at brooklyn heights

lee industries' 1703-01 chair in majestic blue found in greenwich village

room & board's 'cole' chair found in cooper square

Check out more images from House Beautiful’s Flickr Photostream.

Which is your favorite?

March 4, 2010

house beautiful’s blue chairs

Posted in life adventures, magazine tagged at 4:12 pm by Brit

Funny how my last post was about free furniture, because, I had a little bit more free furniture luck shine down on me again today.

House Beautiful has been sporadically placing blue chairs around NYC the last two days, in honor of their upcoming “Blue” issue. They have been giving hints of the chairs’ whereabouts via Twitter, and I have been furiously following their tweets.

Alas, they never ventured towards the Murray Hill/Flatiron District by my work (they were, however, only a few blocks from my apartment on the Upper East on Tuesday. Drats!).

With each tweet, I crossed my fingers. Finally, the very last stop was posted. Rockefeller Center. I’m not near there, but I figured, what the heck. The prize? A beautiful Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams ‘Wyatt’ chair. Obviously worth skipping lunch for, so I set off.

'wyatt' by mitchell gold + bob williams

Two other chairs were being given away, but they were kids’ chairs and, since I don’t have kids, my mind was set on the MGBW one.

I get there with 15 minutes to wait. I linger, my eyes frantically searching around the ice rink, ready to pounce on any blue chair I saw. Little did I know, another design savvy tigress was snooping around. The chairs finally arrived and she was just a bit more fierce than I. The chair was beautiful, but not worthy of a hospital trip (and to tell ya the truth, after seeing it in person, I’m not sure it would have fit in my apartment).

It was like an insane version of musical chairs. But with a single, oh-so-lovely chair. But I lost the big prize.

I then thought of my senior editor, who just gave birth to two beautiful babies, and claimed one of the kids’ chairs as my own on her behalf. She appreciates good style, and I know little Hunter and Penelope will one day enjoy it.

"avalon child’s chair” from target

I’ll post more images from the blue chair hunt later this week!

Congrats to all the winners and thank you House Beautiful! What a fun contest!

March 1, 2010

free furniture is the best

Posted in Apartment Project, diy, furniture tagged at 2:23 pm by Brit

At the end of every month, aka moving time, the sidewalks of New York are lined with rejected pieces of furniture, not worthy of being taken to the new apartment their owners are moving into.

But one person’s trash is another’s treasure, am I right? Point in case:

Found this puppy on the sidewalk by my apartment last night. Poor thing, all it needs is a little tender loving care. Nothing a few coats of paint (and a new drawer for the bottom) can’t fix.

No idea where I’ll put it, but I figured if I can’t find a place, then I’ll just put it back out on the sidewalk for another creative person to find and give it a new home.

In the meantime, Scout the Cat is enjoying a new height to perch upon.

February 26, 2010

yellow is happy

Posted in color, decorating, inspiration tagged at 12:42 pm by Brit

Don’t you just think yellow is the happiest color? If colors had personality, yellow would be that overly cheerful-at-all-times (albeit slightly annoying) chick.

Well, it’s super icky outside, so I need a little overly-cheerful-at-all-times pick me up.

photo from lucyina moody

photo via a passing feeling

via cowgirl blues

from atlanta homes & lifestyles magazine

This last one, I believe, is from the apartment posted here of Pieces owner, Lee Kleinhelter.

Have a yellow Friday!

February 23, 2010

vintage keys unlock my heart

Posted in antiques, Blogs tagged at 7:20 pm by Brit

I wish my front door opened with a key that looked like one of these found at Laura Mazurek (of Violet Bella’s World)’s Etsy shop:

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