Hello Friday! Link Roundup

Happy Friday! I started a new job this week, and thankfully, it went really well. My brain is on overload though, so I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend.

My week in pictures: pretty leaves outside my door.Pretty leaves outside my door.

Here are some ideas that caught my eye recently:

This tutorial for polka dot shorts looks cute and easy!

We had out neighbor over last weekend for wine, and I put together an easy cheese tray.We had our neighbor over for wine last weekend, and I put together an easy cheese tray. Yum!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars would make a healthy snack.

Try adding a whimsical touch to a basic frame with a chalkboard marker.

These Sweet Strawberry Turnovers look so good! I must try this recipe.

spring flowers in my neighborhood.Spring flowers in my neighborhood.

Are your walls bare? Try creating your own DIY Geometric Art.

I love curry, and I love pizza, so I’m pretty sure this Curried Cauliflower Pizza must be amazing!

Around my home.Corner of my living room: doesn’t everyone have old bowling pins laying around?!?

This article on small makeup tweaks that make a big difference is great.

Kick of your weekend right with a citrusy Bee’s Knees cocktail.

Have a great weekend!

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Decorating a Tiny NYC Living Room

When my husband and I moved to New York, we sold most of our furniture. It was just too expensive to ship it across the country, and after a few bad U-Haul experiences (ahem … my husband taking out a fence), we knew that wasn’t an option either. Plus, most of our furniture was just too big for a tiny New York apartment.

My New York ApartmentOur apartment before we moved in. The gorgeous windows were definitely the selling feature!

I won’t lie: I had a lot of fun putting together our new place! It’s not often that you get to start with a blank slate when decorating.

Although we left our furniture behind, I did pack my favorite lamps and some blue and white pillows. The lamps and pillows were my inspiration when planning our new living room.

my NYC living room mood board

I like to create a mood board when designing a room. A mood board is a great way to ensure that everything works well together, and it keeps you on track when making purchases.

I was going for an eclectic look. Although I like warm wood tones, I didn’t want the room to be too brown, so I mixed in some bright colors and white, too. Our living room does double-duty as an office, so a small desk was a must. We have lots of books, so storage was a necessity, too.

I’m still pulling everything together, and I’ve made a number of changes from this original plan, but I’m happy with the progress. I promise to post pictures soon!

Where do you find inspiration from when decorating your home?


Lamps: White Ceramic Bamboo Lamps
Side Tables: Cost Plus World Market Tribal Carved Wood Accent Table
Sofa: West Elm Henry Loveseat
Coffee Table (similar): Renate Coffee Table
Rug (similar): Barclay Butera Mango Maze Rug
Chair: Cost Plus World Market Ravenna Chair
Desk Chair (similar): West Elm Porter Upholstered Armchair
Desk: West Elm Parsons Mini Desk
Gold Pillow (similar): Wild Mannered Mother of Pearl and Sequin Pillow
Ikat Pillows: DRK Designs Blue and White Ikat Pillow Cover
Bookcase: IKEA Billy Bookcase

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Make the Most of Your Wardrobe: How to Wear 1 Dress 3 Ways

If you are looking for the perfect summer dress, ModCloth’s Daisy Chain of Events Dress is a great option. The pretty, versatile style can be dressed up or down, and the silhouette is universally flattering.

Here are three ways that I would wear this dress.

Add a colorful cardigan, simple jewelry, a classic bag, and fun espadrilles, and you have a pulled-together work outfit.

1 dress, three ways: work1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

Casual Saturday
Pair the dress with comfortable sandals, gold accessories, cat eye sunglasses, and a bright crossbody bag. This laid back look will take you from brunch to shopping.

1 dress, 3 ways: casual Saturday 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Date Night
Get ready for date night by pairing your dress with a cute pair of sandals, gold accessories, and a bright wrap.

1 dress, 3 ways: date night1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

What is the most versatile item in your wardrobe?

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Hello Friday! Link Roundup – Mother’s Day Brunch

Happy Friday! I hope you had a great week.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. My mother-in-law lives out of state, so we’ll be calling each other rather than seeing each other this Sunday. If we were spending the day together, I’d love to put together an easy brunch, followed by a walk in the park.

Riverside Park Walking PathRiverside Park

I’d start things off with fresh juice and champagne for anyone who’d like a mimosa – me, please!

Pastries are a must. This recipe for Cinnamon Scones is a favorite, but Strawberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake looks delicious, too.

Coney Island BoardwalkConey Island Boardwalk

For something savory, you can’t go wrong with eggs. I would serve Tomato and Feta Baked Eggs or a Spinach and Gruyere Quiche.

Round things out with a delicious-sounding Fruit Salad with Orange Vanilla Sauce.

the-pool-in-central-parkThe Pool in Central Park

Do you still need a gift? Check out my ideas for last minute Mother’s Day gifts or, if you’re feeling crafty, check out this list of 39 DIY gifts you’d actually want to receive.

For tabletop inspiration you’ll want to see these Mother’s Day ideas from Hostess with the Mostess. No need to go crazy – one or two elements will make a big impact!

Finish off the day with a walk in the park. Here in New York, I’d choose Central or Riverside Park, or if your mom loves the beach, you could stroll on the Coney Island Boardwalk.

Have a great weekend!

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Update a Tired Entryway in 5 Easy Steps

The owners of my apartment building are the sweetest couple. They purchased the building in the 1960’s and have lived here ever since.

Although the neighborhood has changed over the years, their décor has not, and stepping into my building is like going back in time. The entryway is a good example. It has good bones, but everything is a little dull and dated.

outdated entryway

Many of us face similar situations in our own homes. Maybe you are working with hand-me-downs, or you’ve had the same furniture for few decades years, and you just aren’t sure where to begin.

The good news is that you don’t have to start from scratch. It’s possible to update your space in a few easy steps.

update a tired entryway in 5 easy steps

  1. Work with what you have. Consider existing pieces and decide what still works. In this case, the lamp has a great color and shape. I would replace the dated shade with Lamp Plus’ Cream Silk Dupioni Shade.
  2. Add flexible seating. Every entryway needs a seat that can double as a resting place for a purse or grocery bag. A pair of Ballard Designs’ X-Benches can be tucked under the console when not in use and add much needed seating and color.
  3. Work in color and pattern. The Fab Habitat Rug from Rugs USA adds interest to the space and draws your eye away from the dated carpet.
  4. Get organized. A tray adds instant style and corrals various odds and ends. A Core Bamboo Woven Tray is the perfect catch-all for takeout menus, mail, and newspapers.
  5. Add an unexpected element. This Garden Goddess Planter is kind of classic, kind of kooky, and definitely a step up from the existing wicker planter.

What is your favorite way to update a dated space?

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