It's funny, I initially thought Maggie would grow out of her puppy phase by age 1. When she was still full of energy by age 2, I thought she'd never slow down. She stayed pretty active through age 3, but when she turned 4, she finally started slowing down.Read More
Our new apartment has a lot of great features. It's bigger than our last place, the layout is better and we have an actual yard! But all those things aside, our old apartment did have one thing this apartment doesn't have: in unit laundry.
While we may not have our washer and dryer in our actual unit, we were able to set them up in the basement that's pretty easily accessible. All in all, it's not like it's a long walk to get down to the basement. No, the hardest thing for me to deal with is that the basement is unfinished, full of junk and overall not a pleasant place to spend time in. As renters, there's not that much we can do about it, so we had to get creative.Read More
Have you heard of Cost Plus World Market? It's an awesome store that sells all kinds of goods for your home. Until now, we New Englanders could only shop the store online. But this Thursday, October 1, they will be opening their first brick and mortar location in greater New England in Framingham, MA at Shoppers World (1 Worcester Road Framingham, MA 01701).Read More
Let's talk about dream kitchens for a second. We all have a vision of the kitchen we'd love to have, but because of various factors (space, money, renting vs owning) we just can't. Today, I'm sharing a few items I'd love to have in my dream kitchen. A few are definitely out of the budget and have no place in a rental kitchen, while others I could actually see myself purchasing in the near future.Read More
There are few spaces in our home that I'm more proud of than the living room/dining room. We've really taken our time in adding pieces we loved, replacing the initial "we just need to add stuff so the room isn't empty" furniture and filling our home with items that truly represent our style. Oversized Ottomans carried over from previous apartments have been swapped out and we upgraded our dining table to something that better fit the space.Read More
As a kid, I always loved reading. Going to the library was a treat, and the day I got my very own library card was a right of passage. I remember participating in the summer reading programs, and the little log book my mom gave me to keep track of when my books were due.
Flash forward about 10 years and I'm rarely at the library. Though I have a library card, I find myself more comfortable searching for books online and downloading them to my iPad. Unfortunately, that can get a little pricey. Though the Boston library does have an e-book section where you can borrow books and download them directly to your preferred device, the user interface isn't the greatest, and you're often on hold waiting for others to finish and return the book you want.Read More
So...have you heard of Wayfair? They're an awesome, Boston-based company that sells a little bit of everything! I love checking them out for home inspiration, especially for my dream future non-rental home. I'm currently fantasizing about my own fenced in yard, complete with patio area, grill, hammock and garden.Read More
I initially stumbled upon Urban Outfitters's home collection when I clicked on a cute shelf on Pinterest. Through said pin, I found out that they're hosting a really fun contest called "Pin a Room, Win a Room- Small Spaces Edition". Normally, I find these types of "pin it to win it" contests overdone and too much work, but when I saw the sheer amount of awesome apartment items on urbanoutfitters.com, I changed my tune.Read More
Eric's mom graciously sends us beautiful glass Christmas ornaments every year, and because we don't have a tree, I'm never sure exactly what to do with them. This year, I decided to incorporate them into a fun tablescape using two of my favorite Chanukkah presents I received from Eric this year: these CB2 Chamber Vases.
The vases themselves are very cool, and I imagine we'll be using them quite often. They have two separate chambers- a small section and a large section- which makes them ultra versatile. They can be used to hold flowers, candles, snack foods...even beautiful Christmas ornaments and leftover gift bag filler.
The table runner is actually a scarf of Eric's that we ironed and draped over our coffee table, while the (lavender scented) candle was a Homegoods impulse buy. The beautiful bird themed candelabra was a gift from my mom that we found it at a thrift store!
I wanted to keep the display pretty neutral, but you can definitely make it more holiday specific.
Want to create a similar display of your own? Here's what you'll need:
- Vases of varying heights
- Ornaments or colorful objects to fill the vases
- Tissue paper or gift bag filler
- Fabric for the runner
- Any other pretty objects of different heights and colors that you'd like to incorporate (we actually used the ornament boxes)
It was so fun and easy, I'm hoping to change up the tablescape quite often- maybe even make it a monthly thing!
Above, you'll find the color scheme we're working with- typical black computer chairs, new white desks (with silver legs) from Ikea, and a fabulous new rug c/o Rugs USA (who PS is having an awesome 50% off holiday sale) which should be arriving in January- thus the new year, new office!
Here's where you come in- we still need decor help! I'm not the best at matching, so help is much appreciated. Can't wait to show you more soon!