Wednesday, October 5, 2011

No Need to File a Search Warrant...

...Not like any of you ungrateful beasts would considering I've been absent for well over a month (two?) and I have yet to receive a knock on my door from a concerned officer in blue. 

Not like I'm pointing fingers (I am. At all of you) but I know I'm the only person to blame for my incredibly lapsed postings. But look. I do live:

Me and my incredible boss persons Bret and Mimi

A Lauren spotting no less than two weeks ago. Phew. I know you all were concerned. Until I really get my life together you should follow me on my day to day on Boxwood's Facebook page here

You'll just be that much closer to me. And I know you want that. 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Jill Thomas Photography ITALIA!

I am currently swooning over these images from Jill Thomas and her recent trip to Italy.

My faaaaaaavorite

They all represent the beautiful warm glow of Italy so well. I just might have to make some room on my walls for these beauties. Which is your favorite?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Legends of the Mirrored Tile Fairy

As a self-prescribed interiors addict, I spend much of my time dreaming up improvements of existing spaces in my life. Mainly, the man's house. You remember the "playhouse"? Well, I haven't been playing in it all that much because let's face it, a bachelor pad is a bachelor pad no matter how much lipstick you put on that pig (joking. it's a really great house). Of course that doesn't mean I can't dream a wishful dream for what I think the kitchen needs to look like. And since I'm just dreaming wishful dreams, the kitchen calls for a complete gut job from floor to ceiling. Dreams don't require budgets. Dreams are kind of awesome like that.

The actual space we're working with is quite small (like every 1950's home in the neighborhood) and shares the home's only dining area. When I first stumbled upon this kitchen in Lonny I did a double take. I could not for the life of me decide if the backsplash was a mirror or opened up into another room. "GENIUS" I thought. Maximum expansion opportunities. "GENIUS" I thought again. Certainly a mirrored backsplash would be more affordable than pricey tile. "GENIUS" I thought the last time. Even easier for install since thrifty 20-somethings would certainly skip on professional install and do-it-ourselves. You can't mess up since it's already cut for you!

Lonny - Ethan Feirstein & Ari Heckman

At that point it was branded in my brain that the playhouse would have a mirrored backsplash. Then I did a bit more research only to solidify that decision even more...

House of Turquoise

Apartment Therapy

These mirrored penny tiles are beautiful and add nice texture but go against my lust for easy install and cheap materials. CURSES!

Thomas O'Brien

The more and more I thought about the idea the more and more I loved it. At Boxwood, we have an antiqued mirrored check out counter and I then decided that not only would the backsplash be mirrored, but antiqued too. Textured, vintagey, even better.

But then Ann Sacks ruined me forever. Ruined everything holy and gorgeous going on in my brain particles. I STUPIDLY bought the latest issue of Veranda and stumbled upon these:

Ann Sacks - Visage

Yes, the CRUEL woman had to go and marry my love of antiqued mirror with my love of subway tiles. Why, Ann?! WHY?! Why would you tempt someone who is so easily tempted?! Would you walk into an AA meeting with happy hour coupons? Well, would you?!

Outsourcing the installation, pricier than sheets of mirror, and GORGEOUS. So gorgeous that I want to just by one tile and sleep with it under my pillow hoping the tile fairy would multiply my offering and bring me enough square footage for not only the playhouse's kitchen, but your kitchen too! I'll let you know how that goes.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Oh Me, Oh My, Otomi

Did I mention I was in Mexico all last week? Like the WHOLE week? Imagine my surprise that the first otomi I found was at the aeropuerto on the way home. It was like the Otomi gods were playing sick little jokes on me. It's been a couple of days now and my brain particles can't shake the otomi whispers.

If you're a professional blog stalker like me, then you must be familiar with the brilliant Grace Bonney's otomi headboard. I'm sure the entire world let out a gasp in unison upon the reveal. If you have never seen this image before, then by all means, gasp away.

Grace was originally inspired by this image from Cookie Magazine from December 2005.

Here's a touch more otomi love for you:


Black & Spiro



The Decorista

Roseland Greene

I've been thinking I need to focus my decorating efforts (and ca$h) to my living room. Namely, my entryway. Now that otomi and I have fallen into a deep infatuation with one another, I think I shall find a spot for her in my living quarters.

To find yourself your very own otomi love, check out the eBay vendor Mexican Textiles Museum Store and Jacaranda (which is where Grace purchased her otomi fabric). 

Are you inspired? Where would you use an otomi in your house? Hanging, pillows, upholstery? Give me guidance! 

Monday, August 15, 2011

What's Upo From Mexico?

 Hola amigos! I've been busy.

Busy with guacamole.

And swan gazing.

And wave whispering.

And soaking up the sun.

And cerveza-ing.

And kicking it with my main squeeze in Cabo.

The past week has been simply amazing. If you're jealous, I can't really help you. But I can tell you that you have every right to be jealous of me. Because now I'm tanner, more relaxed, and better fed than you. Sorry, the sun must have gone to my head. But really, I'm tanner than you.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


So after a full day of work last Friday (might I remind you of my AMAZING job here) of fluffing and zhushing one of our sweet client's bookshelves I had a severe urge to run home and refluff my own bookshelves. Yes, I stayed home on a Friday night by myself with my books, knick knacks and magazines. And they whispered sweet nothings to me. Lonely? Psh.

I spent the night re-color coordinating my books. Because what is the definition of joy without a little "color coding"?

I also spent my lonely and quiet night playing with height.

And stealing random items from around my house to incorporate to the overall bookshelf ensemble.

There are lots of tricks and tips when it comes to organizing bookshelves. One of the biggest tips is to remove all of the book covers from your hardcovers. 99% of the time the hardcover of the books will be more beautiful and pure than the flimsy paper covers that typically end up wrinkling and looking ratty. TRUST ME. I have all of mine stored in a paper bag back in a closet somewhere just in case I feel the need to pull them out one day. I'll most certainly chunk them in a fit of cleaning frenzy in a year or two.

Another necessity is layering objects within the shelves.

Pictures and magazines...

Plates and shells...

When committing to reinventing your bookshelves, go "shopping" around your house and grab items that you love that will add color and texture to the overall look. You will be shocked at the amount of stuff you already have in your home that will look stupendous in your bookshelves. No need to really go shopping for them. That is, until you pull everything from around your house and leave the rest of your place looking like a bare naked lady. My digs be looking nakey these days.

Like really nakey.

But the moral of the story is that bookshelves look professional when they're full and layered. The rest of your house will just have to deal with the jealousy.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Summer Grubbin'

I've been doing my fair share of summer munchin'. Thought I would share some quick, summer inspired recipes for you lovelies today.

Watermelon Mint Martini
Watermelon Juice
Agave Nectar

Shake the first five ingredients together in a martini shaker and top with a splash of champagne for effervescence. Refresssssshing.

Last night we indulged in a grilled peach, goat cheese and arugula salad.

And some grilled corn.

Coat the peaches in olive oil and honey. Pop on the grill until you achieve appropriate grill marks. Cut into smaller pieces and pour an extra dollop of olive oil over the peaches and squirt with half a lemon. Spoon over arugula and goat cheese.

Butter + Corn + Tony Chacherie's = Say Wuuuuut?

Happiness ensues.

Hope you're having a fantastic summer!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Birthday Wish

From Watson to one of his bestest.

 He's sending his momma lady all the way up to NYC to wish you a happpppppiest twenty-fifth birthday today and to imbibe and fraternize. 

Welcome to the club, Hannah. We're halfway to AARP.

And just because I have a blog (and therefore creative freedom) and you don't, here lie some pretty fierce photogs from the past 9 years. 

Editors note: I didn't feel the need to include the first 9 years for fear of humiliating myself.

 Gone are the days of looking cool taking pictures inside with sunglasses on.

 And gone are the days of looking cool taking pictures at gas stations.

And gone are the days looking cool taking dysmorphic arm interlocking photos.

And gone are the days of me looking cool getting dressed up to take pictures with you before your prom.

And gone are the days of looking cool with hair poufs.

And you never looked cool doing this.

 (yes, that's still cool)
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