Decor update

January 12, 2010 at 10:11 am | Posted in decor, Home inspiration | Leave a comment
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I am making good progress with the house, but, as you know, I am bad at taking pictures, so am remiss in not posting any updates. Little Bug has moved into her big-girl room, complete with a twin bed, new bookshelves, my sister’s former green-painted dresser, and a green-and-white striped chair from my aunt. Once the curtains come in, I’ll post a picture. The baby’s room has been painted a light gray-blue, a striped Dash & Albert rug, and new Pottery Barn Kids crib sheets have been installed (white with light blue piping).  I also bought this vintage poster:

Not that I want to enforce gender stereotypes, but not only does it feature two of his mother’s alma maters, but the baby has a cousin who actually is currently a member of the Columbia football team. Again, just waiting for my blue-and-white ticking striped curtains to go up before I post a picture.

The basement/playroom has been repainted a creamy white and a white-ish, yet commercial grade, fully cleanable carpet has taken the place of the old, brownish-red carpet. The dining room has been painted “Golden Gate” — I’m loathe to call it orange, as the connotations of “orange” are not good — but it is gorgeous. I know a lot of our visitors liked the former, strange yellow-green color it had been painted previously, and the color was nice, but it was too washed-out for the room (which is narrow but quite long). The orange now makes it feel warm and glowing. The living room has been painted “Coastal Fog” — a taupey-gray with green undertones in the lamplight. It’s a lovely but interesting neutral that ties in the yellow, pink, and green chintz couch inherited from my mother and my new pink mohair slipper chairs until I can afford to reupholster the couch.

Today: an impulse purchase! These botanical prints, from Art.com, which I saw on the wonderful design blog Little Green Notebook (if you want a good cry, go and read Jenny’s Christmas post!)

I just love the size of these. Not sure where they will go — maybe on either side of the fireplace in the family room (which has high, vaulted ceilings), or they could be very dramatic in the much lower-ceilinged living room, perhaps over the couch.

Pictures soon, though, I promise!

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Decor!

November 12, 2009 at 9:22 am | Posted in decor | 2 Comments

I wish I could redo our entire house tomorrow, even though I know I’d want to change things in a few years — because then I could just redecorate all over again! As you might know, I am a bit obsessed with interior design. I hope we’ll be here for years — decades — however, so I’m forcing myself to take my time. Tim would like to hang all the pictures and just pick some chairs for the family room tomorrow, but I want to live here for a bit and slowly consider what will work for spaces, both color-wise and practically for a house that will have small children in it for awhile (the day my sister took a purple paint pen to my mother’s newly upholstered x-stools is seared into my memory). 

My sister is the artist in the family: she has an inherent sense of color and scope and scale (and degrees in studio art, art history, and graphic design…) But over the year or so I’ve been obsessed with my design blogs, I’ve learned a few things: what resonates with me (white and wood, orange and pink); design techniques (symmetry, piping), brands (Madeline Weinrib, Jonathan Adler, Ruby Green), and even “famous” designers. I know how I want our home to feel: a mix of casual and formal that is, most important, exquisitely inviting. When I come home I want to feel as I do when I go home to my mother’s — a sense of calmness and ease, but with delights to the eye and senses. 

I have inherited some beautiful pieces of furniture from my mother and aunt: a marble console for the living room, a needlepoint rug for the bedroom, a dining set, a perfectly proportioned couch. some gorgeous lamps (this is not an exhaustive list, Mom!). I also have purchased a few things I really love: my turquoise Robert Abbey lamps, my West Elm kitchen chairs, my Parsons desk. And now the fun part is putting them all together, slowly choosing the palette and filling in the gaps.

Here is my first big purchase for the house, being installed even as I post:  a runner for the front stairs.

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The sample

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The inspiration

When the previous owners added on to the house, they added a “back stairs,” which really are the main stairs in the house now. So my thinking is that when you do pass these less-traveled front stairs, or happen to actually use them, the print will be an unexpected, stylish surprise. I’m so thrilled about this — I’ll post some pictures of the installation tomorrow!

I’m also pondering:

  • These chairs for the living room.

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Note that the walls are not staying red!

The living room is very narrow, so the furniture has to be proportional. I have always loved slipper chairs. These are a bit more formal and substantial, in that the backs are higher than normal slipper chairs (see the white chairs with much lower backs flanking the fireplace in the inspiration photo, below?)

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The fabric is a gorgeous pink mohair. Not sure if the fabric will work with the overall color scheme (not to mention, is pink mohair practical for a home with kids? I could have them recovered, but as is I can get them very very inexpensively — if I reupholster, it will sort of negate the economic argument buying them in the first place — they’re on loan for now). My idea is to arrange the room like the one above. 

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  • This wallpaper for my office.

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The office is the smallest “bedroom” — there is no closet, so it really isn’t a true bedroom. My white Parsons desk will be in here, and I’m planning to get some white bookcases from Ikea. I want my office to be a place I want to be in, so that when I have to work from home, working in my office will make me happy (is that too idealistic?). I just fell in love with this print — the color, the scale. But is it too overwhelming for the room? Will it be inspiring or distracting? My gut says that it will be perfect. But this sample is going to sit on my wall for awhile. 

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What do you think? Stay tuned for updates…

Inspiration strikes

October 21, 2009 at 3:20 pm | Posted in decor, Home inspiration, the 'burbs | 3 Comments
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Well, hello! Did you miss me? I’ll give you a brief update on my life over the past few months, and perhaps you’ll forgive me for not posting:

  • I’m having a baby. A boy. (What?! I could have, and probably should have, written about a dozen posts on my reaction to this. But it’s sunk in. And I’m excited, although Tim and I disagree wildly on names.)
  • We bought a house. I now live in the suburbs and own a washer and dryer and a lawnmower.

I’ve been a bit too tired and somewhat overwhelmed to post regularly. Not to mention that work has picked up slightly (a leading economic indicator?), and I have a commute. But, mostly, I just lost my some of my creative fire — my desire to write and to share.

Today, I snapped out of it. Here’s why:

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This is a vintage footstool, covered in orange KWID fabric. I fell in love with this print a few days ago when one of the design blog regulars on my Google reader was offering a yard of it for sale at a deep discount, but I emailed her too late and it had sold. While Etsy browsing today, I stumbled across it again. I snapped it up this time. Our new home has reignited my passion for interior design, and while I’ve been saving design images from the internet and magazines for months, this was my first real purchase for the house. The stool will go in front of the fireplace in the living room, and even though I don’t have my colors for the room completely conceptualized, clearly now orange will play some role.

What do you think?

I’m not dead

March 13, 2009 at 6:56 am | Posted in decor, little bug, running, Starbucks, the firm | 3 Comments

Work has been busy. Obviously. Apparently I cannot be a mom, wife, friend, sister, daughter, and work full-time and have a blog. That’s OK — the mom, wife, friend, sister, daughter parts are more important. I’ll try to get back to it soon (if anyone is still reading!)

Below, the view from my office window on an early spring morning, out over Logan. I wish you could see the ferry boats cris-crossing the harbor and the planes taking off. It’s pretty. It also shows you how early I was here today!

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What I’ve been up to: training for the half marathon, then getting sick and not running for a week (oh well). Seeing an old friend from journalism school who is now a NYTimes reporter (what every j-school student dreamed of, back then. Am so proud of her!) Working — a lot. Having a sick husband, nanny, and baby. Going to a brunch with work-mom friends and their families — these women help me realize I can do it. Working some more. Watching with amazement as my baby turns into a chatting toddler and climbs up on to anything stationary (chairs, tables, ledges — yikes!) Taking her to the park on the first real day of spring (before the next day’s snow). Dreaming of how I will decorate our new place when we move out to the ‘burbs in the summer. Going to Stabucks. A lot. So, you know, the usual.

It’s all good.

25 random things, etc.

February 2, 2009 at 4:57 pm | Posted in decor, law school, little bug, NYC, read this, running, Starbucks, tax law is sexy, wine, yoga | Leave a comment
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Are you on Facebook? No? Then you are missing the internet craze of the month, the viral “25 Random Things About Me.” It’s wonderfully self-indulgent.

The instructions: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.

(To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.)

My list:

1. Waiting nine years after to college to go to law school — and then going to law school — was the best decision I have ever made.

2. Don’t think I’m crazy: I also loved law school, even when I missed five weeks of classes because I was too nauseous with morning sickness to drive to school.

3. I’m a far, far better (happier) person today than I was 5, 10, 15 years ago. As my mother would say (quoting “The Velveteen Rabbit”) I’ve been “rubbed real.”

4. In high school I wanted to be a U.S. Senator. Now I would like to someday be a speechwriter for a U.S. Senator.

5. This is probably because I have career ADD: I am currently on my 10th job since I graduated from college.

6. My daughter is named after my mother.

7. Speaking of my mother, she is the shining inspiration of my life.

8. I talk on the phone, or email, or both with my mother and my sisters every day.

9. And speaking of my sisters, they are without a doubt my best friends. I wish Erin would move back to Boston already.

10. My husband is one of nine children — he and his twin sister are #s 7 and 8.

11. Here is where I have lived since 1996: New York City; Ketchum, Idaho (Sun Valley); Los Angeles; Paris; Princeton, NJ; Boston.

12. Of the places listed above, I would move back to Ketchum, Paris, or LA in a heartbeat.

13. I am obsessed with interior design — blogs, magazines, etc. I fall asleep at night redecorating the rooms of my apartment in my head.

14. On average (even counting the three months or so I had to give them up while I was pregnant, meaning that there has been many a day when two were consumed), I most likely have had a Starbucks soy chai latte every day since the year 2000. I am, in fact, drinking one right now. (Oh, the money! The calories!)

15. I am a certified yoga instructor.

16. Sundays make me slightly blue, but I love our Sunday family dinners with just Tim, Little Buggy, and me eating spaghetti at meatballs at 5:30 p.m.

17. I don’t drink hard alcohol but make up for it in the amount of red wine I consume.

18. Oh yeah, when I lived in L.A. I worked at a wine store and took classes at UCLA to become a sommelier (did I mention my career ADD?)

19. I have run one marathon and two half-marathons.

20. I used to be a rather intense ashtanga practitioner (every morning at 6 a.m. for 2 years) and almost-vegan.

21. I have been to 29 countries and have: trekked in the Himalayas, visited Ankgor Wat and the Taj Mahal, sailed down the Mekong, seen the wailing wall in Jerusalem and Palmyra in Syria, sunned on the beaches of Rio, hiked the Swiss alps, watched the sun set over the Bosphorus in Istanbul. Those days are long gone, and I’m quite okay with it.

22. That being said, my dream is to live with my family abroad someday, preferably in Paris or London. Do you think they need tax lawyers there?

23. Despite my newest career, I still want to publish a novel. Maybe that will get me back to Paris.

24. I am in absolute awe of the fact that I found my husband, and that we made our incredible child.

25. I truly, truly believe in karma and that everything that happens to you in life — good or bad — leads you to where you are supposed to be.

Well, hello

September 4, 2008 at 11:23 am | Posted in decor, law school, little bug, politics, Starbucks, wine | 3 Comments
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Morning, Long Beach Island, NJ, 2008.

Remember me? I used to have a blog. Then I took the bar exam, and here’s what happened after that:

1. I sat on my ass and drank white wine for two weeks (and played with my baby, but not while drinking, don’t worry.)
2. I went to Ellen and Wildon’s beautiful, happy, emotional wedding.
3. I went to the Jersey Shore for a week.
4. I came back and sat around again and drank more white wine. Our “no drinking on weeknights” rule (which has now been extended from Mon-Wed to include Thursday night as well, in the hopes of motivating us to get up and exercise on Fridays…) does not apply to me while on vacation.
5. I partied old-school, including comandeering (wish I were kidding) the dance floor at the Barrington Yacht Club (and having to wake up at 6 a.m. with a baby chirping in a nearby Pack’n’Play — ugh) and a fabulous, Ivy-era dinner party in Westport, where I stayed up later than I have in years and almost got to see a sneak preview of the new season of Gossip Girl (but I turned in too early) and also almost got myself quoted by a famous journalist about my obsession with said show.
7. Per a pre-bar exam bargain, I kept my promise to Tim to cook him dinner every night in August.
8. I woke up this past Tuesday and realized I start work in less than two weeks and went into full-on dealing mode, which includes redecorating my entire house, enrolling my child in stimulating “classes” (OK, just a music class with Janet and a Saturday “daddy-and-me” class with Tim), buying an entire work wardrobe, and working out like crazy to fit into said wardrobe.

I have kept journals in high school and then periodically throughout my adult life. When I keep them, I am meticulous and almost OCD about it: tiny, neat handwriting; unlined pages; black ball-point pen only. When I stop keeping them for more than a few days, however, it seems almost impossible to pick back up. How will I ever recount all that has happened? I get panicked about making up that lost time, and I feel the same way about this blog: much has happened, much has been discussed, both in my life and in the world that I have found myself thinking often over the past month, “I should write about this,” but felt too overwhelmed by my long absence. So bear with me, as I try to catch up a little bit on these lost weeks of beautiful, blissful freedom — spent wandering to Starbucks and then the duck pond in the mornings with my Little Bug, catching up with friends, reconnecting with the neighborhood moms in the playground, traveling here and there. Things I need to touch upon:

1. My redecoration project. I am SO pleased — thank you Erin Gates for your inspiration! Will post pics soon.
2. A long overdue post on how to go to law school with a baby.
3. Knowing what I know now, a post on how to take the bar exam with a child/children.
4. Sarah Palin. Not sure I can write about her sensibly yet, except to say that (1) every family is dysfunctional in their own way and I’m not judging; (2) I feel pretty bad for her future “son-in-law”, whom someone gave a haircut and slapped on a flag pin yesterday and told him to hold hands with his “fiance”; (3) she’s a good speaker, and I’m really, really worried.

So, to my now more meager-than-ever readership, I’m back! D-day is September 15, at which point my little world will be meticulously organized enough for me to embark on my new life as a lady lawyer.

The BC Law girls at Ellen’s wedding. Sans Ellen.

Exam procrastination at its finest…

April 30, 2008 at 3:07 pm | Posted in celebrity obsession, decor, law school | 3 Comments
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From the subject matter (celebs! and Gwyneth at that! and interior design! Gwyneth’s interior design!), to the fabulous links, to its celebration of unabashed procrastination, the below email from law-school Lindsey (not to be confused with college Lindsey, although admittedly I often send them emails intended for the other) is perfect in so many ways…

Are you looking at her legs or the Madeline Weinrib chair? Tough call…

“So I really should be studying, but instead I’m googling everything Gwyneth Paltrow because I’ve become completely obsessed with her look recently. I mean, those legs…. I need them. Yesterday. I really want to be able to wear the dresses she’s wearing (if you’ve been too busy to follow her Iron Man press tour, you can get a fashion recap here: http://www.people.com/people/stylewatch/gallery/0,,20195908_1,00.html)

“But anyway, I was googling ‘Gwyneth Paltrow Stylist’ b/c I wanted to see if I could figure out who styles her, and I came across this design blog that had a few entries in October 2007 about her home layout in House and Garden in November. Anyway, I thought you would enjoy the blog, based on some of the entries I’ve read in your blog… habituallychic.blogspot.com 

“Happy writing….we’re almost done!”

Of course, this sent me off on 30 minutes of procrastination of my own (not including writing this post), but does she know me or what? Maybe I need to have a Marbury v. Madison Ave. guest blog…

(Photo thanks to Habitually Chic)

Blogtastic (aka, mailing it in)

April 17, 2008 at 8:29 am | Posted in decor, Oprah, read this | Leave a comment
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I’m not exactly sure who is reading this blog, but I do know some of you, so enjoy: www.vodkahasnocarbs.blogspot.com.  You know who you are.


(Picture thanks to Vodka has no carbs, who has declared Angie its Patron Saint of Hotness)

There are two writers of this blog — one is the woman who writes Decorno (as in decor-porno — her theory is that decorating magazines are some people’s porn — yes, ME! They are my porn, even though as a feminist I am generally anti-porn on principle). She is hilarious. And her co-writer describes herself as a “lady lawyer,” which was almost the name of this blog. Need I say more.

Also, sometimes when you are busy with writing about Justice Breyer and trying not to indulge on ice cream while you do so (get it? BREYER’S? — thanks a lot, Jill, for planting that in my head. Now I can’t forget about mint-chip as I mangle First Amendment standards of scrutiny), you might have to mail in a blog post or two and simply make some links or lists (lest people think you’re dead, right?)… Consider this one such post.

So, while I’m at it, another recent blog discovery is I think this world is perfect. It’s sweetly written (with really fine quality pictures) and is nice to read even if you don’t have kids — it doesn’t necessarily fall into the category of “mommy blogs” (and not even because it’s written by a dad…). I think in the blogosphere when you find a blog courtesy of another blog, you are supposed to give something called a “hat tip”?  (At least that’s what Pax Arcana does, and he’s a veritable professional.) So a hat tip to The Happiness Project, whose brilliance seems to grow with every post (maybe because I’m just a sucker for self-improvement anything? Hello, Oprah!). Even as my jealously of Gretchen Rubin grows (she was a clerk for Sandra Day O’Connor, is now a successful writer, and somehow manages to work out every day…), I also love her more and more. Can you have a blog crush?

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