Good mornings are coffee and the sun and reading and hanging out with Moses and probably painting the flowers before they die.
Greetings from The First Annual evian Wood Racquet Cup! Just standing here with my Pimm’s cup enjoying the match.
Dylan and I have been working with MKG for the past few months doing event branding for several evian summer events. This is the only one that took place locally, so it was really great to be able to go hang out and see our work printed all over everything. The event took place at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, Queens, an absolutely beautiful neighborhood filled with old, old stone and brick houses. The club has been around for over 100 years and used to host the U.S. Open.
Our pal Dave Brown from MKG hangin’ with Judah Friedlander.
Social Print Studio’s Live Printer was on hand to print out images instagrammed at the event and hashtagged #evianWRC. I was definitely posting and hashtagging more than I usually would be to get those prints.
We both (sort of embarassingly) wore gingham, because, like, what else do you wear to the tennis club?
After a fun Passover seder with my family on Friday night, Dylan decided to show me a thing or two about painting Easter eggs this morning. We weren’t prepared with the proper dyes, and since I’ve never done this before it seemed right to get out the gouache and just go for it.
We blew out the last four brown eggs that were in the fridge so we could still eat them. I know you’re supposed to use white eggs, but I like the neutral color as a base.
The finished eggs! I really could have done a whole dozen it was so much fun, but sadly there’s other work to be done today.
We’re certainly careful with our purchases (as Grace always says, only buy things you love) which makes the furnishing and decorating process frustratingly slow. But, after months of collecting things we like, the bedroom is finally starting to perk up. We found the leather shag rug at the Chelsea Antique Market and picked up the black sideboards at the Meeker Avenue Flea Market.
The little vase is my favorite recent purchase. It’s a beautiful piece from the ’60s illustrated by Danish artist and designer Bjørn Wiinblad. I’m also so happy to finally have art framed and hung! The drawing on the left is by Aidan Koch and the little bow tie man is a screen print by my friend Rachel Levit. I love Rachel’s work so much. You can see more of it on her blog, and she has a handful of pieces for sale in her Etsy shop. I also have this 2-layer screen print she did that I can’t wait to hang!
Now, onto the iffier parts of the room. Our bedroom (and entire apartment) came with a no-closet handicap we have to work with. Dylan installed clothing racks using basic wood planks, brackets, and pipes from the hardware store.
I’m generally happy with how it turned out, although the room is basically a windowless walk-in closet, and it’s still a little bleak in there. We need a nicer lamp, more art on the walls, more trinkets, perhaps a fun quilt…the search for things we love continues.
Meet our new team of happy fridge girls! These 3 hand-painted ceramic magnets were made by our talented friend Tuesday Bassen. From top left, Eloise, Katy, and Claire.
Visit Tuesday’s shop for magnets large and small (and heart shaped!) as well as ceramic drawer knobs, coasters, plates, and prints of her illustrations.
Welcome back to our kitchen. I know, this blog has been a bit kitchen-centric, but it’s the only thing we have semi-together yet. We’ve spent the last few weeks collecting plants, framing art, and searching for the perfect hanging lamp, and it’s starting to brighten up even more. I love how everything in this nook centers around plants, flowers, fruit, and animals. The Winter Fruit print by Claire Nereim is such a gorgeous, large 10-color screen print.
Future plans also include adding a large woven rug to cover the hideous tile floor, and installing shelves in the right window, to stack more plants and disguise the burglar bars as much as possible (I hate them, but we can’t them out).
I also purchased this painting from Becca Stadtlander recently. All of her work is beautiful, and it’s so nice to see the texture of the paint, and its true color away from a computer screen. It hangs over a little shelf Dylan built to house more plants, a candle, and a drawing of a rutabaga I did a while ago.
Like many of our fellow city dwellers, our apartment has very limited storage (and not a single closet). As a result, things/appliances/boxes start to get put in strange places. At some point, we looked at each other and got all excited about making a curtain to cover up all the junk we store on top of the kitchen cabinets. Leah put together a quick illustrated surface pattern that matched the color of the sea foam green tiles, and we ordered the custom fabric. I bought a simple shower curtain rod and we put the thing up there.
As soon as I installed it we took a few steps back, folded our arms, and glared at it for a few minutes… I does its job nicely but we honestly couldn’t decide if it was cool or if it was a little too ‘Grandma’s house.’ It’s definitely growing on me, but what do you think?
SIDE NOTE: Check out the flat black spray paint job i gave those cabinet knobs! I think it’s a total upgrade. Also our kitchen tiles are the worst… we’re going get a rug to put down.
Hey, I put up our new String® System Pocket shelves! Leah bought them for me for Christmas (probably because she wanted them too). What do you know, they look great. The installation was super easy but it didn’t come with any mounting hardware so I had to use my own. NO PROBLEM.
PROTIP: color the screws black with a Sharpie paint pen.
The bathroom is really starting to come together. The first thing I accomplished, when we moved in, was tearing down the disgusting old bathroom mirror cabinet and putting up a new IKEA LILLÅNGEN (the obvious cheap non-offensive choice). The white cabinet looks great alongside the black shelves with the black and white tiles. The Cochran and Perry nudes add some nice bright color.
I tidied up and then I did some painting.
I made my own wrapping paper this year using one of my favorite floral patterns. I love how the red-orange and yellow-green throw a new spin on traditional holiday colors. The tags I bought from Caramelos on Etsy, though there are a ton of Etsy shops that sell little manila tags in lots of colors. I also used a thin pink ribbon for these, but as soon as I ran out I switched to cutting strips of a thin cream-colored cotton fabric. I think the wrapping may be even better than what’s inside!