Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Inspiration Everywhere

This is so cool. I love seeing inspiration being drawn from unique places...

From the new Five Franklin Place residence in NYC, by UNStudio. Much more here.

Thinking Inside the Box

Life revolves around boxes this week - finding them, packing them, labeling them, taping them, piling them and, come Thursday, moving them. Our favorite source for free moving boxes? Liquor stores. My future in-laws are helping us move later this week and I can't wait to see their faces when they glimpse my wall-o-beer boxes. Budweiser to Blue Moon - you name it, we got 'em. You can't ask for better moving boxes, though: they're sturdy enough for the heavy stuff but small enough so you can't overpack them and, best of all, they're free (you just have to be willing to go into the back room and bust them up yourself).

Less than 48 hours to go and my mind drifts to our little would-be puppy... the litters were born last week but we wait patiently to hear which pups will be saved as show dogs and which imperfects will be pets.

Thinking imperfect thoughts...

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Six More Things

*girl forgot to mention her impulse ebay purchase of 6 vintage Eames DSX fiberglass shell chairs... we will need to replace the bases. This will match our new/old dining table. The slight mismatch of colors will be fantastic.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

AT, Moving, Bacon and a Wedding Dress

That's pretty much life around here, these days. First off, our third article is live on AT - check it out and vote for us here!

Now the elephant in the room: moving. So we don't actually have moving boxes yet but we're thinking about them a lot. Preliminary purging and organizing began this weekend for the big move...and then we took a break and purchased couches in "Dark Roast" and curtains in "Green" for the new apartment (because that's way easier than actually making ourselves pack our existing curtains not to mention the rest of our belongings).

Also this weekend, in yet another procrastinating move to not pack, my hunt for a wedding dress officially commenced. Sunday was spent in an 80's style bridal salon on Boylston Street and last night I rubbed blisters on both my pinky toes scouring every high-end department store in the Back Bay looking for dresses. Two possibilities thus far, two more shopping appointments scheduled for this Saturday (when I should be packing).

Lastly, our long-awaited baby is soon to be born! We don't know if its a boy or a girl but we do know that the mommy's name is Posh and lives in D.C. Of course I'm talking about our little French Bulldog puppy who, hopefully, will be born in the coming week. Pictures will clearly be posted at the absolute earliest moment possible.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

We're on AT (Again)!

(Our apologies to AT - we have removed our additional apartment images from this blog.)

Although this time in a different capacity. We both entered our apartments (pictured below) in the 2008 Smallest Coolest Contest. The requirements are simple: the space has to be your primary residence and it has to be small (under 650 square feet). You can view the open critique of our small homes and vote for how cool you think it is.

*boy's entry here.
*girl's entry here.

Stayed tuned for more AT Boston posts - our second story should be up this week.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Not so Shiny Anymore

Now that it's caked in road grime and getting ready for its first spring cleaning, my custom bicycle (hand-built by my little brother) takes center stage here on the blog. Here's the story from welding to riding and a quick how-to for hanging a cycloc.

The color, a very popular subject, is not the actual Bianchi celeste green. It is a color I chose which is somewhere between celeste and Tiffany Blue but it is often mistaken for a Bianchi.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Graphic Decorator

Given my profession as a graphic designer, I lean heavily toward bold and colorful interior design. Its not that I don’t think minimal, white spaces can be lovely – they can, much like a good, crisp white paper stock – but when it comes to my own home surroundings, I like things graphic. Currently this manifests itself in the form of brightly painted walls, lots of posters, color-coded books and bold pattern fabrics. But as *boy and I plan our impending move-in, I’m starting to think about channeling my graphic tendencies in a more focused direction that we both can live with.

Wallpaper is back with a vengance these days but I think my love for it actually began as a child in my grandparents’ dining room. The entire foyer and dining area of their house is covered in this handmade wallpaper:

I love it. It’s rich, elegant, graphic and I told my mother I'd never visit again if she dared to rip it down. *boy and I have discussed the possibility of wallpapering the hallway/second entryway in the new apartment and I’m getting pretty excited about it. Here’s a little wallpaper inspiration.

From Studio Nommo, Walnut Wallpaper, and Trove.