Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
For the first time in almost a year, Matt worked most of the weekend. I'm not complaining at all! I took advantage of the "me" time on Saturday afternoon and spent a good hour or two here. Stay tuned for more on those projects! We saw Slumdog Millionaire on Saturday night. It was the best movie I've seen in years. See it.
We didn't leave the apartment on Sunday. Isn't that pathetic? Little did we know that Matt was coming down with a bug. He's been sick two or three times in the eight years I've known him, but he caught something nasty. Needless to say, we didn't get any sleep on Sunday night. He's on the mend though and thankfully, I didn't catch it (yet!).
What's on tap this week and coming weekend? Absolutely nothing!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
So, what did we find? I was good and didn't purchase anything. Matt's two biggest bargains were Battistoni ties. These retail for up to $125 each...he paid $18 for each of them! Reading this in NYC, Brooklyn or LI? They had Ferragamo and Vineyard Vines, among other brands. I also spotted some Vilbrequin linen shirts and pants. I didn't see any Lilly yet.
By the time we arrived at the house, it was 5:00. We had a very exciting evening that involved a trip to Target, dinner, and an episode of No Reservations.
I'm off to do grocery shopping and swing by Michaels later today. Maybe I'll stop at the Gap or JCrew outlets too and look for some socks...wild and crazy, I know!
Monday, January 12, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
And for those of you living under a rock this year...Country Home and Cottage Living folded. Rumor is subscribers to Cottage Living will receive Coastal Living, but there is no word on what will replace Country Home subscriptions.
I fell in love with Ankasa during a trip to the Turks & Caicos with Megan last May. We admired the embroidered pillows on the linen slip covered couches in the lobby of our hotel each day. Ankasa isn't the most budget-friendly brand out there, but it created three pillows exclusively for Ballard.
A sea life studies print would be perfect in a stairwell or in a guest room.
Target Home Event
Run, I repeat run don't walk, to Tarjay because this stuff won't last! All of the pieces are great. I have my eye on some of the capiz pieces and the woven ottoman for extra seating.
Mom made us a GORGEOUS blue and ivory crocheted throw for Xmas, which we argue over when it comes to curl up on the couch. We could use a few more for the family and guests. How about the washable wool throw in camel plaid? Note to self, we could use one or two canvas tote bags too. Lands End wins over LL Bean in our house for quality and color selection.
1982 called and they want the plastic vertical blinds in the living room back. These would be a nice change. Matt thinks replacing the blinds is the solution. I love him, but not for his decorating taste.
When was the last time you were in Urban Outfitters? Probably in 90's for a t-shirt or themed attire for a Sorority mixer. The Apartment line is interesting and has some fun pieces. I like the jet set storage bench in sage tweed, oak jewelry stand, and Seletti porcelain pieces.
There's lots of buzz out there about the Canopy and they have a Better Homes & Garden collection too. The Sisal Remnant Rug comes in four colors, Rustic, Pecan, Garden and Toast, and would work in a living room, bedroom or office. The Spa Pique Duvet Cover Set, at $47.88 (love those Rollback prices!), is a steal.
Friday, January 2, 2009
It's been quite a year! I closed out 2007 by wrapping up the three-year MBA saga (a big thank you to Mom and Dad for making the trip in May for the official graduation and celebration), taking a much-needed break in Virginia with family, and a hopping on a plane for a 7-day getaway with Matt and the O'Haras in Acapulco (also the site of our engagement in January 2005). And being the kid who could never sit still, I came back to NYC in January and resigned from the firm where I kicked off an eight-year career out of undergrad. No need to worry though, I began an adventure at a new company in February and if I have my way I'll be here for quite a long time.
Matt and I started a home search in early 2008. What began as "just looking" quickly turned in to Saturday's on the road in Hamptonland with the most lovely Broker in all of the Hamptons. We put in a bid in March and the rest is history...well, not without the hiccup of Molly being in the Turks and Caicos the week the sellers were finally ready to close and Matt caught in the middle of a Wall Street downsizing storm. The Happy Ending was Matt closing on the house and surviving what would be the first of many rounds of layoffs. Big thanks to Adam, Matt's Best Man from the wedding and our fearless attorney, for guiding us through the process.
We had many visitors in Westhampton this Summer and Fall. We anxiously awaited Fridays each week, and the cooking out and beach time that followed each weekend! I was thrilled that Amy, James and Genevieve spent a weekend with us in August. Megan and Mark followed for a Labor Day weekend visit and the US Open. We're still working on getting Mom and Dad to Westhampton this Spring.
We joined other Cornell alumni at Aaron and Adriana's Rio nuptials in late July. We traveled to Praia do Forte, Salvador and Natal for two weeks in early August, and we're thrilled to add another Brazil to our travel log.
Fall and Winter have been filled with lots of trips to Home Depot and learning the ropes of home ownership. We know that we're blessed to have this getaway. It has changed our lives on so many fronts.
Visit often for updates this year. I'll be covering everything from my desks in NYC and Westhampton, and no topics are off limits. Decorating and renovating, vacations, visitors, family and friends, and the "creative projects" I have planned...you'll hear about it all.