It's quite an understatement to say I've been putting a little thought into how I want to arrange our new apartment. I've been looking for new furniture, pinning endless possibilities on Pinterest, and of course sketching. Here's a sneak peak at the floor plan that I've been playing around with.

What I find most interesting about this move is that we will already have most of our furniture, whereas with our first place, we were committing to a space without owning anything. This layout is just a rough sketch, but it really helped me think logically about places for the things that we already own. Here's a breakdown:
  1. Just like our first place, we will be having two bedrooms and two baths. One bedroom will be used as an office. Also, I've always heard that having separate bathrooms can only help a marriage, and I must admit - so far, so good.
  2. Brandon will also have a walk-in closet this time around instead of closet with by-folding doors. Perhaps this will solve our 95% messy office situation. :)
  3. I'm thinking that we may end up extending our dining table if we have the space. We've never used the leaf because our current space worked so well with a circular dining table. Perhaps this place warrants the oval look.
  4. The floor plan depicts a bar off the kitchen, but to my knowledge it's just 2 or 3 inch overhang (at least it was in the model) so that's why there are no bar stools.
  5. Speaking of dining table, I have also been thinking about how I can spice up that dining nook. I'm thinking of an occasional table over the P.S. Cabinet with matching lamps, or perhaps placing some seating in the nook, and scooting the dining table up to create a cute banquette-type situation.
  6. We don't actually own a chaise lounge (it's always been a dream of mine) but I think it would be extra cute, especially since my boo likes to sit so close to the television when he plays video games. My only concern is that the seat height clears the remote sensor.
  7. Our bedroom is a touch smaller than the one that we currently have, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we won't feel claustrophobic around our dressers. I actually moved our full-length mirror to the hallway near the office to make room. I'm a little sad about it, but I'm sure it'll work out.
  8. As far as the kitchen runner, bar cart, stacked Kartell units, coffee table, and patio furniture go, consider those as future posts! :)

I told you that I would be back to talk about the awesome advertising campaign for MODA's Waterdream bathroom exhibit. Well, what screams bathrooms more than a rubber ducky?

Picture a sea of rubber duckies dispersed all over the city. Seeing as though we don't live in Atlanta, I had no idea that this was going on. When I left the museum, I saw all these ducks on the ground. Brandon then told me that they are strategically placed all over to entice the community to check out the exhibit. And that's not all. Check out the message.

It reads: 
If you're going to take me, 
at least come see 
WaterDream at MODA 
on 16th & Peachtree Ave. 
& POST A PHOTO OF ME in your bathroom -
Tweet my whereabouts @ 
(P.S. my name is Mo'Duck)

I love it! Here are the photos that I took of Mo' Duck in our bathrooms.

How you like me now?

Pretty awesome advertising, huh? I'm a sucker for cute, interactive stuff. Now I'm off to post our photos!
P.S. Am I the only one who thinks that the plural of ducks should be duckies? Just a thought. :)

Sea of ducks picture from here.
For those of you who don't know, I have the best hubby ever. How so? Well, on my rare Saturday off last week, he took me on a design adventure. Where do you ask? Well, to MODA of course. For those of you who may not be familiar with MODA, it's the Museum of Design Atlanta in Midtown, and needless to say, it was amazing! Their special exhibit was Waterdream: The Art of Bathroom Design. Surprised that I was able to take pictures? Yeah, me too!

Long story short, 4 designers were asked to create their version of a dream bathroom for the exhibit, which focused on custom bathroom fixtures. Here's a sneak peak into what I loved about each of them.

Jean-Marie Massaud melded the four elements - water, air, fire, and earth.
I loved his sketches, and the 3-curve bathtub was nothing short of dreamy.

Patricia Uriquola's idea was to reference a time when we all had to fetch our water to take a bath. She played up the idea of integrated handles, and letting the user choose when to face themselves in the morning.

Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec had the brilliant idea of letting the user decide how he or she wants to use their fixtures. Think moving utensils around on a plate.

And for all you Philippe Starck lovers, here's my hubby sitting on one of his awesomely looking, yet freakishly uncomfortable toilet. I love a good toilet shot. Don't you? But I won't spoil the rest. You really need to check it out. Oh, and tune into part 2 of this post - MODA's brilliant marketing scheme for the exhibit. P.S. It's REALLY cute.
Call me crazy, but I have been completely obsessed with bar carts. Don't get me wrong, I'm totally not an alchie, but me and the hubs do like to partake in an adult beverage every now and then. I thought that instead of our liquor bottles randomly sitting in the kitchen - Brandon's current spot for his rum is on a tray that sits atop the microwave - a cute bar cart would be well... cute. Here are some pretty hot contenders for the job.

First, you know how budget conscious I am, so let's start out with something easily obtainable.

Bygel Utility Cart - $29.99

Cute, basic, and dare I say, utilitarian? I had been scoping out the arrival of this little baby for months. Honestly, it's a blank canvas, so dressing it up with some personality would totally be the name of the game. It also helps that the Bygel family has cute little accessories like this that you can hang on the side (see the clips above). Here's the same little cart dressed as bathroom storage.

I like the wicker basket idea. I could see them filled with bottles of wine and such, and the drawer would be great for wine and bottle paraphernalia. A great mix of open and concealed storage I would say. The only drawback - this little cart needs extra pizazz - a.k.a. effort. Might I be the one to make it happen? We shall definitely see.

On to the next possibility -
Say hello to the Strind side table $69.99

It's a little more classy with its glass tops - note the classier price tag, but with the addition of colorful bottles and decanters, it would be instantly chic. IKEA also had this one styled for the bathroom, but all I could see was visions of liquor bottles dancing in my head.

Now beautiful is that, I mean really? Like, I said, not much has to be done to give it that chic factor. It also comes in black glass.The only drawback for this option is the height. At just below 25", storing things for making drinks would be fine, but actually making drinks where you store them, not so fine. Perhaps in a closet for displaying pretty things? Me thinks I'll keep my options open. Target also sells one that is similar in shape but bigger.

Meet Rosita $151.99

She's cute, she's classy, and while she's a little more than I want to spend, she's perfect in terms of height and and chic factor. I'm also a fan of the chrome casters. Not to mention the rings keep your bottles from sliding off while you're rolling it about. But you know that I love color, so I had to also consider this one -

Allow me to introduce you to Ernest $149.00

Leave it to CB2 to put some color in your face. I really love this one. The turquoise is awesome, and the clear glass keeps him light. He definitely has more character than the others. Here he is all suited up.

Pretty adorable, huh? I've always wanted a turquoise piece of furniture. But am I really ready to drop a buck fifty on this little cutie? Hmmm... Check out my last option.

Last, but not least, meet Formosa $49.95

Yes, as you may have noticed, she IS different from all the rest, but handy nonetheless. I like the color of course, but I especially love that she can be folded up if she ever gets in the way. The only downside - no second tier in which to store goodies. Here she is in action.

Did I mention that it also comes in white? How lovely is that? The price is also right, so it might just be a contender. With all that being considered, the next thing I need to do is figure out where we'll put a bar cart in our new place. I'm really excited about decorating our new place and I can't wait to see what will fit where. What about you? Do you have a favorite bar cart? Which one should I get? Leave me a comment! :)

That's right, after almost a year in our first little married-eighties apartment, it's time to look forward. My hubby and I are moving to the city and I couldn't be happier! For some reason or another, I've always wanted to live "in" instead of "around" Atlanta - call me the country girl with the big city dreams!

As for our new apartment, let's just call it a total upgrade. Here are some details that have me all excited.

  1. We'll be living on the third floor - with elevators!
  2. Virtually brand-spankin' new compared to our current place, so you know what that means - awesome finishes! Can't wait to use our new bathrooms, and they'll be so much easier to keep clean!
  3. Beautiful kitchen with stainless steel appliances, double kitchen sink, granite countertops. (I feel like a realtor whenever I say that).
  4. Nine foot ceilings - the closest to "loft living" that we'll be able to get right now.
  5. We didn't have to sacrifice a huge amount of space. Don't get me wrong, we are downsizing a little - no more sun room - but seeing as though we never got much use out of that space we're pretty much okay with it. We're trading the sun room  for a balcony, which should be pretty interesting to decorate seeing as though I've never done one before.
  6. Location, location, location!
Here's a sneak peak of the kitchen!

Can't wait to cook meals for me and my hubby!

And because I'll never forgive myself if I don't, I will definitely make sure that I take lots of pictures of our current place before we move out next month. Hey, I'm even planning a video tour - to capture the memories. And you know I'll share it all right here! I just need to get my ducks in a row, clean up, and start filming. :)

Believe it or not, hanging artwork has been the hardest thing for me since we've been here. Because I've never had the authority to hang artwork in other places I've lived, I've been trying to take my time and do what feels right. It's been taking a while, but I'm slowly, but surely getting there. Remember these? Well, I finally placed our initials inside of them from our wedding.

Oh, and see those green wall flowers to the left of the "B"? I may be spraying them gold next week, and FINALLY finishing our picture collage.

Check out the room.

Sorry for the darkish picture. Notice the chair with the zig-zag fabric that is currently holding MORE frames that need to be hung - go figure! More to come, stay tuned.