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Showing posts from October, 2011

life improvement

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As a part of our big Life Improvement Project, IKEA has decided to give each store $10,000 to make a difference in their local community. The premise of the project is for co-workers to partner up, choose a worthy organization, figure out their needs, and show our steering committee what we would do with 10 grand. From the collected submissions, the store would then vote on which project they wanted to see the money go towards.
To be honest, I didn't think too much about joining the effort until my good friend Brandeis (a.k.a. our marketing, networking, project manager extraordinaire) who is all about saving the world, asked me to join her in developing a project to submit. And let me tell you, I am so glad that she did because not only is Brandeis a natural go-getter, she really wants to make this world a better place, and her positive energy is …

light collaboration

Have you ever had a crush on something  for your home but you could never find a place for it? Well, I've always been in love with the Knappa pendant, but I really didn't know where I would hang it. There's just something about the shape that's so classy to me. 
Insert the Jara shade that I had been meaning to take back (I bought it as a substitute for my Regolit lamp shade, but alas it was too heavy). I eventually decided to keep the shade and hang it in our living room because it's the only space in our apartment that came wired and capped. Then, while browsing after work the a few days ago I was greeted with this scene.

Suddenly, a light bulb went off in my head (no pun intended). What if I combined the shade and the pendant to make one light fixture, like a nod to a modern shaded chandelier?


So I tried it out! And I must say - they look as if they were MADE for each other. I can't wait to hang it (or rather, I can't wait for my hubby to hang it!) Bec…

adding some pizazz

One day before I had to go to work I decided that I would fix up the living room a little bit so that it would start to look a little more like home.

I started by adding a slipcover one of our existing pillows. It's a cutie pie cover that I picked up at CB2 a little while back for a couple of dollars. The pillow cover really added some oomph to the sofa. I'm  loving the mix of all the different pillows (the sequined ones are my fav).

Side note, check out our coffee table! Yep, it's the slot coffee table from CB2, the one that I mourned here. Brandon and I stopped by CB2 the same day that we went to MODA, and lo-and-behold they were having a sample sale. Hiding underneath a blanket and a pouf was Slot, and I nearly flipped out! And the best part was that he was only $135 (originally $299). The best part was he was virtually untouched, so it practically looked brand new. I was delighted.

The next thing I did to the space was vacuum and lay down our two rugs from Ur…

kitchen comparison

Today I thought I would share some photos of our new place. We still have lots of Home Depot boxes and IKEA blue bags (yes, we work for competitors) everywhere, but I thought it would be fun to show you some tidbits, starting with the kitchen.

Here's a shot of our kitchen just as we started moving everything in (notice the CB2 bags on the floor). 

Here is the frightening after.  Besides the phenomenal finishes, the cabinet space is way more generous than our old place. Honestly I'm not sure if we'll even fill every cabinet.

This is the kitchen a few days in. I made just a touch of progress so that I could finally cook dinner for my boo (our first meal was chicken stir fry). Let's just say that I played the box shuffling game to make that meal happen. Since that episode, I've slowly but surely been putting things away.
P.S. How awesome is it that we have pantry?
And I absolutely love the freezer on the bottom. It makes getting ice a little more special. Oh, and c…

me and my missoni

I have to admit, I was pretty bummed when I waltzed into Target the same afternoon that Missoni hit the shelves. I looked upon the empty shelves in horror thinking, "Really? It's all gone? All of it?"

Yeah, it sucked. I guess I should have realized how big of a deal it was when I inadvertently logged on to Target's website early that morning to check out something random. I say "something random" because for the life of me I can't remember what it was. All I remember was that their website was down... so far down that a screen with the little Target doggie appeared and said, " We're a little busy right now, but I'll try to get you in as soon as possible".

I swear that's what he said; like he was a bouncer or something.(Hey, he might be a she, so let me not pass judgment.) Then I went to Apartment Therapy's website and saw a post explaining that Target's website was down because Missoni had just dropped it like it was hot. T…