Thursday, June 30, 2011

160 Hall St.

In conjunction with my moving process, I'm reading "Just Kids" by Patti Smith. It's probably one of the best books I have ever read, or am reading. Since there's plenty of press coverage summarizing the book and what it's about, I won't do it here. However, I will provide the fact that her and Robert Mapplethorp's first apartment together is just a short walk from Mr. Z's and my new place (what a coincidence!).  So, I took a little bike ride to 160 Hall St., Brooklyn to see their old digs to take in the brilliant history they made together as life partners, best friends, and artistic muses.  The building did not disappoint me, as it's a beautiful brick walk-up that looks almost Gothic. I think she said that they lived on the top floor...

I'd like to make this post a homage to Patti Smith for... just being, Patti.

a NEW beginning!

Mr. Z and I finally moved! It has been a long and arduous process, but we are in the midst of boxes in our first place of our own. We love it here in Fort Greene (in the heart of the neighborhood), with everything at our finger tips including trees, 2 parks, farmer's markets, great restaurants, the list goes on! I can't believe I was able to pull off working, packing, restoring, working, packing, restoring, and repeat for over a week. I'm relieved that this weekend will be a 3 day one. Hopefully I can get some more inspiration up here on the ol' blog, as there will be plenty to do to make this apartment our own.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

a summer-time ritual

Here's a fun little video of Zach and Chris putting in the dock at my family's cottage on the lake.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Grown-up furniture

This Saturday Mr. Z and I will be hittin' the road up to Connecticut (again) to pick up our dresser! So I might sound a little too excited about an old piece of furniture, but this is no ordinary piece. Believe me, because we've been looking everywhere for that *perfect* thing, scouring every vintage store within our vicinity. We figured that there are so many great pieces of well made furniture from the past that getting a new one made wouldn't be as special. We have been especially drawn to Danish furniture from the 50's-60's. You really can't beat the quality and construction. Every little tiny detail was thought out, even matching the grain of wood pieces! Whoa... I don't think even I can be that meticulous.
We stumbled upon this amazing furniture store last weekend during our visit to my family's cottage on Twin Lakes, CT. I can't believe I never stopped in here, tho' I've driven by it many times. Great Barrington Antiqes Center had a lot of Mid-century modern furniture as well older antiques all in fantastic condition. Here are some of my other favorite pieces...

Monday, June 6, 2011

Antiquing part 2

We were lucky to catch the Allegan Antiques Market while we were in Michigan. There were SO many things to look at my head was spinning! We found a wooden stool, coffee table, and a light fixture soon to be in our new home. This move is going to start a lot of projects...

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Antiquing part 1

Last weekend Zach and I drove over to Michigan to visit his family and search for new/old furniture, for our soon to be new/old apartment. Unlike NYC, Michigan has been untapped of antique goods, and we were able to return home with great finds (for great prices). Though we were in search of furniture, I was distracted by all the vintage packaging. So simply designed these packages were and much more enticing than all the plastic packages we see today.  But I have to say that some of the products people used were questionable...

Friday, June 3, 2011

9 to 5

I've said this before... it's hard to get inspired, especially when it's your job. At the present moment, ideas coming to me at lightening speed just in time for the weekend! Here's a peek at what I do during the day...

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