Meyer Wire Renovation: The Kitchen

As you know I’ve moved to Connecticut and have been working at Meyer Wire. In addition to learning about wire (we have classes), writing up orders, bringing them into the digital age and attending meetings, I’m also overseeing a renovation of the offices. I’ve been focusing my efforts on the thing our office lacks the most: a kitchen. Our “kitchenette” is an old broken desk, sagging under the weight of the coffee maker and microwave. Our food is stored among office supplies and filing cabinets. When we eat lunch, we all cram around a desk with sides, which means we have to sit with our legs turned sideways (it’s an awkward pose). The only sink we have is a shallow sink in the bathroom meant for washing hands, not dishes. Considering we are here all day, 5 days a week, we deserve a better setup when it comes to lunch.

Here are some before shots of our “kitchenette”/ storage closet:

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Did I mention the stained carpet or broken ceiling tiles? That’s just a bonus of fun in that room.

THE WALLS + TRIM: 

Since this is the first room we are renovating, it’s important that the decisions we make here, work for the overall renovation of the office. For the walls, I want to go white! Right now we have wood paneling and almond colored walls and it’s time for an upgrade.

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For the trim I’ve decided to use Behr Semi-glass in Ultra White. For the ceiling I’ve decided to go with Behr flat Ceiling Paint. And for the walls I’ve decided to go with a White flat interior paint, as the walls in our office have little bumps that the flat paint helps hide.

THE CEILING:

Above I mentioned the white we are painting on the ceiling tiles. While I would love to get rid of the tiles all together, they do serve an important purpose insulating the temperature and sound from the rest of the factory. Since the tiles have to stay, we might as well replace the bad ones and also paint the almond colored frame that the times sit in.

It’s looked like this for the last 30 years:

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Time for an upgrade, am I right?

THE FLOOR:

Currently the floor is a smelly, stained blue carpet with lots of threads coming loose (you can see it in the photos above). While this messy carpet is fine in an industrial setting (if we spill, it doesn’t matter!), it’s not cutting it and needs to go. I’m opting to go with the a tile recommended in one of my favorite blogs (ManhattanNest). We are going with the Tarkett 12″ Midnight Speckle Vinyl Tile. They sell it at Lowes so it’s easy to get, cheap ($.66 each!), and looks so nice in Daniel’s kitchen. Check out his photo below:

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So to recap, the walls will be white with bright white glossy trim, and black floors with white speckles. I think this look will really brighten up the office!

Now specifically for our new kitchen space, I’ve decided to go with the new Ikea Sektion kitchen in Haggeby white. Thankfully this cabinet style is their cheapest, and I think it looks really nice for the price. Best of all, I can do all of it myself between the assembly and cutting the oak wood countertops (also Ikea) and even adding the sink. Ikea delivers for a $60 fee which is totally worth it, and we could even get our refrigerator through them for a good price. Here are some drawings/renderings I did to make sure I’d be happy with my choice of cabinets:

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I’m currently in the process of finishing the install of all the cabinets, but I can tell you it looks AWESOME so far! I can’t wait to get a little further and share those photos with you.

Here’s a sneak peak (ignore the ugly carpet, as that won’t be changed until spring/summer). I’ve placed a few samples of tile down so you can get a sense of where it’s going:

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Cozy Corner

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One thing my favorite bloggers share is photos of their homes. I consider myself a curator in my own apartment and it would be a shame not to share some of it with you, given the amount of energy and thought I put into every design decision. I just want to preface for all future apartment and DIY projects I share with you: it’s not meant as a brag (“Oh look at all this pretty stuff I own, aren’t I great?”), but really just meant to share something that I feel is beautiful and inspiring to me, which hopefully inspires you. This is something I struggle with looking at other blogs (as the line between sharing and bragging can be fuzzy), and I just want my intensions to be clear.

Now that I got that out of the way, I just had to snap my cozy couch view last night. Is it weird that I like to lay there and stare at my apartment? Now that plants and greenery are warming up the space (which I talked about here), Im especially loving it.

credits:
couch: West Elm
map pillow: Ikea
pattern pillow: bought from a vendor at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. I’ll share their info as soon as I find it!
lightbulb matchbox: Yankee Ingenuity
candle: water lily scent by Target (yuck, I know, but I love the scent)
table lamp: a Hand-Me-Down that I love!
plant: fittonia “mini white” vase: a Home Goods find

A Rainy New England Day

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You heard me right, rainy not snowy :)
This isn’t my first rainy day since moving back east but it feels like the first official rainy day. It’s one of those Nick Drake/Joni Mitchell mornings, where it’s pretty dark out all day, constant trickling of rain hitting the windows, and a warm cup of coffee in my hand as I gaze outside. I love it. There were LA mornings where I so wished it was a drizzly day, and now I’m in a place where this happens. Rain keeps life interesting.

Today I’m finishing up my headboard which I had to disassemble to bring cross-country in my tiny mazda. It’s been on the back burner of my to-do list, but Ill be done today and install it tomorrow. I also got an order for a desk I’m REALLY excited about! The design is a combination of the look of my headboard and the pipe system I used on my console table.  Photos to come, and follow along on Instagram for updated photos!

I’m also placing a big order at Ikea today for a new kitchen for Meyer Wire! And by new kitchen I mean, Meyer Wire’s getting an office kitchen! No more washing dishes in the bathroom (gross!). I’m excited for the transformation. Later this week I’ll do a post showing the before, some concept drawings, and in-process shots. I’m really excited to share this with you.
Now put your goulashes on go puddle-jumping!

I’m Bringing Spring Back

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You heard me right- I’m bringing Spring back (imagine those lyrics to Justin Timberlake’s “Sexy Back”). I’m back from my week away in Los Angeles! And while I was out there enjoying the sun, good company, and vitamin d, I decided to bring a little bit of warmth back to Connecticut with me! I had such a fun week exercising, and being out in the sun but I’m SO excited to experience Spring in New Haven. When I left for LA I was scrapping snow off my car and right now I’m back from the trip seeing 50 degree temps! IT’S HERE!!!

I had this weekend to (try) to get back on the time zone, do laundry and catchup after being away. It was rainy on Saturday (you heard me right, RAIN not SNOW!) which was perfect for errands and seeing What We Do In The Shadows (hilarious!). The film is by the Flight of the Concord guys and has the same comedic timing. Check out the trailer below:

On Sunday it was the perfect time to make spring official: buy plants and flowers for the house! Since I moved in I’ve been needing plants as I feel like plants make a house feel cozy and warm, but given the winter temps I’ve been waiting for spring to officially fill the house with life.

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Above you can see I went a little nuts with it (and I bought more not pictured) but as I started putting it all together it really made a difference in each room. I’ll have to share some “after” photos with you in the next week.

Next I want to share with you my tiny adorable balcony. Since I moved in it’s basically been covered in leaves, dirt and snow. This past weekend I swept it out and took inventory of what needs to go, and what needs to be added.

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Above I hope to add a plant stand, outdoor rug, side table (as the one in the photo above is broken) and a loge chair. I want to make this a nice place to sit outside, read and drink coffee.

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The other side of the balcony (above) is the perfect size for two chairs and a mini table, perfect for dinner on the balcony. I’ve even already purchased a citronella candle as I day dream about those warm summer nights on the balcony. Im considering fixing up the existing table above, but it’s very fragile and might not be worth the effort.

On Sunday, after my big plant purchase and balcony cleaning, I met up with good friends and walked over to Edgerton Park in New Haven. They have a great green house with a variety of tropical plants and even plants for sale at great prices. The money goes to support the greenhouse which is teaching adults with special needs to care for plants. It’s a great place to visit and the staff was very knowledgeable (and I imagine it’s volunteer based which means you get plant/community lovers). It was a great afternoon field trip and I hope to go back in April when the snow is gone and really explore the fields.

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California Dreamin’



Anyone else longing for spring? I love the snow but I’m tired of the cold. I hop on a jet Thursday for some California time back in LA. I’m looking forward to sunshine, warmth and good friends. Im also VERY jazzed about the impending time change. It’s happening people, spring is coming. I’m hoping that when I get back to CT mid March that the change to spring will officially be in motion. Longer daylight hours, warmer temps, and I can explore more of New Haven on foot after work. 

Thinking warm thoughts, 

Life Absorbed 

A Wintery Cape Cod Weekend

Sometimes you need to get away from you routine and have some adventure, which is what lead me to Cape Cod this past weekend. I was in need of escape and joined my parents on the Cape for a weekend of exploration. We arrived at their house on Friday night, and woke up early on Saturday to hit the road heading down to Woods Hole, MA.

We meandered down to Hyannis and did a drive by the Hyannisport compound of the Kennedy’s. This photo below was taken a little further down the street from the compound. What a beautiful day. Blue sky, snow on the ground and even mini-icebergs in the water. What a sight.

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While in Hyannisport we made a stop into Tim’s Used Bookstore on the main drag. They have a great collection of art/coffee table books at reasonable prices (fyi). Im trying to save my pennies, so I didn’t get anything although we did spot this hilarious book below:

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It’s trying to appeal to 50 Shades of Gray loving nuns? Why does the nun on the cover look like she’s 12?! Hilarious and horrible at the same time.

We got back in the car and continued on until we hit the Falmouth Public Library. It’s a beautiful building (with clean public restrooms). They have a fun Main Street, with cute shops and restaurants. We stopped into Quarterdeck for lunch. It was good food with generous portions and the decor is meant to make you feel like your in the captains quarters of a boat. It’s really fun and I recommend it. Below is a photo I took looking up at the ceiling over our table.

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After a quick walk around we got back into the car and continued on to where Woods Hole Rd. meets Water St. Most of Woods Hole seems dedicated to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. They have many buildings and dorms dedicated to ocean and animal life research. They are often on the scene if anything exciting happens along the east coast (with respect to science and marine life). They also have a FREE Science Aquarium that is for sure wrath the visit.  I took so many photos and had such a fun time watching all the fish swim around. I could stare at them forever.

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If you’re visiting Woods Hole, the FREE aquarium is a must. When my parents visit in the summer, they bring their bikes, ride around town and then stop in the aquarium to see the fish and enjoy the AC. Given that it was snowy this past weekend, it was nice to get toasty in the heat.

Eventually we left the aquarium and did a walking loop around Eel Pond. It was so frozen over that many people were out walking, ice skating and even playing hockey on the ice. It was quite a sight!

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After a walking loop we stopped into Coffee Obsession and grabbed some coffee for the road. Before leaving Woods Hole we visited a beach off of Gosnold Road, where we saw people kite-skiing! It was insane! They were really flying around out there on the water that had frozen over. Normally that would be a sandy beach with water hitting the shore and instead it was a kite-skiiers paradise. I had no clue that was even a sport, but it looks really fun.

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Back in Harwich Port, we had a puppy cousin reunion which involved lots of white puppy hugs :)

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A Sad Day

As long-time readers of my blog know, I’m a big fan of Harris Wittels. He played the drums in the comedy band “Don’t Stop or We’ll Die”, did stand up around Los Angeles, has written for many comedy tv shows and even invented the Humblebrag, all before 30. He was the “Flight of the Concords”, to my “Mel”. He even once commented on this very blog (check it out HERE). Getting that notification email “Harris Wittels has left a comment for you” was the best day (I still have the email saved). He was the type of guy that cared enough to find his fans and talk to them, which is incredibly rare.

He was always open about his drug use, as he talked about it candidly in different podcasts. Back in November he was a guest on Pete Holmes’ “You Made It Weird” (find that HERE), where he talks about when recreational drug use shifted to addiction and then took over his life. He was working on recovery and died too soon. This is such a loss for the comedy world, as Harris had so much comedy left in him. It’s a sad day.

imag1109 Harris doing stand up at UCB’s Comedy Bang Bang Wednesday show in Los Angeles.

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adamscott Harris Wittels (right) with Adam Scott and Scott Aukerman at the Comedy Bang Bang LA event as part of the IFC Tour (Aug 2012).

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226283_504893182859027_1782309762_n Above is the band Don’t Stop or We’ll Die performing at the Comedy Bang Bang 2011 Nativity Pageant at UCB in LA (Harris is in the center on drums).