July 27th Update

Time for updates. While I haven’t been able to blog regularly, it’s not because I haven’t been thinking about you. There’s just been so much going on!

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B. Meyer Studio, LLC : When we last spoke my ETSY orders were through the roof and it’s been nonstop since I opened up the shop. I love the orders but Im also excited to develop new designs, so Ive temporarily set it to vacation mode until I can develop some new ideas I have floating around as well as finish up past orders.

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Meyer Wire: It’s officially the second half of 2015 which is when I wanted to start developing the light fixtures. My goal is to finish up the Meyer Wire renovation and then start this process. While MW was closed in July we had the floors redone (!!! LOVE IT!) so now I just need to add in the trim, touch up paint and put a backsplash behind the sink. All stuff that can happen over time or at least over a weekend of work-time. Shortly, the light fixtures will start up.

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Iceland: I spent the first two weeks of July in Iceland with my 2 good friends (one who came from London and the other from LA) camping and road tripping around the country. It was an amazing journey and we got to see so much. We went glacier climbing, white water rafting, I jumped from a small but scary cliff, and hung out with puffins. At some point a detailed post will be coming soon because I have lots to share and tons of tips for people who want to go.

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Dog Update: Welcome Oscar Meyer to the blog! Ive wanted a dog forever but was waiting to get back from Iceland. Now that Im back, the dog hunt started. My Mom and I drove together into NYC to visit some shelters (as there are more small dogs available there). At the ASPCA I found this cutie. They said he’s a “poodle mix” but I think he looks half maltese and half bichon. He’s two years old and had a really rough first two years as he was abused and abandoned. After several surgeries and a lot of training, he’s doing a lot better. I have so much gratitude to the people who work at the ASPCA in NYC. What a fantastic facility, and large group of volunteers who really love these animals. We met with their vets, their behavioral specialist and several of his volunteers before we left the facility. He was definitely a staff favorite. After a rough 2 years, Im already spoiling him rotten and I vow to make it all up to him.

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Teeth Update: (Photo from day 1 of braces) Ive had adult clear braces the past 2 months and Im starting on my final month (August) shortly. One more month, one more month… can you tell Im counting down the days? Iceland was a challenge with braces, but I made it work. and looking at the photo above, I can definitely see the change in my smile now. Especially that front tooth!

That’s it for now… just work work work, build build build and bark bark bark!

My Blogging Hiatus

I’m sure you’ve noticed that Ive been radio silent. I apologize as I’ve already broke one of my most important 2015 goals: to blog more. BUT my lack of blog posts is because of something good. I’ve been working like crazy trying to create a table that is handsome, lightweight, easy and cheaper to ship, and also one that I’m able to make without too much out of pocket cost and without too much time. These are a lot of goals to achieve in one product, but after a lot of hard work I’ve created, THE GERTRUDE! (for sale at BMeyer Studio.com and at my ETSY shop)

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The bed side/ couch side table fits a variety of needs and is an affordable solution to needing an extra surface even in a room tight on space. It can ship to anywhere in the continental US for $25 (such a good price) via UPS ground. I hope to also create a modular drawer for an additional price. There’s also a lot more I can explore with color and pattern. I’ve been really trying to focus my efforts on making 1 product that I can grow with.

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The Gertrude side table also matches the Henry tv console. I’ve named these two pieces after my grandparents, as it’s only fitting that these two make the perfect pair (in real life and in furniture-land). Henry and Gertrude loved mid-century design and I think I got a bit of my design sensibility and interest in furniture making from them. Specifically from my Grandpa Henry, who would often custom make furniture for their house.

In addition to designing, drawing up plans, building, cost analysis and a boat load of other tasks related to making tables, I’ve also been spending time figuring out shipping, packaging, advertising and social media as these are big elements in running a successful (internet) shop. I’ve also been building inventory in the hopes of doing a pop-up shop, maybe getting a booth at some local fairs and even hopefully having some items for sale at my favorite New Haven shop: The Haven Collective on State Street. It’s a super adorable vintage shop, perfectly curated and very fairly priced (seriously, awesome deals to be had there).

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Oh yea, and did I mention I also work full time at Meyer Wire. Whew, I’m pooped to say the least. This is why I’ve been radio silent on the blog front, and this is also why I need some more hiatus time from blogging. Don’t worry, I’ll be back soon. I just wish the days were longer!

Ok, off to Washington DC to deliver a B. Meyer Studio desk! Living the dream :)

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