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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February Check-In

How is everyone keeping up with their resolutions? Can you tell that my blogging goal has fallen to the wayside? There just aren’t enough hours in the day, and trying to find balance has been a struggle for me. Plus being new to the city at a time when walking outside is almost deadly (it’s in the negatives here) has made exploration on foot a real challenge. Don’t get me wrong, the snow is charming and I don’t mind the cold… other than the fact that I can’t explore the city on foot the way I’d like to. Thankfully we change the clocks soon and afterwork walks will begin as spring starts to creep up on us. It’s soon, I swear.

This is completely narcissistic, but I just need to publicly have a “check-up” on my list of resolutions. It’s the best way to keep myself accountable.

Work goals:
O Make 2 new items to sell every week (so 100 items for the whole year). I was good about this until I started renovating Meyer Wire. Physical labor is exhausting, so I’ve had to pace myself. Once Meyer Wire is better taken care of, I’ll go back to my 2 projects a week schedule that I maintained for Dec + Jan.
O Keep good records on these projects (which I currently suck at). I’m doing my best with this. It’s a challenge to find the time.
O Make my business official- get tax ID etc. Get on the grid! I submitted the paperwork for this, but I’m still waiting for it to be official. It certainly cost enough to do, so it better happen soon.
O Join the New Haven Collective. Done! Now I just need to time attend more events!
O Shop local. Done! I’ve been hitting up a bunch of local shops here in New Haven and feel good about it. I love the farmers market too!
O Get business cards made. Still need to do this, but waiting on the LLC to be final.
O Clean out my emails and take myself off e-lists. Yikes, this is time consuming so I’ve been working on it in blocks of time.

Exercise:
O Lose that holiday weight. Working on it! Trying to hit 100 miles at the gym in the month of February. So far I’m at 35 miles… I hope to be at 55 miles by Saturday.
O Join a sport/club/group. Dodgeball? I still need to do this, as I think I’ll feel better if I join a group activity where I can start meeting new people.
O Hike Sleeping Giant. In spring.
O Hike East Rock. In spring.
O Situps twice a day. I need to do this more!
O Go running! I have a gym membership now, so use it. Check!
O Walk the neighborhood at night- 5 times a week. No excuses. I will when it gets warmer. (That’s a valid excuse)
O Sign up at the Rock Climbing Gym? Need to do this when I have the time and funding. Soon enough.
O Water! 4 big bottles a day! Working on it. It’s more like many cups of hot tea.
O 1 drink a week rule back on! I’ve been pretty okay about this. Not perfect, but I’ve been trying.

Reading:
O READ MORE. 1 book a month. That’s doable. Check! Just finished Gone Girl and Amy Poehlers autobiography is next.
O Rosetta Stone at least once a week. Je ne ai pas fais.

Life Goals:
O GET A DOG! In the spring, so a couple months but soon. Can’t wait!
O Get an apartment and make it look nice :) Check!
O Visit the Farmers Market in New Haven. Check!
O Go out 3 nights a week. Comedy, music, new bar etc. Find it and do it. I’m working on this. Trying to find balance between spending and saving, and dieting and indulging is a struggle.
O Be Ballsy! I need to do this more.

Money Goals:
O Pay off all student loans. I will by the end of the year!
O Pay off all car loans. I will by the end of the year!
O Save up for a house, but do invest in the business as needed. Find balance between the two.

Travel Goals:
O Travel to NYC once a month (for comedy, museums and to see friends). I’ve already been twice! Check!
O Travel to Canada (Montreal for a 3 day weekend?) This will happen later this year.
O Go to LA 3+ times in 2015. Visit 1 is booked! I’ll be there in March for a week.
O Go camping in New England. Waiting until it’s warm
O Explore the Wine Trail! Still need to do this!
O Explore the beer trail- brewery visits! Still need to do this. Anyone want to join me?

Blog Goals:
O Write a Do This Today, 5 days a week. Fail, super fail. I’m doing my best but it’s been hard coming up with winter activities.
O Do an additional 2 posts about life/events each week. Also fail. I need to focus myself and get this done.
O What is there to do in New England? Find it and do it! I’ve got a to-do list going and I’ll start making myself cross items off the list. Hopefully this weekend I’ll go skiing (which is on the list).

Okay, that’s enough of my failing resolution list. I promise more will get done when it’s warm. In the meantime, try to stay warm, positive and productive.

Surviving Blizzard Juno

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People keep asking me about the blizzard Juno, which was actually just an awesomely fun snow storm. We got a ton of snow, but power didn’t go out, no accidents in front of our house (there’s a bridge that people slide on all the time) and it made for a fun snow day.

On Monday I left work once it started snowing and headed to my parents house in Wallingford. I was dying to spend a snowstorm at my new apartment in New Haven, but with the threat of power going out, I figured being alone and trapped for days would be so lonely. Plus I didn’t do anything to prepare for the storm. My parents suggest I come over to their place where if power went out we could at least play boardgames via candlelight, which sounds like the best day ever.

I took the photo above from their cosy living room as the snow started slowly piling up. Of course that night we played boardgames for hours and did a little shoveling. Shoveling is the ultimate workout… great for your core!

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I took the above photo around 2pm on Tuesday once the snow had stopped. It was so beautiful out, that I needed to go for a photo-taking walk around their neighborhood. The temp was around 30 degrees, which made it actually really comfortable outside. The snow was like a light powder, and not crisp or icy. It really was perfect.

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Above is a photo from the bridge across from my parents house. Off in the distance is the waterfall and upper lake.

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Part of their neighborhood is an expanse of farmland. I needed to see the many acres of fresh untouched snow.

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Their neighborhood is so pretty, especially blanketed in fresh powder. Another bonus is that 2 of my best friends live a 10 minute walk away, so I was able to meet up with one of them for a walk too.

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This is the local farm where they sell eggs, honey, maple syrup (on the honor system) and grow Christmas trees. They live my dream life and live in my dream house with a big red barn.

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And to top off this gorgeous day, the sunset was this deep pink/purple. My walk was over and it was time for hot cocoa and more boardgames!

Hope you enjoyed your Juno vacation, East Coasters! Now it’s back to the grindstone and time to play catchup! Yesterday, I spent time replacing ceiling tiles at Meyer Wire and today I’m painting! I’ll share before and after photos soon. Time for another coat!

Weekend Guide: Two Roads Brewing Co. Igor’s Dream

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On Saturday January 24th, check out Two Roads Brewing for their release of their new Imperial Stout! It’s aged in rye whiskey barrels, and if you are a stout lover like I am, it’s gonna be goooood. If you go in the mooring, hit them up for breakfast, or come around noon when the beer is released and grab lunch at the food trucks coming: Bodega and Firehouse Grill. Should be a fun Saturday!

Event: Two Roads Brewing (event link)
Location: Two Roads Brewing, 1700 Stratford Ave, Stratford, CT 06615
Time: Saturday January 24, 2014, Open at 10a bottles available at 12p

Do This Today: (un)Bound Walking Tour

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There’s an artist New Haven walk being hosted by the Yale University Art Gallery. Here’s their write up of the event via eventful:

“Join artists Jo Yarrington, Morgan Post and Sam Dole on a Walking Tour that features an interactactive demonstration with their installation at the Artspace galleries and a tour of the larger exhibition, CT (un)Bound on January 22, 2015. The tour starts at Yale University Art Gallery. Visit Odd Volumes, at the Yale University Art Gallery, on your own, meeting in the lobby of YUAG at 4pm. Then walk with Jo, Morgan and Sam to Artspace from 5-5:30pm. As you stroll, the artists will talk about their contribution to the show and how it relates to the Allan Chasanoff Book Art Collection and the State of Connecticut. End the walk with a tour of the Artspace galleries at approximately 4:30pm. Jo, Morgan and Sam will lead a demonstration of their new interactive commission, Containment and Spillage. The tour is free and open to the public. Please RSVP for this event.”

Event: (Un)Bound Walking Tour (event link)
Location: Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street, New Haven CT
Time: January 22, 2015, 4pm
Cost: FREE!