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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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!

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!

Do This Today: Escape New Haven

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I’m so excited to share this “Do This Today” activity with you! Have you ever played those “escape the room” games on your phone or iPad? They created a real life version of the game and it’s launching in New Haven TONIGHT! They are having huge FREE launch party starting at 8 at Ordinary and then heading over to the Moroccan Room at Briq at 9:30. Expect games, food, puzzles and fun! Plus you can book an “escape”!

Event: Escape New Haven  (event link)
Location: Ordinary, 266 College Street, New Haven CT at 8pm
Briq, 990 Chapel St, New Haven after 9:30p
Time: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 8pm
Cost: FREE event! RSVP HERE to snag a spot!

Do This Today: Happy MLK Day

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Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day everyone! The New Haven Museum is hosting free events from 12-4p today, specifically storytelling events. At 12:30p, Joy Donaldson will perform “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Word and Song”. At 1:30p Waltrina Kirkland Mullins will perform “More than Black and White: Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. King”. Lastly, Karen Johnson will perform “Thriving in the Harvest” at 2:30pm.

Event: Storytelling at the New Haven Museum (event link)
Location: The New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave, New Haven CT
Time: Monday January 19, 2015, 12p Р4p
Cost: Free! Head on over!

Do This Today: Rudeyna at Cafe Nine

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Tonight head over to Cafe Nine to catch Rudeyna for $5 (at the door). Here’s Cafe Nine’s blurb:
“From Beirut, Lebanon to New Haven, CT, the music is inspired by international and local influences, and the project is brought to life by Rudeyna (Herbie Hancock, B.Balusubarhmaniyan, the Stepkids), Bill Readey (Pencilgrass, M.T. Bearington), Kenny Owens (St. Bernadette, Pocket Hotties), Adrian Vandegraaff (Titles, The Way Down, Trey Anastasio, Snake Oil), and Scott Packham (Oh, Cassius!). Like Freddy Mercury co-writing with Thelonious Monk, Nina Simone starring in Ziggy Stardust, or T. M. Thiagarajan composing for Charlie Chaplin.”

Should be a fun night and only $5!

Event: Rudeyna at Cafe Nine (event link)
Location: Cafe Nine, 250 State Street, New Haven CT
Time: January 15, 2015, 8p doors, 9p show
Cost: $5 at the door

Do This Today: Get Kyle Kinane Tickets

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I love comedy (if that wasn’t clear to you already) and I recommend getting tickets to Kyle Kinane’s show at the Ballroom with Shane Torres and Jerry Morgan. I’ve seen Kyle perform a ton in Los Angeles, and I’m excited to see he’s traveling around hitting up smaller venues. The even isn’t happening until next Thursday, January 22, but your “Do This Today” activity is buying your ticket today before they sell out! Tickets are $15 (a steal for CT comedy) and the show starts at 8p. I have my ticket, do you have yours?!

Event: Kyle Kinane, Shane Torres,, and Jerry Morgan at The Ballroom (event link)
Location: The Ballroom at The Outer Space, 295 Treadwell Street, Hamden CT
Time: January 14, 2015, 8p doors, 8:30p show
Cost: $15 tickets HERE

Weekend Guide: New Haven Hot Spots #discoverNHV

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It’s a SNOW DAY! Well for me it was more of a 90 minute delay. Just made it into Meyer Wire after working at home for a few hours. This should all (hopefully) be cleared up in the next few hours. Tonight I’m going into NYC to see Patton Oswalt perform at Carnegie Hall! It’s a comedy present to myself and a test to see how I can handle a Friday night, afterwork trip into NYC to see comedy. I’ll get home pretty late tonight and spend the rest of the weekend assembling furniture and getting settled in the new apartment.

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Speaking of apartments in New Haven and getting settled in, your “DO This Today”/”Weekend Guide” will be checking out places on Strange Ways list of top shops/venues/bars in New Haven. He’s been in New Haven for a year now, and has assembled his New Haven hit-list for newbies, and I am very appreciative of this list! Can’t wait to check out all these places. Spend your weekend staying warm and exploring! Be sure to hashtag your photos #discoverHVN so everyone can find your photos.

I’ve gotta get crunching on Meyer Wire’s new website (you heard me right!), so I’ll check back in with you on Monday. Have a fabulous weekend! I’ll leave you with my desk window view below.

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Do This Today: The 9th Note

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I’m new to New Haven, so maybe this is something you are all hitting up on Wednesdays, but The 9th Note has $2 off absinthe drinks on Wednesdays. And they also offer up $5 jazz, which means you can spend this cold night getting warm with discounted cocktails and jazz. Sounds like a fun hump day to me!

Event: Absinthe Wednesdays (event link)
Location: The 9th Note, 56 Orange Street, New Haven CT
Time: January 7, 2015, 5pm all night
Cost: $5