Last week, in between meetings and phone calls while at work, I took a moment to check my inbox. Usually I quickly browse through my emails mentally noting whether something warrants more than a second to read, whether I should trash it, or whether I should star and save for later. It’s a quick process and unfortunately most emails receive only a perfunctory review. However, while I was quickly browsing over an email from The Kitchn (which usually provides some stellar recipes), I was swept away with a wonderful post written by Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan, the heart and soul of the blog (amazingly, her husband is Maxwell, the founder of Apartment Therapy). Not only is it beautifully and poetically written, but it really reminded me of the importance of enjoying the ritual of dining. When my boyfriend and I sit down for dinner, often times right in front of the television, we rarely take advantage of the opportunity to reflect on the food we are eating or on the day that we have had or just on the opportunity to be together. These days, dining is rarely seen as a distraction free environment. However, reading Sara Kate’s post reminded me that I should not only take those moments and enjoy them for their simplicity, but also, to respect the physical space of dining. Our “dining table” is hardly that. Usually it’s filled with paper work or books. Currently it is housing my seedlings. However it is hard to refute the correlation between where you eat and the amount of distractions you face while eating. I know some nights we are just happy to throw together a quick meal and plop down. However I hope at those times I can remember to take the opportunity to sit distraction free and enjoy the company of those that I am with.
Monthly Archives: April 2012
One of the last rooms in my apartment that really needs some TLC is the bedroom. So far, that has definitely been the most deprived. The main issue is that the furniture needs to be updated ASAP! We have started looking at new headboards, dressers, side tables, but haven’t pulled the trigger on anything yet. Eventually, we will also need to update our bedside lamps. So far one of the best lamps I have come across is a mid century inspired arch table lamp. It’s a take on the classic arch floor lamp but reduced to a mini table lamp size. It is still classic and streamlined and would be a beautiful addition to a bedroom. It’s available at Dwell Studio and Jayson Home.
We recently purchased a new camera which has been awesome! However, of course, with a camera comes the batteries, bag, lenses, etc. Those accessories are boring but necessary I guess. I’m thinking a great way to personalize my camera would be to spice it up with a fashionable camera strap! Sarah Francis Kuhn has an eponymous collection which includes some really chic and functional stapes or if you prefer a simple classic leather strap check out Wood and Faulk. The one I have added to my wish list however is the Tokyo Dreamer camera strap from Photojojo. It comes in three colors and is clean and simple with just the right amount of pop.
There is almost nothing better than entering a home that immediately appeals to your olfactory senses. Therefore, one of my favorite ways to accessorize my apartment is with some quality scented candles. I prefer the woody natural scents, especially sandalwood or cedar wood. The Diptyque line from Paris is awesome and offers a wide range of well crafted scents, although my favorite is Santal. Izola also offers a beautiful selection of woodsy scents that are displayed in a colored green glass. No matter what your preferred scent, appealing to your olfactory senses is a great way to unwind and relax. What are some of your favorite scents?
I love women’s fashion inspired by classically tailored menswear pieces. That’s why last fall, I was so thrilled to see designers translating the classic men’s smoking slipper (a la Hugh Hefner meets Annie Hall) into women’s lines. The slipper can be both luxurious and leisurely but always classic! In the fall and winter we saw a lot of velvet styles, but now to accommodate warmer weather, we are seeing more leather and soft suede. I picked up a pair in black and white pony hair by Belle by Sigerson Morrison last Fall, but right now I am loving this tangerine pair by DV by Dolce Vita – how perfect for summer!
Unfortunately, I, like many people, am guilty of letting clothes pile up in my bedroom. It’s a pet peeve of mine, yet I struggle with it daily, and I am not on the winning side of this battle. My boyfriend and I have come to terms with the fact that we are just not strong enough to control the situation. There is only one option left to us… removing the furniture from our bedroom that ends up collecting our clothes by the end of each day! (Yes – this is slightly pathetic.) However, I think a great replacement would be incorporating a ladder as part of the decor. This can be helpful, because it cannot hold that many articles of clothing, but it can, in the event it’s absolutely necessary, be a convenient place to lay an item or two… you get the idea!