Feb 4, 2010
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My husband and I sanded, primed, painted. Schlep, hammered, screwed and more. We mixed hand-me-downs with eBay finds. And heck, we even got some stuff brand new!
We're very happy with the end result and will keep 96% of what we purchased. I have to give credit to John Loecke (www.johnloeckeinc.com) and Jason Oliver Nixon for a job well done. They're incredibly professional and a lot of fun to work with.
Check out The New York Times' Home section on Thursday, Feb. 4 to see our better home. But still, no garden :(
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Molly's favorite detail in her Mulberry Street walk-up -- complete with tin ceilings and vintage light fixtures -- is the vintage glass panel on a door that blocks off a long hallway from the front entrance.
Molly’s new digs have inspired her to get out and start decorating and she’s shared some pics with Better Home No Garden.
In talking with me, Molly echoed the words of Rita Konig: once the decorating is done, it’s probably time to move!
Check out mollymoker.tumblr.com for more apartment photos and www.EatYourChow.com for recipes and outrageous food pics.
Oct 14, 2009
Rachel was incredibly friendly, humbled I'm sure, considering the turn her business took in this struggling economy. But romance never goes out of style, nor does classic wood furniture or washable slipcovers, so Rachel was able to rebound.
Beyond Rachel's style, I love her story. A single mother who pushed a double stroller around flea markets. Natural talent, luck, hard work, the mistakes that followed from a lack of business knowledge and the success that still hovers around because she believes in herself. When we chatted one-on-one she actually used the phrase "keep on keepin on" in her British accent.
Shabby Chic is still as gorgeous as the first time I laid eyes on it. I didn't walk out with any chandeliers, pink or white-washed linens, distressed cabinets or other Shabby Chic staples, but instead a soft, vintage-inspired cotton nightie that I've been longing for. Rachel informed my decor but I have to credit my mom...and Betty from "Mad Men" for the nightie.
What I learned tonight:
Most of Rachel's products on made in America!Rachel's 22-year old daughter is pursuing a career in fashion, and her son is an artist. I always like to hear what kind of influence creative types have on their kids.
Rachel's outfit: The best pair of distressed jeans I've EVER seen; grey try-blend cotton tee, which has pretty much become my uniform (see profile pic); a tailored, Chanel-like blazer and "bling" around her neck as Rachel calls it.
So basically, I want to dress like her when I'm older, substituting her boots for Converse.
Pick up Rachel's new book Shabby Chic Interiors: My Rooms, Treasures, and Trinkets and visit http://www.shabbychic.com/.
AprhoChic 1; Exxon Mobile 0
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Photo credit: Judith HoSang
Sep 30, 2009
I love this one from Matta (mattany.com), and if I work up the nerve and get a discount, then I can buy stuff to put in it. Like...the DIY book "Tossed and Found" from Wary Meyers; "Born Round, The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater" by newly retired NY Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni; and tickets to FELA! on Broadway.
Sep 29, 2009
Michelle and Patrick are the creators and editors of Lonny magazine, and similar to the Fantastic Four -- but with only two people -- they come with super powers! Michelle's super powers are decorating and designing eco-chic fabrics for her company Rubie Green, while Patrick's are behind the camera.
Sep 28, 2009
Head to Sweet Bella's contact page on (sweetbellausa.com) to see how you can get your hands on one.
Sep 27, 2009
The turquoise nightstand is actually from a previous New York Times "On the Cheap" participant and photographed by Phil Mansfield. The tote is from Matta and the coin purse from Sweet Bella.