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wework: CHINATOWN

One of the things I love most about my job is getting to see my projects come to life. WeWork is growing so fast, with more and more people wanting to become members of our community, so construction moves quick and design comes to life in a matter of a few months. WeWork Chinatown was my first project as a Design Project Manager and I’m quite happy with it. The space is in a bustling part of Washington DC, five old connected townhouses with walls blown out to create a single, larger open area. A lot of the original elements of brick and steel remain and give such amazing character to this WeWork location.

The design inspiration here is that of an old treehouse. Found objects, various types of wood, but with a modern and chic translation. The first phase opened with lots of great reviews, some of my favorites can be found here:

Brightest Young Things - At work with WeWork
BisNow - The Mark Cuban of Real Estate
Tech Cocktail DC - New WeWork DC locations

Interested in WeWork space in DC (or any other of our many locations)? Take a peek at our website and set up a tour!

//after photos via Rachel Couch at A Muse Photography

inspiration: COPPER PENDANT

I’m absolutely drooling over this Tom Dixon Copper Shade Pendant! It’s not the newest product out but it sure is amazing. These were recently installed on a project I’m working on for WeWork (images coming soon) and seeing them in person made me fall in love with the fixture all over again. I love the versatility it has and the life it gives to any room it hangs in. 

Until I get a chance to post photos of my install of the Copper Shade Pendant, head over to my Pinterest Board to swoon over images of it being used in other spaces. 

// images via Loft: Magdalena Adamus, Design-Milk, Wall Street Journal

inspiration: DARK WALLS
I love dark walls. To me they feel so rich and glamorous, especially when paired up with the right accents. We hadn’t painted in the apartment, well the first Brooklyn apartment. We knew that unit was temporary and didn’t want the headache (and expense) of painting our walls something other than the horrible off white we were expected to return it with. But we are in the new apartment (YAY!!!) and plan on being here for a while. So let the painting begin! 
Grey is grey right? NO. There are so many shades and tones of grey, and it can be tricky to find the right one that doesn’t come out looking too purple or brown when an entire wall is painted with it. At our Miami townhouse we stuck to one particular swatch set of grey’s by Sherwin Williams. I was antsy to pick our new grey ASAP and too busy to track down a SW nearby, so I turned to my handy Benjamin Moore fandeck for the perfect shade called … (wait for it)… “grey”! We didn’t even have our keys for 2 full hours before we were already up in the apartment painting away. I like it so much, I’m considering painting more walls this color. 
NOTE: actual paint Glidden Interior Flat from Home Depot - color to match Benjamin Moore “GREY” 
// images via pinterest

inspiration: DARK WALLS

I love dark walls. To me they feel so rich and glamorous, especially when paired up with the right accents. We hadn’t painted in the apartment, well the first Brooklyn apartment. We knew that unit was temporary and didn’t want the headache (and expense) of painting our walls something other than the horrible off white we were expected to return it with. But we are in the new apartment (YAY!!!) and plan on being here for a while. So let the painting begin! 

Grey is grey right? NO. There are so many shades and tones of grey, and it can be tricky to find the right one that doesn’t come out looking too purple or brown when an entire wall is painted with it. At our Miami townhouse we stuck to one particular swatch set of grey’s by Sherwin Williams. I was antsy to pick our new grey ASAP and too busy to track down a SW nearby, so I turned to my handy Benjamin Moore fandeck for the perfect shade called … (wait for it)… “grey”! We didn’t even have our keys for 2 full hours before we were already up in the apartment painting away. I like it so much, I’m considering painting more walls this color. 

NOTE: actual paint Glidden Interior Flat from Home Depot - color to match Benjamin Moore “GREY” 

// images via pinterest

inspiration: WINTER WEAR
The best advice I was given as winter was rolling in was to buy things before I actually needed them. Seems simple enough but it was really REALLY right on point. I kind of went a little nuts and bought four, yes FOUR coats! They each had their advantages depending on if it was cold, really cold, really cold & snowy, etc. No matter which coat I pick for the day, there are a few essentials I don’t go without on snowy (and post-snowy) days… 
Footwear: My Hunter boots are the best snow (and slush) shoes ever! When its really cold out, its important to layer up the socks. But in these babies I can climb through snow and step thru half a foot of slush. When I get home I just rinse them off in the tub and they shine like new. 
Winter ready purse: Furla candy purse is perfect for toting my goods around the city. This plastic zippered bag keeps the snow out and my belongings inside nice and dry. 
Sunglasses: Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean that the sun doesn’t come out. Shades are very important and I love my Kate Spade sunglasses. Bonus for wearing them when the snow is falling and blowing everywhere in your face.
Lip Moisturizer: The cold weather zaps the moisture right out of your skin, this hit me more than I ever expected, especially on my lips. Kiehl’s lip balm #1 re-hyrates them pretty well and doesn’t leave a gooey feeling. 
Scarf: I picked mine up from H&M (no longer available) and have worn it around all winter. It great to wrap around my face and or ears if the temperature drops mid-day. 
Starbucks Chai: More specifically my grande, non-fat, no water chai. Starbucks is addictive and especially hard to resist when there is one every three blocks or so. At least in the cold cold weather this tasty beverage caffeinates and warms me up.

inspiration: WINTER WEAR

The best advice I was given as winter was rolling in was to buy things before I actually needed them. Seems simple enough but it was really REALLY right on point. I kind of went a little nuts and bought four, yes FOUR coats! They each had their advantages depending on if it was cold, really cold, really cold & snowy, etc. No matter which coat I pick for the day, there are a few essentials I don’t go without on snowy (and post-snowy) days… 

Footwear: My Hunter boots are the best snow (and slush) shoes ever! When its really cold out, its important to layer up the socks. But in these babies I can climb through snow and step thru half a foot of slush. When I get home I just rinse them off in the tub and they shine like new. 

Winter ready purse: Furla candy purse is perfect for toting my goods around the city. This plastic zippered bag keeps the snow out and my belongings inside nice and dry. 

Sunglasses: Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean that the sun doesn’t come out. Shades are very important and I love my Kate Spade sunglasses. Bonus for wearing them when the snow is falling and blowing everywhere in your face.

Lip Moisturizer: The cold weather zaps the moisture right out of your skin, this hit me more than I ever expected, especially on my lips. Kiehl’s lip balm #1 re-hyrates them pretty well and doesn’t leave a gooey feeling. 

Scarf: I picked mine up from H&M (no longer available) and have worn it around all winter. It great to wrap around my face and or ears if the temperature drops mid-day. 

Starbucks Chai: More specifically my grande, non-fat, no water chai. Starbucks is addictive and especially hard to resist when there is one every three blocks or so. At least in the cold cold weather this tasty beverage caffeinates and warms me up.

delirious new york: SNOW

I. LOVE. SNOW. It’s magical, especially when you see it falling from the sky for the first time like we did this winter. Growing up in Miami, we didn’t exactly have winter weather. Sure, we traveled and had seen snow on the ground while visiting Chicago and NYC in the winter months. But never have we stood under full on snow falling from the sky.

When we moved to NYC sooooo many people kept telling us “You know it gets really cold there… and it SNOWS!" umm…. YES, we were aware, and we were excited. Three Polar Vortex’s later and nearing the end of one of New York City’s snowiest winters ever, we are still in love with the snow. I find that when you are appropriately dressed, it’s all good. Sure, after a few days, its slushy and icky, but no biggie. In the right gear we are ready to go and keep on exploring the city. 

living our adventure

Five months. I went five months without posting. Damnit! There went the idea of chronicling our move to New York, settling in getting to know our way around the city. I mean of course, we did all that. I just missed out on blogging it. We were just having so much damn fun in the city. We’ve spent weekends all over Manhattan and even started to explore Brooklyn a little too, even through the bitter cold of this seasons Polar Vortex’s. The other thing that has kept me from writing is the lack of really settling into our long term apartment. Since we knew we’d be moving into another unit come winter, we only semi-settled into the first one. It was frustrating being so excited about decorating a new apartment but having to hold back! I longed to paint a wall or two, hang a few photos up. My pinterest board was stacking up quickly with ideas I was just dying to put into action. But alas, we’ve moved into our new unit (more on this later), and the newness of the city is still new but we are realizing that it will be here for a while, waiting to be explored, waiting to be written about and shared with friends, family, and anyone else who stumbles upon my blog. 

// images via pinterest

inspiration: LIVING ROOM

Back in Miami we had not one, but two living room areas. One was more of a media room with a 65” TV, amazing surround sound speakers, and cabinets full of DVD’s housed in a custom designed and built-by-us wall unit. It was the perfect spot to sit back and enjoy some munchies while watching movies, Miami Heat games, and Sunday afternoon football games. The furniture we had here was way too cumbersome to move to our smaller apartment in Brooklyn, and therefore my lucky dad inherited the room almost as is (we took the speakers and DVD’s).   

Our other living room area was more for pretty and an occasional place to lounge, particularly when we had company over. Again, this furniture wasn’t really the right fit for our new Brooklyn apartment. The sofa was too small and the credenza too long and too shallow (it couldn’t accommodate a cable or dvd boxes). The sofa was left for my dad to use, and the credenza found a new home at David’s moms house. 

So with this, we moved to NYC with almost no living room furniture. For the time being, we have our things stacked all over the apartment as nicely as possible and utilizing the little bit of furniture we did bring along. See me post about this idea here.

By no means is this our long term idea for our living room. The image above to the left is the perfect inspiration image for what we want to achieve in the space and the set of images to the right is the pieces we want to get the look. Bookcases are a must, and we really love these from Room & Board. Three of these shelving units lined up behind a sofa like this one here from CB2 would be a perfect solution to all of our books and nick knacks. The lower shelves hidden by the sofa can hold the less attractive books while the upper shelves would carry the nicer and more referenced book as well as DVD’s and miscellaneous objects. The credenza was the most difficult thing to shop for. We need one that can hold the center speaker and this one from Room & Board has just enough room to house it if you remove the upper drawer. Still undecided is the coffee table, but we do want something that is a wood/marble combination. Organic Modernism does a pretty good job with the one I have shown above. The CB2 stools are a possible addition for sitting at the counter, if room permits once we have the rest of the room finished.

The icing on the cake of our Brooklyn apartment will be a legit Eames lounge chair. Anyone who has ever sat in once of these loungers can attest that it is the most comfortable seat ever. The design, from 1956, is classic and timeless, it’s bent walnut plywood frame and super soft leather will undoubtedly last for decades more to come. 

So between the inspiration image to the left and the collection of items to the right, we have a pretty good idea of how we want our living room to look once things get a little more settled. 

adventures of a townhouse: OUR OLD HOME

This morning one of my coworkers commented to me about the photos I’ve recently instagrammed of the new Brooklyn apartment. It was nice to hear that she thought the place looked great, but I was a little surprised when she somehow thought that I recently went out and bought all the decor like the trays, vases, frames, and miscellaneous accessories. I pointed her to my earlier instagram pics of our townhouse in Miami, where all of those goods really came from. I had always intended on putting together a blog post about the interior of our Miami townhouse. I wanted to have good photos taken of it and whatnot to post but I kept putting it off, and then before I knew it, we were quickly packing up the place for our move to Brooklyn. I’m still totally missing our huge bookcases (designed by me, built by David) which were great for storing all of our books and more. But we are making the best of what we can to incorporate our favorites from our home in Miami at this new apartment we are making a home in Brooklyn. 

brooklyn living: APARTMENT NECESSITIES
As we were unpacking this weekend we noticed a few things that we need to pick up/order ASAP. 
Society 6 print to finish off the breakfast nook
Areaware alarm clock 
new prints for our frames
CB2 felt boxes to stack (2) as a makeshift nightstand, but can later be used as nice looking storage out in the open
West Elm toothbrush cup for bathroom 
a carpet/rug for the bedroom
Simple Human sensor can for kitchen
Crate & Barrel bins for purses

brooklyn living: APARTMENT NECESSITIES

As we were unpacking this weekend we noticed a few things that we need to pick up/order ASAP. 

delirious new york: UNPACKING

We worked crazy hard this weekend and got nearly ALL of our boxes unpacked (with exception of our extensive DVD collection). First up was the kitchen. We had a LOT of kitchen items, utensils, and appliances to work with and had a really tough time making it fit in our much smaller kitchen. I love our new labeled kitchen utility jar from West Elm that nicely collects our utensils on the counter top. We took the prettiest things and grouped them on the countertop giving us a little more storage room for the less attractive items. 

Next up was the living room which we only made about 50% progress on. As I posted about last week about stacked style, we made use of our Ikea Besta cabinets and layered our favorite books and decor on them. Inside the cabinets and drawers we have hidden other odds and ends. I eventually want to pick up some legs for under the cabinets to get them off the floor, but that will be on our next adventure to Ikea. 

Lastly, we started working on the bedroom. I had an entire wall of 4”x6” photos taped to the wall with washi tape (instagram photo here), which I still have to take down and relocate. You can still see it here behind our dresser. I used our white Small Rectangle Lacquer Tray from West Elm to contain perfumes, sunglasses, watches, and other bowls filled with jewelry. I still have to go back and print some new photos for the frames. 

The apartment is by no means done, but we made quite a bit of progress this weekend getting our home into a liveable space. More to come in the next few weeks.