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brooklyn living: HEADBOARD PROJECT

We have decided to make a headboard. On our own. Of course, true to how we do things, its going to be a complicated grid tufted headboard. Our initial inspiration was this one on the left from Restoration Hardware. Their price point is just a little too spendy for us, thus the DIY approach. In looking at tutorials and how-to’s online, we came across this one on the blog Chelsey Life and Design. I love the sheen on her version. Let’s see how this goes….. (updates to follow, so stay tuned)!

wework: PARK SOUTH
So here it is, WeWork Park South! This is the first project I opened in New York City since joining the WeWork Design Team. Park South is located at the corner of Park Avenue and E 28th street in Manhattan, taking up floors 8-10.
My favorite space is the commons area lounge on the 10th floor. The furniture is a mix of old soul tufted leather sofas (a favorite of mine from Restoration Hardware) and glossy new furniture, much from Room & Board. I just adore the glamorous RH chandeliers hovering above the space! I was so excited whenI popped into the space last week and saw so many members gathered in the room watching the world cup on the projector while enjoying some beer on tap! Which brings me to the rest of the space (clockwise):
commons area lounge
pantry: stocked with coffee, tea, beer on tap… 
boardroom for 10+ people to hold a meeting
lounge
small conference room for 5 people
bathrooms
Oh those bathrooms! Another one of my favorite spaces, odly enough. They just turned out sooo…. pretty! I found the porcelain tile (YES!!! that is porcelain) when I was still in Miami working on a project for a college. Most people walk in and don’t believe that it’s not stone. LOVE IT. 
So that’s WeWork Park South, another one down in the books! For all images as well as info on some of the furniture and accessories found here, check out my Pinterest Board. 

wework: PARK SOUTH

So here it is, WeWork Park South! This is the first project I opened in New York City since joining the WeWork Design Team. Park South is located at the corner of Park Avenue and E 28th street in Manhattan, taking up floors 8-10.

My favorite space is the commons area lounge on the 10th floor. The furniture is a mix of old soul tufted leather sofas (a favorite of mine from Restoration Hardware) and glossy new furniture, much from Room & Board. I just adore the glamorous RH chandeliers hovering above the space! I was so excited whenI popped into the space last week and saw so many members gathered in the room watching the world cup on the projector while enjoying some beer on tap! Which brings me to the rest of the space (clockwise):

Oh those bathrooms! Another one of my favorite spaces, odly enough. They just turned out sooo…. pretty! I found the porcelain tile (YES!!! that is porcelain) when I was still in Miami working on a project for a college. Most people walk in and don’t believe that it’s not stone. LOVE IT. 

So that’s WeWork Park South, another one down in the books! For all images as well as info on some of the furniture and accessories found here, check out my Pinterest Board

obsessed! JULY EDITION
A few things I’m obsessing over at the moment:
Cafe Habana: located in NoLita this whole in the wall has some of the most amazing food I’ve enjoyied in NYC with some super fun waitresses. I opt for the Enchilada Suizas as my hubby is a fan of the Enchilada de mole poblano. Don’t forget to order a side of tostones and finish off your meal with coconut flan. 

Bauble Bar: swooning over this circle bar pendant necklace, a lightweight bit of bling for any summer outfit. 
Prada Candy: my favorite scent is now available as a rollerball! Perfect for packing in my gym bag. 
Joyful Almond: I’m addicted to the Joyful almond smoothie that Juice Generation mixes up, but a daily habit can get a little spendy. I make my own similar version most mornings and enjoy it on my subway commute. 

my recipe:1 c vanilla almond milk1/4 c sweetened coconut milk (1 heaping tbls raw almond butter1 tbls raw cacao1/2-1 frozen medium banana3-4 large ice cubes (optional but makes for a thicker smoothie)

West Elm lamp: ordered this lamp from West Elm and looking forward to its delivery so we can finally have some light in our living room. Ferm Living pillows: Finally broke down and ordered two of these pillows for our sofa because I was obsessing over them far too long already. 
Low Poly Font: this font is just so fun! 


// images via colorandspiceblog, bauble bar, sephora, getty images (via mens journal), west elm, ferm living, behance

obsessed! JULY EDITION

A few things I’m obsessing over at the moment:

Cafe Habana: located in NoLita this whole in the wall has some of the most amazing food I’ve enjoyied in NYC with some super fun waitresses. I opt for the Enchilada Suizas as my hubby is a fan of the Enchilada de mole poblano. Don’t forget to order a side of tostones and finish off your meal with coconut flan. 

Bauble Bar: swooning over this circle bar pendant necklace, a lightweight bit of bling for any summer outfit. 

Prada Candy: my favorite scent is now available as a rollerball! Perfect for packing in my gym bag. 

Joyful Almond: I’m addicted to the Joyful almond smoothie that Juice Generation mixes up, but a daily habit can get a little spendy. I make my own similar version most mornings and enjoy it on my subway commute. 

my recipe:
1 c vanilla almond milk
1/4 c sweetened coconut milk (
1 heaping tbls raw almond butter
1 tbls raw cacao
1/2-1 frozen medium banana
3-4 large ice cubes (optional but makes for a thicker smoothie)

West Elm lamp: ordered this lamp from West Elm and looking forward to its delivery so we can finally have some light in our living room. 

Ferm Living pillows: Finally broke down and ordered two of these pillows for our sofa because I was obsessing over them far too long already. 

Low Poly Font: this font is just so fun! 

// images via colorandspiceblog, bauble bar, sephora, getty images (via mens journal), west elm, ferm living, behance

brooklyn living: BEDROOM DECOR
We haven’t even finished our bedroom but already decided it needed an update. A few days ago we spotted these CB2 mirrors on sale which would make the perfect replacement for our failed attempt at DIY antiqued mirrors (see “before” photo). For the impending summer heat, we replaced our down duvet with this light comforter from West Elm. We are still working on a headboard and picking out a paint color, but the room already feels fresher and brighter. 

// get the look: mirror . table lamp . photo frame (old CB2) .  pendant lamp . nightstand (ikea hack) . tray . acrylic drawers . dresser (old Crate & Barrel)

brooklyn living: BEDROOM DECOR

We haven’t even finished our bedroom but already decided it needed an update. A few days ago we spotted these CB2 mirrors on sale which would make the perfect replacement for our failed attempt at DIY antiqued mirrors (see “before” photo). For the impending summer heat, we replaced our down duvet with this light comforter from West Elm. We are still working on a headboard and picking out a paint color, but the room already feels fresher and brighter. 


// get the look: mirror . table lamp . photo frame (old CB2) .  pendant lamp . nightstand (ikea hack) . tray . acrylic drawers . dresser (old Crate & Barrel)

brooklyn living: WATERCOLOR ART DIY
So a while back we went bold and painted our walls a really deep grey. Slowly we have been filling in the space with furniture and artwork, with pretty much all of the artwork being some of our favorite photographs. I wanted there to be art on the walls other than photography, but wasn’t really up for spending lots of moolah on the perfect pieces. So David and I decided to do a little DIY art project one evening. Here’s how it went…
1. Purchased (3) Ikea Ribba Frames, and removed the included matting. 
2. Painted the frames with Rust-oleum’s Painters Touch Metallic Touch Ultra Cover in gold.
3. Mixed Blick Artists’ Watercolor in Lamp Black with water. We mixed different ratio’s of water to paint along the way adding darker tints layered over and under lighter mixes.
4. Used a coral type sponge to sponge paint onto watercolor paper. I pressed hard in some areas, soft in other. There was a bit of trial and error but with an imperfect type of art like this there is no right way to paint. 
Once the paint dried, we (LIGHTLY) ironed the paper so it would lay nice and flat again in the frames. Ta-da… the perfect art for our wall above the bar. 

brooklyn living: WATERCOLOR ART DIY

So a while back we went bold and painted our walls a really deep grey. Slowly we have been filling in the space with furniture and artwork, with pretty much all of the artwork being some of our favorite photographs. I wanted there to be art on the walls other than photography, but wasn’t really up for spending lots of moolah on the perfect pieces. So David and I decided to do a little DIY art project one evening. Here’s how it went…

1. Purchased (3) Ikea Ribba Frames, and removed the included matting. 

2. Painted the frames with Rust-oleum’s Painters Touch Metallic Touch Ultra Cover in gold.

3. Mixed Blick Artists’ Watercolor in Lamp Black with water. We mixed different ratio’s of water to paint along the way adding darker tints layered over and under lighter mixes.

4. Used a coral type sponge to sponge paint onto watercolor paper. I pressed hard in some areas, soft in other. There was a bit of trial and error but with an imperfect type of art like this there is no right way to paint. 

Once the paint dried, we (LIGHTLY) ironed the paper so it would lay nice and flat again in the frames. Ta-da… the perfect art for our wall above the bar. 

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