DIY – Calendar Wall Art

As I mentioned, putting things on the wall has been a bit intimidating this early on in the process.  But!  I did make one minor (huge) change in our kitchen.  What was once a blank wall with a random map thrown on it, is now a wall of… well, two of our favorite things: food and beer.  Remember this little gift guide?  I ended up using it for my own boyf last year and purchased this Red Cruiser calendar, which ended up being quite a hit.  However, once a year is over, what’s the use?  Basically calendars are good for nothing upon expiration.  Except… a gallery wall!  Watch and learn my friends…

Here is what the calendar looked like before…

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Too cute to get rid of right?

So trim the numbers and days off (I actually kept the month and descriptions)…

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throw those babies in a frame and…

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ta dah!  All you need is an old calendar, scissors, tape, and some Ikea frames.  Cheap and easy!

XO

Meg

(photo cred: Red Cruiser)

Social Experiment: Weekday Eating

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Are you like me and peep into other people’s Whole Foods baskets during checkout?  Come on, just come clean with it.  (And if not, don’t judge me please.) Call me crazy, but there’s something interesting about learning what other people eat.  I am definitely a food lover myself, but I think foodie or not, people are curious when it comes to others eating habits.  I love talking to people about what they’re having for dinner, and I notice it tends to come up a lot when conversing with family and friends.  One of my best friends always jokes that her fiance texts her detailed messages about what he’s eating for lunch, expecting the “favor” be reciprocated.  Which cracks me up, but also makes me love them even more – isn’t that hilarious!?  So, as a little experiment I asked some friends to log what they eat for a week (Mon. – Fri.), myself included.  I’ve always assumed I eat somewhat healthy and often more than most, but I can’t wait to sneak a peek inside others “baskets” and hopefully get some new dinner ideas (wink, wink).

I am keeping everyone anonymous, because it can be a bit personal for some, and I will share what I’ve found in the next few weeks!  Next week, we will take a look at the girls and the following week, we will look at the boys!  Are you as excited as I am?!

Happy Monday after a long weekend…. ughhhhh.

XO
Meg

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Art Envy: John Meyer

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  And an even better leftover Turkey sandy day(s)…

My family and I went down to the Cape to visit my aunt, uncle and two cousins and the newest member of the clan, baby Demi.

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Are you in love yet?  Obsessed with her!

My cousins, Kerry and Justin, had a very unique upbringing as they were born in Johannesburg, South Africa and resided in Kenya, until they were five and seven years old, when their family relocated back to New England.  One of the many perks (apart from their Kenyan accents) that their family brought back from Africa, was their art collection from John Meyer, one of South Africa’s most renowned artists.  John is a personal friend of my aunt and uncle from living in Kenya and they have even come to the Big Apple to see his exhibits.  One of the most memorable pieces from my childhood is the amazing, almost life-size family portrait that he painted for them below, at their home in Kenya.  You know when certain, typically random, things will bring you right back to childhood? This portrait transports me to the living room in their old house in Massachusetts and to this day has a somewhat regal aura about it.

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Just look at the detail!  And those sweet little shoes…

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And two more beauties…

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Bry and I certainly won’t be buying any John Meyer‘s soon but it does get the wheels turning on the future of our blank walls…

Heading back to the big city soon!  Wish Thanksgiving would never end!

XO

Meg

PS – Happy Birthday MOM!!!!!  Love you.

Apartment Progress

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We did it!  We’re officially unpacked and finally able to enjoy our new little abode.  One thing I have learned to love about our apartment is the amount of space and storage we have.  Especially after our larger than life Costco trip (both jaws dropped at check out), I was a bit concerned about whether we were going to have enough space to fit the lifetime supply of toilet paper, but luckily there was a miniature linen closet that I had never noticed before, which fit those extras in perfectly!  It’s the little things in life!  So now that everything is put away, we have been able to sit down, breathe and bask in the joys of cohabitation!  And also drive myself crazy looking at our bare walls.  Like most everyone has told me, “you have to live in a place” to figure out what you need.  Which is definitely true, but also a challenge for someone like me who wants everything to be done and perfect immediately.  That’s where Bry comes in.  Luckily I have him to tell me to “relax” (quite often) and that we will figure it all out.  But in the meantime, bare walls and all, here are some before and after shots for your viewing “pleasure” (use your imagination here people)…

Living Room

before…

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after…

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Kitchen

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after…

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Patio

before (with old tenants…)

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after…

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Bathroom

before (that blue tub…)

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after (attempting to hide the blue tub…)

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Hallway

before…

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after (opposite angle)…

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Bedroom

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after…

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Guest Room

(I realize how obnoxious that sounds but then again we’re in Brooklyn…)

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after…

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So as you can see there is still a lot of work to be done, but I am trying to approach it in stages.  Right now, is “living with it” stage and pretty soon I will begin the long process of tackling one room at a time… here’s what I am thinking in terms of some upcoming purchases: living room rug, mirrors!, coffee table, patio inspiration, plants, bedroom pillows (or a girl can dream…), art, book shelves, bar cart (Is it necessary? Yes, it is.) and the list goes on…

Like I said… stages…and I am sure my ideas will constantly be evolving, so might as well not jump into anything, right?  One designer who has really caught my eye lately for inspiration is Amber Interiors.  Feast your eyes interior design lovers!

XO
Meg

New Chapter

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I am so sorry for my radio silence for the past few months, but I have been going through an extremely transitional time so haven’t had time to slow down for a minute, but… all for great and exciting things!  I will spare you the details of the time spent in between – finding an apartment, losing an apartment (The rental market in NYC is as insane as it’s rumored to be!), moving Bry out, moving me out, moving to the suburbs – and tell you, Bry and I are officially ROOMIES and Brooklyn residents!  As you’ve seen here, here and here, I took a bit of a liking to the “other borough” and as Bry and I started looking at apartments, we realized we were both drawn to Brooklyn more than anywhere else.  Specifically, Brooklyn Heights.  There is something very old world charm about Brooklyn Heights and it reminds me a bit of my home city, Boston.  Tree lined streets and brownstones, SPACE, cute little cafes, quiet neighborhoods (Can you imagine!?) and an overall sense of community.  I was sold!  While it took a while for us to get there, we’re officially in and couldn’t be happier exploring our new ‘hood!

Plenty of quality time spent in the Uhaul this month...on our new street!

Plenty of quality time spent in the Uhaul this month…on our new street!

Being one of the biggest life changes I have experienced thus far, moving to a new part of the city with Bry, felt all the more overwhelming and exciting.  Change is such a difficult and amazing thing.  I think of myself as someone who needs change about every 2 years.  Whether it’s a job, haircut, apartment or new part of town, I start to get the “itch” after doing the same thing for too long.  With that said, I am terrible with change, which my mom so kindly pointed out to me last year (yeah, yeah, mom’s know everything).  But I think there is something SO refreshing about starting a new chapter, as hard as it may be.  It’s a way to start over and learn from your experiences.  Bry will certainly attest to learning a lot about me already throughout this marathon of a move (sorry Bry), but like I said, change is tough!  With that said, whether it’s moving in with a significant other or starting a new job, I think change strengthens you and gives you confidence!  If you’re considering a change, challenge yourself to just go for it.  What’s the worst that could happen?

Anyhow, moving on from deep thoughts and on to… decorating!  Can’t wait to get organized and update you on our progress!  If you want to see some of my decorating inspiration photos, check out my Pinterest board here.

Is it Friday yet?

XO

Meg

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Summer Series: BACK to ACK!

What started as long weekend visits in high-school, developed into entire summers in college and has now become an annual tradition for a week each summer (OHHH the “real world”) – the annual Nantucket trip.  Because my girlfriends and I are somewhat neurotic when it comes to planning, we usually lock down the house around Christmas for our yearly summer extravaganza.  This involves a group of girls (it’s run anywhere from 16 to 6) renting a house and a jeep for a week of beaching, mudslides and al fresco dining… basically my idea of heaven.  Here are some pictures from this year’s trip…

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One of my faves…Steps Beach!

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Gazebo Mudslides…a must.

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Oysters & cocktails at the brewery. Pure heaven.

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Madaket Millie’s for sunset.

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Cru – can’t decide what was better, the food or the decor.

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Also home to the biggest mussels known to man.

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One of many.

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Cru al fresco.

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Tommy Hilfiger’s sweet pad. Anyone remember the show Rich Girls?

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Our sweet ride. Cherry red, just as I hoped.

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And here’s my ideal week or weekend activity list for your next Nantucket excursion…

Upon arrival it’s mandatory to kick things off with a mudslide at the Gazebo,

[the next morning] Pick up a hazelnut iced coffee from Espresso to Go,

Eat a turkey sandy (with cucumber, lettuce, tomato & sprouts…yep.) from Something Natural,

Grab your backpack beach chairs and some refreshments and head on down to Steps Beach,

When you’re sick of the sun (never happens to me but…) grab some snacks from Bartlett and spend your afternoon at Cisco Brewery (Try the blueberry lemonade.),

Take an amazing post beach shower (Does anything beat that feeling?)

Then head to Madaket for sunset and a casual dinner a Milly’s

or if you’re feeling fancy get a sunset cocktail at The Galley followed by dinner at Straight Wharf,

A post dinner drink at Slip14,

And since you’re likely ready to dance at this point… head on down to the Chicken Box for some good clean fun.

Ok, now I’m missing summer already!  But the good news is… tomorrow’s FRIDAY!  Here’s a little treat to get you through…

One more day!

XO

South of Main’s 1 Year Anniversary!

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It’s been exactly one year since my very first post, which is really hard to believe!  The past twelve months have been a lot of fun, but also a bit of an experiment, so I appreciate all of your patience between posts (I know you’re all losing sleep over it).  As always, I would welcome any feedback you may have or any topics you’d like to see more of going forward.  When thinking about my hopes for South of Main’s second year, I aim to post more consistently and introduce some new (and exciting) features!

Thank you to all of my devoted readers out there (that’s you, mom) and cheers to an ever better year 2!

XO

Meg

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