Design Project: UES Apartment

Hi friends!  As you know, I have always loved interior design and often fantasize about what it would be like to actually do it as a career.  Recently, I got an amazing opportunity to design a one bedroom apartment on the Upper East Side as a little side project.  The requirements are: low budget (it’s a “guest” apartment), modern, with neutrals and clean colors.  I started off by checking out the apartment and putting together a presentation with room ideas.  Take a peek below at my initial thoughts…

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My “client” liked what I had put together but asked that we make it a little more modern and had a few Ikea pieces in mind that she wanted me to incorporate.  So here is phase two of the look book (that lovely free standing TV has an Ikea custom cabinet that couldn’t be copied into the presentation).

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Most of the pieces above were found on Ikea, Target, One Kings Lane (one of my all time favorites), and West Elm.  You can totally decorate an apartment and make it look nice without breaking the bank!

As you can tell, we are still early on in the design process but have established the basics, which I can’t wait to share with you.  It has been so fun to try to incorporate my own taste but also challenge myself to work with a different style than my own.  If you’re interested, check out my “Project” Pinterest board to see more inspiration for the apartment!

XO

Meg

PS – Unfortunately, the boys didn’t take a liking to my track-what-you-eat project, so we will have to revisit that post at a later date (Maybe after I bribe them with food.).

A Day in the Life: Katie

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Katie

Age: 27
Current City:  NYC
Job:  Retail/Fashion – C.Wonder
Cocktail of choice: Margarita on the rocks with salt
Fave food: “I love bacon… but for a real meal I’ll go with a burger!”
Favorite NYC restaurant: Palma in the West Village
Favorite season: Summer
Favorite vacation: Barcelona
Favorite color: Pink
Obsession: “My black lab Lucy.”
Favorite board game:  Catch phrase & Apples to Apples!

A DAY IN KATIE’S LIFE

6:50am – “Alarm goes off.  Hit snooze 4 times.  Doze in and out of sleep thinking about my day and what I’m going to wear.”

7:15am – Get out of bed, showered and dressed “I always make my bed or my day is off-balance!” – same here sister!; in Katie’s makeup bag: Redken shampoo, Moroccan Oil Conditioner, Laura Mercier one-step cleanser, primer and tinted moisturizer, NARS Laguna bronzer, Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc, Lancome mascara, Stila eye liner, L’oreal Sublime Bronze, Sugar lip balm, Dior lip gloss, Chanel Chance Perfume

7:40am – Leave apartment and walk to work in the Flatiron “I always take a different route than the day before to change things up, never know what you may see in NYC!

7:50am – Stop at Starbucks on 5th Ave. for a Grande Vanilla Latte or Venti Caramel Iced Coffee

8:00am – Arrive to the office and go through e-mails, sign into Gchat, go over the calendar for the day, check out Womens Wear Daily headlines

8:00am – 11:00am – Meetings, review business, best sellers/worst sellers, trends etc.; Constantly getting previews of apparel and accessories for upcoming seasons (“best part of my job!”)

11:00am – Daily visit to Ruelala and OneKingsLane followed by Gilt Group at noon

12:00pm – Lunch; Favorite spots in Flatiron: Eately, Mangia, Chop’t, Schnipper’s, Melt Shop, Rickshaw dumplings

1:00pm-7:00pm – “My afternoon is filled with meetings, e-mails, and more meetings.  There is usually an afternoon snack which consists of  some form of chocolate & a diet coke.”

7:00pm-8:00pm – “Try to wrap up for the day, walk home, make phone calls, listen to music depending on the day.  Currently loving Rihanna and anything Christmas!”

8:30pm-10:00pm – “Dinner which usually involves something quick, easy and sad to say boring: Lean Cuisine, cereal or salad . Then I catch up on my DVR’d shows (RHOBH, Revenge, 666 Park, Nashville, Bachelor, E news, Keeping up with the Kardashians….).”

10:00pm – Bedtime; “Get into bed, browse through Facbeook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, US Weekly until I fall asleep!”

Thanks Katie!  Katie is a former finance gal herself who was brave enough to make the switch to her real passion – fashion!  Working in the fashion industry sounds like so much fun and I am inspired by your courage!  It’s hard to figure out what it is exactly that you want to do once you enter into the real world and even harder to realize you are not stuck in one profession once you start.  For those of you unfamiliar with C.Wonder, it is a newer brand started by Chris Burch (Tory Burch’s ex-husband) and has a similar feel to the Tory Burch brand, at a better price point.  The first store they came out with is on Spring Street in SoHo and is a really fun place to check out if you’re visiting the city!  They have amazing and fun things for the home and your wardrobe!

Hope everyone’s weeks are off to the right start!  My thoughts and prayers are with the families of Newtown, CT.  Let’s be thankful for all of our families and friends who we love and not lose sight of the bigger picture.

XOXO