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: Courtney

Courtney

Age: 26
Current City:  Scituate, MA
Job:  Private Equity
Nickname:  Court
Ideal date: Going out to dinner and a movie. (Fave spots: Tosca’s “when we like to indulge”,  Satuit Tavern or Wahlburgers “for a casual night”)
Beauty Secret: Clarinsonic Mia, lots of water and Rainbow Light one-a-day multivitamin
Fave Food: Cheeseburger or pineapple pizza (only from Cosmo’s) and Greek salads
Drink of Choice: Kettle One soda with a lime
Where I Shop: “I love a good deal and so does John so I usually like to go to TJ Maxx.  I have found some really good stuff at the one in Downtown Crossing [Boston], also love Target and always have been and always will be a lover of Gap.”
Fun Fact: Married to her highschool sweetheart, John and mamma to the cutest baby in the world, Grace (in the turkey hat)

A DAY IN COURTNEY’S LIFE

5:45am – “Alarm goes off and I immediately snooze….I sometimes wake up with a babies foot or hand on my face depending on how the night before went.”

6:00am – “Get up and shower after being told by my husband that he cannot be late today.”

6:05am – Use Clarisonic with Cetaphil face wash followed by Cetaphil moisturizer (“I don’t use the moisturizer in the summer because it’s pretty heavy.”);  “I am a sucker for anything NARS so my make up bag consists of mostly NARS products except I LOVE Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer (summer: almond winter: bisque).”; blow dry front of hair and air dry the rest then flat-iron; “…head back into my bedroom stare at my closet with no idea what to wear.” – this is a common problem amongst us girls!

6:20am – “Get Grace’s diaper bag ready;  I pack two outfits, diapers, wipes and her snacks and Elsie her doll (interesting stuff I know). John changes her and puts her in the car seat to head out.”

6:45am/7:00am – “Ideally John likes us to be out the door at 6:45am but it is usually 7:00. We drop Grace off at John’s parents house (I like to give her a big wet kiss before she goes inside).  At this point Grace is just starting to wake up and she has breakfast inside.”

8:15am – Arrive in Boston for work; head to the locker room “check myself out and apply the rest of my make-up”

8:30am – “Make the loop back to my desk grabbing Chobani yogurt with granola and 2 bottles of water. Check emails, start work for the day.”

10:30am – Head to the break room to grab Zen green tea and a cup of almonds

12:00pm – Check the lunch menu for the day;  “Monday’s we have fish (usually salmon) so I make a plate around 12:15pm, wrap it and put it aside for later.” – YES, her office has an in-house chef!  Can you imagine?

12:30pm – Grab a water bottle and go to gym for class (“usually it’s a little cardio with some muscle mix ending with yoga and stretching”) – YES, her office has in-house personal trainers and a gym!  Must be nice, Court!

1:30pm – Shower and back to desk for lunch

3:30pm – “My friend comes by my desk and we catch up over coffee (tea for me).”

5:00pm – Meet John and drive home

6:00-6:30pm – Pick-up Grace and head home

6:45pm – Make dinner, eat and play with Grace

7:15pm – “Bath time for Grace!”

8:00pm/8:30pm – “Give Grace a bottle and read her a book or two (we like Olivia, Z for Zamboni and of course Goodnight Moon).  Cuddle some more in bed then she is down for the night…hopefully.”

9:00pm – Brush teeth, wash face (with Clarisonic), moisturize; “Catch up on our fave shows…Dexter, Modern Family, Homeland, Nashville (I watch this alone – John likes American Horror Story and I’m scared of my own shadow so I refuse)”

9:30pm/10:00pm – “Lights out for me!  Can’t sleep without a glass of water on my side table and the fan on…even in the winter!” – I am a year-round fan person too!

Thanks Court!  Love hearing the day in the life of a mamma.  Court is one of the most relaxed first mom’s I have ever come across!  If you couldn’t tell through reading this, she makes it look easy!  Grace (also known as “false advertising”) just so happens to be one of the calmest (and cutest) babies of all time.  It’s so impressive how Courtney and John work together to make everything run smoothly while both working full-time.  That’s what I call team-work!

Hope everyone had a fun and relaxing Thanksgiving weekend!  Can’t believe it’s already the Holiday season!

XOXO