Flowers and a Little Reflection

I know I promised a post on how I decorate around the house with flowers weeks ago, but then I got some scary news about my grandmother’s health and put everything on pause. She’s the one who always had flowers at home and inspired me to do the same with my home. It’s strange to feel so vulnerable. I’m so used to always having a solution or a plan. Now, I find myself just waiting on a solution from her doctors and it’s a hard place for me to find myself in. But, here’s a tribute to my grandma and the beautiful flowers she’s always inspired me to keep around the house.


I have two preferred places for flowers, the entry way and the coffee table. This is entirely because our apartment is set up so that I pass by the entry often and sit in front of the coffee table a lot. I think that if I sat at my dining room table more often or used my desk instead of the couch I would prefer flowers in those two places.


For me the joy of flowers is not only in being able to have them around and appreciate them, but also in arranging them. When arranging flowers I try to think about height and color. If I’m just arranging in a vase I place my greens in first, in order to create a net of sorts to arrange my flowers in. Some people use floral tape for this, but I haven’t had success with that method. If I’m going for a hand tied bouquet I’ll typically put the greens and filler in the center instead.


My grandmother’s health scare has really put life into perspective for me. I’m trying to live intentionally, eat healthy, exercise, and work for the sake of loving what I do. In the next couple of days I will post a meal plan and my current exercise routine for the sake of accountability. I know resolutions are typically for the New Year, but I have a birthday coming up soon anyway, so here’s to another year for me, thoughtfully lived.


These were a farmers market find. They added a fun pop of color to my dining room. 


I found this fun bouquet at Trader Joe’s. I really loved the different heights.


Peonies in the entry! I love peonies.


I ended up needing to use a rubberband on this arrangement because the hydrangea were too heavy for the open mouth of the vase. Going forward I will be putting hydrangea in a more narrow vase.


These centerpieces were hand tied, you can see how I put the greens and filler at the center.


I loved this bowl of tea roses with the greens collar. Simple but elegant, for the one surface in my home I seem to not clutter too much.


With these flowers, I thought about the flower type and color scheme and took a color blocking approach.


Creating the Perfect Entry

I love my new entry, but it was definitely a point of contention between the husband and me. He likes open spaces and doesn’t care what things look like as long as his 6’3” frame is unlikely to bump into it. I, on the other hand, want everything to look like a magazine.


At the end of the day—or six weeks, if we’re being honest—I finally convinced him that a “landing shelf” would be the perfect compromise between his desire for space and my desire for beauty. Behold:



IKEA Ekby, Century 21, Kate Spade, Michaels, Artwork by friend



Key hook from HomeGoods


After much agonizing, I thought I’d share how I made my space work. Here are my tips on how to make your entryway perfect.


  1. Measure


Our little hallway measures just over three feet, 36 ¾” to be exact. As someone who was hoping to fit an electric piano in that space, I was sorely disappointed when I first saw our place completed. But, I try to find the silver lining in everything, so I fitted the hallway with a pretty shelf instead. Three feet is too narrow for a full 15” console table, so we went with the IKEA Ekby shelf instead. At a mere 11”, 12” if you count the brackets, it leaves plenty of room to walk around and gives us drawer storage too!


  1. Think about color


Our walls are white, which I think makes our small space feel a little bigger. The Ekby matches our walls and the black brackets are a perfect match in a neutral, color-blocking manner. It gives us the opportunity to play with color on top, and display some artwork as well.


  1. Make it practical


This shelf acts as our landing strip, and our “don’t forget me” strip. We added hooks for keys, and a basket for our work bags underneath. I frequently leave reminders for my husband on top, or just items he needs to take with him in the morning. Underneath, I keep the step stool I need for reaching the high up things in my apartment (more on that later), as well as our umbrella stand.


  1. Welcome home


Last weekend we had a belated Mother’s Day brunch with both of our moms. It was the first time either of them would see our apartment with mostly clear floors and our decorations up. I wanted our entry to be welcoming so I sent the husband out for flowers. I’m not a florist, but I know that a single bunch of one type of flower always looks classy. The flowers looked beautiful and gave the entry the last pop of color it needed.


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Touching on Progress

New Kitchen, New Me

Touching on Progress

After several weeks of running around in life like a headless chicken, more progress has been made!


Last year, anticipating our move, I took an old Hemnes Dresser off the hands of an acquaintance. The dresser was HUGE and I thought it would be perfect for the two of us (after I gave away more than half my clothes). Sadly, when our little apartment was finally ready for move in, I realized there was no way that dresser was coming with us in one piece. I absentmindedly asked my grandfather if he thought that dresser could somehow be divided into two smaller dressers. A lo and behold, my wonderful IKEA hacked Hemnes nightstands!


Originally IKEA Hemnes 8 Drawer Dresser, Kate Spade vase

The other lovely update this weekend is that I finally organized my curio cabinet, rather than leaving all of my china looking like I tossed it in there. The curio has been a bit of struggle since one of the doors has a fracture that we didn’t see until we were almost done putting the cabinet together. Unfortunately, the manufacturer doesn’t have a replacement part, but after they offered me a discount I decided to keep the cabinet. I’m lucky to have many handy people in my life and I think we will find a fix. In the meantime, this is how I’ve staged it!


The one thing that is holding me back is that every time I feel like I’ve made progress on one small space, I look at all of the random boxes left to unpack and feel defeated. Here’s to another week of small steps toward being 100% moved in.

New Kitchen, New Me

Moving into a new apartment has been hectic! It finally feels like everything’s coming together now that our kitchen has some finishing touches.

The kitchen was originally more of a “kitchenette.” While it is equipped with full sized appliances, a plus for New York City, all of the storage space is on one wall and high up. It just wasn’t working for a short girl like me. My solution was to install open shelving on the blank wall with a kitchen cart underneath. It looks great and adds much needed reachable storage, making my kitchen something I can work with and enjoy looking at.

We got the shelves from IKEA. IKEA sells them as a part of their “open kitchen” system, and recommends you have professionals install them. To me, it seemed silly to call up my handyman who charges hundreds of dollars a day to put up a set of $40 shelves. So I asked my grandfather, who worked as a building superintendent and handyman for 40 years, for his advice. Despite our move into a building built in 1929, our unit was recently remodeled and the interior walls are drywall over metal studs—unevenly spaced metal studs. His recommendation was to use toggle bolts to secure the shelves. Despite some struggle with the correct drill bit size, we succeeded in the end. The shelves are still up a week later and I love how they came out!