31 March 2011

A day in the life of the BBB

Just your average afternoon at the BBB. Came back from work yesterday afternoon and tried to take a self-portrait of the both of us. As you can see, I'm cajoling Higgins up on the couch...he's not getting it.

For those of you who have a pet, you know this face and this scene. How can something so cute do anything wrong? I waited my whole life to have a dog, and I'm glad I waited for Higgins.

Please do what you can to rescue an animal if you're considering adding one to your family. You (and he) will be glad you did.

30 March 2011


Not even this cuteness can hide the hideous debacle of #LAMPCORD offensiveness.

Confession: My house is a jumble of electric tentacles. 

I'm not even hiding it. Yes, I have a problem. Isn't that the first step?

29 March 2011

New Project: Creating a Chill Oasis for a Great Family

I've been hired on to transform a new townhouse for an amazing family I know. Paige and Chan are moving into a new space that will serve as the chill epicenter to their busy lives. There are several children between this blended family that range from preschool to college and this space will need to function as "command central" for all and serve as a serene safe haven to their hectic lives.

I will be working this week to survey their current digs, weed through their existing furniture (I may employ Em Henderson's "Keep, Chuck, Don't Care" mentality), and guide them through the shopping and staging process when they move into their new townhouse this Friday. Yes, people, we're trying to do this IN A WEEK!!!! Here's what I've mocked up so far.
Baskets | Pottery Barn
$79 - potterybarn.com

Floral Appliqued Pillow
$30 - pier1.com

Swirl Lamp
$75 - pier1.com

*** Photo credit**** A HUGE inspiration from Three Men and  a Lady, obviously.*****

28 March 2011

Bitch done an did it again-Bri's Making Ikea Look like Shizz

I was gonna post some bull-ish about some pretty picture but really? One of our own pulled off the most AMAZING. Ama. zing. Ikea hack Everrrrrrr.

I HAD this desk. And sold it to an old roommate for $50 bizzos when I lived in Boston. 

WTF. Bri, I want to fly you up to my pending 'new' apartment and have you go to town on my shizz. 

Ps. The rug's not bad....but that LAMP CORD is!!!!!!! hahaha. 

Go check out Bri's blog here. You'll be glad you did. It will make you throw your hands in the air and wonder why you're even blogging. She's THAT good.

Sunday's Feast for One

I spent most of yesterday sick in bed but was able to resurrect myself to make some eggplant parm out of my Farmer's Market finds from Saturday.
I followed this recipe from Mario Batali on the Food Network.com, and by "followed," I mean skimmed the recipe and then winged the rest. Pretty much how I cook, par for the course. You'd think since I'm so into crafting and interiors that I'd be a measuring machine...but I'm not.  Here's the recipe below, with my edits.


  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for oiling the baking sheet eyeballed it
  • 2 large eggplant, about 2 pounds
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups basic tomato sauce, recipe follows  Came in a jar!
  • 1 bunch fresh basil leaves, chiffonade  WTF is a chiffonade?
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella, sliced 1/8-inch thick
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano at least I splurged on the refrigerated ones at whole foods
  • 1/4 cup fresh bread crumbs, lightly toasted under broiler


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Using some extra-virgin olive oil, oil a baking sheet.
Slice each eggplant into 6 pieces about 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick.  I diced the eggplant, no strategy here. Lightly season each disk with salt and pepper and place on the oiled sheet. Bake the eggplant at 450 degrees F until the slices begin turning deep brown on top, about 12-15 minutes. Remove the eggplants from the oven. Remove the slices from the baking sheet and place them on a plate to cool.
Lower oven temperature to 350 degrees F. In an 8 by 12-inch brownie pan, place the 4 largest eggplant slice evenly spaced apart. Over each slice, spread 1/4 cup of tomato sauce and sprinkle with a teaspoon of basil. Place one slice of mozzarella over each and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon grated Parmigiano. Place the smaller slices of eggplant over each of the disks and repeat with tomato sauce, basil, and the 2 cheeses. Repeat the layering again until all the ingredients are used.  Boiled and cooked pasta. Dumped it in a casserole dish. Dumped sauce in a jar. Mixed. Dumped on cooked eggplant. Sprinkled more parm on top. 
Sprinkle the toasted bread crumbs over the top of the eggplant dish, and bake uncovered until the cheese is melts and the tops turn light brown, about 20 minutes. Serve immediately.

Thanks for your input...baba ganoush is next!

26 March 2011

The perfect Saturday

Just got back from the Farmer's Market across the street from my apartment. The Wilton Manors Farmer's Market just got kick started a month back and I decided to check it out with Higgins.

Everything was basically $2. I don't know if you can beat that with a stick. Two cukes and a pepper? Two bucks. Three eggplant? Two bucks.

Got a boatload of mint which is going into mint daquiris this weekend. Holler!

What are you up to today? And what is your fav way to cook eggplant.

25 March 2011

New (to me) Blog: Atlantic-Pacific

I love EVERYTHING about this outfit and would LOVE to turn this into a room/apartment.

I took a quick stroll through her blog this AM and was impressed. Most fashion bloggers take an overly indulgent view of themselves and it's annoying. Not here.


24 March 2011

BBB Everyday: My porch

Scored these babies a few months back on the cheap. They create great lines in the late afternoon with the shadows they cast on the balcony wall. 

22 March 2011

Where are all the lamp cords in shelter mags?

Has anyone noticed the lack of electrical cords in shelter mags? 

How does one get a lamp that works without power? 
Photo: Patrick Cline for Lonny
No cord.

domino eclectic home office

This is seriously driving me NUTS. Where ARE they hiding these cords???

I did some research:

"Drill holes into your walls"

"Get cord covers."

"Have your electrician install a floor outlet."
(Apartment dwellers, let's get right on that)

...and PS: a gem from someone on Ehow.com


I get it, but are the Kanye ALL CAPS necessary?

Friends, please share your tips. 

21 March 2011

Can we talk about this?

Hi, me again. I'm trolling the internet tonight after a week long hiatus. Seriously, I was like Whitney on detox from crack. How did I stay away from you people for so long and miss all of this goodness???

A Wall of Wieners  - If you haven't jumped on the Bri bandwagon, homies, it's already left.

THIS new (to me) blog : http://goldentouchhome.blogspot.com/

You should direct your brother, son, husband, and favorite gay (This site is preaching to that choir but he will appreciate the site ) here: http://www.mrporter.com/

You need to EAT THESE: http://www.levainbakery.com/ You can thank me, then curse my boyfriend for introducing me (and thus you) to chocolate crackness.

I'm back.

My bathroom buddha.

Had a great weekend in NYC, enjoying the freakishly warm weather. Caught up with my love, my friends, and am working on putting steps in place to relocate to NYC.

I've kept up with all of your kind comments and am continually humbled with the fact that there are so many amazing people following my journey on the BBB and on Twitter. WELCOME!!!

I'm back in FL this week, grinding it out at work. There are a few thrift shops I'm hitting up this week and taking pics for all of you looking for thrift porn ;)

Stay tuned! 

14 March 2011

Sending Love to Japan


I honestly don't know what to write this week.

Should I really be covering what slip cover options you have for your couch when there's so much suffering, devastation, and unrest in Japan? I can't do it.

Last night, I cracked down and watched some footage. I didn't expect to have such a visceral reaction to the video I saw. But it's real. 

Imagine your home is lost in an instant.
You loved ones missing.
You're living in terror.

No, it's too heavy to write this week. 
I'm sending love and light to all those affected by this week's quake and tsunami.

11 March 2011

Reviews are Important

I didn't listen to the reviews on the Target website where people were complaining that this rug shed. I thought it'd be temporary. I was wrong.

Since my vacuum died a month ago, I've swept the house every weekend with a microfiber broom. It does NOT do the job.

This Dwell for Target for rug sheds more than Higgins! So much so, that I decided that I'd use the Furminator on it. Looks so gross. Don't buy this.

10 March 2011

Dreaming of my future apartment.

This month's Lonny.

Rarely do I ever re-post images of magazines...especially since I know 100% of you probably read the new Lonny 14 times before I got to it today. I can't resist. 

Greek key. Grey tufted couch much like the one I already own. Architectural details. Wall bracket thingies. Brass lamp.
Check. Check. Check. Check. Check.

I'm in LOVE. 

Apt #13....will you look like this?

09 March 2011

My version of an entertainment center

A quick snap of my "entertainment center."

Yes, I probably don't need a TV that big, but my eyesight's failing (guys, this is a great line to tell your significant other when shopping in Best Buy). 

When I moved into the BBB, the TV was my second purchase after my bed. Priorities!! I had these campaign nightstands from Apt #11 and shoved them together until I found a proper console.

A year later, they're still here. It works. The scale's not all that great, but it works. 

08 March 2011

Currently in Limbo

So here's what's freaking me out.

My lease is up April 3. As of today, I do not have a job yet in NYC. My goal was to be there by April 4...with a job. I know, I'm a crazy perfectionist.

At the same time, I'm really in love with this apartment and it pains me to imagine the shoebox I will move into in NYC. This is not hinderance to my move at ALL, but I'm going to miss the double sliding doors, the 10' patio, walk in closet, and full washer/dryer. What can I say, the past five years living out of a city have spoiled me.

Don't get me wrong; I'm excited. I know that moving (whenever it may be) will open up a new chapter of my life both personally and professionally. Have you ever felt like there's something in your life just waiting to happen?? I wish it would just HAPPEN, already.

I need to keep reminding myself that things are in place and that what is meant to be will happen. I'm doing the work to get myself there and I need to afford myself some wiggle room with my goals. The worst that can happen is that I go month-to-month here at Apt #12. Yeah, it sucks to have a rent increase but it beats the hell out of moving.

So BBB Readers, please know that although I may be distracted with work, my intentions are still with this blog. I'm just a bit uninspired and tense at the moment. I'd love to keep working on Apt #12 but with a pending move, what's the use of upholstering a headboard? It's hard to stay away from the thrift shops and do projects, but I'm keeping my eye on my goal and my money in the bank.

I'm going to be shooting some pics of Apt #12 as I tidy it up for my parents this week. Are there any parts of my apartment that you haven't seen yet? Let me know.

07 March 2011

Start your Monday right

My Zeus print is becoming my dream/inspiration board. Favorite photos and little notes with my personal goals are tucked into its frame.

I was sifting through my desk this weekend and came across the note cards my mother gave to me.  My mother is a breast cancer survivor and when she was going through treatment, she found solace in quotes from her favorite books, plays, and poems. She typed them up on note cards. Somehow, I ended up with them. 

The card above, in particular, spoke to me upon reading it again.  The only limits we have are the ones we put on ourselves. I am my toughest critic and worst enemy. Seeing this quote and the message I wrote to myself keeps me from falling into this trap. 

BTW, I am in LOVE with the Hipstamatic app for my new iphone!!!

Make it a good week. More decor stuff this week; Dad and Stepmom are coming into town this week. BBB is in total prep mode.

05 March 2011

How would you like to be remembered?

self portrait 03.04.11

Did some reading on self portraits tonight. According to wikipedia (My go-to on any subject. I know, it's bad...), these works began to show prominence when better and cheaper mirrors became accessible around the Early Renaissance (roughly 15ht century). It is said that Portrait of a Man in a Turban by Jan van Eyck may be the earliest self portrait, painted in 1433. 

As a teen,  I was fascinated with the unibrowed and moustached Frida Kahlo. This was a woman with so much pain and tragedy who painted the best and worst sides of her physical self and life experiences. If you look at the tortured Van Gogh's self portraits, you can see organized calm in the strokes of one painting and tension and distortion in another. Here is a man at war with his own mind.

Photographer self portraits are even more intriguing to me. I found this Helmut Newton (a favorite of mine-NSFW) and you see the photographer in the midst of his work. There are so many layers in this photo to pay attention to until you find him, but he's there. Then, in a complete opposite style you see Richard Avedon, front and center. 

It's human nature to want to leave a mark on the world and to be remembered by something. This is why we form relationships, work jobs, build families, chase causes. I thought about how I'd like to be remembered in one image and took it tonight. I've worn these bracelets collectively for over three years. I get home from work, strip off the monkey suit, and put these on. Then I feel most like myself. Anchors are very symbolic for me for many reasons. This nautical symbol represents permanence, grounding, and  reminds me of my own roots back in Rhode Island. 

Take a moment and think about how you'd like to be depicted. Take a self portrait and send it to me. I'd love to post on what makes all of you tick! 

Happy Weekend. 

04 March 2011

03 March 2011

Obsessed with Graphic Contrast

I've had this one rattling around the archives...not sure where I found it.

I love how cohesive the yellow is throughout this space. Granted, I know it's styled to the n'th degree, but what saves it is the graphic contrast of the black shelves and HUGE baroque mirror.

Go big or go home, people.

My next apartment NEEDs more of this. 

Has anyone found a good source for a gigantic mirror like this? (for under $500)

02 March 2011

How do you unwind?

Higgins, for starters, likes to take all of his toys out of his bucket. Then he pours a glass of cognac and gets started nesting away on his favorite blanket.

Happy Wednesday! 

01 March 2011

I have the black thumb: Remember those flowers?

A day after I posted about the flowers...
 Dun...dun....dunnnnnn. Dead.
Still. Haven't managed to kill Higgins.

I'll take my losses with the flowers. 
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