25 May 2011

Organize, andale!

I came across this video recently and it resonated. I love (and sometimes loathe) to organize every which way, and I have always been intrigued by how to curate my bookshelves. Plus, my urge to nest seems paced with the Rodrigo y Gabriela melody, and I feel that clock ticking with just 6 weeks until baby's due date!

19 May 2011

Something Unique

Although I wouldn't change a thing about my wedding day (even the unexpected hurricane that hit the coast at almost the exact start time of our beach chapel ceremony, which made for a cozy affair), I have often wondered what type of wedding I could plan in Pittsburgh. There are so many wonderful, diverse locations (the Phipps and Mattress Factory first come to mind), and there are so many unique vendors here from which to choose.

Handmade in Marriage is an indie wedding show being held this Saturday, May 21st from 12-5pm in Lawrenceville. Participating talent includes local letterpress stationers, photographers, musicians, caterers, artists, and the list goes on. To check out several creative options in just one stop is a planning bride's dream.

13 May 2011

Springtime at the Frick

I am in such a better mood, as are most of us in the northeast, now that Spring has arrived! One of my favorite Spring pastimes when I lived in the Upper East Side was to stroll over to Central Park and into one of the latest exhibitions on Museum Mile. I love that I can still do that on a smaller scale: walk down Reynolds Street to Frick Park and the Frick museum, which is a wonderful art institution and has a worthwhile exhibition coming up.

I am very excited for the PAN exhibition, opening next week with a kickoff party on May 20th and on display through September. It is a collection of European avant garde pieces created during the art nouveau period and includes all mediums. I love this bold, eclectic style that still resonates and influences modern design today.

02 May 2011

Wall Art Work

For a long time now, I've wanted to re-wallpaper our hallway. Finally, due to my nesting mode and wanting to complete the look of the refinished floors in the hall, we decided to embark on the project. This was my inspiration, featured a few years ago in Domino magazine:

I love the bold stripes that pack a punch but still remain neutral. Upon researching further, I discovered that these lovely handpainted stripes from Farrow & Ball would cost a hefty $175 per roll! Having not a clue how much I'd need at the time (25 rolls!), I still knew they were not in our price range.

Fortunately, I found a fabulous, well-respected brand that is a fraction of the cost: Thibaut. Apparently, they are the oldest wallpaper manufacturer in the US, but their latest line of prints do not reflect that in the least. And the brand is highly respected in the trade. Still on a mission for stripes, I found a chunkier version that suited my vision perfectly.

A sneak preview of my wall (and the shiny floors!) Not wanting to poke a hole in our beautiful smooth surfaces, we are very carefully determining where artwork will go. I am on a mission to collect the best-of family photos to line the staircase. To be continued, of course.

Apparently, according to my fantastic wallpaper hanging expert (Sam- happy to share his info), wallpaper isn't totally the trend in Pittsburgh. I am trying my best to reinstate it. Thibaut can be ordered through MA Baskind in East Liberty.

I highly covet these prints from their latest collections:

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