FOURTH FLOOR WALK UP

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LIFE | End Of An Era

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  Our apartment in Brooklyn, shot by Claire Esparros of Homepolish,  just months before we moved. 

Our apartment in Brooklyn, shot by Claire Esparros of Homepolish,  just months before we moved. 

Before our move I wrote about how I was planning to keep the blog going but wasn't quite sure if I would be changing the name. It's now been a few months and we finally made the move across the country. While I've been working on both homes trying to make them livable and comfortable, I've also been doing a lot of thinking. This move has forced me to change a lot of aspects of my life, resulting in new beginnings and bittersweet endings. After over 10 years of living New York, I can't really call it my home any longer. Even though we're still planning to keep the apartment as a secondary residence I realize that I have to develop my life in Seattle and push myself to make it more of a home than New York is now. Because of that realization, I've also decided that I have to close out this blog.  

Fourth Floor Walk Up has been a written account of my life in New York since 2009. It was with me through my twenties, my college years, our rental walk ups on the upper east side, our first (owned) apartment in Brooklyn, our relationship from bf + gf to husband + wife, and even my career growth and new business. It's been a great stretch as a personal project that has produced rewarding opportunities, both as a channel for professional and personal growth, and for that I am grateful. Yet as I partake in this new journey west, writing in Fourth Floor Walk Up no longer seems relevant. Not only am I going to shift the majority of my life out of New York, I am also moving into rental cottage that is only one floor.

On a very personal level, moving out of New York is really difficult for me and my identity as a designer and creative. I love New York, I love the inspiration and the drive it has given me over the years. It's a challenging place to live but it has also made developing my career in a sense, feel easy (or at least that's how I perceive it to be). I have had the opportunity to meet so many amazing people and to learn from so many wonderful experiences. Being able to have the chance to edit out things to do and events to partake in is definitely a luxury that I understand not many cities can offer. 

My move to Seattle will be a challenge for me in the sense that I'm going to have to learn the lansdscape of the city, in regards to industry and personality. Which means, I will need to be open and present for this new home. Also, I believe in order to move forward I would have to lay the platform that is so centered around my life in New York, to rest. 

So here is it: A Layered Life, a new place to discuss and document my soon to be very complicated life. Complicated I say, because not only am I planning to build a life in the city of Seattle, but I'm also developing a business in both cities on both coasts. Union Adorn is my passion project that allows me to build a career on the work that I love. This new blog, will be a side project also driven by my passions, yet it's going to be a place where the pressure is removed. A method of practice, where I can commit to working on it daily or weekly, or perhaps monthly. Not perfect or print ready, yet it will hopefully as with everything I intend to do, be good. 

  A Layered Life Logo - from my personal script. 

A Layered Life Logo - from my personal script. 

The name came about from a play on my style and design aesthetic, which has been characterized as being layered and eclectic. I am not a minimalist. I enjoy pairing contemporary and vintage pieces. I value both the modern ideas and classical school of thought and I can never leave a surface unset or vignette unstyled. 

In a blog it means categories that touch on decor, fashion, travel, shopping, and life's experiences. A format very similar to Fourth Floor Walk Up, just set for the most part, outside of New York City. With this new development I hope you'll follow me as I partake in a new chapter, era, whatever we should call it,  A Layered Life.

Thank you to those who have followed along over the years. I've always enjoyed your comments, feedback and the connections we have made.  It's been really special. 

www.alayeredlife.com

* Quick note: I'm still working out some of the kinks with the new site, so bear with me there may be some minor tweaks and changes that you may notice. And if you want to come back to Fourth Floor Walk Up, it will be here. I'm not planning to dissolve the site or let it completely. 

SPACES | Our Pied à Terre in Brooklyn

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  Image Source: Abkasha.com

Image Source: Abkasha.com

Last week we finally made the big 'move'  by packing up and moving 75% of our furniture and accessories into a POD, which is currently on it's way to Seattle and fingers crossed, everything arrives safe and secured. I have so much anxiety that we're going to open the POD and it'll be a mess of crumbled furniture, glass and boxes or that the door will have been opened and stuff will have been stolen. There's really nothing too valuable, we just have a lot of antiques that we really care about, and basically everything is fragile.

What's left in New York is for my pied à terre (or the apartment). I like thinking we are fancy now and have a second home in the city. We technically do, but realistically I'm going to be using it as a home base for my NY projects, and we're splitting it with my parents. We are going to wait until next year to decide if the current situation is working for us financially, or if we should rent it. 

  Image Source: ABKasha.com

Image Source: ABKasha.com

  Image Source: ABKasha.com

Image Source: ABKasha.com

For the time being, I'm taking advantage of the opportunity to redesign the space into a relaxing, yet productive space. I'm greatly inspired by real Parisian Haussmann pied à terres, where the decor is about less furniture, more wall space, no strict direction.  It seems to be very...  je ne sais quoi, let's call it laissez faire in style. You know, very French.  Removing the giant desk Jack built from the living room created a major domino effect, allowing me to test out different layouts and furniture placements (which I don't think is very French - except that I did it IRL not on a computer within CAD). It's so interesting how different you can make one space look by just moving around furniture. I'm breaking my own rules and doing things that I said I would never do. It's fun and it reminds me that you really can't take design too seriously. If you're intrigued to see more of my inspirations, you can find them [here]. So here are the planned ch-ch-ch-changes along with a few images of those that I've already accomplished.....

DINING TABLE

  Image: LaurenLCaron Instagram

Image: LaurenLCaron Instagram

First up, we brought in an official dining table. It's for 4 people, I would love to find an extension table or one with a leaf that isn't expensive. For now though, this little french country style table is kind of perfect. We also had these neoclassical empire dining chairs that my mom has had for years, recently reupholstered in a Schumacher leopard print. I'm completely swooning over how they turned out. The table is set where the desk was and fills that space nicely. Also, when I'm not feeling the desk, I can sit here and work, it gives me a change of scenery - even if it's only a few feet away.

FURNITURE PLACEMENT

Next big change, is where the sofa is placed. The room is basically a box shape and is almost as wide as it is long, it's also the space that you pass through to get to the bedroom, so it can present some layout challenges. I always had the sofa set on the back wall opposite the built-ins and placed a coffee table in front with the two accent chairs near the bookcases. This made the seating area wider than the usual, but left room for a walk way. Now I'm trying to break the rules I set, and have moved the sofa several feet closer to the bookshelves. The seating area becomes more intimate. The walk way is yes, a little tighter but when it's just me who will be there most of the time, I don't really care. Behind the sofa I've moved the entry cabinet - which doubles as a desk to the back wall. For nights that I have guests, I can set it up as a dry bar and hide all of the desky things within. I don't have a great photo of the sofa yet, but I will share soon when I have all the elements well set and styled. 

ARTWORK

  Image: LaurenLCaron Instagram

Image: LaurenLCaron Instagram

I love my artwork and gallery walls, but for this new design, I want to keep the artwork to a minimum. I think having the walls a little more clear and open feeling will add to the relaxing mood. With that said, my mom is lending a few beautiful pieces for the apartment. We set this gorgeous Chinese silk tapestry on the back wall above the bar to be the major statement piece. It is the perfect place for this piece too, since it can't be in direct sunlight and that wall, never gets the sun. Other artwork we brought in are some lithographs of Roman ruins for the dining area and two mirrors. We may bring a few other small pieces, but that's about it. 

PAINT

  Image: Lauren L Caron

Image: Lauren L Caron

I'm slightly adjusting the paint in one place to tie together the colors. We've decided to draw a color from the silk tapestry to paint within the book shelves. I love the dark interior shelves but I'm now thinking since we have 4 black dining chairs, and a rug with black in it, there's too much black for the space. So a muted yet airy gray green will look really nice as a backdrop, the color I chose is by Ben Moore it's called Paris Rain (how appropriate). 

BEDROOM

  Image: Lauren L Caron | Union Adorn © 2016

Image: Lauren L Caron | Union Adorn © 2016

  Image Source: Paris Perfect

Image Source: Paris Perfect

For the bedroom I was greatly inspired by the image above and wanted to evoke the same mood as closely as I could. The window and room layout are similar, although slightly smaller. Originally I moved my dresser to the wall opposite the bed, but it felt too tight so I ended up moving it back to the wall it was on for the past 5 years. I plan to have a table cloth made to cover the Saarinen table, I haven't figured out what textile yet, something with a pattern would be nice. 

  Image: Lauren L Caron | Union Adorn © 2016

Image: Lauren L Caron | Union Adorn © 2016

  Image: Lauren L Caron | Union Adorn © 2016

Image: Lauren L Caron | Union Adorn © 2016

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We purchased a new bed frame (a very inexpensive one for $59 from Amazon, I'll link it at the bottom) and this gorgeous headboard that I've had my eyes on for quite some time from Urban Outfitters. We brought in a few French-y accents like the sunburst for over the headboard and this gorgeous gilt frame mirror. Last but not least, I plan to add some decorative pillows to make the bed feel more finished. 

  Image Source: Rue Mag

Image Source: Rue Mag

Margaux Headboard - Urban Outfitters

Sunburst Mirror (similar) - Wisteria

 

Bedframe - Amazon

Bedroom Wall Sconces (similar) - Lamps Plus

 

Thank you to those of you who have been sending us well wishes about our move. It's been long winded to say the least, and I'm sure some of you are sick of hearing about this 'move' which doesn't seem like it will ever end. Believe me, I feel you! Check in soon for more updates because things are actually moving forward.  I plan to photograph the living room soon of the apartment updates, and in the next few weeks I'll be in Seattle, where I plan to accomplish a lot of decorating in that home. I'm excited to see how all of our stuff will look in the new place!

SPACES | SPRUNG FOR A NEW SOFA

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 Seattle Livingroom Design Board

Seattle Livingroom Design Board

In a recent conversation with my mother, we discussed the future of our apartment in New York and the topic of what's staying and what's going was the main focus. For the time being our plans are to keep the apartment in New York, at least for the remainder of 2016 for both myself and my parents to use as a pied-à-terre. I still have contracts in New York, and am continuing to accept more. Sometimes it's hard to say no to work, especially when it's fun! What all of this means though, is we will still have to keep some furniture in New York. Luckily, my parents has more furniture than they can fit in their home, so we will be able to bring pieces down from there for the apartment.

That is a whole other topic up for discussion... What pieces will we use to decorate the place with and quite frankly, I'm so curious about how it will look when my very traditional and eclectic mother gets her hands on it. The use will be changing slightly, so I'm looking forward to giving the space a real dining room moment, instead of our monstrous desk.

 My current sleeper sofa | Photograph by: Claire Esparros for Homepolish © 2016

My current sleeper sofa | Photograph by: Claire Esparros for Homepolish © 2016

Back to this topic... We did decide that the sofa bed would be most useful if it remained in New York. That in turn gave me the excuse to buy a new sofa for my Seattle cottage. Days before this conversation, Anthropologie came out with their new furniture for 2016. The sofa I found and fell in love with was the Leonnelle Sofa. It's a softened version of a tuxedo style and the length is absolutely perfect for the cottage. It's still classic in silhouette but just different enough from our existing sofa that I won't have to worry about them competing if I were to ever pair them together in the same room someday - perchance I have a large enough home. It's not a sleeper, which is fine because we have a guest room in the house, but it is long enough for if someone needed to sleep on it for the evening.

 Leonelle Sofa in Creme | Anthropologie

Leonelle Sofa in Creme | Anthropologie

 Leonelle Sofa in Light Grey | Anthropologie

Leonelle Sofa in Light Grey | Anthropologie

 Leonelle in Creme | Anthropologie

Leonelle in Creme | Anthropologie

 Leonelle in Light Grey | Anthropologie

Leonelle in Light Grey | Anthropologie

I bounced back and forth between the creme color (which to me looks more like a light camel) and the light grey. In the end I went with my more conservative gut feeling and bought the light gray. I feel although both are neutrals, gray is slightly more modern and I think it will coordinate in more rooms than the camel. Also, I'm not entirely sure, based on only being able to see it online what the color actually looks like in creme. One thing Anthro could do (if you're reading....) is provide swatches to designers or at least the entire collection to stores for potential clients to view. I will admit, buying anything that big (in size and price tag) makes me a little squeamish, I'm especially a little nervous about buying a sofa and not having seen it in person first. 

It's not due to arrive at the house until early April, which is fine since I'm not going to even be there until mid to late April. It'll have be my welcome home gift for when I arrive! 

SPACES | Homepolish Featured Our Apartment!

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 The built-ins were built by Jack / the porter chair is my favorite seat in the home. 

The built-ins were built by Jack / the porter chair is my favorite seat in the home. 

Back in October I had my apartment photographed by Homepolish's talented photographer Claire Esparros. She spent several hours in my home capturing every nook and cranny, because there are quite a few! We munched on donuts and bonded over being vegetarians. I was excited because this is something I've been working towards for such a long time. I've taken pictures of our home but never had it professionally photographed until now. 

After 4 years of working on the apartment and documenting it here along the way, I can finally say, it feels 'done'. Which is great because we're now in the midst of moving to Seattle. In less than 3 months the entire home will be packed up a shipped and across the country. It's bittersweet, but I'm very happy to have had the opportunity to properly document it. 

 my favorite gallery wall in the home that holds my favorite prints / that sofa doubles as a guest bed.

my favorite gallery wall in the home that holds my favorite prints / that sofa doubles as a guest bed.

 The Doxie print was a find at Housing Works

The Doxie print was a find at Housing Works

Old New York. It's a style just as much as it is a feeling. Every once in a while, when walking into a Manhattan space, one is overwhelmed with the sense of history. Dark oak-paneled walls, cheetah-print plush carpets, saturated drapery, and antiqued mirrors. All things bright and beautiful from brass to gold are the accents. It's a sense best captured by those ladies who lived through the 60s and 70s, Upper East Side Mad Women. But half a century later and a borough away in Brooklyn, Homepolish designer Lauren Caron has brought that eclectic mix to her 1-bedroom apartment. 

Reading the that intro written by Homepolish's senior editor Matt Powell, gives me chills. It's funny that I didn't intend to have my apartment feel like Old New York, yet it's definitely a compliment considering I'm in love with all the above mentioned.... My goals for the space were for it to be the perfect mix of old and new, collected and curated, and of course to be a reflection of us. 

I think back to my interviews with Bergdorf's when who was soon to be my VP asked, "If you could have your dream home in New York, where would it be and what would it look like?" My answer: An apartment that you might find on Park Avenue, filled with treasures, collections and glamour but set in Brooklyn, so it's not too serious. For this home, I think I've accomplished a hint of that, I'd definitely take one or two more bedrooms and perhaps a dining room, though for the most part it's the perfect mix of what I was dreaming of and what was possible. 

These sorts of projects don't have a start and an end date. Lauren and her husband Jack have lived in the space for four years. Over time, they have amassed a collection of heirlooms and vintage items to fill what was once an empty, blank room. The step back in time begins right upon entry with a wall covered in prancing gilded zebras and arrows. An Indian heritage rug leads you inside to the living room with brass-framed mirrors and a cheetah-upholstered chair. In the kitchen, copper cookware glints a la Julia Child, and farther in the bedroom, a Chinese screen evokes Coco Chanel. It is a perfect reflection of Lauren and Jack, and perhaps of New York life in general. 
 The Scalamandre Zebra wallpaper was so worth it! 

The Scalamandre Zebra wallpaper was so worth it! 

 Max's favorite hang out spot, especially when he know's Jack is on his way home. 

Max's favorite hang out spot, especially when he know's Jack is on his way home. 

 I originally upholstered this chair in a mod floral print, then I went for the Leopard and never turned back. 

I originally upholstered this chair in a mod floral print, then I went for the Leopard and never turned back. 

 I recently wrote about how our little table was a late edition. It's the perfect breakfast nook and work space for when my desk is too cluttered. 

I recently wrote about how our little table was a late edition. It's the perfect breakfast nook and work space for when my desk is too cluttered. 

 Finding that sideboard has added so much storage to once was a useless bar. 

Finding that sideboard has added so much storage to once was a useless bar. 

 A little bit of country influence in the kitchen, and apparently it has a flair of Julia Childs. What a compliment!

A little bit of country influence in the kitchen, and apparently it has a flair of Julia Childs. What a compliment!

It'll be a year in March that I've joined the Homepolish team as a contract designer. It's been a fun ride, taking on a couple dozen clients, remote and local, and have had the opportunity to work with some of the most wonderful people! If you have any questions about Homepolish please feel free to ask! If you'd like to read the whole Homepolish feature about our apartment you can [here].

All photographs were taken by Claire Esparros of Homepolish | Interior design by: Lauren L Caron

LIFE | Move Cross Country - How We're Doing So Far...

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 On our front stoop with the balloon Jack gave me for my birthday 

On our front stoop with the balloon Jack gave me for my birthday 

SO FAR SO GOOD...

If you have been following my feed or on the blog here, you would know that we moved from New York to Seattle, the day after Christmas! It has been a little over a week and I think we are finally starting to feel as settled as one would after having moved cross country.  Jack started his job yesterday, which is truly what our feeling of settled was hinging on.  The move was entirely because of this job opportunity.

After the first day, he’s confident about the career move and grateful that he took it.  This truly is an amazing opportunity for him in his industry, so I’m just happy it seems like it will all work out. We have a ton more to sort out in regards to me, especially since I’m not planning to move until mid May or June. I have a lot of work still in New York that I can’t leave immediately. I also have no idea how the Seattle design industry will accept me. Not to say that I’m completely out of the ordinary, but I have a specific skill set in a market that isn’t necessarily as relative in Seattle as it is in New York. I love the ability I have right now to switch from retail to residential on the daily. Either way, I’m remaining positive and looking forward to the challenges and the possibilities Seattle has for me.

For the time being I’m working remotely on my New York projects – trying to keep up with the New York time zone, and planning out the changes and improvements I can make on the rental house. Now that we have more concrete and positive feelings about his job, I can comfortably start thinking long term about the house. We decided that renting would be the best choice, considering that we don’t truly know how long we will be living in Seattle. Unlike New York City, the rest of the country’s real estate market is not projected to continue climbing. In Seattle, the buying prices are high, and if you’re not planning to stay longer than 5 years, you are advised not to buy.

Renting does mean that I can only make cosmetic changes to the house, however there are so many cosmetic details that you can do to a home to drastically improve it. I have a running list started, which I will get to soon.  For the right now, I thought I would discuss what are the first steps we made in settling in across the country. 

PRE-ORDER THE NECESSITIES

 Special Delivery!

Special Delivery!

The two weeks before Christmas I spent a lot of time online buying from a list of necessities and having them shipped to the house. I believe I was the ONLY person in the country who wanted our goods to arrive the day after Christmas. There were a few mishaps with deliveries, some boxes were delivered before Christmas. Our landlords had warned us that they would also be out of town for the holiday. So we were biting our nails, thinking about how everything was just sitting in the Seattle rain getting ruined, or even worse, stolen (although 48 rolls stolen of toilet paper would mean someone else would need them a lot more than we).  Luckily, our maintenance man picked up the boxes and put them in the house.

I must mention that a few things did go right, our mattress was delivered the morning of our move, so we didn’t have to sleep directly on the floor. Also of the boxes we received included towels, sheets and a blanket!

The greatest annoyance of all the orders was the chair I purchased from One Kings Lane. I was forced to purchase the chair before a specific date, because the deal was going to expire, it didn't seem like it would be an issue since the estimated delivery time frame was 12/26 – 12/31. After I placed the order, the chair ended up shipping early, 14 days early to be exact. I spent several hours on the phone with Fed Ex, with no resolve. They would not put a 10 day vacation hold on the package for me. I called OKL and luckily, after 5 calls and 3 emails with them, they were able to get Fed Ex to hold the chair.

The day we were finally able to pick the chair up, we rented a U-Haul (more money spent there), brought the chair home to discover it was damaged (from the packing materials denting the foam of the arm – it would not go away after 24 hours of waiting also). That meant that we had to rent another vehicle to return the package to Fed Ex (more $$$), only to discover the boxed up chair wouldn’t fit through our door from the living room (had to un-box the damn thing, then re-box it outside – don’t ask me out we got it in the house in the first place), the box also didn’t fit into the SUV (un-box again, to then re-box at Fed Ex). When we finally brought it into the Fed Ex location, the entire staff complained that the giant box was back! Good riddance chair! 

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RESEARCH TRANSPORTATION OPPORTUNITIES

Since I’m not permanently moving here immediately, we decided that shipping the car out now would not make a lot of sense. We also took into consideration that our new town is a big city with public transportation and other amenities, like Uber, Lyft, Zip Car and Car 2 Go.

We did a little research upfront regarding how to get around, the easiest solution from the start has been to use Uber. However, Uber in Seattle is different from Uber in NYC. The biggest difference is that drivers in Seattle are not expected to accept tips. Uber does not provide the option through the app, so as a passenger you have to pay tip in cash. For passengers this no tip policy makes the service more affordable, but also a little uncomfortable when leaving the car. I’m just so used to tipping in NY, but I also never have cash on hand. I guess this no tip policy and Uber in general is causing unrest amongst the city. Seattle is trying to unionize rideshare services. Uber drivers after expenses are only making about $3/hour… you can read more about it [here].

The first company I looked into for accessible transportation was Zip Car, our neighbors in NYC use it and love it. So we thought we’d give it a chance. After doing the math, with the introductory rate of $15/first year as an occasional driver, we thought this would actually be the best solution.  With Zip Car, you don’t have to pay for gas and there aren’t any monthly premiums. There are also 3 Zip Car parking lots within ½ mile from our new home. We booked Zip Car to pick up our Ikea furniture and have also used it for errands. We are also considering Car 2 Go, since Zip Car does not have any one way driving at this time, but the best thing about Zip Car is the amount vehicles to choose from. 

LOCATE THE BEST NEIGHBORHOOD EATS

 Oddfellows  Cafe | Not directly around the corner but a 12 min walk from the house.

Oddfellows  Cafe | Not directly around the corner but a 12 min walk from the house.

The first thing we did after opening the doors to our home and dropping our bags down was head over to our neighborhood strip. One thing I think us New Yorker's are good at is understanding what's important in regards to a new home in a new city. 1. Location 2. Location 3. The type of home it is & it's amenities. I have to thank the interweb for providing me with the opportunity to find this house. Without it, I have no idea how would have found such a great home. Specifically, I would like to thank Google Earth, I GE'ed the hell out of the neighborhood. I "drove" around the the front and back of the house, I went over to the main street and canvased the stores and restaurants, took a "drive" up to the park and scoped out the area houses. It was the closest I could come to this place without physically being there, so I'm really grateful I was able to do that. The restaurants around the corner from our house are great. We have two grocery stores, 5 coffee shops (a little excessive), upwards of 10 different good restaurants, a yoga studio, nail salon, a few banks, hardware store and a hospital! It's probably the most convenient neighborhood we've lived in ever. Even more than when we lived in the Upper East Side. I will admit though, that the one downside is Jack's commute. Which I did take into consideration, however I was waylaid by the subtle differences between the shuttles he is allowed to take. The one ConnectOR bus that is one block from our house (the one I was banking on) is not for vendors (Jack is technically a vendor in the division he is working), the Connect (no OR) that he can take is in South Lake Union...

BUY THE GLAMOUR NECESSITIES

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Finally for the fun part! After moving in I realized immediately that there were certain items that one can not consider necessary on the survival front, but in regards to every day life, and for the sake of our sanity, are considered very important. I wouldn't say it's a stretch to call them necessary,  but to not be totally vain, I'll instead call them glamour necessities. Some of these items I knew I would need before moving, so I actually purchased them ahead of time, while others I thought I could do without for a short while. That is until reality struck and I realized all of our clothes are wrinkled, (not good for husband's first day of work) and I had no idea what the bottom half of my body looked like for the past 7 days.... 

  1. MOKA POT - Top of the list is coffee, I need good cup of coffee and I hate spending a lot of money on one from the cafe everyday. In order to get myself into the frame of mind to work, I have to pour myself a cup from my favorite coffee maker. 
  2. MONOGRAM MUG - This goes along with the top item. 
  3. A DRESSER - For the two of us. We just receive the hangers for the closet today, but this dresser was so necessary to get settled. Living out of suitcases is so temporary feeling.
  4. A SOFT + WARM BLANKET - Our house is really cold, and we're still adjusting to life out of an apartment in New York City. If you didn't know, NY requires that all apartments be heated and that the tenants do not have to pay for heat or hot water. In Seattle, that is not a requirement, and our heating is electric so we are trying to conserve our electric bill... also, the house is old and not well insulated.
  5. CLASSIC ENGLISH COMFORT - We aren't moving the sofa out here until I move permanently. So Jack needs something comfortable to sit on for the time being. It's also nice to have an english roll arm in any form. PS this is the same chair as the one we ordered from OKL, only $100 less.
  6. FLOOR LENGTH MIRROR - Let's just say I'm not comfortable with not knowing what I look like from top to bottom. I'm a stickler for proportions wen it comes to my outfits. 
  7. PATTERNED RUG - This rug is beautiful and adds warmth to the cold hardwood floors as well as warmth in regards to color. 
  8. SHOWER CAP - I don't wash my hair everyday, and I recently discovered this start up. I purchased two of these, one for NY apartment, and one for Seattle. 
  9. HAND STEAMER - This is so necessary. I rarely use an iron and this little steamer works on practically everything. This is the 4th one I've purchased. I even have one for my parents' home. 
  10. HANDSOME HOOKS - These were on sale in the store.  I'm hanging a bunch around the house for coats, odds and ends, etc. 

There you have it, maybe this post was a lot of words and not a lot of meat. Although, I think after our first week in Seattle, we're doing alright. I'm working on a few DIY projects that I'm planning to post about in the coming days. Did I ever mention how much I hate DIY? Well I do, but at this moment, money is a little tight so I'm going to persevere and re-do a few chairs along with other things around the house. Check back soon... Thanks for reading!