Category Archives: admiring

admiring: verso latsu baskets

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The current state of the master bathroom is unusable, but it’s getting sooo close. I’m excited to photograph it soon and share it here. In the meantime, I’m thinking about storage options a lot – both for that room and for the new spaces in our addition and garage apartment. The pegs that we’re installing in the bathroom are likely going to work their way into some of these newer areas. I love the simplicity and the flexibility of them – especially paired with simple storage baskets like this one from Verso.

admiring: lacanche ranges

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All photos in this post are by Beth Kirby, as featured in this article on Remodelista, and then spotted again in last month’s Bon Appetit magazine. Drool.

I realize that I’m jumping the gun here a bit on the sequencing of posts about the addition project, and I’m excited to share how things are going on it. But I sat down and made a list of all the things I’m behind on (and that I owe other people), and those posts are fairly far down the list. The first item on that list was “panic”, the second was “sweat”, and the third was “feel incredibly guilty”. Luckily the fourth was “take a deep breath, and let the first three go”. So I’ve done that, and I’ve been chiseling through the list in any spare moment I can snag.

In the meantime, I can still talk in five minute bits and spurts about what I’m daydreaming about these days. Here’s one of them.

Ranges.

Specifically, this range.

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I realize that it’s common to think kitchen renovation = appliance planning and shopping, but this overall project, while relatively small in footprint, is a complicated little nut to crack. There a thousand steps that have to happen before an oven is ever installed.

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But… there are also lots of things that help keep my energy levels (and focus) up and steady on this project. And part of it is completing some of these little steps along the way – like emailing the structural engineer with a question, or touching base with the contractor on an exterior product.

Or standing at my counter, prepping dinner, imagining the space transformed. We’ve done this a dozen times before, we’ve taken a thousand steps already to this point. I’ve fine-tuned my future vision skills. I can picture the space like it’s already done. There may or may not be a fancy French range in the final go, but it’s coming together in a way that makes me excited.

Fifth on the endless to-do list? “Allow yourself some time to get lost in your own thoughts.” My favorite thing to do.

admiring: hanging bathroom storage and a couple of requests

Continuing the conversation about the master bathroom – I thought I’d check in with you guys on two things. First: Currently, to the left of our sink, we have a small glass shelf that holds a few items – a toothbrush holder, a canister with q-tips, and the occasional water glass. We’re not planning on reinstalling it once the wainscoting is done in the room. Instead, I’m hoping to make use of those new pegs by suspending some of our storage needs.

Once the room is complete, I plan to use the top of the new wardrobe in the room to hold a few more things. I’ll probably put a tray on the top to protect it, and we can always set a glass there if needed. We have a small clock on the dresser, and the q-tips could go in a pretty container, or even just in the drawers along with our other toiletries. But I think it would be handy to still have our toothbrushes next to the sink. I’m thinking that we could use a pretty hanging ceramic piece to do that job. I’ve seen so many lovely ones that hold plants, but there’s no reason they can’t hold small bathroom items instead.

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I’ve found several that I love, and might just order one of them. But I was wondering if any of you local friends have seen something similar around town, or if you know of anyone around here making items like this? I’m going to stop into R. Ege Antiques in the neighborhood this weekend just to see what he has. (Have you ever been? This place is fantastic, and he has the best storefront display every month. Check the hours, I think he’s only open 3-4 days a week.) I’ll probably check in the shop at the garden as well, they may have something that will work. Bowood Farms might too. My days are just so full now, I rarely take the time to browse in shops anymore. But I know you guys have great taste, so let me know if you’ve got any leads.

(Of course, there’s always the danger that once we have a lovely hanging toothbrush holder, our free Oral-B’s from the dentist are going to look really sad. Then I’ll have to find some hand carved wooden toothbrushes!)

And if not, several of the planters in the photos above are made and sold in Brooklyn, and we’re moving into this brownstone there in a few weeks…

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…well, technically just for a week, but I’m up for pretending this place is ours during that time! So, my second request in this post is for off-the-radar spots you’d recommend in NYC. We’re taking the girls for the first time, and they have a short list of big sites they want to see – E: Natural History Museum and the Highline, F: Guggenheim and the Statue of Liberty. We’re hoping to really explore some of the parks and gardens, and we also want to eat well! If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them.

So that’s two requests in one post, I hope you don’t mind.