Soho Apartment

Soho Living Room

Our move from NYC to CT happened so quickly, and I never got around to sharing our full NYC living room on here. Also, we loved our furniture in this space and actually kept all of it for our CT living room. Overall, I wanted the room to feel cozy, but also sophisticated, with an understated glamour. Soho Living Room Restoration Hardware Black Velvet Couch So, this black velvet Restoration Hardware couch really added warmth to the space, and was such a focal piece in the room. Also, we custom ordered it off the RH website, and the exact style name is called the: Belgian Classic Roll Arm Three-Seat-Cushion sofa. It has held up beautifully, and this jumbo lint roller does wonders if you have a dog! Anecdote White Linen Swivel Chairs These linen arm chairs are 100% worth the investment. They came from a stunning home decor store called; Anecdote. We went with the creamy white linen material. The base is a subtle brass color and looks really luxe! They are insanely comfortable, down-filled, and one of the pieces I get asked about the most. Also, this is another option that is made of a fun boucle material. Anecdote White Marble Coffee Table So, this coffee table is so elegant, and would look amazing in any space. Meanwhile, it’s thin enough to fit in a studio apartment or smaller NYC space, but actually still works in our new CT living room styled with coffee table books. This is a great alternative if you want to spend under $350! Anecdote Natural Jute Rug Anecdote was kind enough to gift me this jute rug, and it really tied everything together. Also, it is SO sturdy and I loved that I didn’t have to worry about it pulling or shedding like crazy. It’s also very reasonably priced compared to other jute rugs I’ve seen. They also just started carrying this tighter woven jute rug that is really chic. Restoration Hardware Gold Gilt mirror This gold gilt mirror really packs a punch. It would look great over a fireplace, on a dresser, or behind a sofa like I had it here. The larger size is incredible, but HUGE and I made the mistake of ordering that one first – but it overpowered the room and didn’t even fit in the elevators or stairs haha! I would definitely recommend going with this half size. Restoration Hardware Linen Curtains I have an entire blog post on curtains here, but the exact ones pictured are the: Heavyweight Textured Linen French Pleat curtains in white (which is more like a creamy white, and fades to an even creamier color as it ages.) Aerin Floor Lamp This floor lamp is one of my absolute favorites, and I would buy it again in a heartbeat! It would fit any style home/room and is simple and classic. It’s on sale here. So, stay tuned for the rest of my Soho Apartment tour coming soon!
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My Favorite Cocktails

Thomas and I have had so much fun making cocktails this past year during quarantine, so I wanted to share my favorites here with you! I am VERY picky about my cocktails and the alcohol + ingredients that go into them. I love to indulge, but I don’t want to feel like sh*t the next day, and making sure I choose the highest quality ingredients insures that I won’t! For 21+ only… My Favorite CocktailsExtra Dirty MartiniWhen I’m at a restaurant I ask for an extra dirty martini with Belvedere vodka (it’s the purest!) and no vermouth. When I’m home this is how I make it! This cocktail packs a punch and you only need 1 or 2! What I love about it is it’s salty, pairs deliciously with cheese, and has 0 carbs or sugar. These are the martini glasses I use. RoséA simple glass of light, crisp rosé is a go-to for me in the summer. I don’t love a super sweet or dark rosé and prefer a French one over an Italian rosé. My favorite brands are Whispering Angel, Domaine Ott and Minuty. It’s fun to make frosé with ice in a blender on a super hot day. Piña ColadaWe had fresh piña coladas in Palm Beach the other week and OMG they are SO tasty. It instantly makes you feel like you’re on vacation. With only coconut milk, pineapple, ice and rum – this is a relatively “clean” cocktail that packs a fruity punch! Cucumber MartiniIf you have a juicer, juice 1 cucumber and add in 2 shots of vodka plus 1 tsp simple syrup. Shake over ice and enjoy – it’s soooo simple + yummy. Lemon Drop MartiniWhen I’m craving something citrusy, I simply juice 1 lemon, add 2 shots of vodka and 1 tsp of simple syrup to a shaker and pour in a martini glass (or over ice if you want to dilute it!) Add ginger and blend with ice to make a lemon ginger slushee! Watermelon Lime VodkaMix 1 cup of watermelon juice, juice from 1/2 lime, 1.5-2 shots of vodka and muddle mint for a delicious, summery cocktail! MojitoThis is such a flavorful, refreshing drink that combines mint, lime, and club soda. It’s typically made with rum, but sometimes I do vodka instead of rum! You can add a bit of simple syrup to sweeten if needed. If you’re interested in making cocktails at home, these are some of our most used shakers! This one is a beautiful hammered silver shaker, my sister got me this chic brass set for Christmas, and I love the classic look of this one. What are some of your favorite cocktails? I love trying new recipes so feel free to share below :) And please drink responsibly!
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DIY Walk In Closet

Over the years, I’ve converted 5 different bedrooms into my office/walk in closet. I’ve always worked from home, so I’ve needed the spare bedroom to be as functional as possible. Up until our most recent home, I was renting, so I never wanted to spend a ton of money on built ins! I had to get creative! Here’s what I’ve done to maximize my spaces on a budget. DIY Walk In Closet Ikea Billy Bookcase The absolute BEST, most affordable closet shelving unit has been the Ikea Billy bookcase. I’ve had both the regular bookcases and glass door bookcases – both are amazing. If your space allows it, I would get 3-4 of the Ikea bookcases to store your shoes and bags. (And this is another great bookcase/shelving option!) I’ve always liked the look of seeing my shoes + bags displayed, but if you think it will be too messy, I would get the one with glass doors. Then I would get a white or taupe linen fabric from a fabric store, and use a staple gun to add fabric behind the doors. This really elevates the entire look of the cabinet. Last step would be to swap out the knobs. I love a tiny brass knob like this, or even a fun crystal or painted knob from Anthropologie! This DIY Billy Bookcase hack is perfect for an office, kid’s playroom, or bathroom! Ikea has a ton of other closet systems that are more built out with hanging and drawer options as well. PS if the exposed white shelving holes bother you – you can buy these caps to fill them in! Past Home Set Ups In my first NYC apartment, I used a simple rolling rack to hang my clothes. It was perfect for the time being, but I didn’t LOVE the way the silver rack looked in such a small space (I wish they had made this one back then!) In my second West Village apartment, I paid a contractor to create a simple white built in closet with cubbies and hanging space on one side of the wall. I was renting and *technically* shouldn’t have done this, but I had the same contractor remove it when I moved out, and it was fine. In my LA house, I used 4 of the Ikea Billy bookcases and rolling racks, plus took advantage of the walk-in closet that already had built ins when I moved in. In my Soho apartment we had enough hanging space in the closets throughout the apartment, so I only used 4 of the Ikea Billy bookcases. Now for this house, I’ve been doing a TON of research and debating. Do I have a contractor do custom built ins? Do I get an Ikea larger built out wardrobe system like the Pax? Or do I mix and match my existing Ikea Billy bookcases with these cool mounted industrial clothing racks? Wall Mounted Clothing Racks I love the look of a gold industrial mounted clothing rack. It’s simple and sleek, doesn’t take up space, and is sturdy enough to hang a ton of clothes. You can do 2 or 3 next to each other, and really maximize your space. I have my eye on this simple clothing rack, this one, or this one with a white shelf above it. If you can’t mount anything – this subtle gold rolling rack is ideal. Accessories Once you have your clothes, shoes, bags, and storage taken care of, you can do the fun part which is accessorizing your closet! Add a fun ottoman or bench. Vintage hat boxes, Steamline luggage suitcases, a gorgeous chandelier, an oriental or shag rug, and a side table or chair. And lastly, get a floor length mirror! I have this simple gold West Elm mirror in my closet currently, but I recently bought this Restoration Hardware Salon Gilt mirror for our living room, and kind of want to get another for my closet!!!
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Best Bedding

If you think about how much time you actually spend in bed – you realize how worth it is to invest in amazing bedding! I wanted to share my absolute favorite beds, bedding, pillows and more with you so that you can have the best night of sleep! Best BeddingLinen SheetsMy girlfriend Tammi introduced me to linen sheets 5 years ago, and I can never go back. Honestly, they are the most comfortable sheets to sleep on, keep my temperature regulated (I’m never too hot or too cold), and look beautiful on any bed. I’ve tried several brands and the two I can recommend are the Restoration Hardware Stonewashed Belgian Linen duvet and sheet set and The Citizenry Stonewashed Linen Bed Bundle. I own both in white, although they come in several other colors. The Citizenry one is a little softer at first, but the RH one softens more after 1-2 washes. I prefer the RH pillowcases because they’re a traditional shape, whereas the Citizenry ones hug the pillow edges and have more of a lip if that makes sense? Down Comforter and PillowsI LOVE down and think it’s 100% worth investing in quality down pillows and comforters! I use The Company Store down pillows (they offer a ton of different varieties depending on your preferences!) You can use this link for 25% off! Our guest bedroom pillows are from Ikea and TBH we are impressed with them for the price! I like a more full/medium down fill, and the Ikea ones are a bit lighter (but you may like that.) I’ve read amazing reviews about this Parachute pillow as well… We have The Company Store down comforter. MattressFor years I had the Saatva Classic mattress in Luxury Firm. This is honestly the best mattress I’ve ever had. It’s so supportive, doesn’t hold dents in it, and I always get compliments from friends who have house sat for us. We recently ordered the Saatva Latex Hybrid Mattress because we wanted a King instead of a Queen size bed. I was really intrigued by this new mattress because it’s 100% natural and organic latex. I had read years ago about how most mattresses release toxic gases while you sleep (this is called off-gassing), and knew I wanted to get an organic mattress for our next one. In our guest room we have an organic tempurpedic mattress from Essentia. You will sleep like a baby on this thing! It is CRAZY how comfortable it is – and people always tell me the next morning how much they love it. Decorative PillowsMy favorite decorative pillows and throws are from Jenni Kayne. I have the alpaca pillow in cream and blanket in grey. The patterned pillows I always get asked about were custom made years ago from an interior designer I worked with, but these are similar! I have 2 king size pillows in the Restoration Hardware white linen, and then 3 euro size pillows in the same material on my bed. I also really love these linen pillows in various sizes and colors from The Citizenry. Bed FrameMy bed frame and bench are both from Restoration Hardware (shocker haha!) Both are in the white Belgian linen material.
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