Your Trash Is My Treasure // Chippendale Chairs

November 26, 2013

Wow, it is amazing how much easier DIY is in Atlanta than New York. You find a cool piece of furniture on the side of the road? You pick it up...and put it in your car. You don't lug it two avenues and ten blocks and then up your four flights of stairs. Atlanta, you're on to something...

I was lucky enough to be able to fly home early for Thanksgiving this weekend and found these Chinoisserie/Chippendale chairs out on the curb. When new (and I will admit, more intricate) Chippendale chairs cost as much as $600, I was thrilled to find these for free! They have clearly been sitting outside and need some cleaning and TLC, but a bath, a new paint coat and seat cushions, and they'll look brand new! 

I'm trying to decide how to redo the chairs and would love some help. I'm somewhere between a statement color for the frame and pattern play for the cushion or white and neutral with a pillow to make it versatile.

What do you think?

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Farm-To-Table Frenzy

November 20, 2013

I spent the past weekend in San Francisco visiting my best friend from college and celebrating her engagement. On Saturday, we walked a short few blocks from her Financial District Apartment to The Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market. I live close to Farmer's Market in Union Square in New York, so I was expecting this market to be much like the one at home. Let me just say, California doesn't get its reputation for being healthy and green for nothing. I was totally blown away by the amount of fresh producel, fruit, seafood, and earth-friendly eat ware. Everything seemed to be compostable and plastic bags were not an option, which I loved. We had the most amazing lox on sourdough with fennel, capers and pickled onions, and I came back convinced I must have a rosemary plant much like the one of my friends balcony.

Today, Mashable posted a video about a fast-food chain called Sweet Green that I wanted to share. The company was started by a few entrepreneurs who saw a need for fresh and healthy food during their time at Georgetown in DC and started up the company. The built the company on lifestyle offering good music, healthy food and a fresh outlook. I really respect the type of food these three friends turned business partners are offering. They are now up to 21 locations offering farm-to-table food from local farms and change up their menu based upon seasons like fancier restaurants. From a Marketing standpoint, they are doing a killer job. It’s hard not to like or identify with a brand that’s culturally relevant and funny.

Plaid, I Love You

November 18, 2013

There are some prints that just don't go out of style. They may go in and out through out the years, but they always come back. I really love that plaid is making a strong comeback this year. It's a great print for the winter and who doesn't love a good flannel?? Here are some of my favorite plaid outfits this season from glamorous to preppy casual. 

Scroll down for where you can get some of my favorite plaid picks, and get the recipe for the best casserole you'll have this Thanksgiving here.

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A New York Weekend

November 15, 2013

My family and I used to plan a yearly trip to New York in December for a weekend full of Broadway Musicals, trendy restaurants, and well, winter. It’s no secret that Hotlanta isn't a winter wonderland, and heading up to New York every year for the holidays was the perfect fix. Now that I've been in New York for over a year and half when my family comes to visit they want me to show them the ‘real’ New York. In the past few months out of town guests have been such a treat, but continuing to find new places can get tough! 
So where did I take them?

Brooklyn has really done a number on its reputation since its SATC days as a place no taxi would take you or a place that Miranda’s friends would visit. Thanks hipsters. So this weekend, CT and I took my Mom and Dad to Bedford Ave to do something a little different than their previous trips. We had brunch at Sweet Chick and walked around popping in and out of shops along the way. We also tried out Brooklyn Oenology Winery Tasting Room and went to the top of the Wythe Hotel for a cocktail and city view.

What To Order At Sweet Chick – 100% Chicken ‘N Waffles and French Press Coffee
What To Order At Brooklyn Oenology – Red or White Social Club
What To Order At The Wythe – Dirty Martini or A Moscow Mule

Dinner was one of the hardest things for me to choose. I had made the mistake of waiting too long to make a reservation at the usual suspects  - The Standard Grill, Spice Market or Catch –  and wanted to try somewhere new. Since moving here, I have not made it to Rosemary’s in the West Village. If you aren't familiar with Rosemary’s it’s an Italian farm-to-table or roof-to-table in this case that doesn't take reservations and is continuously packed. After this weekend, I can see why. The food is too die for!!

How To Get In:
 If you don’t mind eating early, I’d recommend getting there at 6. If you don’t mind standing (their bar has tables but no seats) you can get there at 7 and be sat by 8 or 8:30.

What To Order: 
This is tough. Everything was really good, but I’d have to say the Orecchiette with broccoli rabe and homemade sausage. We tasted two different reds to find the right pairing for this and the Frem was the perfect match.

Sunday we mixed brunch at Gramercy Tavern with a Broadway Matinee. Gramercy Tavern my Dad and I actually discovered right around the time I moved up and we can’t get away. The doors open at noon and there is always a line waiting to get in, it’s that good. The food is complex and seasonal so you really can’t go wrong with what you order. On Broadway, we scored tickets to Newsies. I have heard a lot about Newsies being a Tony Award Winner, and it didn't disappoint. I loved that the story was based on a true Newspaper Strike from 1899, and the cast was on. 

Do you have go-tos for out of town visitors?

Pomegranate Thanksgiving Table Linens

November 12, 2013

How amazing is this Thanksgiving Table set up? 
It just screams fall with the mix of greens, oranges, browns, wood grain plates, pine cone candle holders, fall floral arrangements and gold accents. I love the table cloth fabric and matching apron, and it turns out I'm luck!  Waiting on Martha has partnered with Pomegranate to giveaway a $460 Thanksgiving Table Setting!

Enter here.
Shop the pieces here.

Canopy Beds / Hump Day Home Makeover

November 06, 2013

My parents have this fantastic hand carved cherrywood canopy bed. Despite loving to swing around the bed posts or jump on the bed as a kid I never really gave canopy beds a second thought. But they must have been all the rage in the 80s/early 90s, because now that I think about it my sister had one too...

With the size of my bedroom, a canopy bed is only something I can dream about having. But until then, I'll lust over their dreamy appearance that really makes me want to rejuvenate and hunker down in bed.

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