Zergnet: Simply Irresistible
Tag Archives: decor
You know how experts claim that most couples fight over sex or money? Not in my tiny apartment, which I share with a 6’5” dude and two cats. What we fight over is décor.
If he were in charge of our home, everything would be bright, white, and utilitarian. There’d be no blood-red living room, featuring Ganesh and Jesus duking it out for wall space. No piles of books and no throw pillows (he especially hates the latter).
But because real estate in New York is insane and my apartment is cheap, my man moved into mine, which (I believe) negates his right to complain because he knew what he was getting into. He would disagree, but I already told you this was our biggest bone of contention. Keep reading »
Did you watch “Kell on Earth” last night? I did, and I’m officially hooked, even though the last thing I need is to add more television shows to my DVR queue. The PR power house is straight up, unafraid to show what the fashion industry is really like, and brutally honest. Working in fashion, I have an understanding of just how public relations work, but I honestly had no idea that Kelly lived and worked in the same building. It seems like a love/hate relationship — perfect because it provides additional time to spend with her daughter, but stressful since her work and home life collide. Last night, we had a quick peek into Kelly’s apartment, and it’s full of great finds — and surprisingly, lots of pink. First, I’m in love with Ava’s white bed against the white exposed brick, and the Baroque chairs in Kelly’s kitchen are a fancy touch to spruce up a simple NYC kitchen. All I know is, I’m saving this image of her living room in my inspiration folder for my next apartment, because those silver accents look amazing decorating any simple white wall. A couple more after the jump… [Casa Sugar] Keep reading »
Just in time for the serious nesting months (i.e, the freezing cold days of real-deal winter), Lonny is back with a second helping of all things adorably home. For the December issue we get a peak inside interior designer Vanessa De Varga’s beach bungalow, lots of gold and sparkly things you’ll want to buy thisverysecond, a look at design queen Kelly Wearstler’s new tabletop line and and a crapload of seriously chic black-and-white schemed rooms. You will die. But my very favorite feature is all about J.Crew’s collection store here in NYC. I’ve been in numerous times and more often than not I find myself marveling more at the decor than the actual clothes (and that’s saying a lot!). They use loads of chalkboard paint on the walls (J.Crew creative director Jenna Lyons also uses it all over her home, too!) and to great effect—it’s matte enough that it’s a comfortable shade of black, rather than jarring. Check it out. [Lonny] Keep reading »
After seeing these hilariously beaten-up, wooden stools I totally had an I-can-make-that-myself moment — and wanted to share, because who doesn’t have a totally beyond sand-paper repair banged-up piece of wooden furniture? An old table? A clean-lined chair? The more dented and imperfect the better. How to get your own? Take said wood stool/chair/bench/table and up the distressed look—don’t be afraid to get destructive (well, within reason). To add to the dents collection, I like to pound the wood with a heavy chain (the super heavy type makes it easiest, you don’t have to swing to create imperfections and indentations), but any heavy “instrument” will make indentations. Next, get yourself a wood carving knife—they aren’t pricey—and make sure it’s made for carving wood and not simply an X-Acto or hobby knife (or a kitchen knife!). Get carving. I like the mix of actual words/hearts/obvious elements and also vague, abstract shapes as in the stools, above. Last step: Re-stain. Before you stain, lightly sand and also wipe the piece down well. Throw on whatever color of stain you’re into—and let the stain pool in the crevices. That way you’ll get the above look where the carved bits are darker. [Wary Meyers] Keep reading »