The original purpose of this blog was to document the renovation of our 100+ year old limestone in Brooklyn, NY. Naturally there are lot of posts on the topic but I've a little pictorial guide to help you find what you're most interested in. Just click on any of the images to bring you to most of the posts about that space. If you have any questions that aren't already answered within these pages, feel free to drop me a line.
While I'm not quite done decking the halls indoor or out, I am finished with our stoop*, otherwise known as the front staircase. After a quick trip to Lowes I was able to pick up most of the goodies. Adding a few things I had laying around and some handwork, its ready for Christmas!The front hall was decked with greenery, silver, black and white. It came together just as I imagined it (which as we all know doesn't always happen!) welcoming anyone who drops by. In addition to the traditional wreathes and garland, I added a few extra elements that give it a little personality. First the sign which I hand drew - not perfect but will work well for the holidays as well as the baby's first birthday party... read more at Brooklyn Limestone Posted 4 days 4 hours ago.
If I ever have the pleasure of living in the country, I plan on putting on my wellies with axe in hand and hiking directly into the woods to chop down my own Christmas tree. Then Ill drag the tree back just in time for the hot cocoa I had made before to be cool enough to drink while I warm my toes in front of a roaring fire. Yes, thats my Christmas tree fantasy and I would love to give that away. Sadly, that won't be possible but todays giveaway is the next best thing…One gorgeous, fresh cut 7 foot Frasier fir delivered right to your doorstep courtesy of the lovely peeps at Green Valley Christmas Trees... read more at Brooklyn Limestone Posted 5 days 4 hours ago.
If only all weekends could be 4 days, I crossed off quite a few things off the to do list. Including one Santa Sack freshly delivered from the North Pole ready to be left open under the tree Christmas Eve. Once I had laid out the design and printed onto my transfer paper, the rest of the project was smooth sailing. Just cut out, lay out the various pieces and iron on.Want to make your own? To download the free printable, click here. (Don't forget to mirror print if you are using iron on transfers). You will need 4 transfer sheets plus one for the childs name if you aren't writing it in. I used this 24x36 cotton laundry bag but you could use anything that would take the transfer.If you do make your own, I hope you'll come back and share. I'd love to see it.Want more?... read more at Brooklyn Limestone Posted 6 days 4 hours ago.
It's never been difficult to count my blessings but this year, more than any other, my heart is filled with gratitude. Wishing all of you the happiest Thanksgiving. Want more? Like Brooklyn Limestone on Facebook and follow me on Twitter for behind the scenes peeks, portraiture and random rants + raves... read more at Brooklyn Limestone Posted 1 week 3 days ago.
I know we have a month left to go but I'm calling it. I give you my suggestion for the "it" home decor item of 2013. It's the Threshold Bar Cart from Target.beautifully styled examples from chic geek / a house in the hills / style me pretty / a cozy boatIn the past few weeks, this bar cart has exploded on the blogger scene and its easy to see why. It's affordable, stylish and functional. I've seen it in person and it is pretty hard to resist. I'm not crazy about the plastic faux wood tray panels inside (mirror would have been so much better and more practical for drink spillage) but thats my only complaint. And yes, I'm dying to get my own but I really have no good place to put it so I've averted my eyes on every shopping trip.So what do you think?... read more at Brooklyn Limestone Posted 1 week 4 days ago.
I know many of you have a hard and fast rule about not even thinking of Christmas until after Thanksgiving. Obviously, I am not one of those people but I don't really don't start doing much until this week (aka a few days before Thanksgiving) so I call that close enough!In fact, each year, I challenge myself to finish all of the Christmas "tasks" like readying cards, doing the majority of the decorating and gift selection by the end of November so I can do more fun things with my December. I've never actually acheived that but it sure is fun trying. Maybe its the baby or maybe its just my normal merry self, but I'm super excited about the holidays this year. So this weekend was the official kick off in our house... read more at Brooklyn Limestone Posted 1 week 5 days ago.
Its Friday (yippee!) - time for another Steal this Idea* feature - a tiny show of appreciation for a well executed tutorial.This paper turkey might be the definition of genius. Take some simple supplies you have laying around the house and make the perfect Thanksgiving craft/goody basket that is sure to please even the most hardened anti kitch host. I love it!Kudos to the brains behind The Band Wife for not only dreaming it up but showing us exactly how she did it. She also made this pretty awesome cat pillow that may or may not be making an appearance on a couch near me.postscript: *When I say steal, I really mean borrow nicely and give proper credit!**If you have an idea/tutorial you would like me to consider for a feature, email me. I'd love to see!Want more?... read more at Brooklyn Limestone Posted 2 weeks 2 days ago.
It's a total cliche but as new parents, we really don't do much one on one anymore. We know we should but we've had lots of time to spend alone before baby came along so it just hasn't been a top priority. Even if we set aside some time, sometimes just going to a movie or out to dinner doesn't feel special enough to warrant getting a sitter. So when HowAboutWe, a dating site that expanded to include a service that offers fun experience dates for us old married couples, asked if I would be interested in giving it a try, I couldn't say yes fast enough! Headquartered in Brooklyn but serving the entire NYC area (and SF, Chicago & Seattle) they've lined up so many great date night experiences, it wasn't easy to pick one. Would we take an archery class?... read more at Brooklyn Limestone Posted 2 weeks 3 days ago.
************************* GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATS TO MINDY OF FINDING SILVER LININGS.*************************Thanks to everyone who entered the cozy pajama giveaway - I loved hearing about your favorite parts of the holidays. Now on to another goody for another one of my favorite things: travel!As part of my efforts to continue to collect artwork for the man room, I ordered a Textured Ink personalized travel map which is ooooohhh soo fun to fill out. (I know, modern travelers do this electronically but there is something about a real map and brass pins that makes it much more satisifying!) This isn't its final resting place but I had to give it a temporary stay in the daylight before it joins the man room collection... read more at Brooklyn Limestone Posted 2 weeks 4 days ago.
After seeing the shore living room completely cleaned out, I'm having a hard time deciding what to do. Part of me just wants to put up everything I had exactly as I had it before as it would be easy and free and I know like it.On the other hand, seeing an empty room gets my brain firing on all cylinders to do something a little different. Maybe more industrial or more playful or more flea market chic? Obviously I would keep the sofa and chair but maybe I should take it in a new direction? I can't decide! What do you think? Any suggestions?Note: This panoramic image makes it look like I have a ballroom sized living room. Obviously that is not the case!Want more?... read more at Brooklyn Limestone Posted 2 weeks 6 days ago.