Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Your Favorites: The Urban Slant

Well remember when I said I needed my wisdom teeth out in a couple weeks? Its become a nonnegotiable fact... they are coming out this morning. I've got my posts for today and tomorrow set up (because they are too good not to share) but I am going to be taking off Thursday and Friday. Hope you don't mind too much!

Today I am sharing a very special "Your Favorites", Julia and I grew up next to each other! We didn't know each other very well when we were neighbors but connected recently via blogging. Such a small little world. Julia has recently started her own amazing blog, The Urban Slant, that you definitely need to suggest. Its her take on living in NYC, so much goodness! And one very special part of this, Julia was my very first E-Design client! I gave her a little direction for her living room but she really took it ran!

So here it is, her favorites! Oh and PS I am over at Julia's blog today sharing my holiday wish list!

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Hi! I'm Julia from the lifestyle blog the Urban Slant! I was absolutely thrilled, and honored, when Alex asked me to participate in "Your Favorites". It is one of my favorite blogger series, and this post has extra special love behind it. When I moved to NYC, I desperately needed interior design advice. Now who should I turn to...?? That was the easy part! Alex, of course. Alex and I were neighbors growing up, and I've loved seeing her turn her passion for design into a reality. After many email exchanges, she helped me find cute odds and ends for my place, as well as a rug to anchor it all together, and some furniture, too! It has taken me six months to get my apartment to a place where I'm thrilled to photograph it. I was totally OCD with everything I picked out, and while it will always be a work in progress (thanks to my new passion for design), I'm ecstatic with how it all turned out. Given that Alex had a special part in designing my apartment, I thought her blog would be the perfect place to "reveal" it, if you will. I'm just so lucky she said yes!
I chose my Society Social "Marilyn" chair as my favorite piece because it is the last thing I bought -- just a few weeks ago! I had a dinky old Ikea chair that saw its last life in college, and it had to go. I love how simple this chair is, yet SO feminine with the pink trim. Not to mention it goes swimmingly with the #livesparkly pillow. 


The one thing I knew I wanted in my apartment was a gallery wall. I found myself daydreaming about what prints to include, and how to arrange them. Confession: I just hung it up this weekend! Better late than never, right? I love the mix of prints -- including a special piece my Mom painted. I anchored the wall around a Leigh Viner print -- she's SO talented. I also have a print by Alaina, a local Brooklyn Artist (not sure who since I bought it at the flea market), and Nicole Cohen


Now that I live in NYC, I love having a few reminders of where I came from: Chicago! My Mom sent me this subway sign that is on an old piece of linen, and I love it. It hangs in my tiny kitchen, and makes me smile each time I see it. Oh, and I had to add one of the prints I have that hangs above my couch --- how cute (I also have a Dallas one)? (via


My favorite miscellaneous items are actually two -- sorry, I couldn't pick! The first are the Zhush sunbursts that I bought in all three sizes in. They are meant to be hung on a wall, but I found they were much happier as book toppers. They are one of my favorite purchases, and they are very well priced too! The horn is a super random thing I picked up at the Brooklyn Flea market this summer. I just love how rustic it is. 


Finally, my favorite room is the living/dining room. Since I live in NYC, I don't have separate rooms for these. I am blessed to have enough space however. I love how the rooms flow together. The rug is so gorgeous, and I am obsessed with my ghost chairs. Buying four of them was a little damaging to my wallet, but I know I will have them forever. They are the best thing I did for the table. The mirror I purchased on One Kings Lane, and weighs about 2 tons - seriously, I had to have someone come hang it for me (even my Dad couldn't do it -- sorry Dad!). I leave you with another favorite that keeps me going each day, and makes me count each and every one of my blessings: the view out my window. I don't know how I scored such a picturesque view, but I'll take it! 

I have to give a HUGE thank you to the talented Elizabeth O'Brien who spent her Sunday generously photographing my apartment. She knew exactly the angles to capture, and should seriously quit her day job and pursue a career in photography -- am I right?! I highly recommend any New Yorkers who need photos of their apartments, or of anything, contact Liz! I hope you all enjoyed my favorites, and that you'll follow along with me over at the Urban Slant (where I'll reveal more apartment photos in the coming weeks). xoxo

29 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! That view is amazing. Happy Birthday Alex! Have Spencer bring you lots of Loves yogurt after the surgery! Xo

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  2. So many great things going on with this apartment that I don't even know where to start. Great idea to use the pieces from Zhush (love her and the shop) as book toppers. And the chair is just stunning. I love how the chair even ties in with the detailed lamp. Wonderful work!

    Happy Birthday Alex and best of luck with the wisdom teeth! I watched 4 seasons of LOST during my wisdom teeth fiasco so pick a series and run with it :)

    xoxo,

    Carly

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  3. Thank you Alex for having me today!!! You were the best e-designer a girl could ask for!! Take care of yourself today -- eat lots of mashed taters (my fave when I had mine out) and DONT use straws. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! xo

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  4. Julia, Your place looks great! I love the gallery wall! Might be the inspiration I need to work on mine.

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  5. Julia has created such a stylish home in NYC! Love seeing her featured here.

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  6. I love Julia and her home is gorgeous! You did an amazing job helping her decorate, Alex. You guys make quite a team! :)
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  7. i hope your surgery goes well and that you feel better soon! just having had my wisdom teeth out aroudn thanksgiving was quite the ordeal! extra blog points for linking up to such a cute post in time for the holidays!

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  8. I love the view from this apartment, amazing!
    Hope you better soon Alex!
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  9. Aw, I love it Julia! Great reveal- Such a fun, stylish city apartment! I am absolutely in love with the horn. That was a fabulous find. Alex, good luck with your wisdom teeth- I know it's not ideal but I promise it won't be that bad and will be over soon!

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  10. Beautiful apartment. Love the e-collaboration!
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  11. Julia I love your apartment! The gallery wall is amazing!

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  12. LOVE Julia's apartment! What style! I have the sunbursts {urchins} too and love them! The gallery wall is super chic too!

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  13. Such a GREAT post, I love it!!! Her ghost chairs won me over!!! I will always lust over them til I own my own!

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  14. I love your dining room chairs! I'm actually asking for a ghost chair for my desk for my birthday in a few weeks and am so excited. Such a beautiful, girly space!

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  15. Wow, Julia! You need to come decorate my apartment - yours is so beautiful! I love all of your decorating ideas... job well done.

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  16. I love the hints of orange...especially on the Marilyn chair!

    Happy Birthday, Alex!!!

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  17. Love the rug and the sparkly pillow on the chair! Great decor taste!!

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  18. Wow gorgeous place! You and Alex did a fabulous job! Love your print wall- the one your mom painted is amazing. Of course love the sunburst I still need one! And all of your odes to chicago :) Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Where is the rug from?

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  20. This apartment is so nice. Well furnished you can buy this apartment from us with cheap price. We have many cheap real estate for sell.

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