Speaking of our New York apartment…
Pop the champagne: we have finally closed the sale on it. Despite finding a buyer within the first two weeks of listing it last year, and then finding another the week after Hurricane Sandy hit, we endured months of obstacles to get to the point of finally saying “sold!” just over a couple of weeks ago.
Now that I’m sure I won’t jinx anything, I can look back and say aloud what a pain in the arse it is to hold an open house—especially when the entire house you’re selling is visible the moment you walk in the door. It was only two weeks, but during those two weeks the apartment was listed, we had someone coming to see it every day.
Let’s just say that I finally understand why anyone would iron their sheets.
I remember reading in shelter magazines, like Domino, that ironing one’s sheets was something one does—and being a bit shocked. And then, Martha Stewart dedicated a portion of an eponymous episode to showing off an amazing rotary iron at which she liked to sit and press sheets during restless nights.
My first thought was ‘that sounds like hell.’ Sleeplessness and ironing?! But for years I’ve wondered about the secret to a well-made bed—the kind that you’d find in a fancy hotel (and the kind that someone wants to see in a home they’re considering buying)—and I’m afraid pressed sheets, as unrealistic as they may be, might be the answer.
P.S. We cheated: I took our sheets to a launderer to have them pressed before the photographer came, and then slept without pillowcases, and went over the top edges of the sheets with an iron every morning while Hudson was strapped in his high chair. Did I mention it was a pain in the butt?
[Photos: The NoMad Hotel; The Wythe Hotel, via CN Traveler]
Remember the faux-door moulding we created in our New York apartment? We used used a combination of crown moulding and miter cuts to add a little architecture. (You can see the “after” behind Hudson in this photo, and the “before” here.)
R and R Designworks, on Etsy, has created an inexpensive DIY kit that seems like a terrific, alternative solution.
They’ll work with you on walls, too. I’d love to see someone with the proper style of home go all out and do something like this…
P.S. More photos of our NY apartment; and our current bedroom and kitchen.
[Photos from top: HitherandThither/RandRDesignWorks/West Elm/West Elm/Ewering/ArchiExpo]
Having Mother’s Day and our anniversary fall on the same day meant that the whole weekend felt celebratory. I thought I might share some favorite photos…
I’m a big fan of Famille Summerbelle’s paper-cut prints and wallpapers, and was so excited to see one of their designs, Un Dimanche à Paris, gracing the cover of a new guidebook, The Little Bookroom Guide to Paris with Children.
As it turns out, we’re heading to Paris with Hudson in a few weeks (hooray!), so I immediately ordered a copy. I love its small size, especially because I’ll no doubt be carrying a lot more around than on past visits, when Aron and I visited sans child. And on first skim, it looks incredibly promising!
Have you been to Paris with a toddler? We have reserved a beautiful apartment on the Left Bank with Haven in Paris and I can’t wait!
[Photos by Famille Summerbelle]
Our poor baby boy got sick over the weekend and it was a doozy! That nasty stomach bug sent him to the ER on Monday for some IV fluids, which thank goodness brought him back to his usual happy self. It’s horrible seeing your little one in a hospital, but today you’d never know he’d been sick, and we can look back at it all with some laughter.