{Home} The Speed of Light

After living there for over forty years, my grandparents moved out of their house when I was in college.  I made trips down to their house to help my mom clean it out and take things back to keep.  On one of the trips, I noticed the chandelier they had hanging in their master bedroom, and asked if I could have it.  The next time my dad went down with my mom, they brought it back.

And it sat in that box for many more years, until I had a place to install it.  Which I now do!

It was heavily coated in dust and needed a good cleaning, so I got to work.  I took it out of the box, and quickly had a helper to investigate (that’s one of my parents’ cats).

I noticed how the crystals were attached to the fixture, so I could put them back in the correct place after everything was all cleaned.

Taking the crystals off was easy.  I took two yogurt cups and added warm soapy water to soak the crystals (I’m hesitant to use anything that will be used for food after cleaning projects like this, which is why I re-purposed the yogurt cups).

I used a microfiber cloth with the same warm soapy water to clean the fixture.

It took less than an hour to clean the whole thing.  It’s amazing the powers that soapy water have!

But there was still the issue that this is at my parents’ house, and I needed to get it back to New York.  So I carefully rolled up the crystals, and put them in a cloth bag to carry onto my flight back to the city.

Now all that’s left is to reassemble the light and install it!

{Home} Airing My Dirty Laundry

In my first and second apartments, I had space in the closet for a laundry basket to use for dirty clothes.  But there wasn’t space in the closet in my last apartment, so dirty clothes ended up in a laundry bag under my dresser.  I wanted something more adult for this apartment, since it’s one large room and my dirty laundry will literally be seen by everyone.

Most of the laundry hampers I saw did not interest me at all, so I was excited to see this West Elm hamper listed on Craigslist.

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Even though the woven vines conceal a lot, I wanted an additional bag on the inside to cover everything and make doing laundry in my building’s basement easier.  Off I went to Bed Bath and Beyond with a 20% coupon, and I came away with this hamper.

It’s a perfect fit!

I bought a can of gold spray paint to turn it gold, but I’m still liking the dark brown.  I can always glitz it up later if I change my mind!

{Home} Casper the Friendly Ghost Chair

I wanted to add a chair or stool to the dressing room, to help with putting on shoes, but also to be a catchall for items that get taken out of the closet and need to be put back.  Somewhere along the way, I found myself coveting a ghost chair.

Craigslist had a few for sale, but they were more than I wanted to spend, so when someone listed one for $35, I emailed them less than two hours after they posted it.  It’s not the fancy name brand, but it’s a clear acrylic all the same.

I sent this snapchat out to some friends as I returned from Brooklyn with my newest score.

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It’s probably not the strangest thing seen on the subway, but the man next to me was really into it!  He even wanted to take a picture of it.

And there it is in its new home!

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It might be a little big for that corner, so it’ll probably haunt different spots in my apartment before it rests in peace.

{Home} Color Conundrum

I can pick out the exact shade of my favorite color in two seconds flat, but picking a color for my walls has me stuck.  I read and bookmarked this post a few years ago, which suggested painting your rooms in shades of the same color.  I loved the idea then and couldn’t wait to try it out now!  I hope this color arrangement will add some more definition to what is ultimately one open space.

I picked out some paint strips in light neutral colors, and was able to narrow it down to one set, which is basically a long strip cut in half (see how the numbers are continuous?).

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Yes, technically these strips aren’t shades of the same color but slightly different colors that get progressively darker, but I think the idea still holds.

I was stuck on which lighter shade to use for the living room, and which darker shade to use for the entry way, dining area, and dressing room.  Luckily it’s pretty easy to get samples made.  I actually went back to get an additional sample since I still couldn’t make up my mind!

I ended up with three samples painted on the living room wall (left) and three on the dining room wall (right).

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The paint is from Benjamin Moore, and the colors for the living room are 856, 857, and 858, and for the other rooms are 858, 860, and 861 (listed in order as they appear on the wall).

There isn’t much light in my apartment, and the past few days have been cloudy, so it was hard to get a good picture of the samples.  Though I can tell you that the color appears very different depending on which wall the sample is on!  Right now, I think I’m leaning towards the lightest for the living room (856), and the lightest or middle for the other rooms (858 or 860).

I think I just need someone to come over and make the decision for me!  Any takers?  I’ll bake cookies or brownies! 😉

{Home} Space Race

One of the best things about living in a big city is that the resale opportunities and deals are endless.  I mostly furnished my last apartment from Craigslist, and it seems like the new additions to this apartment will be no different!

I was browsing for a new light for the dining area and kept stumbling on the Sputnik fixtures.  This light was a steal at $100 (with an extra box and a half of light bulbs), and I couldn’t forget it!  It turns out it’s also famous, as it was recently featured in an Apartment Therapy home tour.

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I had tried to install this light myself, but the electrical in my apartment is very old, so I asked the super to help.  He came over one morning and began to tinker with the wires.

The box needed a crossbar; luckily he had one in the basement.  He wrapped it in electrical tape so that it wouldn’t touch any of the exposed wires in the box.

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I didn’t take many other pictures of the process, as I helped him a little by holding the flashlight and handing him pieces.  The “white” neutral wires were cut so that they could be pushed farther into the box.  They got a new wire nut in place of the fabric electrical tape.  Some of the wires were exposed due to the decaying cotton wrapping, and they were wrapped in electrical tape to protect them.  Then it was just a matter of attaching the wires from the fixture to those in the box, screwing the fixture into the crossbar, and then adding light bulbs.

And just over an hour later it was finished!

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sputnik light brass vintage

sputnik light brass vintage dining area room

Two of the bulbs are burned out, but I was too excited to replace them quite yet.  The old fixture also had a bigger canopy/base, so the ceiling needs a little paint, but that should be easy enough.  In the mean time, you can find me gazing at it!