Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Favorite find at Brimfield this summer

wooden crate from Brimfield seller Vintage Retriever, $40

I scooped up this awesome wooden whiskey box at Brimfield in September, but it almost wasn't mine! Here's the story. So I'm combing through the booths as I always do, with mom about 10 steps ahead because she's antique-obsessed, when I came across the cutest little display by the folks at Vintage Retriever. I knew I wanted to buy a wooden crate at some point, but it didn't need to happen unless I found one I really loved.

Up on a shelf, sitting atop a luxe leather valise, was this amazing wooden crate used to ship whiskey -- Teacher's Highland Cream, to be exact.  (Fun fact: in the US and Ireland, it's spelled "whiskey," while the rest of the world drops out the "e.") I saw it and immediately thought of the BF, who is both a high school teacher and whiskey aficionado, so I made them an offer. Alas, my offer was too low, and it was a little too early in the day to part with half my cash. So I went on my way, sans crate.

My mother and I have a rule at Brimfield: if you see something you love, you better buy it right then because it will be impossible to find it later. Well I went through the whole day and kept thinking about that darn box. By 5pm I decided I would leave it up to fate.  If I could find my way back to the booth, and if the box was still there, then it was meant to be and I would buy it. Lo and behold, there it was, and I happily handed over the cash.

I'm planning to decorate with it in the apartment somehow, though I'm still trying to figure that out. I love the look of it on top of a bookcase, with a plant spilling out.  Or perhaps as storage atop a shelf.  Any pointers on decorating with crates? Leave me a comment below!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Welcome to Brooklyn

Sources: bar cart: Target; tablecloth: Kate Spade; chair: Target (similar one here); pillow: I forget where I got this, but you can get it on Amazon; painting & phrenology skull: Brimfield (more on eBay)

You know when you go through all these big life changes (moving, new job, new city, etc) all at once and you're just like go, go, go, get it all done, hustle, hustle, hustle until one day you wake up and realize that the time is just flying by?  And it's been almost a year of living in this new, crazy place that once seemed so foreign but now you call home?  Yeah, that.

I'm back people.  And with a new apartment to decorate.  The first completed area is our little reading nook above.  (Ignore the wrinkles in that tablecloth, please.  Real life has wrinkles, okay?) After the culture shock and months-long adjustment to this new life, I'm finally settling in and really loving living in New York City.  And I'm ready to share lots of fabulous decor photos, tips, and inspiration with all of you as I navigate this new locale. There's so much to see, do, and explore -- I can't wait to show you everything.

Here's what you can look forward to coming up on scarlet & sterling:
-a wallpaper-tastic bathroom redo
-demystifying the gallery wall (so THAT'S how you do it)
-guide to Brooklyn flea markets
-urban gardening (as always)
-recipes and cooking tips
-and lots and lots of style shots from the new place!

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