Loving Now // Statement Tile

We are definitely suckers for a loud statement tile, and it seems like it’s popping up everywhere lately. It’s also a surprisingly versatile (pun non-intended) element to add to your space. While kitchens and bathrooms are the typical rooms you’ll see it in, it can also be seen in entry areas, and even on staircases.

Real ceramic tiles sadly can cost a pretty penny, and for us renters, that really doesn’t make much sense at all. But luckily there are all sorts of reasonable priced options that are easily removable, like here, here, and for something more classic/minimal here.


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For the Love of Cafés

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We’re probably all feeling the same way these days when it comes to cozy-ing up on the weekends and being shamelessly mellowed out. Something about the middle of January just does that to us, huh? Lately all we’ve been wanting to do is curl up at local cafés, kindle in hand, latte on the table, and just unwind. How divine to these spaces look? Makes you want to design a little corner/oasis right in your apartment, doesn’t it?

We’re hoping that this New England snow storm is just mild enough that we can still meet up in Boston, but wintery enough that we can wander out and search for a cozy café like these…

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And if you’re looking for some local cozy love – check out these lovely cafés in the Hartford area & Brookline/Boston…

In Conn., Dom’s Coffee, J.Rene Coffee Roasters, Sarah’s Coffee House, Tisane & Hartford Baking Company

In Boston, Tatte, Pavement, Thinking Cup & Caffé Nero


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Five Ways to Make Your New Place Feel Like Home

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As we’ve been mentioning, Christa and Curtis just moved into a new place, and Reg and her roomies will be relocating at the beginning of June. There are some seriously exciting and NOT exciting parts of moving, but the biggest challenge will be making your new place feel like home. To help, we’ve gathered some tips that will definitely be useful in our nesting process.

 

01. Get cookin’

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Before we get started here — how good does this look?? This will be made on our end in the very near future (find the link below!). Ok now, back to business.

One thing that’s sure to make your place feel like your own is to get that kitchen fired up. It may be the furthest thing from your mind when your stuff is all a jumble, but eating take-out for two weeks straight is not going to help your well-being, or your wallet. Once you’re done with your move, start unpacking that kitchen pronto. You don’t have to make beef burgundy or anything, just a simple 20-minute-meal will do. It’ll help you get a sense of the new storage, so you can make things more efficient over time. You can also get a sense of what your new place is missing, so you can get a list going of what to pick up next time you’re home shopping.

 

02. Figuring out the right fit for your furniture

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When Curtis and I moved into our new place we couldn’t wait to see all of our beloved furniture in the open space – we wanted to change the positioning and order of our living room, try new pictures on the wall, reinvent our rooms. And what happened was just that. BUT not exactly on our terms. Our living room is oddly shaped, and we can’t use most of the furniture we originally had in there. At first I was bummed and was trying really hard to fit these pieces in, but now I’ve accepted that those items have to live somewhere else. In our case that doesn’t mean we have to get rid of it (we have other rooms to transfer them to), but in some cases, letting go of the items might be the right thing to do.

If you’re planning on staying somewhere for a while, and a piece of furniture you love doesn’t have a home in your new space but you couldn’t possibly give it away, see if someone you love can make use of it, or rent a storage unit — but think hard on these pieces and try to let go if they’re not right for your new home. Think of the joy someone at goodwill (or on craigslist) will have when they stumble upon your awesome piece.

 

03. Find all items a real home

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While this photo above is beautiful and those paintings are clearly living there, if that isn’t your style and you’re just propping them up until you find the time, or the energy, or the man-power to put them up, find whatever you need and get the deed done. Your place will feel like a real home once you arrange your favorite pieces exactly where you want them! And even if you put it in a spot and then change your mind, that’s ok – how would you know it’s not the right place until you try? Get the boxes out of the way, find homes for those random piles you’ve got laying around, and start gettin’ things organized!

 

04. Freshen up

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Let’s be real, there’s nothing grosser than a former tenant’s dust and crumbs. This past week Reg and her roommates were doing a sweep of their new place before they officially move in so they can see what needs to be done beforehand. They opened the fridge, kitchen cabinets, etc… and let’s just say it wasn’t pretty. One major way to make your place feel like your own is to give that bad boy a good scrubbing. If your landlord lets you, try to get in a day or two early to throw some elbow grease into it. Clean the baseboards, windows (and their sills!), bathtub, toilet, the works. Hardwood floors? Polish them! Carpet? Rent a carpet cleaner! This will make things feel so much nicer once you start to bring all of your furniture in.

Once you’re settled, keep the momentum going! Get some potted herbs for your kitchen window, hang some plants in the living room, and put some flowers in the entry way. One of our favorite tricks is to simmer some citrus peels and spices over the stovetop. It’ll make your place smell so fresh. *A nice springy option is lemon rinds and rosemary.

 

05. Start exploring your new neighborhood & community 

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While this chunk of advice doesn’t have anything to do with decorating (boo), it is an important part of a move. Start exploring your new neighborhood, take walks around the block, find a new jogging route – once you’ve become more familiar with your new area, you’ll start to feel at home in your new place. If you move into an apartment building, start paying attention to familiar faces, or if you’ve moved into a split family house, chat with your neighbor whenever you both have a minute. The more comfortable you are in your new zone, the sooner your new apartment or house will feel like home!

 

What do you guys like to do to make your home cozy? Let us know!

 

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

It’s definitely feeling like May around these parts, which means it’s time to get a little something special for that sunshine in your life — your mama! Check out some picks we found on the interwebz that we think our madres would just adore.

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01. Metal Watering Can
02. MCMC Fragrance Samples
03. Fitbit
04. White Truffle Olive Oil
05. Glass Measuring Cup
06. Bronze Dipped Glass Vase
07. Seafood Spice Rub
08. Decorative Metal Candle Holder


Happy Weekend!

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With an unexpected day off on Monday (MLK, Jr. Day), we’re seeing some cooking and cleaning in our future. We’re finally pulling ourselves back together after the whirlwind of the holidays, so this extra day will certainly be helpful! Hope you all have a good one!

cct // Because you know how much we love pizza… 22 Ways to Turn Basically Every Food into Pizza. (also this <3)

rkv // We were feeling on the new Belle & Sebastian in our office yesterday, give it a listen!

cct // Continuing to use your student ID is one of the best things you can do for yourself these days! Di$counts!

rkv // Ok, so I know we’re supposed to be doing that whole “better, healthier me” thing this month and all… but these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are really low in fat! 🙂

cct // I’m all about finding healthy and delicious breakfast these days, and this sounds amazing!

rkv // We’re only like a third of the way through winter, and I’m already getting a little stir crazy, especially with my apartment design — I think I need a bit of a refresh!

cct // I’ve been itching to do a fun and quick(ish) DIY – this, this & this sound fun!

rkv // I’ve been wanting to share a feature of my home with you guys for a while now (though that would involve a bit of a cleaning overhaul…), so I found these tips on shooting interiors very helpful!

Festive Fall Gathering

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Although the temps are in the 30’s, we’re not giving up on Fall quite yet. So gather some friends and have one last festive fall gathering! *Hint, hint — Friendsgiving anyone?

The way to really make this work is to invite a couple friends and have them all bring 1 or 2 easy items like cheese, nuts, fruit, wine, etc., provide them with some cute dishes and you’re good to go! Last month Reg hosted a BYOC party — you guessed it, a “bring your own cheese party.” This was especially adorable due to the cheese labels (see here, here, and here), which help so that you don’t get confused about which kind you’re eating (it happens a lot!). Snack away while chatting, or even watching a show or movie.

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Our little gathering is brought to you by Trader Joe’s and the H&M home goods section… hah, jk — but really, we got most of the delicious treats and pretty glassware from our two favorite spots. We pooled together on some brie, a cheddar-parmesan blend (which, BTW, is heaven on the rosemary-raison crackers), cashews, sparkling cider, and some fresh fruit for a divine feast for fools.

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This turned out to be a delightful way to spend a chilly November Sunday. It isn’t Thanksgiving just yet, so we’re holding out a little longer on cute fall aesthetics.

(Christmas is still pretty damn cute though…)

Loving Now // Wall Paper

We grew up in a time when wall paper was terrible… dated floral and patterned ceiling boarders, but times have changed. We are seeing wall paper being used in all sorts of stylish new ways with exciting new imagery. Check out some of our favorites these days…

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Also, how to make a fabric wallpaper feature wall, how to use wallpaper inside a bookshelf, and how to create the illusion of wallpaper with paint and stencils!

Happy Weekend!

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Happy Labor Day weekend, errbody! Time to kick back and take off that extra day that you deserve!

xo, g&m

cct // These apartments were our inspiration as impressionable teens/young adults, I bet we’ve managed to unconsciously take some styling tips from some of these places! (Sex and the city anyone?)

rkv // I’m just such a sucker for free botanical prints

cct // Tryin to keep these tips in mind as my 1st 5K of the year approaches in a month #makemelikerunning

rkv // How to make a simple beaded necklace

cct // Hello Kitty, I love you, but you’re confusing me…

rkv// The best and worst hangover foods

cct // I was on the American Horror Story band-wagon for Season 1, fell off on Season 2, almost got into Season 3 (still do), and am definitely interested in Season 4!

rkv // How to make a pumpkin spice latte at home

Love Want Need // Patio Chair & Cocktail Glass

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For us, summer time means a whole lot of what we like to call mega porch hang. Coined in the summer of 2013, the verb involves the act of lounging on a porch, patio, lawn, beach, etc, indefinitely. Often associated with hotdogs, cocktails, and sunglasses, mega porch hanging has become a fan favorite amongst millennials alike.

In order to achieve this high-level of lounging properly, one must do so in style. Thank goodness for retailers who help us so greatly with our endeavors!

LoveChair // Glass

Want Chair // Glass

NeedChair // Glass