Happy Weekend!

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Well, it was a short week, but it sure didn’t feel like it! Reg has been tackling her move into the new place (yay!), and Christa has had a lot of exciting Connecticut Art Directors Club things going on this week and weekend. We’re just excited for a couple days off from work to tackle house projects, hang with friends and take it easy.

Btw- how was everyones Memorial Day?? This was one of the first years we both didn’t attend any sort of big bash or BBQ, but as you might have been able to catch — we’re crazy busy, so we didn’t mind!

cct // My Oma brought Curtis and I some purple basil for an apartment warming present and I’ve been searching for some fun recipes to use this unique looking herb! This Purple Basil Pesto looks damn good, especially on the bruschetta!

rkv // I’m not generally a heels girl, but I’m kind of obsessed with these

cct // This lady has got style – love her Free People profile

rkv // I’m sorry, what? Spicy chocolate-covered tortilla chips. Yep.

cct // Have you guys heard of reverse washing? It’s when you use conditioner first, and then shampoo – strange right?! This super informative article has got me very excited to give it a shot!

rkv // Some good tips on how to shop like an interior designer

cct // Our friend Tara (last mentioned here in her artist profile), has been posting photo diaries from her European travels, and we are now crushing hard on Dingle, Ireland ❤

rkv// 20+ animal bellies that need to be rubbed right now

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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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Boston Weekend Hang

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As we mentioned before, it was Reg’s birthday on Friday, and I went to visit her in Boston on Saturday! It was a shorter trip than usual, but it was fantastic – we laid out by the Charles River and explored new (to me) places to eat and drink.

Saturday // Lunch // Flour
This fast paced bakery/sandwich shop was perfect for a quick stop before we went to lay out by the Charles River for the afternoon. Joanne Chang opened up this place in 2000, and with several locations around Boston, it’s quickly become one of Reg’s favorite stops. Some of our favorites are the bacon arugula and tomato sandwich, the Greek chopped salad, and the chicken and jicama sandwich. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, we recommend the hazelnut-almond dacquoise, the sticky buns, and some cornmeal-lime cookies. 

Saturday // Dinner // Row 34

Oh goodness. This place nailed it. Lobster rolls, muscles, bluefish, burgers, onion rings, fries, and wine. Owned by the same company as Island Creek Oyster Bar which we’ve featured before, we basically left rolling out the front door (the extra side of fries and onion rings were pretty unnecessary), but we were very happy campers. I think we can all safely say we’d recommend all of the above items, but we also recommend making a reservation  as far in advance as you can – this place is new and popular.

Saturday // Drinks // Lucky’s

Since we had a late dinner Row 34, and it’s not in the easiest of locations to get to, Lucky’s was sort of picked out of convenience – but hit the spot! Quick line, no cover, cheap drinks, a descent crowd, and some excellent throwback songs. We met up with an old friend from our high school days and enjoyed a little 70s funk and 80s pop.

Sunday // Breakfast // Mei Mei

Since discovering this place only a month ago, Reg has gone back four times and introduced it to five new people – I think it’s safe to say she likes it there. The scallion pancake (or as we like to call ’em, scal-pals) sandwiches are a great alternative to your usual breakfast options. We HIGHLY recommend the Double Awesome – a poached egg with cheddar and fresh pesto, inside a folded scal-pal. Don’t forget to spread some of the soy aioli on it, and maybe (definitely) get it with bacon.

All in all we had a great time catching up with old and dear friends, while finding awesome new stops. If you’re in the Boston area, check ’em out!