We've cleaned it up but before a guest can come and stay, we've got to decorate. I'm aiming for a bright and cheery and cozy look: we've started with these organic cotton sheets with a light gray polka dot pattern and this beautiful (and durable, and eco-friendly) rug from hook & loom. And all our overflow books that were getting stacked in heaps on the living room bookshelf (and on my nightstand, and the floor, and over J's desk . . . ) now have a new home in the guest room.
So now that we have the bare bones in place, it's time to pretty it up and get some art on those walls. I love Paul Ferney's work, especially his Let Them Eat Cake series (the orangesicle and le fleur prints in particular - they evoke that warm, happy feeling I'm going for with this room), and I hardcore covet Gray Malin's photography (all of it, but I think the New York series would be so perfect for our guest room, if not necessarily our budget). (I also very much want this print for my office).
So that's my little nesting update. Let's check in around the world wide web:
- No-bake peanut butter chocolate chip cookies made with 8 ingredients (you probably have most, if not all, in your kitchen already) and thirty minutes from Bon Appetit. How am I not making these every single week?
- Interesting op ed on our compulsion to de-clutter. I know I'm constantly gathering things to donate or recycle or trash (exhibit a: giant pile of old linens in living room waiting to be taken to the textile recycling booth at the farmer's market), yet I never quite feel like our house is tidy and neat no matter how much I de-clutter and re-organize. After reading this, I'm going to try to just embrace the clutter - a little is always going to be inevitable in NYC, right?
- I don't follow fashion week aside from what pops up in my Instagram feed, but I did find this article on what it's like to be an unpaid intern during fashion week so interesting.
- A round-up of the best Oscar speeches.
- This essay argues that we should redefine failure not as a loss but as growth opportunities. Definitely food for thought.
- I very much enjoyed this story of meeting Colin Firth, and not just because I maybe also watched Bridget Jones's Diary for the umpteenth time yesterday.