Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Hot Shoes

Wouldn't these shoes look smashing with a little black dress?

via Julia

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tree Sculptures

These tree sculptures by Patrick Dougherty make me think of rabbit holes and gnomes with thick accents. They remind me of the "Choose your Own Adventure" books I read as a kid where the lady of the manor goes running off to fight the goblins of the western wood.

Discovered via Bit of Beauty

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Move

Just a quick note to say that the move went well and we're busy shining the silver and hanging the chandeliers. It will be a quiet week here on Peanut Butter and Poetry, as we are waiting to get internet installed, and having so much fun dashing up and down flights of stairs carrying heavy things.

photo by Vitor RPL

Friday, April 16, 2010

Happy Friday!

Today is moving day! W is here to help, and I've hired two guys and a truck, so hopefully it will all go smoothly. The building I'm leaving has an elevator, but we're moving into the top floor of a walk up with a narrow stairwell, so that will probably be the the tricky part.

My parents are coming up Saturday, so they'll help with the cleaning and unpacking, and get to see the new place. (Hopefully we'll take a quick break to try the cookies at Ruby et Violette!) W will be moving his things down in a few weeks, and officially moving in June 1st. 

This week I've been alternately thinking of furniture and exotic vacations. Rustic farmhouse style tables, contrasted with industrial metal benches and designer chairs. Then it's on to dreaming of lying in the shade of a Tuscan villa, or climbing through South American jungles. Something about being surrounded by boxes and bubble wrap makes my imagination wander. I wouldn't mind a few hours stretched out on this bench with a glass of sangria, and a beautiful maze of hedges stretching out behind me...

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Photo from the Toast Catalogue, discovered via the style files.

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Check out Puma's new innovative and minimalist "clever little bag".

A re-think of the traditional shoe box, it eliminates plastic bags, coated paper, and tissue paper. Designed by Fuseproject, it is the result of almost two years of study. More details at TheDieline.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


I'm picking up the key to my new apartment this afternoon! I'm a little bit nervous that I've made it bigger and nicer in my head than it is in reality- I was in a bit of a daze when the realtor showed it to me. Gulp.

Photo from here.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Happy Friday!

It's been a whirlwind of a week, and next week promises to be even more so. This weekend is dedicated to packing up my apartment though we're going to make time for dinner with friends and hopefully a little stroll through the Brooklyn Botanical Garden before all the cherry blossoms fall from the trees.

I've been drawn to images of hair blowing in the wind recently, perhaps another expression of the chaos that has been going on lately.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Beautiful Storms

My life is a bit chaotic right now, with boxes stacked high, full of books. Boxes leaning empty and loose against walls, and boxes half assembled and yawning open. Perhaps that is part of why I'm so drawn to the turbulence of these photos by Mike Hollingshead. The power of nature always makes me feel calm and serene. A big thunderstorm, a few minutes starring at rolling ocean waves, and the power of my own chaos is quickly put into perspective.

Discovered via Black Eiffel

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Quiet

Sorry for the silence this past week- I've been rushing around trying to see as many apartments as possible while keeping up with craigslist and a slew of realtors. But, after a week of frenzy, I have signed a lease for a new place! I'll be leaving Park Slope behind, and moving into a one bedroom in Hell's Kitchen with a loft space, a super nice kitchen (with full fridge! whoo hoo!) Yes, I'm mov'n up in the world. The gazillions of checks have been written, the papers signed, the move date scheduled.

It all happened rather fast, and involved my trying to send a photo on my cell phone (grainy, dark semi-image, I do not have a phone that is equiped for actual picture taking), and discuss pros and cons with W while traipsing down the street after a realtor walking serveral thousand feet per second across midtown traffic. I believe he thought the faster he got me to the office the more likely I would be to sign the papers and hand over the cash. In the meantime W was firing off question like "are those beams structural or decorative" and "can we move the stairs?" To which I of course had no answers.

When it was all over we realized something: We don't have to look at apartments this weekend! Which was a fantastic and joyous realization. So Easter, which had previously been rescheduled due to the Giant Sudden and Stressfull Apartment Search of 2010 was reinstated. I'm heading up to Boston tomorrow after work with a little package from my hometown Easter Bunny, and we're planning a nice relaxing meal at home. I have a long list of things to get done-  stuff to clean out and cull before packing, and of course, an entire apartment to pack. But the worst is behind us, and now that we have a beautiful new place to look forward to, we can start planning and organizing. I already found a CSA for the area, and I'm sure W has been on several furniture sites already today...

photo by Pink Bow