At Home: The Perfect Bar

bar4 If I lived in a bigger apartment, the first thing I would have would be a mini bar. Having one is a great asset for entertaining and when done right, they make for cute decor. My ideal home bar would be feminine (but not too girly), colorful, feature some kind of glass or wood furniture in an unconventional form, and have all the basics. Here some ideas I found on Pinterest.

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Sunday Afternoons

IMG_2830 Despite what I had hoped, last week wasn't very relaxing with all of the traveling. I also got sick when I arrived back in New York. Just my luck. Luckily, I laid low over the weekend. My parents came on Saturday and after a long bike ride in Central Park we had lunch atย Frank, which is actually a sister restaurant to Supper (see my previous post). ย Instead of beans, they serve a delicious bowl of olives. On Sunday I read at Bluebird Coffee Shop in the East Village. If you're looking for a cozy, friendly coffee place, I definitely recommend.

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{new artwork on 2nd street}

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{colorful plates and bowls}

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{pretty magazines}

DIY: Coffee Table Tray

IMG_2293 We had lunch from Le Pain Quotidien at work a few months ago and I took the plywood tray that held the desserts back home with me. The wood was a really cheap material but I figured I could turn it into some sort of better looking tray for almost no cost. I primed the tray to help reinforce the wood, and then painted it a light sea foam green that I mixed from my own paint collection. I finished the edges with some gold paint so it looked a bit more polished and then sealed the tray again. It was so easy and I can't wait to use it for appetizers. Plus, it didn't cost any money!

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DIY: Instagram Coasters

IMG_1682 It's hard to say if I love anything more than 1. Instagram and 2. making random stuff. I constantly scan the Anthropologie website looking for coasters but, let's face it, I'm poor. Naturally, as soon as I saw this post on Darkroom and Dearly about DIY Polaroid Coasters I wanted to make them. Instead of doing Polaroid-style pictures (seen in the blog post) I just used 4x4 Instagram pictures instead. I used the app PostalPix to get my pictures printed - it's really cheap and easy - and I bought 4x4 ceramic tiles from Blick's Art Supplies. All you need is the tiles, pictures, and some Mod Podge and you're all good! I also used an acrylic sealer on mine so that they would last longer, and I'm thinking about corking the bottoms so they don't scratch the table.

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