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Happy New Year!

 

Happy New Year’s Eve! Wishing you all the best in 2015. 2014 was a good year for me  – the biggest change was we bought and moved into our new home. Of course it wasn’t without it annoyances, but every new home comes with some challenges.

I’m looking forward to a very productive 2015 both personally and professionally. I have a lot that I want to accomplish in the new year so I am excited to get going and stop procrastinating!!!

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As for this evening, we plan to ring in 2015 in NYC with some friends. Whatever you do, have a safe evening and let’s get 2015 started already!

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Where I Work

I was recently contacted by the folks at WeWork, a co-working company, to show off my workspace. Well, it just so happens that I recently got a new one that I’m really enjoying. As you probably know, we recently moved into our new house. But last week we also got a new computer (hallelujah!) So it makes working that much more enjoyable.

I am a freelance writer and since I’m at home with my two-year old, I don’t have much time to work during the day. So it is at night when I go to my own space and get my creativity flowing. I usually like to have a cup of coffee or tea and light a candle to help get me focused. At my desk, I keep pictures of those that inspire me – my husband and daughter, as well as a cute calendar my husband got me one Christmas.

I knew I wanted an inspiration board in my office – somewhere I can post images and words that catch my eye, inspire my writing, home or goals I want to accomplish. So I find it apropos that we installed it once the new computer came. Since I’m so Type-A, it’s also important to me that my workspace is neat and clean. My husband uses it too, so it doesn’t always look like this (haha) but I maintain it as best I can for my own sanity!

I love that our office looks out onto an expanse of trees from a local nature preserve (it’s really beautiful in the fall) and it’s such a great view. Our bookcase is next to the desk where I work and contains lots of favorite titles, family photos and trinkets from trips we’ve taken to places like Paris, London and San Francisco. Truth be told – there’s also a Pack-n-play in here for when I need to leave my daughter alone for a bit, and it’s the place we like to come to color and build with blocks. Hey – life isn’t a magazine spread, I’m just keeping things real!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my workspace tour, it’s a work-in-progress, but it’s a process I’m really enjoying. Where do you work and what inspires you?

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On Location Tours – Giveaway!

The night after Thanksgiving, The Husband and I had the opportunity to take a holiday lights tour around NYC. The On Location Tours Holiday Lights & Movie Sites Tour was a really fun way to kickoff the holiday season and get into the spirit.

We started off at Columbus Circle and rode a very comfy coach bus to a variety of top holiday sites including Bloomingdale’s, Barneys, Lord & Taylor and Macy’s where we got to marvel at all of the brightly-decorated windows. In addition, we rode through Central Park, down Fifth Avenue and all around town to see places where many famous holiday movies have been filmed. During the tour, our guide told us some tid-bits and trivia from a host of different movies and even played some film clips. It helped remind me of all of the movies I’d like to watch this season including Elf, Scrooged, Serendipity and Home Alone 2. It was definitely a fun time!

 

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The NYC skyline at Bloomingdale’s windows

 

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A futuristic owl recites Madonna’s Holiday at Barneys

 

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Marionette dancers at Lord and Taylor

 

And now, On Location Tours is giving away two tickets to one lucky Fancy Function reader for a tour of their choosing! In addition to the holiday tour, the company hosts a wide selection of tours including Sex and the City Hotspots, TMZ Tour and TCM Classic Films, in New York and Boston Movie Mile in Boston. And now here’s your chance to experience one firsthand! It’s easy to enter, just leave a comment below stating what tour you’d most like to take (and remember to leave your email address). You can gain additional entries by doing the following:

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The winner will be selected at random on December 4th. Good luck!

 

*On Location Tours provided me with two complimentary tickets for the Holiday Lights and Movies Sites Tour. Winner must be able to attend a tour in either New York City or Boston.

Thankful

Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving, I wanted to take some time to reflect on all of the things I am thankful for in life. More often than not, we’re so super busy and running around like crazy that it’s hard to really see all of the great things in our lives.If you’re celebrating, I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday and I encourage everyone to set aside some time – once a week or even once a month, to really think about what you’re thankful for. Odds are, you’ll come up with more things than you can imagine. I am thankful for:

My husband

My daughter

Our families

Our friends

Our new house

Coffee (and Starbucks gingerbread lattes!)

Music

Books

Candy (and other sweets)

HGTV and Bravo (haha)

Being able to speak with my mom multiple times a day

Living in the shadow of NYC

Travel

Grandparents that love to babysit

Seasons

Broadway

Museums

All the amazing history right in our backyard

The Tonight Show

Candles

These are just some I thought of off the top of my head – what are you thankful for?

Transforming the Bedroom

The master bedroom is still a work in progress but oh, has it come a long way already. Our house was built in 1957 and the room was originally used as a place for extra storage. The previous owners turned it into their master bedroom but didn’t update it at all! So the floor was old, vinyl tile and the walls left much to be desired.

I knew I wanted a wood floor in the bedroom, in keeping with the flow of the rest of the house, plus I just prefer the aesthetic of wood over carpet. So I called in The Flooring Girl, who came highly recommended and the company did a great job! Of course, the transformation wasn’t a quick one (see – camping out in the spare bedroom for a month!) A sub-floor, leveling mix had to go down over the tiles since the flooring was so uneven, which then had to dry over a period of time. We waited a bit after that for the wood flooring to come in and then it had to get acclimated to the natural humidity of the room.

But we now have a beautiful new floor (Armstrong Performance Plus Oak in Pine Cone) and a fresh coat of paint on the walls (Valspar Sea Salt Blue). Now we just need to move the furniture back in or I’m going to need a new bag of marshmallows for my extended camping trip!!  ;)

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Living Space Transformation In Progress

Well, I have to say, things are coming along nicely in our new house. Of course, there’s been some big expenses (some expected and some not so much) but I hear this is usually what tends to happen when purchasing a new (to you) home.

New paint is up and we have some new furniture too. As of right now, our living room consists of just one sofa (how sad), but I have plans in my head to complete the space.

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We also just got a new dining table that is unfortunately sitting in the middle of the living room (I guess sometimes not having furniture comes in handy!) We’re just waiting for the chairs to be delivered this week and then we’ll be all set.

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In the meantime, I am gathering ideas for our living space. Here is just some of my inspiration. What do you think?

 

 

We’re planning to host Christmas Eve so I am confident that our home will be ready for its debut by then!

Starting to Come Together

Well, things are finally getting done around the house. We’ve been here for about six weeks now and though there are still some boxes left to unpack (I know, I know), we have been making good progress with projects even though it may not feel that way in my mind.

The husband and I spent the better part of a 4-day weekend painting, painting and more painting! We tackled Lady M’s room first since she was staying with my parents during that time and we wanted it ready for her when she returned. We stuck with the same color from her old room b/c I liked it so much – Behr’s Smoked Oyster. I’d say it’s a huge improvement over the bright yet very dark blue! And the new rug really helps to transform the room already.

The horrible wall color (and equally horrible light fixture!)

The horrible wall color (and equally horrible light fixture!)

Moroccan shag rug

Moroccan shag rug

We then transformed (another) blue room into a dark maroon (Behr’s Cherry Cola) office space. I think the color is warm and rich and makes the space feel cozy. We decided on a light gray for the living and dining rooms (Benjamin Moore’s Alaskan Husky) and painted a dark purple accent wall in the dining room – which I think turned out great! (Photos of all to come)

Our new wood flooring has finally been installed in the master bedroom after the installation of a new sub-floor and subsequent drying and acclimation. Now all we need to do is paint and move our furniture back in so I can finally feel like a normal homeowner and not someone roughing it. I feel like I’ve been camping for weeks!

I can’t wait for all of the little decorative touches to start coming together to really help turn this house into our home. For now, here are a few pieces I’m thinking of adding to Lady M’s new room. What do you think?

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