Time to Design

I feel like I’m at a little bit of a turning point right now. I just moved into a new apartment in a new town and I need to figure out what I’m going to do with the space. When I moved, I ditched a few of my main pieces of furniture, so I have some room to design the new space. Since I have a new job, I’ve decided that I’m at a point where I want to start acquiring pieces out of want rather than need. I mean, instead of borrowing my parents’ and friends’ hand-me-downs, I want to start putting together a cohesive design by buying my own stuff.

Here’s my plan of action. I’m not in a position to just go on a shopping spree right away and buy everything I need. Nor would I want to, because I want to live in my apartment for a little bit to understand how I will use the space and what pieces I really need. So I’m going to come up with a loose color scheme and style for each space, start with the main necessities, and gradually add things as I see fit (and can afford them). So this is a list of the pieces I’m shopping for in a prioritized order:

1. small sofa (something that can fit two people easily and three in a pinch)

2. bureau for the bedroom (right now I have a big closet and lots of storage containers but no bedroom furniture besides my mattress)

3. curtains for the bedroom and living room

4. area rug(s) (my apartment is carpeted, but adding some color with a rug would be nice)

5. coffee table and side tables (I have some basic ones that I got for free several years ago but I would love to get new ones)

6. accent chair for the living room (if I have room for it, I already have a recliner)

7. small accent pieces like art and lamps

8. small kitchen upgrades like new silverware

My space is definitely limited and I live on the fourteenth floor of my building, so I have some parameters. I need things to fit in the space and through my door, and if it’s a piece of furniture, I need it to be able to be delivered directly to my building.

Here are some things I have my eye on right now:

Sofa from West ElmWEsofa

Or this one from Crate and Barrel (I’m feeling a dark grey for the sofa)CBsofa

A pretty basic dresser from Pottery BarnPBdresser

Rug from Pottery BarnPBrugOttoman from West Elm that could double as a coffee table

WEottoman

Does anyone have some shopping/design advice or thoughts?

I have a pretty blank slate right now, so I’m trying to find some solid vision that I can work with.

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The Real Reason

The real reason I went to Milan with my family a few weeks ago was to see my cousin play football. American football that is. I know what you’re thinking: jump back, American football in Milan? Why, yes. There is an American football league in Italy and my cousin is playing for the Milano Seamen (Side note: the mascot names are ridiculous throughout the league).

It rained the night of game, which is typical. Whenever we have seen my cousin play football, a monsoon tends to roll through town. We’re lucky like that. The game was in an old velodrome (a cycling stadium). Lucky for us, the spectator section was covered, unlucky for the players, the field was exposed to the elements.

Aside from the weather, however, the game was quite the fun affair. The crowd was rather sizable, and very invested in the game. It was a fun experience. My cousin was in almost every play on both offense and defense. There are about two or three American players on each team and they get a lot playing time. My cousin made some great plays, and got thoroughly beat up because the American basically have a target on their back. But they were the underdogs and they won. Yay! Here’s a little taste of the scene:the actionthe crowd the cuz post game celebration  program

The London Theater

On the way home from my recent trip to Milan, we made a pit stop at London for a few days, because why not, right? Since we’ve all been to London a couple times already, we didn’t really plan any traditional tourist activities. We rented an apartment in the city (because hotel rooms were through the roof expensive), and we spent the three days walking around, shopping, eating, and seeing a couple shows.  London is of course known for having a theater scene second only to that of New York, so when we go to London, we go to shows.

This trip was relatively brief because it was four days, and two of those days were mainly travel days, leaving us two days to absorb the city. We got tickets for the musical Matilda before leaving for the trip. Matilda is of course a musical adaptation of the Roald Dahl book. And when we got to town we called around to a few theaters and ended up with tickets to The Winslow Boy for our other free night. I believe both of these shows are currently on Broadway in New York, or have been in the near past.

Matilda

Matilda was really fun and creative. The stage was very dynamic, there were a lot of pieces that popped up from the floor to create different scenes. The cast was also impressive because there were so many talented children. I thought the funniest character was the evil principle Trunchbull. She was played by a man with a rather imposing figure. That really made the physicality of the character that much more hilarious. The songs were ok but I’m not running out to buy the soundtrack. All in all, not quite the caliber of the some of the classics, but a very entertaining evening.winslowboy

The Winslow Boy is a straight play which is a little out of the ordinary for me because I usually see musicals. That being said, I enjoyed it. The story line is not a mile a minute, so there are definitely some slower parts, but the actors were good and some of the characters are very endearing. The time period the play is set in reminded me of Mary Poppins, and one of the female characters is devoted to the women’s suffrage movement which reminded me of Mary Poppins as well. Even though it’s not the most dynamic story it does raise some interesting issues. I would definitely recommend it.

The next time you find yourself in London town, see what’s playing! The shows are always great and the tickets span a wide price range. You can definitely find something great to see!