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Target is on the Threshold of Something Awesome



Have you been to Target lately? Before we started demoing the wall on Sunday afternoon I stopped by Target to pick up a few things and of course wandered into the Home Decor section. Is it just me or is it impossible to just walk into Target for one thing? While browsing I just couldn’t get enough Target’s Threshold Collection. It’s seriously fantastic, take  look.

1) It’s doubtful that starburst mirror will ever go out of style. This 24in starburst mirror with antique gold detailing is a classic stunner. The best part is that it looks infinitely more expensive than the $39 price tag.

2) The grey herringbone lampshade and and ombre glass lamp would be the perfect mix of classic and trendy for a bedside table.

3) The Casetta Patio Dining Furniture Collection almost made it’s way into our shopping cart. The chairs were smallish in scale yet comfy and the table was a perfect size for an intimate summer dinner outdoors. Target-Threshold-Lookbook

4) A good photo frame with a large mat is a really versatile decor item. The Target Threshold walnut frames are a great alternative to the tried and true IKEA Ribba frames but with a slightly more rustic beachy feel. 

5) Stackable cheap oakley sunglasses outdoor ottomans are  a great way to add extra seating. Stash a few of these around the patio for guest to pull up during an BBQ. Cheery and colorful these will add a great touch weather you’re using them to prop your feet or as an extra seat.

6} I’ve always been a sucker for anything turquoise. This small square vase would be great next to the bed with a few sprigs of spring branched tucked into it.

PS: Can you guess which one came home with us?  It’s the starburst mirror, the price tag just couldn’t be beat for such a great mirror.

Images: Target

Removing Walls to Create an Open Floor Plan



Benjamin-Moore-Vapor Yesterday I had great intentions of filling up our new Ribba frames in the Living room with some art. I had all the supplies and it was going to be a quick project to bring a little color into the space. Then Bryan and I got to talking, he wanted to start a project and asked me what I really wanted to do next in the house. In my infinite wisdom I said I wanted to open up the Living Room cutout into the kitchen….I was half joking, never imagining we’d start something like that on Sunday afternoon.


But let’s back up for a second so you can see what I’m talking about. So you see the opening to the left, it’s off center in  the room and really causes some major traffic flow issues. To get to the living room you need to walk, through the kitchen, past the table, bumping into chairs along the way . We’ve wanted to open up the wall for a while and create a more open floor plan. It’s been on the to-do list forever, just waiting for the right moment.

Kitchen-cutout-before Here’s another view from the Kitchen (ignore the dresser, that’s leaving soon) as we started moving furniture around. See what I mean by the doorway being off center? The traffic flow was  annoying. The cutout was nice because it helped to keep the living room open. But the whole design felt very 90’s to me. So right after that picture was taken this started to happen…


Yup that’s right the wall is coming down!

After an hour or so of demo and a TON of dust it looked more like this.

We found all kinds of things in the wall that you should never find, like a hidden outlet that was never disconnected stuffed up above the cutout. Along with a mess of other structural issue like supports cut out of the load bearing wall etc. Oi!


We finished up 90% of the demo late last night and made sure it was all safe with no live wires so we would have to worry about Nikolas until next weekend when we can start putting it all back together. Ah I’m so excited, this is probably the single biggest thing we’ve done inside so far.

It already feels so much more open and natural, and the best part is there no more awkward flow. Three cheers for a good demolition project to end the weekend. I can’t wait to see how it all turns out. This should be good.

What You Get For…$1,000,000



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Do you like to browse real estate listings just for fun? Do you attend open houses just to check out other houses in your area? Ever wonder what $1m buys you in today’s real estate market? Well good because this post is just for you. It’s amazing how much or how little house you can get for $1m these days depending on location. Here are three homes from around the country that you could own for a cool million.

Dallas, Texas

A 3 bedroom modern single family home on the market in Dallas Texas  for $999,500

What:  A modern white stucco 3 bedroom single family home with 4 bathrooms located in a gated luxury community in Dallas, Texas

How Much: $999,500

Size: 5,175 square feet

Price Per Square Foot: $193.14

Taxes: $21,151

Setting: “The Downs of Hillcrest is a gated residential community of more than 150 luxury homes. Soothing lakes and streams in a quiet seclusion that belies its convenient urban access. Amenities include- twenty-four hour courtesy guards, luxurious landscaping and floral areas, concealed underground utilities, and ample lighting”.”

Indoors: Custom 2 story home, featuring large windows 4 bedrooms 3 and 1/2 baths. Hardwood flooring, 3 fireplaces, cheap oakleys library, artist studio, exercise room and wine cellar.

Outdoors: The home is situated on a larger cul-de-sac lot that offers a grassy yard, a tranquil pool, and patios for relaxing and entertaining.

Contact/Image Sources:  Broker, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

New York, New York (Tribeca)

A 1 bedroom condo on the market in New York, New York for $1,100,000

What:  A freshly remodeled, open  1 bedroom condo with 1.5 bathrooms located in Tribeca

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How Much: $1,100,000

Size: 900 square feet

Price Per Square Foot: $1,222.22

Taxes: $9,024

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Setting: “Elegant and tranquil oasis in the most convenient part of Tribeca. Whole Foods, Farmers Market, Soul Cycle, Downtown Community Center, Hudson River Park, Washington Market Park, local and express subways and buses, world-class restaurants and quaint shops and galleries right outside your door.”

Indoors: “An impeccable full gut renovation, the spacious open plan makes it a great entertaining home. Sunny Western exposures, customized lighting and Brazilian teak wood plank floors throughout the apartment. Dream chef kitchen with a large DCS by Fisher Paykel stove, Liebherr fridge, Bosch dishwasher, plenty of room to prep on the granite countertops and custom Bertch cabinets including display ones w/ lighting and breakfast bar that opens to the dining/living… areas. Master bedroom runs the length of the apartment and has an en-suite bathroom with glass subway tiles and deep tub. Washer/dryer in unit, as well as central laundry room in basement.”

Outdoors: “This condo has a full time doorman, lovely common courtyard and roof deck, and a private storage unit is included with the sale.”

Contact/Image Sources:  The Corcoran Group

Charlotte, North Carolina

A 5 bedroom traditional brick single family home on the market in Charlotte, North Carolina for $1,000,000

What:  A gated European brick home with 5 bedroom and 5 bathrooms located in Charlotte, North Carolina

How Much: $1,000,000

Size: 5,283 square feet

Price Per Square Foot: $189.29

Taxes: $7,910

Indoors: Owners retreat with a sitting area on the main level opening to a covered veranda. The main level also offers two additional bedrooms open great room with built ins and gathering room neighboring the spacious gourmet kitchen. Upstairs holds a media room with a wet bar, 2 bedrooms with 1 full bath. The finished basement offers a second living quarters including a fireplace, wet bar, family room, bedroom, exercise room and laundry and room

Outdoors: Large level fenced in yard.

Contact/Image Sources: Allen Tate Company

The Most Expensive Home in the USA




The most expensive home in the USA just recently went on the market in Dallas, Texas for $135M. The Crespi/Hicks Estate owned by Tom Hicks and built by Pio Crespi is situated on 25 acres and boasts 28,996 square feet. Also situated on the property is a 7,000 square foot pool house and a 6,300 square foot guest house. It’s located just 8 minutes from downtown Dallas.

Crespi Hicks Mayflower Estates Home

The estates original architect Swiss born Maurice Fatio, designed some of the most prominent homes in the 20’s and 30’s for the families such as the Vanderbilt’s, Duchess of Marlborough and Edward F Hutton. It was lthe ast great estate he built before his early death in the 40’s.

Pool House Veranda

According to the Dallas Pop Culture blog the estate “was originally built by a couple retreating from the headlines of two divorces and the ugly lawsuit that followed.”

“Italian-born cotton tycoon Count maglie calcio poco prezzo Pio Crespi and his American wife, Florence “Flo” Crespi, were jet-setters before there were jets. They moved to Dallas from Waco, the town where he first established a Texas branch of his family’s Milan-based cotton empire.”

Pool House in Mayflower Estates

According to the stories Flo Crespi never changed a single thing in the interior of the home after her husband Pio’s  death in 1969. Every stick of furniture remained and decor item intact even when she remarried at the age of 74. Eventually her 3rd husband passed away when Flo was in her 90’s and as her world travels ended she moved back to the mansion she and Pio first built in the 1930’s Flo passed away in 1969 just short of her 101st birthday!

Guest House at Crespi Hicks Estate

Shortly after Flo’s death Tom Hick’s purchased the property and began restoring the house and doubling it’s size. Spending nearly $100m on the restoration project the home and grounds are truly a site to behold.

Guest House Interior of Dallas Estate Home

You can see a whole lot more of the house in the video below (subscribers will have to click over to the blog to view) by Douglas Newby the listing.

What are your thoughts on the USA’s most expensive home? It’s certainly beautiful and ostentatious but what I find most fascinating is the story of Flo Crespi. Oh and I wouldn’t mind living in the guest house if anyone’s buying 😉

First image via Dallas Pop Culture Blog. All other images copyright of Douglas Newby.
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Michelle Adams Apartment in Lonny



Hi all, Happy Monday and happy first week of daylight savings time. Is anyone else feeling a little sluggish this morning? I love the time change for the promise of long summer evenings to but I don’t think I ever adjust to the change I think the day just shifts a little bit.

Bedroom - A wall of framed art hung above a burlwood headboard

After Friday’s snow storm I felt like Spring would never arrive but it did in a big way on Saturday our 8 inches of snow gave way to birds chirping and warm sunshine! It was glorious,

I spent some of my time sitting in the sun catching up on the latest issue of Lonny magazine. Lonny is one of those magazine that I actually read cover to cover. That is kind of rare for me maglie calcio poco prezzo I’m usually more of skimmer. Reading Lonny always takes me a while to get through an issue.

I had to share my favorite feature so far of Michelle Adams (editor in chief of Lonny) apartment. It’s teeny tiny.

Michelle Adams - A settee and a Lucite chair in a light-filled living space

475 square feet to be exact, and decidedly girly.

Michelle Adams - Framed artworks and a stacked Lucite lamp on a windowsill

All images via Lonny magazine

And packed with style which include the the most amazing views of NYC, but what else did we expect right? Be sure to check out the March issue of Lonny magazine.

So what did you all do this weekend? Read any good magazines? I hope your weather was as beautiful and Spring like as ours.

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