making this: ikea hacked nightstands


Literally hours after seeing this ikea hack (and I don’t use the word literally lightly), I forced my boyfriend to go to ikea with me to make these. Our nightstands were in dire need of retirement because of my lack of coaster usage. (Why I did this coaster DIY at the same time we built these new nightstands.)

We bought two of these Antonius laundry stands. I’m pretty sure they were even less than $12.99 because we didn’t buy the bag. Like $7?! I think!? Anyway, putting these things together sucks. If you’re me. It’s really really loud and you hammer and hammer away and they don’t seem to budge. But after they were assembled I had a very excited feeling inside.

I went and got 2 pieces of 2 inch thick wood cut at home depot and wood stain. I went by the ikea website measurements. THOSE ARE WRONG. Measure them yourself and THEN get the wood cut so you don’t have to go back and pay for double the amount of wood. UGH. My bad. Anyway, I stained the wood and let it dry.

I promptly painted the for no reason silver edges white. Why are those silver? Very odd. Then we put so so much glue on the top (Gideon did it because I’m too clumsy).

Drop some weights (and books) on top and let it dry for a day. Yes. I have both the Sex and the City book and the Sex and the City Movie book. The movie book was a mistake impulse buy.

Yes. They’re super modern. Yes, they have no drawers. Yes, they are made from cheap ikea laundry stands so obviously they’re not the most stable. When I showed my mom she said “oh. they’re okay.” But I don’t care I LOVE THEM!


before and after: bedroom sconces


Yet another thing we bought for our house that I haven’t been super happy with was the sconces for our bedroom. The reason was the shades that they came with, which I could never find the right size to replace them with. Buying lamp shades online seems way too confusing.

Ugly before? As hipster as it is, I really like exposed edison bulbs, so decided to just buy the bulbs and remove the shade. I’m so so happy with them now. And because the wattage on them looks much darker than of a normal light bulb, our room has become a dark romantic dungeon. OOooooooo!


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it’s the 100th post!


WOO! Because of it being the 100th post and because I’m about to turn 3 years from 30 in a few weeks – I thought I’d make a life bucket list for myself. (I decided to add a few that I could check off, and I may add to it all the time)

Okay, here goes…

– sit courtside at a celtics game

hold carole kings hand

– have our house featured on apartment therapy

– buy a house

– have our new house featured on apartment therapy

– not be afraid to open a bottle of champagne

meet the love of my life

– travel to paris with the love of my life

– eat at french laundry

eat at chez pannisse

– eat at le bernardin

– learn how to use my camera manually

– learn how to do an updo

– cook a turkey for thanksgiving

– cook something from my momofuku cookbook

– see the cherry blossoms in japan

– meet martha stewart

– be totally content with every room in my house

– learn to use a sewing machine (again)

– take a calligraphy class

– take a sushi making class

– not be afraid of sharks

– write a brilliant rom-com

– grow out my bangs

– wear high heels (and mean it)


eating this: heirloom tomato salad with burrata


I made this incredibly fresh and summery salad for a dinner at my boyfriend’s parents house. So because I traveled with it, the photos show the salad undressed and uncheesed. You can use your imagination.

My favorite ingredient for a homemade salad is fresh croutons. Because bread is better than everything.

Although tomatoes seem a little iffy for an on-the-go salad, the held up well and I brought the dressing in a jar.

I made this for a huge group of people. And everyone went nuts for it!

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Burrata and Torn Croutons (from Sunday Suppers at Lucques)

1/3 pond country white bread
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tb fresh oregano leaves
1/2 garlic clove
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp red wine vinegar
1 tb balsamic vinegar
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes
3 pound heirloom tomatoes in assorted sizes, shapes, and colors
1 tsp fleur de sel
freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 pound burrata cheese
1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots
2 – 3 tb fresh basil leaves

Preheat an oven to 375°F.

Cut the crust off the bread and tear the remaining loaf into 1-inch pieces. Using your hands, toss with 2 Tbs. of the olive oil, squeezing the bread to help absorb the oil. Toast on a baking sheet, stirring a few times, until the croutons are golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.

Using a mortar and pestle, pound the oregano, garlic and 1/4 tsp. of the kosher salt to a paste. Transfer to a bowl and whisk in the vinegars and the remaining 6 Tbs. olive oil. (Here’s where you can set it aside in a jar if you’re traveling with it)

Stem the cherry tomatoes and cut in half. Core the heirloom tomatoes. Cut half into wedges and set aside; slice the rest 1/4 inch thick. Season with the fleur de sel and pepper. Cut the burrata into 12 slices. Arrange the tomato slices and burrata on a large platter. Drizzle with a little vinaigrette. But I skipped that whole part. We added the cheese at the very last minute.

Toss the heirloom wedges and cherry tomatoes gently in a large bowl with the shallots, the remaining 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, a pinch of pepper and 3 tb of the vinaigrette. Taste for seasoning, adding more vinaigrette if desired. Add the croutons and gently toss.

Pile the salad in the center of the platter. Scatter with the basil leaves.