What a difference an entryway can make. As we shared in Part II of our North Carolina Home Tour, the transition from NYC to North Carolina hasn’t exactly been a cakewalk. But in finishing up the tiny “entryway” of our new home yesterday, Gwyneth and I got a big reminder that if we can practice a little more patience and stick with the formula that worked for us in NYC, changing our environment will eventually change our outlook. Somehow we forgot that making our NYC apartment feel like us didn’t happen overnight. Expecting that our North Carolina home would come together quickly was one part of a decorating recipe destined for failure. The other part of that recipe? Leftovers.
This isn’t an earth-shattering revelation here, but thinking that grouping the bowl that didn’t work on the bookshelf, the three extra picture frames that didn’t fit on the console and a low-calorie cookbook on a decorative tray will result in a vignette that rises up to greet you is lunacy in its purest form. On Saturday night the space we’re sharing with you today was assembled with our decorating leftovers. But with this brilliant awakening, a few trips to the attic and counsel from my Mom, Gwyneth and I started from scratch to put together an entry that we feel good about. It’s not our pink door, but it’s a step in the right direction of making North Carolina feel like home. We’ll take it!
While we were putting up the boxes of glassware we don’t need right now, we were delighted to re-discover a few Pottery Barn sunflowers we had been storing in my parents’ attic. (They are several years old, but if you’re looking for stems the current versions are also lovely.)
The zebra hook was a house-warming gift from our friends over at Uncommon Goods. (Thank you!) Naturally, I love the pops of pink and Gwyneth loves that it holds her leash! (They also have an adorable rhino version and several other great gifts that you can check out here, here and here if you’ve got some Valentine’s Day shopping to do!)
The bowl of inspirational fortunes are the same ones we printed out when we were setting up our Expedit Bookcase in NYC this time last year, and we think keeping them in our highest-traffic area is the way to go as we continue to make North Carolina feel like home.
Now, is anyone wondering why these photos are so dark, when our new space is full of natural light? And why my new Kate Spade Is This Seat Taken Tote is overstuffed on the chair? It’s because these were taken at 4:30 am yesterday as I kissed Gwyneth goodbye and raced to the airport! This week I’m in NYC for NYFW and the Independent Fashion Bloggers Conference! I’ll be back in the city all week long, so Gwyneth and I will share Part IV of our home tour (the office) next week. Until then, we’re focused on fashion, posting sporadically and Instagramming without ceasing. You can follow my NYFW adventure on “the ‘gram,” where you can expect to see out-of-control outfit overload as my North Carolina girlfriends Bethany from B Soup, Dominique from Comfy Cozy Couture and I turn the streets of NYC into our very own runways!
mk & Gwynnie