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A Teeny, Tiny NYC Apartment Tour

Oh hey there! As you might’ve noticed, I took a little blog break. No biggie. It’s just that owning a business + planning a wedding is way hard. PRIORITIES, y’all. I can’t guarantee that my posts will be on the regs between now and when I get home from my honeymoon, but I’ve got some good stuff to share, so let’s do this!

A Teeny, Tiny Apartment Tour

I love a tiny apartment. I used to live in one, remember? Tiny apartments force you to be creative with how you use your space, but you can also make a bold impact in a small space. Recently, my friend Summer moved into this itsy bitsy 470-square-foot apartment and gave me permission to share her photos with all of you!

A Teeny, Tiny Apartment Tour | Rosemary on the TV

A Teeny, Tiny Apartment Tour | Rosemary on the TV

A Teeny, Tiny Apartment Tour | Rosemary on the TV

A Teeny, Tiny Apartment Tour | Rosemary on the TV

A Teeny, Tiny Apartment Tour | Rosemary on the TV

A Teeny, Tiny Apartment Tour | Rosemary on the TV

A Teeny, Tiny Apartment Tour | Rosemary on the TV

A Teeny, Tiny Apartment Tour | Rosemary on the TV

This little sewing nook is one of my favorite spots! I love the gallery wall (who hasn’t wanted that For Like Ever poster?) and her use of a lucite desk is a great choice because it doesn’t take up visual space.

Credenza vs. Console

Let's Talk about Sectionals, Baby | Rosemary on the TV

I mentioned yesterday that with our new sectional in the living room, we’ve got a big, wide open wall that is dying for a new piece of furniture. When we moved in, I hung some artwork – gallery wall style – on it, but it’s time for something new. But what?

I’ve narrowed it down to two options: a credenza or a console. Each option has it’s own pros and cons, so let’s break it down.

Credenza vs. Console | Rosemary on the TV #decorating #furniture

Credenza vs. Console | Rosemary on the TV #decorating #furniture

Credenza vs. Console | Rosemary on the TV #decorating #furniture

Credenza vs. Console | Rosemary on the TV #decorating #furniture

Credenza vs. Console | Rosemary on the TV #decorating #furniture

 

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Console

But not JUST a console! A console with two benches pushed up underneath it. A sectional is plenty of seating for us, but when we entertain and have friends over, having extra seating to pull out would be convenient. We could potentially keep two benches on the other side of our coffee table all the time, but being able to push them out of the way when they aren’t being used would be nice.

Pros:

1. Benches for extra seating

2. Surface area for lamps

Cons:

1. Lack of storage

Credenza vs. Console | Rosemary on the TV #decorating #furniture

Credenza vs. Console | Rosemary on the TV #decorating #furniture

Credenza vs. Console | Rosemary on the TV #decorating #furniture

Credenza vs. Console | Rosemary on the TV #decorating #furniture

Credenza vs. Console | Rosemary on the TV #decorating #furniture

 

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Credenza

Credenza, sideboard, buffet or server. Call it what you will, but I’m referring to a long, low cabinet with closed storage and a bit of surface space on top, which would be numbers one and two on the list of pros. Though these are traditionally found in a dining room, a credenza is a handy piece of furniture to have in a living room too.

Pros:

1. Storage

2. Surface space for lamps

Cons:
1. No space for benches

Okay, help me out: console or credenza? What would you do?

Let’s Talk About Sectionals, Baby

Donning Draperies | Rosemary on the TV #DIY #drapes #curtains

Three years. THREE YEARS we have lived in this house. And three years I’ve been lying on old, slipcovered couches. Comfortable? Yes, but aesthetically pleasing they were not. The couches had belonged to Aaron’s parents and were approximately 25 years old. We kept them covered with tan slipcovers, which meant that every day, I had to tuck and pull at the covers to keep them in place. But we were biding our time until we could find afford the perfect sectional. And then, a miracle happened.

Let's Talk about Sectionals, Baby | Rosemary on the TVOver Memorial Day weekend, Aaron and I went to Dillard’s to complete our wedding registry and as we were roaming the department store, trying to find the home goods section, we got a bit lost and had to cut through the furniture department. Now, anyone who has ever bought furniture in Dillard’s knows that you can’t set foot in that place without at least three well-meaning sales people stopping you to offer their services. And since we weren’t shopping for furniture that day, we had our heads down, our speed up and our focus on getting through there quickly.

Let's Talk about Sectionals, Baby | Rosemary on the TV

Which is why there was a cartoonish SCREECH as I came to a sudden stop when I saw this sectional right by the entrance to the home goods department. It was literally the last piece of furniture we were going to pass by. It was almost exactly like the West Elm Henry sectional that we’d been eyeing for years, but the price tag, marked down for Memorial Day, was A THIRD of the price. And did I mention free delivery?

Let's Talk about Sectionals, Baby | Rosemary on the TV

It was such a great deal, we bought it then and there, posted our old couches on Craigslist and waited patiently until it arrived. Of course, as the delivery men were bringing it in, I had a mini-panic attack that it was WAY too big for our living room, something that hadn’t even occurred to me in the store. But it’s actually inch-for-inch smaller than any of the other sectionals we considered. And it’s perfect in every other way.

Let's Talk about Sectionals, Baby | Rosemary on the TV

Until yesterday when Habitat for Humanity came to pick up our old couches (no bites on Craigslist, surprise surprise), they were pushed up against the gallery wall in the living room, and now that they’re gone it’s very clear that I need something else against that wall.

Let's Talk about Sectionals, Baby | Rosemary on the TV

A credenza? A console table with X-benches pushed underneath it? Of course, the side table will be replaced, and we plan to add built-ins to the wall where the TV is. And I’m willing to get rid of the somewhat awkwardly placed chair, which is why X-benches for extra seating might be a good idea. I’m scouring the internet for inspiration, but any/all ideas are welcome!

What would you do?

P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home Tour with #AR529

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

Last week, my friend Hannah of Sundry Mumsy and I were invited to attend a bloggers luncheon at P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home at Moss Mountain Farm. The event was hosted by Allen and the folks at AR529, Arkansas’ direct-sold 529 college savings program. We began the day with a few words from Allen on the importance of education before touring the home and gardens, then enjoying an amazing lunch and hearing a panel discuss the importance of college savings for families.

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

I’ve been to the Garden Home before, but I’m always so impressed with its beauty and charm. A few years ago, I wrote a cover story on Allen and learned the myriad ways that the Greek Revival style home is actually completely eco-friendly, as anyone who watched the process of building the house on his television show can attest.

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

A 6,000-gallon tank under the front lawn collects rainwater from all over the gardens, which is then used to irrigate the sprawling lawn and beds. The metal roof uses a radiant heat system to heat the home’s hot water, floors and air. And the walls are filled with insulation made from Arkansas soybeans.

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

The decor is, of course, jaw dropping. A lover of history, Allen has filled his home with antiques and any of the soft surfaces are reupholstered with organic fabric.

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

The back porches are my favorite part though. The porch on the ground level, right off the kitchen/dining area, features comfortable furniture and a relaxed dining area for al fresco dinners, while the upstairs porch features twin beds and a copper bath tub.

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

And of course, there are books everywhere, which is both the way to my heart and reinforcement that Allen is serious about education.

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

Next up was a tour of the gardens, which are completely jaw dropping. As a champion of the farm-to-table movement and supporting small, local farmers, much of his gardens grow edible plants and are used in educational tours for everyone from gardeners who come to tour the property to groups of school children.

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

Our garden tour was cut short by rain, so we all headed to the barn to have lunch and learn about #AR529. Though I don’t have children of my own, I was really interested in hearing about this program – especially as someone who took out a lot (A LOT) of student loans and will work to pay them off for another 20-25 years. We also learned about #AR529’s Gift Plan, which is something I already knew about. My mom opened a gift plan account for my cousin’s baby when he was born, and with something as simple as a barcode that family members can print off the internet, we can all make contributions to Ethan’s college savings plan in lieu of gifts at Christmas and birthday parties (because seriously – how many two year olds need another toy, am I right???).

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

To learn more about AR529 and The Gift Plan, visit the websites below. Seriously – it’s never too early to start saving for college!

http://www.arkansas529.org

https://www.thegiftplan.com P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

And for more info and photos, check out Hannah’s post over at Sundry Mumsy!

 

Everything We Ate, Drank, Did and Saw in NOLA

New Orleans Shopping & Food Guide | Rosemary on the TV

Last week, Aaron and I spent a few days in New Orleans. He actually goes every year for a business conference and rarely ventures out of the hotel, so this year, with my new freelancing situation, I thought I would tag along and lure him out into the city a little bit. I’d only ever been to New Orleans once – in high school, my family and I spent one night there before departing on a cruise. But I absolutely loved it. The history, architecture and culture of New Orleans feels like you’re in a completely different country, or maybe a different time period.

New Orleans Shopping & Food Guide | Rosemary on the TV

So we took to Facebook and received more recommendations than we could ever fit into three days, but we tried!  We got in late Monday, after driving all day, and didn’t have time for a whole lot that night, but we did walk a few blocks down to Drago’s for chargrilled oysters and seafood gratin. Fair warning: if ambiance is your thing, Drago’s is probably not the restaurant for you. It’s in a Hilton, with a distinctly Luby’s-like cafeteria atmosphere, and the bartender didn’t have mint…or limes. But if you’re in it for the food, specifically the oysters, then this is a can’t miss.

New Orleans Shopping & Food Guide | Rosemary on the TV #kingfish #cocktails

After dinner, we wondered into the French Quarter, thinking we’d have a drink at Napoleon House, but they were closed on Mondays. But we stumbled by a cute place called Kingfish and stopped in for drinks. Apparently, the bartender here is world famous, albeit a bit socially awkward and cranky. We witnessed a world class hissy fit while sipping our amazing cocktails. Come in for drinks and the entertainment’s for free! If you stop here for cocktails, our favorites were the French Pearl, the Queens Park Swizzle, the Cocktail a la Louisiane, and the Vieux Carre.

New Orleans Shopping & Food Guide | Rosemary on the TV #stcharles

New Orleans Shopping & Food Guide | Rosemary on the TV #stcharles

New Orleans Shopping & Food Guide | Rosemary on the TV #stcharles The next day, Aaron was in meetings all day AND it was raining, so I wondered down Canal and caught the St. Charles Streetcar. This car goes all the way up St. Charles Avenue, through the Garden District where all the amazing houses are, past Loyola and Audobon Park. If you are even remotely interested in design, I highly recommend this. The street car pass cost me $3 and I spent the next three hours drooling over the grand old houses. If it hadn’t been raining, I would definitely have gotten off the car and walked up St. Charles some.

New Orleans Shopping & Food Guide | Rosemary on the TV #Arnauds

That night, Aaron was suited up, so we went to Arnaud’s Richelieu Bar. Arnaud’s is in the French Quarter, right at the corner of Bourbon and Bienville. Since we already had dinner reservations, we skipped the restaurant and the crowded French 75 bar and had a quick drink in the teeny, tiny Richelieu Bar. Guys, this was like something out of a movie. It was quiet and dark, which was hugely refreshing coming off of Bourbon Street. Aaron had a French 75 and I had a drink called the Boo Radley, at the bartender’s recommendation. The only other people in the bar besides us were a little old man playing a mandolin-banjo and another little old man in a purple suit who wasn’t drinking or even sitting at the bar. He just grunted his approval every time the mandolin-banjo player finished a song. It was kind of amazing, and you could tell those two old men sit there day in and day out – one playing, the other enjoying the music.

Next up was dinner at Peche. Super fresh, delicious seafood. I had the Louisiana Shrimp Roll and Aaron had the Smothered Catfish, and we split a side of fried brussels sprouts that were THE BUSINESS. So good.

New Orleans Shopping & Food Guide | Rosemary on the TV #Magazine

The weather was PERFECT the next day, so I had to get out and enjoy it while Aaron had meetings. I took our car and drove up Magazine Street, starting in the 2000 block and slowly working my way up. I’d walk up ten blocks, then cross the street and walk back to the car, stopping in any store that seemed interesting, which was a lot of them. Then I’d get in the car, drive up a ways and do it over again. So many amazing antique stores and cute clothing boutiques, and the street itself is so cute, you don’t even need to buy anything.

New Orleans Shopping & Food Guide | Rosemary on the TV #magazine

I stopped at Sucre for macaroons, then popped into Magazine Antique Mall next door. I loved pavement, which had lots of neutrals and gorgeous lighting options.

New Orleans Shopping & Food Guide | Rosemary on the TV #Magazine

Perch. was one of my favorites (top photos). It was filled with bright, eclectic housewares, like these mounted birds. Other notable shops I popped into include: Ann Koerner Antiques, Spruceah-ha and Petcetera.

New Orleans Shopping & Food Guide | Rosemary on the TV

New Orleans Shopping & Food Guide | Rosemary on the TV

By mid-afternoon, I’d made my way all the way up Magazine Street, which then takes you right through Audobon Park. I swooned over the spanish moss for a little bit before deciding I’d kill my remaining last few hours at Audobon Zoo. Best decision ever. Killing time at a zoo is never a bad idea, but the Audobon Zoo is really top notch. They had an entire section dedicated to Louisiana swamplands, that I particularly enjoyed.

New Orleans Shopping & Food Guide | Rosemary on the TV #cafedumonde #beignets #jacksonsquare

And finally, we had to walk up to Jackson Square on our last morning in town and grab some coffee and beignets from Cafe du Monde (get them to go – that place is crazy packed 24/7 and beignets are still delicious in your hotel room. Trust) before heading home.

New Orleans Shopping & Food Guide | Rosemary on the TV #cafedumonde #beignets #jacksonsquare

There were still so many places we wanted to visit but time and weather didn’t allow. On my list for next year: cocktails at Cure, Bar Tonique and the Carousel Bar; The American Cocktail Museum (it was closed for moving); a swamp tour; music on Frenchman; dinner at Cochon; brunch at Elizabeth’s.

What’s your favorite thing to do/eat/drink/see in New Orleans?

Currently Obsessed : Veronica Valencia for Barn Light Electric Co.

Veronica Valencia for Barn Light Electric Co. | Rosemary on the TV

Barn Light Electric Co. has long been a favorite of mine. Their fun-yet-industrial lighting collections always make me drool. But recently, I stumbled upon their collaboration with the creative mind behind designhunterLA, Veronica Valencia.

Veronica Valencia for Barn Light Electric Co. | Rosemary on the TV

Veronica Valencia for Barn Light Electric Co. | Rosemary on the TV

I can’t deal with how much I love this collection. The mix of bright, happy colors on industrial styles might be my favorite thing ever. I want these lights in every room of my house.

Veronica Valencia for Barn Light Electric Co. | Rosemary on the TV
Veronica Valencia for Barn Light Electric Co. | Rosemary on the TV

Check out the Barn Light Electric Co. website for more styles. And be sure and take a peek at Veronica’s gorgeous blog (unless you actually need to be productive today, in which case, PUT DOWN THE MOUSE AND BACK AWAY SLOWLY). And if you’re digging the images above, check out the photography blog of Ala Cortez here.

Veronica Valencia for Barn Light Electric Co. | Rosemary on the TV

See more here.

These are just a few of my favorites. I need, I NEED, that yellow pendant hanging above my kitchen sink. Which one is your favorite?

New Domino. Let’s discuss.

review of the new domino magazine | Rosemary on the TV

 

It’s Tuesday, which means the new reincarnation of Domino hit newsstands today. Have you picked up your copy? I rushed out to get mine right away, and I’ve gotta say – I’m a happy girl! I’ll admit I was a little skeptical, especially after the last resurrection of my all-time favorite mag was such a disappointment. Last year, they slapped together two issues of rehashed content, pulled directly from old issues, bound in a fancy, thick gloss paper and played on our emotions by selling it to us for $13 a pop.

review of the new domino magazine | Rosemary on the TV

 

Yes, I bought it anyway. But begrudgingly. That tactic might’ve worked on a less iconic magazine, but the thing about Domino is this: Many of the people who loved Domino…like, LOVED it. We have every back issue filed away. We own the book. We’ve pinned every image. We’ve reblogged our favorite rooms. I can identify about 90% of the images that appeared in old issues of Domino at a glance. So no, a rehash of old content wasn’t what rabid Domino fans wanted.

review of the new domino magazine | Rosemary on the TV

 

We wanted new stuff. And finally, they listened! This newest reincarnation is led by Michelle Adams and Robert Leleux of Lonny. Adams worked under Deborah Needleman at the original Domino. All I know about Leleux is that he wrote a great book and when he signed my copy at the Arkansas Literary Festival, he gushed about my “fabulously southern name” for awhile. We’re total besties, obvy.

review of the new domino magazine | Rosemary on the TV

 

Anyway, this new Domino is a quarterly pub in that same fancy paper as the rehashed “special editions.” It makes it feel a bit more permanent, like it will hold up on your bookshelves for years. As if they know that Domino fans save all their copies. It also is surprisingly empty of advertising like the special editions. The mag is bookended with Target ads on the front and back inside covers, and other than a few house ads promoting the website, there are no other ads inside. Which is lovely!

review of the new domino magazine | Rosemary on the TV

In terms of content, all the stuff you loved about the old Domino is still there. Scouting, Nesting, Decorating, and even a beefed up Entertaining section, which I particularly enjoyed. I also liked the addition of a “Small Spaces” column, which featured the studio apartment of Lauren McGrath (love her). Art direction is exactly as before, down to the fonts, arrows and layouts you’re used to.

review of the new domino magazine | Rosemary on the TV

 

In Domino’s signature style, the featured homes run the gamut from over-the-top glam (India Hicks castle/home) to low-key minimalism.

review of the new domino magazine | Rosemary on the TV

My one complaint (if I can even call it that) is the strange way they sort of featured everyone twice. For instance, Ali Cayne of Haven’s Kitchen has a home feature on page 100, and her home is featured on the cover AND the chef from Haven’s Kitchen curated the recipes for the “Soulful Feast” entertaining spread on page 42. And for some reason, they got a model to sit in Ali’s living room for the cover, rather than Ali (who appears on page 101 and is absolutely cover-worthy in my opinion). That same model appears on the Gift Guide opener.

Likewise, Lauren McGrath’s apartment is featured, as is the office of Lucky Magazine editor Eva Chen…which was designed by Lauren McGrath. The Destination feature details a trip to Tangier, while there is an in-depth decorating feature on Tangier’s Grand Hotel Nord-Pinus further back in the mag.

See what I’m saying? You might not even notice it if you’re quickly flipping through the magazine, but it was very apparent to me. If Lauren McGrath was being featured, why wouldn’t they save Eva Chen’s office for a later issue? It comes off as either lazy or as though they couldn’t find enough varying content.

Meanwhile, I poked around on the new e-commerce website, which went live last Thursday, but it seemed to have a few bugs and issues that still need to be worked out, so I’ll keep my comments to myself for now.

Overall, I’m thrilled with the outcome! What say you? Love it? Hate it? Whatever?

 

Southern Living’s 2013 Idea House

 

 

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Have you seen the new Southern Living featuring their 2013 Idea House? I fell head over heels in love with last year’s idea house (Is it normal to fantasize about a farmhouse? No?), so I was excited to see what SL had in store for us this year. While the new house isn’t quite as drool-worthy as last year’s, it is still beautiful in my book. I particularly love the reclaimed wood beams, herringbone front door (!), porch swings and the bunkies! See more here.

Nate Berkus for Target

Being the nerd that I am, I was at Target yesterday, harassing employees about when the Nate Berkus line would appear on shelves, since (ahem) it was supposed to debut October 21. Surprise, surprise! Not one of the employees knew who Nate Berkus was or what I was talking about.

BUT not one to be discouraged, I went back after work today and was rewarded with exactly one end of aisle display that had a small handful of the advertised items on it.

Here’s what I came home with:

I got three of these small gold bowls to put trinkets, earrings and spare change in. I’d like the larger bowl as well, if I can find it.

I got this guy to, like, set on stuff. Maybe atop a pile of books? I don’t know! There are so many options for ram statues!

 

And this decorative pillow with gold studs will go in our soon-to-be brown/gold/green bedroom.

I’ll admit, I usually get all hyped up about a good Target line only to be sorely disappointed when I see the products face-to-face (I’m looking at you, Missoni for Target). That was not the case with Nate Berkus’ line. I ended up buying more than planned AND will go back for a few more items soon. This is quality stuff, my friends.

Are you kitten me right meow??? Look at that lamp! I ALMOST bought two for our bedroom. Instead, I snapped a photo, brought it home, showed Aaron and got the green light. Boy approved! See that beige/snakeskin box under the ram’s head? Yeah, I’m probably gonna get that too.

 

The lacquer tortoise shells were some of the first items from Nate’s line that caught my eye. How chic! How…huge! I didn’t realize until I saw them in person today just how big they are – about 20″x16″ – and just how difficult they’d be to place in my home. So I guess I’ll pass on those.

So, I guess my over-spending speaks for itself. Assuming the Little Rock Target locations will buck up and offer more items – like bedding, bath items and rugs – I’ve gotta hand it to them. They knocked it out of the park with this one. Way to go, Nate!

Currently Obsessed : Lonny, September 2012

Have you seen the new issue of Lonny Magazine? So many drool worthy spaces. I’m just gonna let the visuals do the talking here:

 

 

 

 

 

{All images via Lonny Magazine.}


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