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DeLonghi Gran Dama Super Automatic Espresso Machine (orig $3,500… now $2,299)

I am what you call a social drinker.  I drink alcohol only in a social setting and I usually only drink coffee in a social setting as well.  But I would still want something like this at home.  Maybe because I’m pretentious…. 🙂

Santos Platform Bed… I would like to take this entire room please…

(Orig $3459.. now $2271)

Central Station Furniture Square Root Lounge Chair (Org $562… Now $365) – Did I ever mention that I have a thing for chairs?  Okay furnitures in general but especially chairs.  I love the simplicity and the classic lines of this chair.  Not sure how comfortable it would be but I love it anyway.

Due to my current financial situation, my purchasing power has been extremely limited to almost… nothing.  But bought this gorgeous Jonathan Adler storage box for my nite stand from Gilt.  And I LOVE it.  I dumped all my crap in there and my nite stand looks super clean.  It makes me happy looking at it.  So it was totally worth not eating for couple of days.

Recently saw this Brinca Dada’s modern doll house on Gilt and I couldn’t believe my eyes.  Other than the fact that I would much prefer living in a house like this than to play with it,  I thought when John and I have kids, surely they would play with this kind of doll house.  If they don’t like it, I’m sure either I’ll force them to or get them tested to see if they are really my kids.

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I truly heart simple | clean design.  These are ceramic white alarm clocks from West Elm.

 


Inntrax Wooden Crayons – WHITE BIRCH DESKTOP HOLDER WITH 24 TWIG CRAYONS   (Org $50… Now $25) – I love this idea and I also love the concept.  Not sure how often I would use something like this but It’s pretty cool regardless.

It’s true I love alot of things and Restoration Hardware is up there with DWR, West Elm, C2B and Muji.   I actually applied for a part time position at RH retail store and got rejected.  I’m sure my salary and title as “Director of Finance” as current position probably didn’t help the matter.

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Right now, my small 1 bedroom apartment is overflowing with boxes, bags, paper, art supplies, and crates.  It’s getting so out of control that I am getting annoyed.  But with 5 events on my plate in next 45 days, I have no choice but to deal with the crazy/chaotic mess that I am creating in my living space.

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This shoot was from couple of years back.  But I still love it whenever I see it.

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Mr. Jonathan Adler has my dream job.  One of many dream jobs on my list.  Saw this “love & hate” jars and wondered how much I would LOVE to create things like this for living.  How satisfying and gratifying would my life be to be able to create things with my hands?  And YES, he has some freaking gorgeous things on his site.  Hate him!

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Elite Leather – Whitby Sofa  (Org $3720… Now $1375) – Gorgeous sofa.  If it wasn’t for our cats, I would LOVE this gorgeous sofa t be sitting in our living room.  It will go very well with the dark brown book cases that I have.

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Not only because I shoot with Canon but because I like all things creative and clever, I really LOVE these Canon lens mugs.

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Villa in Anadalucia by McLean Quinlan Architects

Saw this on Diggy’s blog (<- i am still not convinced that he’s writing this blog on his own).    I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE a house like this for me and John.  I mean who wouldn’t right?

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I recently found a blog that I really like called “twig & thistle“.  I totally adore her style and sense of creativity and innovative way of looking at design. |continue reading|

Vitrocolor – Narrow Mouth Carafe (Org $36… Now $18) – Simple and elegant.  Just my style.  Although I would have no clue what to do with these bottles. | continue reading |

Paper Chandelier

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Armand Diradourian –  50% cashmere pillows (Org $255… Now $124) – such simple and clean style.  love it. | continue reading |

@ a shop called “The Meadow” in Portland.  Salt, chocolate, and flowers….

This was our first shoot for our multi-cultural cookbook for our church.   1 wrapping paper, 1 side table, 5 lamps = MacGyver shoot.

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after coming back from the flower market this weekend, I had green tissues paper all of the apt.  Teffie looked so nice against the bright green.

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Curtis told me about this pix during lunch one day.  He was moved to share this pix with right when I was telling him how I wanted a room full of books.  From floor to ceiling.  Karl Largerfeld… Of course I wished I was him for many many many reasons.  But here’s one more reason why I wish I was him!

Here’s an Etsy find.  I am planning an event where mason jars will be used as part of the decor.  In my search of mason jars, I came across these vintage ball jars and I love ’em.  I love the subtle shade of blue, I love the simplistic design and I even love the rusted handles.

I recently had to plan a hotel rooftop party at sunset in TRINIDAD.  Unfortunately I was not able to attend due to work and family situation.  But while planning the party, I must’ve  spent literally  H-O-U-R-S looking at outdoor lanterns.  Then I came across “Casamidy“.  Love at first sight to say the least.  Perfect 10 on design, form, whimsey, color and even functionalty.  It really doesn’t get better than this.

So I bought this glass piggy bank for our not so new apt couple of months ago.  I’ve been loving having this new addition at home.  Super cute but it’s soooo fragile that I’m not sure if it will able to survive in our household for a long time.  But as a piggy bank, I think this is as cute as it gets.

I remember seeing MUJI products at MOMA stores and always thought they were super cool.  Then recently, while visiting my friend Simon’s house in Chelsea area, I discovered the MUJI retail store.  Ohhhhhh Emmmm Gheeeeee!  I think I could’ve spent hours and hours there along with lots of $$$$$$. 

But I had some self-control and only bought some slippers to wear around the house for John and I.  I was rather proud of myself but I also discovered that there’s a store right in front of Port Authority.  This probably isn’t a good thing for me and my monthly budget….

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Saw this vintage globe on etsy.  I want to start collecting globes.  Eventually I want to display my awesome globe collection at my house, on a shelf that is an entire length of a wall.  Don’t ask.  And I’ve been wanting to do this for some time but as of right now, I don’t have a single globe in my collection.

But here’s the problem.  I’m a control freak.  I mean a real control freak.  So the last time I started a collection, it was of Winnie the Pooh items.  When friends found out, everyone started to get me Winnie the Pooh items.  It got out of control.  I had to accept things from people because they were gifts and believe you me, I didn’t like all of them.  And as of right now, I don’t have one Winnie the Pooh in my posession.

So the question is, should I start this new collection?

…fully done by krislyndesign

… a magic message bean

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Saw this article in NYTimes.  It’s pretty amazing what you can do with a small space.  This gives me such hope with my space.

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Okay, so I am a HUGE fan of Run’s House.  Couple of weeks ago I found out his address and was very tempted to go stalk his house until they let me in and make me part of their family.  One of my dearest buddies, Gian, suggested that it was a fantastic idea.  So I knew nothing good could come out of it.

Anywho, so this Diggy character, who is probably 13 years old has a blog that I can’t stop reading.  The more I read and the more I see the stuff that he’s posting on his blog, I am really beginning to question whether he’s

  1. actually 13 because the sense of style this kid has is freaking out of this world
  2. writing all this stuff because he seems to have such wide range of interest (fashion, music, sports,  and even architecture)
  3. where he finds the time and the energy to blog so much

Regardless, I love the fact that he has very similar style/taste as me and I totally apprecitate his point of view.

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Probably not the most practical thing to have around the house with cats but I LOVE this pretty cushion from Etsy.

…amazed with this wooden led clock

quo.  for mac, against mac?

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Whenever the new VW commercial comes on, I actually slow down the entire commercial so that I could fully enjoy the beautiful houses that are in the background.  John gets super annoyed whenever I do this but I just LOVE these Eichler homes.  I totally heart the clean lines, simple and elegant architecture, and can’t get over how inviting these homes are.  It always makes me wonder why there aren’t these type of homes in Bergen County, NJ!!!!!

…the summer or celebrate Cinco de Mayo properly with grapefruit margaritas.

how dope is this? not sure if it’s comfortable but it’s hella cool. all aluminum and HAND bent. word.

there’s other cool cool ass stuff from here. check it out at yatzer! (i feel like i need an exclamation after yatzer because it’s so close to yahtzee)

it’s definitely hard to find a house you love, especially on the east coast (compared to west coast). but damn i love this synagogue turned penthouse ..

check out more at freshome.com.

…the chocolate bread pudding with ice cream at Hedley’s.  Sometimes mom’s better home and garden magazines know what they’re talking about.

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John and I pay $1200 for rent.  We have an entire floor of a house, backyard, garage, driveway, storage, porch, and washer/dryer in the unit.   And if I drive to work, it takes me 20 minutes door to door and mass-transit takes me 45 mins or so on a good day.  This may not mean much to most people, but this will be shocking figures/description for most people living in the tri-state area.

We would love to be here until we have enough saved to buy a house but our landlord just sold the property and we have been apt hunting for the past 3 weeks.  Not an easy process.  Although the rental market is good these days, we had such an incredible deal that it’s hard to beat such figures.

But here’s something couple of shocking things that we realized while apt hunting.  First of all, we are not able to find these “out-of-this” world deals that everyone is talking about.  But more shockingly, we are finding out that ALL landlords just LOVE us.  Mind you, some of them are willing to overlook the fact that we have FOUR cats that will be sharing the apt with us, even when the actual ad had said “NO PETS”.  We were experiencing the “positive” side of racial profiling. 

Yes, it’s a good thing for us, but we were also able to sort of grasp what it would be like not to be Asian, not to look yuppy, and not to speak English fluently.  This is the reality.  We are aware, but also the lack of progress we have made is a bit daunting.

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Read a cool snip about this guy who built his house around a tree in NYTimes.  John and I have been house hunting for the past year, maybe longer.  This is why I love the houses in LA and hate the homes here.  No character and no depth to them at all….

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