1. Matt and I both had some time off for the holidays, so we tackled a few decorating projects that had been on our minds for a while. We found a beautiful mirror to hang in our dining area, and we replaced our little DIY chevron-patterned painting above the couch with a print of the Flatiron building that does a better job of filling up the space.

    For the staircase, we didn’t have that many ideas- it’s just the two of us, so we didn’t want to take the  ”family photo gallery” route- it would have gotten boring really fast. We decided to keep it simple with this idea I found on Pinterest. 

    When we had first started thinking about our stairway decor, we had picked up a three-pack of Threshold mirrors from Target. At Joann Fabrics, we picked out a Moroccan-inspired print in a color that would pop against our clean gray walls. Matt picked out the final elements- the M and C- at a Micheal’s craft store and we got to work!

    It’s definitely a simple project that can have a great impact, like a no-bake dessert. The only tricky part was affixing the hangers to the back of the wooden letters! Otherwise, with a staple gun and a careful hand, it’s a mess-free operation.  

     

  2. Winter is upon us here in Jersey! Matt and I are looking forward to the holidays at 715. Hopefully we can get some more projects done around the house soon! 

    Happy holidays! 

     

  3. midtown

     

  4. It’s fall.

     

  5. Things have been slow-moving around 715 lately. The big news is that we now have electricity wired out to the garage, and have been able to have electric doors installed! Now that our garage is officially out of the Stone Age, it has full man cave capabilities. Matt is very happy. I’m just happy that we won’t have to dig our cars out of the snow come winter! 

    Installation (and pictures) done by Danny’s Doors in West Orange- check out the facebook page, he did an excellent job!

     

  6. Some snapshots from a recent dinner out at Komegashi Too. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the Ginger and Mint Mojito! 

     

  7. Never in my life would I have thought I would get so excited over carpet. It’s so soft and such a drastic change from the dingy, brown mess that covered the (equally ugly) original floors before. And also, it makes the accent wall look better, even though it is lonely without some decor to keep it company!

     


  8. Refinery29 DIY Paint Project

    Recently I stumbled across a DIY paint project on Pinterest and immediately put it at the top of the list of things to try. The project is super fun, simple and almost impossible to mess up.

    Check out the foolproof directions over here at the Refinery29 website!

    All of our supplies (and our unmade bed). All of this was found at Michael’s, for just under $50. I went with my usual palette of favorite colors (blues and oranges!) but feel free to experiment if you decide to try it! This project would look good with simple neutrals or with brighter, bold shades. 

    The finished first phase of the project! We found that not sticking to a pattern made for a more blended look, but it really depends on your colors, and which example from the original directions you prefer!

    Next we had to let it dry before we could move on to the second step- taping! 

    We actually ended up using two different sizes of painters tape- they only had the skinny version at the craft store. The wider tape can be found at any home improvement store and was what we had laying around the house from the last time we painted. I think it was a happy accident- like I said before, it’s easier to stick with a loose version of the chevron pattern than to try and get it perfectly straight, especially with a larger canvas like we had!

    This was the scary part.

    …Let dry. We actually dragged ours over to the air conditioning unit…because we’re impatient.

    Then was time to peel the tape off and admire our creation! The lines weren’t perfect, but ended up not taking away from the abstract feel of the end result.

    In my opinion this was a fun way to get a really cool looking, one of a kind piece for your home, and a great way to kill a quiet Saturday afternoon!

     

  9. My first successful Vine post. (I really can’t count the “KanJam” post as a success #srynotsry)

     
     

  10. Some pictures from my favorite place, 4th of July weekend! Where’s your happy place?