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pin-spiration: bathroom bliss

 

After living in dormitories and New York City apartments for the last 5+ years, I can’t wait for the day when I have a bathroom that nobody uses other than myself. I’m a big fan of white tile, colorful wallpaper, and natural elements – though my main requirement for my future bathroom is a large tub.

From whimsical walls to modern finishes, here are some images I’ve saved on Pinterest.

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the biggest thing NYC ruined for me

I always loved grocery shopping. Even after working at the local supermarket in high school and in the summer when I came home from college, I was never wary of the shiny linoleum aisles and well-stocked shelves.

This is because grocery shopping in a pleasant suburb is completely unlike shopping in New York. Suburban supermarkets get those cool, limited edition products (like peppermint Chobani) while NYC vendors sell crap you forgot existed (remember Kudos bars?). And then there are the prices. $7.99 for a half-gallon of ice cream. $4.99 for a gallon of milk. $7 for a carton of strawberries. All of these things are usually around $3 at my hometown grocery store.

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At the store in my hometown, you can push a full-sized shopping cart down each wide aisle, taking your time to choose the right items. You can buy 12-pack cans of soda, 16-count packs of paper towels, and other heavy items, knowing you just have to wheel them out to your SUV and drive home, traffic-free. In New York, I can only buy what I can carry (unless I spring for an Uber).

But it gets worse…the crowds! I have never found NYC to be overwhelmingly crowded, except in midtown during the holidays. Trader Joe’s on a Saturday afternoon is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. When I lived in Brooklyn, the TJ’s closest to me would sometimes have a line of people outside, waiting to go in. Inside the store, the line wraps through the aisles–you’re better off grabbing a basket, hopping in line, and shopping as you weave throughout the store. Whole Foods has an insane (but effective) color-coded system for sending shoppers to open registers, but there is almost ALWAYS a line.

People say that living in a city is worth it for its conveniences, but man, oh man, what I wouldn’t give for an afternoon at Market Basket.

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pin-spiration: new england

You may know that I’m a New England native–I grew up in a super small town outside of Boston, right on the beach. Newburyport is incredibly beautiful, and is the ultimate in quintessential, colonial New England. Cobblestone streets, beaches lined with hydrangea bushes, and houses built in the 18th century.

People were surprised that I wanted to go to school so far away, and as I continue to build my life in NYC it’s bittersweet to realize that my idea of “home” is changing. When I go visit my parents in Newburyport for the weekend, do I still say that I’m “going home?” It’s kind of funny that I still consider this place to be my home even though I only spend a handful of weeks there every year. There are a lot of things I miss about Massachusetts, and these pins are some of them–though I’ll never miss the snow.

all photos sourced from pinterest

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pin-spiration: apartment decor

So my high school Pinterest addiction recently resurfaced, and to make my week a little more inspired, I’ve decided to start doing a round up of my latest favorite images. Every Wednesday, I’ll share a couple of pins from the same category that I’ve fallen in love with. For this first installation, I’m featuring apartment decor. Since I currently live in a small apartment, and probably will continue living in small apartments for the next ~10 years of my life, this is a pretty relevant category for me. Anyway, enjoy!

1. This gold bar cart.

I love cocktails–inventing them, mixing them, and drinking them. I have a bar cart in my apartment now, but I love this metallic upgrade.

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2. This gallery wall.

Since I can’t paint my rental, hanging pictures and art on the walls is a must. Pretty images over a desk makes for an inspired home office. I’m also really into that mustard chair.

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3. Oversize cushions in lieu of a sofa.

These can be stacked up and put away to create more space for yoga/dance parties/craft projects, and are way easier to carry up the stairs of your next walk-up.

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4. This shoe ladder.

Though this takes up a bit of space, I love this idea for displaying shoes…especially since it would let me admire the pairs I don’t get to wear everyday.

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5. This indoor herb garden.

I love how this is equal parts decorative + practical. It’s always great to have fresh herbs in reach when you’re in the kitchen, plus I’m sure that basil smells amazing.

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All images c/o Pinterest.com

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