Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Favorite Restaurant

I've never had an absolute favorite restaurant until now.  Sure I've had places that I've liked that I would frequent, but I wouldn't call them my favorite.  The best part about my favorite restaurant is that it's right here in town.  If I have family or friends visit or meet up with me in my neighborhood, I take them to Veslo.  It's a Croatian restaurant that the hubby took me to for my birthday last year and ever since then, we have gone back several times.

Veslo means oar in Croatian and a long time ago it was significant because that's how people got around (via boat).  It's a cozy place in the heart of Astoria, decorated with oars (no surprise there) and it has a quaint little back yard dining area.  When you step into the place it feels like you are no longer anywhere near the city. Anybody who is looking to try something different should definitely check this gem out.

Photo: boromag

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

His And Her's

One of the features that charmed me about this apartment was the his and her's closets.  My grandma has them in her Brooklyn apartment which she has resided in since I was a little girl.  I remember spending summers there and I was always memorized by those closets.  I remember playing hide and seek with my sister and there was always a place to hide there (her apartment is what most NYC residents would consider huge). I must say, we had a blast.

Huge advantage of the his and hers closet: when you go out shopping you can just put your new clothing garments into your closet and not have to worry about being asked how much money you spent shopping (it's my money anyway, dammit!)

How stylish are these his and hers?

Not quite finished unpacking, but here are our closets. Can you guess which one's mine?

Monday, May 28, 2012

Welcome Kitty Cats!

The cats are officially the newest tenants here and they are lovin the high life (meaning they love looking down on everything from the windows).  Unfortunately they don't help out with rent and just sleep around the house all day but they do keep up their end of the bargain by scaring the mouse away.  Since they came, I have not seen or heard not one critter scratching at the walls.  I guess somehow the pests know that there are carnivorous creatures with sharp teeth and razor claws occupying our unit.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Make the Best Out of a Rainy Day

It sucks going to work when the weather is rainy and dreary.  Having these awesome rain accessories would make is a bit more fun...

Photo: Lulu Guinness

Photo: Pare Umbrella

Photo: outblush

Photo: aliexpress

Friday, May 25, 2012

Microscopic Apartments; Unique Lifestyles

Okay, so recently I found out that there are existing people out there who live in NYC in what some people would consider a shoe box.  What is so amazing about these people is that a) that they live in such a small space and b) that they do an amazing job at decorating it and how they make the most out of what little space that they have.

This intrigued me so much that I actually showed my best friend this and she was intrigued by this as well and would actually be interested in living in one of these.  If anybody is reading this and knows of such a place, please let me know so that I can tell my friend!  I would not be able to live in a microscopic apartment because I am plus sized.  My friend, however, is the size of a faerie and I think she would do very well.

Here are pictures of some of the amazing things that I have seen these people do to their itty bitty abodes. God bless them.

Photos: The Tiny Life
What an amazing story the woman above has.  A professional organizer, indeed, because look how organized her place is. The decorating in her bathroom= nothing less than amazing. Seems that there is a place for everything! If she is reading this: you totally rock, lady!

Yupp, this woman did it...she made a dining/cooking area in her shoe box!

It seems there are a few things that are key for living in these microscopic studios. So far, I see miniature fridges, microwave or toaster ovens (i would prefer microwave because you can actually cook many many things in it), loft beds, lots of shelves and storage organizers and a great sense of style.  I'm almost positive there are many other key things needed in order to survive in this lifestyle.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Kitchen Storage Part 1

When we got this place, the kitchen was a nightmare.  Who am I kidding? It still is... The floor was so disgusting that even if I attempted to explain the condition it was in, I don't think anybody would really understand.  We scrubbed, and scrubbed, and scrubbed, and scrubbed, and...scrubbed.  Dirt came out but its still greasy (I guess this is the price you pay for cheapness near the city) and now we are in the process of putting down a cheap floor and once that is done I am pretty positive I can finally be comfortable here.

If you can believe it, this place had no counter space whatsoever.  It has storage under the sink and above and also a very very old built in cabinet (pictured below) that we have been storing quick food (canned foods, cereal, boxed stuff, etc...) but, both of us being great cooks (he a great cook, me a great baker) counter space is absolutely necessary.  Our solution: we bought counter space from Ikea. Where do we eat? For now we eat on the couch, but we have a fold out table which we will be screwing into the wall. When the entire project is done I shall write an update.

This is the built in cabinet.  We can just call is rustic chic (aka shanty chic) for now.  I will continue to store all boxed and canned goods on the shelves and keep any sort of junk in the draws since I think that's all it's really good for. We put down sticky shelf paper where the dishes are because I just don't trust the oldness of it.  I'm sure at one time it was beautiful wood.

Here is the amazing Ikea counter space that my wonderful husband bought and put together while I was at work. I must say he made me a very happy wife when I came home from work that night.

Fold out table for two will be installed after the floor.

And here, people, is the disgusting rustic chic floor I was writing about.  Doesn't look that bad now (still ugly in my opinion) but I really should have taken the pre-cleaning picture. These tiles make me wonder...was this kitchen once a bathroom?

Monday, May 21, 2012


Last night I came home from a long hard night at work and pass out on the couch. I was awakened to see the hubby charging into the kitchen (quite a funny sight to see).  I ask him what's up, he informs me that we have a mouse.  At this point, our cats are at my parents house until we get the apartment cat ready and I am already missing them a great deal, but now I miss them even more. Note to future NYC apartment renters, especially if you plan on renting in an old building, a cat is a great and useful pet to have.

As a person who has owned cats all my life, I can tell you that tabby cats are the greatest of hunters.  I have had a tabby in the past and she was the absolute best cat I have ever owned.  She would hunt all sorts of critters in the back yard and even stole a chicken off the neighbor's bbq once. My sister has a tabby in her house in New Paltz and she raves about all the mice she catches.  We, however, have two black cats and I have never had a mouse problem before, so I will write an update on how great (or not great) of hunters my cats are (hopefully they hunt like panthers). 

For now, I have to get ready for work and do a bit more unpacking as I deal with hearing this noisy little pest in the kitchen.  I miss my cats deeply!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Black Cat Paintings

Ever since we got the cats I have dreamed of living in a NYC apartment and decorating it with black cat paintings and now I can.  I already have one that's going up. Here are a few more that I like.

Photo: knowyourcat

I have this one and it's going up ASAP!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Pure Awesomeness

This isn't very NYC style (actually, it's from the Loyd Hotel in Amsterdam) but, if I could, I so totally would...

I hope whoever slept here took advantage of the swing.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Just Unpacking

We just moved to Astoria, Queens to be close to our jobs.  View is great (especially at night) we can see all sorts of buildings lit up.  It's a small 1 bedroom, the apartment is railroad style and we are trying to make the best out of what we have (space is a huge issue).  I figured blogging is a great way to get my ideas down and find inspiration (perhaps from other bloggers) on how to make a NYC apartment into a home and share some good and some horror stories along they way (as of today, I already have one). For now, here is the sort of thing I have in mind...

Cute living space. The windows sort of remind me of the windows we have.  I love the antique looking furniture. We already have two cats. I have always wanted a hot dog dog. Will a small yapping dog be in the future for us? It is a possibility, but for now we will stay cat people.

Shelves! Yup, that is in the plans for us, and lots of them! I also love the brick and now I totally wish we had a brick wall up in this joint.

This shelf unit is absolutely amazing. I want it so badly.