I’ve always taken on my stepmom’s affinity for classic modern decor — you know, dark woods, cozy accents, earth tones. But over the years I’ve spent exploring homes on the East Coast (and working in design), I’ve found myself veering towards the minimalist, all-white scandinavian standards of design. Midcentury modern has been everywhere, and part of me was just so excited to move to New York because I’d be working with a clean slate for decorating a new apartment.
Every now and then, it’s fun to think about moving some things in my apartment around. I have a desk that I made by hand (which I absolutely love), and I’m thinking about painting it white to go with my latest obsession. Luckily, it was easy enough to make (plywood + hairpin legs), so worst case, I just go buy a new slab of wood for the desk top. But in the meantime, a girl can dream about her perfect home office.
And this girl spends a lot of time working, so this stuff is necessary.
I’m having trouble believing that September is already halfway over, and that the weather has cooled down so nicely. It was a mild summer (and I actually hung around DC and actually loved it). But fall is by far my favorite season, and Em and I reinstated our tea-before-bed ritual in the apartment, so I’m pretty much ecstatic that boot weather is back and that I can use the weather as an excuse to hermit myself with a few episodes of The Good Wife, Red Zinger, and the knitting project du jour.
I’ve recently been shifting my obsession with all-white-everything in decor to all gray. It’s kind of perfect for the shift in temperature, and moving forward, it will probably be my decor theme.
1. This marble swivel-top box would look lovely in a white kitchen. It’s also the perfect box to hold earrings and rings.
3. I recently switched my white cotton duvet cover for H&M’s linen duvet setin light gray — and I’m obsessed. I didn’t think it was possible to love my down comforter any more… and it is.
4. Can I live in this sweatshirt? (I realize that this post is my way of acknowledging my need to spend all day in bed.)
5. A friend in New York has been hounding me for apartment decor advice, so naturally, I steered her towards some of my favorite things on the internet (many things I simply want for myself). This rug is high on that list. Check out the rest here.
6. Not sure where this photo is from, but I’ve been following this account and this account on Instagram, and they have the coolest knitting projects. I love that people are making knitting cool.
When it comes to big purchases, I get my habits from my dad. It’s so painful to spend an exorbitant amount of money on something, but if you’re going to buy something important, save up and get exactly what you want.
For years, I’ve been talking about someday setting up my own design office. I finally did it — I sucked it up and bought a 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Display… because, honestly, nothin — nothing — compares to that screen. UPS lost the first box (honestly, who leaves a giant box outside of an apartment building on 16th Street? WHO?!) but the 2nd came in and I was able to receive it myself. I cleaned up my corner and had one of my photos from Greece printed for the frame above my desk. At some point, I’d like to get some shelves for the right side of that wall — I need someplace to put all of my design books and photography gear!
Anyway, I’m super excited about Sarah Gerrity Design Studio, LLC finally having a home of its own. Just wanted to share that with you!
Side note: the keyboard is solar powered. I’m obsessed.
ribba frame, ikea // thunderbolt display, apple // solar powered keyboard, amazon // trackpad, apple
Of the many things I fell in love with while in Greece, olive oil might be the most memorable. Every restaurant and cafe table had a bottle of it. It was probably locally sourced, as the mainland was absolutely covered in olive trees.
To be honest, I didn’t ask many questions in Greece. If someone recommended a beach, we went there. If they gave me cookies, I ate them. If there was a bottle of olive oil and nothing to eat it with, I drizzled it onto a plate and dipped my fingers in it… and if there wasn’t a plate, I resisted the temptation to pour it directly onto my tongue.
Needless to say, I was absolutely shocked when I got back to D.C. and discovered that my weight hadn’t changed at all — oh, the agony that led up to the calculated and anxiety-filled two seconds of fluctuating numbers — probably because my entire diet in Greece consisted of beer, cocktails, and Greek salads. At some meals, Silje and I would split moussaka or some other local dish.
But for the most part, it was all salads and all yogurt, all the time.
I didn’t bring the iPad with me on vacation. Thankfully, because I was able to at least limit my over-connected tendencies. Why give myself more than two mediums to read work emails on, right? The only downside of leaving the iPad at home was that I didn’t have my normal magazines, which I only really read on the iPad.
Side note, if you have an iPad and you don’t subscribe to the Bon Appetit or Martha Stewart Living iPad apps… please change that immediately. Especially if you’re a sucker for impeccable design and super interactive buttons. I’m amazed by absolutely every issue.
ANYWAY… when I got home, I came across this recipe for olive oil flavored ice cream in Bon Appetit. As Shaeda would say: cosign.
Olive Oil Ice Cream, from Bon Appetit
1 3/4 cups whole milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 cup, plus 2 Tbsp. sugar
4 large egg yolks
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (the stronger and more olive-r, the better)
Preface: I did bring back a ton of olive oil from Greece, but many of them were gifts. The bottle I brought for myself was strong, but not as strong as a bottle that was gifted to me — and it was purchased at a French market in D.C. that only happens once a year.
I did learn a LOT about olive oil last night from my new roommate, Emily, who walked our dinner guests through the ins and outs of olive oil pressing and the flavors to look for. If you can find a bottle of domestic first-press olive oil, that would be absolutely ideal for this recipe — when tasted by itself, you’ll feel a slight burn in your throat. That’s how you’ll know it’s top quality.
First, heat the milk, cream, salt, and 1/2 cup of sugar in a saucepan — bring to a simmer, and stir with a whisk to dissolve the sugar. Once the cream starts simmering, remove from heat.
In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks and 2 Tbsp. sugar vigorously, until they look a pale yellow — about 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in a 1/2 cup of the hot milk mixture into the bowl of yolks. Gradually combine the yolks into the saucepan, and cook and stir over medium heat until it’s thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon (2-3 minutes.
Strain the custard through a fine mesh sieve, and let chill completely — my favorite method is to prepare an ice bath in a mixing bowl (salt water + ice) and then pour the custard into a Ziploc bag, which I douse in the ice bath. Your custard will be chilled in a matter of 10 minutes.
Once cooled, whisk in your olive oil. Pour into your ice cream maker, and prepare according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Please excuse my absence while I take control of my freelance calendar. Sometime in my future, I’ll continue my love affair with chocolate truffles, butternut squash, and a camera that’s probably worth more than my life.
But in the meantime, this JFK quote is getting me through
a freelance design and photography frenzy.
Last weekend, I got to hang out with a good friend and fellow blogger, Nikki Rappaport. Her stylish and adorable style and food blog perfectly incorporates her personality and atmosphere of the city we both live in and wholeheartedly love — and she truly appreciates her blog’s namesake, cupcakes for breakfast.
She was featured in the Glitter Guide’s “Girl About Town” series yesterday, and I was honored as her photographer for the morning! We met at her favorite coffee shop and bakery, Baked and Wired — they boast DC’s best cupcakes, and I will assure you that I was not disappointed. And this is a girl who doesn’t even like cake that much (those of you close to me know that I prefer frosting to cake).
Along with a perfect catch-up sesh, Nikki and I got to talk blogs, coffee, and cupcakes. Oh, and recent romance. What more could you ask for in a winter morning in DC?
Anyway, here are my favorites from our photo shoot. Obviously, I’m obsessed with the pups that were hanging around Baked and Wired. If you don’t go for the coffee, then you should definitely give the doggies a chance!
Follow Nikki on Twitter and Instagram. I’ve already gotten most of my friends stalking her fab tweets and photos.
(Bocce wants a cupcake for breakfast. I don’t blame him.)