Sunday with…Frank, Our Men’s Designer
we drove two and a half hours north of New York City to Hillsdale, New York, where our men’s designer, Frank, has had a weekend house for the past seven years. here, he spends lazy afternoons reading in his light-filled sitting room or taking his beloved vizsla, Dutch,
for long walks.
Photography by Bryan Derballa.
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Frank. Always perfection.
An Update: Life In New York
Hi! I’m back! Sorry I’ve been MIA, but here’s a little look at what I’ve been up to in the city as of late. Autumn certainly does look good on you, NYC.
Via my Instagram
and last but not least, the living room.
My first NYC apartment, part 2.
Alright, first let me apologize for my absence… I’m FINALLY all moved in to my new apartment in Brookyln, but I’ve yet to set up internet (which has been actually sort of lovely… hello, books I’ve been meaning to read.)
Anyway, here she is. My very first apartment in New York City, and I’m quite proud. It wasn’t easy, and there were more than a few tears involved, but all of the calls to brokers, pleading with landlords, labor to get the apartment not only clean, but (kind of) renovated, and the olympic-level strength it took to get all of this stuff up a fourth-floor walkup were worth it.
Now…COME VISIT ME, FRIENDS.
**Sorry for the less than perfect pictures, there still cellphone level quality, and plan to take better ones once everything is completely unpacked and organized.
See what the kitchen looked like before.
vphoto asked: Love your blog, and so excited for you with the new place. What neighborhood? Can't wait to see the progress! Nick
Ah! Thank you so much! Can’t wait to share the process!
The new place is out in Brooklyn in the Crown Heights area.
Also, my brand new coffee mug (that I’m way too excited about) should be noted (sorry, mom)
So, as you know, I’m the proud and recent renter of my first New York City apartment. Everything about it is great… except the kitchen.
While we were looking at places, we had to make a few decisions. Did we want a place with brand new, stainless-steel, fancy-schmany, blahblahblah, with literally next to no space, or did we want something we had to put a little more work in to, room to spread out, and the charm and character that comes with an older apartment?
Some may have gone with the brand new and tiny, but I’ve got some furniture (and books, books, and more books… and records. so many godforsaken records…) I’m pretty attached to, and my lovely roommate is a musician who also needs some space for her gear. So the more we looked, the more it became apparent that we needed to readjust our priorities a bit (and everyone who knows me knows that I can’t walk away from a home improvement project)
All of that wordiness comes down to me deciding that I needed to do what I could to fix up the kitchen.… which I started working on today (we don’t move in until next week).
Most have my time so far has just been spent cleaning the cabinets… I swear to you, it’s like the previous tenants let a toddler coat every inch of every cabinet in maple syrup. I’ve never seen such dirty, grimy, sticky cabinets, and I moved here from a college town (that should say it all) where houses are treated worse than most disposable solo cups.
Anyway, here’s phase one of the project… before and middle. Note that the cabinets only have one coat of paint on them at this point, and that’s why you can still see the wood coming through.
I’m also planning on covering up the backsplash, but that’s another weekend (and paycheck) later down the road.
**I also apologize for the poor quality pictures, but when you’re trying to man an iPhone with paint on your hands… well, you know.
Picked up this beauty of a rug today for $89, originally $400. Could hardly believe it, I’m pretty sure they had it marked incorrectly, but even the clerks told me to take it and run.
Picked up the keys to the new apartment today! The super said I could hangout and do whatever I wanted to it as long as I wasn’t staying overnight until the 1st.
So glad the search is over.
So excited about my first NYC apartment, can you tell?
Same Story goes for the kitchen… if the landlord allows me to paint the cabinets, I think I can pull this off.
Tomorrow I find out if I’ve gotten my dream Brooklyn apartment! All I’ve done this week (and every week since I found out I was moving to NYC) is imagine how I’m going to decorate it while still incorporating items I already have.
PLEASE KEEP YOUR FINGERS CROSSED FOR ME!