snow day

i was going totally stir crazy today indoors. it snowed last night, but it's quickly turning into that special brand of yellow-ish brown new york city slush that you want to avoid at all costs. everything is dead and sad (by everything i just mean my outdoor plants, not people or anything). and on monday, the semester starts and i have to (i mean...get to) teach, so i can't just sit around watching my paperwhites grow anymore.  i've been propagating some jade plant cuttings too, but recently realized that i was doing it all wrong. this seems to be a theme with my gardening...i really should research then cut, rather than the other way around. anyway, we'll see if i was able to save them...stay tuned. 

my sad dead yard.

my sad dead yard.

how i wished my yard looked. (this is actually a garden near the river cafe and brooklyn bridge park in the summer of 2014.)

how i wished my yard looked. (this is actually a garden near the river cafe and brooklyn bridge park in the summer of 2014.)

so instead, for some insta-plant gratification,  i went up fifth avenue to zuzu's petals. zuzu's is the neighborhood florist (it's weirdly also the name of the ramen shop in the neighborhood, but there's no relation that i can see), and i'm always tempted to submit a job application when i go in there so i can be surrounded by beautiful flowers all day long. everyone in there is living the dream, if you ask me. 

so i trudged through the said slush and got myself some snow day plants. this is what i came home with: 

the green leafy thing with purple undersides is a calathea, and the pinky-green plant is a chinese evergreen.

the green leafy thing with purple undersides is a calathea, and the pinky-green plant is a chinese evergreen.

a close-up of the bright pink edges of the chinese evergreen. it went perfectly into the crinkle planter from  cb2 . 

a close-up of the bright pink edges of the chinese evergreen. it went perfectly into the crinkle planter from cb2

i instantly felt 1,000 times better. aren't those lovely? the google gods say that they are both low-light plants, and the calathea is from the tropics. the "siam aurora" chinese evergreen is apparently a new hybrid - they don't all have the variegated pink coloring. anyway, now that i have these plants, i suppose i can go on living until spring comes. but i may need another new houseplant or two if this miserable weather keeps up. (hhh, don't say i didn't warn you.) 

dining area

on a whim one day when hhh was out of town, i changed around the entire room: the sofa went against a different wall, the fireplace went into the nook where the dining table currently is, and the table went into the middle of the room. it didn't look quite right though, so i moved it all back. at least it was a good workout. this is what it looks like: 

what do you think of the gallery wall? too cluttered? thinking of switching it out for one bigger piece. 

what do you think of the gallery wall? too cluttered? thinking of switching it out for one bigger piece. 

there's something about autumn that makes me want to change things up around the apartment. (although i should probably be focusing on work now that school is back in session, and not on random household improvement projects.) so here are the photos of the dining area, because i'll be mixing it up soon. 

(actually, that  floor lamp  has already migrated to  poughkeepsie  and a new one has taken its place.) hhh found the chairs upstate for cheap. one of the terrariums are by  twig , the other is by me. vase from  anthropologie . the art deco mirror was found at the ps 321 flea, before it was the  bk flea . art on the walls: a couple from  clare elsaesser , custom artwork by  yina kim  done for  this piece  by hhh, a black and white photo of mlk jr. eating a slice of pizza, a  bunch of giraffes , and a  bunch of dogs . 

(actually, that floor lamp has already migrated to poughkeepsie and a new one has taken its place.) hhh found the chairs upstate for cheap. one of the terrariums are by twig, the other is by me. vase from anthropologie. the art deco mirror was found at the ps 321 flea, before it was the bk flea. art on the walls: a couple from clare elsaesser, custom artwork by yina kim done for this piece by hhh, a black and white photo of mlk jr. eating a slice of pizza, a bunch of giraffes, and a bunch of dogs

table-closeup
table-shelf
table-from-livingroom-view

rainbows

there's some reshuffling going on in the guest room and office, and this little shelf of delights is going to be finding a new home soon. but i love the orderly colorfulness, don't you?

i grabbed the dachshund bookends from a  jonathan adler  warehouse sale a few years back. the  acrylic shelf  is from cb2. the books are  wallpaper city guides , and the tapes are hhh's.

i grabbed the dachshund bookends from a jonathan adler warehouse sale a few years back. the acrylic shelf is from cb2. the books are wallpaper city guides, and the tapes are hhh's.