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HomeGrown Makeover for our Master Bedroom {BEFORE PICS}

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We’ve done a whole lot of interior design re-do’s for our apartment. We started with our girls’ room, because you know the kids always come first … :) … and then last year we redesigned our living room, dining area and the home office which we turned into a sitting room / media room. The only room we needed to deal with was our master bedroom which literally was a sore thumb in the middle of our beautiful apartment. Enter Frederique van der wal (yes the supermodel, now florist entrepeneur) and Carter Oosterhouse, designer extraordinaire who star in their new…

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Review: Dyson Big Ball Cinetic Vacuum with No Bags and No Filters

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As a mom of two active girls and a pet-owner (I don’t lump my kids and my cats together, but in this case….), there is constant cleaning to do so I am a big — and I mean BIG — fan of Dyson’s amazing vacuuming power. NOW, they have a new vacuum with new technology called the Dyson Big Ball Cinetic vacuum. Now this will blow your mind: it doesn’t have any bags to take out or filters to clean. I had my sister-in-law, G, test it out since her apartment has a lot of rugs and just as many cats. So…

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Tween Loft Bedroom Remodel

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So…you’ve seen the before pictures of our girls bedroom. It was a room of mish-mosh furniture, absolutely no storage for all of the girls’ books and toys and no place for two tweens to do their homework. After over six weeks of construction in which we lived in friend’s apartments (thank goodness for friends who go on vacation!) and then living through four weeks of construction while the girls started school and where they slept in the living room. This past week, the last piece of hardware was installed and I am so excited to show you our: Tween Loft Bedroom…

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Unique Holiday Cards from Minted + $125 Minted Giveaway!

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We say it every year and I’m going to say it again: Where did the year go?! I blinked and it was Halloween and we’re now three weeks before the start of the holiday season: Thanksgiving. Which means: it’s time to get the holiday cards started. The year went by so fast that I didn’t have a chance to get professional family photos taken. Well, thank goodness for Minted, a design marketplace that connects you to the best indie artists; and their designs can make any picture look gorgeous enough for a Christmas, Holiday or New Year’s card. Thank you to Minted for sponsoring this post. So back…

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Review: Dyson Hot and Cool Bladeless Fan for Heating and Cooling

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They Dyson Hot and Cool provides the fastest whole room heating in winter and high velocity air to cool you in the summer. It’s one machine for four seasons. It uses the AM05 Air Mutiplier™ technology for bladeless fan heater which provides the fastest whole room heating in the winter months and cooling in the summer. The Dyson Hot and Cool looks tiny but it definitely is powerful and as a mom with young kids, it has family-friendly features that I appreciate. “It’s frustrating when temperatures fluctate in a room — you’re warm one minute, shirvering the next. So, we…

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Tween Bedroom Remodel {Before Pics}

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We moved into our apartment over seven years ago when we had one daughter and another one on the way. Seven years later, we have a tween and a 7-year old and have accumulated 11 years worth of stuff. Dance trophies, swim medals, Build-a-Bear bears, toys, dolls, stuffed animals, books, books and more books. And everything — I mean everything in between. And it just kept accumulating. We decided to do our tween bedroom remodel because we knew that that we were staying in our New York City apartment and wanted it to be the best apartment it could be.…

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Join Me: Baby Girl Nursery Design Pin Party

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When my girls were born, over 11 and 7 years ago, we didn’t have the design sense, resources, or Pinterest to really design a beautiful baby girl nursery for them. Kind of sad, I know, but, SERIOUSLY, if we had Pinterest back then, I definitely would’ve done it up! Now you, lucky readers, have an amazing Baby Girl Nursery Design Pin Party to join in, pin and get all the baby girl nursery design pinspiration you need to design the perfect nursery for your little princesses. I’ve been invited by Project Nursery and Carousel Designs to help co-host a Pin Party this…

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Stylish Back to School Party with Minted {+ $50 Minted Giftcard Giveaway!}

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! You know what I’m talking about: it’s back-to-school time! Although we love the lazy days of summer, I am looking forward to this time for the consistency and predictability that the school year comes with. And what better way to celebrate with a stylish back to school party with Minted!  Minted is the world’s premier market place for independent design. They find amazing artists and designers from all over the world and crowd-sources design and art from them. Then, Minted sells the best designs as stationary, wall art and home decor. Finally, Minted produces…

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Cordless Vacuuming with the Dyson DC59 Motorhead – Available on QVC

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We haven’t had a vacuum in over 7 years. We had one that was the right size for our New York City apartment, but it had a cord and had this bag that captured all the disgusting dirt and dust that it sucked up, but when it was full, I had to empty it (which I never did) and buy more bags (which I also never did). It just wasn’t conducive to everyday easy cleaning and vacuuming.  Enter the Dyson DC59 Motorhead vacuum. It has the power of a corded upright vacuum, with ease of being cord-free.  We don’t have a ton of room…

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AERIN x FIRST BOOK Bundles Help Children in Need

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As we all know, reading to your child at an early age means a good head start in school. Books are also a beautiful way for kids to learn about and escape to other worlds and lands, real or imaginary. Aerin Lauder, the founder of AERIN, a luxury lifestyle brand,  has teamed up with FIRST BOOK, a non-profit that partners with publishers and schools in low income communities to help distribute new books to children in the United States and Canada. AERIN, in partnership with FIRST BOOK, recently launched two book bundles, one for ages 0-3 and another for ages 4-8…

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Kishu Charcoal: Plastic-Free Water Filter

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I have been wanting to go plastic-free with our dishes and glasses for a while. I’ve thrown out the girls’ childish plastic plates (the now use our “adult” ceramic plates) and their plastic glasses (replaced with glass tumblers from One Kings Lane).  The last thing we wanted to do was to have a plastic free water filter. We’ve used a plastic filter for a very, very long time now and it was something that I just haven’t had a chance to change. When The Hubby and I were out for a date, we ate at this restaurant in TriBeCa that…

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{Guest Post} #StyleYourSpace with REAL SIMPLE and Staples®

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In a sun-drenched Penthouse loft space in Midtown Manhattan, groups of bloggers were treated to stylish and innovative ways to maximize small spaces with big ideas, thanks to the practical know-how of office supply mecca, Staples®, and the smart creative style of REAL SIMPLE. White-washed Gary’s Loft was transformed into three sample work stations that showcased various ways to incorporate functionality with a splash of fashion, using products all available at Staples.com.  The gallery below showcases the workspaces: Making small spaces work hard with high-design, compact furnishings and clever storage, the pros at REAL SIMPLE and Staples® shared the following…

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