Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Merry

image courtesy of inslee
Please pardon the appearance of the blog over the holidays...
I'm having the site professionally re-vamped and it may be down for a few days. 
Now eat, drink and be merry.
Much Love!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas came early...

Alex & I got engaged over the weekend and we couldn't be happier.  I am seriously the luckiest girl in the world to be marrying my best friend.   I love you so very much!!!  Merry Christmas from the (soon to be) Minicucci's!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

DIY (with dad) Headboard

In order to cut the cost of my outrageous decorating taste (I learned from the best, Dee), Alex & I decided it would be best to try and make our own headboard.  With the help of some DIY websites and my wonderfully handy father, we were able to create a really great look on a very low budget.

Materials Needed:
1.  Cute fabric- 2.5 yards for a queen
2.  Batting/Fiberfill- 2.5 yards of this as well.
3.  Plywood: 2 @ 30” long x 4” wide (legs)  & 1 1/4" sheet of 4x8 cut down to 60" x  29" (frame)
4.  Staple gun and upholstery staples
5.  Wood Glue
6.  Fabric Glue (optional)
7.  Hammer
8.  Decorative Nail heads (optional)


Step 1:  Assemble the wood frame
Place the legs at the edge of the headboard and secure with wood glue.

Step 2:  Attach the batting
Wrap the foam batting around the edge of the board and secure with a staple gun.

Step 3:  Upholster the Headboard (aka staple gun the edges)
Fold your chosen fabric around the wood frame and newly applied foam padding.  Secure the edges with your staple gun like we just did for the foam.  Hammer in any loose staples that did not go completely through the fabric.

Step 4 (optional): Upholster the legs
Wrap extra yardage around the legs and secure with fabric glue.  This is not necessary, but I had enough fabric and I thought it would look properly finished so I decided to give it a try.

Step 5:  Apply Nail heads
I decided to use the nail heads on just the sides of my headboard (This method can be used for a boarder as well).  Space nail heads 3 inches apart and secure in place with a hammer. 


Cost Breakdown:
Linen Fabric- free!  (the perks of having a mother whose an interior designer)
Nail Heads- $.04/ea x 50 = $2
Batting- $18
Wood- $30
Glue- $5
Nail gun + Staples- free (on loan from my father)
Total:  $55!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Accessory Addict

If you've been a long time follower, you know this already.  I happen to come across a random, sidebar add on facebook that I actually clicked on. Welcome to Charm & Chain.  Holy extravagance, this site is fantastic.  Yes, there are many items that are, unfortunately, out of reach, BUT there are some amazing pieces for under $200.  I've picked my top ten:

Free ground shipping thru December 14th
(which happens to be my birthday)
**hint hint**

Friday, October 21, 2011

Decorating our Entry

I felt like this week went on forever, but Friday is finally here and I'm so ready for date night.  My favorites this week are going to be design oriented, again, since we officially move 2 weeks from tomorrow.  Last week was window treatments and this week I've been inspired by chic foyers.  We actually have a very grown up entry in our new apartment and I'm so excited to decorate it.  Here are a few that I am loving...

Heart the rug & the french inspired decor

Tiny, but chic. 
Love the runner.

image courtesy of ab home

This painted floor remind me of our entry in Manhasset.
Wish I had photos moms

image courtesy of house beautiful

Great use of color.
Love the modern art against the grey wall.

I love the orange door.

image courtesy of coco + kelley

Happy weekend everyone!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Adorable Bowties

These amazeballs bowties by Laurent Desgrange.
A perfect excuse to throw a party.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!
Be back on Monday

Friday, September 23, 2011

My favorite season...

It's officially Fall!!!  My favorite season has begun.  Alex and I are headed to Long Island this weekend for some qt with Bode and our families.  I'm soo very much looking forward to it.  Today's favorites are inspired by Fall on beautiful Long Island.

image courtesy of seersucker and plaid

image courtesy of jess zaino

image courtesy of marlyand pink & green

images courtesy of style me pretty

image courtesy of food & wine

image courtesy of pregler photo

How can you not love it?!
Happy Friday! Enjoy your weekends.

Friday, September 16, 2011


Happy Friday everyone!!!  I am loving this chilly weather in NY.  Fall is definitely on its way!  I decided that I would leave the fashion week commentary for the industry insiders, but I had to have some of my top picks in todays post.

Fun accesories during #FWNY

Fashion week street cuties

Loving all of the color!!
Enjoy the gorgeous weather this weekend!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

DIY Headboard

We have not even signed the lease yet on our new apartment and I'm already picking out headboards.  Our current bedroom was too small to have one so the thought of getting one is very exciting!  I really want a fun, printed headboard, but I'm not sure if the bf will go for it.  After looking online I've decided that purchasing one may be out of our budget.  I think a DIY headboard would be a fun weekend project once we move in.  Here are some inspirations:

image courtesy of divine distractions

image courtesy of decorpad

image courtesy of decor happy

So many options to choose from!!
I will show you all fabric swatches when I'm down to the final 5 choices.
Here is my help... a DIY video by Homegoods (my fav)!

Cannot wait to get settled and start already.

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Color Purple

As always, I'm super excited that it's Friday.  Date night with my babe, followed by some relaxation, maybe brunch with the girlfriends and then watching my NY Jets on Sunday.  It's going to be a low key weekend and I love it.  My bedroom was lavender growing up and I get a tad nostalgic whenever I see the color. It inspired today's Favorites.

Happy & Healthy at FNO
image courtesy of people

the perfect, purple party.
image courtesy of notable inspirations

a daring bed.
image courtesy of shop grammercy

the perfect pop.
image courtesy of elizabeth anne

an anything but simple clutch.
image courtesy of novafm

a fantastic wall.
image courtesy of home to life.

  Happy Weekend!