Ever since moving into my one bedroom apartment on the Upper East Side, I have been entertaining constantly! I love having my girlfriends over for wine and treats. This past weekend I teamed up with a Spanish wine region, Rueda, to host a fun wine-filled afternoon. Rueda is known for their refreshing Verdejo white wine and I have to admit, it’s delicious! If you like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio, you will love Verdejo from Rueda. It’s vibrant and complex, yet effortlessly drinkable! In addition to having a few bottles of Oro de Castilla and Shaya Verdejo wine on hand, I also picked up some tea sandwiches, scones and sweet treats from Alice’s Tea Cup, an Upper East Side must-try. It definitely made for a sweet afternoon!
To help freshen up my space, I picked up a few of my favorite blooms to decorate my dining nook and bar cart. In case you didn’t know, cherry blossoms are insanely pretty this time of year. You can typically find cherry blossom branches for around $12 dollars a branch from your local florist! And in true lauren-nelson.com fashion, I also had white hydrangeas on hand to spruce up my bar cart.
With each new season, I like to switch up my dishes and dinnerware. I absolutely loved these pink floral dishes and these pink glasses from Villeroy & Boch. They matched perfectly with the cherry blossoms and looked oh-so-cute under the tea sandwiches.
If you’re planning to entertain at home any time soon, or just want a refreshing glass of white wine, make sure to look for Rueda in your wine store or order it directly from wine.com with the code “RUEDA” for a 10% discount! Cheers!! Xo. Lauren
Happy Thursday, friends! Hope everyone is gearing up for a cold weekend here in New York and across the country. I’m cold already thinking about it!
Any who, this weekend I’ll be doing a fun shoot with Alexandra for Pottery Barn and picking out Benjamin Moore paint colors with Amy! When I first moved in to my apartment, I was unsure whether or not I wanted to paint. Well after a few months of going back and forth, I’ve decided to team up with Paintzen to paint both my living room and bedroom!
I’ve been meaning to write this blog post and give you guys an apartment update for weeks now! As you know, I’m officially and uptown girl! If you’re just tuning in, I moved to the Upper East Side at the end of last year. I absolutely love the neighborhood, especially now that the Q’s officially open! Who’s with me?
It’s been a slow process designing my one bedroom apartment to say the least. The last update I gave was back in October! Eeeek. One of the first items that I picked out which was completely non-negotiable by the way was my queen mattress!
My living room design is underway, people! It’s officially been a month since I moved in to my new apartment and I have to admit, things have been moving a bit slow. I’ve been scouring all of my favorite brands websites, blogs, magazines and Pinterest to try to nail down the aesthetic. Although I think my design will naturally evolve over time, I’m excited to share my initial inspiration board today with you guys.
If you are new around here, last year I participated in the One Room Challenge (which is conveniently happening right now). Although I’m not part-taking in the current challenge, I am excited to document the process with you guys in the same fashion. The main reason I’m not participating this year is due to how long the pieces of furniture I’ve already selected are going to take to ship. There’s simply no way I could get everything done by the reveal week in November! So any how, I still hope you guys are excited to follow along. I think it’s going to be good!!!!
I’ve been working on this inspiration board for a few weeks now. Although I didn’t include every piece of furniture that will encompass my living room, I thought this was a good start. As you can see, I’m sticking with my ever-favorite color scheme: blue and white. I’m also looking to include a ton of natural wood elements. I love both this dinning table and bar stools from Joss and Main (you really can’t beat these price points!!) I’m also so excited to partner with Dash and Albert again on my living room rug – I’ve decided on this one! It’s funny, I was actually trying to get away from a blue rug and opt for a more natural fiber or neutral rug but what can I say? I know what I like.
Here is everything that’s currently on my to-do list for my living room (which literally is everything):
I need to finalize my couch. This is going to take the longest to ship so this is priority number uno!!!
Dash and Albert rug. Done! Waiting on delivery.
Statement chair. I’ve had my eye on this spindle chair! Thoughts?
Finalize dinning table and bar stools.
Finalize coffee table. I’m searching for the perfect marble top coffee table so please send any leads my way!
Art work for the walls. This will most likely be done last and will be based on furniture.
Fiddle Leaf Fig tree. Done! It’s so cute, I got it at the flower market in NYC for $125 dollars.
TV stand and new TV. Unfortunately my 33 inch is not going to cut it such a large space.
Entry way console & accessories. It’s been a little challenging finding the perfect entry way console under 38″.
Must. find. bar.cart.
So that’s all I can think of for now. I’m sure more to-do’s will pop up over these next few weeks! Be sure to check back every Wednesday for apartment updates! I can’t wait to hear what you guys think. Xo. Lauren