Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Raz

Nesters, meet my nephew, Lucca Parker Alterio... {AKA The Raz....}

He was born yesterday at 10:38 AM with a full head of hair, bright blue eyes and is the most adorable thing I have ever seen in my life.  I will have to travel to NYC to meet him face to tiny little face over the weekend but I'm already in love.  How could you not with those chubby cheeks!! 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

What's Next?

Many of you have been asking, me after seeing pics of Satine, "What's next?" And let me tell you, that is one very good question.  I had my sights set on doing a wing back chair...


Monday, March 28, 2011

Upholstery Class: Week 11 Satine Comes Home

Today is a very proud day, Nesters.  After eleven weeks of blogging about Satines' wild transformation from "drab to fab" I am thrilled to announce she is complete.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Bye Bye Bed

Heya Nesters!  Sorry for my absence yesterday... sometimes life just gets in the way of blogging! {How dare it...}  But I made up for it with double posts on Wednesday... right?? Be it as it may, I'm back in action.  I made a bold move last night: I am selling my good ol' bed.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor


Goodbye Dame Elizabeth. 1932-2011

Due Date

Heya Nesters!!  The idea of today is a super exciting one for me.  Why?  Well remember the baby shower I threw for my brother, Joe, and SIL, Molly? Today, my nephew is due to arrive on the planet and blinking, step into the sun.  There is more to see than has ever been seen. More to do than has ever been done.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Satine: A Fashion Review

Hey Nesters! Since the next upholstery class post may be the last post about Satine for quite some time, I thought we could bid her adieu by getting to who "Satine" really is on the inside.   Except I suppose, since you watched me tear it down to the frame-work, we all know exactly whats really on the inside.  But let me be weird and personify her take a stroll down ficticious memory lane and see how she started out, only to reintroduce you to next Monday as our newly made over, uber chic gal.  So let's delve in, shall we?

Who was Satine before.....

Monday, March 21, 2011

Upholstery Class: Week 10

Heya Nesters.  I can't believe I've already been posting about Satine for 10 weeks! Totally wild, right?  I just can't wait to get her all dressed up and into a space to see her in all her velvety glory. I know last week you guys were all so sweet to tell me that my post was not boring. This week I will rival last weeks boredom! I kept hammering away this week, completing the nail head trim.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tea Parties and Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Happy St. Paddy's Day Nesters!  All one quarter of my heritage is celebrating today's very green day.  I hope you will too! {Responsibly of course!} With Winter coming to a close, there are few things I will miss about the doldrums of the season.  The perma-cold hands, the bundled up, motion preventing layers, sitting in a freezing car, waiting for it to warm up… none of those are fun, however… they do make me reach for a nice hot cuppa tea like nothing else.  I've talked about my romance with kettles here.  But that really is just what aids my tea habit.  I love tea.  I drink it almost every day {on the extra sleepy days, I reach for the coffee instead}  Specifically, Mr. and Mrs., Earl and Lady Grey.  {With two lumps of sugar and a dollop of low fat milk please!}  And I've always, ALWAYS wanted to have a garden tea party.  I'm not entirely sure if it's the "tea" part or the bite sized treats or the ultra feminine ambiance… but I am dying to have one!  So I am having one right…. now.  Since I have no lush garden, nor any specific occasion, it will remain a virtual tea party.  So, welcome! And with pinkies a-waggin' I say "CHEERS!" and let's indulge in these glorious shots of whimsy and splendiferous summertime…


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Etsy Crush

Heya Nesters!  I have this bad habit of having crushes on inanimate objects. A long time ago I told you about the crush I had on a hutch.  I've had crushes on many articles of clothes or even entire stores worth of clothes.  *cough* Anthro *cough, cough*  Usually they are unrequited crushes that never amount to much.  I am hutchless and without the entire stock of Anthropologie dresses.  Alas, the crushes keep rolling in. This time 'round, I have an Etsy crush.


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

If it ain't broke, dont fix it...

However, if it is.... you probably should fix it.  As we saw in my bedroom, I need to fix that heinous issue that's happening over my head when I snuggle up every night --That's right!  I'm talkin' about the bed frame and the framed poster over my bed.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Upholstery Class: Week 9

Heya Nesters!  Is everyone extra sleepy this Monday morning, thanks to Springing forward yesterday morning?  I know I am.  If you're an regular at visiting TN you'll know about Satine. Shes my awesome swing chair that I'm reupholstering in a class and imposing on you a weekly update.  Shes coming along slowly but surely.  I wish I could just work away for an entire day and get her done!! Alas... the studio where class is held is the only really conducive place to work on her. Ho-hum.  Anyhoo, this weeks update, I fear, is exciting for me but may prove slightly boring for you all.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Basket Case

Heya Nesters! May I start off by saying a hearty TGIF to you all!  Spring is right around the corner and  so is Easter! And you know what Easter means.... BASKETS! I have a problem with baskets. I love them. Particularly if they are dark brown and/or have handles. I am a total "basket case"!  {I crack myself up!}

 Oh hello 1994!... Nice to see you again... I've missed you!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The DIY Show Off

Heya Nesters!! I just want start off with a special thanks Roeshel over at The DIY Show Off who was so kind enough to feature me {and some other lucky bloggers} on yesterdays post!

The DIY Show Off

I love her blog.  She's got her very own DIY community over there and I know I LOVE to see what others are working on and now, to think that she added not one, not two but THREE of my projects on there! I am totally blown away.  So take a peek right here and check out all the other amazing projects!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Orange and Teal seals the deal.

Heya Nesters! I know it's Wednesday and it's going to be a long one.  But lets rise against the doldrums and enjoy some eye candy.  Shall we? I just had to share with you guys this amazing room designed by Kendall Wilkinson for Traditional Home

I know what you're thinking: Incredible. The unapologetically bold colors and the hyper glam silhouettes and textures... I have no words.  {Ok, maybe a few.}  I bow down at the feet of Kendall Wilkinson for their show stopping room.  I just thought you all might like the hump day stunning space!  

Do you love it? Hate it? Specific elements that you love or hate? Dish, Nesters! We all want to hear!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

One Mans Trash.... my treasure!  Matt and I went out to one of our favorite indoor Flea Markets on Saturday afternoon. We showed up only about an hour and a half before their marked closing time so we made a huge, speedy loop before we started getting down to the nitty-gritty.

To give you an idea of the caliber of this flea market, there was one of these Panthers there just waiting for a good home. We've also seen a helicopter, an 8 seater horse drawn carriage and most recently a larger than life-size elephant head from a movie set.  So! On that note, lets see the goods that we picked up. 

Monday, March 7, 2011

Upholstery Class: Week 8.5

Heya Nesters! Welcome back to Monday! Did you guys miss my upholstery class progress report as much as I missed sharing it? {But let's be real, throwing a super fun Jack and Jill baby shower for The Raz was well worth it.}  

 I do have some exciting news to share!  I am taking another class at Broadway Upholstery School! And you know what that means, right? More Upholstery Chronicles for you guys!  My new class started this past Wednesday evening, and I had my old class on Saturday as well! Two in one week! {Hence week 8.5} That means Satine has changed a bunch since you saw her last. Let's get started, shall we?

Last we spoke I wrote, I left you as I was adding the buttons to the back of the chair with the biggest needle I've ever seen in my life. 

Saturday, March 5, 2011


Just wanted to pop in on you guys to show you a GORGEOUS duvet that I'm considering to improve my bedroom that I broke down this past week.

Thank you Dwell designers for being amazing. You rock my world. This is modern and classic with a little hint of Asian inspiration and an amazing colorway. 

Now if only it was affordable.....

Friday, March 4, 2011

Happy Blogiversary, Nesters!

One year ago today, a drained 9-5'er reached for her laptop while lazing about in bed, watching TV and started a blog.  This blog.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Bedroom Inspiration

Heya Nesters! Coming on the heels of yesterdays post, I decided to look at some yellow, aqua, and chocolate colored rooms to see how they've worked it and see what tickles my fancy.  I know that I want to mix some patterns in there. I'm usually a "solids" kinda gal, but this time 'round, I will dare to be daring!


The gold mirror in this room was the inspiration to paint my leaner gold. Wouldn't it be incredible??  I also love that this room includes the olive color to mute down things a bit.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Love. Like. Loathe.

Heya Nesters! Yellow, Aqua and Chocolate. Those are the colors of my bedroom.  Way back yonder, in my old apartment, I had the most beautiful pale aqua walls that were so incredibly soothing and they totally tied my whole decor together.

Now with the "no painting" policy in my current apartment, I have been feeling a bit lost in terms of where to go with my bedroom decor. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Baby Shower Reveal

Heya Nesters! You may have noticed I've been a little MIA in the last week or so. I've been prepping for the long distance baby shower I have been planning for my brother and sister-in-law.  I'm happy to announce that all my hard work paid off.  It's over, the party was a success and I can finally breath.

The best decor of all was the nearly 360 degree view of Manhattan from the 38th floor, with a beautiful blue sky and warm{ish} Spring{ish} day.