Road Trips & Travel

On The Road Again: Just Beachy

We’re currently blogging from the beach. Now before you get jealous let me just say that it’s about 20 degrees outside and we even got some light snow last night. But we’re loving the chance to relax and recharge at John’s parents’ lovely beach house just outside of Rehoboth, Delaware.

They recently purchased the house and it’s amazing how comfortable and homey they’ve been able to make it in mere months. And while we’ve spent our time playing board games, reading, watching movies, and snuggling Burger- we thought we’d take a quick break to share some fun decor ideas with you.

First, meet the beautiful beach house (love those starfish in the window above the door):

Beach House

And now for a little inspiration. How cute (and functional!) are these toiletries displayed in a decorative basket with shells:

Toiletries

All the kitchen accessories are red, from the coffee-maker to the toaster to the tea kettle. So cheerful and fun:

Red Kettle

And for the first time in over three months we had a functioning kitchen at our disposal, and boy did we take advantage of it. Among many delicious homemade meals, we feasted on this tomato, basil, and mozzarella pizza:

Pizza Man

We’ll be returning to Richmond tonight, and while we’ve certainly been enjoying every second of our mini break from home improvement, I’m sure we’ll be wielding a hammer or a paint brush within a few hours of returning home. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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City Slickers

After sitting in 9.5 hours of holiday traffic, we’re finally home from our whirlwind Thanksgiving weekend in New York. After a Thanksgiving gathering in Long Island followed by another family feast on Friday in New Jersey, we tackled New York City on Saturday to enjoy our old home turf.

Between the two of us we lived in NYC for 8 years (in 10 different apartments and 3 different boroughs) before retreating south to my home state of VA. And the only time we lived even remotely close to each other was in Astoria, Queens. Which would’ve been great if we’d known each other then- and it hadn’t been 2 years apart. Details, details…

So we took a quick tour of Astoria to revisit our old apartments (and to be reminded of how low our standards were when we were both broke college students). I was particularly grossed out by the state of my old place. I can’t tell if it got worse in the past three years or if I’m just sugar coating my memory of it.

Sherry Astoria John Astoria

Sherry Was Here                  John Was Here

After slumming it in Queens, we decided to spoil ourselves with a trip to the new CB2 store in SoHo (one of our other old addresses). It opened about 3 weeks ago as the first and only CB2 store in the world. So (surprise, surprise) it was pretty crowded. But it was still tons of fun to see all their stuff in real life. We restrained ourselves and walked out with only a few disco-ball Christmas ornaments. Probably because we knew we’d have to carry our purchases around with us the rest of the day.

CB2 in SoHo

While in SoHo we also checked out the semi-new Z Gallerie store (where we picked up another Christmas ornament) and a new Japanese store called Muji (picture American Apparel meets Ikea – I know, hard to imagine). We also grabbed lunch at a cool gourmet coffee & crepe shop called Kitchen Commune where, like dorks, we were more interested in the decor than the goat cheese and turkey crepes we ordered. For instance, check out this cool, huge kitchen-utensil chandelier:

Kitchen Commune

After lunch and a swoop through Chinatown, we hopped back on the A train towards the top tip of Manhattan where my big sister and bro-in-law live in a sweet apartment they bought last year. There we got to sit back and watch someone else’s home improvement for a change. Here’s strong-man Marty showing off the chandelier he hung to better define their dining space (sound familiar?).

Marty’s Light

They got the light at Lowe’s after a few other light fixtures (including a shade from CB2) didn’t work out. Everyone was thrilled with the final result, and I empathized with Marty’s relief that the project was over.

That pretty much wraps up our quick trip to the big city. We’re not sure when we’ll be back next, except that we want to go when it’s warmer!

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