HOUSE: Newburgh + I Want This + Vanity + Wearables

Tick, tock…

My friend Janet keeps complaining about having to see that tile photo day after day, so I figure I had better put something new here!

That’s worth it, right? It’s my new Orla Kiely bag, and it holds everything and looks great. It was one of those purchases I just had to hold close my eyes, hold my breath, and say “GO!” for, but I have no regrets. Happy, pretty. (I want this one, too!)

Oh, and guess what? Our plumbing work in the bathroom is officially starting THIS FRIDAY! Finally. We also have a landscaper coming that day to assess our yard and figure out how much it would cost to demolish our back porch, put up a new fence, take down a tree, and remake Carin Goldberg’s garden. I have a feeling he’s going to see that photo and ask us why we want a prison yard behind our house!

p.s. It wasn’t freezing cold today! I wore ballet slippers (no socks!) and didn’t suffer. Is spring really coming this time?

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  • Reply AB April 2, 2008 at 1:40 am

    I just had a landscaper come over TODAY and I showed him that picture as inspiration. We’re going to be garden twins!

    Also I love the bag and am jealous.

  • Reply jana April 2, 2008 at 4:41 am

    I like the bag, but I have to say, I´m not really fan of that garden… the plants are great, but there´s somehow too much concrete. On the other hand, it´s great that you don´t have to care about garden like this too much (cut the grass etc.).

  • Reply meegan April 2, 2008 at 7:10 am

    oh i love it! i’ve had my eye on several of her bags as well.

  • Reply lindsay April 2, 2008 at 7:38 am

    Oh what a lovely bag! Consider doing the garden yourself… I know it probably looks daunting, but really…my husband and I took on a demo and landscaping re-do two years ago and it looks lovely. We’ve put in over 300 hundred plants, before this we only owned one houseplant. Ha! He read a book on concrete pouring and did a lovely job on that part too. And it will save you thousands and thousands!

  • Reply Marilyn April 2, 2008 at 9:05 am

    Oh, Orla Kiely makes me swoon. I love that bag and have had my eye on it. Forget the garden, I want to see the inside of the bag!

  • Reply arawa April 2, 2008 at 9:38 am

    Oh! I love your bag AND I love the garden you are planning. It is nothing like a prison.

  • Reply amy April 2, 2008 at 11:33 am

    i love your new bag!

  • Reply kristin April 2, 2008 at 11:49 am

    oooh, so jealous- what a lovely bag!
    and I agree with your friend about the tile picture 🙂

  • Reply Anna at D16 April 2, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Jana: There’s no concrete in that photo at all, actually — it’s bluestone pavers and crushes granite gravel. There’s a huge difference in the feeling of natural stone versus concrete or cement. Anyway, I don’t really have any use for a grassy garden. It’s a small city lot, and it doesn’t get a lot of light. I’d much rather be growing plants and vegetables! 🙂 I also want to be conscious of my water consumption, and attempting to maintain a grassy plot isn’t the best use of resources.

    Lindsay: I hear you! But we’ve been working on OUR WHOLE HOUSE (inside and out) for two years now, and the garden just keeps getting put off because we’re so busy doing other stuff. I don’t want to wait any longer — it’s wasted space that we could be using and enjoying! We’ll most likely wind up doing (at the very least) the planting ourselves, though, and hiring a landscaper to take down a tree, build new stairs, grade things properly, and bring in the gravel.

    Marilyn: You can see what the inside looks like here! 🙂

  • Reply read me... April 2, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    love the new bag, from an ardent OK fan!

  • Reply jana April 2, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Ok, it makes sense now. The stone surely is beautiful. I would still put a small area of resistent grass there – you don´t have to water it, if you don´t want it to look perfect.
    I´m sorry, but I guess the garden just seems too “tidy” for my taste :-). But those ornamental grasses are great.

  • Reply Jessica April 2, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    I am so insanely jealous. This bag and print are amazing.

  • Reply jennifer in sf April 2, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    When I was in London a while ago (for like 2 days) going to her store was the only thing on the must do list. I scored a bag there for about half off. I love it.

    Good luck with the bathroom and backyard projects!

  • Reply Jessica April 3, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    I got that bag for my birthday! AND I liked it so much I bought myself the matching wallet. I love it, but mine has a magnet closure instead of the zipper and things always fall out when I lean over.

    But I always get compliments on it. Congrats on your awesome purchase!

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