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The New Apartment: Decor Inspo + Helpful Moving ...

2018 Interior Design Inspiration + Helpful NYC Moving Tips

New Yorkers are always on the move. Whether it’s to a big brunch, my next meeting, or in this case a new apartment – one thing New Yorkers like myself can’t stop doing is MOVING! I know a lot of you have fallen in love with our current apartment in Hell’s Kitchen (hello backyard space and outdoor dining!) but alas, we’ve been in this spot temporarily and it’s time to move! That being said, we are SO excited to be moving to a fabulous new building in Midtown with city & river views, plenty of office space and some killer finishes. I’m going to be sharing the ultimate reveal of the new apartment soon after moving in, but in the meantime I wanted to give you guys a sneak peak of some of the inspiration imagery I’ve been saving, as well as some helpful NYC moving tips if you find yourself in the same boat as us. 

My Fav Inspo Images Right Now:

After spending a lot of time in Los Angeles, I’ve become hooked on the laid back elegance of LA living. As we move here in New York, I’m hoping to reflect a more casual & neutral interior scheme with our new home. I love this living room setup from interior designer Brady Tolbert of Emily Henderson Designs – the classic Moroccan Rug is the perfect amount of texture to balance out the clean art and modern lighting.

Reading / Insta nook goals! Tearing another page out of Brady Tolbert’s inspo book, I love the way he put together this elegant yet masculine little reading nook. As you know, most of us New Yorkers are spatially challenged as far as ‘nooks’ are concerned, but this is a great compact way to add some extra coziness and functionality to any living space.

One thing that is always a challenge for fashion-fueled New Yorkers is CLOSET SPACE! While our new home has great closet space, sadly…I don’t think it will be enough for the both of us! I’ve been doing a lot of research into wardrobe systems / additional storage and I’m 99% positive I will be going with the IKEA PAX system! (If anyone has any great PAX hacks, please DM me some pics…I would love to see!) The Pinterest rabbit hole is JAM-PACKED with unbelievable PAX Hacks, from molding to painting, to elevated hardware, it looks as though the possibilities are endless. Stay tuned on this front!

Helpful Moving Tips:

With all of the interior design fluff out of the way, it’s time to talk about the big stuff…actually moving! In a city like New York (or anywhere for that matter), moving can be super stressful (and let’s be honest, no friends really want to help you move for a beer and a box of pizza…it’s 2018 lol) Not only are you moving your physical belongings, but you’re uprooting your entire life…memories, keepsakes, hand-me-downs, the works. To make things a bit smoother, I’ve put together some of my top tips to moving (and trust me, I’ve done the research!)

Do the research & commit to a moving company: To make things easier, we started off by doing tons of research, pricing & reading into the moving service area. We decided that we wanted to commit ourselves to a trusted, highly-rated, friendly moving service that we could use year after year. Enter my fam at Roadway Moving. No joke everyone – Roadway has made all of our moving worries melt away from the minute we had our first phone call with them back in 2016 and we legit can’t wait to work with them again. When I first saw that Roadway’s company logo involved an actual heart, I thought it was too good to be true. Boy was I wrong – these guys are the real deal. Not only did Roadway handle all of our conversations with the utmost class & respect, but they were the most communicative and responsible movers I have ever worked with (I’m talking follow-up emails, phone calls, on-the-dot scheduling, etc)

 Treat yourself to the packing service: Until Roadway, I had never selected the packing option when it came to moving. Call me a control freak (or a hoarder lol), but I always thought I enjoyed the process of packing all of my things…until I didn’t have to do it! Not only does this make your move SO much faster and less stressful, but when you arrive to your new home everything will be organized by room and safely packed, making transitioning into your new house that much easier. (btw – the picture above was legit how happy we were with our last move with Roadway, ha!)

Do A Pre-Move Edit: When you have quality movers like Roadway, you can rest assured that all of your delicate decor items will arrive in one piece. Although it sounds a bit like cleaning before a cleaning service comes to your home, I like to do one or two passes through the house and make an ‘edit’ of fragile pieces, items to donate, and things that require extra packing. Once I’ve made a pass through the house, I like to organize all of the items in their own section of the room (ie: all vintage books together, all objects together, etc).

Well there you have it, some of my top tips for moving your house AND some sneak peaks of my latest interior design inspiration! I will be sure to keep you all posted as the decor shopping progresses, and in the meantime be sure to checkout Roadway Moving if you are looking to upgrade your moving service and have some peace of mind when settling into your new home.

The Berkshires: A Weekend Stay At 33 Main

33 Main: A Picture Perfect Escape From Manhattan

Having never been to The Berkshires, the thought of a cozy weekend in Lenox, Massachusetts’ newest (and most perfectly designed) Inn 33Main was more than enough for Matt & I to hop in the car drive North. With navigation fired up, Venti coffees in the console, and our puppy Brody in our laps, we were pleasantly shocked to arrive in Lenox in under three hours from departing the concrete jungle (I never knew The Berkshires were so close to NYC!) A gentle snowfall welcomed us to Lenox, a picturesque New England town… frozen in time yet perfectly modernized. Sat squarely in the center of town (literally across the street from every boutique and restaurant your heart desires) was our home away from home, 33Main.

Upon checking in, we instantly fell in love. Don’t expect to roll your luggage up to a reception desk…instead you’ll be greeted by one of the friendly staff members who will give you the grand tour of the house, and treat you to some of the craziest warm chocolate chip cookies you’ll ever eat. What was formerly a grand private home in the 1800s has been painstakingly converted into a luxury inn…imagine the intimacy and charm of a bed & breakfast with all of the modern luxuries of a 5 star hotel.

**Design note: I’m a sucker for a good sisal rug / wallpaper combo and absolutely love how Annie Selke chose this chocolate sisal runner to climb the grand staircase as a compliment the Ralph Lauren wallpaper in the foyer. **

After our tour of the inn, we were whisked up the sisal lined staircase to our corner room. Flooded with light (all of the rooms are perfectly lit for instagram btw) where we were immediately struck by the interior design. Given that the entire place was appointed with the effortlessly luxe designs of Annie Selke, we were not surprised in the least. (Think airy grasscloth wallpaper, amazing textured linens, silky pillows, and chunky throw blankets, and the most insanely plush robe you can imagine…no joke on the robe situation).

(Scrambles to take notes in iphone on how to painstakingly recreate this luxe pillow combo back in NYC lol)

After taking a minute to throw down our bags (aka lay down in the plush bedding and watch half of a law & order SVU episode on the yummy flatscreen TV) and surprise Brody with the adorable organic dog treats left in the room, it was time for an outfit change to explore the rest of Main Street.

On the way out, the staff took a minute to go over the must-do restaurants and coffee shops in town and sent us on our way (our favorite restaurant in town was called NUDL, btw). After falling immediately in love with the interior design of 33Main, our first stop of the day was the Annie Selke store across the street to see if there were any must-have pieces for our own home.

If you’re a texture maniac like myself, be prepared to be a bit overloaded upon walking into the Annie Selke shop on Main street…so…much…good…stuff. Filled with everything from window treatments and runner rugs to pillows and hand soaps, this shop is a must see spot in Lenox. Matt & I cruised around the store, recognizing some of the standout pieces used in 33Main and ended up grabbing a killer moroccan style runner rug and the most incredible linen bathrobe (I told you the robe situation was out of control lol).

We took the rest of the day to explore Lenox and hit up some a few cute coffee shops and boutiques before heading back to the inn to get ready for dinner. Immediately after walking through the door we were surprised with a great cheese and wine spread in the lounge, complete with a roaring fireplace, compliments of the inn – can anyone say cozy overload?!

After some more robe time in the room, we headed out to dinner at NUDL (prounounced like noodle…there’s been a much welcomed mini hipsterization to the Berkshires in recent years…festive spelling for the win!) and slept like babies that night.

On Sunday we were graced with a bit more sun and slightly warmer temperatures so it was off to explore the neighboring village of Great Barrington. Just a short drive away, Great Barrington is like the big brother of Lenox. A few more restaurants and shops (slightly more crowded, too) line the Main street and it is the perfect spot for lunch and more shopping…we nibbled at a laid back pub called The Well.

Sadly all good things must come to and end and we were forced to head back to reality later that night. I can’t thank 33Main enough for such a wonderful first trip to the Berkshires – they made our stay not only comfortable and fun, but luxurious and relaxing at the same time…a hard feat to accomplish at almost any property. For those of you looking for the perfect anti-Hamptons getaway from New York City, you must swing up to the Berkshires and checkout 33Main, tell them Preston sent you 🙂 x

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Home Update: Feat. Gray Malin

Gray Malin photography

November is a perfect month for a bit of sprucing up around the house. Thanksgiving brings the friends, family & food. Before we know it, the holiday parties have kicked off and December is in full swing. Prior to  hanging the the garland and stringing the Christmas lights, I like to have the “bones” of my apartment in tip top shape. Consider this a perfect time to give the staples an update…think classic throw pillows, rich candles, textured blankets & standout artwork.

I get tons of questions and comments about my “gallery wall” of prints and art in my living room. Made up of pieces of art I’ve collected across my travels, my gallery wall was in need of a standout piece…I knew just what I needed.

img_1195 Photographer Gray Malin (and old college friend) has captured some of the most festive and colorful scenes around the world, including my new obsession – the Hermes clad camel at The Parker Palm Springs (now hanging in my living room!).

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Gray is currently having a 30% off sitewide sale so whether youre looking to upgrade your art vibes before the hoards of holiday visitors, or do a little gift shopping…check out his work here. (ps: Gray has tons of small gifts and trinkets on the site as well…perfect for holiday gifting)

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Preston Konrad Design IdeasMy friends always give me shit for this, but my obsession with fake green apples is a bit out of control. I love the way these look in a crisp clear glass bowl mixed with crisp, white tabletop accessories & lamps. Shop them below:

Interior Design Tips By Preston KonradThrow pillows don’t have to be the same color, or the same two colors for that matter. Try mixing it up a bit with classic yet playful pillows that go with your overall color scheme. Shop them below:

img_1200Make sure your coffee table is inviting and curated. Opt for two great books and top with a candle and something green. (I keep coasters in a mercury glass box for when guests arrive). Shop them below:

Fall Home Updates: Because It’s Too Hot Fo...

Fall Home Updates: How To Transition Your Crib From Summer To Fall

(because it’s too damn hot to start wearing Fall clothes)

by Preston Konrad

Fall 2016 Home Design Updates

Courtesy of CB2

It happens every year. August rolls around and our favorite stores are pushing Fall harder than I remember. At first, I’m pumped. My favorite shops are stocked to the brim with fresh patterns and textures. The ravaged Summer clearance sections have been shoved to the back right corner of the store and all that remains on them is a few sad, tropical button down shirts that look so sad you can’t imagine how you bought them in the first place.

The thought of some new, darker hued threads gets me all worked up (as does the thought of any new wardrobe purchases). Having worked in the fashion business for over 12 years, I’m aware of the tricks retailers use to get consumers to buy new clothes in August and to clear out the Spring/Summer goods. I should be immune to the ploys but somehow, I’m powerless. In under 5 minutes I have an armful of sweaters, jeans and new woven shirts and I find myself in the cue for the changing rooms. I begin peeling off my shorts & tee shirt (which let’s be honest…at this point, are drenched with city sweat from the walk to the store) and am determined to make my first fall purchase.  I finally get into the changing room and everything goes to shit. The fancy new jeans won’t even slide over my swollen and sweaty gams. The fresh, Fall plaid shirt is sticking to my belly. A bead of sweat drips down my face and onto the crewneck sweater I coveted not 5 minutes ago. What the hell am I doing in here?! It’s 101 degrees outside and it’s not cooling down anytime soon. I’m over it. I have to leave immediately. I kindly give everything back to the changing room attendant and I’m out the door. Having realized that it’s just too damn hot to be wearing Fall clothes, I’ve decided to shift my attention to my apartment. If anything is going to get an early dose of Fall, it sure as hell won’t be me (I mean I JUST got my Summer body like a week ago). If you find yourself in the same boat as me, rest assured… giving your apartment a mid-August upgrade will be easy on the wallet and will give you the perfect dose of Fall while keeping you cool, calm & collected. Check out my top 5 trends interior design for Pre-Fall 2016 and give your place a little TLC.


  • Marble Accents: The marble trend kicked off in 2015 and is not going anywhere anytime soon. Adding a touch of this luxe material to your crib is super easy…from marble coffee tables to desk objects. I’ve found a few pieces that actually have some killer shades of rose gold incorporated into the design..shop them, here:

  •  Statement Bathroom Mirrors: Often the bathroom gets overlooked when giving you place a mini makeover. Give your bathroom an easy fall upgrade by mixing up your mirror game. Look for new shapes like circular, uneven edges, rustic wood or color. If you are replacing a vanity that has storage, look for cool woven baskets to store all of your stuff.

  • Mixed Materials for Your Kitchen: I’ve always been a big fan of mixing materials in kitchen spaces and am so happy this trend is sticking in 2016. The clean, all white kitchen trend is slowly becoming more eclectic and personal. Think about layering in small Persian rugs, rustic wooden bowls, found objects & cool art.

  • Tech-Free Living Rooms: Our lives are being run by technology. There’s no turning back. In 2016 we’ve seen a trend towards hiding or eliminating tech from your living room space in an an overall push for serenity and quality family time. Try to eliminate as much tech from your living room as possible and if you just can’t give everything up, we’ve rounded up some of the best discrete technology and that will blend into your space seamlessly as well as some classic living room favorites.

Spring Home Updates

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 9.08.46 PMWith Spring weather comes Spring cleaning. With Spring cleaning comes the moment when you realize you’ve thrown out cheesy old plaid throw pillows, or when you realize the “art” you have hanging in your hallway is pretty lame, or when you realize you have no throw pillows at all. We know you’ve been updating your wardrobe for Spring, and now it’s time to focus on updating your pad. We’ve pulled together 3 trends for the crib as well as some affordable and easy picks from each. Enjoy and make sure to tag Preston on Instagram to show the stylish life updates you make to your place.

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Rose gold has become one of the hottest metals to welcome into your home. Adding a pop of this bad-ass metal into your place will instantly add a cool, minimalist feel to your space. Try combining your rose gold object with some crisp, clean marble for an ultra curated look. Be sure not to overdo it here…a little bit goes a long way.

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Consider the succulent to be the new Edison bulb. A few years back, these babies were only found in the coolest shops and lofts in Brooklyn, San Fran & LA and now (especially here in NYC) you can get your hand on one from just about anywhere. That being said, we’re totally down with this trend and love what adding a succulent does to our desk game. The best part? Little to no maintenance required. Boom.

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We touched on this while chatting about rose gold, but marble and marble colored goods are a home trend we’re really digging. Small hits of crisp marble and marble colored accessories add a fresh, clean layer to your pad for Spring.

How to design a perfectly cool coffee table

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One of the best parts about Fall is making small tweaks to our space. We pack away the seersucker and floral prints, the birkenstocks and boat shoes get tucked under the bed, and we find some time to make simple & easy adjustments to the rest of our pad. One of the easiest ways to give your crib a fresh fall look is to update your coffee table set-up. Follow these simple steps and you’re on your way to a cool, ‘we didn’t try too hard’ look for your living room…

STEP 1: Select a substantial base 

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This Ralph Lauren coffee table book is kind of the end-all-be-all of coffee table books. Not only is it packed with legendary pics from the classic designer, but the size, color and weight of this bad boy make a perfect base for your coffee table set-up. We also love how the spine of the book spells out good old RL’s name in a classic, bold font.

-Center the book on the table with the spine facing out (you want people to see this sucker)

STEP 2: Build up

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When you select book #2, make sure the size is slightly smaller and that the colors work well with your base. We’re keeping the fashion & style vibe going by opting for a classic Vogue book, jam packed with classic editorials. Feel free to go nuts here.

-Again, center the book with the spine facing out.

STEP 3: Pick a final book (with a cover you want people to see)

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Being that we are obsessed with a good mens slipper, we selected “The Gentleman’s Slipper” as our top book. Not only is it packed with killer content, but the cover is bold, colorful & pretty fucking cool.

STEP 3: A Succulent & small trays (or coasters)

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You can never go wrong with a small, cool succulent. Place your choice botanical right next to a small stack of coasters or small ceramic trays. These will come in handy when your gang comes over for drinks on Saturday night.

STEP 4: Set this sh*t on fire (we’re talking candles, matches & a cool match holder)

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Le Labo makes just about the best smelling candles you can find. Grab a fresh scent (we always opt for Santal 26) and pair it with a brass-toned match holder for your match collection…this will give your overall design a hint of Mad Men coolness.

SHOP THE COFFEE TABLE PICKS, HERE: