Dreaming of Brooklyn

I first realized I wanted to move to New York at book club, after at least five glasses of wine.

We’d read what I thought was a mediocre book called “The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.” about an obnoxious young man living near Prospect Park, and though the book didn’t even portray Brooklyn that favorably, my interest was inexplicably piqued. Our book discussions don’t usually last very long, though, and this evening was no different. Soon, we’d moved onto the hot topic du jour: the upcoming layoffs at our company.

A fellow transplant from the tri-state area mentioned that she thought being laid off could be the push she needed to move back up north. I remember asking her, “Didn’t you think you’d be home by now? I did.”

I’d never said those words out loud before, and to be honest, I hadn’t even realized I felt that way until that very moment. But as soon as they came out of my mouth, something clicked in my head, and I knew I wanted to go. In vino veritas, and all that.

That night, for once, I’d made the responsible decision to ask my husband to pick me up, and as soon as I got in the car, I said, “Brad, do you think we should move to Brooklyn?”

Bless that boy – instead of asking me how many drinks I’d had or whether I’d lost my mind, he just said, “Yeah, maybe.”

And from there, we were off and running. That was Thursday, August 14.

Brooklyn Brownstone - via BK Reader
Via The Brooklyn Reader

Now, I have to be honest: We had never even considered moving to Brooklyn before. We had discussed potentially moving to New York when we were older, when Brad had made a name for himself in the music business and could attract his own production clients, and when I could find something in Turner’s New York office. It was a long-term potential dream, nothing more. So when I tell you this came out of nowhere, I mean it. And that’s why it’s freaking people out.

I realize that this seems arbitrary and impulsive, but the more we thought about it, the more we realized how much sense it made. I’ll explain our reasoning in another post, before this gets too long, but I just wanted to put this out into the universe: Brad and I are considering leaving Atlanta and moving to New York.

So, if you don’t see many new home decor purchases or projects in the near future, it’s because we’re maybe preparing to sell our home and downsize in a very major way. This both terrifies and saddens me, because we absolutely love our house (not to mention our friends, and our neighborhood, and so many other things about Atlanta). But at the moment, this psuedo-decision feels right. We’ll see what happens and how things fall into place (or don’t). I’ll certainly keep you all updated.

xoxo,
Gossip Girl (because that’s what I’m going to become if I move to NYC, obviously)

PS: Did you know that October is National Pasta Month? I have a LOT of pasta recipes – I daresay it’s my specialty – so I’m hoping to share some over the next few weeks. Anyone have any tips on food photography? That is NOT my specialty.

Inspired by: Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2014

I know the internets are abuzz with photos from the Spring 2015 collections, but I have to admit: I can’t seem to get excited about a fashion season until it’s actually upon me. So, on this, the first day of fall, I’m clicking back through my pinned Fall 2014 looks.

Rebecca Minkoff is one of my favorite designers, so naturally, one of my favorites looks was from her New York Ready-to-Wear show.


Court Sweatshirt with Haircalf Trim | Blessing Over-the-Knee Boot

It has everything I’m into: [faux] fur, leather, tall boots, metallics and of course, a SWEATSHIRT. I spent last night shopping for similar items. I may have gotten a little carried away.

(Hover over the image for product links!)


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Did you have a favorite look from the Fall 2014 shows?

The Writing Process Blog Hop

Over a month ago (d’oh!), one of my greatest career role models invited me to take part in a Writing Process Blog Hop and I was thrilled to agree. I’m just now getting around to it. If procrastinating a piece for 37 days doesn’t make me a true writer, I don’t know what does.

But! – better late than never, no? I said I would participate, and participate I shall.

First, let’s talk about Ms. Chrissie Moore, who tagged me in the hop. When I was fresh out of Northeastern University, I followed my then-boyfriend down to Atlanta and applied for a job as a web writer for CartoonNetwork.com. Chrissie was the associate creative director at the time, and she took a chance and hired me – even though I was clearly feigning my interest in anime. Over the next 10 months, I watched and learned as Chrissie led a team of writers and deftly navigated corporate politics while continuing to hone and express her many creative talents. Chrissie is a Writer with a capital W. Her blog is sharp, funny and poignant, and I’m selfishly grateful that she writes it because it’s given me the opportunity to continue to learn from her, even after leaving her team.

One more quality that I admire in Chrissie: she’s brave. When her senior director gig at Cartoon Network stopped stimulating her creatively, she left. She just left! I was in awe of her courage. I still am.

Before I wrap up the love-fest and move onto the writing process portion of the hop, here’s Chrissie’s headshot and bio – real official-like.

Chrissie Moore Hey! I’m a freelance writer and digital content strategist based in Atlanta. I previously worked for a bunch of years in a bunch of roles at Cartoon Network, helping build digital experiences for brands including The Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Chowder, Adventure Time and Regular Show.

I’m originally from a suburb of Chicago and graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. I’ve performed improv and stand-up comedy in Atlanta, and in addition to my TV Kitchen blog, I also write about television and comedy for Paste Magazine. In my spare time, I love cooking, baking, checking out Atlanta restaurants, spending time with my husband and preparing for the arrival of our first baby later this year! (Uh-oh, I sense another blog coming on…)

(A note from me: You should also read Chrissie’s non-TV, more personal blog. It’s fantastic.)

Now, here’s the part where I answer a few questions.

1) What am I working on/writing?

On a typical day, outside of my day job, I’m working on this blog. Currently, I have a few half-written posts in my head – one about houseplants, another about our guest bathroom, and one more about our front porch. They don’t sound very interesting in the abstract, do they? I’ll figure it out, though.

I’ve also been having a lot of fun experimenting with a different format and writing some community posts for BuzzFeed. This one about how to rewire a vintage lamp will probably find its way back to Glitter and Goat Cheese in some form. I particularly enjoyed writing 22 Ways to Pretend You’re an Artist and PornBurger Is Still Happening And It Continues To Look Amazing. I’m proudest of the burger porn. Clearly.

PornBurger - Hot Fuzz

Photo by Mathew Ramsey | Via PornBurger

2) How does my work/writing differ from others of its genre?

Well, for one thing, I’m a DIY blogger who has no natural talent for DIY. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m impatient, I’m clumsy, I have chronically shaky hands, and I’m not exactly what you’d call artistic. I have the worst possible temperament for DIY, but I just love it, gosh darn it. I like to think that makes me accessible.

I also hope that my voice is unique. I’m self-deprecating and sarcastic but also JUST SO EXCITED ABOUT EVERYTHING.

3) Why do I write what I do?

This is an easy one. Nothing makes me giddier than writing about things I love. It’s the best feeling in the world.

4) How does my writing process work?

Every minute of every day, I’m narrating my own life in my head as if it were a novel. When I was a kid, I thought everyone did this, but eventually I realized it was because I was a writer. I started putting the interesting chapters into my diary. Now, I put them in my blog. When inspiration strikes, I take advantage, and when it doesn’t, Glitter and Goat Cheese goes silent for a bit. I’ve worked with editorial calendars for most of my career, but I eschew them when it comes to my blog. Some day, perhaps I’ll change that.

So, anyway, once an idea hits me, one of the first things I do is search the internet to make sure it hasn’t already been done to death. Sometimes, that doesn’t matter – I just try to do it better. Other times, if the idea wasn’t that strong to begin with, I ditch it. I usually write my posts directly into WordPress and obsessively click “Preview” about 13,000 times. I re-read and edit about 26,000 times. (Accidentally posting something with a grammatical error is a great personal tragedy.) When I’m finally done, I schedule my post to launch the next morning, since I’m generally writing in the middle of the night – historically, not a great time for blog traffic. Once it’s up, I share it on all the social media platforms and drive all my friends crazy.

And that pretty much covers it, I think!

I’d like to tag two bloggers I admire: Lesley of Lesley W. Graham and Amanda of Love & Renovations. They’re both beautiful writers, talented DIYers and moms to super-cute kids. What more could you ask for?

Mid-Century Chinoiserie Rustic Eccentric PARTY TIME

If you’ve seen my home (or my blog, or my Instagram, or my Pinterest…), you know I love me some color. If I didn’t exercise some degree of restraint, I swear, my house would look like one of those massive 120-ct. boxes of crayons that your friend Ashley had and you were always really jealous of because you only had the 64-ct. box and it didn’t even have a good LILAC option. UGH. I digress.

Recently, though, I’ve discovered that you have to draw the line somewhere. My living room is chock full of brightly-colored pillows, super-saturated art, blue and orange lamps, and even an apothecary jar full of fake fruit. But when I brought in our new rug, all of a sudden, it was too much. Now, don’t get me wrong – I love Lalita. But this girl is a Diva with a capital “D.” She wants to be a star – a STAR! She must have all the attention, and if anyone else tries to capture the spotlight, well … she’ll cut a B. Look out for Lalita. I’ve learned a lot from living with that crazy chick.

So, when Chairish asked me if I’d like to pick one of their bold accent chairs and e-design a bright, colorful room around it, I jumped at the chance to try out my new color wisdom. All of the choices were gorgeous, but I fell for the hot pink and warm teak of this Danish Arne Vodder chair.

Danish Teak Lounge Chair Arne Vodder France and Son

I think this chair likes attention, don’t get me wrong – but she’s OK to share it with her friends. She just wants to have a good time, you know? So, I figured it was safe to include some other color, but not too much. This chair deserves to shine.

My style lately has been skewing a bit ’70s, but this chair has such classic mid-century lines that I figured I’d pair it with a few other MCM pieces.

Mid-century eccentric living room inspired by Danish teak armchair from Chairish
(Click image to view larger)

Watercolor painting | Floor lamp | Leather sofa | Tassel pillow | Cowhide pillow | Tulip side table | Chinoiserie lamp | Lamp shade | Live edge coffee table | Danish teak chair | Area rug

This mock-up is full of items I want to buy, so this isn’t very healthy for me, but let’s move past that.

I started with a large-scale piece of art, as I often do. This vintage watercolor incorporates all my favorite colors, including some great pinks, so I kept the palette in mind as I looked for other pieces. I knew I wanted to use a cognac leather sofa, because that’s all I can think about at this time in my life, so the West Elm Hamilton was a no-brainer. I brought in some brass and a rustic element with the live edge table, which I’ve had pinned for months (and will never be able to afford). To continue the mid-century vibe, I included my favorite side table ever, a Saarinen in black marble. I just love it so much. Some day, when I have a spare $700 … it will be mine. Then, I had to add in some character with a vintage lamp, because I feel like every room needs a little chinoiserie. The dark drum shade keeps it from skewing old lady, in my opinion.

The old me probably would have thrown multicolored patterned pillows into the mix, along with some kind of bright yellow vase or lamp, but this is me showing restraint. I think the black elements ground the design a bit, lending a little bit of maturity to offset the rainbow-tasseled pillows and pops of pink. I was tempted to use a Beni Ourain – I’m only human, for goodness’ sake – but I needed just a little bit more color, so I found this fabulous aqua Moroccan-esque area rug instead.

So, how do you use color in your home? Do you try and keep it under control, or do you embrace the crayon box?

Our Bedroom Furniture: Opinions, Please!

Friends, I need help. More specifically, I need opinions. Most of the time, I’m pretty decisive about our home decor, but I’m really, really struggling with our bedroom furniture.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know what our master bedroom looks like:

Glitter and Goat-Cheese - Master bedroom with dark furniture

Master bedroom with white beams via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Glitter and Goat Cheese - DIY tufted velvet headboard and wood platform bed

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Master bedroom with black furniture

(PS: Those pictures are old. I have since replaced my white broken nightstand lamp with this one, and swapped out those tacky candle holders on the mantel with some stacks of books. Just so you know.)

You may have noticed that the majority of our furniture is black and appears to be from a matched set. There’s a story behind that.

When I got my first apartment my sophomore year of college, bless my parents – they didn’t take me to Ikea to buy me a bunch of cheap particle board pieces. They took me to Raymour & Flanigan and purchased me the most solid, heavy, sturdy dresser and nightstand you’ve ever seen.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Black tallboy dresser

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Black two-tone nightstand

As you can see, the past nine years have not been kind to these pieces. I mostly blame my cats – those scratches are their doing. They also could probably stand to be dusted more, and maybe I shouldn’t let reed diffuser liquid pour all over the tops of them, but nonetheless, they’re fantastic quality and would be as good as new with some TLC. (Ignore the one random oil-rubbed bronze knob on the nightstand – I’m testing options.)

When Brad and I moved into our first home in Atlanta and had some more space, he took my tall dresser and my parents bought me yet another piece – a much wider solid wood dresser. I had no idea what my style was at that point, so I picked out another two-tone country piece that would match the dresser and nightstand we already owned.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Black wide two-tone dresser

My dresser styling is sub-par. I know this. Let’s not talk about it right now.

A few months later, Brad and I returned to the store where we got the wide dresser and purchased another nightstand. We couldn’t find one that matched perfectly, so we just picked a black cottage-y style. It’s currently much too messy to photograph (and cleaning it is much too daunting to deal with), so here’s a stock photo I found on the internet:

Value City NJ - Cottage nightstand black
(via)

So, that’s our bedroom set, essentially. My jewelry armoire and our bed are a darker, warmer mahogany-type wood, but for the most part, there’s a lot of black happening. Now that we know what we like, the black is an issue; the matching is an issue; and the country style is an issue. These issues need to be resolved.

The look-and-feel we’d like to have, ideally, would be something like this:

La Dolce Vita - via Nuevo Estilo - Colorful bedroom with tufted headboard and exposed beams
Via La Dolce Vita

Emily Henderson - The Curbly Bedroom Makeover
(Via Emily Henderson)

In my dreams, our bedroom is eclectic and relaxed. It has personality and style, but in a very calm way. It speaks quietly so that it doesn’t wake us up at night. You feel me?

So, the way I see it, we have a number of options. None of those options include replacing either dresser. The quality is too good and the sizes are too perfect – plus, there’s an emotional attachment. I would, however, consider replacing the nightstands. They’re actually a little too large for the space now that we have a king-sized bed, and while I don’t want our whole bedroom to match, I would like matching nightstands. I think they’d lend some maturity and symmetry to the room (which would be helpful, considering that the windows and beams are completely off-center). I’d love to bring in some mid-century pieces, like these or these. Or maybe Brad could build something! Eh? Eh? Brad?

In any outcome, though, the hardware on the dressers needs to be replaced, and the two-tone look has to go from at least my dresser. The top of Brad’s is harder to see because it’s taller, so I might let the wood top stay. His dresser is never going to completely escape the country look – the shape is too distinctive. So, I’ve been thinking maybe some chalk paint would be the way to go.

If we brought in another color for the nightstands, we could stay black with the dressers, and do something like this:

Somerset Bay - Gloucester Chest - via Centsational Girl
(Via Centsational Girl)

Ciruelo Interiors - Dresser in Amsterdam Green
(Via Ciruelo Interiors

Cirueolo Interiors - Annie Sloan graphite sideboard
(Via Ciruelo Interiors

Or we could paint it a cement-y gray to lighten things up. We could leave the top as-is, like this dresser:

Lucy and Co - Two-tone dresser
(Via Lucy and Company)

Or paint the whole thing, like this one:

The Everyday Life - Dresser in Annie Sloan French Linen
(Via The Everyday Life)

My dresser, on the other hand, is a little more basic, so I think I could skew more modern and get away with it. I’d probably paint it all black, and then I’d love to replace the knobs with these pulls (two smaller ones on each of the top two drawers and one wider one on each of the lower drawers):

Home Depot - Liberty Artesia Drawer Pulls in Sedona Bronze
(Via Home Depot – we also used these on our DIY orchid and gold tray)

If I kept my nightstand, I’d replace the knobs with these, which come from the same set as the pulls above:

Home Depot - Liberty Artesia Cabinet Knob in Sedona Bronze
(Via Home Depot)

I already brought one home to try, and it looks awesome. I still would have NO idea what to do with Brad’s nightstand, though.

So, as you can see, I’m a bit lost. There are too many options and I just don’t know what to do. Help! Would you replace the nightstands? Keep them and paint Brad’s so that they’re both all-black, then replace the hardware? Paint Brad’s dresser all black, or paint it beige/grey?

Please. Leave comments. I NEED YOU. And if you’re interested in keeping up with this thrilling saga, you can follow my Our Bedroom Furniture Needs a Makeover board on Pinterest.