Friday, November 4, 2011

DESIGN/ Lizzie's Dreamy Apartment

I heart design blogs.  Like a lot.  I may have been more excited about decorating my apartment moving to Burlington a couple of years ago than I was about starting medical school (probably not a good sign, champ!).  You know, I don't work in design for living though and neither do you probably...we are not freelance graphic designers and we don't work for magazines.  We're just trying to wrangle first graders in a classroom or being "pimped" by surgeons all day or sitting in a cubicle and then coming home and trying to muster enough energy to not just heat up a frozen pizza but create a beautiful life with fresh baked apples pies and a mason jar filled with hydrangeas.
So, to that effect...I'm trying to chronicle the real life design I've found inspiring in people I know.

First up, my friend Lizzie's apartment.  Lizzie is a medical student, living on loans, working and studying long hours and still somehow living a beautiful life.  She loves Maine, crafts, sisters, popovers, happiness, and painting nails.

 Red serving plate- Crate & Barrel
Towel- Anthropologie
Pitcher- Macy's Fiesta Ware!
Tea Cup- Thrift store

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).  Spray a popover pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place pan on center rack of oven and preheat for 2 minutes.                             Blend flour, salt, eggs, milk, and melted butter until it looks like heavy cream, about 1 to 2 minutes.                                                 Cut chilled butter into 6 even pieces. Place 1 piece of butter in each cup and place pan back in oven until butter is bubbly (about 1 minute).  Fill each cup half full with batter and bake 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes.
Rooster cup-LeRoux Kitchen                                                                                       Plates- Christmas Tree Shop

 Mug-Handcrafted in Maine, near their family lake house at Gardner Lake

 Napkins- Anthropologie

Timer- Gift from her sister; Blue bowls-LeRoux Kitchen, Pink-Anthropologie

 Fun whisk and tongs- LeRoux Kitchen; Lamp-Christmas Tree Shop

 Kettle- Macy's; Red Pot-Martha Stewart Collection
Chopping board- Free from Hannaford's grocery store
Spoon holder- Pier One Imports

Candle- Stonewall Kitchens                                                                  Pot holders- Made by her Grammy

 Life reminder- brought to you by Real Simple magazine

 Patchwork pillow- Anthropologie
Cat pillow- Bennington Potters, VT

 Smiling Hill Farms- in Scarborough, ME where Lizzie is from.
Alarm clock- vintage store

 Record- Thrift store in St. Johnsbury, VT

 Clock- L.L. Bean
Desk- Mom's old sewing table
Notepad- Anthropologie
Mason Jar- from a friend's wedding

 Crate- from her Grandmother's attic

 Curtains- Christmas Tree shop, Chair-Thrift store, Lamp- Thrift store, Art- photo of Lizzie's summer camp
O is for Olive card- from sister

Laundry Tub- Ace Hardware

 Boots- L.L. Bean and Tretorn Boots

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