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With office stuff on the mind I feel really motived to buy pretty office supplies. These fit the bill nicely.


Room by Room-Part One

Bookcase, Ruler, globe, paper tray, light, red stapler, desk, zigzag rug, filing case, red chair, navy wall

I have officially taken on the gigantic undertaking of decorating our new apartment. Now many of you know I've done this before with old apartments...I am NEVER shy when it comes to painting a wall, stripping cabinets (more on that later) or ripping up a floor. I can't help but jump at the chance to make a space very personal.  This apartment is extra special, because I am sharing it with my boyfriend Kenny. I really want it to reflect both our styles, which has proven to be the biggest challenge of all. While I go towards softer colors (with a few brights) and the feminine shapes of old Hollywood or the 1950-60's, Kenny likes bold reds, blue and woods with strong shapes from the 1930-40's. We both moved in with quite a bit of furniture and even more opinions, but taking it slowly and compromising has kept us sane. I constantly have to remind myself this is OUR apartment and what will really make it interesting is the combo of our two styles.

The office is the center of our home (we really spend the most time here) so I want to get it just right. We knew we wanted a clean looking office with touches of steel and pops of red.

The desk-I have wanted a tanker desk for YEARS and a few times I have been really close to buying one. Although, these desks weigh a ton and really aren't practical for our situation (we don't own this place so we probably will move a few more times). I also wanted something a little more open and airy feeling (a lot of our furniture is big and "heavy looking").  So I thought two stainless steel tables with a matching filing cabinet could be perfect. The cost of these in NYC is horrifying (think a thousand and up), so really our only option is to look outside of city limits. We went here last weekend and found an option, but right now we have our heart set on two matching tables from Seattle. 

The rug-I have gone through so much DRAMA with rugs. I ordered this rug from overstock that I was obsessed with and when it came...it was half the size I ordered AND the size I did want was sold out. Their customer service was not at all accommodating (actually they were HORRIBLE...but I will spare you).  Overall just a bunch of jerks. Anyway I'm kind of over even considering spending 500+ on a rug, so when I saw this at Urban, I thought it was a pretty sweet deal. Hopefully it works.

The Chair- I found a chair kinda like this at Repop vintage in Brooklyn and it really inspired the whole room for me. I love the mod feel of it and the shade of cherry bomb red is perfect, not to mention it is  super comfy which is hard to find.

The Bookcase-My go to place for bookcases is honestly Ikea.  I know the quality isn't perfect, but these were such a good price I couldn't pass them up (and I needed two for our library of art books, so low cost was key).

The Accesories-Etsy is a gold mine for cute cheap vintage office accessories. Most of these were under $20. I mean who can resist a red Swingline staper...that has Office Space written all over it, come on!!!

Wall color-I have always wanted to go dark on one room in my home. This and this have really inspired me to take the plunge on a rich navy wall with white molding. I haven't  decided for sure, but so tempting. That striped wallpaper under the chair rail just kills me!


Fashion Sketchbook #6

Dress-Zara, Shoes-Chelsea Crew,Anna Sui from Nordstrom

I know I know...I haven't posted in forever and you probably thought this blog was gone for good, but SURPRISE I'm back and I have a cute new header/logo up there! Let's get things rolling again with a fashion sketchbook post shall we?  This was taken in Spring so it's a little old, but it makes me REALLY excited about bike riding and hanging out in the Astoria park, so that is why you are looking at it. I am in love with that dress I'm wearing from Zara, there are little horses on it and tennis players AND croquet players. Totally random and awesome. It's not at all bike riding attire, but that's how I roll. Don't worry I still wore a helmet...safety first people !!!




Whenever I watch that show Hoarders I think to myself..."Gosh I am so glad I am not like that".  When my closet gets too big I donate, when my house is too cluttered I post things on Craigslist and when I feel like I just have too much "stuff" I start throwing out things like a crazy lady.  Yesterday I was minding my own business online when The Vintage Optical Shop attacked me on Etsy. Honestly, if I ever was going to make the life commitment to be a hoarder...I would choose to covet these. I want every color...I want a pair for everyday.....I want to hide them away in every drawer of my house just so I know they are there and feel comfort in that.  HA!!!  

Seriously though folks this is a really great shop for vintage eyewear and I am in desperate need for some new frames.  I just wish I knew what size I needed in eyeglasses so I could buy one for real!


getting inspired




I always look forward to the Surtex show here in NYC...have you ever been??? It the ultimate show for art/design and I couldn't be happier to have quite a bit of my artwork featured at various vendors this year.  Needless to say I am knee deep in work over here and all these lovely patterns are getting me in the mood to do something a little different this year. 


happy prints


 I keep looking at this Max Mara collection for spring/summer. These color combos and oversized prints are so inspiring. The touch of leopard really makes is fun.  I want to pile on the bakelite bangles, espadrilles, red lipstick and wear  this look all summer long



Making time to...

These last few weeks have been a little crazy with work, projects, and a bad cold! I have been spending a lot of time thinking about where I want this blog to go.  I guess I am going through a little bit of a block here. Do I stick with food AND fashion? Do I make this solely an illustration blog? There are soo many blogs out there, I feel like it is REALLY over kill and I'm trying to focus on what makes The Lady D Chronicles different and unique.  If you read this and love a particular post let me know! I also am open to contributors and new ideas so shoot me an email at Danielle@daniellemalmgren.com for suggestions! 

In the mean time it will be nice to relax this weekend and spend time with family and friends.  I may get some flower boxes in the window and plant some pretty blooms.  I just love to look out my window and see gorgeous pops of color.  Have a great weekend all!!!