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Monday, November 30, 2009

MAC II's New Mascot

We have a new mascot for our MAC II office.
Yes, of course it's Oliver. Boy, is he a hit. He loves everyone and everyone loves him.
This is how he has spent his first day at MAC II...

 He slept most of the day in his little play area below my desk...


he also helped John.....

he did a great job looking cute...

 and he kept our laps warm while helping us out at our desks!
I can't wait for everyone else to meet him tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thank You All and Oliver!

Sorry I have been MIA for a few days. I had surgery on Monday and have been having a very painful recovery.  I can't even believe the pain I am having. It doesn't even make sense to the surgery I had.  

Anyway, besides the drugs and my parents, the only thing that has gotten me through this mess is my new little love, Oliver. He has been at my side, on my chest, or curled in a ball on my neck for the past three days. 

He is so amazing, after my Dad slipped me some of my pain pills the other night, he offered me $1,000.00 to keep Oliver and said I could take Sadie back to NYC. I am pretty sure before I left the hospital, my doctor read me rules stating I could not sign or agree on any legal contract along with driving or using heavy machinery while on these pain pills. I told my Dad nice try. 

I think I am finally ready for visitors and I know Oliver is ready to meet some of my friends. Not to mention, I am also ready to show off my four pound ball of love! 

P.S. Sadie could sure use some attention too! She is not too fond of the little guy. I'm doing my best though. She still sleeps on my pillow every night. 

Thank you to all my true friends and family for the love and support they have given me the past few weeks.  They truly mean the world to me. I love you all. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Lighthouse International

Last night, my boss invited me and the other interior designers at my firm to join her at the Light Years: The Lighthouse Solutes the Arts Gala.  She was one of the four honorees who received honors for being light years ahead of all others within their field.  It was a great honor to be invited and experience such an amazing evening with wonderful friends and talented people.

On Tuesday, November 10th, Lighthouse International will host Light Years: The Lighthouse Salutes the Arts, a spectacular celebration that pays tribute to those who are light years ahead of all others. These visionaries inspire and encourage others to flourish in film, music, design and fashion. This year's gala will be held at the breathtaking Plaza Hotel.

Our extraordinary honorees -- interior designer Mica Ertegün and composer Marvin Hamlisch -- are "light years" ahead of all others, and are being honored for achievements in their respective fields. And, Arts Couple of the Year, Arlene Dahl and Marc Rosen are being recognized for their undeniable influence in Film and Fragrance Package Design. Special guests at this year's event include auctioneer, Joan Rivers and Fox's Ernie Anastos who will serve as emcee.

The arts have always played an integral role in helping the Lighthouse improve the quality of life for those with vision loss. Light Years underscores the importance music, film, fashion and interior design have had in our 104 year history.

Ticket and Table Prices:

$50,000 CORPORATE VISIONARY TABLE(S) - includes 12 seats, prime seating & 4-color, back-page journal ad or double-page spread. And at your request, an honoree will join you at
your table! A portion of your contribution will subsidize one-year's tuition for one pre-schooler in our Child Development Center

$25,000 VISIONARY TABLE(s) - includes 12 seats, principal seating & double-page, 4-color journal ad. Your contribution will provide sorely needed services, including transportation for 25 teens to the LHI eight-month Saturday Youth Skills Program

$15,000 LUMINARY TABLE(S) - includes 10 seats, prominent seating & double-page, 4-color journal ad. A portion of your contribution will buy one key on a Steinway piano for the Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenberg Music School

$10,000 BEACON TABLE(s) - includes 10 seats, premiere seating & full-page, 4-color journal ad
$5,000 LEADING LIGHT TICKET(S) - includes half-page black & white ad

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Kind of Rapture

My coworker, Susie, forward me an email about Robert Bergman's nex exhibition at the Yossi Milo Gallery here in New York City.
From November 5, 2009 - January 10, 2010, the gallery will present an exhibition of photographs by Robert Bergman, who has never before exhibited his work.  The exhibition will coincide with the artist's two debut solo exhibitions at The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. ( October 11, 2009 - January 10, 2010 ) and at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York ( October 25, 2009 - January 4, 2010).   

Mr. Bergman's book, A Kind of Rapture, was published in 1998 by Pantheon and contains essays by Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize recipient Toni Morrison and renowned art historian Meyer Schapiro.  On November 1, 2009, Toni Morrison will read her introduction, "The Fisherwoman," at the National Gallery of Art.

You can read about Bergman's exhibits in the Village Voice, Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Happy Birthday Andy

 I'd like to wish a happy 24th Birthday

 to my younger (yes, he is younger than me) brother Andy!

I wish I could be there to celebrate with you!

Miss you and Love you!

Thursday, November 5, 2009


There are so many interior design magazines out there these days.  Some I think are great and some, not so great.  My coworker, Susie, introduced me to a new interior design magazine. This one I think is great.  That is why I am going to share it with you. It is called LoftLife .

There are a few reasons why I like this magazine. 

One: I love the "loft" look and this magazine is based around this look with a lot of exposed brick and high ceilings.   
Two: I live in a small cramped space and a lot of the spaces in the magazine are similar to mine which gives me inspiration. 
Three: They have a great website which includes the full stories and images.

I found an article that I thought was interesting and decided to share it to show what kind of stories loftlife features.  This story is also on their website where it is a lot easier to read.






Another great aspect of loftlife is that they post their interior design resources on their website.  They also give you the link to the company.  This way, if you fall in love with something (which I am sure you will) you will have easy access to purchase it.   If anyone has any questions about any of these resources, please let me know.  I deal with these companies on a daily basis and would be more than willing to help someone spend their money! 


Loftlife also makes it easy to subscribe to their magazine.  There are great stories, design ideas and furniture and accessories featured in each issue. 


Loftlife also allows you to easily submit your own apartment to possibly be featured in their magazine.

One of my favorite parts about the website is their "wanted" section.  They have different categories with furniture and accessories for you to look at.  My personal favorites are.....

Period Pieces. 

Right now I love accessories and metal.  Hints all of the stainless accessories.  I think they are just great and add character to a space.


ICFF 2008 Favorites.

 This is probably because I did something very similar to my own apartment.  You can see what I did in my apartment in my post Framed on a Dime.

You can tell a lot about a person by their apartment from the colors, design and style.  Making art yourself and framing it is a great way to express yourself.  I think color is a great way to express yourself and therefore I was very attracted to this idea.  Maybe because I had the same one?

So, go check out loftlife and see if it give you any ideas to improve your own space!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Mary!

Today is my good friend Mary's birthday!

So Mary, this is for you....

*Thank you to Bailey (left) and Snitch (right) for posing long enough to snap this picture.

I hope you have an amazing birthday. I wish I was there to celebrate with you!


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Soley Organized

  For the past four years I have been improving my apartment little by little.  One of the largest problems has been dealing with and organizing my closet. Well, more like lack there of.  No, I do not have a single closet in my entire apartment.  

When I first moved in the, girl who lived there before me left her clothing rolling racks (as you can see below).  It was great for awhile.  That was until they started to lean, break and eventually fall over all together.  


As an interior designer, I knew there was a way to improve my "closet."  I just needed a little financial support.  So, for my next birthday my parents graciously donated to my "Let's Help Lexi Get a Closet" fund.  And that they did!

I headed over to the one and only original storage and organizational store, The Container Store, and went straight to the Elfa shelving systems. I came prepared with a dimensioned floor plan of my apartment along with details of the wall materials. The Container Store has an easy to use computer system which helps you design, draw and add components you would like in your closet.  

After I believe I had the best design for my space, I paid and headed home to wait for the delivery.  They ended up delivering late and I had to wait a day in order to have enough time to finish.  My amazing neighbors (at the time) Jen and Jeff came over to help me out.  Jeff enjoyed a little football (or baseball) while Jen and I handled the power tools.  

The system is very easy to install.  It is one metal track bar that everything hangs from.  So, once you have the horizontal track bar up you place the vertical pieces where the design directions explain.  From there, everything attaches into place.  I also purchased the stained wood fascia which looks great and I am very glad I (by I, I mean Mom and Dad) spent the extra money.


The elfa shelving system is probably the best investment I have made in the apartment.  It has been such a great help.  Now, this system does have a few problems.  The main problems is that everything is visible.  You know what that means right? Everything has to stay organized all the time.  For some people this might be a problem.  For me, not at all.

The second problem is no matter how organized you are, things tend to look cluttered. You can see, even with my amazing organizational abilities, things still seemed cluttered.  So, the second thing I did to help out the clutter is give everything I do not wear away to a charity, keep things off of the floor, and organize my shoe collection (which isn't that big for a girl). 

When my Mom came in town two weeks ago for a girls trip.  During this trip we did a lot of new clothes and shoes/boots shopping which minimized my closet space and added more clutter.  So, another round of discarding clothes and shoes happened again.  We decided  we needed some more help from the Container Store and Bed Bath & Beyond. 

My boot collection has gotten rather large and they no longer fit into the plastic tubs I used to toss them into. So, I got rid of the tubs and purchased boot stands. Now my boot collection is displayed rather nicely on the top rack of my "closet."


I also purchased 20 plastic shoe boxes to sort and divide my shoes into. My shoes used to just sit on the top rack and were hard to keep straight and organized.  I was switching out my shoes depending on the seasons and weather.  When I was not wearing my sandals I would keep them in the brown canvas basket.  They were all piled on top of each other and I was starting to collect some really nice shoes. I decided this had to change. So, I sorted them all out and put them into the shoes boxes. Now, I can easily access all of them while keeping them looking nice.

I still have the brown canvas baskets where I keep running shoes, heels (which, unfortunately, I can no longer wear) and bags/purses. My sandals, which are out of season, are now located under the brown canvas baskets.  Once they are back in season I will move them to the other side where they can be accessed more easily.

As you can see, my closet is finally complete.  It is organized and everything is easily accessable.  I even have room for my decorative throw pillows during the night when they are not needed.  I am very happy how it turned out and owe a big thank you to everyone who made it happen, Mom, Dad, Jen and Jeff (for your support). Thank you!  

If anyone has any questions or needs any help with interior design or organizing, please let me know! It is one of my all time favorite things to do.  Some would call me a little (ok, maybe a lot) obsessive compulsive, but I just like things to look their best!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Bianca and Von

I am proud to announce I have started year number four in this great city of New York. After living here for some time now, I finally feel confident giving out recommendations.  The number one most asked question by friends and family is what is your favorite restaurant.  I never really thought about it much before and it was always a really hard question for me to answer.  This was because I never tried to go to the same place twice.  I live in a city full of restaurants and thought it would be great if I could keep trying out new places.  

Well, after three years I am finally ready to announce my all time favorite New York City restaurant. When trying to decide what my favorite restaurant was, I asked myself where do I go the most?  I didn't even have to think for a second to answer that one.  

So here it is, my favorite restaurant.  I would like to introduce you to Bianca

The team that charmed the Upper West Side with tiny Celeste has channeled the spirit of a Romagnese granny at this downtown outpost, where lasagna comes Emilia-Romagna-style (with béchamel and meat ragù), and a wonderfully chewy noodle called gramigna is studded with sausage and sweet red pepper. No reservations, no credit cards, and a very appealing, all-Italian wine list—just like uptown.  
— Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld

Bianca is a small cozy Italian restaurant that has much charm.  Even though I live in Little Italy, when I want Italian food I go to Bianca.  I usually go every few weeks.  I have taken every out of town family member and friend who has come to visit me.  I even celebrated my birthday at Bianca. I have introduced many of my local friends and coworkers to Bianca and they all love it as much as I do. 

Bianca was introduced to me by two of my favorite people, Jen and Jeff.  I remember the first time we went.  I thought I had died and gone to heaven.  Plus, it was nice to be around people who love food and can enjoy it just as much as I do.  

My favorite appetizer is the Gnocco Fritto. These are fried puffy dough rectangles with cold cuts or Stracchino cheese.  I recommend getting both the meat and cheese! The flavors together are amazing and practically melt in your mouth.  I can't even begin to describe how much I love, love, love this dish.


I think I have made myself clear about how often I eat at Bianca.  However, I don't come often enough to try different things.  My absolute favorite dish at Bianca is the lasagna. Just talking about it is making me hungry. Every time I go I want the lasagna, and I usually go because I want lasagna, and if I want lasagna I go to Bianca.  

My friends and family usually try different things so, I have been lucky enough to sample most of the menu which is also excellent.  My Mom has a favorite pasta dish which is the Gramigna con Salciccia e Peperoni. This has crumbled sausage and red bell peppers in it.


My list of friends who I have taken to Bianca consists of Jen & Jeff (multiple times), Mom & Dad (multiple times), Shannon, Sara (multiple times) and Sara's cousins and friends, Craig (multiple times) & Courtney , Mike Russell (multiple times),  Mary & Bryan, Peter, Kathryn, & Liz and Jennifer. I am sure I am missing people but, my point is, I would never take this many people to one single restaurant if I did not think it was amazing.   

Two things you do need to know about Bianca are:

1. Cash Only
2. No Reservations

So...get there fairly early or be prepared to have a few drinks and stop at the ATM first!




 On top of how amazing the food is, Bianca is also located within a 10 min walk from my apartment.  It is in a great neighborhood with many other restaurants and bars as well as stores.  The stores can become a problem because they tend to stay open pretty late and I love to shop. Especially after a glass of wine!


 Another great thing about Bianca is it's relationship with the bar, Von, which is right next door.  Because Bianca is small and popular to the locals, there tends to be a wait if you go after 6:30pm.  Bianca did the smarted thing you could probably think of.  They made friends with their neighbors.  What do I mean by this? Well, once you check in, they send you next door to Von to sit, relax and grab a drink. When your table is ready, they will come get you.  You and your drink walk next door for an amazing meal. Could it get more perfect than that?


 Von is also a small cozy bar that at times can also be very crowded.  However, recently they opened a basement bar which is very cool and one of our new favorite hang outs.  There is plenty of booth seating around what becomes a dance floor! We have had great times hanging out and celebrating.  Plus the bar tender is pretty cute!


 So, if you ever come visit me, please expect to visit Bianca and Von, two of my favorite places in New York City!