little things

May 25, 2012 |  Category:   happy purchases home life

I’ve been sprucing up the house this week in little ways like replacing our curtains, changing our duvet for summer, adding a pillow here and there, simplifying the clutter on shelves and dresser tops and finally framing some prints from my friend Sandra Juto that I bought a few months ago. I also got around to planting our balcony garden. It feels good around here. There are lots of things that I’d love to change about our apartment (namely the bathroom and kitchen!) but that isn’t going to happen unless we find ourselves with a whole lot of extra money, so these small changes will have to do. I’m currently waiting on a small, colorful vintage kilim rug that I found for super cheap on ebay to put by the door, as well as a small vintage Moroccan side table that I bought on Etsy. I’m hoping to find a new floor lamp to replace the one in the living room that just doesn’t work with anything anymore. Next year I want to buy a new couch. We might have to go with a sectional since the couch is pretty much my office and I basically take up the whole couch, (the laptop has a permanent place on the couch near the window side) leaving little room for anyone else. We’ll see. I mean if it took 2 years to find the right dining room table, then I’m not sure how long it will take to find a couch.


It’s been raining all week here in the city. I got caught in it after coming out of, what I hope to be my last doctor visit in awhile. It was pouring sheets of rain but I walked around in it anyway. I had my rain boots on, the ones that I try to seal with shoe glue every time the tear at the seam comes undone. When it started raining harder, I ducked into Madewell on 5th ave (oh, you know…just happened to be right there) and I ended up buying that enamel necklace, which you can see in the photo above. I’m so glad I did. It was the last one in the store. Sometimes it’s the little superficial things that make your day.
Have a great holiday weekend!

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  • Vanessa Rae May 25, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Hi Jenna, I love these snapshots. I think it’s the little things we hold on to (superficial or not) that carry the stories of our lives. Thanks for sharing.

  • Melissa@Julia's Bookbag May 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Oh prettiness! It is indeed the small corners of beauty that we carve out for ourselves that can really make a difference…Happy Wkend 🙂

  • Ali May 25, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    So charming. I love your simple style – it makes me want to redecorate my house!

  • Tragic Sandwich May 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Those earrings are beautiful. I don’t even know if I’d want to wear them–I think I’d want to hang them somewhere so I could look at them all the time.

  • Jenna May 25, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    @Tragic Sandwich I’ve never worn them! I saw them at Urban Outfitters one day. They were like, $25. I wear simple small earrings now. I go heavy on the necklaces and bracelets.

  • Juju May 25, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    I’m so curious about your curtains. They look very light and airy.

  • Inha May 26, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Love the necklace and Sandra Juto. Congrats on Fab!

  • jacqueline @ thehourglassfiles May 26, 2012 at 1:45 am

    Sprucing up our apartment for spring really helps my mood. We hung planter boxes on our patio and planted flowers in them. I’m hoping to make some other small changes too — like find a lighter blanket for the bed and maybe some new pillows for the couch. I’m curious to see your new Moroccan side table.

  • Pink Ronnie May 26, 2012 at 7:34 am

    These little peeks into your home are just delightful.
    When I was little, I used to have a small treasure chest just like that – it was my jewellery box. I’d completely forgotten about it until I saw your photo above.
    Might have to search for it now.
    Have a lovely weekend, Jenna.
    Ronnie xo

  • Sarah May 26, 2012 at 8:42 am

    *delighted sigh* 🙂

  • Meghann @ Fuzzy.Little.Wishballs May 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Jenna, I love reading your posts and looking at your pictures. I’ve only been following you for a year, but I feel like you’re some sort of long lost friend I keep looking forward to hanging out with.
    I love your decor style. I’ve been wanting some succulents to place in my windows, lately.

  • Amy G. May 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    love the earrings on the cup. hooray for plants!

  • Jenna May 27, 2012 at 8:52 am

    @ juju they are Marimekko Tantsu White Sheer Curtain Panel. On sale at Crate an Barrel. Just got them and really like them.

  • Juju May 29, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Thanks, Jenna!! I purchased Ikea’s Merete but wasn’t sure about them (too thick, white, etc.). I checked out the C&B’s Marimekko Tantsu curtains and ordered them yesterday. Can’t wait to put them up!

  • sandra May 30, 2012 at 4:59 am

    jenna, these details are beautiful, so happy to see my print there! thank you!

  • máni May 30, 2012 at 6:04 am

    i love to see these little details from your home.