chic or geek

a mildly aspirational blog of my life, times, and taste


apartment aspirations

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The older I get, the more stuff I accumulate. It's human nature, I suppose, to pile up the books and souvenirs that make me happy, keep on-hand stacks of blankets and pillows to make a Netlix-and-chill session that much more relaxing, and grow my collection of stemless wine glasses (hey, they break eventually!). With each online order of stuff to add to my apartment, I do get a sense of satisfaction that I'm making my home into a fully functioning adult space, but at the same time, I get the nagging sense that I'm moving further and further away from that aspirational minimalist apartment that haunts my dreams and my Pinterest boards.

living room

The warm yet neutral home of Paige Geffen is a space that makes me want to throw 70% of my belongings out on the curb. Her pots and pans all match in the same earthy clay tones, her couch looks perfectly comfortable yet refined, and her mix of metallics, woods, and stone scream sophistication without being too delicate. She could throw a party for all of her closest friends in this space and not worry about anything not surviving - as long as no one spills red wine.

Luxury Living at the South Pole

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Vermont winters can make me think I'm living in Antarctica. Last week, the wind chill made it feel like -22 degrees Farenheight, and I spent a lot of my day today hoping that we don't get enough snow to strand me at work. It can be bitterly cold up here, but thankfully, there are days between November and March when the temperature does creep up over freezing and I can deign to go outside without a hat or gloves.

Yet, as much as I hate this persistent cold, I can't help but want to travel to the actual South Pole and hang out at White Desert, a super luxury resort. It'll run you $25k for an 8 day trip, but check out the lodgings! So cozy & chic, with penguins right outside your window. With a setting like this, it must be worth the trip (and major $$$).

Inside the Man Repeller's SoHo Offices

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Screw January. September = a fresh start. Who needs a New Year's Resolution when you can buy all new office or school supplies and experience the same exact feelings of inspiration and motivation? TV shows are littered with Target commercials about buying new jeans and fresh notebooks, but as a young professional, this feeling of rebirth can extend to revamping my office space, too. I'm planning on hitting up Homegoods today with the intentions of buying some new organizational supplies for my desk at my new job, and this tour of The Man Repeller's new digs are the perfect inspiration for what I want to find there - stylish, fun, and comfortable, with stacks of books and plenty of Instagramable vignettes. It feels young, but not too young - it has millennial written all over it, but not in a bad way. You know what I mean?

Inside The Surf Lodge Owner's Home

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Earlier this summer, I wrote about getting some serious minimalist, surfer-vibe design inspo from The Surf Lodge in Montauk. It's clean, airy design had me itching to go on an extra long weekend trip out there, but without the travel budget to do so. Even though summer is quickly coming to an end, I'm still digging the light colors and beachy feel of Jayma Cordoso's home, owner of Surf Lodge. While certain elements are obviously a little impractical for my little city apartment (a custom glass chess set, for example), but I love the integration of a cement side table in the bedroom, the natural wood sofa table in the living room, and white fabrics throughout. They must not drink a lot of red wine in this space, but if my home looked like this, I'd also be fine sticking to sauvignon blancs and bubbly to save my precious furniture from being destroyed by a stain. The things one will do for a white couch!