Mid-Century Manhattan

A while back we ripped out all of the shelves and storage in our pantry closet to make way for a washer/dryer.  We'd been talking constantly about our need for one and then suddenly, one Sunday evening on a trip to Dean & Deluca, New York City itself sent us a baby gift: a three-year-old Miele washer/dryer unit discarded outside one of the fancy condo buildings on Bond Street.  "I won't let it out of my sight," I told Pete.  I scowled at any other curious passerbys and Pete ran to the bar around the corner for a handtruck and a barback who was willing to put in some manual labor in trade for a bit of cash.  I prayed outloud on our stoop while they heaved the units up two flights of stairs to our apartment.  But they made it.  No one died.  And a few weeks later we had a working washer/dryer and a dishwasher and just couldn't believe our good luck. 

The downside is that we'd converted our coat closet into shelving when we moved in and used it for clothing storage.  But with the addition of the washer/dryer, we had to take out all of our clothes and turn our coat closet turned armoire into a pantry.  Which meant that we had stacks of clothing laid out in our bedroom for weeks and weeks while we hunted for a dresser that we both loved.

Yesterday we came to the end of our hunt.  We found the perfect mid-century modern dresser tucked away in a corner of Olde Good Things on Bowery between Bleecker and Houston.  We'd looked everywhere.  Ebay had great options but the shipping tended to be absorbitant.  (Search mid-century modern dresser or teak dresser for options.)  A beautiful option at Homestead Seattle sold to a local buyer before we could handover our payment information.  Artifacts 20th Century had options that we liked but didn't love and they were always sold by the time we returned for a second look.  ABC Home has a room full of mid-century pieces that are grossly marked up and not worth the price (you should be able to buy a mid century dresser for $600-$1100, anything cheaper is a steal anything more expensive should have a reason).  And then we found this one, which had all of my requirements: mid-century legs, in-laid wooden handles, elegant lines, and the added bonus of the contrast steam on each drawer.  We were able to haggle the price just enough that it fit squarely within our budget and so we walked out with a dresser in hand!  We repurposed some of our favorite pieces from the shelves in the former office nook (Annie Leibowitz, Picasso and Met Museum art books each purchased for next to nothing at the Housing Works bookstore and white knick knacks from Adore Floral) and relocated a favorite beach photograph of Venice Beach taken by Peter's sister.

And all the sudden, our bedroom was a home again.


PS Stay Tuned this week for fourth of july recipes and a recap of the beautiful baby shower that my very, very lovely friends threw for me yesterday!