First Apartment in Brooklyn

My daughter, Alie and two friends just moved into great new "digs."  
They graduated from college a year ago and fortunately have good jobs.
I created this mood board to give them some ideas using less expensive sources.

Looking back on my early twenties, I remember the importance of having 
a sturdy coffee table...
(in case anyone jumped up on it while dancing).  Those were the days!

This is the floor plan Alie emailed me while on her way to catch a plane, HUH?
Sorry about the visibility.  I'd like to get the actual dimensions.
You take the spiral staircase to the two other bedrooms upstairs.

We are going to New York this weekend.
Alie and I want to go here on Sunday.  
I will give you an update on the girls' apartment with photos.

Also, Cassity from Remodelaholic is featuring our other child, Tommy's room today.
If you have already seen Tommy's remodeled room...
check out their other fun projects!  

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  1. What fun for you both! Give Alie a big hug for me. I cannot wait to see her apartment and the magic you girls will work with the space!

    Safe travels, mon amie!


  2. I am sure your daughter was thrilled to have her own place. I know I did! :) Great mood board, by the way! Looking forward to the completed rooms!

    Have fun in New York! Don't forget to share the pictures with us. :)


  3. Know this apartment will be fab...waiting for the finale! Hugs!

  4. Oh, New York is one of my very favorite cities! So envious that you are going there this weekend. Enjoy! Safe travels,
    P.S. Looking forward to seeing photos of your daughter's place!

  5. Mary Ann,

    Fun mood board and Alie will be pleased with the results. Hunting and gathering in New York...how grand! Looking forward to seeing your photo's


  6. Great mood board! Will be so exiting for them to make themselves a nest! X

  7. She is one lucky girl to have a talented mom like you with such a wonderful eye and flair for decorating. Love your mood board, its young, hip fresh but elegant. Cannot wait to see it all come together!

  8. I sure wouldn't want to have to climb those spiral stairs! That sounded "old" didn't it :) Love what you put together for them. Love NYC and have always wanted to go to that flea market. I hear Nate goes there...be on the lookout!

  9. I would have loved a first apartment that looked like that. Mine was filled with a mishmash of hand-me-downs.

  10. Oh, to be starting over and know what I know now, and to have such a gorgeous new home!
    Great job, Mary Ann.
    Have a great day.

  11. Love the mood board. She's a lucky girl to have such a creative mom. Can't wait to see the results!

  12. *** Now THIS, Mary Ann, is going to be ONE... FAB...AND... FUN C*H*I*C*K-T*R*I*P!!!

    *** Everything you so thoughtfully n' beautifully put together is going to be just toooo wonderful. (!!!).. young, chic, hip n' fun, along with that youthful elegance that speaks volumes about the gals who live there!!!

    ... And what another TERRIFIC BONDING opportunity!!!

    *** SOUNDS SO FUN!!! ***

    ENJOY it all to the max!!!
    Linda in AZ *

  13. Your daughter's apartment sounds very fun, I love the spiral stairs to the next floor.
    Your mood board looks great and yes, less expensive than some! I love the colors.
    I read your post on 9/11, it was lovely. I love the USA and pray that it never sees such a tragic occurence again.
    Hugs, Cindy

  14. I'll bet you can't wait to get your hands on this project! How fun and how lucky they are to have you help in the design and install too! I just checked out Brooklyn Flea...I have to go there next time! I haven't spent enough time discovering Brooklyn...maybe you'll do some fun Brooklyn posts?!

  15. How wonderful for them!!
    Love what you chose!
    OH! Why oh why do we stop dancing on the tables!!!????
    Have a pretty day!

  16. How exciting! And that's a great board you put together. I just start taking classes for interior design and we talked about floor plans so I was quite interested in the the drawing your daughter sketched up. Have fun at the flea market and report back with your findings!

  17. Fabulous moodboard...how lucky they have you to help!! Such a fun time in their lives ~

  18. Can't wait to see the girls' apartment!! I loved what you did with Tommy's and as we all know, doing a girls' room is much more fun!! By the way, I have a boy the exact same age as Alie (whose last girlfriend even had the same name!)

  19. What an exciting time for your daughter. The inspiration board is fabulous. Hope you have a great time when you go to New York.


  20. Great design! I love it! What a fun place this will be! Have a great trip to the NYC. :)

  21. Jello,

    How exciting! Can't wait to see more. Love the colors. First apartment is always fun especially in NYC! Have a nice trip.


  22. ooo sounds like so much fun! brings back memories...

  23. Such an exciting time. The colors are lovely ~ Alexandra

  24. Have fun at Brooklyn Flea!! One day...I hope to go! Love all your choices for Ali's apt...Best of luck to her and her roommate! Saw Tommy's roommakeover..love it!


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