Packing Decorative Items 101


Moving can be so stressful on its own.  On top of it if you have many fragile, collectible items like myself, you have to worry about your items making it to the new place safely.

Shopping List: Boxes of all shapes and sizes! Try to collect recycled amazon boxes, flat-rate boxes or shoe boxes for smaller items prior to packing. Bubble wrap-small and large. Foam Cushion Wrap. Recycled newspaper, plain newsprint.  Packing table & a few pairs of scissors (mine always went missing!) A few bottles of wine!

First, I collect like items or items of similar weight/material.

Next I lay sweaters, blankets, towels, other soft items that also need to be packed in the bottom of the fragile boxes to add additional padding

Then I wrap each item first in plain newsprint (especially china to prevent newspaper ink from rubbing off) then I use recycled newspaper and bubble wrap over the top if necessary. Place each item in a plastic shopping bag to prevent newspaper from rubbing off on clothing uses as additional padding.

For smaller/fragile items like crystal stemware, I wrap these and place them in a small box or shoe box and then place the small boxes into a larger box

I also do this for plates.  I wrap each plate Individually.  Envelopes with bubble wrap inside are perfect for this as are foam cushion wrap.  And put them in small, flat mailing boxes and stack the boxes in larger boxes.  Plates should be stacked in boxes vertically.  The pressure of packing them stacked may cause them to break.

Heavy items are placed towards the bottom of the box and lighter items are put on top.

Then I use more clothing pieces, scarves, towels, etc to cushion individual items before sealing the boxes.

I use smaller-paper ream boxes for books because anything larger can get too heavy.

Finally, label boxes with contents to help with unpacking.  Note heavy or fragile boxes so that movers know how to arrange them on the truck.

Now, enjoy a glass of wine.  The hard work has just begun!

I found that using these tips makes it easier to unpack, saving you time as well as preventing items from arriving to their new home broken!



Upper East Side Apartment Inspiration

Erica and I are embarking on a new chapter.  We have decided it’s time to move out of our Bushwick bungalow.  Erica has made her home in Ridgewood, Queens and I’ll be on the Upper East side.  As I am packing up my belongings, (carefully of course…post to come!) I’ve been thinking about spaces and designers that have inspired me and how this can be reflected in my new apartment.  One particular designer that came to mind was Darryl Carter.  We visited Darryl Carter Inc. earlier this year during our trip to Washington, D.C.  His shop and studio has a quiet elegance reflected through curated furnishings, an eclectic mix of neutral textures and natural elements.

I am inspired by his way of thought on display as quoted by One Kings Lane: “There is not a lot of distance between something having interest and too many of the same things creating visual chaos,” says Darryl, reiterating his reigning sensibility for the simple and the sophisticated. “I am not a fan of clutter. I like objects that have a certain beauty or utility.”


Pretty in Pink


We are blushing all over the amount of blush pink and rose gold we have acquired in our little Bushwick bungalow. You too can try out this trend by swapping out small accessories like throw pillows and mixing in rose gold accents. Or make a big statement with a tres chic feminine pink sofa and cocktail table. Get the look with these finds: 1. Swirled Bud Vase, 2. Antique Neoclassical Silver Leaf Mirror, 3. Hay Slit Table, 4. Olivia Marble Top Coffee Table, 5. Velvet Cushion Cover, 6. French Sofa with Birdcage Upholstery

Brooklyn Boutique: Schone Bride

Rebecca Schoneveld, a dress designer who started selling her creations through the popular Etsy site, now owns and designs her gowns in  Schone Bride located in the up and coming neighborhood of Gowanus, Brooklyn. Our friend Cait, who is a self described un-traditional bride traveled from Philadelphia for a dress fitting because she is an avid fan of Rebecca’s designs. As interior designers, and her dress fitting cohorts, we love the feminine aesthetic of the dresses, and were inspired by the atmosphere of the boutique.  It has a fun tropical vibe but is still understated to not take away from the bride and her dress selections. Each section of the shop is classic with a hint of boho to match well with the lines of each dress collection. It is a must for any bride in the area who seeks that space to find that unique look for her big day.

Weekend in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C., our nation’s capital, a quick 4 hour trip from NYC is a refreshing weekend getaway from the city. With its historic architecture, restaurant scene, culture and slower pace it is always a treat for Erica and I.  Also, with our cousin living in D.C. we always have a tour guide. The warmer temperatures in D.C. gave us a spring preview along with D.C.’s colorful row houses and blooming trees and flowers.  See below for Marge & Mary’s D.C. recommendations for a weekend away.

Day 1, Morning: Le Grenier

First stop was brunch at Le Grenier, a quaint French Bistro in the H street district.  Their slogan ‘French on H’ fits the description with a perfect mixture of authentic plates, French waiters, charming decor and atmosphere complete with French music.

Day 1, Noon: Union Market

Second stop is a trip to the Union Market where we peruse the eateries and shops. The location was originally an outdoor market that sold fish meat and dairy six days a week, which is fitting for its purpose now as a place to gather and try new local eats.

We enjoyed trying products from Follain, a distributor of all natural, USA made products for skin, hair, and body.  Another shop we divulged in was Salt & Sundry a home decor, gourmet food and  lifestyle boutique. You can check out their other locations or purchase online at Salt & Sundry.

Day 1, Afternoon: Botanical Garden

To cap off a great first day in D.C. we could not miss the United States Botanic Garden.  The botanic garden houses luscious ferns and palms contrasted by cacti and small cloche arrangements.  Our visit inspired us to create mini greenhouses in our NYC apartment.

Day 2 Morning, Eastern Market

For day two, we decided to start the day out fresh with a visit to the farmer’s market at the Eastern Market.  The market established in 1873 is open all year round to provide local fair and flea.  In Marge and Mary style the interior of Eastern market is painted a pretty-pale pink.

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Day 2 Noon, Brunch at Ted’s Bulletin

Ted’s Bulletin, famous for their homemade pop tarts is a popular place for locals and visitors to brunch. They have several locations in DC.  Coming from Eastern Market, the Capitol Hill location was the one we visited.  The atmosphere is art deco. The menu is American fare with a twist.  A perfect example of this is their peanut butter bacon Pop-Tart which we of course ordered.

Pop-tart photo curtsey of thrillist.

Washington D.C. is known for its beautiful spring cherry blossoms bordering the Tidal Basin.  We were about a week early during our visit for peak bloom but still got to catch the early bloomers.  The trees are situated near the Jefferson Memorial which is our favorite D.C. monument because of its classic Roman style architecture.