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1st Dibs

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One of my favorite pastimes is browsing through the online antique marketplace, 1st Dibs. I always encounter several moments of inspiration just from checking out their beautiful and comprehensive inventory -- I have also been known to buy an item (or two).

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Here's a lattice back settee from Stephen Miller Seigel that I absolutely love. It is such a strong, graphic piece that would go well with the modern style of my apartment.

1 Here's a lattice back settee from Stephen Miller Seigel that I absolutely love. It is such a strong, graphic piece that would go well with the modern style of my apartment.

This is the antique lattice back chair that he based his new chairs and benches on.  Behind it is a Danish Academic Nude Study by artist Carl B Moller.

2 This is the antique lattice back chair that he based his new chairs and benches on. Behind it is a Danish Academic Nude Study by artist Carl B Moller.

Stephen Miller Seigel creates custom-made pillows, and he always has a lovely selection in-store.

3 Stephen Miller Seigel creates custom-made pillows, and he always has a lovely selection in-store.

I'm not sure if I would be able to fit these gold lamps into my decor, but they are certainly gorgeous.

4 I'm not sure if I would be able to fit these gold lamps into my decor, but they are certainly gorgeous.

One particular vendor on their site that I've bookmarked is Stephen Miller Siegel, an architecture and design firm on Manhattan's Upper East Side. (www.stephenmillersiegelarchitects.1stdibs.com). They have antiques, vintage pieces and originals that range from a Mies bench to a lattice back settee and chair. Also, he can create a wide range of custom pillows (a secret must-have source). I took a minute to peruse their site again and found some items that would look great in my apartment - take a look:

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I love the classic shape of this studded club chair - perfect for the library.  Not sure if I would keep the leather upholstery, however.

1 I love the classic shape of this studded club chair - perfect for the library. Not sure if I would keep the leather upholstery, however.

This striped banquette is so neat and classic - and I adore the orange stripe.

2 This striped banquette is so neat and classic - and I adore the orange stripe.

How comfortable does this leather couch look?  I can imagine myself lounging in it now.

3 How comfortable does this leather couch look? I can imagine myself lounging in it now.

A three tier ebonized bookcase would look great in my dining area - but I may go with a console instead.

4 A three tier ebonized bookcase would look great in my dining area - but I may go with a console instead.

This glass tubular floor lamp would look great in my library, though I might opt for a different lampshade.

5 This glass tubular floor lamp would look great in my library, though I might opt for a different lampshade.

I always love pairs, which is why I fell in love with these milk glass lamps.  I would put them on either side of my sofa.

6 I always love pairs, which is why I fell in love with these milk glass lamps. I would put them on either side of my sofa.

This desk looks like it was build using the same materials as my building - glass and metal.

7 This desk looks like it was build using the same materials as my building - glass and metal.

Nesting tables are so useful and functional for small spaces, such as apartments. Pull them all out for entertaining, then push them back together to save space.

8 Nesting tables are so useful and functional for small spaces, such as apartments. Pull them all out for entertaining, then push them back together to save space.

I've been looking for sconces to use in my hallways and bedroom - this hammered bronze sconce is definitely on my radar now.

9 I've been looking for sconces to use in my hallways and bedroom - this hammered bronze sconce is definitely on my radar now.

This Cubed Metal and Glass ceiling fixture comes in polished nickel, satin nickel, polished brass, and unlacquered brass.  I think I would go for a polished nickel.

10 This Cubed Metal and Glass ceiling fixture comes in polished nickel, satin nickel, polished brass, and unlacquered brass. I think I would go for a polished nickel.

Kitchen Appliances

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Appliance Central.  All of my small appliances are grouped in one area for easy access.

1 Appliance Central. All of my small appliances are grouped in one area for easy access.

I wanted to conceal the microwave, so I had my contractor, Bob Tobin of BC Interiors (www.bcinteriorsltd.com), install an outlet in an upper cabinet.

2 I wanted to conceal the microwave, so I had my contractor, Bob Tobin of BC Interiors (www.bcinteriorsltd.com), install an outlet in an upper cabinet.

The Elite Collection 14-Cup Food Processor by Cuisinart has a lot of great new features.  It's like having 3 food processors in one! Check out all the new innovations at www.cuisinart.com

3 The Elite Collection 14-Cup Food Processor by Cuisinart has a lot of great new features. It's like having 3 food processors in one! Check out all the new innovations at www.cuisinart.com

The Waring Professional Food and Beverage Blender is a classic (www.waringproducts.com).  Simple to use and powerful.

4 The Waring Professional Food and Beverage Blender is a classic (www.waringproducts.com). Simple to use and powerful.

Cuisinart's Spice and Nut Grinder makes it easy to create your own fresh ground spice blends.  I'm working on a little something I like to call Sharkey's Seasoning.  Watch out Emeril!

5 Cuisinart's Spice and Nut Grinder makes it easy to create your own fresh ground spice blends. I'm working on a little something I like to call Sharkey's Seasoning. Watch out Emeril!

I like to make espresso in the morning and Breville's Die-Cast Programmable Espresso Machine (www.brevilleusa.com) lets me custom program my shot just the way I like it.

6 I like to make espresso in the morning and Breville's Die-Cast Programmable Espresso Machine (www.brevilleusa.com) lets me custom program my shot just the way I like it.

Another classic, the KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer (www.kitchenaid.com).  I chose the silver metallic finish for my kitchen but there are 25 other great colors.

7 Another classic, the KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer (www.kitchenaid.com). I chose the silver metallic finish for my kitchen but there are 25 other great colors.

Breville also makes this Smart Oven (www.brevilleusa.com).  I chose a toaster oven over a traditional toaster because I like to toast bagels and bake small batches of cookies.  This oven does that and so much more.

8 Breville also makes this Smart Oven (www.brevilleusa.com). I chose a toaster oven over a traditional toaster because I like to toast bagels and bake small batches of cookies. This oven does that and so much more.

Because I concealed my mircowave in a cabinet.  I had to find one that was just the right fit and had all the features I wanted.  The GE Profile Spacemaker II was perfect (www.geappliances.com)

9 Because I concealed my mircowave in a cabinet. I had to find one that was just the right fit and had all the features I wanted. The GE Profile Spacemaker II was perfect (www.geappliances.com)

Alexis gave me a print out of the Sanyo 5-Cup Micom Rice Cooker and Steamer (www.us.sanyo.com) and said this was the rice cooker to have.  Now I have it.

10 Alexis gave me a print out of the Sanyo 5-Cup Micom Rice Cooker and Steamer (www.us.sanyo.com) and said this was the rice cooker to have. Now I have it.

Cuisinart's SmartStick Hand Blender (www.cuisinart.com) is  perfect for small jobs and can be used in a bowl, pitcher or pot.

11 Cuisinart's SmartStick Hand Blender (www.cuisinart.com) is perfect for small jobs and can be used in a bowl, pitcher or pot.

Although it's not a must have, the Tradional Waffle Iron from Cuisinart (www.cuisinart.com) does make weekend mornings better.  I smell waffles.

12 Although it's not a must have, the Tradional Waffle Iron from Cuisinart (www.cuisinart.com) does make weekend mornings better. I smell waffles.

I am so happy with all of the new appliances in my kitchen. I don't know how I managed without them for so long.  They truly make my life a little easier each day.  When setting up my kitchen with Martha, she recommended these basic small appliances for me.  She thought I would need a food processor, blender, coffee/spice grinder, coffeemaker, stand mixer, toaster/toaster oven and microwave.  Alexis, Martha's daughter, recommended a rice cooker and I always wanted to try out a hand blender and waffle iron, so I added them to my collection. What I really love about my new appliances is that they not only work incredibly well but they make my kitchen look fantastic too!

10 Things I Can't Live Without

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When settling into a new home, we often realize the items that we simply cannot live without. Usually they are the little things that get lost in the shuffle between point A and point B - the cleaning supplies, the office supplies, etc. Here's a look at 10 things I can't live without at home and at work:

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Simple white bar cloths are the perfect size for cleaning up small spills, wiping down counter tops (kitchen, bath, bar, etc.), and have a myriad of other uses.  I like this set from Williams-Sonoma (http://www.williams-sonoma.com), but I also found some at Crate & Barrel (www.crateandbarrel.com)

1 Simple white bar cloths are the perfect size for cleaning up small spills, wiping down counter tops (kitchen, bath, bar, etc.), and have a myriad of other uses. I like this set from Williams-Sonoma (http://www.williams-sonoma.com), but I also found some at Crate & Barrel (www.crateandbarrel.com)

Soft Scrub is an old cleaning stand-by.  I don't really like having too many cleaning products, but this one seems to do the trick in every room of the house - kitchen, bathroom, even my metal window sills, which get dirty easily in the city!

2 Soft Scrub is an old cleaning stand-by. I don't really like having too many cleaning products, but this one seems to do the trick in every room of the house - kitchen, bathroom, even my metal window sills, which get dirty easily in the city!

The Container Store in New York has everything you need to get organized at home or in the office.  I even went there to buy simple white gift boxes to wrap Alexis' birthday gifts!

3 The Container Store in New York has everything you need to get organized at home or in the office. I even went there to buy simple white gift boxes to wrap Alexis' birthday gifts!

Blue Tape is such a versatile tool.  I've used it to tape out walls while painting, and most recently I've used it to help define the dimensions of furniture and frames on the wall.  It helps you adjust to your floor/wall plans before you start moving furniture around or nailing up art.

4 Blue Tape is such a versatile tool. I've used it to tape out walls while painting, and most recently I've used it to help define the dimensions of furniture and frames on the wall. It helps you adjust to your floor/wall plans before you start moving furniture around or nailing up art.

Label Makers help keep me organized at work and at home.  Since I'm still in the midst of remodeling my apartment, many of my belongings are still in boxes! Labels help me identify what I need instead of scrambling through boxes to find it! (http://www.brother-usa.com/Ptouch/)

5 Label Makers help keep me organized at work and at home. Since I'm still in the midst of remodeling my apartment, many of my belongings are still in boxes! Labels help me identify what I need instead of scrambling through boxes to find it! (http://www.brother-usa.com/Ptouch/)

Clear Plastic Bins - they have been my savior throughout this entire renovation process.  They act as a closet for all of my shoes, sweaters and t-shirts, and a temporary home for my books and tear sheets.

6 Clear Plastic Bins - they have been my savior throughout this entire renovation process. They act as a closet for all of my shoes, sweaters and t-shirts, and a temporary home for my books and tear sheets.

Clear Glass Cylinder Vases are timeless and chic vessels for displaying flower arrangements.  I found this one at Target (www.target.com)

7 Clear Glass Cylinder Vases are timeless and chic vessels for displaying flower arrangements. I found this one at Target (www.target.com)

William Wayne Silver Trays are exquisite - I can't entertain without them!  (http://www.william-wayne.com)

8 William Wayne Silver Trays are exquisite - I can't entertain without them! (http://www.william-wayne.com)

Stainless Steel Buckets are a must-have in my home.  They are sturdy enough to handle home improvement duties, such as mopping or lugging materials around, or chic enough to pull side-duty as a champagne bucket filled with ice!

9 Stainless Steel Buckets are a must-have in my home. They are sturdy enough to handle home improvement duties, such as mopping or lugging materials around, or chic enough to pull side-duty as a champagne bucket filled with ice!

Last but not least - I love Moleskines selection of notebooks, but I always have one of their graph paper books lying around.  I use it to jot notes and draw sketches.  The lines are not distracting when it comes to text and they prove to be useful when I'm drawing the dimensions of furniture for my apartment.  (www.moleskineus.com)

10 Last but not least - I love Moleskines selection of notebooks, but I always have one of their graph paper books lying around. I use it to jot notes and draw sketches. The lines are not distracting when it comes to text and they prove to be useful when I'm drawing the dimensions of furniture for my apartment. (www.moleskineus.com)