The New Ride

It's been almost a month that we've had our new vehicle.. and I have yet to post some snapshots of it and its sweet features. So, while there are actually a ton of other interesting things going on with us, and StudioVB, right now - they are keeping us so busy that I haven't been able to sit down and blog about them. So, until then, I'll just finally introduce you to the new ride! Unfortunately we haven't settled on a name for her yet. I'm hoping a couple of hours into our next road trip, one of us will come up with the winning name and shout it aloud in an exciting 'by George, I've got it' kinda way! Anyway, here she is, in her new home.. parked on our block!

Exterior of the vehicle.

And, that's where she is most of the time. Both Logan and I are blessed to be able to work where we live, which among many other benefits, means we don't have to drive very much. And living in the city, we are able to walk to get lunch, go to the park, visit friends, etc., which we love! Oops, went on a tangent!

Anyway, this actually brings up an important issue that I want to chat about. So, Logan and I make many efforts in our daily lives to live pretty environmentally friendly, but you might be saying, why did you buy an SUV? I know, I know, it's like the anti-green thing to do. But, it's not as horrible as you might think, and after careful consideration, we felt it was the right thing for us.

So, to clarify, here are just a few of our thoughts on why and how we made our decision:

  • We only need one vehicle in our family - one SUV is better than two vehicles, right? You know, we won't be filling two tanks, driving around two vehicles and polluting twice as much. =)
  • We go several (sometimes more than several) weeks on one tank of gas - since we drive very little - so gas guzzling is not huge issue.
  • When we do drive, it's often to go on a trip or because we need to transport large items, so driving a vehicle with plenty of space is a must.

And, here's how the Honda CR-V fit the bill:

  • It is a small compact size with a small engine, especially compared to some of the huge SUVs.
  • It is pretty fuel-efficient at 21/28/24 mpg (city, highway, combined).
  • It has 'ultra low-emissions'.
  • It has great storage features, both big and small!
  • And Honda has long been considered the 'greenest automaker'.

So, given all of this (and some other factors too), we decided to go for it! This baby will be in our family, well, hopefully long after we actually have babies, ha! And, I think it will serve us well.

Now, here are some more pics!

Front exterior of the vehicle

Shot of the black cloth interior.

Shot of the console in its up position.

Shot of the console in its down position.

Shot of the backseat.

Shot of the trunk of the vehicle.

Shot of the trunk shelf folded back.

So, what do you think? Do you like?

Oh, and remember the 'more interesting stuff' I said we had going on - well, don't worry, I have lots of cool projects and "before and after" reveals headed your way. So check back soon!

Our Big Purchase!

We took a little break from publishing blog posts while we were out of town visiting family in Boston for a few days. Anyway, now that we are back, we’d like to get back in the swing of keeping you up to date on the happenings around here with us, our home and our design studio. We have quite of bit of news to catch you up on, but we'll do so over the next few posts. Today, we wanted to share with you just one new thing (but it's a big thing) - our recent big purchase! While it isn’t a new design find for our home, it was definitely a similar hunt and ultimately a design meets function decision.

It was actually very helpful for our recent trip to Boston. Can you guess what it is?

Well, after living in New York City without a vehicle, when we moved to our new little city, we needed wheels to get around and we needed them quick! So, as luck would have it, Logan’s cousin was selling his car and, for a great price and instant mobility, we made a deal and bought a several year old 4-door Saturn.

Although this car may not have been our first choice, or even our style, it did the trick and served us well over the last year or so. But, it was definitely time to let that car go, and look into getting something newer and more ‘us’.

So, car shopping we went. We had a checklist of what we were looking for which narrowed our search right off the bat. Here’s a snippet of our wish list.

  • A compact SUV – to be able to haul our good finds home (or to clients homes), instead of always borrowing someone else’s bigger vehicle or having things delivered.
  • With these standards – 4 door, automatic, 4WD, moon roof, etc.
  • With exceptional quality – drives well, holds value, great safety features, etc.
  • With these features – AUX input for rocking out to our iPod tunes, fold down seats to make plenty of room to haul stuff, a roof rack to haul even more stuff (for road trips, etc.), and lots of well-designed storage.
  • That is in some way environmentally friendly – low emissions, good gas mileage, etc.
  • In a neutral, yet stylish color – this is the vehicle we use for work, as well as personal, so it’s got to be in keeping with StudioVB’s brand.
  • So, after looking at several different makes and models, we ended up deciding on the Honda CR-V. It covered everything on our wish list, and we are big fans of Honda’s (we had a sad goodbye to our stylish and trusty Honda Civic when we moved to NYC), so we are glad to have one back in the family!

    Here’s a pic of the new ride!

    Photo of a 2011 Honda CR-V

    Yep, that’s a pic from the manufacturer – I wanted to take snapshots of our actual car, but this weather put a damper on that idea. So, as soon as we get a sunny dry day, I’ll take a few shots to show off our new beauty and the cool features she has! And yes, it's a she - but we're still deciding on her name. =) Any name ideas, feel free to shoot them our way. Then, we'll introduce you to her personally in an upcoming post!