Hi friends! As you know, I have always loved interior design and often fantasize about what it would be like to actually do it as a career. Recently, I got an amazing opportunity to design a one bedroom apartment on the Upper East Side as a little side project. The requirements are: low budget (it’s a “guest” apartment), modern, with neutrals and clean colors. I started off by checking out the apartment and putting together a presentation with room ideas. Take a peek below at my initial thoughts…
My “client” liked what I had put together but asked that we make it a little more modern and had a few Ikea pieces in mind that she wanted me to incorporate. So here is phase two of the look book (that lovely free standing TV has an Ikea custom cabinet that couldn’t be copied into the presentation).
Most of the pieces above were found on Ikea, Target, One Kings Lane (one of my all time favorites), and West Elm. You can totally decorate an apartment and make it look nice without breaking the bank!
As you can tell, we are still early on in the design process but have established the basics, which I can’t wait to share with you. It has been so fun to try to incorporate my own taste but also challenge myself to work with a different style than my own. If you’re interested, check out my “Project” Pinterest board to see more inspiration for the apartment!
PS – Unfortunately, the boys didn’t take a liking to my track-what-you-eat project, so we will have to revisit that post at a later date (Maybe after I bribe them with food.).
NEWS FLASH: Zara, one of my fave clothing stores, is now entering into the HOME market!
Is this a match made in heaven or what? I first discovered Zara when I was studying abroad in Italy and it hadn’t come to the states yet. My friends and I thought we had struck gold when we stepped into the higher quality and higher fashion version of our good friend H&M. And I think Zara has only gotten better with age, as I have had some pretty amazing finds in the past year (if I do say so myself). Sooo to think that they now have stuff to beautify the bod AND the apartment, is just beyond exciting! Check out the goods people!
Glam dish towels, wouldn’t you say?
I’m developing a new appreciation for the skull trend… never thought I’d see the day.
Lucite side tables? They’ve thought of everything!
Love this shabby chic bath mat!
How perfect would this be on a bureau with some flowers, a candle and perfume?!
I have to say… it is much more understated than I would’ve imagined… and I-like-what-I’m-seeing. And if you weren’t already sold, wait until you see the prices! What do you guys think? Would you buy Zara home goods?