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.).
We did it! We’re officially unpacked and finally able to enjoy our new little abode. One thing I have learned to love about our apartment is the amount of space and storage we have. Especially after our larger than life Costco trip (both jaws dropped at check out), I was a bit concerned about whether we were going to have enough space to fit the lifetime supply of toilet paper, but luckily there was a miniature linen closet that I had never noticed before, which fit those extras in perfectly! It’s the little things in life! So now that everything is put away, we have been able to sit down, breathe and bask in the joys of cohabitation! And also drive myself crazy looking at our bare walls. Like most everyone has told me, “you have to live in a place” to figure out what you need. Which is definitely true, but also a challenge for someone like me who wants everything to be done and perfect immediately. That’s where Bry comes in. Luckily I have him to tell me to “relax” (quite often) and that we will figure it all out. But in the meantime, bare walls and all, here are some before and after shots for your viewing “pleasure” (use your imagination here people)…
before (with old tenants…)
before (that blue tub…)
after (attempting to hide the blue tub…)
after (opposite angle)…
(I realize how obnoxious that sounds but then again we’re in Brooklyn…)
Like I said… stages…and I am sure my ideas will constantly be evolving, so might as well not jump into anything, right? One designer who has really caught my eye lately for inspiration is Amber Interiors. Feast your eyes interior design lovers!
I am so sorry for my radio silence for the past few months, but I have been going through an extremely transitional time so haven’t had time to slow down for a minute, but… all for great and exciting things! I will spare you the details of the time spent in between – finding an apartment, losing an apartment (The rental market in NYC is as insane as it’s rumored to be!), moving Bry out, moving me out, moving to the suburbs – and tell you, Bry and I are officially ROOMIES and Brooklyn residents! As you’ve seen here,here and here, I took a bit of a liking to the “other borough” and as Bry and I started looking at apartments, we realized we were both drawn to Brooklyn more than anywhere else. Specifically, Brooklyn Heights. There is something very old world charm about Brooklyn Heights and it reminds me a bit of my home city, Boston. Tree lined streets and brownstones, SPACE, cute little cafes, quiet neighborhoods (Can you imagine!?) and an overall sense of community. I was sold! While it took a while for us to get there, we’re officially in and couldn’t be happier exploring our new ‘hood!
Plenty of quality time spent in the Uhaul this month…on our new street!
Being one of the biggest life changes I have experienced thus far, moving to a new part of the city with Bry, felt all the more overwhelming and exciting. Change is such a difficult and amazing thing. I think of myself as someone who needs change about every 2 years. Whether it’s a job, haircut, apartment or new part of town, I start to get the “itch” after doing the same thing for too long. With that said, I am terrible with change, which my mom so kindly pointed out to me last year (yeah, yeah, mom’s know everything). But I think there is something SO refreshing about starting a new chapter, as hard as it may be. It’s a way to start over and learn from your experiences. Bry will certainly attest to learning a lot about me already throughout this marathon of a move (sorry Bry), but like I said, change is tough! With that said, whether it’s moving in with a significant other or starting a new job, I think change strengthens you and gives you confidence! If you’re considering a change, challenge yourself to just go for it. What’s the worst that could happen?
Anyhow, moving on from deep thoughts and on to… decorating! Can’t wait to get organized and update you on our progress! If you want to see some of my decorating inspiration photos, check out my Pinterest board here.
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?