When my husband and I moved to New York, we sold most of our furniture. It was just too expensive to ship it across the country, and after a few bad U-Haul experiences (ahem … my husband taking out a fence), we knew that wasn’t an option either. Plus, most of our furniture was just too big for a tiny New York apartment.
Our apartment before we moved in. The gorgeous windows were definitely the selling feature!
I won’t lie: I had a lot of fun putting together our new place! It’s not often that you get to start with a blank slate when decorating.
Although we left our furniture behind, I did pack my favorite lamps and some blue and white pillows. The lamps and pillows were my inspiration when planning our new living room.
I like to create a mood board when designing a room. A mood board is a great way to ensure that everything works well together, and it keeps you on track when making purchases.
I was going for an eclectic look. Although I like warm wood tones, I didn’t want the room to be too brown, so I mixed in some bright colors and white, too. Our living room does double-duty as an office, so a small desk was a must. We have lots of books, so storage was a necessity, too.
I’m still pulling everything together, and I’ve made a number of changes from this original plan, but I’m happy with the progress. I promise to post pictures soon!
Where do you find inspiration from when decorating your home?
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Here are three ways that I would wear this dress.
Add a colorful cardigan, simple jewelry, a classic bag, and fun espadrilles, and you have a pulled-together work outfit.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner. My mother-in-law lives out of state, so we’ll be calling each other rather than seeing each other this Sunday. If we were spending the day together, I’d love to put together an easy brunch, followed by a walk in the park.
I’d start things off with fresh juice and champagne for anyone who’d like a mimosa – me, please!
The owners of my apartment building are the sweetest couple. They purchased the building in the 1960’s and have lived here ever since.
Although the neighborhood has changed over the years, their décor has not, and stepping into my building is like going back in time. The entryway is a good example. It has good bones, but everything is a little dull and dated.
Many of us face similar situations in our own homes. Maybe you are working with hand-me-downs, or you’ve had the same furniture for few decades years, and you just aren’t sure where to begin.
The good news is that you don’t have to start from scratch. It’s possible to update your space in a few easy steps.
Work with what you have. Consider existing pieces and decide what still works. In this case, the lamp has a great color and shape. I would replace the dated shade with Lamp Plus’ Cream Silk Dupioni Shade.
Add flexible seating. Every entryway needs a seat that can double as a resting place for a purse or grocery bag. A pair of Ballard Designs’ X-Benches can be tucked under the console when not in use and add much needed seating and color.