When we moved to New York, my husband and I downsized from a two bedroom apartment to a one bedroom apartment. As you can imagine, I had to get rid of a lot of stuff. I love our new place though and don’t miss the extra space.
Our living room is still a work in progress (check out my original plan). Although it’s not complete, I thought it would be fun to give a you a peek into our space.
We had visitors this past weekend, and I really hate having people over when my apartment is a mess. The little details make a big difference, so one of the things I worked on was organizing our bookcase.
I like to arrange books vertically and horizontally, interspersed with personal objects, like pictures or collections.
We purchased a new couch when we moved. It’s actually a love seat, since a full-sized sofa would take up the whole room. I did pack my favorite lamps and accessories though.
Can you tell that I love blue?
One of my favorite features of the room is the exposed brick wall. I love the contract between this ornate frame and the somewhat crumbling brick.
There’s still a lot to accomplish in this room. I was inspired by Anne at Wit Wisdom and Food to create a to do list. She has a list for her whole house, but I’m starting small! Hopefully, this will keep me on track.
Install additional shelves. What you don’t see above is a picture of the wall/corner full of boxes. Our plan to buy another bookcase or two for our living room was foiled by an oversized radiator. This mounted shelving unit is the inspiration for my new plan.
Purchase a small cabinet for files and office supplies. Our desk is tiny, which works well for the space, but we need more storage (picture more unpacked boxes ).
Find a new fireplace screen. We lucked out: our apartment has a working fireplace! The fireplace screen is huge and ugly though, and it has to go.
Organize and hide electrical cords (enough said).
Hang pictures. I’ve hung a grand total of three pictures in our whole apartment. Most of our art and accessories is in those boxes mentioned in #1 above.
Buy a rug for the “office area.” I’m picturing something natural (sisal or jute).
If I can get these items checked off my list by the end of the year, I’ll be very happy!
Are you a list maker, or do you prefer to wing it?
I lucked out with the best in-laws that anyone could ask for, so I’m excited that they are going to be in town this weekend. I’m looking forward to showing them the sights of NYC. There are actually quite a few that I haven’t seen for myself yet, so I will be enjoying every minute along with them!
I’m taking today and Monday off from my blog, but I’ll be back with a new post next Wednesday.
Shopping at this time of year can be a little tricky. Personally, I’m ready to pack away my summer clothes and bring out my favorite sweaters (although winter coats can wait). It’s not quite time for merino and cashmere just yet though.
If you are looking for the perfect transitional item that you can wear now and into the fall, pick up a pair of booties. Here are nine of my favorite pairs:
West Elm has to be my all time favorite place to shop for the home. I just love their modern, yet earthy vibe. So when I needed a little retail therapy yesterday (tough day at work), I decided to drop into their store near Columbus Circle on my way home.
I was not disappointed! I’m generally more of an online shopper, but you really can’t beat an in-store experience, especially when shopping for the home.
Their styling is really spot on right now. Check out this amazing wall constructed out of logs. It gave the store a log cabin vibe.
My number one thing to shop for at West Elm has to be their accessories, so I thought it would be fun to do a roundup of my favorites from the store.
For some reason I thought this Rhino Object was a pig in the store! Rhino or pig, I love it either way.
I couldn’t find these Geode Bookends online, but I am obsessed! I am definitely going back for a pair – they are a steal at $14 each. They also had a set of Geode Coasters in the store, which were also amazing.
These Rewined Candles were so cool. They are made from recycled wine bottles and smell wonderful.
We need a desk lamp, and this Industrial Task Table Lamp is at the top of my list. It comes in a lot of fun colors. I love how it was displayed with the books.
West Elm always has the best vases. This display had a great layered look. There’s a lot going on here, but it’s organized and uncluttered.
These Metal Wrapped Frames are really nice in person, and how cute are those dog silhouettes? Show your pet a little love!
I loved everything about this table setting. I’m especially enamored with this Greenhouse Terrarium – it’s at the top of my fall shopping list.