Peek into My Home: Living Room

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.

Peek into my living room: bookcaseWe 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.

Peek into my home: booksI like to arrange books vertically and horizontally, interspersed with personal objects, like pictures or collections.

Peek into my living room: bell collectionWe 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.

Peek into my home: bamboo lampsCan you tell that I love blue?

Peek into my Living Room: CouchOne 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.

Peek into my home: painting and brick wallThere’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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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 ).
  3. 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.
  4. Organize and hide electrical cords (enough said).
  5. 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.
  6. 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?

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Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day Weekend!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.

Have wonderful weekend!

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Find the Perfect Fall Bootie

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:

Find the Perfect Fall Bootie

  1. I love the Ryan Bootie from Banana Republic. Check out that sleek and shapely vamp! Wear them with a little black dress or your favorite skinny jeans.
  2. My favorite part of these Sam & Libby Ankle Booties is the unique gathered detail.
  3. How cute is the little bow on the back of these Kate Spade Netta Boots? The gold detail on the inside of the heel is pretty swanky, too.
  4. These Cole Haan Cassidy Booties have a simple, classic shape. What makes them unique is the amazing bronze color that is still neutral enough to go with anything.
  5. I’m a sucker for details, and the wraparound straps on these DV by Dolce Vita Java Booties make this otherwise plain boot unique.
  6. The Nine West Hollyday Bootie is a true classic that you will wear for years. This boot will take you from work to the weekend.
  7. Another bootie with a great detail: the Nine West Rockitude. Don’t you love that name? These boots could go dressy or casual.
  8. The straps on these Naya Virtue Boots add a little edge. Pair them with a floaty dress, and your outfit will be the perfect balance of sweet and tough.
  9. Last but not least, I love these Sam Edelman Petty Booties. With all of the walking I do, this pair is on the top of my list . Wear them with a pair of boyfriend jeans or a cute dress.

What about you? Are you ready for fall or do you hope summer holds on for a while yet?

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From Flat to Fresh! Update a Boring Beige Living Room (Part 3)

Do you have a boring beige living room? This is the final part of my three part series, where I show you how to take your living room from from flat to fresh in four simple steps.

Boring Beige Living RoomLamp / Table / Sofa / Pillow / Rug / Throw

You can update a boring room easily and inexpensively simply by changing the accessories. In the third part of this series, I’m showing you how to create a modern living room with a bold twist.

Update a Boring Beige Living Room: Graphic ModernUsing bold patterns and touch of color, you can create a modern room with plenty of visual interest.

  1. Swap out the plain white shade for this dark wood print lampshade. Dark Print Shade
  2. This dip dye silk pillow is so much more interesting that the plain one that came with your sofa.
  3. I love this diamond print rug. It adds a ton of impact to the room.
  4. An ombre throw brings a much-needed pop of color to the space, and it’s super cozy to boot.

That’s it. Four easy steps and your living room has a graphic modern look!

Check out part 1 of this series, “neutral details,” and part 2, “updated traditional.” Which is your favorite? 

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My Favorite Accessories from West Elm

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.

West Elm Log WallMy 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.

My favorite West Elm accessories.

  1. These Agate Jewelry Boxes were very pretty. They reminded me of pricey malachite.
  2. We need another rug for our living room, and I am really into the layered look. This Hill Block-Printed Cotton Dhurrie was gorgeous in person. It is layered over a Jute Boucle Rug
  3. For some reason I thought this Rhino Object was a pig in the store! Rhino or pig, I love it either way.
  4. 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.
  5. These Rewined Candles were so cool. They are made from recycled wine bottles and smell wonderful.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. These Metal Wrapped Frames are really nice in person, and how cute are those dog silhouettes? Show your pet a little love!
  9. 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.

So what do you think? Do you have a favorite?

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