Currently Craving

Monday, September 24, 2012

Alright, so now that you've seen my 'so far', here are some things that I'd like to snag for my apartment.

Upholstered headboard: I've been wanting one for a loooooong time now, but other things have taken priority.  Thinking about this one:
Some mirrored furniture.  My apartment doesn't get a ton of light, and mirrored surfaces throw off more light.  I'm thinking of this little faceted end table from West Elm to replace my vintage steamer trunk.  Much less bulky, and the corner won't be as crowded.
A new coffee table.  Don't get me wrong, I love my coffee table.  But, right now there are too many square and rectangular pieces in my living room.  No rounded edges, it's just corner after corner after corner.  I'd like to get a round coffee table to combat all the corners and bring a little more fluidity into the space.  I'm trying to scope out a round option that has a shelf underneath, like I have now, because I do have a need for the storage.  Here are a few I've been considering:

Lucite.  In small spaces, lucite furniture takes up less visual space seeing as it's see through and all.  I've also considered this option for a coffee table ever since I saw this post from The Everygirl.

A new dining table.  Again, I've been thinking about a round table since everything is so rectangular.  I'd like a vintage bistro table with an iron table base, or a take on a tulip table but with a wood table top (my chairs are white), or this modern table from cb2 with a great sculptural base.

That's the long and short of it currently for bigger items.  To see more of what I'm currently craving, check out my New Apartment Wants board on Pinterest.

My New Apartment So Far

Thursday, September 20, 2012

I'm going to admit it, sometimes interior design and decorating your home can be very frustrating.  Don't get me wrong, designing and decorating are a huge passion of mine, but there are times when I just want to throw my hands up and have a tantrum.  My new apartment is a one bedroom, and the first space in my entire life that is all my own.  Decorating and curating the right pieces for the space has been a challenge, and I'm STILL not even at a place where I'm complacent with things.  There are a lot of obstacles in making this apartment a place that reflects my own personal style: time, money, available resources, changing tastes, creative lulls, etc.  Making an apartment your home takes time.  You have to live in it, you have to change things up when they don't work, you've got to sleep on things, try different paint colors, make some noise, put holes in the walls, take risks...

I want to share with you my progress so far, but then I want to wait until it's all done which is silly, because knowing myself, it will never be done.  I will always come home and decide that it's time to switch something up, or that suddenly I can't bear to look at a piece of furniture any longer.  At the end of the day, I have to remind myself that I am just one person, and that I AM making progress.  So - today, here are some "so far" updates.

New sofa!  It was a long and hard search, but I finally sold my old sofa, and found one that I absolutely love.  The design to me is classic and can be paired with a range of different styles so it will stand the test of time (and my changing tastes!).  It's simple and neutral in color so I can play up accents, extremely comfortable, and upholstered in a breathable cotton/linen blend that's washable.  The best part?  I found it on Craigslist, brand new, for less than half the retail price.  YES!
I hung my curtains - unfortunately my apartment doesn't get a ton of natural light, so I went for thin white cotton that would still provide privacy and let light get in while covering those god awful vertical blinds every Los Angeles apartment seems to come with.
A rug for the bedroom that I got on sale at Anthropologie.

Storage for the bathroom - I got this piece to house all my hair stuff, back up toiletries, etc. for $20 at this weird cash only sale at Urban Outfitters.  I think I may want to paint it a fun bright color to bring a little life into the bathroom but I'm just not there yet.
Necklace solution.  It's the jewelry conundrum; is there ever a good way to store your jewelry?  I have so much of it, and I like to be able to see it all.  Previously I used a bamboo key hook, but that disappeared in the move and also wasn't ample storage.  I wound up going with these teensy tiny 3m clear hooks with teensy tiny clear adhesive strips and tacked up one for each necklace, about 45.  What I really want to do is put up my deer skull and hang my necklaces off of that, but I'm having a hard time figuring out how to do that.
A TV!  I haven't had one in a very long time, and while I don't have cable I can watch lots and lots of netflix and movies.  Still thinking about how I'd like to camouflage it a bit more, maybe hang artwork around it?
 Working out different configurations for the gallery wall:
New dining chairs.  Wanting some seat cushions, and still trying to sell my old table and get something that fits the space a little better.
So there's my 'so far' for you.  There's still a lot to be done, and still a lot I want to change, but it's progress! What do you think?


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I love the idea of representing my bicoastal status with quintessential and iconic memorabilia, but MAN, am I tired of the I <3 NY/LA crap that's out there.  The most extreme piece I have is a framed map of mid-town, and a tiny gold necklace in the shape in NY.  Just earlier today I was perusing these LA prints, wanting to add a touch of 'here's where I live LA pride' to my new apartment.  And then I came across some very cool glasses by SoLA - Sisters of Los Angeles glasses, in beaches, canyons, and Hollywood editions!  These glasses are such a fun, graphic representation of LA - without being too kitschy, and are a great housewarming gift (ahem...I knew I was holding off on this for good reason...).
image via notcot
image via notcot
image via notcot
Get yours at Ron Robinson, I know I will!  That is if someone doesn't get them for me first...

Office Space

Sunday, September 16, 2012

I posted here my office space inspiration for my work office, and I wanted to share with you pictures of how it looks.  One of the great things about my space is that my main desk is on hydraulics, so when I'm tired of sitting I can stand and work.  

I've worked to make my space bright and happy - exactly how I want to feel when I'm at work.  

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