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Speaking of selling our condo, I recently took some updated photos and figured I’d share them with you. The lighting in here makes it complicated to take photos, but I think these gives a good sense of our space. We’ve made a few minor changes since our apartment therapy tour years ago, and when I said we have sneaky storage solutions I wasn’t kidding.
See that floor mirror? Our ironing board, floor steamer, and a folding chair is hidden behind there. Behind the sofa? There are 3 painting canvases and wrapping paper. Under the media cabinet? Ryan’s video game collection in a CD holder, and two guitar hero guitars (which I must say, haven’t been used in years). Inside that side table? Our extensive board game collection. And that’s just the living area.
Living in a studio has been a challenge (to say the least), and it may even be more of a challenge to sell our home in such a difficult real estate market. We’re hoping that it sells pretty quickly, but we’re willing to wait it out. For now I’ll just have to daydream about how I’ll design our next dream place.
I am in lust with these bathrooms! Both wall applications are unique and add an incredible amount of warmth to each soaking room. I am a huge fan of bubble baths and wouldn’t mind listening to my embarrassing Yanni bath time playlist in either of these spaces!
I was catching up on Kelly Wearsler’s blog and noticed her photo of this vintage bowl. I couldn’t help but get excited because not that long ago I suggested this exact piece for a client in the city. It is absolutely stunning in person, and it just reminds me what great taste Kelly has! :)
I’m always on the hunt for photos of clever studio apartments layouts and A Life More Fabulous never fails me when it comes to inspiring me! (I’m also loving this apartment tour!) Having lived in a studio for the past 3 years, I understand the challenges all too well. Honestly, I am not worried about any challenges that Ryan and I might encounter, because if we can live in a studio together, all while being laid off looking for jobs… well, than we can get through anything. Right? But that’s besides the point.
How stylish is this space? It’s important not to use too much color when decorating a small space. If you use several colors in one space it doesn’t allow you eyes time to rest, but this chic studio apartment is the perfect balance of using calm neutrals infused with color! I also love the untraditional living area layout with the chaise in front of the media cabinet. I wouldn’t mind living here!
I’ve been looking for new blogs for inspiration, so I was so excited to hear that Kelly Wearstler now has one! I love that her interiors have an unusual direction and even though each space is unique, it has a distinct look of Kelly. I love that her first post invites you into her studio, allowing us to see how each project is organized in project trays. Being an interior designer myself, I love seeing how other designers work. I’m looking forward to see what else she shares!
How beautiful is this renovated Tuscan estate among the olive groves and vineyards?! The interior is the perfect balance of history and modern architecture and makes my heart pitter patter!
photos via knstrct
My next dream vacation is Paris and this is where I’ll be staying. It has the perfect balance of european understated minimalism.
I recently came across some school projects I have stored at my parents house. I’m so glad my parents didn’t let me throw them out a few years ago. Sometimes each project would take up to 30 hours to paint, or render and it was nice to take a little trip down memory lane. It’s funny to see how much I’ve advanced in just a few years.
When I’m able to steal the remote from Ryan and his football games, I enjoy spending my time watching cooking shows. Just watching the chef chop onions and herbs is incredibly relaxing to me. Lately, I can’t get enough of Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa with her homestyle, simple recipes and beautiful kitchen. Her barn, where she films her Food Network show, was inspired by Belgian homes with its laid back family friendly design. Her kitchen is designed more as a living space, rather than just a place where food is prepared.
(All photos via House Beautiful.)
Did you know that Ina’s Barefoot Contessa store in the Hamptons was featured in Something’s Gotta Give? (It’s closed since the movie was released) Also, see Ina’s tour of her 2009 kitchen of the year here.
I’m not one to keep books after reading them. I usually give them to my friends, sister, or whoever will take them. But, my design books are a different story. After tagging my favorite rooms with post-it’s, I often find myself referring back to them for inspiration. These books are currently on my design library wish list.
Can you believe this kitchen makeover? This space is a basic kitchen seen in many american homes – maple cabinets, space above the cabinets for knick-knacks, mismatched appliances and laminate countertops. By moving the cabinets up towards the ceilings, adding crowd mowling, and adding a shelf gives this kitchen a custom look for a fraction of the price. I’m loving the simple subway tile and dark/light cabinet color combination!
When I first saved these photos, I have no idea they were the home of inspiration blogger, Nicole of So Haute! I love the neutral greige paint with the colorful accents. The layering of area rugs, throw pillows, and artwork proves that neutral spaces can be exciting!
I’m so excited to see SATC2 that I can hardly take it! The interiors aren’t what I would have pictured for Carrie and Big, but they are quite beautiful! Click here for more information and images.
p.s. Do you recognize this ensemble?
If I had one store to furnish my entire house, it’d be Interieurs. This week, I visited their new showroom in New York and left wanting every single item. They’re aesthetic is a mixture between vintage industrial with a bit of glamour. An odd mix, I know. The colors and materials used are so beautiful – I especially love their linens!
Sorry about the small photos! I took them with my iPhone and the quality wasn’t so great.
Last week Ryan and I took a trip to Atlantic City to celebrate my birthday and spend some time together before I started my new job. We played some blackjack, drank too much and enjoyed savory foods. (I won more than Ryan, just for the record.) My favorite restaurant we went to was The Continental at the Pier designed by Richard Stokes. The 9,000 square feet features nostalgic California architecture with a fun and futuristic environment. Inspired by mid-century designs, the restaurant has two main areas – an area that looks like a 50′s style patio, and an warm interior with golds, and deep burgundy’s. If you’re ever in the area, be sure to check this place out. (They also have a location in Philly!)
Interior design can inspire people. Some of these interiors of advertising companies have been inspiration to some very creative designs.
Adams & Knight, Connecticut
Chen Design Associates, San Fransisco
When I was little, I drew floor plans of my house with crayons and construction paper, and I “drafted” layouts out of leaves in the fall and snow in the winter. Believe me, I played kickball with the best of them, but my favorite activity was figuring out how to make things work within its space, much like this studio in the East Village in New York. The space is cleverly designed by using storage as separation rather than standard walls. In any NY apartment, storage is a luxury, making this small space very luxurious.
This weekend, I spent some time looking at houses online which is dangerous for me. We won’t be looking to buy a house for a while, but maybe it was being cooped up during the snow storm that drove me to do it. Other than getting really attached to every house in my saved folder, I love seeing what people do with their homes. You find the good, the bad, and the UGLY.
Why?! Just why?!
I love a good map used as artwork in any interior space. It ads colorful artwork with a graphic punch!
(above two images via apartment therapy.)
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Roman and Williams. The design duo has designed 15 homes in an elegant red brick building in historic New York City. The building stands out for its “traditional materials, handcrafted details, and classic design” that seamlessly fits in with its surroundings. Every living room has a fireplace and the homes have the most beautiful walnut herringbone parquet. Even with the classic interiors, the spaces still have the design firms signature industrial twist by incorporating 9 foot high glass doors dividing the living and dining rooms and trim painted high gloss black. Click here for more information on my newest interior crush.
(images via Remodelista.)
This bedroom by TsAO & McKown is just beautiful, I love everything about it! Everything from the upholstered headboard to the modern window treatment. The neutral paint color is brilliantly complimented with a hint of pumpkin. I could easily take a nap in this moody room!
The home featured in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is still for sale! Designed by A. James Speyer and David Haid, the Ben Rose Home features two steel and glass buildings cantilevered over a ravine, with amazing views of the surrounding landscape. Built in 1953, the 5300 square foot, four bedroom, four bath property is located in Highland Park, Illinois.
You can watch a clip of the movie, too, for old time’s sake…
I get so excited when lonny comes out every month, and this month was no different! These are a few of my favorite shots…
This nook is a perfect spot to read a book. During a snowstorm, perhaps? I LOVE this patterned fabric. The colors are so perfect!
I adore this living area! Even though there is no area rug, the space still seems warm with all the neutral colors, and wide plank wood flooring.
This is such a smart idea! Instead of using a traditional headboard in front of a window, try using a console table behind your bed for additional tabletop storage. If you have a small bedroom, this is a perfect option to have a space for items typically stored on a nightstand! Genius!