outdoor living room for under $1,500


Outdoor furniture, rug, couch, chairs, table, throw pillows and planter

The other day I was looking at outdoor furniture “just for fun”. You know how that goes. It started with looking at lounge chairs and ended up with a printer full of tear sheets and colorful pillows that I would eventually try to convince Ryan that we needed. Now that it’s officially Spring, I can’t stop daydreaming about gardening, camping and outdoor living in general.  Ryan and I lived in a studio apartment for four years prior to living in our current house, so we are very appreciative of our outdoor space.

To take full advantage of our yard, I’d love to create a space to lounge and enjoy a glass of wine in the evening. Much like in interiors, outdoor furniture should be a mixture of textures, colors and fabrics to create a space that is visually interesting. Our house is very blue, (much to my dismay) so my budget outdoor living room is neutral fused with subtle color and geometric pattern.

teak planters for my very first herb garden
armless club chairs
glass coffee table
textured sofa
yellow floral pillows
geometric pillows
outdoor area rug

Chelsea Apartment: Progress

A few months ago, I met my client in his New York City apartment and immediately knew we’d work together beautifully. Maybe it was his dog snuggled up on my lap or our two hour conversation, but I knew his two bedroom/two bath apartment was going to be a fun space to entertain and work in.

This week I started installing furniture, laying new area rugs, and organizing a lifetime’s worth of stuff. (This is one of my favorite parts of any project!) It’s still a work in progress since we’re waiting for some more furniture, art and window treatments but we are both so happy with the way it is turning out!

Below are some shots from our first phase of the installation:

NYC Interior Design - Black & White Vintage Artwork

NYC apartment entry console with black & white vintage artwork

Charcoal couch, modern throw pillows and New York Color book

NYC modern kitchen progress

NYC Chelsea apartment progress modern kitchen


Below are the original furniture concept boards. Since the building is very modern, we’re keeping the space neutral by layering warm and cool neutrals and will add color with fun accessories!

Living Room:



NYC modern apartment mood board


NYC apartment insirpation

Master Bedroom:

NYC bedroom mood board


modern rustic living room

Can you believe it snowed this weekend?! We still don’t have heat until the part for our broken boiler comes in. I’m sitting here with my seventeen year old cat on my lap because she’s trying to keep warm,  although I’d like to think that she just wants to snuggle. Either way, I’m taking what I can get.

This weekend was a lazy one that included leftovers from Friday’s Halloween party (more on that later) and scanning my thousands of inspiration images I’ve pulled from magazines over the past year. This living room is from a modern cabin that I think I could live in forever. I love the modern sofa, vintage chairs, and rustic fireplace.

Modern cabin living room

Doesn’t it just feel so cozy?

haunted house

This Friday I’m hosting my first Halloween party and I couldn’t be more excited to dress up! I’ve always loved the holiday that gives people an excuse to let their crazy out, and a day where you can eat candy and the calories don’t count. I used simple decorations that are subtle and will make people take a second look, like the body in my side table or the realistic looking rat under my kitchen cabinets. I can’t wait to scare the people I love so much!

Halloween decorations - black candles

Black glitter pillar candles in vintage candle holders.

Halloween decorations - Scary picture that moves when it detects sound

Deadly wedding photo that tilts when someone walks by it.

Halloween decorations - black crow

Black crow tucked into the family room book shelves.

Halloween decorations - black skull

Glitter skull on the living room side table.

Halloween decorations - spider webs

Spider webs on picture frames in the family room.

Halloween decorations - gourds and votive candles

Simple centerpiece of teeny pumpkins and candles.

Halloween decorations - fake arm coming out of chest

A fake arm in our side table/chest. I thought it was funny because Ryan has a similar shirt to this. Late at night I forget this is here and it scares me every time.

optional dining room lighting

Our dining room is a bit still unfinished. And by unfinished, I mean there’s not appropriate lighting and our dining chairs are $10 folding chairs from target. (You can see our dining area here. It’s where the recliner was. That sentence is so scary.)

Since it’s not technically our house, we’re not going to install a pendant in the dining area. Instead I’ve been looking for a table lamp to put on the craigslist buffet Ryan refinished. (Pictures of that to come soon.) I’m trying not to use that ceiling fan hoping people will forget it’s there. I prefer darker spaces for ambiance anyway, but sometimes it’s nice to see the food you’re eating, no?

White lamp

White square lamp

I normally don’t get excited by lamps, but these west elm options are so beautiful! (option one and two.) I especially love the first one!

halloween decorations

Fall is by far my favorite time of year, and I’ve always been a fan of Halloween. Now that we’re in a house, we’re planning our first Halloween party and I’ve been gathering some inspiration for decorations and recipes. This first photo is so creepy, and perfect for our attic window. I keep giggling thinking about my nosey neighbor calling the police on me for having someone “hanging” in my attic.

Halloween decorations - person hanging in window

Halloween decoration ideas - black crows with spider webs

Halloween appetizer ideas - Brain cupcakes

(all photos via martha stewart)