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)

modern kids bedrooms

I recently started a new design project and spent the afternoon getting inspired by photos I’ve collected. Although the project doesn’t include children’s rooms, these spaces are so sophisticated they can easily inspire any room in the house. I especially love the grey and yellow color scheme!

Modern boy's nursery

Modern bunk beds

Modern girl's nursery

Modern kid's bedroom

Modern nursery

Modern art for nursery

( via oh dee doh, remodelista, unknown, remodelista, apartment therapy, apartment therapy. “crying is for babies” letterpress art from here.)

photo booth memories

While unpacking, I came across these old photos Ryan and I took over the course of our relationship. Going to the boardwalk when we first started dating was one of our favorite dates, and taking these photos in the vintage photo booths quickly became a tradition of ours. In a way to personalize our family room, I framed these photos (one for each year we dated) and hung them in our family room. Before I framed these, the space felt too serious and formal and this is a nice way to add some personality to the room where we’ll probably spend most of our time.

Photobooth pictures framed

Vintage photobooth pictures as art

Vintage photobooth pictures framed

It’s funny to see how much we’ve grown up, and how our looks have evolved. (Hello bangs!) We just went to the boardwalk this past weekend and they no longer have the vintage photo booths because everything has gone digital. Knowing this, it makes me appreciate them even more. This is probably my favorite thing in the entire house!