Apartment Wish List

Ok, ok, I’m guilty. I would make updates to my apartment on the daily if I could. What can I say? I just love making little changes and updates here and there!

So it should come as no surprise that I have a few areas/items on my wish list at the moment. Here’s a little breakdown:

Ever since I wrote this post about home bar necessities in which I repurposed the bar cart from my kitchen, I’ve been wanting another one for our living room. I think it would help round out the space, as well as make our home better-equipped for entertaining.

When we first moved in, we had absolutely nothing. First on our list? A bed, of course. Since we were in such a rush to buy a bed so that we could sleep in our own place, I didn’t even think about a rug to go underneath it. But now that we’re much more settled, it’s high up on my list.

My boyfriend is in love with the photograph we have above our dining table, but if it were up to me, we’d have floating shelves topped with pretty pottery and the like.

This chair is actually a newer addition, and while I love it, I think we can ultimately find a better home for it in our living room. In its place, I’d love to find a tall side table that would help create a landing place for mail, keys, etc.

P.S: To see more of my wish list, check out these posts.

Apartment Refresh

It’s officially official: I’m a chronic redecorator. And I’m ok with it. Keep scrolling to see the updates I’ve made around the house since my last blog update.

Another blue and white vase to add to the collection.

A beautiful new dish from my friend, Stephanie Intelisano.

Hand-painted patterned pillow made from fabric that we bought in Thailand.

Sea shells also from Thailand, as well as sage.

I guess one can never have too many black and white patterned pillows because I scooped these two up from the Alameda Point Antiques Fair.

Meal Prep

A few years ago, I used to show up to the grocery store with no plan whatsoever and leave with a bunch of ingredients that did not work well together. Since then, I’ve learned the power of making a detailed list ahead of time, but I’ve also made a few other tweaks to my routine.

Stick to a routine: I used to go to the grocery store a couple days a week, but now I strictly go on Sunday’s. I really like going on this day because it means I have fresh produce for the upcoming week and sets my week up for success.

Organize my food: Right when I get home from the market, I start to organize what I bought. If I buy baby carrots for instance, I’ll take them out of the bag and put them right into a big container to make it easier to snack on them throughout the week. Doing this simple organization right off the bat helps ensure that my food stays fresher longer, and that it gets eaten.

Meal prep: While I am not one of those people who makes breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the week on a Sunday–though I wish I could do that!–I will prepare some things ahead of time. If I know I’m going to make chicken one night, for instance, I might make some quinoa ahead of time and store it in a container in the fridge. Similarly, I may cut up some fruit and put it in a Ziploc bag to make transporting it to work all the easier.

Wish List: Clawfoot Tub

Rhetorical question: Is there anything chicer than a clawfoot tub? When I was in elementary school, my mom picked me up from a sleepover with one of my close childhood friends. I remember hopping in her car and immediately asking her if we could get a clawfoot tub just like the one my friend had. Fast forward 15+ years later, and I’m still waiting on that tub. Cue: my wish list.

 

Photos from: Pinterest.

Bay Area Exploring: The Presidio

I was long overdue for an explore day around the Bay Area, and for this edition, I headed out to the Presidio neighborhood of San Francisco. We parked right around Sacramento and Laurel Streets and were confronted with the most stunning houses I have ever seen. Ever. Period.

If you’re a fan of the HGTV show House Hunters, then you’ll understand when I say that I could have spent all day long in this neighborhood, attempting to peek inside the windows. Home goals right here.

Tricks of the Trade: Clearing Clutter

I’m a big fan of negative space, as you can tell from the above photo. While negative space may scare some people–think: a big empty wall–I embrace it and view it as a purposeful design decision. Take my bedroom, for instance. I’ve toyed with the idea of putting a big piece of art above my bed, but something just feels so right about the blankness. It feels intentional, calm, and definitely not cluttered.

Overdecorating is just one place clutter can come from, thought it also stems from lack of organization. After all, if you don’t have a system for where to store all of your paperwork, they will inevitably pile up into a cluttered mess.

What’s most important though, is that the two work together. You can have all of the organizing systems in the world, but if you don’t prioritize purposeful design, you won’t be able to escape that feeling of clutter. So next time you are clearing out the old papers in your desk, I’d recommend also taking a moment to look around the room. Is there a thchochke you can part with? Or how about a piece of art that can go? I promise you’ll feel much better once both forms of clutter are addressed.