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.

Tricks of the Trade: Closet Breakdown

 

Ready for a breakdown? I thought so!

As many of you know, I have two closets in my apartment. Though since my second closet is really like a glamorized coat closet, I thought I would focus on my main closet for the purposes of this blog post. You’ll soon see that this main closet is pretty sizable and through my efficient placement and thorough organization, I’ve only made it feel roomier.

When structuring your closet, you want to focus on practicality. For me, I have two long rods so I knew that I wanted to hang dresses, skirts, dress pants, and blouses on them. Though I knew that I would also need more storage. Cue: a dresser tucked beneath my blouses.

While this may seem like an obvious storage trick to many, that’s not always the case. Many of my clients have simply left the space under the hanging items underutilized, which is a miss in my book. The only exception to this is dresses, because these are often long and flowy so I would not recommend keeping any sort of dresser drawers underneath them. A shoe rack, however, could potentially work in that space.

In addition to my two long racks, I also have shelves in my closet. One level of shelves is very accessible—well, by very I mean I can reach everything so long as I stand on my toes—while another level is far too high to reach. Given this, I placed the items that I need at arm’s length on the first level, such as all of my jeans, shorts, and sweatshirts. Then on the upper level, I have more seasonal items like bathing suits, hats, scarves, as well as extra purses.

So now are you ready to tackle your closet? Once you’ve got the layout mastered, you can move onto color coordination. And lucky for you, I’ve got lots of posts about that very topic.

Over The Counter

You may have noticed from my last post about my kitchen that it’s not very big at all. Since we really only have a few feet of countertop to work with, I try to be super selective about what I keep on display vs. what is tucked away in our cabinets. Though even if I had a much larger space, I still think I would stick to this minimalist approach to keep things looking clean, fresh, and, of course, organized.

Oftentimes when I walk into people’s kitchens, I am overwhelmed by how many items they have out on their counters. Sure, items like a cutting board and a coffee maker may be necessary to have out at all times, but others—looking at you, blenders, crock pots, and mixing bowls—can easily be stowed away.

Here’s what I keep on my counters and why.

As I’m sure you’ll notice, I have a lot of white marble on my counters. I intentionally tried to keep my accessories minimal and light, so as to not make the space feel even more crammed and busy. In this white marble, I have a cutting board that doubles as a serving tray, a large holder filled with all of my utensil essentials, and a power towel holder.

I also have a few select cookbooks out on the counter largely for decorative purposes, though they are also very functional. They are nudged within a little cutout in my countertop that would otherwise go unused.

Across the kitchen on my stove, I similarly have only the essentials: dish towels, salt and pepper shakers, and a tea kettle in a fun color. My pans and pot lids, hung just above the stove, are within reach but do not clutter up either my cabinets or my countertops.

Because our kitchen is pretty tiny, we had to get creative with storing things like the microwave, toaster over, and coffee maker. We ended up finding a bar cart that fits perfectly between the end of the counter and the end of the tile floor, and it holds those items, plus a bowl filled with fruit and vegetables.

Last but certainly not least, we’re lucky to have a quaint built-in right above our sink and that’s where we house our dish soap, hand wash, and sponges. I like to hide my sponge within a cute bowl to make the nook feel more styled and pulled together.

Summer Style

Now that my apartment is flooded with sunshine everyday, I’ve made some small updates to celebrate the season. Come inside to see what I’ve done, and hopefully it will inspire you to make similar updates to your space.

Is it just me, or are straw items of all varieties popping up everywhere? I’ve had this basket purse since our last trip to Mexico and it’s still one of my favorite accessories in my closet. This season, I decided to style it next to the sofa with some light blankets for those cooler summer nights.

Maybe it’s all the La Croix I’ve been drinking, but I’ve been craving a little something extra in my water these days. I sliced up some lemons and dropped them in a carafe, which seems oh-so-summery to me.

To remind me to celebrate the season through my wardrobe as well, I’ve got my favorite dresses hanging from the back of my closet. Oh, and there’s that straw trend again.

Last but definitely not least, I’ve got lots of bright flowers sprinkled throughout my apartment. It just wouldn’t be summer without them!

1 Coffee Table, 3 Ways

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Seeing all of your great comments in response to my “1 Dining Table, 3 Ways” post inspired me to tackle the same challenge on a different table. Enter: the coffee table. Just like the dining table, my coffee table morphs from week to week depending on what kind of flowers the grocery store had or which books I’m loving at that moment. I suppose it becomes something akin to my creative outlet, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Here are three different ways I’ve been known to style my coffee table.

Coffee Table 1: I live for a good color-coordinated moment, so it should be no surprise to see a rainbow on my coffee table as well. While not the most functional option (where do your cups or feet go?), it definitely brightens up the room and makes me happy every time I pass by it.

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Coffee Table 2: Clearly my shibori runner gets a lot of use bouncing from room to room, but doesn’t it look so effortless? I love that this option is super simple yet feels totally complete.

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Coffee Table 3: This how my coffee table typically looks–one big stack of books for browsing, and an acrylic tray filled with all kinds of deliciously-scented goodies.

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Which coffee table option do you like best? Share in the comments below!

1 Dining Table, 3 Ways

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I’ve blogged before about how I like to switch things up, and my dining room table is no exception. On any given week, it can go through a complete metamorphosis–looking like it’s dinner party ready one day and then the perfect cozy breakfast nook the next.

Below I show you three different ways to style the same dining table with only a few small swaps.

Dining Table 1: This is how my dining table looks most days. It pretty much embodies everything I love in this world–Heath Ceramics, fresh flowers, and indigo. I love that it could be ready to entertain in a flash, but also looks pretty just as it is.

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Dining Table 2: This dining table is one that I might bust out on a Friday night after a long week. It’s a little bit indulgent, but in the best way possible.

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Dining Table 3: Last but certainly not least, this table setting is a great way to remind yourself to be healthy. If you’re having an off week or feeling a little under the weather, throw some healthy cookbooks and fresh fruit on the table and you’ll feel more balanced in no time. I swear!

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Which table setting do you like best? Share in the comments below!