Travel Treasures

As I’m sure you’re well aware by now, travel and interior design are two of my biggest passions—well, those and organizing, of course! Every year, my boyfriend and I aim to visit brand new places, and to buy trinkets from each place to forever remember them by.

Through all of our travels, I’ve collected quite a few treasures. From pottery and art to clothing and jewelry, so many pieces in my home were purchased while traveling. And while I love just about all of them, the below pieces are the ones that I know I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.

How stunning is this blanket from Oaxaca, Mexico? As soon as we saw this blanket in Onora Casa in Mexico City, I knew it had to come home with us. The soft color palette and intricate woven design caught my eye and I love thinking about where it could end up in our future home. From being folded along the edge of the bed to be draped over a sofa, this blanket will look perfect anywhere it’s placed.Also in Mexico City, we found this gorgeous hand-painted vase in El Mercado de la Ciudadela. Because I want this vase on display at all times and not just when it’s filled with flowers, I’ve found the perfect home for it atop cookbooks in our kitchen.Who could possibly say no to another stunning vase? That’s what I thought when I saw this gem in Koh Lanta, Thailand. We’ve been collecting blue and white sponge-wear pottery for a few years now (as you can see on our bookshelf here), so when we saw those same colors in this piece of Thai pottery, we instantly fell in love. As if it weren’t perfect enough on its own, I cannot get over how amazing it looks sitting right on top of Rebecca Atwood’s book.  Last but certainly not least: the patterned pillow of my dreams, also from Thailand. Funnily enough, the fabric of this pillow was not complete when we bought it—the woman making it still needed to dye and color treat it. But we loved it just the way it was and decided to buy it right on the spot from her worktable. Even though we didn’t know exactly how we wanted to use the fabric (maybe a table runner or a wall textile), we knew we would find just the place as soon as we got home, and we were right.

P.S. Check out my blog posts on Mexico City and Thailand to find out even more about our trips.

Apartment Refresh

About to say something pretty shocking: It’s been almost 6 months since my last apartment refresh—can you even believe it? As soon as I realized that, I knew I needed to check in with you all on the latest additions to my apartment. Keep reading to see what I’ve changed!

While we used to have three succulents situated above the glass cabinet our dining room, they were not getting the best light and I was having to replace them quite frequently. Finally, I decided to move them and replace them with cookbooks and my favorite wine.

One of the plants has now made its way to a sunny corner of our kitchen.

Couldn’t help but brag about just how big my Vogue magazine stack is getting!

Current nightstand essentials: A delicious candle from Candlefish in Charleston and my Beatles book.

These colder nights call for an extra quilt on the bed.

I’ve had my eye on this straw basket for quite some time and I’m so happy it has found a home in our living room.

1 Chair, 3 Ways

I have been loving challenging my inner designer with this series, plus reading your comments both here and on Instagram make me so so happy. I’ve been scoping out all the furniture in my apartment and decided to try out styling my living room chair for this edition of 1 piece, 3 ways. Keep reading to see how I did it, and don’t forget to share a comment with your favorite!

Chair 1: Seeing as I can never get enough shibori, I decided to layer the two pieces that I have. The end result is a very boho, relaxed vibe that I’m sort of loving.

Chair 2: Talk about another piece I just can’t get enough of: the sheepskin throw from IKEA. I have 3 of these and I just love layering them all over the house—on the floor of my closet, over a comfy chair, over a dining table chair, you name it. So it should come as no surprise that I decided to try one over the chair in my living room for a comfy, cozy feel.

Chair 3: If you’ve followed the blog for a minute, then you know that this is usually how I have things set up. It just about sums about my favorite things: soft cashmere, Vogue magazine, and diptyque candles.

Can’t wait to hear which option you like best!

1 Nightstand, 3 Ways

I’m constantly playing with unique ways to style my apartment (hence why I am constantly posting design refreshes), which is precisely why these little design challenges are so fun for me. Since I’ve already done my dining and coffee tables, next up was naturally my bedside table. Without further adieu, here are 3 different ways to style a nightstand.

Nightstand 1:  Fresh flowers? Check. Deliciously scented candles? Check and check. Simple bedtime reads? Check. I love how this variation has just about everything you need on your nightstand but doesn’t look cluttered at all.

Nightstand 2: I don’t know about you, but I hate sleeping in jewelry, no matter how dainty the ring. I love that this styling variation has a little tray for jewelry to go at night, plus the addition of a crystal to promote calming energy.

Nightstand 3: I suppose you could call this nightstand the perfect marriage between the first two—beautiful flowers, bedtime reads, and calming geodes.

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

Tricks of the Trade: Bathroom Organization

My bathroom is, without a doubt, the smallest room in the apartment. Somehow, all three of our walk-in closets are larger than our bathroom. But even with its small size working against us, I’ve manager to pack a whole lot into it without making it feel cluttered or cramped. From a shelving system to hidden storage, keep reading to find out my tips for maximizing storage space in a small bathroom.

The biggest tip I can give is to invest in an over-the-toilet shelving system—I found this one on Target and seriously couldn’t love it any more. With this system in place, here are some more ways to increase storage space:

  • Use vases as storage — I love shopping at flea markets and second-hand stores and often pick up quaint vases when I do. The vases in my bathroom not only serve as decoration, but also double as storage. I put all kinds of things in my vases, from nail clippers and tweezers to floss and travel toothpaste.
  • Place baskets on top of your shelving unit — Without the baskets I’ve placed above our shelf, I would definitely not be able to fit all of my toiletries. The two that we have in our bathroom hold everything from sunscreen and body lotion to cold medicine and advil.
  • Hang a shower caddy — I’m a firm believer that everything in a room should have a spot, which is exactly why I hung two shower caddies over our rack in the shower. I love how this keeps everything up and off the bathtub and into its own designated spot.

Do you have any storage tips for a small bathroom? Let me know in the comments!

Apartment Refresh

Another month, another apartment refresh. Seriously, if you don’t know by now how much I love switching things up in my apartment, then you must not have followed along for very long. Because, well, I live for it. Keep reading to check out the latest—and the greatest—updates.

An indigo pillowcase to replace our other navy blue one that got too sun stained.

A beautiful piece of Czech pottery to match our pair of vases.

A memento from our trip to New Mexico, a book about Georgia O’Keeffe’s lovely work.

Yet another souvenir from New Mexico: a sweet straw basket that now has a home on our magazine stack.

A pretty pink geode that’s supposed to bring soothing energy with it.

Not new perse, but our fiddle leaf fig tree has been growing like crazy recently. I’m so obsessed with how lush and full it is! (You can see how small it once was in this post.)

Tricks of the Trade: Makeup Organization

I’ve always appreciated the magic of makeup, but recently that appreciation has turned more into an obsession. Every night, I find myself watching makeup tutorials on YouTube, which inevitably have product endorsements in them, which inevitably winds up in me ordering said products and growing my makeup collection. Please tell me I’m not alone in this!

Because my collection has grown these past few months, I’ve been experimenting with different organizational techniques and have finally landed on a system that I’m excited to share.

Of course, if my bathroom were much larger, I’d definitely be stocking up on these clear makeup holders to do the job. But alas, I’m working with a few drawers in my second closet, as well as some vanity space. To maximize this limited space, I invested in some really pretty vases to store my brushes, eyebrow gels, and lip pencils. Some days, I’ll only apply some eyebrow gel and hint of lip color, so I love that these two staples are now super easy to reach.

As for the rest of my makeup products, I found these very practical cubes from IKEA that happen to fit perfectly in my vanity drawers. I use two for my makeup: One for My concealers, highlighters, and beauty blenders, and the other for bronzers, blushes, powders, eyeshadows, and foundations. Because they are quite small, I stack most things with the largest item on the bottom and the smallest on top. When I get ready in the morning, I simply empty out the bins and pull my selections for the day.

How do you organize your makeup? Please share in the comments!