Tuesday, April 29, 2014

HOME | NYC Apartment Tour Part 2 - Living Room

Part 2 of the grand Apartment Tour!  Enter...the living room!

It is the most complete space and where Mads and I spend about 99.9% of our lives.  I have to say, I'm very happy with how it has come out.  It is light and bright, with a good mix of modern and vintage furnishings.  I tried to keep the color palette very neutral, sticking mostly with whites, grays, and natural woods.

Here is what the space looked like when we moved in:

Here is its first iteration with the West Elm Rug (I took this right before we changed it so they aren't exactly styled...):

...and here is what it looks like now:


So obviously the biggest change here was the rug.  When we first moved in I ordered the chenille herringbone rug from West Elm, which I was obsessed with, but it just wasn't right for a high traffic room. Clearly I should have realized this.  White chenille + a baby = no bueno.  But hey, I was blinded by love.

The new rug we ordered is fantastic!  I agonized over what to buy and even considered some very expensive options before finding this one at...drumroll please...Home Depot! I wanted something light that wouldn't drastically change the feel of the room, and most importantly be soft for a very mobile baby.  This definitely fits the bill.  I'm going to share my thoughts on the West Elm rug and the new one we purchased, so stay tuned for the scoop.

The other major change in the room was replacing an enormous Jens Risom desk with a smaller Danish modern table.  We still primarily use this area as a desk, but it is now easier to switch it up for dinner, and it's expandable in case we host parties.

Oh hey there little lady!

There isn't much I'm planning to change/add in this room, but here is my to-do list:
- install sconces on gallery wall for more light
- change the pulls on the tv cabinet (I already have my sights set on these agate beauties)
- add decorative tape to the blinds to dress them up a bit
- baby-proof the wire mess under the table

I feel like this is all very do-able.  

Monday, April 21, 2014

DIY | hello sign

Today I'm sharing one of my favorite DIY projects to date.  It is the perfect kind of DIY...fun, fast and cheap. 

The entry to our apartment is incredibly boring.  You walk down a long cream-colored hallway with brown carpet and florescent lights.  Not exactly a show-stopper.  I wanted something simple and fun to pep up our doorway and suggest that cool interesting people reside there and you should be friends with them.

I was inspired by these cute wire signs from Anthropologie...

Adorable, right?

Here is how I went about making my sign.  I picked up some black aluminum wire from Michael's which was very pliable and easy to work.  I had originally planned on making the sign with old wire clothing hangers, but the aluminum was far easier to deal with.  First, I wrote out in "hello" in script just to have a rough guide to follow.  Then, I simply started bending the letters, making sure to leave a few inches at the beginning and end for an attachment loop and to allow the letters to project off the wall an inch or so.

And voila!...the piece is all done and ready to be hung up.

I ended up using push pins to hang up the piece. The wire is so lightweight that I really didn't need anything heavy-duty.

 Choosing between larger upholstery nails and my last two pushpins.

I LOVE the way this it looks.

I'm currently resisting the urge to make signs for every room in my house.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

HOME | Apartment Tour Part 1 - The Hall & Foyer

I keep saying I'm back but this time I mean it! I've been sitting on tons of ideas and inspiration and it is time to share.

To start things off I'm doing Part 1 of our NYC apartment tour.  I'll be going each of the spaces, showing befores and afters and presenting my "to-do" lists.  I'm sharing these lists mostly because I want to hold myself accountable for actually getting it all done.  My goal is to have all my projects completed by the one year mark, so we can actually enjoy the space in completed form.

So let's start the tour...in the hallway.  Here is what we started with. Very much a blank canvas.

Just like every other room, it was painted a matte cream color. I decided to go dark and really change the feel of the space.  I've always loved Fallow & Ball's Hague Blue so I decided to just go for it!

Here she is in all her lagoon-y blue glory. 

I love it...very serene and chic when you open the door.  Sure, it is dark, but honestly even when the hall was white it was dark, so why not just embrace it.  

In the foyer area I created a skirted table which hides some ugly/functional storage and positioned our vintage bar on the main wall.  My antler chandelier, which I purchased from Pottery Barn about 10 years ago, finally found a home outside of the closet.  It's not exactly what i would have picked, but I already owned it, so up it went.  Plus, it is fun to hang stuff off of the antlers. Also, for anyone who cares, they are not real antlers, they are resin and probably from China.

Ornaments at Christmas Time!

Seems nice and finished right?  Well...the joke's on you, because I'm already planning to change everything.  

The space feels waaay too traditional for my taste.  I didn't intent it to happen, but it did and it needs to change.

The skirted table, while great and useful, is just not going to work with our little explorer on the loose.  And the bar, which we loved having front and center (what does that say about us?) is also a danger zone (Lana...Lana....LANA....daanga zone).  

The bar contents have already been moved into the bookcases in the living room, and I'm in the process of finding some baskets that can hold the contents of the skirted table.  I'm going to move the mirror above the bar and possibly paint it white.  I'd really like a large, modern round mirror for that space, but that also costs money.  The gallery wall is going to extend down the hall and I will probably just fill it up with pictures of Mads, psycho-mom style.    

The antler chandy will be yarn-bombed.  You heard me!  I already bought the yarn and am just working up the courage to take this one on.  It is going to be intense.  

I would also like to get a new rug.  This is not a must because I think with some updates to the space the current kilim will not feel so traditional.  I would love this one instead though...

IKEA PS 2014 Flatwoven Rug

Oh and...I might do a stencil on the bar wall.  Something like this...

Here is the hall/foyer to-do list:

- Get baskets for bar
- Remove skirted table
- Move (and paint?) mirror
- Extend gallery wall
- Yarn-bomb those antlers!
- Stencil wall
- Make a frame for the paintings (there was a great tutorial for doing this on Hommemaker)
- New rug?

whew that's a lot.