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Oh my goodness, what a week! It was seriously down to the wire getting everything ready and I could really go for a nap right about now, but I am so excited to share with you the final result!
If you’re new here, welcome! You can catch up on the weekly progress posts and get the full story with these links:
Are you ready for the reveal? A little reminder of what I started with:
Here’s what my living-dining room looks like now:
I brought in purples and blues with pillows, art, and other accessories. The fact that all the big pieces are neutral in color, makes the space versatile and will allow us to very easily switch out the colors whenever the mood strikes.
We also added a black vintage-inspired ceiling light fixture which was custom made by a fellow small business.
lamp | art – top left, top right, bottom right
pillows: purple textured, blue velvet, floral, navy zig zag
What do you think? I hope you love the space as much as I do. Thank you so much for following along and cheering me on throughout these past six weeks!
Big thank you to Linda, the creator and organizer behind the One Room Challenge, for including me this season. I enjoyed the journey and I am delighted with the result.
Big thank you also to my husband who helped me on weekends and evenings with most of the assembling, installing, hanging, etc.
Shout out to all my sponsors, who generously contributed product to help my vision come to life: Karastan Carpet – Apt2B – Bellacor – Sarah Swanson – Minted – Lowes – Lucent Lighting – Urban Home – O’verlays – Bassett Mirror Company – Mark & Graham – NDI – Parima Studio
Be sure to check out the reveals of the other 19 talented ladies who did this challenge with me and worked hard to beautifully transform their rooms. So much eye candy!:
Apartment 34 / Because it’s Awesome / Coco+Kelley / Design Darling / Design Indulgence / Design Manifest / Christine Dovey / The English Room / Vanessa Francis / Hi Sugarplum / Honey We’re Home / Jojotastic / The Pink Clutch / The Pink Pagoda / Simplified Bee / Style Your Senses / A Thoughtful Place / Kimberly Whitman / The Zhush
Summary of Sources:
Living Area – sponsored sources:: rug | arm chair | seagrass basket | side table | watercolor paintings in three white frames | gallery wall art – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 | small clear lamp | black vintage inspired ceiling light fixture (custom) || other sources:: blue velvet pillows | floral pillow | navy zig zag pillows | purple pillows | sofa | white tray | gold round mirrored tray | blue lacquered box | throw
Dining Area – sponsored sources:: dining chairs | dining table | custom abstract art | custom greek key pattern for ikea expedit hack | napkin rings | double gourd lamps | fiddle leaf tree | organizational bin || other sources:: white linen table runner | chambray linen napkins | natural water hyacinth placemats | gold flatware | tall black mirrors | boxwood topiary
photography by Stephanie Godfrey
As mentioned in a previous post, earlier this month, Style Me Pretty Living, one of my favorite lifestyle sites, featured a tour of my previous home. Since the feature went up, I’ve received inquires about the sources of some things, so I thought I’d post a complete list here for anyone else who may also be curious to know. Because the apartment was a rental that we planned to live in for only about 2 years or so and we had other priorities financially, when it came to decorating and furnishing it, we did so on a small budget, splurging only on a few select pieces. BTW, this post from 2012 shows a few photos of what the place looked like when we first moved in!
sofa – Crate and Barrel (crazy comfortable!) , pillows – Arianna Belle, blue abstract artwork – commissioned from Parima Studio, gold square wall frames – Target (they were originally silver and I spray painted them), white tufted ottoman – Target, round gold mirrored tray – World Market, large white tray – West Elm, coasters – Anthropologie, small gold bowl – Target, blue rug – Overstock, sunburst mirror – Home Depot (a total steal!), turquoise vases – Target, double gourd lamps – Overstock, black side tables – Ikea, white media unit – Ikea – customized it by painting the back blue, small light blue lacquer box – Swing Design, sheepskin – Ikea, paint color – Horseradish C15-1 by Olympic
white pendant light – Lamps Plus, white round tulip table – Ikea, clear acrylic chairs – Ikea, gold flatware – West Elm, black and white placemats – Serena and Lily, paint color – Horseradish C15-1 by Olympic
gold tray – West Elm, glass decanter – Target, french opaline turquoise glasses – vintage (you can find similar ones on eBay, Etsy, and flea markets), white shelves – Ikea, pot rack – Ikea, stainless steel mixing bowls – Joss and Main, blue treat jar – Homegoods, cookbooks – It’s All Good, The Kind Diet, My Father’s Daughter, Eating the Alkaline Way, Crazy Sexy Kitchen, Superfood Kitchen, Barefoot Contessa at Home
floor lamps – Ikea, white duvet cover – Bed Bath and Beyond, embroidered sheet set – BlissLiving Home, pillows – Arianna Belle, silver frames – Target, patterned fabric boxes – Blissliving Home, white shag rug – Rugs USA, benches – Rose Bowl Flea Market, paint colors – Olympic Pounding Surf and Freshwater
white desk – Ikea, leopard pillow – Arianna Belle, shelving unit – Ikea, rug – Overstock , doube gourd lamps – Target, black quatrefoil mirror – Target, artwork – Parima Studio, turquoise binders – Office Depot, orange tray – West Elm, file box – Office Depot
Q: The base of my Docksta table gets dirty easily from people resting their feet on it, how do you keep yours clean?
A: Magic Erasers!
Q: How did you hide the wires and cords of your wall mounted TV in your living room?
A: We used these cable management covers we found on Amazon. I’ve also seen similar ones at home improvement stores.
All photography by Esther Sun
The How I Organize series is back and I’m excited to feature my first participant of 2014 – the lovely Kristin of The Hunted Interior! She gives us a look at how she organizes her small but very functional and stylish kitchen:Living in a smaller home makes you learn to organize and store things creatively. Utilizing the vertical space is one of those tricks we have learned to use to it’s fullest. We do store large pots & colanders above our cabinets, but we do try to keep them grouped together to minimize the cluttered look. We also have a large basket that houses all of the less frequently used items such as muffin tins & baking utensils. Hanging all of our pots & pans on a pot rack also allows them to be easily accessible, while still being up & out of the way.
Another vertical tip that has saved us, and our lack of counter space, is the use of a magnetic knife rack. We have zero room for a knife block, so this simple addition to our backsplash again makes everything accessible while still feeling modern and stylish.
Being that a lot of our storage solutions are out in the open, I try to make them as visually appealing as possible. In our open shelving this is accomplished by using all white dishes, storing dry goods in classic ball jars and grouping items such as our wooden utensils and storing them in an unexpected way. I also like to keep items we use frequently out and at the ready. The gold brioche molds are used most frequently as snack cups for my daughter. While we do not have a large kitchen, we have found that this space works really well for us.
photography by Amanda Coker
It’s no surprise that a stylish event planning company like Tara Guerard Soiree, who regularly puts together magazine worthy weddings, has equally magazine worthy offices. Check out the photos below of their clean, tailored and bright workspace:
Sets of matching boxes and binders on custom floor to ceiling shelving provide plenty of storage and help maintain a clean uncluttered look.
An bulletin board above Tara’s desk serves as a catchall for photos that inspire ideas.
Large windows flood the conference space with natural sunlight
The tall spacious white table in the central workspace provides a perfect morning meeting spot for the team.
Definitely saving this as inspiration for when my I (hopefully!) have a larger company office space!
photography by Julia Lynn for Lonny
The newest decor update in my office is a big beautiful tray that Paloma of La Dolce Vita recently sent over from her Joy & Revelry shop for a White Box Challenge. I decided to put the tray on the surface of my Expedit shelving, which I have right behind my desk, along the back wall. It has been great for containing things that I like to have within arms reach but off my desk. Here’s a look:
Things tend to look neater and more stylish when corralled within a tray, wouldn’t you agree?
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Paloma’s shop, and to get 10% off, use code LDV_WHITEBOX_10.
Came across these images of ladders used to organize and display high-heeled shoes and thought it was such a clever idea. I love seeing how people reimagine things and use them for something other than their intended purpose.
Makes a fun alternative to traditional shelving. If you use a salvaged or vintage ladder, it’s eco-friendly too!
Another creative shoe organization idea here.
image sources: 1-unknown, 2-the nest, 3-design sponge
In the last ‘Beautifully Organized’ post I talked about organizing the latest magazine issues – the ones that are current reading material. Today I want to go over a few tips on organizing old magazine issues that you’ve held onto for future reference. You may have heard the organizing rule that you should only keep the most current issue of any given magazine and toss the rest. While that may be a good idea for many, I don’t believe it’s necessarily a rule all should follow. If you’re anything like me, you love your shelter and fashion glossies and like to go through old issues from time to time for a jolt of visual inspiration for a blog post, design project, etc. Oftentimes an issue from a few years ago is just as inspiring as a current one and the tactile experience of flipping through the pages is a nice break from all the digital.
Since new issues arrive to us every month from various subscriptions though, the challenge is not letting the collection get out of control. Most of don’t have space to store every single issue of every single publication. What I like to do is, when I get a new magazine in, as I’m reading through it, I fold down the corner of pages that have inspiring content. If I only dog-ear two or three pages, I rip those out, save them in a magazine clippings binder (more on that later!) and recycle the remainder of the magazine. If I find that I’ve dog-eared tons of pages though, I keep the magazine.
Here’s a few ideas on how to store the keepers:
Separate them out by type…
Ikea and the Container Store are my go-to places to get magazine files. You can either turn them around so the fully covered side is facing towards the front, and label them for a clean, streamlined look…
Or you can turn them the opposite way so that the upper half of the magazines show…It’s a good idea to turn the files this side when you don’t have labels on them. Bonus: Looks particularly nice when the spines are colorful!
Tell me, do you collect magazines? How do you organize and store them?
Hope this inspired some ideas for your own home!
image credits: 1- 7th house on the left 2- mimi + meg, 3- photography by danielle moss styling by alexandra berlin design, 4- scan from your home is a sanctuary via this is glamorous, 5- martha stewart, 6- canadian house and home, 7- hbo’s sex and the city, 8- via lonny mag, 9- via for the love of pretty, 10- deliciously organized, 11- i heart organizing, 12- arianna belle, 13- found via this pin
I know I promised more photos of our new place after this post. Well I’ve finally gotten around to taking some. First up, my office. Here’s what it looked like when we first got the keys:
Since then we’ve painted the walls (it was too dark and depressing before!) and moved in my desk, etc., so here’s the progress so far:As you can see, there’s still a lot left to do. I love how desks look centered in the room, but the cords in the middle of the floor are definitely a hazard so I have to find a solution for that or move the desk against the wall. On the main wall I’m planning to have an Expedit shelving unit (placed horizontally) and a gallery wall with framed artwork, photos and maybe a mirror. I might move the storage units that are currently on the side wall (with the window) into the closet, depending likely on whether or not I end up moving the desk. The current rug is too small (it’s the one I used to have in the closet at my old place) so I’m looking for a replacement – something that will be big enough to cover more of the not-so-pretty carpeting. We shall see! I’ll post more pictures as I make more changes
The bathroom medicine cabinet tends to be a place where many of us store everyday essentials like our toothbrush, face wash, cotton swabs, etc. Since we access it frequently it’s nice to have set it up in a way that’s functional and looks good too. The best way to make this happen is to get rid of all the products that aren’t being used. You know what I’m talking about – expired cosmetics and medicines, bath and body products once tried and didn’t like. Doing this frees up space so it’s not so crowded in there and makes products that are being used, easy to find. Once you get rid of the clutter, you can optimally organize.
You can group items by type (e.g. all oral hygiene items on the lower shelf) and arrange by frequency of use (e.g. put less used products on upper shelf). Use containers as needed. A pretty tumbler (2) makes a nice toothbrush holder, canisters (1) are great for cotton swabs and cotton balls, and small “drawer organizers” (3) are perfect for corralling smaller items.
If you’re short on space, use acrylic risers (5) to create an additional shelf, and take advantage of the unused gap between the cabinet door and the inside shelving by adhering magnetic pods (4) to the inside of the door. Pods are great for holding all the tiny things, like bobby pins, lip balm, etc., that can tend to get lost.
Hope you found these tips useful!
top image: instyle magazine
The above bedroom is by designer Adrienne Neff. She used California Closets custom units to create one side with hanging rods and drawers below, plus a tie rack; and the other side with shelves and vertical hanging space for dresses. Shelves above the bed provide a space for off-season clothing. The side storage is concealed with felt cutains suspened from a track, while the shelves above the bed are concealed with a linen-blend roman shade. The custom headboard, the rich chocolate brown paint that matches the shelving, and the swing arm sconces, keep it from having a “living in a closet” feel.
This bedroom is by Sherry and John of Young House Love. They used two Ikea wardrobes on either side of the bed. One for her, one for him, each customized with drawers and rods and hidden behind white curtains hung high. A valance gives it a finished effect and makes it feel like the bed is tucked into a built-in nook.