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Apartment: 2015 Check-in

It’s been about 3 months since we last had a look at the state of my apartment. We’re in a similar holding pattern as last time: saving money, waiting to find items that won’t break the bank, etc. I did add a few new pieces (to be revealed later in this post), but I guess what I really wanted to share was the panoramic pictures I just took.

I don’t know why I haven’t done it before, but this really gives you a sense of my space. I’m still in love with it as always. It feels clean (as opposed to cluttered) and I feel like it really does reflect who I am with all my trinkets from my travels.

First up, the bedroom and half of the living room. This is the side you’ve probably seen the most of in previous posts. To capture this view, I was standing in front of the bar/kitchen counter, which also leads into my work space. You may need to click to enlarge.

Apartment Pano #1

Apartment Pano #1

Looking at my list from last time, nothing really new has been added here. I think it’s safe to say curtains probably aren’t happening and I just haven’t really been actively looking for small rugs to add.

Bedroom

  • Buy white duvet cover
  • Buy 4 standard, white pillow cases
  • Add 2 decorative pillows
  • Add decorative mirror or framed graphic over bed
  • Add small rugs next to bed (maybe)
  • Add picture frame shelving next to window┬á
  • Add soft curtains (idea nixed)

Here’s where we left off in the living room and this is definitely one of the areas where I’ve made a decent amount of progress, particularly with my gallery wall. It’s still not complete which is why it hasn’t been crossed out. I’m also on the fence of buying a storage ottoman as I have the basket that sits next to my couch, but I’ve left it there for now. If anything, I’d rather have a small side table (I’ve added and updated the list below). I’ve also officially added a bar car to my wish list, but that definitely won’t happen for another month or so!

Living room

  • Buy couch/loveseat
  • Add slipper chair if room
  • Add graphic rug
  • Add something on back wall over couch
  • Frame out TV on long dresser and add picture wall (in progress)
  • Add lighting (just updated lamp shade on existing lamp instead!)
  • Add small storage ottoman OR small side table
  • Add fun bar cart – NEW item added
Apartment Pano #2

Apartment Pano #2

Again, click to enlarge. This angle was captured standing in the entry area in front of my door. For a close up of that gallery wall, see below. Lamp shade was updated in my last round of updates and the long mirror has been there for several months, but since then I’ve added the following:

  • A new planted pot (1 of many I’ve added throughout the past few months)
  • 3 framed postcards from San Francisco
  • An antique tin (far top right) I just bought in Charleston
  • Framed my artwork from Vietnam (long center piece in the middle)
  • 3 funky little illustrated pieces I found in Boston in October
Gallery Wall

Gallery Wall

As for my work space, there haven’t really been any updates other than me organizing it a bit. I technically made one update by making it functional for work and crafts by adding the white cabinet on the far wall, but that’s proven more handy for storage than for crafting. Since my new job, I don’t really need to work here anymore, but I do strive to keep it organized. Here’s how the space looks now:

Work space

  • Update desk
  • Update work area to be functional for both work and crafts
  • Update desk chair
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Work Space – Jan 2015

Other minor updates include the metal magazine rack I found in the dumpster at my apartment building (resourceful!) and I had another piece of art framed from Vietnam (floating red piece). I’d say I’ll likely buy an updated chair before I make any changes to the desk. While it doesn’t match the white shelves, the wood coloring isn’t far off from my other furniture.

And last up, the entry. This didn’t need much updating, but I did add a coat rack and a mirror. The mirror was harder to find than you’d think, maybe just because I didn’t want something huge and didn’t want to pay a fortune. I found this mirror at Kirklands and got it for less than $20 on a Black Friday Sale – WIN!

The other decorations there are from the Young House Love Target collection. (RIP YHL blog) Love my little octopus key holder and my DIY coat rack with geometrical knobs. I painted it the same color as my bookshelves.

Entry Way

Entry Way

Entry

  • Add graphics, small mirrors, etc to wall at entry
Mirror & Coat Rack - up close

Mirror & Coat Rack – up close

And that’s all I have for you! As I find a few more things to add to my space, you know I’ll be sure to take a picture and share with you at some point!

I’m just really proud to call it my own ­čÖé Ah, the simple joys of being an adult!

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Apartment: Bedroom Updates

It’s been awhile since my last apartment update and that’s mostly because I’ve been slow about buying what I really wanted. There are a few items I still haven’t decided on yet and some I’m still trying to find, but now that it’s been nearly 6 months since I moved in, I’m at least happy to report that the “bedroom” portion is practically complete. Here’s where we left off with the list:

Bedroom

  • Buy white duvet cover
  • Buy 4 standard, white pillow cases
  • Add 2 decorative pillows
  • Add decorative mirror or framed graphic over bed
  • Add small rugs next to bed (maybe)
  • Add picture frame shelving next to window┬á
  • Add soft curtains

And here is where we’re at now:

photo 1(2)I’m a little annoyed that I didn’t straighten out the duvet a bit more, but I took this picture before work one morning. The big difference though is that shiny new starburst copper mirror above the bed! I was actually really pleased with myself as I got it on a super sale from Wayfair with free shipping and then had a 10% off coupon too! Total price was around $68. If you’ve stalked decorative mirrors before, you know they can run upwards of $200-300! Ridiculous.

From my list above, I’m still missing the rug and soft curtains. I actually waiver on the curtains most days as the window is so large, they would strictly be decorative and not functional. Plus, I have plants and other items on the window sill, so not sure it really makes sense. I could still be convinced on a rug though. Something fluffy and lush perhaps!

As for the rest of the apartment, it’s somewhat unchanged, though I realized you never saw the living space with the rug. Here it is in all it’s glory…

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Living room

  • Buy couch/loveseat
  • Add slipper chair if room
  • Add graphic rug
  • Add something on back wall over couch
  • Frame out TV on long dresser and add picture wall (in progress)
  • Add lighting (just updated lamp shade on existing lamp instead!)
  • Add small storage ottoman

There are still some bigger items left on this list, but I’ve also changed my mind about the ottoman. Maybe just a side table instead as I think that’s something I would be able to use more. We’ll see. I’m still working on the picture wall and slowly adding to it, but finding the right size frames without breaking the bank is damn near impossible.

As for the rest of it…well, the work space hasn’t received much attention. And the entry way hasn’t been for lack of trying. I just can’t find the right size mirror I want. It would be finished if I found that – so if anyone has any suggestions, fire away. I’m basically looking for a decorative mirror with a pretty frame, no larger than 15″ wide.

Work space

  • Update desk
  • Update work area to be functional for both work and crafts

Entry

  • Add graphics, small mirrors, etc to wall at entry

But that’s all I have for now on your Friday apartment update. Thrilling stuff, I know!

Apartment: Evolution of a Room

My last apartment update was almost exactly one month ago and since that time, there have been a few additions to the family. I definitely feel like it’s moving at a slow pace so I can get used to where I want things and how I use my space, but a few of these larger items instantly make the room feel warmer and a little more complete! Here’s the current state of the living room in my studio:

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Since your last visit to my humble abode, I’ve added the following:

  • A loveseat (I had bought it last time, but it hadn’t been delivered yet)
  • A garden stool – to be used for extra seating but primarily as a coffee table
  • A slipper chair (for added seating)
  • Pillows and throw to couch – you know, to make it more inviting
  • Framed art above the couch
  • Wicker basket to hold sewing goodies (hidden behind slipper chair)

*phew* That’s a lot now that I look back at it. The pillows on the couch were actually the ones on my bed, but thought they worked better here. I replaced the ones on the bed with 2 coral/orange pillows I found at Marshall’s.

The framed “art” above the couch might be my favorite addition in this round. It’s actually from a calendar I received in my January PopSugar Must Have box and as soon as I saw them, I knew they would be perfect in my new place. All the cities pictured are places I’ve visited during my travels.

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As for the wicker basket that I mentioned, I originally snagged it to house my extensive blanket collection (what – I like to keep cozy), but I thought it just looked messy and too cluttered. So I decided I’d put some of my sewing materials in there and keep it in eye sight to hopefully encourage me to sew a little more…definitely NOT out of sight, out of mind. This sort of naturally developed into my sewing corner with my machines set up there. I’m thinking about painting the bottom of the basket, but have left it for now to see how I like it as is.

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There are still a few things to add (especially on the opposite wall, not pictured) and a few things that are currently in transit (like an area rug), but this area is even closer to being completed. Here’s a compilation of where I started and where I’m at currently:

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Not bad, eh? And just to round out this post so you know where I’m headed, here’s my big list of things to still be done:

Bedroom

  • Buy white duvet cover
  • Buy 4 standard, white pillow cases
  • Add 2 decorative pillows
  • Add decorative mirror or framed graphic over bed
  • Add small rugs next to bed (maybe)
  • Add picture frame shelving next to window (not pictured, will show in next update)
  • Add soft curtains

Living room

  • Buy couch/loveseat
  • Add slipper chair if room
  • Add graphic rug (purchased and in transit)
  • Add something on back wall over couch
  • Frame out TV on long dresser and add picture wall
  • Add lighting
  • Add small storage ottoman

Work space

  • Update desk
  • Update work area to be functional for both work and crafts

Entry

  • Add graphics, small mirrors, etc to wall at entry

Weekend review: Apartment update

This past weekend, Mom came up to visit. She hadn’t been to DC since early January, but she also came with the purpose of bringing lots of goodies I had stored at home (particularly kitchen goodies). I can now eat off plates and use real cutlery – fancy eh?

We also managed to knock out a few apartment updates that I thought I’d share. I’m really excited about sharing the ‘in progress’ moments so I can watch my first place evolve as I find my own home style. The big ticket items we scored this weekend were a couch (not yet delivered) and also updated bookshelves. I had these in my last place, but you might remember they were black. 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of Behr’s Parsnip later and ta -dah…

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This is technically the back-side, but I tried to make the shelves do double duty so it was appealing to the eye from both sides; however, the shelves were definitely decorated with the side facing the door in mind first.

You might also notice a little updated bedding. I went all white trying to use bedding I had, adding in necessities like a new duvet cover, and sourcing 2 accent pillows from Marshall’s. I actually despise pillows that have no function so wanted to keep the extra pillows to a minimum. And to satisfy my own habits/quirks, both of these pillows are used daily.

Just to give you an idea of the space from the entry way, here’s before:

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And after:

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I’m definitely still missing a few big ticket items, but hopefully the couch will be delivered this week and the rest will fall into place. Here’s an updated list of to-do’s/must buy for the entire apartment. I haven’t shown you the closets, bathroom, or the work/desk area, but I’ve included updates below where needed. The closet and bathroom are pretty much sorted.

Bedroom

  • Buy white duvet cover
  • Buy 4 standard, white pillow cases
  • Add 2 decorative pillows
  • Add decorative mirror or framed graphic over bed
  • Add small rugs next to bed (maybe)
  • Add picture frame shelving next to window (purchased, need to hang)
  • Add soft curtains

Living room

  • Buy couch/loveseat
  • Add slipper chair if room
  • Add graphic rug
  • Add something on back wall over couch
  • Frame out TV on long dresser and add picture wall
  • Add lighting

Work space

  • Update desk
  • Update work area to be functional for both work and crafts

Entry

  • Add graphics, small mirrors, etc to wall at entry

So yeah, still a fair way to go. I’ll keep you posted as I continue to update my space!

Life: Dirty 30 updates

This might be the first time I’ve had for almost 2 weeks to sit down, write, and update you on life as it currently stands.

photo 4(6)Two weekends ago, I traveled to Pittsburgh to celebrate Jenna and Sean as they tied the knot. I hitched a ride up to Pittsburgh with Kelly and her boo. To tie it all together so you get the connection – Kelly, Jenna, and I were roommates for 4 years. We had a lot of memories to share. We were there for each other’s ups, downs, and general WTF moments in life, so it was a really special weekend.

It was so nice to get away for the weekend; I, of course, had the best date at the wedding. All the ladies were totes jelly.

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Now before you judge, we brought Edward as a special guest since Jenna used to be (maybe still is?) obsessed with Twilight. She’s even met some of the cast members. He was, naturally, a hit! The evening itself was filled with love and laughter and I was pretty chuffed with myself for capturing this amazing moment…

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Just pure love. There were so many fun things about the wedding like the post-reception bowling, the tater-tot bar, and the cookie table; but the best was getting the mother of the bride drunk…a favorite past time of the roommates when we all lived together. Yes, that’s a flask. Get on board.

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It took at least a day to recover after all the shenanigans, but it was definitely worth it. I didn’t have long to rest until I was out celebrating my own birthday and moving into my very first place! I wasn’t feeling the over the top party this year, for whatever reason, so I just had a few girls together for happy hour on Wednesday and then a fun dinner/night out on Saturday around 14th/U street.

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But let’s rewind for a hot second, because I skipped right over moving into my very own place! It’s not much, but it’s mine…all mine! I’m still in my same neighborhood which I loved too much to leave and I’m now in a studio, but I don’t really need much more space. I did think about living in DC, but there were a few factors that kept me in VA and for now, I’m very happy with my decision. Maybe in a year, I’ll be ready to take that leap.

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Of course, it doesn’t look like this now, but there is definitely a long way to go before it feels like home. I’m trying to hone my inner John and Sherry of Young House Love and live happily in the in-between. Half the fun I get from reading their blog is seeing a space evolve over time, so I’m trying to relish that in my place. To get the fun started, I did manage to hang this fun octopus from the YHL collection they just launched at Target. Fancy, eh?!

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So yeah, that’s what I’ve been up to. I just can’t wait to bring you even more apartment updates as I DIY the shit out of the studio! Wheeeeeee!

DIY: nom nom nom

When I decided to learn how to sew, I was excited at the thought of making awesome clothes. But wanna know what else is awesome?

NOM NOM NOM PILLOWS!

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I grabbed my inspiration from this slightly fancier pillow I found on Etsy, but since I’m a sewing novice I had to simplify a bit.

I traced out my letters and glued them on with fabric glue and added texture and security with old school cross-stitches. I left both the edging on the letters and the nommed side of the pillow ‘rough’ – primarily because I didn’t know how to stitch that close to the edge, but also to give it a truly nom nom nom appearance. To prevent complete unruly raveling I applied some fancy anti-ravel stuff that my mom secretly planted in my sewing starter kit. Handy!

Needless to say, I’m pleased, if not down-right impressed with myself!

DIY Tuesday

I wasn’t much in the mood to put in some time at the gym yesterday afternoon, but I was motivated to be creative. For those who follow my tumblr, you know that I dyed my hair purple – which just proves the age old adage that if you want something done right, you might as well do it yourself.

For those not aware of my hair dying saga – this was the 3rd attempt. I’d say I’m 85% happy with how it turned out. Closer than what the hair dresser accomplished & for a fraction of the cost. The other 15% will come when it settles down a bit and isn’t so in-your-face-purple. While one DIY would have been enough to call the evening productive, I knocked out a second mini-project.

I’ve had my eye on decorative wall ‘flutters’ for quite some time, but always procrastinated on buying them, until I spotted them in Bed Bath & Beyond. I knew exactly what I wanted and what I wanted to do.

My goal was to fill the space on the left side of the over-hanging Chinese lantern. Something fun, girly, and semi-atypical. Here is the before shot of the bare wall:

I didn’t like the original silvery/metallic color, so I painted them ‘Blackberry wine’ which was in the same color family as my wall color.

And then just like magic, I attached them to the wall. Simple, effective, and fills the space just as I had imagined.

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