new cabinet knobs in my kitchen (on left). look so much more expensive and match with my new faucet.
can be found here.
when i moved into my apartment, i had this grand idea that i would do a series of “before and afters” after each piece of the apartment was completed. well, a year later, no single room is completely done. the bathroom is going to get a new shower, i have no lamps in my bedroom (or artwork), and the kitchen is still awaiting a backsplash. so, i thought i would show you the current state of my living room.
not much as changed since my last apartment, though it certainly feels more spacious since my place is much bigger.
the purple stools are from target (sold out now). side tables are ikea, and sofa is mitchell gold liam. the acrylic cubes are pb teen, but i can’t find them online anymore. wooden lamp is from jcpenney. my gallery wall as grown considerably since this post. tv stand is ikea. that empty corner will get a chair at some point.these roses were just too pretty to not have their close-up.
i’m still in the process of updating my apartment, and i’ve realized that even the smallest detail makes a huge difference. for instance, i documented my bathroom makeover here, but one thing that drove me crazy was the toilet handle that came with the toilet. since it was far too modern for the style, i ended up buying a new handle. the new handle makes me happy every time i…you know…flush.
my new apartment is still coming together, even though i moved in almost a year ago. i wanted to show you a glimpse of these great nightstands i got from target (for $60 each!). the lamp is temporary, and will end up in the living room.
when i moved into my new place, the bathroom was in a sad state. the walls were painted a glossy blue, the wood on the vanity was cheap (and warped), and the medicine cabinets made the space feel smaller than it already was. since this is the first home i have purchased (!), i wanted to be very smart about the remodeling decisions i made.
i didn’t think ahead to take pictures of the “before,” but here is the photo from the original listing:
the professional lighting makes it look much nicer than it was. i repainted the space (using benjamin moore’s “simply white”) and switched out the vanity, medicine cabinet, light fixture, and toilet. i don’t love the floor tiles, but they are in good shape and are too expensive to redo.
here is the after: the new toilet is the “memoirs” toilet from kohler. i feel like the gorgeous new faucet (by watermark) deserves another look.i am so in love with the changes. i want to eventually completely remodel the shower (the tiles are depressing), but will need to save a bit more before i can.
when i moved into my new apartment, the living room and bedroom had awful brown blinds. notwithstanding the fact that they were broken, i just hated seeing the brown the moment i walked through the door.
luckily, new custom blinds were fairly inexpensive and easy to install from select blinds.com. it may be hard to tell in pictures, but this switch has made a huge impact in my new space.
i moved into a new (bigger!) apartment at the end of november, and i have been having a great time getting it into shape. my first order of business was to paint the walls (previously a heinous glossy (why???) taupe) a matte light gray (i used benjamin moore’s moonshine in eggshell). the reason the walls were so important to me is because my home never feels like a home until my art is up.
i fiddled around with the arrangement of my gallery wall since my last place, and i am much, much happier with it now. i am by no means an art hanging expert, but here are a few things that i learned since then:
1) try to avoid mats. most pictures don’t need them, and they tend to create unnecessary holes in a composition.
2) hang pictures in a set together. i know this sounds silly, but i would try to mix and match everything before, which was clearly a mistake.
3) try to create horizontal or vertical lines of space between pictures throughout for harmony. i used 3 such lines.
4) try to put the piece with the heaviest visual weight (in my case, the trumpet player drawing) in the center. otherwise, it will tend to drag the eye to wherever it is placed.
5) don’t rush! i never buy art to fill a space. i buy what i love, and then i find a place for it later.
since my desk was actually clean for a brief moment, i thought i would snap a quick picture. i bought the beautiful watercolor painting while i was india last year.
sorry for the slowdown in posts lately – i have some exciting news that i will be sharing soon! until then, i am trying to stick to my shopping ban.
i wish i had before/after pictures of this chest, but i sadly did not think that far ahead. just imagine it dark brown wood, with brass door-knocker style handles.
a fresh coat of white paint and clear knobs have made all the difference, and it is now much more in sync with my current decor style.
i finally got around to taking some pictures of my new sofa. it is the liam sofa, by mitchell gold + bob williams. it is makes the exact statement i was looking for, with its clean lines, lush blue velvet, and brass nailhead trim. i am completely in love.