New apartment for my new future

I’m excited to announce that I will be moving across country to go to graduate school in a few months. The only downside is that I’ve been stuck with renting an apartment that is well… less than ideal.  A few problems I think that I will encounter are:

1) Poor lighting

2) Old boring appliances

3) Small Living room

4) Odd “L’ shaped bathroom

5) Selecting a good color scheme for each room ( can’t paint tho 😦 )

Me being an aspiring designer, I have it in my mind to try and pre-plan a few things before I arrive in the space and document the journey. I have a some design ideas jotted down but I would love to get your input. So, over the next three months I plan to post polls, pictures, and when I arrive share with you the before and afters as of now.

As of now here is a picture of what I will be working with as well as the floor plan. Comment and let me know what you think!

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Black Beautiful and Bold: Stylish Monochrome Rooms

So it seems that in the world of interior design black rooms are no longer the black sheep of the color family but the latest trend. And why not? They are pretty seductive and with everyone liking vampires and whatnot, naturally, isn’t this just the next step? No no, in all seriousness black can do a lot for a room. For one, they hold the most depth and make every other color/accent pop. And, if done properly black can bring coziness to the small room and elegance to the large. Just check out some of my favorites below if you don’t believe me. But, whatever your position on the matter maybe, I for one know I am a proponent of black being the new black.

Some things to consider when opting for black:

Get it right! What feeling are you going for? Many of you may not realize that there is both a cool black and a warm black. Blacks with bluer hues and can contribute to a more cool ambiance while blacks that align with redder hues can give your room a warmer feeling. While this is not a rule, do plan ahead and see if this will alter your final vision. 

Add a little pop!  Black rooms are like a blank canvas and going as far as adding a contrasting color (white is its opposite) or any solid color as an accent in a couch, lamp, pillow, or mantle can provide a lot of visual interest. Try teal, red, white, yellow, or a pattern to start! 

Bling-a-bling-bling! Other things that can really enhance a black room is its accessories. I am a firm believer that mirrors and lighting can make or break a room. Metallics in general can be contemporary. Whether you agree with me or not such things can add functionality by work to brighten the space as well as a bit of elegance. Organic textures like pieces out of wood or basketry can spin it in an entirely different direction When in doubt rugs, artwork, and good old books  are awesome investment too! The possibilities are endless. 

HAVE FUN!


Dream Home Series 5-The Best Bathrooms

The oval office, the lou, as my grandmother says the place where a man goes to see about a dog; the bathroom.  Dream Home Series 5 is all about my ideal personal oasis.  You see, the bathroom is where my best ideas come to mind and these are just a few of them. Sorry for the pun!
Anyway, in the photos below you will see there are a lot of variation in the types of bathrooms I admire. However, some the overarching elements are lots of lighting, an interplay between darker and lighter materials, big tubs, and an additional lounging space. I want my bathroom to hold grandeur while maintaining an overall warm feeling. Now go relax while gaining you some inspiration 🙂 xoxo

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Everyone has one; a room you just don’t know how to make special. Why not draw in that wow factor by creating a unique accent wall with a vibrant wallpaper or wall decals for a cheaper option?! Currently, my favorite sites to shop for such goodies are Design Your Wall and Blik Art. And lucky you, both of these sites host the following featured products.  Feeling inspired? Just click on the host link or on the product name for additional information or just some more options!

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Dream Home Series 4- Cozy Attic Spaces

The attic was the space in my home that always held the most mystery to me because I was rarely allowed to go in it due to the exposed nails in the ceiling and insulation. But I dreamed of a space where I could explore for hours. Remember the movie the Goonies circa 1980 something when the kids went up and found one eyed willies map to buried treasure. Well, I wanted that but alas I am hear projecting my design desires in this weeks post. 
 In my dream home I aspire to create a cozy intimate space that has an ere of mystery while is reminiscent of the the past. Functionally, it will serve as a get away where I can relax reflect and feel very safe as well as a place to read. Aesthetically, I wish it to maintain some kind of rustic element in the roof and flooring and have an inter play or light and darks. Well, I hope these images inspire you. Please feel free to share comments and thank you!
This image holds has a fantastical feel. I love the exposed dark ceiling, white curtains, and light coming through the patio door. 

I am drawn to this image because it really appeals to my inner child and its desire to explore through nostaligic and handed down family pieces. While junky, its almost a comfortable mess.

The third image is a screen shot from the movie the A Little Princess. Its the attic at on top of the boarding school/orphanage. What really appeals to me is the flooring and massive amount of space and HUGE windows! The following  image is what the girls were able to create with their imagination and help from a nice man next store who also seemed to have impeccable taste. 

I am drawn to this fifth  for mainly the same reason as the first. However, the amount of transparency the space has due to the amount of windows really adds an element of creativity. I say creativity because there is something about being at the highest point of your home  able to look out endlessly that evokes a sense of fantasy which for me at least goes hand in hand with fantasy.

The sixth and seventh image is a bit more modern than the others with its contemporary style and renovated ceiling and floor. But, it still appeals to me because I really enjoys the idea of the attic serving as an additional media/ lounge room to the house. 

I like this space because it has multiple functions as a bathroom and bedroom. In this particular space the exposed beam and that darned exotic wood screen really get me. I mean isn’t the idea of the attic as a spa get away in your own home a seductive one?

I like the slanted ceiling look when its accompanied by windows and this room that is what I am most drawn too…I would have to say that having the attic as your master/ guest bedroom would be a unique feature in your house and would free up other rooms for other purposes. Imagine how snug a rainy morning would be.

I just see this as the epitome of snug.   Sometimes windows are not needed just warm lighting and texture.
Lastly I think the attic serving as an additional office in the home is a great way to gain desired work space in an often under utilized area. This homeowner leaves the bones of the structure exposed giving it a slightly rustic feel in an all around clean cozy looking room. Well done. 

Please notice. I do not own any of these photos. ALL images were acquired through unknown sources utilizing google image search engine. If anyone has a claim to know where these are from feel free to message me or leave a comment so I can give proper citations. Thank you.