Have you started decorating for the holidays yet? We just started to. I decided before I show a full-fledged decorated-for-the-holidays room I should probably show you all the progress we have made in our living room/dining room. Remember how I said our bathroom was in progress? Well, our whole apartment is. We had to be intentional and creative to transform a 12′- 4″ x 17′ room into dual entertainment place. Let’s hang out together [virtually of course] in our cozy combo room:
Using our larger couch as the divider we were able to create an illusion of two spaces. However, when we have a group of friends over some can sit and watch the TV from the table while others can occupy the couches. Oh yeah, those couches cost us less than $450 with taxes and delivery! Mixing ornate details like our mirror with a modern pendant light from Target (only $20!) adds dimension to our eclectic style. A set of chevron placemats stand out on our black table.
Can you tell we are readers, and musicians? Gotta always have the essentials handy! That’s what makes it a living room. I love my thrifted hexagon end tables – yeah only $5 each. Mixing in our love for typography with our apartment means our initials become a statement and a comfy “@” pillow adds both comfort and style. Oh and we are not minimalists when it comes to pillows…that’s on the to-do list.
Our happy Hobstr terrarium is alive and well. A cute, little sea otter keeps it company on our IKEA Hyllis shelves. Some DIY ombre artwork adds a splash of color to our black and white room. I’m kinda feeling like repainting them to match the minimalist artwork I recently fell in love with. And lastly, our little gallery wall is starting to expand.
What’cha think? Feel free to ask me where we got this or that. I was delaying this post thinking the weather might get nicer so the lighting might turn out better – but who am I kidding? I live in Syracuse and winter is coming.
I love the color green. I specifically love kelly green [maybe it’s the Irish in me]. I think it is super classy and versatile. Today we are playing a little “this or that” as we gear towards winter. Which ones do you prefer?
Over the past few weeks I let you in on my not so little secret that I am NOT a high rolla. My husband and I both work part-time so you can only imagine that our budget gets pretty tight [but we totally manage]. I don’t want you to think I’m super rich, and can throw my money wherever and however I want to. I think that’s an important fact in a blogger’s life because often times I suggest things that I like. The truth is, sometimes they are out of my own personal budget. I’m trying to keep it real here at bedsidesign and so today I am letting you in on one of my own personal projects. You see, I mentioned Thursday that I am not a fashion expert. Don’t get me wrong, I love clothes but often the cost of them makes building a wardrobe feel like daunting task or unattainable goal. Today I’m here to say, it can happen on a budget! [Imagine me doing a little dance and waving my hands in the air like I just don’t care!]
I wrote out a list of classic items that I need to fill up my closet and are versatile. I work from the list every time I go shopping and it helps me stay focused. Behold the 12 key items to building a Christie Jones-esque wardrobe…the best part is no item is over $50 and hopefully you like some of them too:
The top 12 items on the list: A snazzy blazer. A killer party dress. A classic chambray shirt. Standard v-neck tee. A fancy button-down. Comfy cords. Sexy black jeans. Dark-wash skinnies. A pretty belt. Oversized boyfriend watch – this baby is only $16.99! Let’s face it, I live in Syracuse…glittens are a must [mittens + gloves]. Black loafers with a tiny heel – I love being short and I’m not really into wearing heels all the time. Numbers three – four, and six – eight are crossed off my list – hooray! Now I’m just working on building in the rest of the pieces…slowly but surely. What are your wardrobe must-haves? Do you work on a budget?
Don’t forget to check the pinterest board when you can repin your favorite items!
UPDATE: I mentioned in a comment that the black loafers would look awesome with ban.do shoe clips. Well Erin from artsocial included them in her black & white IN LOVE roundup and you have GOT to check them out.
Also, I peaked into a local thrift store today looking for a credenza. I did not find one but I did find a $7 black blazer with white trim….booyah! Crossing #1 off the list.
Today we are getting the ball rolling with the first featured room of our apartment tour. I’m starting out with an odd one: the bathroom. The bathroom was the first room I fell in love with because of the tiles on the walls and the floor. Disclaimer: we moved in June of this year so all of our rooms are still in progress.
Like I said, progress – I have yet to find curtains for the bathroom but at least the bottom half of the window is frosted. My aloe plant is alive and well [since summer – that’s a hugeee since I’m not the best with plants]. The geometric shower curtain is from Target and has some of the colors I want to slowly add into the bathroom.
Our friends gave this amazing moustache print to Ian. It was the first piece of artwork that we put up and I knew exactly where it should go. Why not inspire him to try out some unique facial hair trends while shaving. This print gets all the attention when we have friends over. Since our bathroom is super small we installed this shelf so that we maximize the space. We also didn’t want to weigh the bathroom down so we opted for a see-through storage rack. A basket with extra hand towels, and lotion make it feel accommodating. Our ceramic and bamboo bathroom holder provides a little storage space for all those practical things like toothbrushes.
I know a lot of people hate bathroom lighting with exposed light bulbs but again, I’m kind of weird and absolutely love it. I’m wondering what it would look like with some Edison bulbs like these bad boys.
Does that candle look familiar? Metallic gold and white chevron storage boxes from Smock add in an extra pattern [are you keeping track of all the patterns? Yeah, I break the rules]. As for educational bathroom reading it is brought to you by my 100 Facts about Pandas copy.
Last but not least: the tile floor.
Now that we got the most intimate room out the way stay tuned for the rest of the tour! What colors or patterns do you have in your bathroom?
The truth is I’m not a huge fan of purple. There I said it – please don’t shoot me! You see it is one of the colors that I should LOVE since it complements my olive undertone complexion, green eyes and dark hair. I’m a girl who should ALWAYS wear purple yet I do not think I own anything purple. Can you believe that? I think I was terrified of looking like Barney – green eyes, purple outfit, sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. However, when I noticed the new Pantone 2013 Spring colors I saw this gorgeous shade called Rhapsody. Behold:
I can totally get down with this color. Plus I also received the nothing else metals Essie nail polish as a free perk on Klout. I gave it a shot and it is a beautiful metallic purple. I was pretty shocked how much I liked it. What do you think of rhapsody? Would you decorate with it, use cosmetics in this color or wear some clothes sporting this shade?
Now that summer is coming to a close it is time to amp up the color and go with richer, more vibrant tones. I love deep teal in all areas of life. From cosmetics to home decor this color packs a punch and does not disappoint. Pair it with colors that have cool under tones or neutrals for a super chic look.
I’m usually savoring every last second of summer but I found myself getting excited for autumn. Central New York is a gorgeous place in the fall. I’ve never seen the leaves so vivid, felt the air so crisp, and invigorating. I am looking forward to the change of season and with that mustard is on my mind. I think this is one of my favorite fall hues.
What color do you want to see emphasized? Send your suggestions to bedsidesign [at] gmail [dot] com or leave a comment!
I’m obsessed with prints, patterns and spaces. I love seeing a repeating theme in decor and I think patterns are a great way to add these bursts of personality. One of my favorite patterns is geometric triangles. I love how modern they are and the way that they can transform a space.
What are your favorite patterns?
This week totally flew by! I put in a little overtime at the day job and I could totally feel the effect on the daily chores around the apartment. This week I captured my instagram pictures using the rise filter. This one was similar to the valencia filter so next week I’m going to go for a different look.
Why is it so hard for me to pick where to hang pictures in our place? I guess I’m afraid of contaminating the white walls. Either way we did get some pictures up. It wouldn’t be summer without getting ice cream and Carol’s Polar Parlor is one of our favorite places to go and their pineapple milkshake is AMAZING! Speaking of things to drink, there’s nothing like drinking a PBR on a hot summer’s day – I indulged myself. My husband is perfecting yet another talent as a barista with our new espresso machine [how the heck did we pay our bills for June?! We got so many goodies – bye bye savings! Just kidding, but not really] and here are our colorful espresso mugs from Target. I also finally spent some of my Pottery Barn gift card from Christmas! I bought a set of ombre tumblers and those clear candle holders. Side story – the tumblers were stuck together and I had to return the first set because NO ONE could get them apart. I gave the ladies at PB a good work out! Yesterday I “attended” my first Blog Brunch and it was awesome! If you are a blogger I highly suggest checking it out and saying hi. Although I do miss having a balcony/porch the courtyard in our complex is gorgeous. The one downfall to our new place is the shower head…it sucks. Last night we picked out a new one and *fingers crossed* let’s hope it is an improvement!
What instagram filter should I pick for next week?