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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!
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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
I’m thrilled and excited to announce that I am participating in my very first One Room Challenge! I’m joining the ranks of some inspiring and talented ladies (links to their blogs at the bottom of this post) and we’re each transforming a room in 6 weeks while documenting our progress along the way.
My husband and I moved into our current home last November, and have not “finished” decorating any of the rooms yet, so the One Room Challenge will be a great push to get at least one done. I’ve decided to tackle the living/dining room, which is one long open space and where we spend the most time in as a family. Here’s a look at my starting point:
Everything we have, has been carried over from our previous homes (Thousand Oaks and Sherman Oaks). While some things like the sofa work great in this new space, others just don’t. For the dining space, I’d love to get a bigger table and new chairs. What we have currently worked great in our previous homes since they were smaller spaces, however their scale looks a bit off here. The Expedit against the wall will likely stay, but I’m thinking of giving it a little makeover.
The walls look rather empty and bland so I’ll definitely be doing something about that. I’m thinking mirrors above the Expedit unit and a trio of white frames placed vertically in the living space next to the sunburst mirror.
I’ll be switching out the two rugs in the living room for one large one that’s appropriately sized. If the budget allows, I may also switch out the chair. It’s a slipcovered one that I’ve had since college!
I have a gallery wall going on where the TV is, but it’s half finished. I used a lot of the frames that I had in my previous home office, but since the configuration is different, some of the art no longer works (do you spot the the eiffel tower going horizontally?) and some frames are empty. I also need to do something to hide those ugly TV wires.
I hope you’ll follow along as I transform this room. I’ll be posting weekly updates every Wednesday morning here, and smaller updates on Instagram. I’ll also be on Pinterest pinning inspiration and the products I’m thinking about or will be using for the space.
If you’re new here, welcome! I am a pillow shop owner, and I blog for fun. Feel free to browse through my past posts. I not only love design, but I also have a thing for beautiful organization 🙂
ORC Fall 2015 Participants
In good company with some very talented ladies: 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 | TM by CIH
A couple of months ago I shared a photo of my new home office on Instagram. Slowly but surely I’ve made some updates and while it’s not quite “finished” yet, I’m happy that it’s starting to take shape and no longer looks like an empty box. Here’s what it’s looking like currently:
While most things were carried over from my old office. I did bring in some new art, pillows, accessories and since this office is a bit smaller, a new rug. Also brought in the black ribbon edged curtains from our old bedroom – I love them in here!
Not sure yet if I want to add something in the corner, next to the Expedit. In the old office, I had bookcases on either side. They are now being used for closet organization.
The main wall is still pretty bare. I used the frames that I used to have in my old office, for a gallery wall around the TV in our new living room (photo of that coming soon), so I need to shop for some new ones. I haven’t decided yet though if I want to do a mix or all one color.
Be sure to follow along here or on Instagram for future updates! I’ll probably share our living room next.
Hey guys! Sorry I’ve been MIA here lately. Have been really busy working hard behind the scenes on setting up a foundation for the shop to grow to the next level.
I wanted to share with you photos from a fun home tour shoot we did late last year, just before we moved out of our Los Angeles condo. The shoot was for the stylish pet friendly living website Pretty Fluffy and features my furry lovable companion, Little Foot. Photos were taken by the sweet and talented photographer Alicia Rius of Frame Your Pet.
This was a one-bedroom condo we had purchased back in 2008 and lived in for a few years, then decided to rent out for awhile (during which time we lived in this home), then moved back in for a couple of months before selling it so we could move closer to family and get something with more office space.
The Kind Diet, Superfood Kitchen, The Alkaline Way, Oh She Glows Cookbook, My Father’s Daughter, The Gluten-Free Vegan, Joyous Health // kitchen rug
One of my favorite things about the space was that it was light and bright. I loved the fresh paint color which we carried throughout the kitchen, dining space and living room.
This spot near the window in the dining space is where Little Foot always loved to sit in the morning to catch some sunlight.
We kept Little Foot’s toys stored in a stylish magazine holder, which made it easy to move from space to space and keep them out of sight when not in use.
This was my office space, a corner of the living room. Small, but functional.
I loved having these two tall bookcases flanking the fireplace. They added height to the space and provided great storage for our books and my collection of magazines.
Little Foot’s second favorite spot to hang out was right on top of the sofa. I think he liked it because it gave him a view of outside and allowed him to watch over the home, like a king.
In our bedroom we went bold with dark blue paint on the walls, and dressed up the bed with Arianna Belle pillows, of course!
For more photos and a Q&A interview with me, check out the Pretty Fluffy feature.
All photos by FRAME YOUR PET
Early last month my husband, pup and I moved into a new home. We sold our condo in LA and moved about an hour north to Ventura County, closer to our families. With the area we moved to being less expensive than LA, we were able to get a significantly larger townhome for about the same amount we were paying per month for our one bedroom condo. We gained about an extra 500 sqft of living space, a garage and a fenced front porch/yard. I’m absolutely loving it and feeling so grateful. It’s the newest and largest home I’ve ever lived in. Below is a little mini tour:
Not pictured: front porch/patio, downstairs guest bath, garage, upstairs bathroom, offices, and balcony.
Since moving in, we’ve done some unpacking and painting, but still have a while to go before everything is in it’s place and we’re fully settled in. The garage especially is looking like a mess right now as it’s become a dumping ground for empty boxes and stuff we’re not ready to tackle yet. Over the next several weeks I will be spending my free time organizing and decorating, and I will post updates on Instagram and on here as everything starts coming together. I hope you’ll follow along!
This long weekend, I’m excited to put together our bedroom. Here’s what I have planned for the decor:
As much as I’d love to get everything new, we aren’t starting from scratch – the majority of items are carried over from our previous apartment. The rug we previously had in our old bedroom, and the side tables and lamps are the ones we previously had in our old living room.
The main things that will make this bedroom look different than our last, will be the paint color and the bedding – both of which I think make a significant impact. For the wall color, we went with navy on the the two main walls, and a light grey on other two walls to keep it from feeling too dark. As for the bedding we’ve chosen a beautiful grey border duvet from Crane and Canopy and two new decorative pillows from my shop. I’ll be posting peeks on Instagram – I hope you’ll follow along!
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 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.
The dining room is one of the spaces I’ve neglected in our home and is in need of a little attention. It’s a small little space that is open to the living room. Since moving in, all we’ve done is bring in the clear chairs we had from our previous home, a white tulip table, and white curtains. The owners of the home (we’re renters) left their chandelier and we’ve left it up because, well, it’s functional. It’s not really our style though and I’ve been itching to change it out.
I’ve been keeping an eye out for light fixtures that I like (and aren’t ridiculously expensive). Below is a round-up of what I’ve found so far. Some of them aren’t right for the space but thought they were worth sharing here, for any of you out there who may also be on the hunt for the right light fixture.
#1 is beautiful but it’s probably a bit too fancy for our home. #2 has a fun vibe to it, though I’m not sure if it would emit sufficient light. #3 is a strong contender – I love it’s simple elegance. #4 is clean, simple and my husband’s favorite. There’s also this one, which is similar and I like. #5 is really cool and I love that it’s handmade by a fellow small business owner. It’s also the most budget friendly. Given the current chairs we have though, bringing this in would probably be too many clear elements in the space. Perhaps if I got new chairs… (haha I wish! …not in the budget right now)
If you happen to come across a light fixture you think I’d like and is reasonably priced, feel free to send it my way. I’m open to options.
Just recently came back from a much needed 4-day mini getaway. For my husband, going camping every year is an absolute must, so we headed out to Lake Cachuma and took day trips to Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley wine country (see a few snapshots of the trip here). These past few months have been a bit crazy so it was nice to slow things down for a few days and relax.
Back at home, and feeling refreshed, I’m motivated to make some more progress on decorating our little rental apartment. You may remember the last post on my living room it was looking pretty sparse (see the move-in post here). Since then, the main things we’ve added are the rug and mirror. Here’s what it looks like currently:
On the list of things to do next:
- make pillows – on the sofa will be two pillows in aga reverse black with black piping, and two black solid with off-white grosgrain ribbon; on the chair will be one lumbar in zig zag french blue with black piping
- paint the side table – I’m thinking possibly this sapphire blue
- make the abstract art I talked about in this post
- bring in a piece of furniture that will store and hide the TV wires, DVDs, xbox, and games
In an upcoming post I’ll share with you all, the progress we’ve made on the bedroom, so stay tuned for that!
p.s. For any of you who may be interested in getting pillows made out of the same fabrics mentioned, email firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote.