Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Updates on my studio

Just paid my 2nd rent check so I figured it's about time for an update on how things are looking at my studio. Most likely no one is interested, but I find that posting things helps point out to myself what still needs to be done.

Things to do/change:
  • I want to move the microwave (big black box by the sink) but don't have anywhere else to put it right now
  • I need to buy a tension rod and make a curtain for that space under the microwave to hide the art supplies I store there
  • Paint the large frame around my Chile painting white. Originally yellow, I painted it grey at my old place to set it off from the white walls. Now that my walls are grey/creamish, white would look better.
  • Coffee table needs to go. I want something smaller with a cushion on top so I can prop up my feet. I found a really cool table base at a local antique shop that looks very similar to the table in the pic below...I'd paint mine white though. Not sure what fabric I'd put on top? Hmmmm....

Overall I'm ok with this space, mostly because there's not a whole lot else I can do.
However, I do want to:
  • Cover all my textbooks with brown paper bags and write their titles in gold Sharpie. Sounds ghetto but look how pretty my inspiration pic is!
See those books in the fireplace? Also love the gold mirror and white vases with flowers :)

I've set up a tiny little entryway station on top of my grandma's green hamper that holds my blankets.
Things to do:
  • Get a tray to put everything on so it looks more intentional and organized
  • Put up a fabric-covered corkboard next to the door for invites/cards/etc
  • Hang the two large paintings on the wall on the right.
  • Something's off about the two photo frames to the right of the door too....?
Start of a gallery wall over my vanity/kitchen table (studio, ya gotta multipurpose ;) I just put this up yesterday and I love seeing all my favorite people and mementos all in one spot when I have dinner and get ready in the morning.
Thing to do:
  • Move the desk a little left so the 'entryway' table has a little more breathing room. Can't go too much left because then there's no room at the stove...
Closeup. I want to put up a mirror to the right of the lamp, balance it out a little more that way.

This corner is pretty much set, except for hanging those two large paintings.

Then there's my bathroom, which is a disaster right now but I just bought a dresser, am refurbishing it, and will whip that all into shape in no time :)

So what do you think? Suggestions? Things you like? Things you hate?

Monday, 29 August 2011

Fashion to Room

I love posts like this don't you? I never do them because I feel that's the domain of those who originated the idea...but today I found a combo that I just can't help but post :)

Perfect combination of neutrals in various textures keeps the look interesting, not boring.

If only this pic were in the winter it'd be an exact match, in my mind ;)

Great new website to check out!

Wow, I've really fallen behind on blogging....but the good news is that's because I've been spending my free time stalking this awesome new tumblr, http://interiors-porn.tumblr.com. I'm not even ashamed that I'm on page 53 of her site, it's that good. See?

looooooove that wallpaper!!

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Hump Day Dump Day

Time for a load of just really pretty things, all looking pretty together

Grey. Gold. Wheat sheaf table. Gorgeous mirror. Girliness at its finest.

Cheery, fun, and bright. Great family room.

Other side of the above room. The Moroccan side table with the inside hit of yellow is great.

This room and the above one remind me of each other. In a great way.

I love everything here, especially that glass dome (what are those called again?) and that beautiful peek of artwork

I wanna live here

I will never grow sick of the pretty girly stuff mixed with rough manly things. Chandy + brick + well-worn table and chairs = awesome. Not awesome? That stupid pillar with the ugly urn.

beeeeeautiful artwork, I'm dying over that chair, that shade of blue is gorgeous, and I love the use of National Geographics for a pop of color.

Amber Interiors can literally do no wrong in my book. Love the coordinating but not matching wedding blankets.

This is one of my all-time favorite girly retreats. That shade of blue is killer and I love the striped Louis chairs and pop of pink.

Another cheerful, fun family room. This look would easily be recreated--I recognize the rug and frame as IKEA.

Love the whole thing, but especially the umbrella holder. It never hurts to class up a plain boring functional item with a little trim and high-impact paint!

There's a whole lotta crazy going on here and somehow it works.


Love love love the brass accents on these IKEA cabinets. It looks custom and expensive!

Really simple, but textural. This room from a lovely Apartment Therapy house tour is how I'd do my room if I did neutrals in my own home.

There's something so beautiful and sculptural about these Roost candlesticks, no?


This is a great example of a really simple room that still maintains a lot of personality. And when you're sick of this look, you can swap out the curtains and accent pillow and have a whole new room!

Lavender and yellow gets me every time. I think it looks so chic and yet approachable and cheery. Kinda explains why I post...

THIS photo every other post, huh?

Awesome ottoman, could be an easy DIY actually. Legs and plywood from Home Deport, batting and fabric from Joanne's and BOOM. Chic coffee table/ottoman. the rest of the room is great too, although I'd use different pillows than those flowered ones. Look a little granny to me.

Nothing, and I mean nothing, matches here, but I still love it and think it looks great.

I like that this is still a functional room, even though it's clearly a nursery. I'm a fan of making a nursery look just as good as the rest of your house, and not doing cliche baby shit all over

Good lord is there anything I don't want to steal from this room? Answer: Yes. That Maskros light, which I think looks cheap and everyone knows it's IKEA so it brings the whole rest of the room down. BUT I would kill for that amethyst lamp, and the coffee able and sofa wouldn't make me mad to own either.

Great ethos, and you know I can't resist a metal Tolix chair with a farmhouse table. Yay Apartment Therapy for not really providing any new ideas but still giving me pretty things to look at, haha

Cool art, lamp, and stools.

Cute little nook, and good use of what could've been an awkward space.

I want a garage door-sized opening to my lawn in my bedroom. Love the mix of prints too. That's a trick I have yet to master.

Just....goodness. Beautiful duvet.

I wanna live here. And curl up in that chair on rainy nights with a good book.

This purple color is lovely and I love the simple black/white frames with the intricately carved console. I wouldn't have thought to do that.

Daybed. Goooooooood. Lucky little brat! haha

Stripes + suzani = amazing

Dream kitchen? Yes. Love the beautiful wood tone and the campaign pulls (which, incidentally are pretty expensive, I just tried sourcing some for a dresser I'm revamping. Any suggestions on a good cheap source for hardware?)

If i were the type to go all minimalist, this is how I'd interpret the look. Great repetition of the green color in key places.

Someone get me that rug?

I literally post every single image of Rita Konig's apartment I can find. Because I'm obsessed with it. Serious love for those magenta chairs.

Nate Burkus designed this space for his sister. Lucky bitch. Love the repetition of gold bands throughout, and the palette is very chic. Also, it could be easily switched up if you got sick of all the neutrals. Also, I want both the coffee and side tables. Also, I want some gold sequin bands to hold my curtains back. Mmmmmm.

Other side of the room. Weird choice with the dresser/tv stand but I'll overlook it because that chaise is fantastic. Do you say is chase or chaiiiizzz?

Things I love: butcherblock top, those drawer pulls, and limited number of upper cabinets.

I want a little elephant side table. And again the distressed wood/modern element (tray) thing does my heart good.

I think this green stain is fabulous.

So? Did you make it to the end of the world's longest post? Good for you. I'll post more goodness tomorrow as a reward ;)