As most of you already know (I’ve only been talking about it nonstop the last few months!), when we bought our place in August of last year, we knew we had a lot of work to do. The condo needed some SERIOUS love, as it hadn’t been updated in about 20 years. Though remodeling can be exhausting – literally the number of decisions you have to make is mind numbing – I found it to be so so worth it in the end. There is something special about having your place just the way you want it, minus some potentially regretful decisions (which we did have too haha).
I’ve got plenty of projects to share with you guys, but wanted to kick things off with one of our biggest ones so far, the kitchen! When we bought the house, the kitchen was super dark. Dark cabinets, counter tops, a green-ish beige paint color on the walls. We wanted a more modern, minimalist feel, but one that still felt cozy & warm. I feel like coziness can get lost in modern homes, so we kept that in mind as we made our kitchen decisions. Ready for the BIG REVEAL?!!! Here’s our completed modern kitchen remodel…
PS – You can now see our kitchen reveal featured on Shutterfly!
Our little house is FINALLY coming together. I don’t feel like I’m living in boxes anymore, so that’s progress…right?! We put up our art on the walls a few weeks back, along with installing bookshelves in the living room. Most of the furniture we ordered is in – I can’t wait to show you what the living room looks like once it’s all done! I need to get a few accessories to cozy it up a bit, and I’m waiting on my desk too. Exciting stuff!
One thing we knew we’d have to be creative with in our place was closet space. There isn’t a ton of it, and both Leo and I have way too much stuff – more than either of us would like to admit (he has more than I do, truth be told). We found that after much trail & error, there was no way both of us could fit all of our stuff in the bedroom closet. As much as I hated the idea, we had to put a dresser in our hallway, underneath the stairs.
One thing I’ve discovered now that we’re decorating the house is that everything takes time & effort. EVERYTHING. From door knobs to bedding to furniture to lighting..the list goes on. We’re taking things slowly – believe me, we have to fight the urge to just buy whatever and get it all over with. However, in the long-term, I think we’ll appreciate that we took the time to decorate & purchased pieces we really love.
Since I’ve been researching various home decor items (across all categories), I thought I’d be cool to share my findings in a new “Home Spotlight” series. I’ll cover off on a new category we’re shopping for/researching each month, and hopefully it will save you some time when it’s your turn! This month’s spotlight is modern table lamps. Shop the ones we have in our bedrooms & office below, in addition to others I had my eye on!
I have a love/hate relationship with Ikea. I absolutely love some of their stuff (we actually got our master bathroom vanity from there), but usually the lack of detail/craftsmanship gives away the fact that it’s an Ikea piece. Not that there is anything wrong with that – however, there is something to be said about having a unique piece that is either a one of a kind vintage find or customized. Customizing Ikea pieces can be done, but it usually involves a lot of time that most of us (myself included) are not willing to put in.
This leads me to a little secret I’m about to share with you all…you don’t have to put that much time into making Ikea stuff your own. There are sites out there that exist solely to help you customize Ikea furniture. Yes, this is for real. SPECIFICALLY for Ikea. I’ve rounded up my favorite three “Ikea Hack” sites below (along with an abundance of inspiring photos, of course).
When you’ve been on the hunt for home products for months, a new collaboration like this will literally make your day (I’m pretty sure it made my week). Dwell magazine just officially launched a modern line at Target, and it’s everything you could imagine & more. I’m loving every single piece from this collection. Beautiful, modern furniture at Target price points. Am I dreaming? AND…wait for it…they’re refreshing the line in the Spring & Summer.
We finally made it to our new home! Moved in last week, and it’s glorious. I can’t express how relieved I am to have the move over with – I was a high-stress/anxious mess the last few weeks. I’m finally starting to feel like myself again. Now, that we’re unpacked (almost), we’ll be focusing more on the fun stuff…designing our home, room by room.
Leo and I both have an appreciation for the interiors at Soho House. We’ve been to several clubs around the world, and are impressed time and time again by the beautiful, welcoming spaces they create. Leo discovered that Soho House actually has a book, Eat Drink Nap, all about interiors, along with their tips & tricks on designing awesome spaces. We now have the book sitting on our coffee table, and it’s been quite helpful over the last month as we decided paint colors and started thinking about what furniture we wanted to buy for our new home. The book is jam packed with photographs of the gorgeous Soho Houses around the world, along with tips on how to mix old and new furniture, eBay rules for purchasing vintage items, how to purchase the right sofa, how to grow your own herb garden, where to buy art, recipes from the Soho House chef’s & so much more!
The part of the book I want to share with you today is in the very beginning – how to start a room from scratch. The rules are unbelievably simple…
Ever since I said goodbye to my old apartment and hello to the new place, it’s been home decor shopping central over here. It’s funny how I now notice the details in every space I enter – hotel rooms, restaurants, bars. I’m more observant than I ever was. Google Image Search has been my new best friend, in addition to spending countless hours on Pinterest. Recently, I’ve discovered a few home decor blogs that I’ve been reading on the reg, and they’ve been the best source of inspiration as we try to furnish and decorate our new home. Below are the blogs I’ve been frequenting lately. We’re leaning towards a more minimalist vibe, so you’ll notice that all the blogs fall into this theme. You can also shop my current home obsessions here.
One thing I’ve learned so far after having my own REAL home for one week, is that the number of decisions you have to make is overwhelming. Sometimes paralyzing. Every tiny detail, some as small as what color you want to use for your door frames or kitchen backsplash grout, takes time and consideration.
Another realization I had is how much more I pay attention to interiors now. I look for inspiration everywhere I go, and appreciate when I see an amazing space.
I was in Miami for New Year’s Eve last year, and we celebrated the New Year at Soho Beach House. Soho House obviously does a phenomenal job when it comes to decor (I have a book I purchased that I will share with you guys soon that’s all about this), and this specific tile they had in their common area has stuck with me now for literally MONTHS.
Somehow, I manage to kill every single houseplant I purchase. They all look healthy for the first month or so, and they slowly begin to deteriorate. I have no idea what I’m doing wrong, and I always have high hopes that the next plant I bring home will make it. It appears I’ve got it all backwards, and I’m not the only one! Here are 4 tips on how to keep houseplants alive:
1. Watering – we tend to either overwater or underwater our plants. The best way to check if your plant needs water is to stick your finger a couple of centimeters into the soil. If the soil feels dry, it’s time to water. If you feel moisture, you’re okay for a couple more days. After a few weeks, you’ll get a feel of how often your plants need to be watered and begin to follow a schedule. When you water, make sure you saturate the soil – about 1/10 of the water you pour into the pot should be coming out of the bottom. It’s great to have a saucer to catch the water under the pot, but make sure you remove it after an hour or so as it can cause the soil to mold (this has happened to me, and believe me, it’s gross).