Color Inspiration

When I first laid eyes on my apartment, the first thing I noticed was that everything was white.  Everything felt so fresh and so clean.  Oh, the possibilities….my mind couldn’t stop thinking of all the possibilities.  Since I didn’t have a lot of stuff and had no intention of filling my space with a lot of stuff, I wanted to fill my space with color and white was the perfect background to do just that.  But, four months into living in my great white space and I quickly learned that painting was forbidden…I’m pretty sure that was the word the building owner used when I subtly suggested adding a bit of color.

Needless to say, I was a little disappointed.  Don’t get me wrong, I love white but I also really love pale pink or just about any shade of pink for that matter.  I’ve also been obsessed with navy for a while now…have you ever looked up at the sky at dusk and seen that shade of blue?  You must know the one I’m talking about.  It’s not your darkest navy and not quite cobalt….it’s somewhere in between and in my opinion, it has got to be one of the most incredible colors I’ve ever seen and I wanted to bring it home with me.  So this is where I was going with my color inspiration–pale pink and maybe a sprinkling of hot pink, my favorite navy with touches of gold and silver and of course, white.

Here are some of my color inspirations….

Pink Bedspread (image from lola-and-daisy.tumblr.com)

I actually have a similar bedspread…washed pink velvet on one side, stonewashed cotton on the other….an ABC Carpet & Home warehouse sale find. (image from lola-and-daisy.tumblr.com)

Low Pink Bookcase (image from myidealhome.tumblr.com)

Hmmm, this could very easily be my next decorating project…(image from myidealhome.tumblr.com)

Dusk Blue Wall (image from urbanbarbies.tumblr.com)

Dusk….this is what I’ve been dreaming of! (image from urbanbarbies.tumblr.com)

The Golden Pouf (image from houzz.com)

A golden pouf like this one is waiting for me in Morocco (image from houzz.com)

So how am I supposed to tell this beautiful story when painting is forbidden?  Accessorize.  That’s right.  My colors would just have to come in through the use of accessories.  Slowly but surely, this is what I have been doing.  My bench got a navy paint job, though it could use another coat of paint.  My kitchen glasses, cooking utensils, kitchen towels are all pale pink….and there really is a golden pouf with my name all over it just waiting for me in Morocco…stay tuned for more pics of what’s about to happen…

The Grand Tour

There are so many projects I want to tell you about, questions I would like to ask, inspirations and colors I’d like to share but I think before I can do all of that, it might be a good idea to actually share my space with you.  Yes, I’ve talked about the hardwood floors in every room (except the bathroom), the white walls and white kitchen and bathroom cabinets, the number of curtainless windows I have (this is a good thing…the windows part), my corner bedroom and all the amazing sunlight I get pretty much all day long…I almost feel bad telling you about it, but nothing paints a picture better than the real thing.  So I think it’s time for the grand tour.  Are you ready?

The Kitchen

The kitchen, one of the first things you see when you walk into my apartment…not too bad for New York.

 

Living Room…to the left….look at that sunshine

Living Room…to the right…look at that floor

 

 

Sunny bathroom...what a fancy tub you have

Sunny bathroom…what a fancy tub you have

 

 

 

Bedroom windows...look at those blue skies

Bedroom windows…look at those blue skies

 

My room and my rug...from Marrakech with love

My room and my rug…from Marrakech with love

 

Last but not least...my bed

Last but not least…my bed

What do you think?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Sweet Home in the City

After three years of wanderlusting and roaming, living in small villages, apartments that were too big, too cold and might I add, badly decorated, sleeping on friends sofas, pull out beds and air mattresses, I finally have a home of my own…again. And it’s just right.

From the moment I saw it I knew I had to make it mine.  It was everything I had been dreaming of–sunny, white, spacious, molding, hardwood floors and what would be and now is my bedroom was a corner room, so three windows…how lovely!  December 1st I moved in.  My landlord was concerned about me moving in with all my stuff and scratching up her walls, but what she didn’t realized that all my stuff was really just a couple of suitcases and a few boxes mainly filled with papers.  Absolutely no furniture.

Ok, so my apartment is a little empty but it’s almost perfect or at least it will be once all my decorating dream boards become a reality. You see, three years ago I made a cross country move that turned into an overseas move and as hard as I tried, I couldn’t possibly take everything with me. A difficult decision it was but it had to be made.  So, my cool flea market coffee table find and sofa went to my sister and brother in law (eventually they ended up getting rid of the table). My beautifully curved, velvet upholstered chair went to my other sister (would it be terribly rude to ask to get it back?) and she also got my antique dresser. Most everything else got sold or sadly, tossed.

And so I now find myself incredibly happy to have my own place again but I also find myself starting from scratch.  Here begins my new decorating journey and who better to begin this journey with than with my former roommate and current design and decorating sidekick.  Let the decorating begin…one little detail at a time.

My bedroom and hallway

Big Plans, Little Budget

A loooooooooong time ago I left Brooklyn, NY and moved into a little house in Pennsylvania.  Life changes, huh?  I left behind my roommate, fellow interior design junky and my best resource when it came to picking out fabrics and deciding what color to paint the walls.  She & I started this blog because we’ve discovered no one else wants to listen to us talk about throw pillows.  Shocking, I know.

If you haven’t guessed it – I’m the “Little House” portion of this partnership.

Everyone called this a starter house before the bubble burst.  I never got that.  After living happily in a two bedroom, second floor walk-up the reality is that I don’t want the hassle that comes with a lot of square footage.*  So I’ve set out to make my 1940’s style brick twin into a jewel box… one small step (and trip to the CoinStar) at a time.

It’s a work in progress and, taking a hint from the Domino Design Book, I need to put together a plan for each room in the house.  It’s always best to have a map to where you’re going.  First up is the Living Room.

 I’ve tried everything, and I just can’t get this room to work!  It has good bones, don’t you think?  I love the hardwood floors and my big bay window.  Don’t ask me what I was thinking, though, when I chose that color!

Here’s what I’m looking to accomplish:

  • Incorporate Some Bookshelves – preferably built-ins… I have ALOT of books
  • New Window Treatment for the Bay Window (our neighbors are learning way too much about us)
  • Find a Functional Furniture Plan (That TV has to go up on a wall – but I don’t have much in available wall space.  And once I hang the TV, how do I position the couch?)
  • Part of “Finding a Functional Furniture Plan” means deciding which pieces of furniture to keep and what needs to go.
  • Change that Paint Color????
  • More Comfy Seating
  • Bigger Area Rug to anchor the room
  • Consolidate the artwork hanging in random spots all over the house & create a gallery style wall
I think I’ll need to start with a color scheme.  It’s the least intimidating.
*hassle = code for “don’t want to have to clean”