Studio Style Blog 2015 Gift Guide: For Him

The first installment of my annual gift guides is here! This guide for men is all affordable, unique, and doesn’t include a single tie! All the links to shop the products are below. Stay tuned for a bunch of other gift guides coming up this week. Happy shopping! gift guide 2015 for him
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Design Inspiration: The Entryway: Black, White and Gold

I’m back on the DC Ladies site today with another post in the Design Inspiration series. This black, white and gold entryway look might be one of my all-time favorites. Check out the full post here and shop the look below. design-inspiration-the-entryway-black-white-and-gold

Shop the Look:
console table // lamps // mirror // bench // plaid pillow // gold pillow //
coat hooks // rug


I’ll be taking Thanksgiving and the day after off from the blog so this is the last post for the week, but I have a ton of awesome gift guides and holiday content coming up over the next couple weeks so check back on Monday! 

Christmas 2015 Inspiration

I refuse to decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving (one holiday at a time kind of gal) but I have been getting that little Christmas decorating urge lately. Now that I finally have a one bedroom apartment, I’ll actually have room for a full sized tree! As much as I’ve loved my tiny trees for the last few years, I can’t wait to have a 6 foot one in my living room. I want to mix it up a bit from past decor, but do want to incorporate a few elements from last year.

So, I’ve rounded up some lovely Christmas inspiration from my old apartment, my parents’ home, along with the lovely holiday charm of DC and NYC.  Lastly, I’ve searched for a few tree decorating ideas since I’ll have a few more branches to cover this year :) Check it all out below.

2014  Studio Apartment Decor:
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2014 Christmas time in DC:
I’ll be visiting the capitol tree, white house tree, union station and all the holiday staples around the city over the next few weeks for my annual Christmas in DC post :)

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2013 Christmas time in NYC:
Also heading back to NYC in a couple weeks for a quick weekend trip! It’s been two years since I’ve seen the city in December, so I can’t wait! 2013-12-14 15.17.42
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I want to go with something fairly simple and incorporate a few metallic elements in my tree decor this year. These two images are gorgeous and will serve as great decorating inspiration.

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Check out all things holiday related here, including DIY projects, decorating tips, gift guides and more.

I’ll be posting a bunch of 2015 gift guides next week, so keep an eye out for those!


Project KC: Living Room Progress Part Two

This is the last of the ‘progress’ updates on Project KC, so stay tuned for the full reveal photos of each space coming up soon! In the last living room progress post, I covered updates on staining the ceiling beams and painting the wood paneling white. IMG_5314IMG_5318

If you’ve missed any posts in the series, start here: 

Project KC: Before // Project KC: Living Room Progress //
Project KC: Dining Room and Entry Progress 
// Project KC: Kitchen Progress

I also found a couple more shots from many years ago of the living room before several other updates:
-Mantel painted black, wallpaper taken off and drywall painted, and had most of the furniture replaced. Here’s a look at the space in 2011:

kxg27t_inntnFB0NXibWbpJfnlprES0ChFDGrWvBUjA Sorry for the terrible photos but wanted to show how far this room has come. The icky wallpaper is still visible in the photo below, along with the over-sized sectional, tv and other older furniture:Hixn1naSGqgbnXXow-37hsMoKcxguGOd-Bq0m_eiNzE fsh1PTXlP1yY_UI2yKt1G-9DXlrqnRdjD0c_iuq4vd4After the 2011 renovation and new furniture updates, here’s a look at the transformation:IMG_4521IMG_4535IMG_5319Much better but this last update in 2015 really took the space to the next level. Old blue carpet gone, orange panels, windows and trim painted white, and ceiling beams stained.

This already shows the drastic improvement from the white panels and darker ceiling. Right after the blue carpet went to the trash and before the new carpet was installed:IMG_9010Installation progress:IMG_9009Here’s a peek at the new living room! I think this space might be my favorite transformation out of the entire house. Can’t wait to share the full space soon! IMG_9005IMG_8997

Project KC: Kitchen Progress

I’m back with another Project KC progress post. If you missed any of the others in this series, start here:

Project KC: Before // Project KC: Living Room Progress //
Project KC: Dining Room and Entry Progress

This space was partially redone a couple years ago- new paint, lighting, added granite and back splash, painted island and bar black, stained cabinets, new hardware, tore out old cabinets and a sink from a dated wet bar and made it into a ‘dry bar’ (with the cocktails underneath) etc.

I went back through a ton of old photos and managed to find a bit of the last remodel stage from many years ago (pardon the terrible quality of the photos) but you can see the wet bar in place, orange cabinets, old counters, and the living room was undergoing a makeover- taking off gross old wallpaper and getting a fresh coat of paint.

Before: Old Renovationkxg27t_inntnFB0NXibWbpJfnlprES0ChFDGrWvBUjAThis was when the kitchen was partially finished. Island still not painted yet and counters were the old laminate. Can’t forget that lovely fruit themed wallpaper (since removed)!

Progress: Old Renovation 

cX_xYdqVoWHCXX4ZabpgXPunV3CEgHQl_7l6bXmVyAY  And now we come to the end of the old renovation with this photo. Cabinets, hardware, paint, lighting, counters, and back splash all completed. This area was certainly the farthest along in the home, so we only needed to refinish the floors and replace a few appliances in here.

Before: New RenovationIMG_5326IMG_5325IMG_5327IMG_5324We liked the darker version on the left the best and mixed it with another tone to lessen the red/cherry look.IMG_5331Here’s a little peek at the new floors! And new dishwasher on the left :)

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I have one more progress post coming up for the living room, and then will move on to the final reveal of the kitchen, dining room, entryway, and living room! Can’t wait to share the ‘after’ photos.


Interview with The Kitchn: Five Smart Ways to Host Thanksgiving on a Small Dining Table

So excited to announce that I have a small interview feature on The Kitchn today! Chatting about ways to host Thanksgiving in a small space. I’ve included a portion of the article below but check out the full version and great tips from other small space experts here!

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I am honored to be deemed one of their ‘favorite small space experts’! My photo wasn’t in this article but I decided to throw it in here since the theme fits. If you missed my Thanksgiving table post, check it out here. Thanks again to The Kitchn for reaching out featuring my small space advice!

All text, headline and logo from The Kitchn article. Thanksgiving table image credit: Studio Style Blog

Project KC: Dining Room and Entry Progress

It’s been a long time since the last Project KC update but I’m bringing it back from the dead! It was all finished a couple months ago but I’m finally getting around to the posts! In case you missed them,  catch up here:

Project KC: Before 

Project KC: Living Room Progress

I’ll be sharing final reveals of each space over the next couple weeks, but in the meantime, I’m recapping the dining room and entryway before and progress in this post.

The dining room got a big paint upgrade and the floors were stained darker, as with the rest of the wood in the hallways, bathroom and kitchen.

Here’s a look at the dining room before:
Red walls with an outdated sponge technique, boring beige on the lower third and orange-y flooring.

IMG_5321 You can see the darker flooring in this photo, but it’s much more noticeable in additional photos later on in this post.IMG_4522Let the painting progress begin! IMG_8988 My mom and I went through several options and chose a bluish grey for the top half and a brighter white for the bottom. The chair rail and ceiling, window and floor trim was left as is. IMG_8990 IMG_8989 The darker flooring really stands out here! This is it for the dining room (for now) but I can’t wait to show you the final ‘after’ photos! Such a drastic transformation, just from paint and stained flooring. IMG_8991Moving on to the hallway/entryway area. The floors were refinished and stained darker in here as well. This is the orange-y before:IMG_5323 And after sneak peek! IMG_4526 Another look at the entry before: floors stained, blue carpet replaced with a much better alternative, and I even convinced my mom to update the stairs. IMG_5322 The orange-y look carried over here so we decided to do the white spindles and stain the railing to match the darker flooring: IMG_4524 Far from finished here, but a peek at the improvement just from a couple spindles: IMG_3072 I’ll be sharing a bunch of the ‘after’ photos in the next couple posts, so stay tuned!