New Living Room Rug And The Trick to Keep It In Place

Wanted to share a few updates to my living room- new rug, new side table and coffee table (not so new, but new to the blog!).

And one more new addition that you can’t exactly see- but it’s holding everything together…

This amazing rug pad from Rug Pads USA. I loved my old rug, but it had seen it’s fair share of foot traffic and dog fur after a few years. So I vacuumed the hell out of it and sold on Craigslist. I didn’t have a rug pad under my old one, and it drove me crazy. Constantly sliding out of place, bubbling up, going sideways whenever the pup decided to run sprints in the apartment. Once I decided on my rug (this beauty– on a major sale), I knew I needed to find a great pad for underneath.

I worked with Rug Pads USA awhile ago for a giveaway and my kitchen runner has an awesome pad underneath from their shop as well.

I knew next to nothing about what I needed, I just wanted a low profile pad that would prevent the movement, bubbling and slipping. They were extremely helpful in offering several choices depending on my needs- after some back and forth, they pointed out the Anchor Grip and it fit the bill- very low profile, strong grip and custom size to fit the rug.

I somehow managed to lay down the pad and the rug by myself one night- maneuvering under the very heavy sleeper sofa was an adventure- but it all worked out!

I am so thrilled with  the new look- but I’m even more excited that after a month of walking, furniture moving, pup running, etc… it hasn’t moved an inch!

Rug pads can definitely be an investment- but well worth it in my opinion. It helps preserve the rug itself (and your floors underneath) AND not having to lift up the couch on a daily basis to slide a rug back in place has been an amazing bonus. I’ve tried plenty of cheap ‘netting’ style rug grip pads in the past, and from my experience, they do next to nothing and usually cause more of a problem by rolling up under the rug. So the next time you’re in the market for a new rug (or you want your current one to stop sliding all over the place) – head over to Rug Pads USA. They have a multitude of styles for every need- low profile, thicker for cushioning, natural materials, strong grip, you name it!

    

Now a couple shots of my other new additions- side table from Target- sold my other one on Craigslist.

The coffee table was a new addition last year, but I don’t think I ever covered it on the blog- this beauty from West Elm really opened up the space and tied in with the other marble pieces in the apartment. My old one was so dark and bulky and now I can’t imagine anything else. Also a little shout out to my new-ish pillows- all from Target. Here’s an old shot of the living room with former coffee table, side table, rug and pillows to see the difference! I’m also planning a little lighting switch-up, but more on that later.

Thanks for following along- slowly but surely getting back into the swing of blogging.   

Everything in this post was purchased by me, with the exception of the Rug Pad, courtesy of Rug Pads USA. Honest review and photos by Studio Style Blog.  Thank you to the sponsors that make it possible to spruce up my space and create content for this site!

Fall Bedding Refresh

After a couple years of wear and tear, (plus a ridiculous amount of dog fur) I’ve been looking for a new duvet cover to give my bed a little refresh. I wanted something neutral and affordable.

When Vaulia Home Collection reached out about a collaboration, it sounded like the perfect fit and timing! After browsing around their site with a bunch of options to offer, I chose the reversible 300 count duvet cover in gray/white. I love the idea of the two different sides to change up the look and it’s a quick and easy process.

I’ve put together both looks below- hope you enjoy! I also brought in a couple pillows from storage and added a new blanket I purchased at Flying Tiger in NYC. I think I’ll stick with the white for now and can flip it over when I’m itching for a change! This is a great cover if you’re looking for something simple and affordable. 

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Thanks to Vaulia Home Collection for sponsoring this post. I’m accepting sponsored posts again, so if you think your brand might be a good fit, email studiostyleblog@gmail.com
PS- I know the blog has been on a major  hiatus since January of this year.. I’ll dive into everything in a separate recap post but thanks for sticking around and I hope to get back into the swing of blogging again very soon! 🙂

2016 New Collections: West Elm

Happy 2016! With the new year comes new catalogs and lots of online browsing… so I’ve put together some of my favorites from the new arrivals at my favorite stores. Starting out with West Elm.

Seating: The curved lines are such a welcome contrast to a lot of boxy furniture you see these days. I’m a sucker for those mid-century modern legs, and the brass tulip bottom on the darker blue chair is perfection! Though the blush and brass combo in the last chair is making me want to throw my budget out the window and buy two immediately.

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Storage and other furniture: These are great examples of pieces that are so simple, yet make a bold design statement. You can really tell the quality craftsmanship and the marble/wood combo is always one of my favorites.
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Beds: I love upholstered beds with both a head and foot board, but these take luxury to the next level. I can’t remember when (if ever) I’ve seen pleating on a bed like this… it’s so gorgeous. The second bed is a velvet fabric and looks quite comfortable, and completely stylish.
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Decor and Accessories: The unique shape of this mirror is eye-catching and I love the rose gold tone. I’ve seen similar adorable planters floating around Etsy for the past year but I’m glad they’re finally arriving at brick and mortar stores! Now, if only I had the skills to keep plants alive. You know I can’t go wrong with a good throw pillow and these three do not disappoint.
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Lighting: All three of these lighting options are so elegant and I would LOVE to swap out my ugly rental lighting for these beauties ASAP.
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All images: West Elm 

I’ll be back with more posts this week covering more new 2016 collections!
PS: This post is not sponsored, just love these pieces and thought I’d share a few of my favorites! 

2015 Highlights: Design Moments

Happy 2016! Rounding out the last of the 2015 Highlights series with my favorite design and decor from the past year. This includes my former studio apartment, many of the ‘guest’ studio apartment tours on Studio Style Blog, and finally, my new apartment! If you missed any of the other posts in the series, check them out here:

2015 Highlights: Getting Organized // 2015 Highlights: Favorite DIY Projects //
2015 Highlights: Craigslist Finds, Tips and Transformations 

My studio apartment:  2015-01-25 13.34.24 2015-01-25 13.07.29 2015-02-23 16.49.09 2015-03-15 12.53.33 2015-03-15 12.39.14  2015-05-25 14.18.42 IMG_5177  IMG_5452  pJb7bZ2e6urIDZ9iDgdYT_jhl-kcX-GM8ylCd2ISEkw 7D9GT9p7WtUX-RZ05n0EBN_w73bce9HD41W2gpFnZtQ  fk1oLc-W8petOZcBfgGXHWszaX6PbKxHGS0KMp5L-HI DXlIZoEYMlgWqCe-fRS8NKzv6IKfqLRLJ9jvAnOz8RE TI1vbf0ZNH6ExGTIB3PQScpkiyN4lyvdrRX2kjtMIWE

My favorites from other studio apartment tours:

London:
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NYC:photo-6

Melbourne:
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Copenhagen Pt II:Billede 16-07-15 15.27.57Boston Pt II: IMG_5814Chicago:
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Thanks for following along in 2015 and stay tuned for more awesome content coming up in 2016! More apartment tours, updates to my new place, 2016 design trends and new pieces, a final update on Project KC and much more! Is there anything you want to see more of or new content for 2016? Let me know in the comments! If you have some design skills of your own or need some design advice, check out the links below:

Ask Studio Style BlogInterior design questions? Product sources? Floor plan dilemmas? Email me at studiostyleblog@gmail.com with your questions and use “Ask Studio Style Blog” in the subject line. Depending on the volume of emails, I’ll post a question and my answer on the blog a couple times each month. For more info and details, read about the series here.

Submit Your Apartment Tour: Do you have an apartment you want featured on Studio Style Blog? I’m now opening submissions for both studio apartments and one bedroom apartments. Please email studiostyleblog@gmail.com with 5-7 photos (both wide shots and close ups) of your space with the subject line “Apartment Tour” for consideration.

Christmas in DC: 2015

If you missed yesterday’s post, check it out here: Christmas in NYC: 2015

Now, onto DC Christmas!  This is a mix of photos I’ve snapped while walking around neighborhoods, hotels, embassies, and monuments over the last week or so.
Row house/apartment building decor:
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US Capitol , Washington Monument and the Capitol Christmas Tree: 2015-12-19 20.16.21 2015-12-19 20.16.34 2015-12-19 20.17.22 2015-12-19 20.19.28 2015-12-19 20.21.04 2015-12-19 20.23.50 Union Station:2015-12-19 20.42.13 2015-12-19 20.42.25 2015-12-19 20.42.50 2015-12-19 20.43.35 2015-12-19 20.43.41 2015-12-19 20.43.47-1 2015-12-19 20.44.17 2015-12-19 20.44.38 2015-12-19 20.45.58

Hope you enjoyed it as much as I do each year! If you’re ever in DC around the holidays, I definitely recommend strolling around the White House, Capitol, Union Station, downtown and the neighborhoods in and around DuPont Circle and Logan Circle.

I’ll be taking Thursday and Friday off from the blog but will be back on Monday with a new post! Happy Holidays!

Christmas in NYC

Thought I’d share some (ok, a lot) of the (far too) many photos I took on my recent NYC trip. Tons of holiday cheer all over the city! It’s always one of my favorite times of year to visit, although this year was a bit odd with 60 degree weather 🙂

Brownstones and perusing around union square:

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Bryant Park:2015-12-12 14.05.28 2015-12-12 14.07.15 2015-12-12 14.07.51
Gorgeous Lord + Taylor lights and displays:2015-12-12 14.58.55 2015-12-12 15.00.40 2015-12-12 15.00.51 2015-12-12 15.01.02 2015-12-12 15.06.34 2015-12-12 15.13.36
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Saks Windows:
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Rockefeller Center!2015-12-12 15.55.59 2015-12-12 15.56.53 2015-12-12 15.57.00  2015-12-12 16.00.24  New York Palace Hotel:2015-12-12 16.10.45 2015-12-12 16.11.53 2015-12-12 16.18.51
Grand Central:2015-12-12 17.24.13 2015-12-12 17.24.57 2015-12-12 17.35.18 Lights around the city:2015-12-12 18.20.32 2015-12-12 18.35.05 2015-12-12 18.35.08 2015-12-12 18.35.09 2015-12-12 18.38.47 2015-12-12 18.38.56 2015-12-12 18.39.11 2015-12-12 20.10.22
Saks Light Show:2015-12-12 20.15.54 2015-12-12 20.16.28 2015-12-12 20.17.32 2015-12-12 20.17.41 More gorgeous lights and displays:2015-12-12 20.30.36-1 2015-12-12 20.32.392015-12-12 20.44.17 Bergdorf Windows! My favorite displays this year:2015-12-12 20.36.18 2015-12-12 20.36.53 2015-12-12 20.38.10 2015-12-12 20.38.54 2015-12-12 20.39.46 2015-12-12 20.40.15 2015-12-12 20.40.24 2015-12-12 20.40.38 2015-12-12 20.40.47 2015-12-12 20.41.49  The Plaza:2015-12-12 20.46.40 Last, but not least, Madison Square Park:2015-12-13 14.35.14 2015-12-13 14.49.26 2015-12-13 14.53.58 And the departing view on my bus ride home! 2015-12-13 18.20.59NYC, you were wonderful as always! I also went to the WTC observatory while in the city (highly recommend it!) but this post was long enough as is! 🙂 DC Christmas coming tomorrow, so stay tuned.

 

All photos by Studio Style Blog

Studio Apartment Tour: Washington, DC

It’s been too long since my last studio apartment feature! I plan to do many more (along with one bedrooms and other small spaces) in the coming year, so please feel free to submit your apartment for consideration! Instructions to do so are at the bottom of this post.

Now onto my first Washington, DC studio apartment tour (outside of my own, of course)! Colleen lived in this lovely space in Eastern Market but has since moved to Chicago. This vintage inspired small space is full of storage tips and great ideas!

Starting off in the entryway: this wall-mounted unit has great storage options with both shelving and hooks. The shoes and boots look adorable displayed just as they are. Keeping a small number of shoes or other items stored out in the open is perfectly fine if you are running low on storage. Just refrain from having your entire shoe collection out in one place. These three pairs, along with the boots, are just the right amount for a space like this.Apartment 052

Heading over to the kitchen… There are so many useful storage ideas in here, from wall-mounting to refrigerator magnet spices! See if you can spot them all. The storage on top of the cabinets and fridge is well-utilized when you’re running short on space. This table serves well as a prep space, additional counter space and a place to eat. Pull up the stools and you have a breakfast bar/island. Apartment 099Wall-mounted storage can be both functional and serve as an easy way to add visual interest to your walls.

Apartment 108I love these little magnetized spices! They don’t take up any counter, cabinet or drawer space and they’re so easily accessible. Apartment 090 This might be the most clever storage solution I’ve seen in a long time…take a peek under the table. Pots, pans and lids galore hanging under there! Apartment 085 Moving onto the living room/bedroom area:Apartment 081 The high-backed sofa makes it appear larger and more grand, which is always helpful in a small space when you want your furniture to feel elegant and proportional, without looking like a college futon. The gallery wall is also a great focal point to ground this space. Adding hanging pendants make this space feel more like ‘home’ rather than a standard rental. Apartment 080 The little bar cart doubles as a side table. I always love a dual function piece!Apartment 074 Apartment 072 Another smart storage solution…hiding little baskets under anything and everything! It’s hardly noticeable at first, but this basket rests perfectly underneath the chair for extra storage. Apartment 068 On the other side of the living room, this dresser serves as a tv stand, spot for perfume and jewelry, along with plenty of storage inside each drawer. Storing pretty things out in the open like this really reinforces the rule that you don’t always have to hide away every single thing you own. Embrace it! Apartment 065Apartment 066The perfect example: These magazines don’t have to be hidden away in a storage bin or bookcase: they look perfectly chic and styled among the art and boots. Apartment 067 This wardrobe piece works well as a makeshift office and can be closed up and ‘put away’  if necessary! Apartment 057 Onto the bathroom, keeping the space looking bright and minimalist with the paint, art, and simple over the door storage keeps the floor space free of clutter and makes the tiny bathroom feel a bit larger.Apartment 055

Thanks to Colleen for letting me feature your former space! All photos from Colleen, check out her great design blog here.

Do you have an apartment you want featured on Studio Style Blog? I’m now opening submissions for both studio apartments and one bedroom apartments. Please email studiostyleblog@gmail.com with 5-7 photos (both wide shots and close ups) of your space with the subject line “Apartment Tour” for consideration.