New Living Room Accent Chairs!

As much as I loved my medallion slipper chairs from Target, I started to grow tired of the pattern and they clashed a bit with my new rug. So I was passively looking for an affordable solution to change or replace them. Thanks to my lovely little apartment building listserv, I noticed that a pair of gorgeous accent chairs were up for sale a few floors down from me…2015-03-15 12.59.11

I scored them for $150 for the pair- less than what I paid for just one of my Target chairs a couple years ago! I couldn’t pass up the deal, so I bought the new chairs and decided to list my current ones for sale. They sold quickly and went to live another great life in two different apartments. Everyone wins!

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I also sold the grey throw pillow that used to live on one of the accent chairs, so I’ve transferred one of my throw pillows from the sofa to this accent chair in the meantime. I’m in search of an accent pillow for this chair at the moment. 2015-04-05 12.48.22 2015-04-05 12.48.26 2015-04-05 12.49.03

Styled Three Ways: The Coffee Table

If you missed the last Styled Three Ways post, click below:
Styled Three Ways: The Nightstand 

Next up in the series: The Coffee Table. Changing around a few elements can give you a completely different look. Check out the three different styles below:

1. Traditional with a Twist

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2. Geometric and Feminine: 2015-03-15 13.13.25 2015-03-15 13.13.29 2015-03-15 13.14.14 2015-03-15 13.14.22 2015-03-15 13.15.05 2015-03-15 13.16.04 2015-03-15 13.16.09

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All photos: Studio Style Blog

Which style do you like best? Comment below! And stay tuned for more Styled Three Ways posts.

Studio Apartment Living Room Transformation

One of my close friends (who also has a studio apartment) recently got a major couch upgrade and I had to share! Her old Ikea couch was too small for the space so we scoured through CB2 to find the perfect replacement. Enter: the Ditto Grey Sectional. It works with her existing furniture, plays well with the color scheme and is much more size-appropriate for the space. And best of all: it’s gorgeous! Before and after photos below.

Before:

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After: 2015-02-13 13.27.11

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With a few new throw pillows, this look will be complete! I had a great time helping pick out the couch and a couple other pieces of furniture for her space.

Give Your Walls a New Look in Five Minutes

Looking for a quick and easy way to change up a look in your entryway, living room, office, etc? Rotating art is a simple solution that will instantly change the look of your space. While I love all the art I’ve collected over the years, looking at the same pieces every day can get a bit boring. I suggest keeping several pieces on rotation, especially in high-traffic areas of your apartment or home. You can pretend that you live in your very own gallery! My entryway was in need of a quick update, so I switched out a piece of art and it’s refreshing to walk into my apartment and see something new!

Here’s the before:

While I adore this painting, (bought in Monmarte, Paris while studying abroad many years ago) I’ve had it for a long time and don’t always notice it anymore. When it’s time to rotate it back in, I’ll actually be delighted to see it again!2015-02-14 15.33.07 2015-02-14 15.33.10

And after:
This new piece of art will grab my attention as soon as I walk in the door! I visited Venice many years ago and this brings back wonderful memories and makes me want to return. 

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The Venice art piece was made by Darren Gygi and you can find the nearest retailer to you by clicking on this link: 
https://darrengygihomecollection.com/

This is a sponsored post but all opinions, tips and images are my own. The painting was provided by Darren Gygi.

If you’re interested in sponsoring a post or advertising, please contact me here.

Ask Studio Style Blog: New Feature

Interior design questions? Product sources? Floor plan dilemmas?

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Hello, Studio Style Blog readers! I get quite a few emails, Instagram questions and blog comments asking various questions about my apartment, where to shop for furniture, how to design a studio apartment, etc… So I thought I would start a new feature of the blog and answer your questions in future posts. This way, it will be a good resource for all readers. Here’s how it will work:

Email me at studiostyleblog@gmail.com with your questions. Depending on the volume of emails, I’ll post a question and my answer on the blog a couple times each month.

Please be as detailed as possible in your question and feel free to send a link or small photo attachment if it applies. However, please keep emails to a reasonable length. Along with your question, include your first name and where you’re from. I will post first names only, to keep the process relatively anonymous. If you do choose to send photos, please know that they might be included in my post along with your question, and your first name will be credited next to the photo.

Thanks for reading and I’m looking forward to all of your questions!

Entryway Reveal: Gold Triangle Wall Decals

In my last apartment, I added gold polka dots to my entryway. I wanted to do something similar in my new apartment, but decided to go with triangles this time. I found this great shop on Etsy, Happy Valley Goods, and loved their connected triangle wall decals. I ordered them in gold (no surprise) and just finished adding them onto the walls a couple days ago. Spoiler alert: I love the result. Dare I say, even more so than the polka dots in my last place!

As with the dots, the triangles were easy to put on and the measuring took more time than actually placing the triangles on the walls.

Just a few things needed to complete the look!

  • Step stool
  • Tape measurer
  • Pencil
  • Decals

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I started at the top and measured the spacing between each decal and the height on the wall and made marks with the pencil (that could be easily erased later).

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After the top row was done, I decided to just estimate the rest of the triangles going down the walls. Each wall was a different size and each had a couple pieces of art so there wasn’t an exact number of inches or particular way I could calculate each section.

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I  changed my mind a couple of times on this wall below but the great thing about the decals is that they just peel right off and I could adjust the placement easily when I realized they were too close together. This is the result of three tries:

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I got a handle on the spacing and applied the same technique to the remaining walls and was finished in no time!

Final results below!

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There were a few triangles leftover and I had a random idea to put them on the little jut-out beam between my dining area and kitchen!

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Check out the Happy Valley Goods shop here and purchase the connected triangle decals here.

*I received these decals at a discounted rate but all images and opinions are my own.