HGTV Feature! Small Space Tips

Exciting news! I have a small feature on HGTV today! The writer reached out to me a couple months ago about one of my posts and I was thrilled. It’s a quick little round up of small space tips from design bloggers and I’m honored to be included. Check it out here:

15 Clever Small Space Tips from Design Bloggers

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My counter top over the stove solution from my last apartment is highlighted in this article along with great tips and solutions from other bloggers. Head over and check it out! There’s also a little interview blurb about the solution if you click on ‘read more’ underneath the photo (mine is #8 in the gallery).  IMG_4862 IMG_4865I hope this is just one of many features to come! So nice to be recognized by such a big voice in the design industry. Thanks to HGTV and thanks to my amazing readers (new and old) for continuing to follow along!

 

 

Design Inspiration: The Entryway: Mid-Century Modern

I’m over on the DC Ladies today with a new post in the Design Inspiration series! I created a mid-century modern mood board for an entryway with style. Head over to the DC Ladies for the full post and shop the look below. design-inspiration-the-entryway-midcentury-modern2-

Shop the look: 
Bench // Round Mirror // Console Table // Coat Rack // Rug // Lamps

For more in the series, click here: Design Inspiration

Design Inspiration: The Living Room: Global Glam

My latest post is up on The DC Ladies site today!
Check out Design Inspiration: The Living Room: Global Glam for the full post and how to get your own global glam look. Shop the look of this design board below. design-inspiration-the-living-room-global-glam-

Shop the look:

Sofa // Side table // Coffee table // Rug // Floor Lamp // Star pillow // Diamond pillow // Striped pillow // TV Stand // Bar Cart //

 

For more in the Design Inspiration series, click here.

Balcony Inspiration: Update

I’ve made some progress on the balcony furniture/accessories since my last post, so I thought I’d share a quick update. I found this table and four chairs for a reasonable price on craigslist:
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As well as this side table for free on craigslist:IMG_5751 I picked up two of these pillows on sale at World Market:02d946c9d9a6be01296a0d81c3dace3202d946c9d9a6be01296a0d81c3dace32
 As much as I love a good Ikea trip, I really didn’t have the time, so thanks to online ordering, I had this small plant, these larger plants and four curtain panels shipped to my door.
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I found a fantastic Etsy shop that made custom black and white striped cushions for the chairs above and they are set to arrive this week. I wanted some similar to these (below) in a custom size and fabric and I can’t wait to see them in person! Full post on those coming up next month.
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I found a great Pier 1 indoor/outdoor rug on OfferUp and I’m picking it up tonight:

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The last furniture item I have left on my list is a love seat or bench.. I’m currently trolling craigslist and found this one which looks to be in great condition (the cushion would be recovered) so hopefully I might be able to score this little beauty. 00V0V_1LO9WKHBKlq_600x450
I’m also currently figuring out a rather complicated solution to installing the curtains on my balcony, which has turned out to be quite challenging, but with a little Home Depot help and a (likely) call to a handyman, I think I’ll be able to make it work. More on that later.

Balcony Inspiration

As you might have noticed in my Apartment Hunting post, I’m looking to find a place with a balcony. And I might have found a winner… stay tuned. If I do move into this particular apartment, the balcony is a pretty decent size but could definitely use some sprucing up. So I’ve been scouring Pinterest for ideas and inspiration. I’ve selected a few of my favorite photos below and then will show you how to get the look (at an affordable price) later on in the post.

Inspiration:

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Photo Credits:
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Sprucing up:
These deck tiles will be perfect to cover up a not so glamorous floor situation and the light and airy curtains will give it that cabana type vibe I’m going for.

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Privacy:
This apartment will likely be a corner unit, which is great, because I’d only have one adjoining wall/balcony rather than two. I’d still like to have a bit of a privacy screen without compromising natural light or space, so this decorative panel seems like a great solution.

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Furniture:
I’ve been on a Craigslist spree lately and scored this patio set: bistro table and four chairs for half the price it regularly goes for. I’d like to use my balcony for entertaining, eating and occasionally working on my laptop, so having a table and chairs was a must.

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I still need to confirm the exact measurements, but I think a small love seat or  bench will also fit on the balcony. I’d love to find a small, affordable one to incorporate along with a tiny side table or garden stool. I definitely want to make this space an extension of the apartment and basically a second living room.
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Chair // Table // Loveseat // Side Table // Garden Stool //

Decor:
Last but not least, to get the look of my inspiration photos, I want to add a bunch of tall fake plants from Ikea (I’ll never keep real ones alive), a rug, a few throw pillows, and I’m currently searching around on Etsy to see if someone will make small custom black and white cushions for my Craigslist chairs with that gorgeous fabric below.

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Plants // Fabric // Plants // Rug 1 // Rug 2 // Pillow 1 // Pillow 2 //

I’m really excited to have the opportunity to decorate an outdoor space again! I haven’t had one for the last few years and I’m beyond ready for a balcony. Stay tuned for more outdoor posts over the next few weeks and months as I’ll hopefully bring this vision to life.

Look for Less: Rattan Chairs

Bamboo, rattan and similar wood style chairs are really big right now in the design world. I recently found two chairs of similar styles with vastly different price points. Check out the look for less below.

1. Pottery Barn Cannes Woven Rattan Chair, $329 img64c

 

2. Ikea Nipprig 2015 Chair, Natural, $49   nipprig-chair-beige__0316732_PE513307_S4

Check out more Look for Less posts here.