2014 Holidays in DC: Capitol and Union Station

Continuing with my tradition of checking out the gorgeous trees, lights and wreaths around DC during Christmastime. The Capitol tree has a slightly different backdrop this year with the rotunda under construction. Although the scaffolding does look a bit better when it’s lit up at night. I’ve also made the rounds at Union Station this year (my personal favorite holiday display) and photographed the giant wreaths. Stay tuned for Christmas around the White House and the National Tree coming soon! Hope you enjoy the photos. I highly recommend visiting DC during the holidays.

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Long Overdue Blog Anniversary

This post was supposed to happen on August 6, and now I’m about a month behind! Moving chaos and work got in the way but I  figured this little blog anniversary should still be cause for celebration!

Hard to believe I created Studio Style Blog just over a year ago and didn’t quite know what it would be or where it could go. Now, looking back, I can’t believe all of the amazing things that happened in the past year and the opportunities created  from this little blog. Just a few favorite highlights below:

  • Decorating, organizing, DIY-ing my first studio apartment
  • Meeting and interviewing Genevieve Gorder
  • Joined the DC Ladies as a design contributor
  • Going from a couple views a month to almost 3,000 a month
  • Hearing from readers that my projects and ideas inspired them to make changes in their own homes
  • Helping friends decorate and arrange their apartments
  • Gaining a great following of diverse readers all around the globe
  • And last, but not least, moving to my second studio apartment and starting the decorating process again with a blank slate!

Just a note to my wonderful readers, old and new, thanks for following, reading, commenting, etc! I appreciate every single one of you. I can’t wait to see what this next year will bring and hope you’ll continue to follow along on this journey with me! A few highlights in photos are below:

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Closet Plans

Yes, I’ve already reorganized my closets on two different occasions. And I’m still not quite satisfied. I spend enough time in the bathroom and closet/dressing room getting ready every day, so I’m still trying to make it as efficient of a space as possible.

Needs:

-More organization
-Seating
-Designated separate space from office supplies/beauty supplies (currently all merged into one area)

Solutions:
Bins and trays for organization (purchased at HomeGoods… sorry for the dark photo)

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Seating (this little X stool from Target is on its way to my apartment)

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Additional shelving (I’m picking up this wooden shelf, from the Container Store this week)

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Stay tuned for the third closet transformation. I’m fully aware how crazy I sound 🙂 I’m still tossing around ideas and logistics for this project, so hopefully it will be done and blog-worthy in a week or two!

Closet switch round one
Closet switch round two

Design Trend: Black Doors, Windows and Trim

I noticed this trend while watching Flipping Out, featuring my design idol, Jeff Lewis.

I love the look of black walls, but if you’re not as daring and want to take a smaller step in that direction, painting doors, window frames and trim in black is an excellent way to start. Here are a few of my favorites:

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DIY: Marble Dishwasher Cover

I had a ton of marble contact paper left after yesterday’s project so I wanted to find a creative way to use the rest.

After staring at my kitchen for a couple minutes, I remembered a recent post on Young House Love where they switched out the panel on their dishwasher.

That spurred on the crazy idea to apply the marble contact paper on my own dishwasher. I measured to make sure I had enough and figured I had nothing to lose. Here’s the before photo (yes, I have a very tiny apartment-sized dishwasher):

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After:

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Surprisingly, I love how it turned out! And it’s stood the test of several cycles running the dishwasher. I was afraid the contact paper might peel off if the dishwasher got too hot, but it looks like it’s here to stay. My kitchen used to be one of my least favorite rooms in the apartment but it’s quickly making its way to the top with these updates.

One last before and after which includes the new brass knobs and the marble additions:

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Have a great weekend, everyone!

(Check out my marble utensil crock DIY here)

Favorite Home Accessories for Spring

A few fun accessories and accent pieces to brighten up your home for spring! All are in a wide price range, so there’s something for everyone. Notice the subtle gold/brass theme going on here? Can’t resist.

CB2 Cube Lanterns

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West Elm Molded Brass Side Table 

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Anthropologie Garden Buzz Plates

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Target Double Gourd Glass Lamps

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Target: Nate Berkus Starburst Wall Decor – Gold

Nate Berkus Starburst Wall Decor - Gold
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C Wonder Herringbone Coaster Set

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