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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New Series/Blog Hiatus

Happy Friday! Just a quick note to my readers- I’ll be taking a much needed beach trip next week so the blog will be on a temporary hiatus for a week.

Follow me on Instagram for fun travel pictures! Here’s a little preview of the series below:

Now that my apartment finally feels “finished” (well, almost), I want to share a look back at the progress from move in to today. I’ve lived in my studio a little over a year now and have made enough changes, updates and additions to put my personal stamp on it.

The series will start on June 9 and will break down each area of the apartment with details and plenty of before and after photos. Until then, here is a sneak peek of the first stages of the apartment right after I moved in (AKA: a hot mess.)

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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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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)

Bar Remix

I’ve wanted to change around a couple things on my “bar” for awhile, but didn’t quite know where to start.

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I love the top shelf, but the bottom two weren’t quite perfect:

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Enter: the Oh Joy! Collection Ice Bucket. (More on the collection here)

This gave me the perfect excuse and inspiration to change things around. I flipped the second and third shelves and removed a few things and added the ice bucket. I love the new look! And can’t wait to bring out the ice bucket this spring/summer!

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Happy Friday and cheers to the weekend!

Future Project Wish List

Depending on budget and timing, these wish list items might take a few months or a year to actually happen, but it’s always fun to look forward and plan for future projects. And they are all “renter friendly” … and can be taken down/replaced with old fixtures/knobs etc when it’s time to move.

OR much cheaper alternative

Credit: Amazon


Gold Foil Lined Pendant with Black Shade
Credit: Overstock
  • Replace overhead lighting entry:
PB Classic Pendant - Metal Flared
Credit: Pottery Barn


PB Classic Pendant - Metal Bell
Credit: Pottery Barn
  • New rug under couch:
Detailed View
Credit: West Elm
  • Add overlays on Ikea dresser (turned TV stand) …. inspiration below:
The lady from O'verlays whom I asked said that they produced this hack themselves, left the Malm dresser plain, then simply sprayed the o'verlays with Rustoleum Metalic Gold spray paint before applying.  [ikea overlay hack malm dresser]
Credit: http://www.dawnajonesdesign.com/overlays/
Add DIY character to your MALM dresser like our IKEA fan on the @Anna Faunce blog!
Credit: http://www.poshmeetspavement.com/2012/08/ikea-hack-malm-dresser-overlays.html

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


West Elm Molded Brass Side Table 

Molded Brass Side Table

Anthropologie Garden Buzz Plates


Target Double Gourd Glass Lamps

Threshold™ Double Gourd Glass Lamp Base

Target: Nate Berkus Starburst Wall Decor – Gold

Nate Berkus Starburst Wall Decor - Gold

C Wonder Herringbone Coaster Set