I’m currently in the middle of remodeling my apartment. It was just time for a complete and total re-haul and I’m shooting for a look that’s a little more mature (think framed art), but also one that incorporates my signature vibrant glam style. Although I’m far from being done, I thought it would be fun to share a little update on how things are going. Don’t worry, I plan on writing a before and after reveal when the remodel is complete, but until then, here’s where things stand right this very moment.
First things first, I removed the pink and purple damask wallpaper that was on the wall behind my bed. I thought it would be nice to incorporate some lighter elements into the decor. I originally planned to paint this wall bright pink, but on the way to the hardware store, I realized I was more in the mood for chartreuse green. This color is called Sweet Spring. I’m hoping it will bring a sweet spring into my life!
Ok, so I didn’t paint the wall bright pink, but my favorite color is being used heavily as an accent. Exhibit A: this awesome flamingo painting Katie got me for my birthday. There’s probably no surprises here, but the flamingo is my power animal.
I have a couple of cool collections that were previously hidden in the hallway closet. The first is my stack of Gourmet magazines. I saved my favorite issues from the last few years of its publication.
The second collection is matchboxes. My grandfather Al has the coolest assortment of matchboxes from all over the world and I love looking at it when I go to his house. He keeps them in a gigantic brandy sniffer. For now, I’m housing the matchboxes in this owl, which is an homage to Al (his power animal is the owl), but I’m on the hunt for a more fabulous apothecary type clear container to showcase the matchboxes.
I’m crazy about my new couch! It matches my Missoni for Target pillows perfectly. Julia gifted me the Kate Moss quote pillow by Jonathan Adler, which I also love. I used to have the quote written on a post-it on my fridge, but this cross stitch pillow seems so much more luxurious.
These golden stools were an impulse buy. I stumbled upon them on sale at Jeremy’s and knew I could not live another day without them. They’re currently a makeshift coffee table, but when I finally find the perfect coffee table, I’ll use them regularly as side tables, flanking the new sofa, and on special occasions as extra seating.
My parents have always used maps as art. When I was living abroad in Spain, I started to decorate with maps too. I was anxious to learn the street names in my new hometown, but also longed for a reminder of where I was from, so I plastered the kitchen walls with three maps: one of Cordoba, another of Spain, and a third of California. Every residence since has had a maps! I framed a San Francisco city map that I found at Paper Source and hung it in my kitchen. I’m not going to lie, I refer to it all the time. Especially when I get sick of Google Maps.