When One Door Closes… Mar09

When One Door Closes…...

Too corny? Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Many of my online design finds are thanks to Pinterest. This next one is one of the biggest ‘bang for your buck’ items I’ve found yet. The image above links back to another favorite blog, The Pleated Poppy. While searching for inspirational pics for my bathroom, I came upon this image. I instantly fell in love with the mixture of the clean, modern feel of the 5-panel door and the vintage loveliness of the crystal door knobs. I’m obviously drawn to a mixture of modern and vintage (hence the name of the blog) and this certainly fit the bill. My condo is your basic open floor plan: combined kitchen/living room, with three bedrooms and a bathroom all off of the main area. Picture one big rectangle. When you walk in, the kitchen is immediately on your right and beyond that, still on the right, is the living room with a huge window in each area. On the left when you walk in is the bedroom door, next is the bathroom door and then the 2nd bedroom door. The office is straight ahead of the front door with a door that leads up three steps to a 7’x13′ room that has French doors that lead out to a 400 sf (not a typo) deck. Trust me when I tell you that I know how lucky I am to have such massive outdoor space. Even though I can typically only use it a good six months out of the year, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I have hardwood floors throughout and 11′ ceilings in the main area and 9′ ceilings in all other rooms. For a building that was built in 1888, I’m truly amazed at the ceiling height. The...

Let’s get started, shall we? Mar07

Let’s get started, shall we?...

About six months ago, my friend, Lexy, invited me to join Pinterest. I joined, but I didn’t really know how to use it or what I would use it for*. Fast forward to January and “the decision to stay in the condo” and all of a sudden, Pinterest began to play a vital role in my ability to visualize what I wanted my future home to look like. Of course, in finding pins that I wanted to re-pin, I also discovered a world of home decor bloggers that I just fell in love with. I loved watching them transform their homes and share their finds and I, for the first time, really felt like this was a world I wanted to be a part of. I’d started a few blogs in the past (never more than 1-3 posts), but they just never ‘stuck’. I think I felt like I wanted to write and create my own little corner of the ‘internets’, but I didn’t have a particular focus and they lost their appeal. Quickly. As I continued to use Pinterest (read: total addict), I decided that when I started the renovations, I would simultaneously start my blog. For better or for worse, however, the blog idea just wouldn’t wait. So without further ado, here’s my first real home decor post. I found the picture above at Apartment 34 (love!) and instantly felt like I had found my design foundation for my new space. I was immediately drawn to the gray and yellow combo, but also to the coziness of the pillows and the variety of textures represented. All of my other design choices are made with this image in mind. And first, I had to find a sofa. I went to West Elm a few...