dreaming of apartment bliss.

I have really been itching to redecorate my apartment and was pinning ideas like crazy before school started. Due to lack of funds and time, a total makeover will not be happening anytime soon. But I am going to slap on a fresh coat of paint, declutter, and add some greenery into the mix. First, I’m going to get some friends to come over for a “painting party” (aka a mild form of torture). I’m sure they are dying to attend. I will feed them, make them cocktails, and then my apartment will be freshly painted. It’s amazing how a fresh coat of paint can totally transform a space.  

After I have reorganized and painted, I would like to steal this idea and use beakers to spread flowers and greenery throughout the apartment. I fell in love with this idea the moment I saw it and sent the photo to my best friend immediately because it reminded me of her. This will be a clean, simple, and a fairly inexpensive addition.

The one item I would like to save up for and can hopefully thrift and refinish is a new coffee table. The style of the coffee table above is what I will be looking for. Initially, I wanted a vintage  slated coffee table like this one. Unfortunately, most of the ones I found in my price range measure too long  and will not work in my space. If I can find a one less lengthy at a less taxing price, I will go for it. If not, I think a round coffee table will be the perfect solution.

Okay, so these plant stands are expensive but I had to share them because they are so awesome. I may not be able to get the stands, unless I can thrift something similar. but some pots and plants are doable. The tricky part will be keeping the plants alive! Let’s just say I was not blessed with a green thumb. Any tips?

When I first moved to San Francisco I dreamt of finding the quintessential SF apartment complete with hardwood floors, bay windows, and a ton of charm. Well, I got the hardwood floors but that bay windows and charm were out. Yet I cannot complain because the clean lines have grown on me, I scored the hardwood floors, and it’s rent controlled (ah, the dream). So needless to say in my apartment I stay. I love the inspiration room above: the huge tree-like plant, natural elements, textures, and that rug! I am going to keep the simplicity of the two rooms posted in mind as I slowly acquire new items for the apartment. However, I can’t help but wish I could start over and redecorate the whole space. One can dream…

life lately.

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It has been quite awhile since my last post. To be honest, I was going back and forth about whether to stop this blog altogether or start fresh with a new one. Then, I realized that I really enjoy having a blog so quitting was not the best choice and my friends said that I have too much content to start over. I agree. Much change and growth has been documented on this blog so it’s something I have decided to continue. The only thing is I’m not sure how often I will be able to post once graduate school begins. As mentioned in the previous post, I applied to graduate school and got in! I will start working on my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at UC Berkeley this summer. I’m beyond thrilled! Things are definitely on the up and up.

I thought I would share the good news and some photos of a few of my favorite things: beautiful white roses and greenery from an amazing friend, minerals from my best friend Chime (check her blog out at chimeblahblah), and a little air plant from Paxton Gate, a store worth checking out if you’re ever roaming around the Mission District. Just a few things that make me smile.

P.S. I hope to start posting outfits again soon. I keep saying I’m going to set up a tripod in my apartment, but my laziness prevents that from becoming a reality. Plus, most of the time I’m wearing overalls anyway. I guess it’s time for an overalls post?

DIY: yellow desk.

hello yellow…

before…

 after… cost plus world market owl measuring cups | anthropologie vase | retro replica chair  | target lamp | random mason jars | ikea plant pots | target pillow

well here’s my first diy! it was just a matter of sanding, priming, and painting. but it still took a bit to get the photos posted because well, i’m a lagger. anyway, the project was pretty simple and actually kinda therapeutic. sometimes when i feel stressed i find that painting or redecorating (or shopping… eek. yep, already failed my shopping hiatus) helps. one thing i would suggest is getting decent brushes- something i went cheap on. it’s such a pain when the bristles get stuck in the paint and then need to be removed which leads to repainting. i won’t make that cheapie decision again. better brushes next time!