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…

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!

 

happenings.

1. bringing the garden inside. 2. listening to fleetwood mac. 3. wishing these cement planters were mine. 4. refinishing furniture (before and afters soon). 5. adoring this little kitty kitty tote. 6. hanging terrariums (let’s hope these little guys live). 7. reading the awakening.

apartment.

office.
this weekend was spent sanding down, priming, and painting our desk (i did it all myself and i’m kinda proud. brian is pretty proud too). the paint isn’t even dry yet and i’m already planning out how to organize all the goods, add greenery, pops of color, and light. i’ll have to post before and after photos when the job is done!

the garden inside.

on sunday brian and i went to the beach and dropped by a little garden afterward where i snapped these photos. as i was looking at them i couldn’t help but gaze at the colors and wish we could redecorate the apartment! the hues are just so tranquil. mid century + raw elements.
naturally, i hopped on polyvore and found dream pieces inspired by the colors and textures in the garden. i would like to incorporate more raw elements in our apartment and create an organic feel by adding more plants, wood grain, and glass. we really need a terrarium. so what do you think of bringing the outside in?
p.s. i love these picks from cayce of for the roses. check out her awesome blog!