All posts filed under: Interior

Mud Cloth Mania

With our move less than a month away (25 days, but who’s counting?!), I thought I’d do a post on one of my current favorite trends – mud cloth pillows. I’ve always liked the look of mud cloth textiles, but I knew nothing about its origin. In my research, I learned that mud cloth (or bogolanfini) is a well-known African cloth tradition. Mud cloth is made using a handmade Malian cotton fabric, and dyed using a process of fermented mud (hence its name). DesignSponge.com explains that each piece’s pattern has a story to tell, and “even the arrangement of the symbols on the cloth reveals something secret about the intended meaning.” That being said, I am 99% sure that any mud cloth patterns you find today sold online by Etsy or Amazon do not have any sort of traditional, symbolic meaning to them. Still, it’s interesting to understand the history behind something that today seems so mainstream, yet at one point was such a prevalent symbol of cultural identity. In any case, today mud cloth inspired textiles …

New Apartment Inspiration

It’s officially the month of our move! Granted, we’re not moving until the absolute last day of May, but still – only 30 days left! It feels like we’ve been counting down for so long  (since February – LONG time to be looking forward to a new apartment) and we’re so excited to actually start to get things going. We have our movers booked, no parking signs purchased, and wifi scheduled for installation. With only a few more things left on our checklist, it’s time to focus on the more fun stuff – furniture and decor! If you know me at all, you know this is essentially my Christmas. Well, since Christmas is my birthday I guess that isn’t technically the case, but you get the gist. Long story short, I love interior design and the chance to decorate a new apartment from (almost) scratch is a dream come true. Of course we will be bringing over a good deal of furniture and other odds and ends from my current apartment. But let’s face it …

Top 10 DIYs to Try

Image Source: http://www.aliceandlois.com As I’m sure you know by now, Matt and I will be moving to our new apartment at the end of May. I’ve been all sorts of inspired to find decor for the new place that fit both of our styles – and what better way to decorate, than with a whole bunch of DIYs! Now, I’m sure I’m being overly ambitious in thinking I’ll actually go out of my way to build things rather than just buy pre-made stuff from Target, but in any case, here are a bunch of cool DIYs I’ve come across in my searching to try for my (or your!) new apartment. (To get step-by-step instructions on how to do it yourself, click the title or the Source link below the photo.)   Triangle Mirror Source: www.almostmakesperfect.com   Finger Knit Rope Trivet Source: http://www.flaxandtwine.com   Mid-Century Plant Stand Source: http://www.abeautifulmess.com   Mid-Century Nightstand Source: http://www.burkatron.com   Ladder Plant Stand Source: http://www.themerrythought.com   Set of 3 Hanging Mirrors Source: http://www.decor8blog.com   Mini Granite Pots Source: http://www.almostmakesperfect.com   Mudcloth Floor …

My Top Target Finds

With our move-in date getting closer, I’ve been getting more and more excited to furnish our new apartment. And, if you know me at all, you know my number one, go-to-spot for all things home decor is Target (HomeGoods is a close second – if only they had online ordering!). So, in the spirit of sharing, I’ve decided to put together a post with my favorite Target finds that I’ve come across over the past few weeks. The look we are going for combines industrial, modern-rustic, and Scandinavian design – I’m honestly not sure if there is an all-encompassing name for that, but basically we’re all about clean lines, neutral colors, and simple patterns. Hope you enjoy these products, and happy shopping! Project 62™ Marble Top Round Table – $79.99   Threshold™ Artificial Plant in Black Pot Medium – $7.99   Project 62™ 72″ Loring 5 Shelf Ladder Bookcase – $99.99   Project 62™ Framed Cactus Wall Print 2pk White/Green 20″x16″ – $39.99   Mid Century Modern Molded Chair With Wood Leg – $99.99   Luxury Stripe …

Get the Look: My Living Room

As the next installment in my Get the Look series, I humbly present to you – my little living room! Now, I must admit that this post will likely be relatively short (perks of living in a 500 square foot apartment – there isn’t a ton to show off). I did an apartment tour on my Instagram story the other day and people actually really seemed to like it (based on some of the kind DMs I received… I’m sure some people fully skipped and/or clicked through the entire thing as well). So to keep the people happy, here you have it – my living room. Get the Look 5″ x 7″ distressed wood frame: Target, $12.99 Metal tumbler candle, wild currant: Madewell, $20.00 Marble candle: Home Goods, $5.00 (not sold online) (Similar style) Artificial succulent: Target, $5.99 Get the Look Wall tapestry: Amazon.com, $20.00 (out of stock) Pillow top love seat: Value City Furniture, $417.00 – (for sale! email if interested.) Lift top cocktail table: Value City Furniture, $276.00 5′ x 8′ nuLOOM moroccan …

Get the Look: My (Updated) Bedroom

Since it’s been almost exactly a year since my last “Get the Look” post, I figured it’s time for a reboot – AND time to continue the series with the rest of my apartment! As you may already know, I will be moving out of my current apartment in a few months, so I definitely want to document the little home I’ve built here before I go. Although there really hasn’t been a ton of change to my bedroom since my last post, I have rearranged a bit and wanted to share its current state with you. Well, current state sounds kind of bad and messy – it’s really quite the opposite, I promise. So without further adieu, I present to you, my room! Bed & Bedding One thing that actually has changed in the past year is my bedding. I currently sleep with fully plain bedding – plain white pillow cases, plain white duvet insert (minus the duvet cover). In all honesty, I originally bought a new, really cute duvet cover from Bed, Bath, …

Our New Home! Soho Lofts

Very, VERY excited to share that come June of this year, Matt and I will be moving into our new home, the Soho Lofts! Soho Lofts is Jersey City’s newest luxury rental, and it comes with all the amenities – infinity pool, gym, sauna, zen garden, dog park, mediaroom, business center, outdoor gas grills, cabanas, demo kitchen, outdoor shower, fireside seating, shuttle to the PATH train (with hardwood floors, reclining leather seats, and TVs)… I could keep going but I don’t want to make anyone jealous! In all seriousness, though, the Soho Lofts is a beautiful, new building built last year. I know a few people already living there who absolutely love it. Matt and I first checked out the building in early February – we saw a “studio” unit in the East Tower, which was essentially a one bedroom without a window in the bedroom. Since we were still figuring out our finances and what our price range would be, we took a few weeks to think about it and, as luck would have …

Get the Look: My Bedroom

There are few things I love more than coming home after a long day at work and crawling into bed in my beautiful, cozy bedroom. Something that I might just love even more than that, however, is decorating that bedroom to make it so beautiful and cozy. One thing I was most excited for when I first moved out of my childhood home was the opportunity to create a living space that was all mine. Although the process certainly took time (it’s been over a  year and a half and I still say my apartment is a work in progress) I like to think it’s coming along well. Today I’ll be taking you on a virtual tour of my bedroom, and touching on a few specific pieces that I feel really tie the room together and help to make it into a space that’s just right for me. I’ll also include direct links to where you can get the look, too.   I like to keep my bedding pretty simple and play up other aspects of the room …

Decorating on a Budget

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been moved out of my parents’ house for over a year and a half. Needless to say, one of the things I was most excited about was the opportunity to decorate my first apartment from scratch (although I was not psyched about all the money I’d undoubtedly spend in the process). However, I found ways to make my apartment my own without breaking the bank. Although furniture is essential, my number one priority was decor. Although I’d love to fill my apartment with all things Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie, if I did that I’d no longer be able to afford food. That being said, I do occasionally splurge on decor, but for the most part I try to be thoughtful in my spending. Here are 3 ways I decked out my first apartment on a budget: Tapestry on the Wall In college, I bought a $25 tapestry at Urban Outfitters for our common room wall – it definitely helped jazz up the bleak cinderblock walls in our suite. A tapestry served the same purpose in my …