All posts tagged: New Apartment

West Elm Dupes from… Target?!

It’s been a crazy month! Apologies for not posting in a while, but we’ve been doing so much running around getting our apartment together I’ve barely had time to breathe, let alone blog. We’re absolutely LOVING our new apartment, and I’m so obsessed with all the great decor finds I’ve been buying that I wanted to share them all in a post. People keep asking me if I’ve been getting my new stuff from stores like West Elm or Pottery Barn or Article… honestly, I would if I could, but I’m ballin’ on a budget over here. In truth, almost everything in my apartment is from Target (of course there are a few exceptions, but if you close your eyes and point to something there is a 90% chance it’s a Target buy). I will preface this by saying I am absolutely positive that West Elm furniture and decor is likely of better quality, perhaps more comfortable, etc. etc. But for someone like me who wants to furnish their apartment to look beautiful while not …

#SohoSummerHouse

One of the best perks about our new apartment is the pool deck, also known as the Soho Summer House. This past Friday was the grand opening and the building management threw a party for residents, complete with open bar, free food, and live music – what more could you ask for to kick off the summer? The pool deck is complete with lounge chairs/beds, cabanas, grills, a bar, hammocks, corn hole, fire pits, a movie lawn, and – of course – an infinity pool. It also offers great views of the Jersey City skyline, and overall feels like you’re on a tropical vacation. As Matt and I sat with our friends Lauren and Justin drinking Narragansett Del’s Shandies, we felt complete and utter disbelief that this is now our life and that we are fortunate enough to be able to live here. We’re so excited for the rest of the summer and to take advantage of the Soho Summer House as much as we can!

Move-In Weekend!

After over four months of anticipation, the day had finally arrived – the day we moved to our new apartment in Jersey City! Although I certainly had plenty of time to prepare and plan, it’s still super stressful to make sure everything goes smoothly. Between changing locations for the utility bills, cancelling wifi service at one apartment and starting it up at another, arranging for movers and “no parking” signs, changing your address… it starts to add up after a while. So, needless to say, I was counting down the days until May 31st. Matt moved all of his things to my Hoboken apartment so that the movers could just get all of our stuff from one location and bring it over to the new place. Since my other apartment was super small (less than 500 square feet) it was definitely pretty cramped for a few days, but totally worth it to have everything consolidated. That meant that Matt wouldn’t have to be driving his things back and forth from Queens to Jersey City on …

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 …

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 …