I’m totally digging this room; I love the striped walls, the oversized framed art, the modern lighting, and the soothing color palette.

But want to know a secret? Those stripes are made out of masking tape! I couldn’t believe it when I read it. I’m sure it looks a little more tape-y up close, but it’s an interesting idea for renters — imagine how it would look with patterned Japanese washi tape?

Read more about this room on Apartment Therapy.

I saw this picture this week and my heart melted, isn’t this kitchen gorgeous? I’m a jadeite collector and always feel like it’s hard to display the pieces without the room looking theme-y or overly country. But this kitchen is a perfect balance of modern elements like stainless steel appliances and barstools with time-worn kitchen tools like the rusted flour tins, and the subtle dose of floral wallpaper. I want to move right in!

via Country Home

I got two new prints for my apartment, one for my birthday last month, and the other I spotted online and had to have. I’ve been moving them around and trying to decide where they should live, but this weekend decided my bathroom needed a little artwork love. I was a little more chipper getting read for work on Monday morning looking at them (especially since I was running late and actually had to embrace my messy hair).

I’m so happy with my bedroom makeover, it’s quickly become my favorite room in the apartment. Of course I’m never finished with a room and still have little bits and pieces I want to change. At the top of my list is upgrading my sheets; they’ve seen better days and look extra tired next to my new duvet cover. Lucky for me, CSN Stores, purveyors of modern duvet covers and more has offered me a gift card to do just that!

But first I need your help. Do I buy the matching striped sheets? Or mix it up and go with a third pattern? Something simple like tiny dots? Or more bold and geometric? I can’t decide, what do you think?

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All this ice-cold gloomy-grey winter weather made for some poor photo-taking lighting over the past few weeks, so I’m happy I got a patch of sunlight this weekend to photograph some of my bedroom edits.

I’m ecstatic over the Dwell Studio Draper bedding I got from my birthday (do I have an awesome boyfriend or what?) — it is as cozy as it is pretty. Blogging about it, talking about, and leaving the catalog open on the coffee table with hearts drawn around it seemed to have worked!

Plus I added some new Euro pillows made out of Alexander Henry fabric that I picked up at Grey’s Fabric and Notions in the South End (note to crafty Bostonians,  go check it out, it’s fabulous!) I’m so obsessed with this fabric that I’m considering making more pillows out of it for the living room too.

When my grandmother was an interior designer, she snagged old discarded billboard ads and would wallpaper rooms with them. I’ve always thought was such a fun idea and when I saw this image on Apartment Therapy, it reminded me of her story and I had to read on to see how they accomplished the look.

The Better Wallpaper Company will apparently turn any high-quality photo into wallpaper. While I think it would be a little creepy to have a current family portrait on a wall that big, I could definitely see an old black and white photo being pretty like in this example.

Can you think of anything you’d want blown up that big in your house? I certainly wouldn’t want a picture of me!

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I’ve never been much of a bath person… which is probably because I’ve never lived in place that has a standalone bathtub. Just looking at this bathroom could make me change my mind though. It reminds me a bit of Kate Winslet’s English countryside cottage in The Holiday, don’t you think?

via Pinterest

This snakeskin table has made the rounds online for quite some time now… and I’ve always had a soft spot for it. The faux snakeskin texture just looks so luxurious.

There’s a very similar table on One Kings Lane today that caught my eye — I wish I had somewhere to put it … but for now, I’ll encourage you to go look around you home and find a place for it there. Please invite me to come visit it?

It’s sad that took me almost a week after I finished painting in my bedroom to get enough natural light to take a good picture of the results! But the rain clouds finally parted and now I can share with you how my weekend project turned out:

Painting the wall behind my bed was so gratifying. $14 worth of paint, one Saturday of work, and it totally transformed the room. I love the color; it’s called Poppyseed, and looks just like it sounds… a near black hue with hints of navy blue.

Here is what the room looked like before, major blah:

And for fun… one more stellar “after”:

Checking one project off the list of course means I’m just thinking about I want to do next… lamp upgrades, a new duvet, and perhaps some art above the bed? I’m never finished!

 

This room has all of my essentials: a quirky gallery wall, a well-stocked bar, mixed and matched vintage chairs, wood floors, and a dash of lucite for some glamour.

I also love the chandelier — it has me thinking about adding some sort of fancier lighting to my apartment. I may not be able to do electrical work in my rental, but perhaps a non-working version could be hung up for a dash of adornment? Add that to the to-do list!