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I’ve admitted it before and will do it again, I’m a “reality” TV junkie. I put reality in quotes because I really only like reality TV if it’s the scripted MTV kind — with The City being right up there next to my “Real” housewives addiction. Since tomorrow night is the season finale of The City, and there are rumors floating it may not be around for much longer, I think I owe Whitney a post revisiting her eclectic decor.
I love the layered, textured look of her apartment and the mixture of vintage and new pieces. And obviously, I’m swooning for the shoe wall, if I had her shoes I’d show them off too. Lets have a look:
I usually pass by Traditional Home on the newsstands, it tends to be a bit too formal for my low-budget, apartment-friendly tastes. I bought it recently though after seeing a sneak peek online of something right up my alley, a tiny studio apartment … on a budget!
The apartment featured is Lauren McGrath’s, who the article describes as a young professional that needed to furnish her first apartment. Lucky for Lauren, her mom is an interior designer and former Martha Stewart Omnimedia alum. Not a bad lady to have around…
They claim the apartment was decorated on a budget with a mixture of Ikea staples, flea market finds, hand-me-downs from her designer Mom. They also purchased a few “investment pieces” like a brand new Mitchell Gold settee (Nate Berkus makes a pretty similar version in nearly identical ticking, which I’m eyeing). Now, the whole budget-angle goes out the door when the sources for the article are listed as “owners collection” and “call for pricing” but the studio apartment is adorable regardless.
I love the teeny tables in the living space, and the mixture of modern pieces like the lucite stool paired with more worn in elements like the vintage desk. And the settee — while beyond my means, even for an “investment piece” — is so perfectly scaled.
Images via Traditional Home
I just finished clicking my way through Lonny issue #3, and I for one am freaking jealous of that Michelle Adams. She has the coolest job ever. Maybe coolest life ever. Michelle, if you need any lowly assistants up in Boston, you just go ahead and give me a call!
I love that they feature so many apartments, because us apartment dwellers need shout outs sometimes. Afterall, we put up with sharing our washing machines with strangers, neighbors playing loud music at 6am, and the ever-pleasant misplacement of our mail in another persons mailbox (it’s never a credit card offer or a student loan bill, it’s always something awesome like your US Weekly).
My one point of contention with this issue though: how is that all of these apartment dwellers have wallpapered rooms?! I can’t even get my landlord to repaint our bathroom white — who are their super relaxed, wallpaper friendly landlords? I would really like to know. But in the meantime, I will drool at their awesome wallpapered homes.
Nate’s sister’s apartment (designed by him of course) was featured in Glamour magazine and he packed a whole house-worth of style into the one-room-home. My favorite detail? He organized her enormous handbag collection by filing her clutches in magazine holders… very crafty!
Do you ever see someone with a great outfit on and wonder, what does her apartment look like? Well I was pretty excited for this reason when my friend Lis posted pictures of her new apartment online, because I’ve been a big fan of her personal style and was dying to see how it would translate in her home. This girl can pull off a leather jacket and still get away with girly accents like framed fashion sketches, and Eiffel Tower models, so I will dub her personal style as ’sugar and spice.’
Her living room: perfection. I love the hints of a feminine, Parisian theme paired with the clean lines of the furniture. And that pillow? Love. I’ve been eyeing some vintage inspired dish towels with a similar look from Cat Studio to make one myself!
And as for the rest of the apartment, it’s all in the details. Whimsical jars of candy on the countertop, repurposed flea market frames with a fresh coat of paint, and framed paper dolls on the walls.
My favorite piece though is an end table that got revived with a little decoupage and layers of maps, postcards, and paper to keep with the Parisian theme. It’s so delicate and unique… and now I want one too!
Thanks Lis for letting me share your inspiring place, it was a treat!