A few more shots of my old West Village, NYC apartment… Painting my bedroom black was a huge risk and I went back and forth about it for weeks, but luckily Becca convinced me and I ended up LOVING it! It really made the extremely small bedroom feel more luxe and sophisticated. When it came to the dining nook, I knew I didn’t want to do anything conventional so I mixed up my chairs and did a custom wingback from Society Social and wicker chairs from Williams Sonoma. I collected various sizes of blue ginger jars and placed floral arrangements from BloomBar in them. I sprinkled fashion coffee table books throughout the space along with perfume, candles and souvenirs from my travels. The artwork was a combination of magazine and coffee table book cutouts (it’s all about getting creative!), and pieces from One Kings Lane. As I mentioned in my first apartment post, I utilized every inch of the 650 square foot space with a rolling rack, baskets, and shoe boxes for storage. The apartment was a mix of classic and eclectic with a nod to the charm of the West Village. Head over to this post and this post to see more!
I’m so excited to share pictures of my old West Village, NYC apartment with you! I lived in this charming 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 650 sq. ft apartment for 3 years. The second bedroom became a very special closet/office space which you may remember from this post here. My apartment was located on the most incredible street in a brick building that was built in the 1920s. The fire escape overlooked townhouses that reminded me of St. Germain in Paris. In the spring, beautiful white blossoms would bloom right outside my steps and everyone was always out and about with their dogs grabbing coffee. I maximized every inch of that apartment! I made a cute dining nook which was located near the entry, and got creative with Ikea shelves, rolling racks, and under the bed storage. When it came to decor, I embraced the neighborhood charm and history of the West Village and outfitted the space with classic, cozy, sophisticated pieces. I used a ton of neutrals to make the space feel bigger than it was, and drew inspiration from my travels. The picture above my bar cart is a framed Hermes scarf that I picked up in Florence, the entry rug is from a Bazaar in Turkey, and the bone inlay dresser has a Moorish-inspired, bohemian flare. The entry mirror is Moroccan inspired and all of the artwork has some sort of meaning or significance to me. I ordered most of my pieces online (One Kings Lane, Restoration Hardware, Wisteria and Williams Sonoma), and then picked up other items at antique and specialty shops during my travels. It took me 3 years (until I moved out!) to fully decorate the place. It happened slowly, but surely. After year 2, I got “stuck” and couldn’t figure out what was missing in my apartment or what it needed to really feel 100% complete. I reached out to Becca Interiors after finding her on Instagram and she helped me add the finishing touches and swap out a few things (like my coffee table, bathroom light + wallpaper, artwork and bedroom paint.) Stay tuned for Pt. 2 and be sure to check out other photos of my apartment on MyDomaine, Domino and The Every Girl (next week!)
Ahhh Spring! A time of rebirth and renewal! It’s a time to clean out those closets and make room for new energy and new pieces that will give you that extra pep in your step. I’m getting nostalgic looking back at these pictures of my old closet. This closet was a special place – it was where a lot of brainstorming and some serious outfit planning went down. Before I moved, I got rid of a ton of pieces! A few of you have been asking me to do a closet sale since I’m cleaning out my wardrobe again – and it’s something I will definitely consider. ;) If you haven’t already read the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up I highly recommend you doing so. It’s all about decluttering your space to help make room for inspiration and creativity. For closet storage – I love these Ikea bookshelves and this rolling rack. You can’t go wrong with fun wicker baskets for scarves, bathing suits, and belts. Keep old shoe boxes and use them as storage for odds + ends. Toss plastic hangers and order these velvet non slip ones. Organize your clothes by season and buy under the bed storage bins or consider renting a small storage unit if necessary (I used Box Butler in NYC and had a great experience – and no this isn’t sponsored!) Donate or consign anything you haven’t worn in a year (I loved Second Time Around consignment store.) And finally the wardrobe mantra I live by; invest in classic pieces you’ll have for years to come! Less is more – quality over quantity.
I’m always adding things to my fashion and beauty wish lists, but have been adding WAY more items to my decor wish list since I moved! Here’s an inspiration board I started creating for my new home. I left most of my furniture in NYC, but shipped my rugs and chandeliers to California. I’m so glad I kept this chandelier because it fits perfectly in my new dining nook! I scored this Turkish rug on Etsy (my fave place for affordable, unique rugs) and put it upstairs in my bedroom. I found my bed while I was walking through Cost Plus World Market with my dad, and got the floor model for under $300! You can order it online as well. I love this mirror for above my nightstand in my bedroom, and just ordered these cool agate coasters and more candles for around the house. These french bistro chairs are super comfortable and would look great in my kitchen. This hide rug is under $120 and I’m thinking of layering it on top of my sisal rug in the living room. Decorating can be overwhelming and expensive – BUT there are sooooo many amazing websites and stores out there that offer great deals. You just have to be willing to hunt a little and have patience. It took me over 2 years to feel like my last place was “complete.” Stay tuned as I continue to share my finds on here ;) PS my NYC apartment tour just went live on MyDomaine!
I’m back in LA after a whirlwind week long trip to Mexico with the New York Times! The Oscars were this past weekend, and 3 of my closest friends (Talun, Jamison, and my sis Kameryn) happened to be in town at the same time (lucky me!) I threw a little Oscars party in my new home to celebrate and laid out popcorn, movie candy, cheese + crackers and Stella Artois. If you haven’t tried their Cidre, I highly recommend it – it’s so light, crisp, and refreshing. Stella Artois reached out to me to celebrate the Oscars in honor of its “Buy A Lady A Drink” campaign with Water.org. and was kind enough to gift my guests and I these gorgeous Limited-Edition Chalices for the party. For every purchase of a Limited-Edition Chalice, Stella Artois will help Water.org provide five years of clean water for one person in a developing country. This year, Stella Artois partnered with Marchesa to design a beautiful custom dress inspired by the Chalices that Olivia Culpo wore on the Oscars red carpet. Did you see it? She looked stunning! You can purchase your own Chalice here!