Decor

DIY Walk In Closet

Over the years, I’ve converted 5 different bedrooms into my office/walk in closet. I’ve always worked from home, so I’ve needed the spare bedroom to be as functional as possible. Up until our most recent home, I was renting, so I never wanted to spend a ton of money on built ins! I had to get creative! Here’s what I’ve done to maximize my spaces on a budget. DIY Walk In Closet Ikea Billy Bookcase The absolute BEST, most affordable closet shelving unit has been the Ikea Billy bookcase. I’ve had both the regular bookcases and glass door bookcases – both are amazing. If your space allows it, I would get 3-4 of the Ikea bookcases to store your shoes and bags. (And this is another great bookcase/shelving option!) I’ve always liked the look of seeing my shoes + bags displayed, but if you think it will be too messy, I would get the one with glass doors. Then I would get a white or taupe linen fabric from a fabric store, and use a staple gun to add fabric behind the doors. This really elevates the entire look of the cabinet. Last step would be to swap out the knobs. I love a tiny brass knob like this, or even a fun crystal or painted knob from Anthropologie! This DIY Billy Bookcase hack is perfect for an office, kid’s playroom, or bathroom! Ikea has a ton of other closet systems that are more built out with hanging and drawer options as well. PS if the exposed white shelving holes bother you – you can buy these caps to fill them in! Past Home Set Ups In my first NYC apartment, I used a simple rolling rack to hang my clothes. It was perfect for the time being, but I didn’t LOVE the way the silver rack looked in such a small space (I wish they had made this one back then!) In my second West Village apartment, I paid a contractor to create a simple white built in closet with cubbies and hanging space on one side of the wall. I was renting and *technically* shouldn’t have done this, but I had the same contractor remove it when I moved out, and it was fine. In my LA house, I used 4 of the Ikea Billy bookcases and rolling racks, plus took advantage of the walk-in closet that already had built ins when I moved in. In my Soho apartment we had enough hanging space in the closets throughout the apartment, so I only used 4 of the Ikea Billy bookcases. Now for this house, I’ve been doing a TON of research and debating. Do I have a contractor do custom built ins? Do I get an Ikea larger built out wardrobe system like the Pax? Or do I mix and match my existing Ikea Billy bookcases with these cool mounted industrial clothing racks? Wall Mounted Clothing Racks I love the look of a gold industrial mounted clothing rack. It’s simple and sleek, doesn’t take up space, and is sturdy enough to hang a ton of clothes. You can do 2 or 3 next to each other, and really maximize your space. I have my eye on this simple clothing rack, this one, or this one with a white shelf above it. If you can’t mount anything – this subtle gold rolling rack is ideal. Accessories Once you have your clothes, shoes, bags, and storage taken care of, you can do the fun part which is accessorizing your closet! Add a fun ottoman or bench. Vintage hat boxes, Steamline luggage suitcases, a gorgeous chandelier, an oriental or shag rug, and a side table or chair. And lastly, get a floor length mirror! I have this simple gold West Elm mirror in my closet currently, but I recently bought this Restoration Hardware Salon Gilt mirror for our living room, and kind of want to get another for my closet!!!
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Currently Coveting

This week’s currently coveting is all about decor! I’ve been having so much fun scouring the internet for beautiful decor pieces. From lamps, to books, art, mirrors and more…here’s what I have my eye on! Currently Coveting: Decor Pieces Mirrors Any of these mirrors would be beautiful for a bathroom, vanity, bedroom or entryway. This bone inlay one is so intricate and would pop in any space. This circular bone inlay mirror from Made Goods is more subtle and I can see it going in a small guest bathroom, or vanity. This french gold mirror would look good anywhere – even in a living room or above a fireplace. Decorative Pieces These faux white blossoms would look amazing in a cluster in a living room, entry or bedroom. This piece of art just sold out, but I am hoping they restock it because it’s perfect for my office! I linked a ton of beautiful vases and vessels I found below. How great are these wicker baskets?! Lamps I’ve had my eye on this Ralph Lauren lamp forever and think I’m going to get it for our living room. This marble lamp is elegant and would look beautiful in my office. This ivory lamp from McGee and Co. is so cool and would look great in a bedroom or guest bedroom!
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Best Bedding

If you think about how much time you actually spend in bed – you realize how worth it is to invest in amazing bedding! I wanted to share my absolute favorite beds, bedding, pillows and more with you so that you can have the best night of sleep! Best BeddingLinen SheetsMy girlfriend Tammi introduced me to linen sheets 5 years ago, and I can never go back. Honestly, they are the most comfortable sheets to sleep on, keep my temperature regulated (I’m never too hot or too cold), and look beautiful on any bed. I’ve tried several brands and the two I can recommend are the Restoration Hardware Stonewashed Belgian Linen duvet and sheet set and The Citizenry Stonewashed Linen Bed Bundle. I own both in white, although they come in several other colors. The Citizenry one is a little softer at first, but the RH one softens more after 1-2 washes. I prefer the RH pillowcases because they’re a traditional shape, whereas the Citizenry ones hug the pillow edges and have more of a lip if that makes sense? Down Comforter and PillowsI LOVE down and think it’s 100% worth investing in quality down pillows and comforters! I use The Company Store down pillows (they offer a ton of different varieties depending on your preferences!) You can use this link for 25% off! Our guest bedroom pillows are from Ikea and TBH we are impressed with them for the price! I like a more full/medium down fill, and the Ikea ones are a bit lighter (but you may like that.) I’ve read amazing reviews about this Parachute pillow as well… We have The Company Store down comforter. MattressFor years I had the Saatva Classic mattress in Luxury Firm. This is honestly the best mattress I’ve ever had. It’s so supportive, doesn’t hold dents in it, and I always get compliments from friends who have house sat for us. We recently ordered the Saatva Latex Hybrid Mattress because we wanted a King instead of a Queen size bed. I was really intrigued by this new mattress because it’s 100% natural and organic latex. I had read years ago about how most mattresses release toxic gases while you sleep (this is called off-gassing), and knew I wanted to get an organic mattress for our next one. In our guest room we have an organic tempurpedic mattress from Essentia. You will sleep like a baby on this thing! It is CRAZY how comfortable it is – and people always tell me the next morning how much they love it. Decorative PillowsMy favorite decorative pillows and throws are from Jenni Kayne. I have the alpaca pillow in cream and blanket in grey. The patterned pillows I always get asked about were custom made years ago from an interior designer I worked with, but these are similar! I have 2 king size pillows in the Restoration Hardware white linen, and then 3 euro size pillows in the same material on my bed. I also really love these linen pillows in various sizes and colors from The Citizenry. Bed FrameMy bed frame and bench are both from Restoration Hardware (shocker haha!) Both are in the white Belgian linen material.
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Curtain Buying Guide

Curtains absolutely complete a room. They are essential in my opinion. They draw your eye UP, which makes the ceilings look taller, they bring warmth to a space and add sophistication. I wanted to share a few things I’ve learned about buying curtains over the years, and where I recommend getting them from! *These are all curtains from my past and current homes. From top to bottom: my West Village living room, my LA dining room, my LA bedroom, my LA living room (all RH curtains), and our Connecticut home (Amazon curtains.) Curtain Buying Guide Custom Curtains I remember how expensive custom curtains were from my interior design internship days. We are talking about $1500-$2500 per window! Pretty crazy for just curtains, buttttt when you think about how much fabric it takes to make a single panel, the labor, and the cost of something like real Belgian linen, then it makes sense. In the past, I was never willing to invest in custom curtains because I was only renting my homes. But, now that we own our home, I have definitely started to reconsider. I wanted to share an alternative to custom curtains that I’ve used and that has been really beautiful and luxe! Restoration Hardware Curtains I’ve been so impressed with Restoration Hardware curtains. They look custom because they’re such incredible quality. The style I have always gotten is called the: Belgian Heavyweight Textured Linen – French Pleat – in shade white. These curtains are lined and very, very thick. The thickness creates a really rich, more formal look, which I love, BUT if you’re going for a more casual/light look I’d recommend the non heavyweight style over the ones I have. The RH shade of white is more of a creamy white, which looks perfect with any decor style. The width of these curtains is 46″ and then they offer 4 different ceiling heights. For a 46″ x 96″ panel, as an RH member (highly recommend signing up for their membership because you save so much $), you’re looking at $494 per panel, or about $988/window. I 100% feel this is worth it after purchasing and seeing several other curtains from various brands in person. For a super wide window that takes up almost the entire wall, 1 panel on each side would be plenty (as you can see here in old my LA living room.) For a more narrow window, honestly you could probably get away with having a tailor cut just 1 panel in half, and hang a 1/2 panel on each side of the window because they’re so thick! So then you’re looking at $494 + tailoring (which I don’t think would be a whole lot, since it’s just sewing a straight line!) Something to think about… Amazon Curtain Review After seeing several photos online of the Amazon “custom” curtains in other people’s homes, I was very intrigued. We have SO many windows in our home (5 in our living room/front entry alone) so I really didn’t want to spend almost $5000 on new curtains just for that part of our home. (Sadly the RH curtains from my past rental places were too short since the ceilings were lower, so I couldn’t reuse them like I had in the past.) I decided to take a risk, and ordered 10 panels of these curtains. Spending $150/panel vs almost $500/panel was enticing ($1500 total vs $5000 total for all of my windows.) The reason I ordered all 10 panels at once, is because I’d heard from other people who had ordered them, that the colors can vary – even if you’re ordering them in the same color – due to the different batches of fabric they receive at the factory in China. Color Discrepancies When I ordered them I opted for the snow white color which appeared to be a true white online, but it happens to be a pretty stark white color in person (it’s so white, that it almost has a tint of blue to it…) To be completely honest, it looks kind of cheap on a gloomy day because the starkness is more apparent (versus on a sunny day), and I find that it clashes with our warm, creamy white walls. For reference, our walls are Benjamin Moore Simply White in Aura Matte (not a true cream color by any means, but also not super white.) I did notice they had a beige white color option, but it looked too muddy online for my taste (although not sure what it looks like in real life!) If you have a more relaxed, beachy vibe or if a beige curtain would work in your home, then you could absolutely do the beige with no lining for an airy, light, ethereal look. Customize Option On the right side of the Amazon page, you’ll see the customize option. I did the pinch pleat with a 46″ width (same as my RH curtains.) The odd thing is that the Amazon 46″ width is a lot more narrow than the RH 46″ curtains, SO if you have a super wide window in your home, you’ll definitely need to at least double this width for each panel (going up to 100″ in width would probably even be better.) I also got my curtains lined with white since I wanted that thicker, slightly more formal look. Pros Such a bargain for custom curtains – I mean, you cannot beat this price! Great option if you’re on a tight budget, in a rental space, or staging a house to sell it and need curtains in the photos. They actually look great in photos after you brighten the exposure, and you can’t really tell they’re a stark white. If you want a lightweight curtain that’s ethereal and casual (less structured than my RH ones.) If you have a big piece of furniture going in front of the curtains and just need a curtain peaking out, these are ideal since the tops are really decent. Cons The material is a faux linen, which may not bother some, but it does bother me since I have real linen chairs in our room, and the RH curtains to compare to. Up close they look and feel a bit cheap, but it really depends on what you’re used to in terms of materials. They’re not the worst faux linen I’ve ever seen though. The stark white against the warmer white wall bothers me, but again, this is something that may not bother you! And if your wall is a cooler white, then these would be perfectly fine. On a sunny day, you can’t really tell the harsh contrast, it’s just when it’s gloomy and there’s not a lot of light pouring in that my discerning eye picks up on it and cringes haha. The beige white, or beige color of these curtains obviously wouldn’t clash the same way the white would, so if beige works in your home, go for it. Beware if you have other white/off white linen furniture in the same room. I have 2 warm white linen chairs situated close to the Amazon stark white curtains and the contrast between the two objects irks me. It’s not that I don’t like mixing different shades of white – I do, it’s just the blue-ish white in the Amazon curtains looks more obvious when you’re looking at our chairs. To preface, this is something that I notice because I’m picky, but Thomas doesn’t notice at all…. Since they’re not heavy, they don’t hang quite the way I’d want them to – they slightly bow out/flare at the bottom and the sides. This is partially due to the fact that I have very tall ceilings and did a more narrow width to fit my windows. If you have a lower ceiling and do a 100″ width for a wide window that spans the whole wall, you probably won’t notice it as much since it will be a thicker cluster of fabric. Also, if you place furniture in front the curtains (like a sofa or bed) this won’t be noticeable at all! Overall I wouldn’t rebuy these at this point in my life, because I’d rather splurge on curtains I’ll have forever, vs curtains that I’ll probably want to change in 6 months to a year…BUT if I was still renting, then I’d definitely consider these. What I will say is this – I think whether you like these curtains or not, will really depend on your wall color, decor style, room layout, furniture, amount of windows, and window size. For a super wide window that spans the entire wall – the unlined beige in 100″+ width is a great option for a room with a ton of white furniture. If you just need a pair of curtains for a guest room you barely look at, these could work well. Again it all depends on your preferences! Other Options I have heard from several readers that they like their Pottery Barn and Ikea curtains. I can’t speak to these at all because I’ve never seen them, but wanted to share in case you wanted to test out a few other options! The Pottery Barn real Belgian linen curtains are only $129 for a standard 50″ x 96″ panel which isn’t bad – and it’s actually cheaper than the custom Amazon option!!! The only thing is you’re not getting that same pinch pleat detail on the top. Curtain Rods While I’m sure you can find cheaper curtain rods elsewhere, I’ve always used these ones from Restoration Hardware. I love the thickness, and am so impressed with the quality. The exact style is called the: Dakota in soft iron. I have the thickest bar with the biggest finial and large loop rings. The gold brass rods they have are beautiful as well! Summary I’d love to know about your curtain experience, and if you’ve gone the custom route as I am considering it now! Hopefully you found this very long winded, in depth review helpful ;) I always like to be thorough and super honest when it comes to home decor!
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