In between take-out boxes and hand-me-down furniture, first apartments can easily look less spiffy than we set out for them to be. But in modern times, it’s much easier to pull off a stylish look in spite of a small floor plan and budget. I personally love small spaces for the design challenges they provide – sometimes they can inspire especially-creative decorating solutions. I’m sharing some tips and tricks for making the most of your first apartment, broken down by room. From flexible seating in the living room to low-lying furniture in the bedroom, this guide will hopefully provide some insight into design solutions that maximize your space.
(via Vogue, photography by Kasia Gatkowska)
At first glance, the living room of London fashion designer Simone Rocha seems to embody a fairly minimalist style of decor, but every detail of the 19th-century house was renovated with care by the imaginative Rocha. On closer look, you’ll notice the whimsical flower trim lining the ceiling, and the Francis Bacon portrait of William Blake on the far wall. Though the dark-stained floor lacks the warmth of a rug, green and pink velvet provide just enough cozy to soften the clean lines of the room. The home is full of art and personality, infused through elegant moments, like the stunning gold framed artwork below. The same balance of playfulness and subtlety that Rocha brings to her work is found in the the home, from surprising moments (like the statement tapestry in the bathroom) to the mix of styles in the kitchen and dining room.
I know I’ve been MIA for the past week, but I’ve got a big post to share (finally!). I have been working on the last couple of weeks to finish up the last details of my dorm room design, and I’m so excited to finally share the whole room today! Now that the room is done I finally feel like I have created a personal retreat for myself that has completely redefined my room and provided a comfortable ‘home’ for me here at college. Although I’ve had many late nights in the library or studio already, I’m always happy to head back to my dorm room. A huge thank you to the wonderful sponsors who collaborated with me on this project, including the bedding and area rug from Annie Selke, art prints and curtains from Minted, removable wallpaper from WallsNeedLove, and furniture and decor from At Home. Pulling these sources together, I sucessfully executed the neutral, layered vision from the design board I shared in August. Make sure to see my introductory dorm room post, and find the before pictures and the rest of the room after the jump!
Back in August I got to give my little sister’s bedroom workspace a little refresh with some new prints from Framebridge, including an art print from painter Jessica Brilli. I started out the project with her Red Zenith radio print, with a bright red and blue palette that inspired the rest of the space. I printed complementary pieces with Framebridge’s Bali and Jambi frames, and chose a mix of red and aqua desk accessories to bring out the hues from the painting. Grace’s desk lamp turned out to be the perfect color (shop a similar piece here), and the colors popped on the white and gold DIY desk. This vignette was featured on the Framebridge blog along with four other artists and designer’s spaces featuring Jessica Brilli art. Click below to see all of the spaces!
(via Citizen Atelier)
Although I’m late to the game sharing this roundup, I didn’t want to miss the chance to jump on the daybed train, as it’s been one of the biggest home decor trends I’ve watched explode this over the course of this year. Daybeds are hitting it big this year for many reasons – not only are they being styled as simple settee’s in hallways and entries, but they’re making versatile statements in living room and nurseries, as pieces that can easily transition between sitting and sleeping. Daybeds without backs look great styled against walls or as low-profile benches in living areas, while traditional daybeds with backs are perfect for a porch, sunroom, or guest room. They also work well in a library setting, to make it easy to transition to an extra bedroom. I’ve always wanted to work in a daybed into one of my projects, and I may have an idea I can start working on this fall. There are tons of styles on the market now, from traditional velvet pieces to mid-century profiles and even a pretty canopy bed from Anthropologie that I think would make a stunning statement.