Nate Berkus tweeted me.
So maybe you missed that sentence.
Nate Berkus tweeted me.
What a sweetheart behind an incredible brand. The truth is, I would have never bought those elephants if I didn’t love Nate Berkus at Target. When I pass that aisle, I have to force myself not to buy, buy, buy because it is all so gorgeous. I have a friend who is moving and I am helping her decorate and guess whose bedding I am suggesting she buy? That’s right. Nate Berkus’. And he’s a nice guy who stands behind what he designs and sells. What more could you want?
Speaking of decorating, I want to share the Pinspiration behind some of my favorite parts of my apartment. Like I said before, this ultimately won’t be a lifestyle blog (however obsessed I may be with those blogs). Maybe Nate Berkus inspired this post. Even more so, I remember coming to San Francisco, getting the job, and moving into my room share/sublease. An artist, she spent most of the summer in Belgium with her boyfriend and her apartment, in the Mission (A neighborhood here…SF is all about the neighborhoods, which is another post.), was amazing. I told my friends and family: the only way I can describe this place is that it’s like living inside pinterest.
The space was mine for two months but it wasn’t mine. When San Francisco, the city, started to feel like home to me (and rents started to skyrocket), I needed a home. Everything was still new and exciting. Every day was different. I missed my family. But I was on an adventure (remember?) and as much as I loved it, I learned that even on adventures one needs a space of her own. One (aka me) cannot exist in flux forever. In fact creating that space is part of the adventure, especially if this is the first truly grown up apartment that one puts together on her own from the ground up. So the adventure of a room of one’s own began.
It started simply. For example: yo, I need a bed (another upcoming post).
Eventually, the adventure led to more complex parts of my nest. Considering what I paid in rent, I better feel good when I walk through that door.
Here is the thing: I wanted this space to be grown up and calming, sophisticated and classic. I have a studio so I need simple. I needed the room to be bigger not smaller. Most importantly, I want it to be haven I could write and rest in. But I didn’t have the dough. Moving here was crazy (also an upcoming post). So most of this is DIY. What isn’t hand crafted, I bought from RueLaLa, Joss and Main, and Overstock. Overstock was my best friend, no joke. If you want my advice…Just kidding, I’m going to give it to you anyway:
Really the trick is to know what you want (thank you, pinterest) and to find something close to that, something you know you can turn into what you want OR hold off and wait for what you really want. And don’t be intimidated by do-it-yourself projects! I redid my friend’s apartment (also another post) and Lis felt like she could not DIY, that she wasn’t capable. One day I went home after a long night of gold leafing her table. The next day, when I arrived, I noticed a little something on her mirror. “Oh, I added some gold leafing to it,” she told me casually. It looked GREAT and only the day before she announced, “Nina, I can’t do this. I can’t paint this.”
So for those of you who can DIY, consider passing it on. I know that I wouldn’t be confident doing anything like this if not for my mom who was doing things I see on pinterest since before I was born (thanks, Ma).
I found a coupon on Gilt (Okay, Lis found it and passed it on…See! Pay it forward.) which is another discount website. Honestly, the prices and brands are typically a little higher end and more pricey than RueLaLa so I don’t use it often. But the local part of it? Where you can choose your city? That is great. A wonderful woman helped me clean my apartment for two hours at an incredible price. Cheryl, if you are reading: I think you are wonderful. What a treat!
Just for the record, I can’t help but be honest. So I’ll always give it to you straight. But…let’s pretend this blog post was completely cohesive, ‘kay? The point is that even adventures (especially long term ones…for example, picking up your life and moving it somewhere else) require a sturdy (comfy and beautiful) foundation.
P.S. So many of you have let me know that you are reading and enjoying the blog and I am so glad to hear it. If you’re reading, the best way to let me know is to comment. Let me hear ya–the good, the bad, and the ugly. Where do you find inspiration for your nests?