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New Apartment Living Room Reveal.

So as I may have mentioned 2,345 times, I moved. But you don’t know the full story. MK, my current roommate, had a roommate before me that needed out of the lease three months early. This was great for me because I needed to move. So I started packing and slowly moving stuff over but then the other roommates situation fell through. I panicked, obviously. This back and forth happened a few times before the other roommate suggested I still move in for the last three months of their lease and live in the dining room (it is a spacious two bedroom). Ultimately, her situation ended up kind of working out so I did get her room but her things still live her and she is slowly moving out. As

Ultimately, her situation ended up kind of working out so I did get her room but her things still live here and she is slowly moving out. As her things are moved out, mine are moved into place which had a different vibe than hers. MK and I have a similar vibe so it has been working out well (when she moved in, she moved in to the old roomie’s stuff) and I want to show you the living room which is the most finished (I would say it is at 95%).

We like clean lives, open spaces, and expensive things that we either don’t pay full price for or things from Target that look expensive. I would say that is our aesthetic in this space. Also, bikes (you’ll see).

Here’s the before:livingroombefore

And here is the after:livingroom6You may recognize my little gray couch and the poufs:livingroom5How cool is that gramophone? You put your iPhone in it. The couch and the pillows are from Homegoods. The white side table is from Target, as is the lamp on the other side of the table (we love the lamps because they look so expensive). The poufs are One King’s Lane and the throw is West Elm. Most of this, I owned in my previous apartment. As for the other side table, more on that to come.

Speaking of stuff from my old apartment, you’ll recognize this setup in a different order (ikea, baby!):livingroom1You may notice the bikes which we can ride inside thanks to this trainer and watch The Mindy Project at the same time. I kind of love them because they are decorations in and of themselves. Also, my bike is cream, not yellow. I am very sensitive to this. Ha.livingroomSee how pretty they are? And functional for working out! They also go great with the artwork from MK’s sister. She is seriously amazing. Her etsy shop is on hiatus but I can’t wait to feature her here and for now you can find her on IG. Speaking of, we are going to add two more of her paintings to that wall (the one that is up there now will go in the middle and it will be a series).livingroom4On the opposite wall, above my gray couch, we will be getting a mirror so that the art will reflect and also this huge room will appear even bigger. The artwork and the mirror are the only two things left to do in this apartment.

That floor lamp matches the other table lamps and is also from Target.

One of the greatest finds was our coffee table which is actually nesting tables which we un-nested and use the babies as side tables. MK got this Safavieh set up for super cheap…and when we went to pick it up (she needed muscle), this wealthy family was also like, “Hey, do you need rugs?” to which we said, “Yes, fancy people we would love free rugs” (those are in other parts of the apartment). The rug in this room was given to MK from her parents when they no longer needed it. I didn’t know if I would love it but now I do! On to, the coffee table. livingroom2I think we have truly transformed this room into a place that is light and bright. We are both creatives so we spend time in here not just watching tv but also working (the office/dining room is in process but soon, soon it will be ready).

What do you think? Remember this is a rental so we had to be creative in order to transform it?





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Loving and Coveting in February.

It may be the end of the month (thanks to the extra day a leap year gives us) but this is what I am loving and coveting in February. Some are things I have gotten and some are things I wish I had. Either way, let’s be honest, I have great taste (haha). I’m just so funny on Mondays.

Copper String Lights

String lights? Yes, please. In the shape of paper cranes? Uh, yes. In the color copper? Well, it’s more like rose gold so definitely.

Hourglass Accent Table

Target calls this copper. I call it rose gold and I saw it in person. Since I am on the hunt for side tables in the office where we, like I said, are looking to bring in rose gold, these are a definite option. After seeing them in person I am even more sure they are on point.

Window Daybed

Who got this West Elm Daybed on Craig’s list aka for a lot less money? My roommate. You thought I was going to say me but ha! No. The good thing is that it lives in the shared space of the office which name indicates it is shared. I’m pumped that we have an extra space to sit when working back there and also that guests have a bed of their own. Plus it is seriously fab looking.

Dusty Blush Luster Velvet Pillow Cover

West Elm, what up? In the office, where the daybed we use as a sofa/bed lives, we want to bring in rosegold and blush colors based on our desk vibes (you’ll see the office soon…after the front room/living room and the completion of my bedroom but you’ll see it). I love West Elm’s pillow covers. And be sure to give them your email address so you get 15% off. What?!

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick

To be fair, I got three of these lipsticks for free in an Influenster Box (Pepper, Gazpacho, Berryroot) and I am in love. I didn’t have to blog about them at all so know that this is true. Bite Beauty lippies are made from edible oils. I love the colors and it is creamy and long lasting and I just feel lucky I got them for free. But dare I say this may be the brand I go to for lipstick over MAC? I don’t know who I am right now.

Cyclops Magneto Bike Trainer

If you don’t know what this is, that’s cool because I didn’t until recently. It lets you ride your bike inside and since I got a bike for my birthday (more on this in another post to come…it’s true love), this is great. It doesn’t make a lot of noise and I can work out no matter the weather. I honestly don’t know why people buy super expensive exercise equipment now that I know about this. I ride and watch my favorite tv shows on Hulu and it’s fab. Seriously!

Mobile Charger

One day this month the whole block lost power for eight hours during the day and into the night. It was like living on the frontier and as my phone slowly ran out of batteries just as I needed a flashlight, I saw the intelligence in having one of these. Instead, we went in my roommate’s car and listened to You’ve Got Mail on audio because the screen didn’t work as the phones charged. This mobile charger also happens to be super cute.

“Hello” Doormat

I bought this. I passed it and I said, “That’s super cute” and my roommate admitted she almost bought it last time she was at Target. The price was right since my roomie felt like this was a bit more welcoming than my DIY “Lose the Shoes Mat” (to be fair, when I made it, I had white carpet, which I do not have any longer).

What are you loving and coveting in February?





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Currently Crushing: Over Dyed Persian Rugs.

Ever since I saw Mindy Kaling on the floor of her office like the hot mess that she is on The Mindy Project, I have been crushing on the over dyed Persian rug look. In typical Mindy fashion, hers was a bright hot pink which I love and adored especially when I saw it in person.

No, but for real. Can you see it behind where we are sitting in the Yurt?


I am very excited to be in a Yurk with @jennifrank_ ! #influenceconf

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Of course, here is Mindy. Gosh, I just love her (and her taste in rugs).girlcrushThe thing is, I didn’t think I would have the money for a rug because, hello. Rugs are expensive. Plus, nothing makes a room look smaller than a rug that is too small for it. I really wanted something with deep blues and teals and I found it but there was that price issue again. But then Bex told me about this one at Target that I have been obsessed with it since I got in on sale. Even normally priced, it’s still a really great deal. I can’t even express how much I love it to you guys except with a brief photo montage. These originally appeared on my Instagram (follow me!) so I will have to lay off the rug photos but isn’t she a beauty?tealrugIGI love gray and neutral ones as well. In fact, in the photo with the picture of all the rugs up above you can click around on the one that strikes your fancy. Or just below here there is an even wider array. I think they are fab. They are also in a variety of price ranges from Target to West Elm to Overstock to One King’s Lane and so you may just get lucky.

There are a million reasons I love this look in a room. Let’s start with the fact that it looks really dramatic when I lay on the floor and complain about my life like Mindy. But also, I love how it anchors the room and makes a big impact. In my room, everything else is neutral so the rug strikes just the right chord in a room that should be calm but reflect my bold personality too. Do I sound like I’m fancy or what?

I’ll leave you with a tidbit for making sure you buy the correct sized rug for a room. Every piece of furniture (every single piece of furniture) should be able to touch (as in sit on) part of the rug.

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What do you think? Are you in love with this style as much as I am?





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Loving and Coveting in January.

It’s winter in Chicago, people. Having spent most of my life living in such winters I’ve learned that certain comforts inside (and a few outside) the home are so helpful in the quest to stay cozy. Since I am transition (I just moved but I am sleeping in the Dining Room until the third roomie moves out) the things that are comforting and cozy to me are small and simple. Plus since I am living out of a suitcase, my wardrobe is limited which means it is more important than ever to have pieces I can cuddle up with. I know Christmas just passed so this isn’t a wish list but instead what I am loving and coveting in January to stay cozy and feel at home (also I’m sure we all have some giftcards burning a whole in our wallet).

I am not going to lie; I judged Ugg slippers. I thought: how in the world can one justify the price? Can they really be worth it? They can. They truly can. I sometimes keep mine on my bed because they are just that comfortable. As someone who struggles with chronic pain, they are a Godsend, no joke. But everyone I know who has them, says they are worth every penny. I am loving these more than ever during the move as I find the warm spots in the house.

My roommate, MK, came home with these ROAM candles and they smell amazing and have special meaning as well because each scent represents a city. MK spent a large chunk of her life in NY and I spent a chunk in SF so she got one of each. They also smell incredible. Little touches like lighting a candle, especially one like this make me feel warm and fuzzy amidst the chaos that is my current life.

A classic piece like this watch just makes a girl feel put together on days when she is anything but. You feel me?

Hand Cream like this is a luxury. And when you are living out of a suitcase you take your tiny luxuries where you can get them. This scent? It’s the same as my favorite candle so I am coveting this pretty badly.

I found this oversized leopard cardigan at Target on sale. I plan on living in it these next few weeks until I have a closet.

You know how I feel about a bright lip…Everything is gray around these parts, but my lips don’t have to be. I love this color on its own or to layer. But lipstick as I switch out items in my suitcase may be my saving grace.

If you have Hunter Boots and you live anywhere that gets remotely cold, do yourself a favor and get some Hunter inserts. They come in all sorts of styles (I have leopard…are you sensing a trend?) but your Hunter’s can double as snow boots and you don’t need another pair of shoes (like I have room for them anyway right now).

If you don’t have Hunters stay cozy with socks like this. I am not going to lie…I hate sleeping in long pants but when I am lounging I get cold. Here is the solution. Also what a great boot sock.

I am dying for a faux fur vest and I love this one. I would live in it. Definitely coveting.

Finally, these curtains. Again, this is a covet for me. But have you seen my vision for my room? As I write this in a room full of boxes that cannot be unpacked yet, I am dying to nest. Anthro, why do you do this to me?

Anything here strike your fancy? What is keeping you cozy in the new year?





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New Apartment Bedroom Inspiration.

Moving is driving me a bit crazy, more specifically, packing. I can’t even say I have done a ton of work because I am intimidated. Instead, I am so overwhelmed I cannot tell you. Moving back from San Francisco was so insane but moving within a city is just as crazy. Basically, as one person told me in the comments: moving is awful; don’t do it. That is not an option though so this past weekend and on Cyber Monday, I dreamt a little of the new apartment bedroom inspiration.

I looked around the space I created here in this tiny studio. I’m so excited to have more space at the new place, truly. But because of my chronic pain, my bedroom will always be my oasis. It has to be. So I looked at what I already had and just dreamt a little about what I would want in my new space. I can’t spend much money and it’s definitely a use what you have situation.

I’ll be going with white bed linens and a white duvet again. I once wrote about what it means to me to have white bedding but I got over it and I love it. Although I have to say, after nearly two years, the current white duvet has to go.

On Cyber Monday, I got a deal on a duvet from Target I have been eyeing (it’s reasonable even when it is not Cyber Monday). I knew I wanted some type of ruffle or ruching. I wanted to keep it simple but white bedding shows wrinkles. This one should be great. The whole point of having white bedding is for it to be clean and crisp and so in this case the ruching keeps wrinkles from showing.

I’m keeping my beloved Belquist Throw Pillows and the Faux Fur Throw I got last Christmas. I love them.

I am also keeping my mirrored nightstand. I love the mirrored look and this was definitely a great purchase when I was in SF. I love that it is so tall with plenty of storage. I got it at a great price too.

As for the art, I have so many gallery walls currently that I want to keep it simple with black frames. I’ll buy a canvas and do the DIY abstract animal art.

I will (very securely) hang the white elephant over my bed (he is currently in my hallway). I love the white on white on white look with as many neutrals as possible.

Meanwhile, I have been dreaming of an overdyed Persian Rug. Rugs are so very expensive though! I knew it was not in my budget and that I would probably have to wait a year. And then I saw almost an exact replica on my good friend, Bex’s blog. I told her, “I have been looking at the same rug!” But it wasn’t the same rug. The one she found was on sale at Target! I’m talking less than $100 for the bigger size (with my Target debit card). I feel like it will ground the room and also be the only real and true color.

I also found a great deal on Cyber Monday for headboard. The last year and a half I’ve had a platform bed. I love the look but it’s better for my back to have a headboard so that will be added as well. It’s a very subtle gray with some grommets that attaches to a simple bed frame (which I still have to get). I could have made it. But it was under a hundred dollars…with supplies and time and everything it was worth it (remember to DIY or not to DIY?)

You can click on the picture to see any of these items (or in a few cases, similar items). Fair warning, a lot of it was on sale when I did get it, whether it was Cyber Monday or back in the day in SF. Also, it may be on further sale. Who knows?

Any of the stuff featured was my choice and I put together this based on what I wanted and I like. I am not at the point in blogging where people are sending me beds. Haha! As always though, I just want you to know that if you make a purchase, that brand pays this blog a few cents (at no cost to you) that keeps this blog running. I always give you full disclosure because I think you’d be shocked to know all the links you click on in this blogging world!

So what do you think? My only concern is that it remains simple and neutral. When I crammed everything together on Photoshop I liked it (and I still do) but it will still be interesting for it to all come together.

What do you think?





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