Relaxing, inviting, comfortable, green, and full of plants. That's what I set out to create with the small deck area off our main living space and kitchen. It took a few years of hard work and plant experimenting, but I think I'm finally most of the way there!
One of my favorite things about our flat is that we're blessed to have ample outdoor space. There's a little deck off the kitchen, a little communal patio/bbq area downstairs and if you're not afraid of ladders there's the roof.
It's been eight months since I last shared an update on our ever-evolving living room. It took a while to find the perfect side table (with storage), and then life happened. But, I'm very excited to share another update! I've finally checked all the big projects off my list, and I'm super happy with the end result. It's been nearly four years in the making, but I finally feel like our living room is a strong representation of my style.
I feel like bedrooms are kinda my thing right now. I've shared my own bedroom updates (here, here and here), and snippets of a project I'm working on for a friend, and I'm even working on a project for my parents. But, I fully believe that a space is never "done". There are always little tweaks to do since people are dynamic and creatures of change.
It's been a little over a month since I first started helping my friend tackle her new bedroom. We've placed some orders, we've organized, she's done an excellent job at fully unpacking and organizing and purging, and I'm happy to say we're nearly there!
I'm in the process of helping my friend, and new roommate, update her bedroom. She moved in about a month ago, and asked for my help designing an adult, refined bedroom that would serve a number of purposes. The room needed to act as a personal sanctuary, and a quiet place she could come relax after a long day. The main challenge for her is storage. She's super athletic and has a bunch of equipment: two bikes, lots of water bottles, yoga mat, training gear--a little of everything.
'Tis the season! Holiday parties, Christmas carols, fairy lights and pretty trees. San Francisco goes all out for Christmas. I love walking through the darkened streets and admiring all the Christmas trees in people's apartment windows. I love feeling the excitement in the air. I also love getting a gigantic tree for our living room.
One of the few things I constantly want to change about our SF flat is the lack of a dining room, or space to put a traditional table. We're lucky enough to have a great outdoor patio space, large kitchen with island, in-unit laundry and a great living room--but no table. No place to sit in a regular chair and host a dinner party. Or wine party. Or whatever. This year, I wanted to embrace our lack of a table and host a friendsgiving without one.
I've been working little by little to update our living room for fall, but it's probably 90% complete! Finally! Our tv (which is actually a projector!) fits comfortably into its new home, we've updated a couple of pieces (one more furniture change is in the works but hasn't been ordered yet!), and I've added some textural pieces for fall and winter coziness. I'm a firm believer that since you, as a person, are constantly growing and changing then your surroundings can never be 100% done. There's always something to tweak, or change or a replacement for something you're just not that into anymore. But for now, I'm really loving our living room again.
It's been about a month since I wrote this post about updating my living room for fall, and I wanted to share some progress! I've ordered this bookshelf from Crate & Barrel, and I've picked up a couple new candles and some fresh decor.
Living in a city means that space is at a premium. If you're lucky enough to have access to outdoor space, whether it's on a roof, fire escape, deck or patio, you should take some time and figure out how to make the space work for you. Not everyone gets to have a tiny, urban oasis at their disposal, and the potential is limitless. Patios are precious.
Whoa! Did you guys know that Zara Home is avaliable state-side now? There are so many great pieces at unbelievable prices, that I couldn't help rounding up some of my faves! I'm a big fan of H&M Home because of their quality pieces at a reasonable price, and you seriously can't go wrong with the Target and Ikea selections. I'm all for shopping local and supporting small businesses, but sometimes you need a new pillow cover and don't want to spend $$$.
El Nino has been in full swing for the last week, and I've been busy working on my City bedroom refresh! One of the main challenges for my bedroom is that it needs to function as both bedroom and home office for my boyfriend. To make things worse, we don't have a closet in our room, and we have a decorative fireplace. Together, these challenges make placing furniture difficult, and creating open space seem impossible.
Lately I've been seriously craving a bedroom refresh. My boyfriend has lived in our flat for more than five years, but we've only been in our room about two. We have a mix of pieces--everything from street finds and Ikea to a DWR Sapien bookshelf I just had to buy a couple years ago. A few months ago I took the time to re-style our Ikea Expedit shelf, and it cured my need to start fresh for a while, but lately I can't take it anymore!
Last time I posted an update about my gallery wall project, I'd just picked up a ton of Ikea Ribba frames! Over the holidays, I ordered some large prints from Shutterfly, and some beautiful square prints from Artifact Uprising. I finally got all of them into their respective frames, and all that's left to do is secure the backing on the larger frames, and hang them up!
I've been working up a plan for my long, dark Victorian hallway for a couple months now. I've rounded up tons of inspiration pieces, and finally settled on a gallery wall. Click for details and advice!
Living in SF means living with less space, and less storage space, than you'd find other places. To combat this, creative storage solutions are a must. If Carrie Bradshaw can store shoes in her oven, you can pretty much do as you darn well please. Ikea's Expedit and Kallax are excellent storage solutions.
I live in a 1908 Victorian just west of Chinatown in San Francisco. We're lucky that our landlord, and building owner, renovated the kitchen and bathrooms when they purchased the property 15 years ago, but saved some of the original charm. We're blessed with a large, by city standards, kitchen and living room, in-unit washer and dryer, and plenty of light in the living spaces. The stairway and hallway though are a different story.