1st Christmas

I “moved on up to the west side” this summer into my new “deluxe apartment in the sky-y-yyyy”!  Well more like my 1980s shagadelic second floor condo.

The layout was perfect when my realtor and I walked through for the first time… moldings and casings… formal rooms that flow… spacious bedrooms… and most importantly a dishwasher (you try living without one).  Only issue was the space was rough with wallpaper that hung on for dear life, dusty light fixtures and an 80s mirrored dining room.  And that was just the living and dining rooms.  Check out the Ghost of Condo’s Past below:

I have been working on the place and pulling it together and am ready to share with you this holiday; my first Christmas in the new spot.  The living room is still a work-in-progress but it has come together well.

LIVING ROOM

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Every year I purchase new coordinating wrapping papers which make the chore of wrapping more exciting.  Don’t spend too much because they are just going to get ripped to smithereens anyway.  Check out places like TJ Maxx and Marshalls.  Oh and try colors outside the red and green norms, have fun.Dec 18_2015 028 USEDec 18_2015 021

Some old’school garland, ornaments and an oversized star pumped up the festiveness of this antique candelabra from Idlewild House.Dec 18_2015 029 USE

I didn’t need the TV stand anymore but it works as an occasional table between these lovely curtain panels I spotted on sale at JCP.  Believe it or not, that wide seat chair is hella comfortable (similar at World Market).Dec 18_2015 035 USE

Love the tribal feel of the beaded tangerine pillow from West Elm.  It pulls out the colors of the artwork around the room .Dec 18_2015 037 USE

My favorite spot to kick back and chill out under the light of the bamboo textured lamp.  And every room needs an animal guardian… my preference is a horse, of course.Dec 18_2015 042 USE

The TV still needs to be mounted but the position created a holiday decoration opportunity.Dec 18_2015 026 USEDec 18_2015 033 USE

DINING ROOM

The dining room had its own challenges, as you probably saw above.  There were about 50 mirrored panels glued to the wall over heavy duty wallpaper.  Taking it down destroyed the walls and called for a professional wall coating guy.  Painted the walls a Mindful Gray on top and Witch Hazel below the rail.  The space gets plenty traffic as it is the pass-through from the foyer to the living room and kitchen.  Kept the space simple with just the table and plenty of space to move around.  Check it out:

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Love these horns I picked up from Drexel Heritage.  They add height and keep the table sharp… pun intended.Dec 18_2015 015 USE

The Home Depot fixture provides ample light while still setting the mood with traditional shades.  The Andy Warhol always adds a bit of whimsy.Dec 18_2015 014 USE

 

Stay tuned for more pics from this adventure called renovation and decoration.

Dream Home Files

If you have an infatuation with vivid colors, pattern and vivacious fervor of more opulent days gone by, you must be familiar with Miles Redd.  He is a Manhattan based designer with uptown stylings but his southern Atlanta-born roots show through his design charm.  In the February issue of House Beautiful, Redd’s work on a Brooklyn Townhouse was exhibited in perfect East meets West meets South fashion.  The article started with the ideal phrase “no stone unturned and no wall uncovered”… PERFECTION! This narrow abode was adorned in rich grassclothes, intricate Chinese papers and even feathers.  The bold color choices, sultry texture stories and the layered artwork trick the mind into not caring about the tightness of the 2-room-per-floor townhouse and instead concentrate more on the individual moments.  That is why, for a change, Redd exclaimed the importance of smart room planning and pushing the furniture closer to the walls in small rooms.  Not to mention the idea that more furniture in a small space not only adds seating but a bigger feeling.  Check it out, it is brilliant.

That sofa is so plush and masculine which contracts richly against the walls, art and patterns

Killer art party on the wall

My favorite color [blue] and my favorite room

Peep the chandelier

Serenity

Classic with a pop

Custom peacock feather wallpaper

Miles Redd

*All photos provided by House Beautiful