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.

Formal Dining Isn’t Dead

Busy, busy, busy.  That is what we all constantly proclaim of our lives to others as if we need to remind ourselves of just how busy we are.  Are we really that busy?  It’s perfectly OK to do so because Ioften catch a case of the busies which is why I haven’t posted in forever.  Saying so, I figured I might as well give you a glimpse at what has kept me sooo busy.

A whole house redecorating project for a lovely young professional [Lady E we shall call her] that desired a lil bit of modernity and comfort for her first home in the quiet suburbs.  The project began with deciding what remnants of apartments’ past would make the cut and what new fancies would be recruited to take it all to the next level.

Your first glimpse into this ongoing project is the dining room.  She was not totally convinced of the need of a formal dining space at the beginning.  I brought to her attention that the room doesn’t have to be just for holidays.  It can be comfortable and is perfect for larger dinner parties whether five-courses are served or a down-home crab boil.

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Luckily the previous owners had good taste in paint, so the smokey blue walls were set to stay. The room really sprang off from some great seating finds at HomeGoods.

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The gray chairs coordinated well with the blue and were just dressy enough yet easy to sit in for a stimulating after-dinner discussion or card game.  Not to mention the settee was too fun to pass up, plus it helped with conserving space in a narrow room.
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We had chairs but no table.  We luckily came across this sturdy gem at a local spot before it was snatched up by another designer.  The details are everything from the tabletop grain pattern to the modern tapered legs.  One word of advice: don’t be afraid to pay for delivery because lifting real wood is similar to jackin a 1970 Cadillac Eldorado.

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I passed the buffet on 2 separate trips to the Accent Prone shop before calling up Lady E. Surprisingly she was just as intrigued with the alternating wood stains and panel details as I was.  The added storage has also proven very valuable as a catch’all.

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Artwork is always essential and the large-scale horse portraits from Havertys add life and camouflage the long wall expanse.  The antiqued copper chandelier with speckled glass from CA Lighting is art unto itself and catches everyone’s eye even with its low profile.

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The home is off to a good start and I can’t wait to share more with you.  Just hope I don’t get “too busy”….