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.
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.
Some old’school garland, ornaments and an oversized star pumped up the festiveness of this antique candelabra from Idlewild House.
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).
Love the tribal feel of the beaded tangerine pillow from West Elm. It pulls out the colors of the artwork around the room .
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.
The TV still needs to be mounted but the position created a holiday decoration opportunity.
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:
Love these horns I picked up from Drexel Heritage. They add height and keep the table sharp… pun intended.
The Home Depot fixture provides ample light while still setting the mood with traditional shades. The Andy Warhol always adds a bit of whimsy.
Stay tuned for more pics from this adventure called renovation and decoration.