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Showing posts with label interior design. Show all posts
Showing posts with label interior design. Show all posts

Monday, November 10, 2014

Decorating A Dude Room

i have a new project. 

and it’s not decorating my own home and it’s not everygirl-related. this is VERY exciting people. i don’t even know the last time i took on a styling or decorating job just for fun. and the best part is it’s a GUY’S room! i’ve written a few columns on men’s style (part 1, 2, 3 and 4) and have dogeared dozens of pages in magazines (virtual and real) that feature men’s homes. i always hoped one day some guy would want my help in making his space look good, and finally that day has come.

it’s a bit of a challenge because it’s a SUPER teeny, tiny, shouldn’t-have-been-advertised-as-a-bedroom bedroom. 7′ x 8′ and no closet. so really it fits a queen bed, a nightstand, and not much else.

i probably wouldn’t have been inspired had i not found this terrific item from cb2 only days before…
here it is. the cornerstone of the room. pun intended.
a brass and black corner hanging rod with enough space for a week’s worth of clean, pressed shirts. and it’s only $40!

i saw the bedroom and thought i know JUST the thing this room needs! so we went online and ordered it. and picked up another goodie as well…

there’s about a foot of “room” or dare i call it “walking space” at the foot of the bed with just enough space to throw one of these bad boys in it. the perfect storage for folded sweaters and shoes. vintage locker room meets kindergarten cubbies with the right amount of industrial edge.

now that those two items have made it past the checkout page, i am feeling good about this project. i mean really, there’s not a whole lot more we can fit into the teeny room. it definitely needs new bedding, a new nightstand, lighting (perhaps a wall sconce to save precious surface area), and wall decor. and we’ll be painting the walls gray, of course.

wait, what’s that? you want to see said tiny room? 

fine. here it is. in all it’s glory.

the ikea malm bed was the roommate’s and has since been removed. the jersey, other frames, and “curtain” will be coming down, as well.

it’ll be a clean slate. a small slate, at that. but clean, small slate.

the cubby will go at the foot of the bed against the wall. a bed frame or headboard isn’t really an option since it just takes up precious space. so what we need now is a new nightstand. 

my first stop for nightstand shopping is always west elm. i fell in love with these four styles, particularly the first. west elm has been killing it lately, bringing in one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted pieces made from reclaimed wood, all still for very reasonable price points: $250-400 range.

stria nightstand | lund nightstand | alexa reclaimed wood | mid-century

i researched some budget-friendlier options, as well, sourced from ikea and target.

malm | malm gray | mid-century | dark gray oak

i know he doesn’t want to spend $400 on the favorite pick so we’ll see… might have to dig out my dusty headlamp and delve deep into the digital caverns of craigslist for a suitable option.

then there’s bedding.

while i toyed with the idea of plaid or hunter green, it looked a bit too collegiate when i put together my photoshop mock-up. i love the look but this guy’s 28 and looking for something a bit more grown-up. the two styles above from crane and canopy are great – charcoal and black and white.

also like these urban outfitters options – gray arrow motif and double stripe. but maybe too young.

i’m a little worried the gray options will be too much gray with the light gray walls.

and this crane and canopy style is also available in a steel blue. so we’ll add it to the list.

so here’s what we’re working with in terms of the room layout.

gray gray gray

steeeel blue. 

i like it.

as you can see from the before photos, the carpet has seen better days, so i think we’ll cover it up. love this triangle patterned rug from my go-to resource, rugsusa.

in summation…

cubby | bedding | rug | nightstand | light | clock | pennant | floating shelves | hanging bar

but we shall see! all in good time. this will be fun watching it come along… i’ll be updating on instagram also so follow there @alainakaz. and stay tuned for updates!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bar Cart Sale on Joss and Main!

Hey all! Signing on to share the good news that Joss and Main has a terrific bar cart sale going on right now-it’s under the “Toast to Festive Style” sale. If I didn’t already have one I loved from Society Social, I’d definitely be snatching up one of these beauties just in time for holiday entertaining and buckets of spiked cider.

I’d probably choose the top right brass style for $178. Which one is your favorite?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Silver or Gold?

More and more frequently I find myself tiring of the polished brass/shiny gold hardware and accents trend. 

Ok ok bold statement. Strike that from the record. Not tiring, per se, but let’s just say that a year ago, any time I walked into a store (virtually or in person), I was all…

Now I find myself considering the polished nickel and sterling silver color swatches of an online or in-store purchase. I know. I don’t even know myself anymore. 

For example. I was in want of a new desk lamp

Full story goes… we moved my Ikea task lamp upstairs because it wasn’t providing enough light in our very dark first floor living area (lots of exposed brick, few light-colored surfaces to bounce the light around, you get the gist). As fate would have it, I received an email from the kind folks over at asking if I wanted to review a product. Um.. yes please! But let me tell you, the site has a vast, almost overwhelming selection. So many lovely options to choose from. To narrow it down, I filtered through to a brand I knew I liked, Hudson Valley Lighting, and there it was: the Thayer 1 Light Table Lamp.

I loved it. It was the size, color, and shape I wanted with a lovely white silk shade perfect for enhancing whatever wattage I put in it.

But there I found myself struggling with a decision I hadn’t debated over in a while…

I loved both! I mean – that polished nickel is looking pretty shnazzy, is it not? And I found myself wondering if the brass was going to look out of style in a year or two. Which to get? Silver or gold? After a few days of pining, I made my choice. Old dog, I am. Anticlimatic end to this story, huh?

Well, it arrived. And I love it. And to my delight, it has a dimmer! It’s like the gift that keeps on giving! (I’m a BIG believer in the importance of lighting options.)

But all of that being said, I want ya’ll to weigh in. Which would you have chosen? Are you over the brass/gold trend? Or do you believe it’s here to stay another decade?


lamp | mug | desk | notepad | pinboard | A letter object | magnifying glass

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Shop This Shop: Kathy Kuo Home

Over recent months I’ve come to learn of some really great home decor brands popping up online (some aren’t new, but they’re new to me). Friends are always asking me “Where do you shop?” or “I need a mirror/sofa/rug/fill in the blank – where should I look?” I obviously have my favorites (West Elm, CB2, Joss and Main, etc.). But I really wanted to start sharing these new finds with all of you. So here’s a new little series called “Shop This Shop,” highlighting my favorite products from my favorite new stores.

First up is Kathy Kuo Home, a New York-based furniture retailer owned by designer of the same name. The RISD-educated entrepreneur has curated the most beautiful collections broken up by style:  French Country, Industrial Loft, Rustic Lodge, Coastal Beach, Global Bazaar, and Hollywood Regency (French Country and Industrial Loft are my two personal favorites). I am actually getting a couple of items from her store for my bedroom redesign (including a new headboard! more on that soon).

I literally got lost in a daze, browsing the beige, gold, and grey products for a good hour. Do I want this headboard or that headboard? Do I want this labrador silhouette or that antler trio? Then I started browsing categories I didn’t even need like chandeliers and pinning like crazy, planning my imaginary dream home. Every item on every page is lovelier than the last.


chandeliermirror | lantern | headboard | lab print | coffee table | foot stool

What’s your favorite item of the bunch?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

My New (Old) Home Tour on The Everygirl!

Yep – again! Hah One year later and I’m back with a totally new home tour on The Everygirl! There are a few scenes ya’ll haven’t seen yet on my blog or Instagram – notably the bar area!

Click on over and enjoy! I linked to pretty much every single product at the bottom of the article.

video by Jenna Leigh Kutcher

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Ladyplace: The Bar

There are a few projects I have to left to complete – one being the bar area in my living room. Let’s start at the beginning.

Pre-moving in. Here’s the wall we’re now working with. Right off the entryway…

Here’s a photo shortly after I moved in. Clearly had no direction for what this home would look like. Color, hodgepodge of belongings all over the place… too much stuff for the smaller apartment!

The bar has moved from the Ikea expedit, to Danielle’s old entryway table (which sold in my virtual yard sale), to my uber fancy and legit Society Social Worth bar cart. But I was sticking with how I’ve always styled it: colorful and perty with mint, pink, and yellow accents.

My Society Social barcart arrived in time for Christmas…

Alas, that wall just felt too bare, especially knowing that the tree was only a temporary fixture (despite my deepest wishes for Christmas to be a year-round celebration).

So I rearranged. Again.

And ended up with this…
Much better for the room as a whole! It feels so much more open having the TV against that wall. (And before any of you ask about the couch and TV being perpendicular, I actually love laying on the sofa at night to watch the tele – so this works out perfectly! Even if I’m sitting, I fluff up pillows behind my and have my legs stretched out. This way I don’t have to turn my neck to the side.)

Alas – this wall. Still just… meh. 
I’ve gathered the pieces I haven’t known what else to do with (mirror, crystal ball lamp, coffee table books, etc.) Nothing really goes. It needs help.

Well, I had trouble falling asleep last night and let my brain wander the Internet…


A sassy-meets-classy bar for a ladyplace!


chandelier print | boat print | zebra stripes print | spots print | mirror ball | vertical shelves | Society Social bar cart | Ikea mirror | Lulu and Georgia chair (sold in set of two, other would go at my desk) | leopard velvet pillow | “press for champagne” button | Serena and Lily lighting fixture

Almost entirely small companies, women-run businesses, Etsy shops, and artists which I think is very apropos for a small-business-owner home.

And yes – that is a “PRESS FOR CHAMPAGNE” button. Brilliant.

If it all turns out, it will look something like…

Probably need one more piece to fill in that gap but I was eyeballing dimensions of art here so what’s on the wall isn’t set in stone. Speaking of the wall, note my walls are actually white but look grey in this photo.

So yea! I’m loving this general direction. Sticking with neutrals in the living area and doing color in my bedroom. It works! Can a home have too many gallery walls? Hmm nah… I don’t think so.

Yay! Good plan.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Ladyplace: Sprucing Up the Entryway

Anyone who follows me on Instagram has seen the updates happening in my home. I’ve gotten a lot done – the only big project left is painting the bedroom which I know will happen one random Saturday when I feel like it. As for the rest of the apartment, I’m in that stage of editing. Changing out things I thought would work, rearranging furniture and accents, seeing what works best where, completely eliminating plans I had to try something new, probably in favor of something easier.

This most notably happened in the entryway, which I thought I wanted to paint black and white striped.

Alas, I realized that was too lofty a task to take on, and I had the idea for a gallery wall in mind all along. I thought it would be too busy with stripes behind it.

Behold, the entryway when I first moved in…  not where the desk is, but that area in the back right of the photo. It was essentially a holding room for items I didn’t know what to do with. I quickly sold the large Ikea mirror…

…and picked up a rug off Joss and Main and this little console table from Overstock. Note that’s one of the two doors into my bedroom.

Rearranged it a bit to be more eye-catching when you walk in. Lovely, yes. Alas, nothing special.

So as you’ve seen with my living room gallery wall, I’ve amassed a sizable collection of black and white art, most of which is my own (so can we really call it art? sure we can). I still had a good selection that didn’t make the cut for the living room display. Black and white photos from my travels, my European monument sketches, art I picked up in Paris, a New Orleans street sign, a page torn from a J.Crew catalogue… you know. High-end, museum quality stuff. So I opted to hang it all floor to ceiling in the entryway. Completely fill the space.

Not going to lie. I think it turned out awesome.

(Please excuse the crappy quality photos. This was shot in the middle of the day – that’s how little natural light my entry gets.)

Either way, as you can see, my rug was NOT holding up for this high traffic area. Between all the snow, the thaw, the rain, dogs, my boots, etc., the light jute quickly stained and has been getting worse by the day.

Commence Sprucing Up Scene 2.

Enter my new polka dot rug from Lulu and Georgia!

(Technically called the Pinhole Rug on their site.)

I knew I needed a dark color to mask all the dirt settling in this area, and the polka dots are too fun. A perfect alternative to my original plan for stripes.

Now I just need a larger mirror. Still dreaming about this gilt guy.

Can’t wait for John and Maura to step in and photograph this space properly.

But for now, Tucker approves. And that’s saying something.

See how other bloggers, including Danielle, styled their Lulu & Georgia goodies on the L&G blog!

And… you can do some sprucing of your own with Lulu and Georgia! Just use the discount code NEWYEARSPRUCEUP20 to get 20% off your purchase now thru Sunday, February 2nd! Yay! Free honey for everybody!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

10% Sale on Joss and Main Today!

I may or may not have acquired a few new pieces.

I picked up the gold lamps in the Bright Ideas lamp sale and the leopard print Martha Stewart rug in the Safavieh rug sale! Tacky or fabulous? I’m gonna go with the latter. Adding a bit of ladyglam to my lady apartment. Not really sure where the lamps will go (you get two lamps for $162 by the way). Probably the entryway and/or the bar and/or my desk. We’ll see. They really work anywhere in my place. As for the rug, I recently got a tiny 2×3 area rug for my dressing room/hallway, but it got dirty in approximately 10 minutes. White just isn’t practical with dogs. I desperately need to switch it out with something that will better hide paw prints. Animal print should do the trick. This is also the perfect size. My current white and black area rug is 2×3 and it’s just too small for the hallway; this new one is 2’6″ by 4-perfect!

Not a Joss and Main member? Sign up! Use code SORRY10 at check-out for the discount! There are a ton of great sales going on right now.

In other news, remember several weeks ago I pinky promised I’d be posting more? And then completely dropped the ball? Yeah. A few of you called me out on it. Rightly so. I don’t know why… whether it’s the cold, the holidays, the workload, the wanting to relax in the evenings with my friends, family, puppies, the wanting to do nothing at all, the lack of inspiration, the fact that I post apartment updates on Instagram, the cyber bullies lurking in the shadows, or – spoiler alert – all of it, I’ve just not felt the desire to blog much over the past couple of months. The real reason I started the blog in the first place was to find inspiration for my dream job. “Live creating myself.” Write about all the things I loved in hope that what I should do with my life would reveal itself. And it has with The Everygirl! Sure it might not pay great and the hours aren’t ideal, but it’s truly my dream job and I feel so lucky it’s what I get to wake up and do every morning. And there are so many ways I want to improve it and grow it. It’s where I’d rather put my energy. And when my energy isn’t going into my work, it’s going into my family and friends.

So what does that mean for LCY? Has it served its purpose? Is it time to close up shop here? I don’t know. I absolutely still enjoy documenting my decorating trials. And I like sharing news updates and exciting things going on in my life and the lives of those around me (when they allow me to share it). And I love love love hearing from readers; whether you write asking for advice or giving input about my place. How can you walk away from something that still brings you joy? You shouldn’t.

So for now I guess we’ll keep on like this. I do apologize that I’m not as reliable as I once was. But I appreciate those of you who have stuck it out!

Until next time… : )

Monday, November 11, 2013

Ladyplace: The Kitchen Before & After

So this weekend was crazy productive. I had absolutely nothing planned which felt gloooorious. After being out of town for ten days and with the upcoming holidays and weddings, I knew free weekends would be limited and I wanted to tackle my mountain-high to do list.

A few things I accomplished:

– cleaned entire apartment

– reorganized my front hall closet

– grocery shopped (finally)

– shipped a bunch of packages that had been needing to go out (i avoid the post office like the plague)

– organized dressing room area

– finally got around to hanging art, mirrors, shelves, clock, etc.

– took bridesmaid dresses to the tailor

– took dogs to the groomer

– posted items I’m selling on Craigslist

– and… finally, the big one. I painted the kitchen. FINALLY.

The plan has always been to paint it super light grey, which I got permission to do from my landlord. But because the walls, floor, backsplash, and even my rug are kind of… off-white (not in a good way), any white was just making them look dirty and grimy. I delved into my stockpile of paint and realized I had almost a full can leftover from when I painted my last bedroom black.

Found a little black cabinet inspiration here. And just went got to it!



I can’t stop looking at it. Much like the bathroom in my old place, this is quickly going from my least favorite to most favorite area of the apartment!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

new acquisitions for the ladyplace

Shiny copper and a wall clock for the kitchen and coral for my bedroom – thanks to a few great sales currently going on at Joss and Main! Check out the Old Dutch and the Arcadian Accents sales. The wall clock was only $38, and the quatrefoil jar was called Alayna! I didn’t have a choice really…

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Ladyplace: Plans for the Entryway

I love that my teensy apartment has a formal entryway. I find the separation of rooms charming, and I want to make a Wow! impact for guests when they arrive (and to put a smile on my own face when I walk through the door). Wallpaper is out of the budget and the question, because let’s be honest, who knows how long I’ll even live here… but I’m thinking stripes are a perfectly suitable alternative!

Behold: the inspiration

I definitely want to do vertical since it’s a small space and no single wall is especially long. And I want slightly wider stripes (like the powder room shot above) – I’m worried thinner stripes will feel like a jail cell.

My entryway has been nothing special at all since moving in. Mostly a holding area for my old coffee table, shoes, and dog paraphernalia.

Until FINALLY, I was able to get a perfect entryway table. It was difficult finding the right size because it  couldn’t be too deep, and I definitely wanted it to offer some kind of storage. I knew I wanted a light color since I was going to put black on the walls. 

This white wooden 3-drawered option from Overstock works perfectly!
It’s also available in grey and a washed mint, both of which I was considering. But ultimately, I knew I wanted LIGHT and BRIGHT.

As you can see, that door straight ahead leads to my bedroom, but I’ve decided to leave it permanently closed since it’s the only wall space in the bedroom that fits my dresser. (As you can see in my full apartment tour before I moved in, the bedroom has two entryways.)

You can also see I’m finally getting my letterpress European series framed properly thanks to affordable custom framing at Framed and Matted! Those will be hung here in the entry. But more on that later.

Still lusting after this French gilt mirror from Wisteria (which is conveniently out of stock). 

Not sure what I’ll do about the rug. The jute one I got off Joss and Main simply isn’t the right size and the door gets caught on it. Fooey. Maybe a flatweave from Dash and Albert. Don’t know… we shall see. This is a heavy traffic area and the rug will get very dirty. But now I’d be hesitant to put dark or a pattern on the ground since I’m going striped walls.

Help! What do you all think?!

UPDATE: per reader Annie’s suggestion, I moved some things around and instagrammed the new arrangement. LOVE it. The door looks like a great architectural accent instead of a secret, unused door. Thanks, Emily!