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Showing posts with label my ladyplace. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Life lately…

Hey world! (Or maybe I should just say “Hey, Mom!” since, let’s be honest, she’s probably the only one left checking in over here.) Things are busy as always! Busy but great! This month a bit more so…

I went to California for a few days a week or so ago and came home to a letter from my property management that my rent is going up at the end of the lease. It will be more than I can or want to pay so I decided to move! And it’s much easier to find apartments in the off-season (NOT summer, July, when my lease is actually up), so I’ve decided to move out early.

So this month I am:

– traveling for work to NYC

– showing my apartment to try and get it subleased for May and June

– doing media outreach in preparation for the launch of (next week!)

– writing, memorizing, and giving a keynote to the communications school at Illinois State

– finishing up styling projects and making a few changes around this apartment (bar area, “office,” kitchen shelves, art in bedroom)

– shooting my home tour w/ the Stoffers (also next week!)

– immediately after that I am packing up said apartment and moving

– and the usual meetings and work for TEG while trying to maintain healthy relationships outside of work

– oh and my niece will be born sometime between now and the first week of May so a trip up to Michigan is in order

I had a wee little-stress-fest last night quickly quelled by a big bowl of mom’s homemade chili and a 9:45 pm bedtime. Up at 6 am to conquer the day! (Yes, I need as much sleep as a toddler.)

What’s new with ya’ll? Anything exciting happen in my absence?

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.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Ladyplace: My New Yellow Sofa!

Just like I always wanted!

Like my favorite living room ever (that of one Jenna Lyons).

Well, ok I didn’t really get a new couch. But I had a lot of fun in photoshop the other night.

Playing around with different colors to see what it would be like with say… a delicious green velvet couch?

Or pink to really make it a lady apartment?!

But no… here’s what my place currently looks like.

Not too shabby if you ask me!

But I sometimes wonder if it would be better with a much lighter color couch. Softer. More ladylike.

Or dare I say a white couch?

No, Alaina. You have dogs. Don’t be ridiculous.

What say you? Stick with the the dark grey? Or slipcover it? Pottery Barn has some great light options for the Carlisle couch.

Happy weekend all!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Ladyplace: The “Office”

Well the peekaboo shelf arrived faster than a Jimmy John’s sandwich. And it’s perfect! Just what I needed for storage, a place to stow the printer, and some extra surface area (for paperwork and the like).

So I figured I’d snap a few good photos not with a camera phone to better paint the picture of how this space is coming together…

Not too shabby!

Not entirely sure what I want to do with my desk chair. If I keep it I desperately have to re-cushion and recover the seat. It feels like I’m sitting on a piece of plywood for 10 hours a day. Also not sure I want to keep the pink in the office area or just go completely neutral in these rooms (entry, living, work, and dining). I’m thinking neutral. Also not sure if I want to even attempt to hide the kitchen floor. The tile is pretty grimy… I was thinking a gold speckled hide. Or something soft in color like this one from Lulu and Georgia. But I’m worried it’ll be too many rugs at the point. And I’m not sure how comfortable I’d really be having animal skin. Faux hides exist right? I need to look into that.

That’s all for now, folks!


Friday, February 7, 2014

Ladyplace: Making an Office in a Living Room

For the first time since I moved downtown five years ago, I don’t have a separate office in my apartment. Transitioning from 2+ bedroom apartments to a one bedroom has meant my living room is also my office. Fortunately, the transition to working in my main living area has been fine. I don’t have any difficult walking away when I’ve had enough work. I cook (yea – I do that now! What?!), walk the dogs, go to the bedroom to read, take a bath, or just kick back and watch tv, ignoring the ever-present desk and computer.

That being said, it’s not so much the living/working combo that bothers me so much as the lack of an organized work space. For storage and papers and product and shipping materials and files and office equipment et al. With the addition of a product line, managing part-time editors, and my new printer that’s lived on the floor for the past two months, I need to get my “office” in proper working order. It’s not just me, the ole iMac, and a glass of wine working late nights anymore.

So I’ve made a few small changes in the living space. Drastic to me. Barely noticeable to anyone else.

When I decided to move the desk by the window, I had it far over to the left, practically against the radiator. Notice you can fit an entire pouf between the desk and the end table next to the sofa.

I’ve also struggle with what to do on that wall by the desk. Months ago, I posted this instagram and asked for ideas!

Meanwhile I’ve had my beloved DIY bulletin board hiding under my bed, waiting for a spot. I can’t bring myself to part with it; it’s so practical and pretty and a lot of labor and love went into making it. The main reason I hadn’t hung it was because I lost the hanging tools it came with. Little did I know you can go to the hardware store and pick up a “photo hanging kit.” Very simple w/ a drill. Took two seconds.

And bam! I hung the bulletin board, complete with spring wardrobe inspiration, some personal mementos, and a TEG editorial calendar (even though we work primarily in Google docs).
I moved my CB2 folding table over there for the sake of seeing what it would look like. Finally got the printer off the floor.

Stepping back…
 It’s like a little office!

(Excuse the mess in the kitchen. And yes, the giant dog bed is a part of my life and my home.)

But… I needed more storage in that nook. And quite frankly really loved having the gold folding table next to the couch like it was here…


I’d been eyeing this other CB2 piece – the rolling peekaboo shelves – but the price point just wasn’t in the budget. Did a little rummaging through my desk drawers and wallet, and it turns out I have a CB2 gift card from ages ago and a Visa gift card also from ages ago. Enough to put a huge dent in the $350 price tag! I called the store to make sure they accept Visa gift cards. They do. So I was planning on going today to get it.

When all of a sudden, I clicked on the Joss and Main sale that popped up in my inbox last night. And look what was on sale!
For $250 no less! Checked my J&M credit… awesome, I had enough.

Wham. Bam. Got it for “free.”

I’m thinking I’ll put the printer in the middle shelf, files on the bottom, and make the top look practical and lovely at the same time. Yay!

All of CB2’s “lucite” peekaboo items are in the LA Modern sale – for less than CB2 sells them for! Coffee table, console table, side table, you name it. Check it out!

So the gold folding table can go back by the sofa. Not sure where that ceramic garden stool will end up living. Might have another yard sale.

You’ll also see back in the corner this new floor lamp from the kind folks at Kenroy Home!

Darling thing really. And great price point on Amazon! I love how it adds height to that corner where before the gallery wall just kind of ended and there was this big blank wall.

So that’s that! I’ll have more updates on the new tv and bar areas since I switched that up as well.

Sorry for the dodgy photos. Literally shot them this morning on my iPhone. 
But hey – it’s a post! Go me!

Happy weekend!

And re: the yard sale. Almost everything sold save for the rectangular mirror. Which makes me happy because I realized I needed it anyway. Thank you everyone!

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, October 31, 2013

Ladyplace: To Paint Black or Not? Help me decide!

My beauuuutiful and very WHITE Society Social bar cart arrived-yes, I went with white. Creature of habit to play it safe-and now I realize it just doesn’t work against the all white walls. It gets lost. This whole wall in general is just… meh. So I’m thinking of painting the wall black. Again, creature of habit (office in first apartment, bedroom in second apartment).

I posted on Instagram asking people what they thought and a lot suggested a deep navy, (Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy in particular, which is awesome) but I am just not sure how that would work since the rest of the room is neutral greys, blacks, beiges, and whites. Thoughts?

Others are suggesting deep charcoal.

Or… what about bright pink?! Inspired by this and this.

Some say high gloss.

What say you?!

And for the record, 9 times out of 10 I kind of hate accent walls. But because this apartment is so small, it’s more its own section of the room – the bar/library, if you will. It would hardly even be photographed with the “office” or the “living room” parts, both of which kind of have their own looks going on.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Help Me Choose a Society Social Bar Cart: White or Teal?

Help! I am getting a bar cart from the queen of bar carts: Roxy at Society Social. I’ve decided on the style: The Worth. But now I can’t choose a color! Go with the super fun teal and add some color to my VERY neutral living space? Or play it safe and go with classic white (which will probably last me much longer down the road…) I can easily style it up with color, adding art, stripey straws, and pretty bottles and glassware. But the teal is so fun!

It will replace this burlapped piece of furniture in between the bookshelves.

What do you think?! White or teal?!

Keep in mind my Christmas tree will likely be going next to it (yes – I’ve been stressing over the spot for a tree since I moved into this tiny abode).

In other news – does anyone know why Blogger is messing up my photos? That image has a pure white background but it’s showing up all shadowy? Help again!

UPDATE: It was the auto-enhance option in Google+ that had been selected. I turned it off and voila! Thank you, thank you, Jackie!

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…