Monday, July 14, 2014
my bedroom on move-in day
After I started to hang the gallery wall, I quickly ran out of black and white art. So I flipped through an old issue of Vogue, last year’s issue w/ Tina Fey, and ripped out a favorite snapshot of one of my favorite role models. I think she works well on the wall!
So that’s that! I unfortunately won’t be able to show photos of the finished product until it’s photographed and “published,” which likely won’t be for a long while (hoping next winter). But I’m always posting sneak peeks on my instagram, @alainakaz! Just follow the hashtag #DAcoachhouse to see snapshots of the whole place.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
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!
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.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
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 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!
GET THE LOOK:
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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.
(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.)
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!
Monday, November 11, 2013
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!
Monday, September 23, 2013
i also sliced my hand pretty badly washing dishes (it can get violent), but hey – it’s fall! silver lining, people. how did you celebrate the return of the greatest season of all seasons?
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
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.
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!
Monday, September 16, 2013
Sofa is Pottery Barn Carlisle, rug is from Joss and Main, brass curtain rod and curtain are West Elm.
You can purchase here.
grey trellis from Serena and Lily , black and white spotted from Furbish Studio,
When I downsized, the only two pieces of furniture I was able to bring with me included the couch and the bed – the two pieces I never wanted my dogs on. So it was time to finally get them a bed they’d actually like. Unfortunately, the styles at Costco and Petco just weren’t cutting it. Thanks to Harry Barker for this stylish black and white toile bed. It’s the medium size so it’s large enough for both of my 25-lb furfriends. They love it. And I’m happy.
This will inevitably change, but for now the $30 brass end table I got in Craigslist is showcasing a few decorative pieces from my old place. The milk glass lamp, the faux topiary (I can’t keep real plants alive), a candle, some coasters, and my favorite porcelain horns that are Jonathan Adler but I got from Furbish Studio.
photos by Alaina Kaczmarski