Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Bungalow: Mantle Talk


We are slowly but surely making our new place into a little home. Apart from awesome plans with a definite lack of funding, it's a difficult transition moving previously-purchased items into a new space that doesn't need them. We've had to get rid of a few things (single tear sliding down cheek), but then there are others that I REFUSE to get rid of... Like my 10ft tall standing Ikea mirror that everyone owns. I bought that mirror by myself, which meant lugging it on that ikea dolly and into my SUV ALONE... party of one like the single white female with shit upper body strength that I am. Side note: almost broke it at least 3 times which would have made the whole thing pointless, but whatever. Got it up four flights of stairs to the old apartment (with the help of another female because I admitted defeat) and then back down four flights of stairs to a moving truck. So to say I'm attached to this effing mirror is an understatement. Even if I didn't use it every single day (which I do), I would vehemently refuse to get rid of it. So for now it just covers a row of built ins and I glare at it every day. Will need botox soon.

Painting the walls has begun! They are currently dirty white/beige and being upgraded to simple bright white. I did one wall and then called it a day. Three weeks later, still no progress. Oy. I'd like to say I'm deciding on the color, but really it's just exhaustion and my hatred for painting.

One place that I have gotten excited about is my mantle. Above is a little peek. I'm super pumped about this mantle and I want it to look very Emily Henderson-esque with eclectic styling. So to study, I have watched all of Emily's videos, at least 5 times each, and tried to retain as many points as possible about texture, weight, contrasting heights, etc. Yes, I spend many nights watching these videos, taking notes, and trying to see things like Emily sees them. Again, single-white-female-no-cable-lots-of-time-avoiding-painting.

Hellllllloooooo. Emily Henderson? Are you there? Be my fraaaaand.


The other side is 80% complete, but I wanted to tease you guys with this side since I ended up with leftover flowers from a Lulu & Georgia blog post and they are just too pretty not to snap a million photos of.

Candle - Pommes Frites Amber & Moss from Lulu & Georgia ... I once was an anthropologie candle addict, but now this is my new favorite. So clean and fresh. I cannot recommend it enough.

Marquee Lights - I love these and they are everyone's favorite item to comment on when they come over. I'm glad they are getting the "center-of-the-room-attention" they deserve

Copper Sombrero - I ventured over to Shopclass LA which is affordable mid-century vintage aka heaven. I scooped up this little copper guy for $7 and fell in love with the owners so I will be back soon. Not in LA? You can shop them online here. You're weeeeelcome friends.

Frame via Ikea and photo via Gray Malin - You may be wondering when I got all Donald Trump and started buying Gray Malin. Well friends, if you sign up for the Gray Malin email blast he's always having a sale that you can take advantage of. But if you're like me and are still broke, then you get a little more resourceful. I spotted on Gray's instagram that he did a collaboration with JCrew of his Bondi Beach print which was featured on some of their postcards and catalogs. I must have gone to three different JCrews looking for said postcard until I gave up. A month later I ordered something online and it came in the package. So now it sits in this adorable frame, making me feel like a real adult with real art. Lets keep this secret between us, okay?

The mantle still needs a few more touches, but I mainly need to figure out what goes in the faux-fireplace. Inspiration:





Plants? Candles? Nada? Leaned Art? Wood? Tell me your thoughts. I'll be somewhere not painting the other 3 walls I have left.

all photos not sourced beneath are by me for Mimosas in the Morning

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Find [4]

Decorating on a budget can be a long, drawn out, pain. Anyone who says it's fun is on crack. No drug test needed people, I'm calling them all out. You can see the whole vision in your head, but it takes months to complete because important things like RUGS and FURNITURE are effing expensive. I don't currently have a closet (see here) nor do I have a dresser (didn't need one in my last apartment) so my clothing is currently residing in plastic ikea bags because I refuse to purchase a dresser until I can afford the one I want. Yea, it's classy living over here in Los Angeles.

And while expensive or long-lasting investment pieces are important, it's often the little touches and accent pieces that make a room. Cool, right? Because after purchasing a $700 rug and $$$ furniture, you totally have money to blow on things like VASES and TRAYS that are pure eye candy with little actual viable use. No. No. No. Insert H&M home, your new one stop budget-friendly shop for decorative accents. Yes, they have things like sheets and towels, but I don't recommend purchasing anything from H&M if you want a fair amount of use or traction out of it. Because if you've ever owned anything from H&M or F21, you know what I mean. But little knick knack no-touch doo dads? DONE!

Here are a few of my favorites:


ok, so I'm already breaking my own rules. Pillows are kind of a high use thing, and you definitely get what you pay for. And this is nine dollars, so you should expect it to be just okay. But these would be great to add dimension to a collection of quality patterned pillows. LIKE THESE - they are new at L&G and you should go buy them right now. Fill this ^ ^ bad boy with an over sized down insert and BAM! You're a trendy 1970's palm springs lady and I LIKE IT.

Metal and glass? Done. So cool. So effortless. So cheap.

I mean, look at how they styled it. This could be you for less than $50.


Hi, why are storage baskets so expensive? I really love them and then see price tags of $30 + and I'm like WHAAAAAAAT. No sir. *drops in isle and runs away* This one is cheap. And it's copper. And it comes in other finishes. So you're welcome.


Again, storage baskets. I've wanted a laundry hamper of this style for quite some time and I physically cannot bring myself to pay the $100 price tag. WHY?! IT IS A HAMPER. IT HOLDS SOILED GARMENTS NOT BABY ANGEL TEARS. This little guy is a bit smaller, not hamper size unless you are a tiny baby angel, but it's affordable. And I like it. And you could use it as storage on a shelf that people see.


I really like trays. Make a mini bar out of them and then lay on top of your credenza or bookshelf. Put one on your coffee table and store your remotes, coasters, etc. in it and you'll instantly look like a classy 2000s Don Draper. Better yet, make your bed, and place one at the end corner with magazines or your laptop stored on it and people will walk in and think you are the classiest broad they have ever met. This particular wood + white combo has me really excited.

Ok - be free! Shop H&M Home and make your house a perfectly styled masterpiece and then tell me about it. I'll be here, dreaming of pizza.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bungalow Before

For all 10 of you that still read this blog, I MOVED! You may remember the previous before posts I shared (click here) and we got the apartment looking really on point and then stuff happened and we kind of had to move out before the photoshoot. That's life and you just roll with the punches.

Main reasons for moving: (1) My roommate and I were paying an astronomical amount for a one bedroom apartment in an amazing area. (2) We just wanted our own bedrooms with private space (3) A new roommate was leaving her living situation and wanted to join the party

I hate hate hate moving. I'm so tried of doing it and I swore to myself that the next time I did, I would hire someone to move the devil boxes. Well again, life happened and I was soon trecking down three flights of stairs with my belongings. Side note: everything that looks pretty in your home is a total bitch to move. Coffee table books? FML. Floor to ceiling mirror. FML. 55 picture frames for a gallery wall. FML. But whatever... we made it!

Welcome to our new little bungalow! We looked at so many places once we decided to move.. turns out 3 bedroom houses/apartments/anything are a mystical real-estate unicorn in Los Angeles. The places with perfect layouts and in our budget were in less than ideal locations, so when we stumbled across this little gem that was (1) in our price range and (2) in an amazing location, we just agreed to make it work. Bye West Hollywood, hello bungalow in Los Feliz. Bye crotchety old Russian neighbors who yell at us, hello young professional neighbors all our own age.

So there are two entrances to our new place, one being right into my bedroom *below* and the other through the kitchen. We primarily use the kitchen one, unless we are all hanging out in what should be the living room.

I didn't necessarily want to live in a non-bedroom space, but at the end of the day I agreed that I would give up bedroom rights as long as I got the parking space. The money I'll save in parking tickets is more than enough to deal with anything else. I also refused to live anywhere that wasn't hardwood floors, so I couldn't keep putting my foot down or everyone would strangle me.

Terrifying wall sconces which will be replaced.

FAUX FIREPLACE. These are the things decorating dreams are made of. Also.... all the windows = a ton of natural light. SOLD. SOLD. SOLD. You would want to live in here too.

Oh an on the other side? BUILT INS. At first I was really excited about them and now I have nightmares about filling them with things like say BOOKS and then being forced to carry them up and down a thousand stairs. So I haven't decided on the best option for this. Suggestions welcome.

My room has two giant wooden doors which lead into roommate #2's bedroom. Yes, she has two closets. And yes, one of them is a mini office space. We hate her. But she has green walls, so we will let it slide.

Our bungalow was listed as a 2 bedroom with this being the second bedroom, but if we get technical this is what should be a dining room. You know, for people who have enough money for that sort of thing. Not I. 

Roommate #1's bedroom with these awesome windows that make it really easy to turn her room into a dark vampire cave. She's in heaven.

Dark. Glorious. Vampire. Blackout. Heaven.

Hallway. So much storage. GIANT bathroom (with brand new affectionately named "rain forest" shower head). Doggie door. Needless to say, we cried when we finally signed the lease.

Kitchen. Nothing too exciting other than APPLIANCES. I lived the past year with a camper stove, no microwave, and no dishwasher. And yea, my life was perfectly fine without them and I barely missed their absence.... but I could kiss those countertops big enough for cooking a real meal and I'm already so spoiled by having a dishwasher again.

Storage. Again, something VERY lacking in our last apartment. ANDDDDD - just to confirm my imaginary #beyoncelife I think I'm living... squint your eyes to the left and notice that WASHER AND DRYER MY FRIENDS. Private parking and a w/d is Los Angeles real estate GOLD.

So yes, the layout isn't ideal (no common space) but everyone has privacy, the perfect neighborhood, annnnnnd amenities we thought we would never see again.

More updates coming soon!