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