Loft Life Refresh for 2015

After being settled in our loft for nearly two and half years now, it’s easy to feel like there isn’t really much more for me to do design-wise. Given the small space, we’re pretty set with what we’ve got. But as I finally finished getting all the holiday razzle dazzle put away, I was really getting the itch to make the space feel new again…without making any major changes. With the new house renovations about to get going {finally!!}, I’m looking to tread design water for a while. And that’s a tough pill for a constant rearranger like me to swallow! I’m quite confident many of you can relate.

To scratch my decorating itch I surveyed our main living space looking for one little change that would have a big impact – and I think found it! By making a simple switch up, our living room suddenly feels brand spanking new. Can you spot what’s different? {You can check out before shots here!}.

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I swapped our living room rug! Tucking my lovely shag Moroccan into storage for safe keeping, I wanted to bring in something with a bit more pop and this bold graphic option from Loloi Rug’s Alder Collection was just perfect! Loloi Rugs is a bit of a hidden gem since they’re a wholesaler, so be sure to ask your favorite design store or online retailer to add them to their rug line! Laid down right on top of our existing sisal, there was no need for a rug pad – the sisal adds the cushion needed to buffer the rug’s flat weave. I love that the new rug is nice and neutral, yet the geometric print adds life to the room without being overpowering. Coincidentally, it also played right into my current obsession with camel + black decor.

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After that, all I needed to do was remerchandise some of my existing accessories! After having all the holiday crap accoutrements around, I’m in a very minimalist mood. Instead of adding things, for this update I focused on taking things away. I swapped pillows from the office for a new look on our window seat, switched around some hides {decorating secret weapons!} and rotated in my favorite snake plant, a couple design books and only a choice selection of knick knacks. If I wasn’t loving looking at it right now, it was out {lucky for Goodwill!}.

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My proudest little DIY moment? Reurposing some empty frames for a fresh focal point over our fireplace! I’m hesitant to invest in any new art until I’ve finalized the design direction for the house, so this is the perfect placeholder. A few strips of 3M stickies and voila – a little abstract gallery wall should get me through the next few months quite nicely.

I don’t know about you, but I’m rather pleased with how this mini-makeover came together – and in a single afternoon mind you! {thank you football playoffs!}. The room feels clean, open, refreshed and revitalized and so do I!

Up next – making room for le bebe! Details on that to come soon since we’ve only got a couple months to go. How the heck did that happen??

More ways to update your space for 2015 HERE

A rug related DIY HERE


photography for apartment 34 by Bianca Sotelo // photobombs by Chloe & Bailey 

***This post is in partnership with Loloi Rugs. Thoughts, opinions and design 100% our own. Thanks for supporting posts that keep Apartment 34’s doors open.***

 

New House Update: Light of My Life

I realize it’s probably a bit odd to start a home renovation project with a singular focus on one design category, but zeroing in on one item certainly does help you set your design direction. And for me that direction looks like it’s going to be determined by lighting. Lighting really is like jewelry for the home and I never could resist a great accessory! If I had to whittle down my lighting love affair to a must-have it would be…anything by Serge Mouille!!

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From the mid-century Parisian designer’s floor lamps, to his brilliant chandeliers and wall mounted sconces – I’m obsessed. They’re artfully minimal, yet make a total style statement no matter what space you put them in.

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There’s so much variety to choose from with Mouille. Wall sconces can come with up to five arms and some of the ceiling lights feature seven. What’s so wonderful about these fixtures is how beautifully they combine art with functionality. You can swivel the arms and turn the heads to create ambient or direct light as needed. SO genius!

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It’s nearly impossible to pick a Mouille favorite, but I’ve been particularly loving the wall sconces of late. They’re dramatic yet refined and would so elevate a living room, bedroom or really any place you might decide to place one. I’m currently day dreaming of a the perfect reading nook…

And while yes, these lovelies are going to cost you a pretty penny {originals get up into the five digits real quick} I argue their timeless elegance is worth the splurge. Thankfully, reproductions are made today at a slightly friendlier price, but this is a piece of design genius that is definitely worth saving for! I know just right where I’m going to put my future dream light in our new house too…but just where that is, you’ll have to wait a little longer to find out!

images via here, the new york times & my pinterest

New House Update: Fixating on Bathroom Fixtures

Now that we’ve shared the big news that we are officially San Francisco home owners {eek!} I’m starting the exciting, anxiety and pressure ridden renovation process! We just got the plans back from our architect {we’ll be sharing them soon!} and they are so much more than I could have ever dreamed up on my own. While the removal of walls and genius layouts make me want to move in yesterday, the real fun is going to be the design process. Even though demo hasn’t started yet, the fear of time flying by and the excitement of finally decorating a place of all our own isn’t letting me sit still. Thankfully, San Francisco is full of great design stores and show rooms to keep me busy!

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The big question keeping me up at night right now is bathroom design. There are so many choices to make in such a small space! Do we do tile or marble, stone or something else {??} on the floors? And what about walls?? What about fixtures? Colors? Textures? Oh my. To center myself and start to focus, I decided to simply start somewhere! You often need that initial nugget of inspiration to give you a direction. So this weekend I ventured into the Ferguson Kitchen and Bath showroom on Valencia Street to begin the daunting task of narrowing things down. Even though my secret Pinterest boards are full of great general inspiration, there really is nothing like going in and seeing a product in person. After all, I’m by no means a professional interior designer so seeing scale and actually feeling things out really helps my frantic brain focus!

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I went in looking for something modern to juxtapose the classic architecture of the house; that I knew. I was immediately super impressed with the DXV by American Standard line. They definitely were the most modern of the showroom. I loved how streamlined and beautiful each piece looked – two key elements to my aesthetic! And I fell in love with their Free Standing Tub! Its sleek shape and clean lines had my name written all over it. Complete with a crazy luxurious floor-mounted faucet, I see many bubble baths in my future!

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Here’s what I’m loving right now for the bathroom:

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 Get Your Shop On:

> Vintage Pendant 3-Arm Chandelier
> Slim Round Shower Head 
> Percy Wall Mounted Vessel Faucet
> Lyndon Free Standing Soaking Tub 
> Aesop Hand Soap
> Dot & Bo Woven Ottoman 

While I might have set my bathroom design direction, count on me to ask for your much-needed opinion in the next couple of months of renovation. I’m going to need everyone to weigh in as much as possible! For now, I’m slowly starting to pull moodboards together for the rest of our rooms. More on those coming soon!

image 1 via Brittany Ambridge Photography // 2 via Atlanta Homes Magazine

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