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!}.


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.


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!}.


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.***


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  1. Where are all the pillows on the sofa from? Especially the no textural ones?

  2. Hey – is your coffee table vintage? It is pretty much perfect. Where did you get it????

    1. Hi Chloe – our coffee table is indeed vintage. I found it at the Alameda Flea Market – one of the best scores I’ve ever made there!

  3. Oh my gosh, I love your space! Love the frames above the fireplace. I think I’m going to have to try that. 🙂

    1. Totally recommend it Katie – easiest DIY I’ve done all year!

  4. Beautiful room! Love everything looks so fresh. Would you mind telling us what the paint colors are in the room? Can’t wait to see more!

    1. Sadly Laura, the loft is a rental and was painted before we moved in so I don’t know the colors!

  5. i would love to hear advice, if you don’t mind, on how you keep your home nice (and white) with your doggies. i have two dogs also and they are such a mess! they love to tear up everything and muddy feet 🙂

    that rug is beautiful!

  6. Where is your sofa from? I love the color and style!

  7. I love the tan leather sofa! Please tell me where I can purchase one.

  8. I’m also wondering where that sofa is from? Any chances we can get the answer? Thank you!

  9. Hello! Where is your camel couch from? Vintage or new? Thanks!

  10. I love the DIY rug idea. This place is really fresh and uplifting

  11. J’adore!! C’est super lumineux, très épuré avec un style à la fois moderne et scandinave, bref tous les ingrédients d’un intérieur réussi qui donne envie de passer beaucoup de temps chez soi!