My sister was cleaning behind her couch and found this old Country Living magazine:

I love the cover and wanted to use it as inspiration for my apartment. How do they bring all of those unique, eye-catching pieces together so well?!

Anyway, one item in particular caught my eye- this armchair (you can kind of see it in the bottom right corner of the cover):

It’s from the Country Living line at Kmart. Now I’m no furniture snob (quite the opposite, in fact), but I hadn’t thought to check out Kmart. I dropped in and found the exact chair, even though the magazine was about a year old! And it was the last one. Fate.

And let me tell you, it looks great in my apartment. It’s interesting how one item can bring a room together so well. Pictures to come!

P.S. I feel frivolous when I talk about home decor, but I think having a comfortable, welcoming- and aesthetically pleasing- home is important. Having a place to rejuvenate makes you ready to take on the day in order to do non-frivolous

I found this $20 steal

I love collecting dusty paperback books {Michael Crichton novels, books on current events, the occasional chick lit} and cookbooks with cheerful, mouth-watering covers…what better place to store them than creative bookshelves? Nothing will ever take the place of my Ikea 4×4 brown Expedit though {which is going to be a bear to move!}

I realize I risk sounding vapid with this next question:

What girl doesn’t want an awe-inspiring closet, chock-full of multi-colored clothing, cute accessories, and a whole host of purse options?

Guilty as charged (even though I do prefer Target over Gucci).

And with not one, not two, not three, but FOUR closets in my new place, maybe I’ll be one step closer to achieving the American (closet) dream.

Wondering what it is? The Moroccan pouf is a round leather embroidered ottoman.

As I plan my new apartment, I’m seeking inspiration left and right, and I wanted to share it with you.

First of all, do you know about Pinterest? The website says, “Think of Pinterest as a virtual pinboard

who doesn’t love trays?

they’re great to hold glasses and bottles for an at-home mini-bar.

they’re great to hold books and magazines on your bed.

they’re great to use for serving food and drinks to guests.

they’re great for serving afternoon tea.

they’re great in the bathroom or on a vanity for perfume bottles and make up.

they’re great for organizing office supplies.

they’re great for hold mail and keys.

they’re great for serving cristina breakfast in bed (anyone? anyone?)

Did you see that? Look again.

Yes, I have a foyer. How grown up is that?! Not to mention both a linen closet and

Cooking/Drinks

General

Savory

Sweet

Everyday Living

Incredibly Random

Soo I’ve officially moved to NC for the summer. It hasn’t exactly been a smooth transition- we have so much to do with the townhouse, so it’s been a bit chaotic and stressful. I have no doubt that in the next week we’ll feel more settled in and HAPPY.

On the plus side, I’ve interviewed with some great babysitting families, ran lots of important errands, been Bob the Builder (put together our furniture), signed up for Habitat for Humanity, got an apartment in DC, and joined the coolest gym.

My last few days in DC were great. On Cinco de Mayo my friend and I accidentally ended up on a huge boat on the Georgetown Harbor…again! I’ve decided that my first “grown up” investment will be a boat, because there is nothing like hanging out on a boat on a beautiful summer night.

I’m trying to think of ways to decorate my studio next year so I’ve been looking at pictures online. My inspiration:

I love looking at all of the rooms on ApartmentTherapy.com.

Clearly I’m ALL about the colors. I’m aiming for an eclectic but put-together look. Any advice?

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