So the big news for my 2012 is that the captain is abandoning ship at her typpy typ post-college group house and giving cohabitation a try for the next eight months. We’ll be shacking up on one of the dankest blocks in DC until August, and an unfurnished one bedroom means it’s time to DRECKORATE!
Snags and I have some great pieces to work with already, which I’m working on building around. Most importantly, Grandpa Marty and Grandma Penny left the girls some of the most tippy top drawer furnishings a hood rich hooch could ask for, including a green velvet chair (with tassles!) and a couple of oversize, awesome, eclectic pieces of art. I also picked up a great shabby chic farm table from Good Wood (I swear I could live in that place) that I’m currently using as a desk, but which I think we’ll sub in for a little dining table in the new place. You can get a bit of an idea of the current stash from the pictures of my soon-to-be-former room below – the Chinese ancestral portrait isn’t the exact one we inherited, but it looks a hell of a lot like it.
My Snag-approved vision for the new apartment is eclectic with a mid-century bent. As you can tell, I’ve stuck to the now ubiquitous Anthro/Etsy/boho with a touch of preppy school of thought up until this point, but if I have to take one more look at that Stevie Nicks quilt I may contract vertigo. So out with the old, in with the new.
Thanks to Houzz, I now spend the majority of my waking hours creeping on complete strangers’ interiors and stealing their decorating ideas. Below are some of the living rooms I’m fiending for:
Since we’re couch-less, our original thought was that we would pick up something nifty and cheap on Craigslist. But upon further review, Snags and I realized that we don’t go to the gym nearly enough to be able to lift massive pieces of furniture out of some old granny’s house and into our U-Haul, nor do we want to be those dumb dumbs who get their new couch stuck in their tiny front door. Naturally, we turned to Ikea as the solution to all life’s problems.
Not surprisingly, Ikea had couches that are dead ringers for the sofas in my inspiration rooms. Swedish meatballs AND cheap (semi uncomfortable) yet super chic furniture? Those Nordics sure do know what they’re doing.
Both of my inspiration rooms featured glass coffee tables . I’m digging the similar piece below with bamboo legs from Good Wood (seriously though I’m obsessed). I’m also liking two smaller glass tables with gold legs (I would just put them right next to each other to make one big table) from Miss Pixie’s, another spot in my neighborhood with a legit selection of cool old shiz bought at auctions or estate sales. As an alternative, Miss Pixies has these cool silvery metal tables that could really round out the eclectic look.
Last but not least… the centerpiece of the living space is the brainchild of my awesomely boozy boytoy. A permanent bloody mary bar! And where better to keep our prized collection of Spicy V8, Stoli, olives, and an array of (stolen) hot sauces than on the most amazing barcart ever?! It even comes with matching side tables, which we can either use next to the couch or as nighstands in the bedroom. I die.
Thankfully, I’ve already got the best mattress ever made, so I won’t be spending my holiday season haggling with some sleazebucket at the Sleepy’s in Alexandria this year. However as previously stated, I’m way overdue for a change-up in the bedding department… especially because I’m sharing with a boy now and what I’ve got know does not exactly scream unisex. See below for my inspiration:
Finding new bedding has been much more tricky than anticipated because I’m completely married to a set of sheets I bought of Gilt earlier this year from Coyuchi – they’re deep indigo cotton sateen and the softer than Jimmy Tumble Rumble’s pouf after a blowout. I was seriously considering getting the quatrefoil duvet from Echelon in the second picture above, but ended up going with a classic stitched hotel style (see below) because I don’t want to end up in an adversarial relationship with my bed linens again when the day inevitably arrives that the whole Moroccan lattice thing isn’t all the rage anymore.
To complete the look, we’ll be keeping the great dark wood bedside tables I picked up from Target last year, along with the silver lamps with matching navy and white lampshades I have in my current room. To replace the narsty thing the landlord has for a ceiling fixture, I’m thinking of going with the great woven pendant from Ikea below. In my fantasy land, I would also have one or both of the dressers pictured here, but instead we’ll be picking up yet another Ikea item – the classic Malm dresser – when we make the bone-chilling trip out to Collie Park Bubba Sparks in a couple of weeks.