Designer Showcase: The Apartment

2 Jan

It’s official, my absolute favorite design company in the whole wide world is The Apartment, founded by design couple Stefan Boublil and Gina Alvarez. Based in NYC The Apartment specializes in interior design, branding, and anything else their clients will pay for. I’m particularly impressed with their interior design portfolio. Their spaces are colorful, playful, functional, and mature. Check out the office space they designed for digital branding agency Electric Artists below. Ahhhh….how I wish I worked there.


Rep Yo Hood….with an Ork Poster

1 Jan

Ork posters manage to bring together the wonderful combination of affordable, personal, and intriguing art. Created by designer Jenny Beorkrem as a solution to a personal design dilemma, her original print has now morphed into an entire line of neighborhood posters starting at $18.

Photo: Tiny Ass Apartment

Look even Jimmy Kemmel has one! Photo: Ork

To purchase click here.

The Look For Less: Living Etc. Bedroom

31 Dec

If you’re a fan of the bedroom above featured in Living Etc. magazine, I can show you how to recreate it for less than $700. Just pick up the items below.

Wood Grain Contact Paper, $6. Don’t have a wood wall? No worries, simply put contact paper over your existing wall. It provides a cheap, removable, easy to apply solution. It’s particularly handy if you’re a renter.

Trondheim Bed (Full), IKEA $279

Koldby Cowhide Rug, IKEA $199

Odda Nightstand, IKEA $49

BasiskĀ  Lamp, IKEA $20. (I personally would paint the base of this lamp white, but of course that’s up to you)

Deer Antlers, Ebay $22

Sheepskin Steel Grey Pillow, Room and Board $168 (for 2). A little pricey, but these pillows add lots of texture.

Velvet Pillow, CB2 $50 (for 2, on sale). A cheaper alternative to the pillow above.

White Bedding (Full/Queen), Target $20

Antique Wood Mirror, Ebay $49.00


Inside Look: Bright and Cheery Mid-Century Pad

30 Dec

Pulling off an interior filled with many bold colors can be difficult, however this apartment demonstrates it can be done. Though bursting with saturated colors this apartment manages to be cheery, as opposed to overwhelming. Midcentury classics along with vintage fabrics give the apartment a distinctly retro feel. Check out pics below.

Colorful 1960’s Living Room

29 Dec

I LOVE THIS ROOM! That’s all.

Craigslist Finds: Baltimore, MD

28 Dec

Mid-century Danish modern walnut side table $125:

Green mid-century modern vinyl chair $25:

1960’s Walnut headboard $40:

Ethan Allen Sofa $150:

Crate and Barrel TV Console $85:

Craigslist Finds: Washington, DC

27 Dec

Mid-Century modern tube sofa and chair $600:

Vernor Panton S chair $225:

Herman Miller dinette table $95:

Marble coffee and side table $150:

Boomerang shaped coffee table $225:

My New/Old Lamp

26 Dec

A few weeks ago I picked up a lovely new mid-century lamp from one of my favorite vintage stores Home Anthology (store blogged about here). I like vintage lighting because the designs tend to be more visually interesting than a lot of what’s on the market today, and often times you can get cute pieces for relatively cheap at thrift stores and Ebay. The only downside to buying vintage lamps is that sometimes the wiring isn’t the greatest and you can never be sure what the maximum bulb wattage should be. But with a little ingenuity and IKEA I was able to solve this problem.

Below is my vintage lamp along with its old wiring. I swapped the old wiring for the wiring in my Fado Ikea table lamp (which had been hiding out in the back of my closet, ever since I broke the glass that covers it…I had a feeling the wiring would come in handy one day). You can pick up a new one from IKEA for $20.

After removing the old wiring, I simply put the lamp on top of the IKEA lamp base.

Tah dah… new/old lamp!

Inside Look: Cozy San Francisco Apartment

24 Dec

Check out this cute feminine apartment filled with a mix of Ikea and great thrift store finds.


21 Dec

Just in time for Christmas I discovered Himmeli, a homemade Christmas decoration originating in Finland. Typically made out of straw, string, and wires, Himmeli is hung from the ceiling like a mobile. While the Finnish hang them at Christmas, I think in America they would work all year round.

The Himmeli pictured above is made out of coffee stirrers and pipe cleaners.