April 25, 2011

Home Sweet Home

Photos courtesy of iPhone...sorry for the fuzziness
Hello Friends!

Today I woke up and for the first time since I have moved into my new apartment, I felt like I was home :) I'm pretty sure it's because I just got this new chest of drawers on Craigslist that I am literally obsessed with now.

For months, I have had clothes all over my floor because my closet was full and I didn't have any furniture to hold things like pajamas, socks & undies, workout clothes, etc.However, I wasn't willing to splurge on any old chest of drawers, I knew exactly what I wanted- fortunately this weekend I found it!

Here are some other pictures of my room. I know I still have more to do but it is definitely coming along.

I moved my chair to the other corner of my room. Love this decision- more room to walk around & now I can look out at my view of the Golden Gate Bridge while reading. I just need a pillow & a throw to complete the comfy factor of this chair.
Oh, & a lamp! This corner is pretty dark at night & that is usually when I read. I thought something like these lamps would work well for this corner & the limited space.
Sideview. Not very interesting but I thought I would share to give some perspective on size of my room.
I am not one of those people that likes 1,000 pillows on a bed but I want my room to look less put together & more comfortable. I feel like I can achieve that by replacing these shams with a patterned cover & then getting some more decorative pillows to add to the orange. I might even take one of the orange pillows out to make it look less like a catalog. Also, I bought this bed spread on Overstock when I had a full bed...I obviously need to upgrade to the appropriate size but I LOVE this duvet cover- I may need to buy the same one in a Queen.
I bought these lamps (and rug) at my local HomeGoods store & I absolutely love them. This is not at all what I was looking for ( I wanted either this lamp or this lamp from Anthropologie) but once I saw them I knew they would be perfect for my room. I actually think they look better than the Anthro ones- & they were much cheaper!
View from my bed. I don't know what else to do in this space since it is a doorway...maybe lower the birdcage? I think it may be a little too high.
Since I love this chest of drawers so much I really want to play it up & do more to decorate this corner of my room. I am thinking about getting a tall and narrow vase to go right by my door (maybe something like this?) & want to make sure I get enough books to fill up my "bookcase" with colorful, beautiful books. I have a few straw hats and am wondering if a a few hooks would look good on this wall or be too much? hmmm?
Lastly, I am so excited to find a vintage-looking mirror or photograph to put in this space. It will really complete the look of this corner & add a lot to the dresser. I want to add a few decorative knickknacks to put on top of my chest of drawers but I am not sure what I want yet. I think I need to sit on it a while so I don't buy things I do not need. 


  1. i love your little notes! and yes, that dresser is awesome!

  2. I bought a similar-ish antiquey looking dresser off craig's last year and sat for months on what to hang over it.. the end result is a collection of old family photos in black & white (grandparent's wedding, me with my grandma as a baby, etc) and a few randomly placed old etched glass mirrors I found at a flea market, similar in style to the round and square mirrors in this set from Ikea... http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40182017

    Anyway, I couldn't find the one perfect picture or mirror for months and then when I was trying to figure out what to do with all these photos the idea came to me. I found the mirrors the following weekend, played around with placement for a day or two, and the end result is perfect. My dresser faces the bed so my wonderful grandparents are the first thing I see when I wake up and the last when I go to bed.

    Have fun with it... this is your own little private museum to curate :)

  3. Kristen, do you have any pictures of your dresser and the photos? I would love to see how it turned out!

  4. I love that lamp! The birdcage is the perfect height too

  5. i love that shadow box bird cage style item, so neat.