I am SOOO ready to move out of our tiny rental and into a permanent apartment. It's all been part of a long story + Master Plan, but after being here over a year I'm looking at floorplans, apartments, and decor. I love finding new sources, and bookmarking over and over again the things I will buy 'as soon as'...ahh, To Be Continued.
I went to a Minted party last week I got some entirely new inspiration about my home. I have used Minted probably since it's first rollout of Christmas cards 7 years ago, so when I found out their artists' circle extends to photography and art prints for the home, I got really inspired! Anyone who's been to any of our homes or apartments since we got married knows we love a good gallery wall. We've hung art abundantly ever since our first apartment.
Most of our purchases have been budget minded, or sentimental in value. Also includes lots of portraits (more on portrait options at a later post - so excited!) Even a smaller few have been real investments that we love. I've always felt that no matter where you live, ART on the wall will make your place a home. So find what you love and fill up the space! When we moved from a big apartment, to suburban home, then back to a teeny-tiny apartment, we brought every single piece of art each time. These walls, whose paint colors we can't change, are covered. This includes our kids' room, with grown up and even sophisticated art. But more on that below.
Here are some fun inspiration boards I put together with Minted, and furniture sources such as the amazing Wayfair brand. Did you know Wayfair includes Dwell Studio, AllModern, Joss&Main, and Birch Lane? Something for everyone.
I love the idea of two of a rug you love, especially when it's abstractly shaped. These Ivory Pelt Area Rugs are perfect to slide around furniture in a natural way- bounces well off the modern lines of the Hutton Custom Chaise. I am in love with any wood/root table, it's natural and modern at the same time. Imagine placing the Allard End Table in Natural Steel between a pair of Enzo Arm Chairs and serving it with a side of brass in the Periscope Floor Lamp!
I love this Avec Apartment Couch - the tufting is so midcentury especially with this Cooper Leather Chair - a touch moody or glam, depending on how it's softened up or not. Hence the Trented Tufted Ottoman - gives young ones and beverage trays a place to land. A Tripod Floor Lamp has been a favorite of mine for a while, it's Modern and Transitional, to keep things from getting too streamlined when paired with this gorgeous (and TV-remote-ready) Console. While I'm dreaming I added this Cube Art which would fill in a blank surface really well! One of our best investments was our overdyed antique rug, and this one by Safavieh would be perfect!
Lastly, a girls' room. This Kaleidoscope No.1 print lets you pull a variety of colors into the main scheme. So child-friendly and sophisticated - this print will last forever. I actually have this one in teeny-tiny size and it fills a great gap with pop. Paired with the graphic quality of the Lookin' Good Print (Minted's new herringbone/whitewash frame!) and the childlike sophistication of the ferris wheel in the California Dreams Print and you've got a great base from which to decorate! Don't you love this girly green in the Buchanan Bed? But it comes in a whole SLEW OF COLORS, including Navy velvet. Yummy. This kid-friendly Shag Rug and Orange Pouf plus Turquoise Pouf (intentionally mismatched but still coordinated) provides all sorts of seating and sprawling options for girls coloring or dancing. I store my poufs stacked when not in use, and love the height! Topped off with these star-friendly Floor Lamps and the playful sophistication is complete. Yay.
Let me leave you with a few things to think about: Make your home, your HOME through art, no matter where you live! Don't wait until you're in your dream home ('cause I sure ain't)! Put smaller pieces together in a loose gridded block to fill up a space with intention. The best advice I got was to have your frames match the artwork, not the decor or other frames. And by all means, mix and match those frames! It's so much more interesting.
Sweet Dreams, my friends!