Let’s play another round of everyone’s favorite game, shall we?! I love a good old fashioned reader questionnaire and can’t pass up a chance to get to know you as the awesome community of girl-crush-worthy women you are.
Best gift you’ve received: A trip to Paris with my grandmother when I graduated high school. Magnifique!
Last book you read:The Hunger Games. I finished the first book in three days and can’t wait to get my hands on the sequels! #betterlatethannever
Something on today’s to do list: Make a grooming appointment for Rory #badmom
Something you’re really good at: (according to Will) self-motivating, spontaneous adventuring, and taking advantage of living in New York (new restaurants, museums, dog parks, friend dates, real dates, etc.!)
Something you’re really bad at: Keeping my apartment tidy (but like, really, really, really bad at)
Now it’s your turn! Copy and paste the below and leave your responses in the comments. I’ll be reading all of them thinking how cool my readers are with a huge smile on my face like the big creeper that I am.
It’s week four of the one room challenge and I’m a leeeettle overwhelmed at how much has to happen in the next two weeks to be ready for the big reveal. Let’s start with what’s happened in the first four weeks in case you need a refresher.
Week three: new armchairs and pillows, new dresser for TV
And here we are in week four. This week was a bit lacking in progress since I was in Charleston all weekend but, with a couple late nights (Will, you are the ultimate good sport!), we managed to assemble the new bar cart, decide on a coffee table, and move in new lamps. I hope you dig it as much as we do!
We are both obsessed with this bar cart. It’s actually a two piece tray table from West Elm that’s available as a mirrored tray top and matching X leg base. We saw it in their Chelsea store in the city and instantly knew it was perfect for Will and Mike’s space. I had a 15% off coupon (and may or may not have used my long-expired student ID for an extra discount… shhh) so it wound up being a pretty good deal. I think it looks like it could be a $1,000+ piece from Ralph Lauren so I was pretty pleased! Both the scale and shape are to die for.
As you’ll recall, the coffee table has been quite the subject of debate since we started this challenge and I wish I had a more exciting conclusion. But we were having a really hard time finding something that was JUST right for this room so we decided to save money on this one and order this plain white option from Target. Is it our favorite piece in the room? No. But the price was right and it’s brighter than what was there originally… so we’re going to go with it and accept that it’s one of the few pieces in the room that we’ll probably have to replace in a couple years. Truthfully I think we’re both excited to just have this crossed off our to do list so we can move on to the fun stuff.
Speaking of fun stuff, how killer are these Jana Bek brushstroke lamps? I’ve been following Jana on Instagram for about a year now and I just adore her bright and colorful style. I knew we had to work her hand painted lamps into this space and luckily Will loved them as much as I do. (You’ll be able to shop them at Design Darling soon!) Jana describes them as an “instant heirloom” and I just love that mentality. And of course you can’t go wrong with navy and white.
So next week I’m hoping we’ll have made some major progress on the gallery wall. All the art pieces have been arriving one by one and I am so excited to see how it all comes together. Between pieces Will already owned and works that we’ve purchased together, I know it’s the start of a collection that we both really love and intend to stare at for many years to come. Art is really the icing on the cake in any space and I’m so excited to gussy up these off-white walls and turn them into something special.
Peep my fellow challengers’ spaces below — and let me know which spaces are your favorites so far!
This weekend was such a blast. Thanks to my friend Chassity of Look Linger Love and the Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau, a bunch of blogger friends — Amy, Amy, Carly, Caroline, Grace, Jamie, Mary — and I were flown down to the Holy City to soak in beautiful architecture, delicious food, and wonderful company. It was such a treat to spend three days in a new-to-me city with some of my favorite people on earth. I already can’t wait to go back!
Then Amy, Carly, Grace, and I headed home, which went something like this: two hour delay, freezing in the airport (doing things like this to pass the time…), sitting next to a screaming baby on the flight, and full-blown winter in New York when we finally landed. I know I speak for all four of us when I say we would have rather rerouted the flight back to sunny Charleston. Many thanks to Chassity and Molly and Julia of Charleston CVB for an unforgettable weekend in your beautiful city!!!
You know when a new company launches and you say to yourself, why didn’t I think of that? Or, worse, when a new company launches and you say to yourself, wait, I wanted to do that, why didn’t I follow through? That’s pretty much the case with Piol, a website that lets you design your own dress using custom measurements and color palettes tailored to your complexion, eye, and hair color. I remember wondering why this service didn’t exist in high school when it felt like everyone was choosing from the same ten designers for homecoming and prom. Of course it’s even more useful now with holiday parties coming up and friends sending out save-the-dates for 2015 weddings!
Given the opportunity to create my own design, I chose the draped empire waist dress with a scoop neck in a color that’s just outside my comfort zone and absolutely perfect for the upcoming holiday season. The dress covers my arms (making it easier to wear year-round) and nips in at my natural waist (flattering a part of my body that I’m more comfortable drawing attention to). The dresses are definitely investment pieces but they would be perfect for special occasions like graduations and wedding events. (How cool would it be to let your bridesmaids design their own dresses?!) Play around with the design tool and let me know what you come up with!
*Photos by Bekka Palmer. This post is sponsored by Piol. Thank you for supporting the brand partnerships that make Design Darling possible!