(Alternative title for this post is: “Casey’s Gigantic Apartment Wish List.”)
Guess what I did today?
Signed a new lease! Dave and I have been looking for a little while for a new place to live. We love our location but some things in the house are less than ideal (mainly, my lack of an oven. In case you’re wondering, toaster ovens do not bode well for someone learning to cook meals instead of creating entire dinners out of Cheez-Its, wine and chocolate).
Anyway, we’re moving in a few weeks, so I have been browsing all over the Internet for some decorating ideas. I really, really wish I was born with the interior decorating gene, but I think it conspired with the good-at-math gene before I was born and decided to deprive me. I can do without the math (correct me if I’m wrong, but calculators work really well). Interior design prowess would be quite nice though. But I digress …
Let’s start with my favorite room first.
For the kitchen:
How cute is this coffee bar? Our new kitchen area is small, but I’m thinking I could recreate this coffee bar a bit smaller that the picture. Love the red wall, too—thinking of painting the hallway that color.
This picture was on a design Web site because of the beautiful backsplash. And while I love it, it’s not the purpose of the picture for me … I just love the spice rack. 🙂 Anyone know where I can find a similar one?
This idea is awesome! Cabinet space is always an issue in apartment kitchens (unless you have one of those TV apartments that definitely do not exist outside NBC studios), so this is a space saver and a cute decorating idea all at once.
Genius, is all I have to say about this one.
And moving on:
For the bedroom:
I love absolutely everything about this room. When it comes to pretty much any room of the house, I prefer dark, rich colors to anything white or cream. The subtle lights above the bed, the gold bed frame, the dark wood, the mahogany doors …this is my dream bedroom. Now if someone could gift me with at least $10,000 to make it happen, I’ll be all set. Please and thank you.
This mirror is made out of recycled magazines. It could be a “DIY” project, but if I attempted it myself, it would probably end up looking like a third grader spilled a bottle of Elmer’s glue all over her art project.
Love this zebra-striped rug with the pops of teal and orange. Everything about this is gorgeous! It makes me think of a 1930s movie star, sitting at her dressing table and contemplating life. 🙂
Now for the fun living room stuff!
I saw this at Target and fell in love. It’s a mirror with little hooks on it you could use for keys, dog leashes, etc. Not having somewhere to hang your keys is a very bad thing. Enough said. (This would be more hallway than living room, but it would located by the living room, so close enough.)
This is so elegant. Sadly our walls don’t look like that, but I love the cream pillows and the candles on the coffee table. Also note the fake plant that ties it all together and makes it feel homier. I bring this up because I would like opinions: Dave does not get fake plants. Period, exclamation point. He thinks they just get in the way. Is this just a guy thing? Are fake plants evil? Can I hypnotize him to get him to get him to like them? If this has worked for you, please share.
Another DIY. Isn’t it pretty? I ALMOST feel like I could complete this all by myself without gluing my fingers together!
And no apartment is complete without a little bathroom love.
For the bathroom:
Isn’t this towel holder the cutest?!
As for this one—I think if you’ve come up with a way to organize your toilet paper, you’ve pretty much got this whole life thing figured out.
And even though I do not have a laundry room (but I do have a washer and dryer in the apartment, which is YAY!!), here is my dream laundry room just for fun.
And as long as we’re talking just for fun …
A girl can dream. 🙂
If you have any apartment decorating tips/links/ideas, feel free to share in the comments section!