I admit it, I have design ADD. I suppose that's obvious, you have to have a little OCD to be a blogger. My new incarnation of my apartment was an act of sublimation. I recently went clothes shopping - which I hate! Honestly, clothes shopping - which should be fun - just makes me feel ugly. But this time was different, I was feeling optimistic since I recently lost a few pounds. I wanted a pair of jeans I could dress up for a party. It was not to be. I was exhausted after trying on about a zillion pairs. Instead of getting upset, I decided to check out a few local shops and came home - by accident - with a new outfit for my apartment. I am selective about what I bring into my home, and I only bring items in after I've made some room by donating some things I no longer use. I love beautiful objects, but not clutter! The best part is that whatever I buy for my apartment always fits - because I can make it fit!
Here are my new - and rather surprising - items from The Bomb Shelter and J. Paris Designs (see posts below about these fab shops).
I think it's a little crazy and selfish to buy things for me at the holiday season. But, honestly I always feel a little guilty when I buy something for myself. Maybe that's why I'm so cheap! (Hmm, I need to examine this, maybe I think I don't deserve nice things, surely that's not the case. Maybe I'll examine this in a subsequent post.)
Most surprising is that I went crazy with pattern. Perhaps it's because I had just read the new Domino magazine (review of this magazine coming in a future post). Or perhaps it's because I read Emily Henderson's blog too much. I love Emily, her blog and her show, but not her style so much. It always looks to OTT for me, but I do find it interesting, charming and always happy. It's just not for me. Too much clutter and pattern makes me anxious.
In fact, I was telling Jessica of J Paris Designs that I never use pattern in my decor. Then I promptly bought a houndstooth pillow. Actually, houndstooth is kinda of a neutral, right? In any event, it has always been my favorite pattern. (See previous apartment where I experimented with houndstooth fabric.) I was asking Jessica to watch for an over sized lamp for me. I've been wanting one forever. Then I turned to leave and saw this lamp. I am sure I gasped audibly. Okay, it's red. A color I never use. Okay, the shade is an Ikat pattern. But just look at that genie shape. And it's tall so it will look oversized. I had to have it. Now I had bought two patterns, not just one. Talk about stepping out of your comfort zone. As I drove home, I wondered if I had gone crazy. Could I really layer this much pattern in my place? Yes, since I don't have wallpaper, clutter or chevron.
Here's a breakdown of my new items: (1) Lamp from J Paris Designs, $45.00! What a deal! Ya'll know how expensive lamps can get, and this one is most likely vintage and unique. Also, shades can cost more than lamps. Jessica actually handmade this shade! A handmade shade and a vintage lamp for $45! Unheard of. Score! (2) Tall faux cement vase in simple shape - Goodwill $4.00. (3) Teal flower pot - Home Depot $6.99. Been craving teal and turquoise lately. (4) I shouldn't have done it - but I walked past the paint section at Home Depot. Very dangerous for me. I've been telling you forever that I want to paint a gray accent wall - I finally did it! I'll be showing it to you in my next post. I chose Behr 780-F5, Anonymous, in a flat finish. A quart of paint cost $8.99. (5) So excited about my new vintage marquee letter! I've been wanting one for a long time! And I found one in hot pink - hot damn! $12.00 from the Bomb Shelter. (6) Handmade houndstooth pillow from J Paris Designs made by an artist named Kristin, the owner of Pillowtalkk.
For approximately $80.00 I have a new surprising look in my apartment. It takes a long while for a new place to feel like home. I feel like my humble little apartment has finally found its voice, and that it finally has some Akron flavor. Stay tuned, I will do a reveal in my next post.