Interior Decor Design Styles

Morgan and I just signed a lease on a new apartment! We could not be more excited about the place and are getting an incredible value for our money. There is more than enough space for the two of us, and many charming features such as an angular living room, a fire place, and a walk in closet!

However, the apartment is currently all one color – carpet and walls and all. If you have been following along with us you no doubt realize that we both love loud patterns and prints and bold colors! So, we have started thinking about how to decorate and furnish our place. While we browse around in stores and on Pinterest for ideas and are always finding things we like, it takes a little bit of work to make it all cohesive. With decor, there are so many different directions to go with! It sort of feels necessary to pick a direction or a theme, but we just can’t decide which way to go. We were jokingly wishing we had a mansion so we could dedicate each room to a different style! While we are dreaming here, below are some images of different themes or aesthetics that we are inspired by.

Cozy Warmth: The above look is a very cozy, warm feeling room. Yellow obviously is as warm as you can go in terms of a color palate. Chunky knit throws are physically warm and add instant coziness to a bed or couch. The plants and mix of patterns also create a homey, warm feel to it. A touch of whimsy with the wall hangings finishes it off beautifully.

Minimalistic Monochrome: Minimalism has been a buzz word in creative industries for quite a while now. This aesthetic definitely has its advantages. When working without color, you don’t have to worry much about all your different pieces flowing together and matching. Obviously minimalism can be a very budget oriented way to go. It makes a room feel pure and clean, like a sanctuary.

Rustic Refurbishment: Like minimalism, a rustic, refurbished vibe can also be cost effective. If you have a good flair for garage sale furniture and DIY projects, you can easily make very little into unique statement pieces. Think straight off the floor set at Anthropologie.

Retro: Between the color palate, the large graphic nature of the prints, walls, and textiles, as well as the silhouettes of the furniture, everything about this room just screams retro. This one is probably the most difficult to pull off without feeling too forced or as if it has gone overboard. An entire retro-themed household would be too much. However, when done right and in small amounts it creates a definite wow-factor for a room.

Modern: The opposite of Retro would of course be Modern! Uptown luxe and sophistication prevail in this living area set. It is the geometry, the lack of height, and the abundance of glass that help get the look in this case.

What is your design aesthetic? Which of the photos do you feel like fits you best and why?

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Sweater Weather

Over the weekend, Morgan and I were out doing a little vintage exploring and thrifting (stay tuned for a full post about our adventures coming soon!) As we were walking around in LA’s 90+ degree heat on what was technically the first day of autumn, I found myself a little sad. In my mind, the first day of fall is supposed to include hot coffee, slouchy sweaters, tall boots, and fireside snuggles. However, I could hardly bear the heat in my sleeveless maxi dress, let alone even think about wearing a sweater. Knitwear is my favorite garment group and I used to and I love nothing more than Seattle winters where I could layer up in knit vests, cardigans, chunky-knit sweaters, sweater dresses, etc. But my Seattle sweaters have been stored away in a back shelf in favor of more weather-appropriate outfits now that I am a SoCal girl. I am also attempting to refrain from purchasing all the lovely knits I see in stores, so instead I have just rounded up some of my favorites across all different categories to blog about. Enjoy!

1. Mango Cashmere and Silk Cardigan – $80   2. Tory Burch Brady Cardigan – $250   3. Crumpet Colour Block Cardi in Black/Cartoon – $230

A button-up cardigan is an essential basic for any wardrobe. Having a few in classic colors are incredibly versatile, ensuring that you always have a layering piece for any outfit you put on. Cardigans in brighter, fashion colors are a great way to dress up your basic t-shirts and tank tops. An item like this is worn so often in so many ways that it is definitely worth its cost per wear.

1. Michael Kors Open Front Cardigan – $121   2. Merona Women’s 3/4 Sleeve Open Cardigan Sweater – $25   3. Honey/Emerald Contrast Knit Cape by MISSONI – $740

Draped open sweaters work well thrown over just about anything, whether it is a dress, leggings, or skinny jeans. When styled well with a good pair of boots they can add instant glamour but in an absolutely easy way. Not to mention they are comfortable and quick on those days where you just do not feel like putting any effort into your outfit.

1. Calypso St. Barth Gloria Pullover Sweater – $179   2. Alexander Wang Merino Cropped Pullover – $450   3. Cotton Blend Sweater with Pocket – $29

Flirty and feminine, a cozy pullover is a great way to carryover your maxi dresses into fall. Layer on top of dresses and skirts, or wear with jeans and heels. Again, knitwear is a versatile piece to add to your wardrobe this fall, and pullovers are no different than cardigans!

What are your thoughts on sweaters and how to wear them? Got any fall favorites in the knitwear category? Please share!

Friday’s Featured Favorites 9.6.12

1. Jonathan Fuller wins ‘favorite artist of the week’ today in my book. He collects pieces of seaglass all around the world and creates beautiful sculpted pieces of art by layering the pieces into simple shapes. I absolutely love it and the above piece is my personal favorite from the collection. Browse his website here.

2.  Sometimes I dream of a cozy home with bookshelves that look like this. So many other great home ideas can be found here.

3. This is so true. It took me far too long to figure this one out.

4 Of course we all love The Sartorialist, but today I found a blog of a fashion photographer who is out on the streets of Los Angeles, The Streetgeist. Love the vibe of the blog & love knowing all these fashionable people photographed for the blog are so close to home!

5. Hot pink and black & white chevron are two of my favorite things right now. These nails are rockin’. Check out more nail polish ideas here. http://www.pinkurock.com/

6. Just thinking about all the music we danced the night away to at the wedding we went to on Friday and this e-card made me smirk.

Do you have any Friday’s Featured Favorites of your own to share with us? Please share because we’d love to hear your faves!