Wednesday Wisdom 10.24.12

Another Wednesday is here already but we are all heading over the hump & are one step closer to the weekend. Enjoy our Wednesday Wisdom this week that gives you a little insight into our move to a new apartment this week!

√ DO become grown-ups and become fridge owners together. Our apartment didn’t come with a fridge, so we went out shopping to get ourselves one. When the boys were loading up the fridge in the truck in the back of the store, the two of us decided to drive around back to check out what they were doing. X DO NOT go into uncharted territories behind retail stores unless you want your car to be swarmed by alley cats and a skunk. Yuckkkkkkkk. X DO NOT try Charlotte’s refrigerator measuring technique. As we were shopping I looked over and Charlotte, in the middle of the store, is hugging (yes, I said hugging) a refrigerator. When I asked her what she was doing her response was “I’m hugging the fridge and then determining if I could hug the empty space in our kitchen the same way.” I then proceeded to ask an employee for a measuring tape…

 DO make priority lists when shopping for a new place. We’ve realized that we can’t afford our dream home and our apartment isn’t going to look like it belongs on anthropologie.com, but that’s okay. Five major priorities were (1) refrigerator (2) beds (3) couch (4) microwave (5) wine glasses. We’ve purchased all of those things, so we’re set at least for the time being!  DO have great friends who are willing to sacrifice their weekend & evenings to drive all over with a truck and move large heavy items  DO have pizza & beer at the end of the each night as a reward.

X DO NOT leave your purse at Chipotle and your phone at In N Out in the same day.

Have any wisdom for us today? Any Do’s or Don’ts you are experiencing?!

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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?