Melodrama Holiday Home Tour 2016

I’ve said it before but I feel like this month has flown by. I honestly wanted to do a little more decorating but ran out of time. Boooo. I did manage to get all of the necessities in here though! Christmas Tree: check! Bottle brush trees: check! More Christmas trees: check! I’ve realized this year that I have a thing for Christmas trees.

dining-roomIn the dining room I used large bottle brush trees from Target to decorate my shelves and then stuck in two more baby trees for good measure.barI got a little more festive on the adjacent bar, of course. I used Shiny Brite ornaments and epsom salts to dress up a cheapy $5 plain wreath and garland.living-room-bar-kitchenlivingroomThe living room is definitely the most festive place in the apartment! I spy a DIY corn husk wreath over the fireplace.IMG_5640.jpgI also decorated the fireplace with my collection of bottle brush trees and DIY Putz Housesvintage-inspired-christmas-tree-decorationAnd then there’s the treevintage-inspired-christmas-tree-decor

I’m going to miss this when it’s gone.

flamingoI got this hat for my dog but she hates it so Frank the flamingo got a festive little makeover.

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These DIY pom-pom pillows dressed up our little IKEA Hack bench. I made these for Christmas but I think they’ll end up sticking around all year.

I didn’t get much decorating done in our bedroom, except for this little gold tree that holds our personal, heirloom, and travel collection of ornaments. I used a faux fur throw as a tree skirt and hung a cute little DIY Christmas print on the wall. The lighting from this tree is super cozy and great to have on during bedtime Christmas movie watching AKA my favorite winter time hobby.bedroom-tree

That’s it! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays! Xoxo!

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree! 2016

Ok, real talk, I honestly feel like this month has gone by really quickly. TOO quickly. The holidays are almost over and it makes me sad! I want more time!

Anyway, if you know me at all you know I take my Christmas trees very seriously. Every year we get natural tree and usually have it flocked in white, but for some reason this year was particularly difficult. It took visiting five different tree lots to find the perfect one, but we finally found *the one* and I love it. When you know you just know. You know?

Without further ado, here is this year’s tree!

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It’s chockablock full of candy colored ornaments, gold garland, tons of tinsel, and my trusty DIY tree skirt.

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It’s the perfect tree to display my vintage ornament collection. I especially love vintage Shiny Brites and threaded bulbs. Speaking of, The Christopher Radko Company has resurrected the Shiny Brite brand and has been producing ornaments based on classic Shiny Brite designs. I got some this year to fill out the tree and they’re gorgeous!

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I also got a finial from them to top it all off.

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I want to keep it up all year round!

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I’ll try to post a Christmas home tour, but until then you can see what’s going on over on Instagram.

Hamlet’s Personal Home Stylist Service Will Change The Way You Shop For Home Decor

When I started redecorating my living room I had no idea that a new rug would be one of the most difficult things for me to find and decide on. I don’t know why, but I just couldn’t narrow down and pinpoint what I wanted. I think it’s because there is just SO MUCH variety out on the market, sifting through rug after rug got overwhelming and I kept putting it off and getting cold feet about my contenders. I kept wishing I could just tell someone what I had in mind and have them do the leg work. Well, my wish was granted! Hamlet does exactly that. Better yet, it’s all through text message and the service is free!

All you have to do is text 646-586-2260 and you’re connected with a personal stylist that is ready and willing to help you find everything you need to decorate your home, from rugs to accent pillows to sofas.

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After a few quick questions my Hamlet stylist, Cyrus, sent me 4 amazing rug options based on my needs, and helped me choose and purchase the perfect one in less than 20 minutes all through my SMS screen. It was so much easier than the hours I’d spent in stores and online trying to make a decision.

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Everything went seamlessly! My new rug arrived and was exactly how it was described by the stylist. Perfect size, color, style, everything. I’m SO happy.

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Thanks, Hamlet!

Yellow French Provincial Mirror Makeover

Something I do when I’m decorating a room is try to use what I already have. I’ve had this mirror in my dining room for a couple of years and when I decided to redecorate I thought about where I could use it rather than get rid of it. I got it for $20 on Craigslist and although it isn’t actually a pricey antique, it’s still a good deal for such a solid and large piece.

Originally it was painted an antique gold finish but that didn’t fit into my decor scheme at the time. To remedy that I did a silver metallic faux finish on it.

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I decided its new home needed to be in my living room above my fireplace and also wanted it to be a pop of color. I looked through all my spare paints and decided on a cheerful yellow. All I had to do was brush on some white primer, then a few coats of yellow paint, then a coat of clear polyurethane to give it a glossy, candy-coated finish.IMG_2572

 

I think it gives the wall a nice, bright feeling and ties in with the rest of the colors in the room. The best part is I spend no money because I already had all the materials! Yay! One project down…lots more to go.

 

Sofa Shopping: Mid-Century Styles Under $2000

Now that I’m redecorating my apartment I have to find new furniture that not only fits my space but also fits my budget. Since I tend to redecorate a lot I don’t usually like to spend too much money on pieces that I know I may change out in a year or two, but sofas tend to be expensive. Up until now I’d been using a KARLSTAD loveseat from IKEA (now discontinued) as my main seating area. 

 At first it was meant to be a place holder until I found something else, but after I changed the legs and accessorized it a bit, it fit in perfectly and served its purpose without any problems. 

 I’m rearranging my furniture placement and plan to put a sofa against a larger wall in the room. The KARLSTAD loveseat looked tiny and awkward against the new wall so I figured it’s time to upgrade and get a new sofa. 

I’m all about mid-century styles, and luckily I’ve found some good sources that have several great options. Here are some of my current favorites. All under $2,000. 

Joybird– Joybird obviously has a love for design from the 50s and 60s. They have a large selection of sofas from straight and modern, to tufted traditional, to the wacky lines of the atomic era. Not only do they have a large selection of styles, but the selection of fabrics they’re available in is incomparable. They send you FREE swatches at the click of a button, and in my opinion their upholstery options are the most authentically vintage available. 

Some of my favorites:

  Eliot Sofa – $1699

 Howard Sofa – $1499 

  Roddy Sofa – $1749

  
Braxton Sofa – $1799

Bryght– Bryght is a new on my radar but I like what I see. They provide high-end style at a decent price. Although they don’t have a large selection of bright, colorful fabric options, they do have velvet options which is nice. 

  
Sven Sofa – $1299

  
Celosia – $1199

Wayfair– Wayfair doesn’t exclusively offer mid-century inspired styles like the sources mentioned above, but they do have a great selection of passable high-end designer styles and colors at deeply discounted prices. 

  
Corrigan Studio Kilroot Sofa – $1123

  
Segis US Cosy Sofa – $1870

  Gus Modern Switch Sofa – $1999
  
Moe’s Home Selection Rosilini Sofa – $1288

West Elm– West Elm has a couple of styles with a vintage vibe I like. The first has the modern, shelter frame, and the second has boomerang shaped legs that can give off an atomic vibe in the right color. 

  

Monroe Mid-Century Sofa – $1299-$1699

  
Brooklyn Upholstered Sofa – $1299

IKEA– Good old IKEA! Like I mentioned above, I’m upgrading from a KARLSTAD loveseat. I’m no stranger to an IKEA Hack and I’m confident that with a little effort and changes I could save a lot of money and turn this option into something more stylish. At only $400 it’s very tempting. Even as something temporary until I find a true vintage option. 

  
IKEA KARLSTAD Sofa – $399

Thrift Stores/Flea Markets/Craigslist- Another option is finding a second-hand, true vintage piece. I live in an area where vintage is a hot commodity and the good deals get swooped up pretty quickly. Often times between the cost of the couch and the cost to reupholster, it ends up way out of my budget anyway. I’m always lookout for an insane deal though! 

Here’s a couple that I missed out on this week

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Which is your fave? Updates soon with the one I pick! 

New Minty Fresh Front Door Paint

If you read my previous entry you’ll already know that I’m trying to redecorate my entire apartment in an attempt at a fresh start. I’m happy to report that it has been going pretty well so far! A little slower than I would like, but it has been fun and we’re starting to make some real progress. Right now we’re focusing on cleaning, organizing, and painting. You know, the grueling stuff. 

Even though the apartment looks like a war zone it definitely feels like a new place. It’s amazing how much of a difference new paint and reorganizing can change a space, and with everything currently out of sorts it definitely has that “just moved in” feeling.  

 This is real life, people! It always gets ugly before it gets pretty again. 

Right now I’m working on the dining room. The first thing I did was pick a new color for my front door. I have this thing for colorful front doors, but I live in an apartment building so I can’t change the way the outside of mine looks. That doesn’t mean I can’t change the way the inside does! Here’s what it looked like before:  

Cute, but I was ready for change. I painted over the coral with a fresh coat of Behr’s “chilled mint”.  

I loveeee it! I really think it brightens everything up and makes it feel more fresh and airy. We also painted over our stenciled walls with new bright white paint and sold our dining chairs and bought new ones. I’m currently on the hunt for wall decor to finish off the space but I love the way it’s coming along!

Stay tuned for more progress updates soon! 

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

That song has been stuck in my head for months because that’s a question I’ve been asking myself for months. The lease for our apartment was nearing an end and it was time to make the yearly decision of whether we should renew or find a new place to live. For the past five years the decision was much easier –stay. We had no reason to leave and felt quite comfortable and in love with the little home we’ve made here. KrysMeloApartmentThis time the decision didn’t come so easy. The reason is mostly because the latter half of last year threw some financial, emotional, and physical blows our way and some changed our lives forever. The most devastating and impactful was when our dog Pandie was attacked by another dog and subsequently traumatized and left permanently blind. That one moment changed all of our lives. patheticpanFor the past 6 months we have been dealing with numerous veterinary bills and visits, sleepless nights, and often times being stuck at home because Pandie’s trauma induced separation anxiety has prevented us from going out (dogless) for more than an hour at a time. I’ve had my dogs for 15 years, that’s half of my life, and they are like children to us. I would consider myself a pretty strong and adaptable person, but my dogs are my weak spot and going through all of this has been extremely heartbreaking. Even little things like no longer being able to watch Pandie race around the apartment with her brother like she used to, or even find her water bowl on her own, still breaks my heart. All of that along with the other crap life decided to throw at us lead me to the idea of a fresh start. We had too many memories of our old way of life here, so we thought that maybe moving to a new place to start our new way of life would help with the emotions that we were feeling at the time. Plus being cooped up here started to feel a little bit like that movie ‘Room’. “Hello, sink. Hello, door. Hello, egg snake.” I’m grateful that my husband and I are able to work from home, but it was starting to get a little maddening. Although things were finally getting better, we still wanted some new scenery and were in total reset mode. “Let’s just move!”, we said.

At first I was really excited! I had already been looking online periodically and felt confident that we would easily find something we loved. But something I forgot about LA is that the rental market is a jungle. By the time you even get to view an apartment and make your decision, someone else has already swept in behind you with a holding deposit in hand. Oh God, don’t get me started on DEPOSITS. A $6,000 deposit to move in PLUS first month’s rent. That’s highway robbery.

Finally after a few weeks of seriously searching, we found what we thought was the one. It had all of the things we wish we had in our current apartment, and none of the things that were on our “absolutely not” list. It had just been completely renovated with brand new everything and was shiny and bright. I loved it. I was ready to sign on the dotted line and pack my boxes that day. (You may have seen my excitement on Instagram.)NewApartment.jpgBut, then the more we talked about it the more we started realizing that while it had all of the things that we desired, it lacked a lot of things that we required. It had a bright brand new kitchen, but there was a serious lack of storage. The bathroom was lovely and had pretty white tile and marble floors, but it had even more of a lack of storage. In-unit washer and dryer!…in the closet leaving no room for (you guessed it) STORAGE. There was also no grass in sight for our dogs’ frequent potty trips (they’re 15, this is IMPORTANT). We would also have to sacrifice location. Right now we’re located in a great area that is walking distance from everything we need. Markets, restaurants, everything is a few steps away. That was not the case at our potential new home.

Time was up and we had to make our final decision. Do we stay or do we go? After weighing the pros and cons we decided to stay. We have everything we need here, we have great neighbors, lots of storage, and we’re near everything we like. Pandie has even started to learn her way around again! Things are looking up. Despite of everything this is still our home and I’m grateful to have it. This is actually the longest I’ve ever lived in one place in my entire life. I just realized that! I’m sure there’s a life lesson to be learned in all this.

I’m still in need of a fresh start, but instead of starting over somewhere else, I’m just starting over in the place I already have. Hopefully redecorating does the trick! Make sure you stay tuned for lots of new (rental-friendly) home decor projects. Be sure to follow on Instagram too!