If I had to define my home “style,” it would have to be a mix of organic modern. I love minimalist and Scandinavian decor components as well; but my house doesn’t really portray those styles. It’s hard to be minimalist with kids and IKEA furniture is the most Scandinavian my house can be right now. As much as I would love a wallpapered statement wall or monochromatic everything, my family’s lifestyle doesn’t lean towards that at the time.
The mix of modern lines and shapes with natural elements is what makes me love this style. It’s modern, but inviting. Here’s an organic modern living room, if you will.
Love the frames on the floor.
Ever since before I moved out and got my own place, I knew I wanted a wall gallery. I’ve always loved art, even as a child; so to have a mini art gallery wall in my own home seemed dreamy.
The nice thing about our current apartment is that there is a large wall space in the living room that I’ve fully taken advantage of. I’ll share more on that later.
For now, I just wanted to share some pretty wall galleries.
I’m a fan of wall galleries that are hung organically; not perfect, but everything still flows well together. Uniform color palates are also neat; but a mix of media just seems more natural to me.
Since I spent most of the Summer at home on maternity leave, I started to notice and dwell on small things I have been wanting to change around my house. One being the bathroom. I was just bored with it. I kept it simple, on purpose; but I really wanted to make some minor changes.
If it were up to me I would’ve painted the cabinets, but I want my deposit back when I move. So I went with a mini bathroom makeover, which just consisted of me buying a couple of new items.
First I bought a new shower curtain that added a little more interest to the room. I’ve also been wanting a cool candle votive but couldn’t find one I loved; but I scored a large ceramic candle at Marshall’s that can be used as a votive once the candle burns down. I also finally bought new matching towels.
As for greenery in the bathroom, I’ve tried two live plants and both have died because there is no natural light in there. Man do I wish we had a window in there. So although I’m not a fan of artificial plants, a windowless bathroom is the exception. Hence my artificial plant in the bathroom. Anna from Door Sixteen understands. And as for the art in our bathroom, I framed a couple of coffee sacks that I had sitting around the house. Lucky me, I have access to free coffee sacks trough my mother-in-law; I just realized how expensive they can be on Etsy!
I love how this shelf wraps around the doorway.
I love how nowadays it’s so easy to make up a new word and have it spread like wildfire. If you’re a design nerd and have an Instagram account; I’m sure you’ve heard of a “shelfie.” Essentially, a photo of a shelf. Get it? Shelfie? Clever, I know.
Enough on lexicon. More on shelves now.
Styled shelves can really make a place. Since clutter gives me anxiety, but somehow I have a ton of tchotchkes in my house (hehem, thanks husband), I think shelves are the perfect place to corral those items that don’t really have a purpose other than to make you smile. Also a good place for small sentimental items.
The other obvious, and necessary, shelf contender are books. Seriously, I would be weary of a person that has no books in their home (or some type of adult beverage for that matter). I love a good styled bookshelf. Books mixed with baubles, photos and plants – done. Some sparseness is also good though. It allows some “breathing” room and allows the eye to focus on items of interest.
Question: are you anti-organize books by color? Do you buy books based on color? I think it really depends on how it all comes together. Look at the top picture – they turned all the spines in to hide the colors; I’m somewhat a fan.
A “guideline” I like is the Rule of Three. In essence, in design, odd numbers are more attractive to the eye. So a little chaos is good. After all, we’re human and we live in our home; it can’t be too staged.
Love the makeshift bar on this shelf.
I blame the Mad Men crew for making me really want a classy bar cart parked in my house. I’ve also read that having a bar cart in you home is a grown-up thing to do. I also have to admit that when I purchased this IKEA cart for Declan’s baby feeding items, I secretly wanted to convert it to a bar cart.
However, the truth is, I don’t really have space for one in our apartment right now. And even if I did, I’m not sure it would be safe with a wild toddler and an infant that will be walking in no time. So I’ve been doing some research on bar cart alternatives. I think I’ll end up making a square in an IKEA Kallax bookshelf a mini bar area; but a girl can dream for the future . . . .
So when we were looking for a place to live almost two years ago (two years already?!), one of the big items on my wish list was a washer/dryer setup. With a child, laundry amenities within your home are so vital for a mother’s sanity. Our apartment came with a washer/dryer within the apartment – score! But the laundry area is so small, it’s pretty ridiculous how much stuff I stuff in there. Declan even calls it my “garage.”
Nonetheless, I’m grateful to have those hard-working machines at an arm’s reach. However, I cannot help but go goo-goo-gah-gah over some homes’ laundry rooms. One of my favorites is Bleubird’s newly remodeled laundry room. Swoon!
So I was scrolling through Craigslist the other day, just to see if there was any hidden (affordable) gem here in San Diego. Ha! Well that’s an oxymoron.
Anyways, I stumbled upon this beauty in the Golden Hill neighborhood. Completely out of my range but nonetheless, gorgeous and dreamy; a modern craftsman house. I LOVE craftsman houses. San Diego is full of them too. I also love modern architecture though; so this house is the perfect blend of both. It’s also built within a community of modern lofts with a shared community garden; so neat.
I love the simple black and white palate; the modern succulent garden; and all of the modern updates within the house. I would love to buy an older fixer upper and modernize it like this. Character with practicality.