I’m excited to show you guys how the living room is coming together, but I’m not quite happy with it yet. So instead I’ll show off this amazing pair of midcentury modern lamps (there’s two, only one pictured) I picked up via Craigslist last week.
Don’t they have a great shape? They’re a little beat up – some wear and tear on the brass and what looks like paint specks on parts of the shade – but I couldn’t resist for a mere $20. Yes, that $20 total. For both. Can you believe it? The guy I bought them from said his ex-girlfriend was a set designer so she used to come home with all kinds of things. I feel I came out on top in that relationship. I love how the bottom part lights up too.
Remember the lamps I bought last year for the living room? (Click here for a refresher.) I’m moving those into the bedroom. Now if only I had nightstands to put them on…
The inspiration for the bathroom came from a vintage Elizabeth Arden print that my aunt picked up at a Paris flea market years ago. It has a green frame, so that’s why I decided to go with green accents – far from a “usual” choice for me. The shower curtain I already had from the old place, and the black/white towels and perfume bottles are Mimi’s. The green rug and towels are Wasabi Green from Target. I don’t think it turned out half bad (though not-so-secretly I hate the mix of gold and silver). It adds a touch of Parisian glamour to the place!
I’ve been surprised how little I’ve needed to buy for the new apartment. Even if I’m not using a piece of furniture or decoration in the way I thought I would, it seems I’ve been able to find a different place for it and it just works. Or it works for now anyway (and doesn’t look absolutely terrible).
But one thing I couldn’t get past was bathroom storage. In the last apartment, I had a great closet in the bathroom, but no such luck in the new place. So I started looking around for an over-the-toliet cabinet (aka space saver) because it was driving me crazy having boxes of toiletries sitting around. All the reviews are terrible, and even the one I settled for is pretty poor quality, but I liked the wainscoting. It’s from Bed, Bath and Beyond, and it did take a couple hours to assemble. The doors don’t quite align, but I’m hoping my dad can even it out next time he’s up. I’m just happy to have a place to hide my mousse!
Again, I apologize for the terrible photos. I think I need to get a new camera. When the flash goes off, it smokes a little… But a full bathroom reveal to come Monday!
The new bar looks really great in the new apartment. It wasn’t even as hard to get in as we thought it’d be. And these pictures don’t do it justice. I’m beyond pumped about it – it’s setting the tone for the whole place. My BFF says I’m living in Mad Men… Can’t think of a better compliment!
The display section is still in fluctuation – I can’t quite get the right combination yet – but I’m happy I saved the vintage party pamplets from Mimi’s house. Those are her glasses as well, and I’ve already put them into use a couple times. Now all I need is a great ice bucket and shaker, and we’re in business!
Now don’t make fun of my shotty camera work, but I thought you all might like to see what the apartment looked like when I picked up the keys, before I moved everything in. Notice the Flubber green wall is gone? Very good. It was a little dusty here and there, but overall I was happy with the condition. (Cleaning my old place was quite a job, so I was relieved how move-in-able this place was!)
Anyway, click play and take the tour!
Apartment Tour from UrbanNesting on Vimeo.
So Friday was my birthday! We got dressed up and went to J. Parker, the new rooftop lounge at Hotel Lincoln. I’m not going to lie: It was just ok. I was expecting a more grandiose view, but I think it’d actually be better during the day (which dashes the whole sexy nightime vibe). But it was fun to get dressed up and try something different anyway. The weather was fab!
I’m back, I’m back! It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks, but over the next few days I’ll catch you up on what I’ve been doing, reveal the new digs and show off my fab Craigslist find.
It’s amazing how far the new apartment has come in such a short amount of time, and while there’s still plenty to do (Hang artwork is at the top of the list. Well, actually it shares the top spot with acquire nightstands.), I’m pretty happy with where we’re at.
Despite the only major edition being the bar, the new pad has a completely different vibe than the old place (which is great considering I want to put that awful place behind me–just as soon as I get my deposit back). Styling and repurposing can get one pretty far.
Anyway, you’ll be able to see for yourself soon. Can’t wait to hear what you think!