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23 February 11

Pop Up Decor Blog

In this series, I’m giving you guys a tour of the apartment I share with my boyfriend as our small space starts to feel more like home. The first few installments are here.

And now, the last room of our apartment - the bedroom!

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Many years ago when this bedding first came out (I was in high school) I ripped out the Ralph Lauren Home ad featuring these bed linens. I loved the bold colors, the chinoiserie print, and its pairing with black colonial furniture and a vibrant cobalt accent wall. Unfortunately I couldn’t find the ad campaign to share, but my mom never forgot about it, and years later in college when I got my first big-girl apartment  (bye bye, extra long twin bed!) she presented me with the full set. Now that’s love!

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Five years after one of my best friends, Scott, gave me this poster, I finally got it framed. I studied abroad in Madrid for a summer and this is a great reminder of my time in Spain. There’s still a lot of blank space on that wall, so I think I’ll find two coordinating prints to frame and hang above the lamps, kind of like this Eddie Ross bedroom makeover.  Speaking of the lamps, these ginger jar lamps used to belong to my grandmother. The black barrel shades keep them modern and chic.

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Hope you like it!

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2 December 10

Pop Up Decor Blog: Part Five

In this series, I’m giving you guys a tour of the apartment I share with my boyfriend as our small space starts to feel more like home. The first few installments are here.

This time, it’s all about where the magic happens. You know (nudge nudge, wink wink) — the kitchen.

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I can’t do a whole lot in this area since we’re renting, but here’s our little breakfast nook. The table is a perfect size for our small space - now it’s all dressed up for a home cooked brunch of blueberry pancakes and mimosas. These art deco styled chairs match the one I use at my desk and were part of a set of 8 purchased by my parents in the 80s. They cost $200 each back then, so they’re great quality and I’m sure I’ll get thirty more years of use out of them. I do believe they’re in for an upholstery makeover, though!

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The size scale of our mini-table means that a $2 street vendor pashmina works perfectly as a tablecloth-in-a-pinch. My grandmother’s old cookie jars (lids removed, silk flowers inserted, also on the bookcase) work perfectly as vases, and our vintage New York Subway art was a piece of wrapping paper bought for $4 in a San Francisco indie book store.

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On left: A French bulletin board holds bills, invitations, and photos. On right: One of these things is not like the other…{a novelty housewarming gift back in college from my jokester friend Christine.}

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This is perhaps my favorite part…a wall cutout that opens up the space between our kitchen and living room, with a view of my desk area.

What do you think? How have you been able to make a rented space feel more like home?

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20 November 10

Pop Up Decor Blog: Part Four

In this series, I’m giving you guys a tour of the apartment I share with my boyfriend as our small space starts to feel more like home. The first few installments are here.

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Right now, I’m in the process of gathering art to install on a gallery wall in our living room. Yesterday, the Thrift Gods were with me on a trip to the UES Housing Works store where I scored this art deco Vogue emblazoned mirror! It’s a 1970s reproduction of the December 1919 cover, and it’s perfect for our apartment - not only does it fit seamlessly into our color scheme, but we already have some art deco elements, like the black lacquer chairs shown above. It’ll have to be reframed - in its current state it might fall off the wall and break - but it’s worth the extra cost!

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The original Vogue cover (image via ma-petite-chou) and my mirror art.

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Today I’m going to the Antiques Garage flea market to (hopefully) rustle up some more pieces - wish me luck!

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5 November 10

Pop Up Decor Blog: Part Three

In this series, I’m giving you guys a tour of the apartment I share with my boyfriend as our small space starts to feel more like home. The first installments are here and here.

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Desk - Target, Chair - part of a set of 8 purchased by my parents before I was born

Today I wanted to show you a space you’ve seen fairly often in the background - my desk! For the past couple of years while living with roommates, I haven’t had enough space to use it but now I’m so happy to have it back.

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I wanted a sunburst for this wall, but one with a decent size mirror so it made the space feel bigger. I lucked out when Love Maegan posted about this one, found at QVC of all places!

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My bookshelf, also from Target, holds some of my favorite things.

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The finishing touch - framed photos of my favorite people and fresh flowers. (Say that five times fast!)

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