|I absolutely love interior design/decorating. I would never claim to be a professional or even remotely comparable but it is something I’ve been told I’d be really good at and it brings me happiness. It started very early in life – age seven I believe. My mom always kept a stack of home décor magazines and I would sit for hours soaking in every page and daydreaming of the house I would some day have. And then I would start rearranging my bedroom which led to rearranging the living room. Mom would come home from work periodically to find my new interpretation of the living room – something I appreciate as she didn’t have to let me release my frequent need to create a new space. I’m sure she got tired of wondering what surprise I’d created that day or wonder when my odd (and not particularly age-appropriate) hobby would end and I’d move on to other creative outlets. But let’s be honest, there are worse things a kid could be doing while home alone after school. So, for that, I thank you Mom! And I’m pretty sure your impeccable style also has a lot to do with my love and knack for creating a beautiful home.
|I’ve had several friends or social media acquaintances request photos of my own humble abode – just based on snippets they’ve seen on Instagram or Facebook – and I do intend to finally photograph and blog it. But first, I’d like to showcase a personal project my sweet boyfriend let me take on. He was moving from a very traditional, old home and downsizing quite a bit to a more modern three-story condo with a gorgeous rooftop view of the city. After selling most of his more traditional furniture, we set out to find pieces that would be more appropriate in his new setting. He did keep a few traditional and antique pieces and my challenge was to mix those pieces with newer, more modern ones, to create an eclectic look that was “more him,” in his words.
|I was like a kid in a candy store as I researched, shopped and dragged him to stores at every free moment he had. Knowing that Jason has many interests including reading, writing and music, my goal was to make it a beautiful space that reflected all of those things.
|Although we’re still looking for a few art pieces, below is the result of his home makeover. This post doesn’t include his guest room/bath on the first floor but the remainder of the condo on floors two and three. I can’t wait to blog my own home so you can see the difference (his more modern abode versus my very old and vintage-inspired décor) but still see a few of my style trademarks sprinkled throughout both. I’ve indicated below where you can find some of the larger pieces and, aside from adorning the walls a bit more, the final project will be to get the rooftop terrace in order. Enjoy!
Where to buy:
The living room and dining room:
I took covers off old classic books (you can get them on the cheap at Half Price Books) and wrapped in twine for an artful display and homage to one of his passions.
Coffee table/trunk and custom gray velvet tufted sofa from Restoration Hardware
Citron tweed chair, black leather chair and multi-colored modern rug (in dining area) from Crate and Barrel
White bookcases, bar stools and dining table/chairs from West Elm
Oversized leaning mirror (on stair landing), mirror above buffet from Ballard Designs
Jason had a pile of playbills that I thought would make a great wall gallery. I found frames at www.playbillstore.com
Bar cart and floor lamp from Ballard Designs
His own bed/bedside tables and dresser from before
Gray secretary desk, distressed leather chair and brown leather chaise (in reading nook) from Restoration Hardware
Bedding and white marble-top shelf with drawers (in bath) from Pottery Barn
Bedside table lamps from Pottery Barn and floor lamp (near distressed leather chair) from Ballard Designs
All window treatments by Trinity Uptown Custom Window Coverings – www.blindsfortworth.com
Most of the artwork is by local artists including Yours Truly.