Monday, August 29, 2011

Apartment Progress: Moveable Chair

This was waiting for me when I got home.
Yay!  Eames fiberglass shell chair with low rod base. 

 Inside the house it will reside across the living room from the couch, partially in front of the sliding glass door.  That way it can easily be picked up to serve as extra outdoor seating when I need it.  And this is the view through the window when seated.
Can't wait for the weekend so I can have a leisurely morning coffee while enjoying the view!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Apartment Progress: Layering in the Bedroom

Okay, this morning with my back feeling better and my house-sitting duties complete, I finally got around to laying down the new rug in the bedroom.   Wrestling that mattress on and off the frame was rough, but necessary.  I really like the large-scale ikat pattern. 
 I have some new bedding on the way, but for now I just added a piece of ikat fabric that I've been meaning to sew into pillow covers atop my charcoal sheets.  Next to the bed, I layered two goat-skin rugs that I bought a few years ago at an estate sale.
I have an idea for artwork above the bed, and a plan to alter the bedside table because its wood is not actually in the best shape.  I also have a plan for a second bedside table and a little more storage.  But for today, it's enough and I'm happy with the changes.  Now, because its really hot here, I plan to hide inside with the A/C for the afternoon and catch up some reading.  Inspiration here I come!
So what do you think?  Can I work a little red into the bedroom?

Saturday, August 20, 2011


My living room is starting to come together, but it's missing all of those little things like cord management, and a decent pot for my fig tree.  I also need to mount a picture ledge or something above the couch.  I kind of like the mirror leaning on the side table, but the ebay painting is lost back there in the corner. It definitely needs to hang above the couch, and needs a new frame.  The pendant needs to actually hang from the ceiling too, not the curtain rod.  I still haven't actually turned the purple ikat fabric into pillows, etc. etc. etc.  Like I said before, summer is distracting.
While the living room is coming together, the bedroom is another story.  It needs attention. 
I need completely different bedding and have been looking for inspiration with some red in it, and coming up short.  Then I went and bought this rug from One Kings Lane completely on a whim.  
Blue!  But I love it, so I'm going with it.  Now the red will just be more subtle, to balance out the blue.  And those curtains definitely may have to go into storage.  I've actually already received the rug, but I hurt my back last weekend when my mom was visiting, and have been waiting for it to heal before dragging it around and moving furniture.  My mom also brought me these goat skin rugs that I bought at an estate sale a few years ago, and their layering properties have already drastically improved the bedroom.  I promise photos as soon as I get the new items in place.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Update: Summertime

There has been some progress on the apartment, but mostly my weekends have been taken up enjoying this:

and this little cutie:

This weekend my mom came out to visit, and we enjoyed the above as well as finally getting an outdoor table set up.  This is important since there isn't any room for such a thing in my tiny apartment.  Plus, it allows me to enjoy views like this while drinking a cocktail, my morning coffee. or eating a meal.  Thanks Mom! (and IKEA).

My mom and I had an exciting wildlife spotting on Friday, a bobcat crossed the road in front of our car.  It was large!  At least the size of a medium sized dog, and really muscular.  Later we saw a coyote, and the bobcat definitely was the bigger of the two.   I saw a mountain lion once, but this is definitely my first bobcat siting.  Back to decorating updates soon.