Friday, February 27, 2015

My Room Tour



I teamed up with Kate Spade Saturday and West Elm to finally give you a full tour of my room. I've been meaning to do this forever, but always found a reason not to. I always consider our apartment and studio a work in progress; they're ever evolving, as I find new things to incorporate. But at that rate, I'll be 92 when I finish. What can I say? I'm a collector of interesting things. Warning: There are a lot of photos.


This room is quite a step up from the one in my first Brooklyn apartment, which was 8x9' and didn't have a closet. This one is larger than it looks; it has double doors and its own closet - although mine is separate from the room. Right now, I'm on the hunt for the perfect rug for our room (it would really tie the room together - The Dude knows what I mean). I made that little banner from leftover fringe and some old doilies, and the duvet cover and pillows are all Kate Spade Saturday for West Elm.


The right side of our room houses some of the antique furniture that I have had since I moved to New York. I originally planned on flying to NYC, but ended up borrowing my brother-in-law's truck and packing up my beloved furniture. That's the thing about vintage and antiques - they can't be replaced. I like to mix old and new, to keep things interesting. And yes, that's a fake fireplace, complete with a fake flame. It came with the apartment and it's the best thing, ever. I remember when I used to think those things were the epitome of class and fanciness. But that's just because I'm tacky as all get out.


A close up of our bed, with the Kate Spade Saturday x West Elm Diagonal duvet cover and shams,  Shifting Shapes Pillow,  Splatter Pillow, Signature Zig Zag pillow, and a cat pillow that looks like Kitty Boos. The bed frame is the same one that everyone has from Ikea, and the syroco floral wall hanging came from a thrift store . People ask me about it all the time - they are really easy to find in thrift stores, garage sales, or on Etsy. P.S. we have a full size bed, and I don't know how we fit in it. We need a bigger bed!




A haphazard collection of prints and originals: Cake Party by Kiersten Essenpreis, I bought the "be brave" and arrows wood prints from someone in Nashville (let me know if you recognize them and I'll properly credit), the panda shadow puppets are by my talented friend Peter, crochet Vester is by Nothing But A Pigeon, the Rosamond print belonged to Bobby's mom (and he has it tattooed on his forearm), the "Embrace Messy Hair" print is by Funnel Cloud, the fancily dressed dressed animals are Berkley Illustration, and the "Do What You Love/Love What You Do" print was purchased at the Renegade Craft Fair (again, if you know who made it, please let me know). The trunks were purchased at a local antique shop, the globe and fans were flea market finds, and the hobnail bottle vase is from West Elm.



Left: West Elm hobnail bottle, flea market globe, and that "panda" in the back was made by Tessa, when she was a little girl. You can also spot an old pocket watch, which belonged to Bobby's grandfather. Right: I like to read at night, so this antique lamp stays at my side of the bed. 


We collect old books and photographs. You'll find them all over the place. My first edition of To Kill A Mockingbird was a gift from Bobby, and has moved with me to NYC and between several apartments.


The "fireplace" is the setting for an unintentional theme: it houses a hand, a head, and a pair of legs. I made the banner from some old doilies and bias tape. The candles are from The Burlap Bag, the large frame was a junkyard purchase that we cleaned up and painted white. I was hesitant to hang my own portrait, for years - but being a part of the Coach holiday campaign was such a big deal to me, so I like to have that memory! The 1910 postcard was in perfect condition, so I couldn't resist it. I also love that it has the handwritten note and original stamp.


Left: The head vase was a gift from my mom, the glove mold was a flea market purchase, I got the car cookie jar (which now holds jewelry) on a road trip. I made those cat ears because I'm a crafty son of a gun, and the necklace was a gift from my friend Allister.  Right: The gorgeous matchbox was a gift from my friend Angie, and the cat glasses holder was made by my mom, when she was a kid. The portraits are my favorites - particularly the one in the back. Her name is Irene Shaw Née Cummings and I researched the heck out of her, because the note she wrote was so mysterious and intriguing. 


My ghost bride freaks a lot of people out, but she's one of my favorites (I have a lot). She watches over my shoes, which sit on an old library chair/step stool. It's sandwiched between two antique cupboards. The one on the right holds all of my camera equipment, computer stuff, accessory and makeup overflow, and whatever I'm currently hoarding. I have an ancient medicine cabinet full of my skincare products, on the top left (and p.s. the chipped cupboard does not have lead paint).


Left: more of my ghostly bride photo, and a random disco ball. Right: flea market kitty, Kate Spade Saturday x West Elm jewelry stand, and a unicorn that belonged to Bobby's mom.


The inside of the antique cupboard. I lined the shelves with some cheap contact paper. I use those latte bowls to hold odds and ends (mostly rings), the head vase, hands, and jewelry boxes were gifts from my mom, the little Miku looking stuffed animal is actually a piggy bank that my grandma Kathy made. Top shoes: Kate Spade, Minna Parikka, B.a.i.t. heels from Modcloth. Bottom: Seychelles, Minna Parikka mouse flats.  


The doors that lead to our room, a vintage birdcage on the floor (I've been meaning to hang it, but it has actually housed a couple of injured birds in its time). Lots of onesies because I'm five years old, a vintage pink robe, a Trina Turk robe, and my Saturday Mini A Satchel (40% off with code EXTRA40).


Lots of hats and flower crowns, surrounding the closet. The red flower crown is by Little Dame, the others were made by Kim.


Left: The shutter style dresser was given to me by my mom, when I moved here.  Right: The shelves above the dresser hold an eclectic mix of old and new. Top shelf: cat embroidery from a flea market, panda carving from Tessa. Middle: vintage camera, a bell from my late great grandma (and a rose from her funeral), a broken piece of syroco, old photograph of well dressed boxing men, and a zombie portrait from my friend Eliot. Bottom shelf: "Our Deportment" is an antique book that belonged to my great grandma; I used to read it when I was little. Tiny dress form and sewing machine, Jessica Durrant illustration (a gift from Helena), and a painted panda from April.


Antique books from a flea market in Paris, a portrait of Bobby's dad, more glasses holders (not made by my mom, but they match hers!), a vintage hatbox, and old sheet music sit on top of a vintage suitcase.


I fastened some faux pearl strands together to hang some of my glasses.


My desk area (both the desk and chair are vintage), which holds my makeup to the right and sewing supplies to the left. The mirror was my great grandma's, and the antique sewing machine photo was from my mom. I put my makeup in a cart from Ikea and keep my sewing machine and serger in my closet, so my cats won't attack the thread.


A peek inside the makeup drawer and cart.


Left: vintage hand vase, ModCloth ice cream purse, minnie phone case, and a vintage phone. Right: a better view of my desk area, with an antique mirror that weighs a million pounds, a sketch of Bobby, and a vintage hat.


So, that's my room! Clearly minimalism isn't my thing, but I'll take character over cookie cutter, any day. A big thank you to Kate Spade Saturday and West Elm for my new bedding, and for asking me to do this room tour - I had so much fun sharing it with you!




65 comments:

  1. You have a very beautiful room, I adore all the prints you have and your storage ideas are perfect xoxo

    ♥ Cateaclysmic ♥

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  2. What dreams are made of

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  3. What dreams are made of

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  4. Your room is exactly a room of my dream!
    Valentina
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  5. You have such an unique room, it's gorgeous. I love the fact that you have a few items from your family.

    And you just gave me a clever idea to store my shoes! That step stool is just what I need.

    Rita
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  6. This post is probably my favourite one of yours.
    Im a freak of organization, decor room and cute goodies! :) Lovely each photo

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  7. Your room is amazing! It's so eclectic and unique. I love the exposed brick wall, and the way you hang your hats above the door - awesome! x
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  8. Absolutely gorgeous, vintage, unique and diverse room, just like you! :)

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  9. Beautiful room

    Mel
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  10. So beautiful! I love how you use vintage furniture!

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  11. Thank you for sharing something as personal as your bedroom space. I want to grow up to be as cool as you (and i'm 52)!

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  12. A beautiful home, love the artwork and pillows!

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  13. Such a gorgeous space!! Thank you so much for the inspiration!
    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

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  14. What a beautiful room! You've inspired me to rearrange my room to make it cozier and to show off more of my fun art prints (that are currently all over the place!)
    Thank you for sharing!

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  15. Love your room, especially the bird cage and the kitty pillow.

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  16. Oh my goodness, your room is just darling!! I love all of the vintage touches and LOVE that brick wall!!

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  17. I love seeing this! The best part is how customized to you it is with all the nick nacks and decorations. Really cute room!

    Kim
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  18. LOVEEE this! You have the perfect little space! Seriously loving how you decorated your room! Ahh that exposed brick is my dream!!! <3
    xo,
    Mindy | Blonde Nouveau

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  19. Can you come organize my bedroom? Please. Yours is so tidy and everything has its place. So perfect

    <3
    heather
    fashionistanygirl.com

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    1. I tidied up a little for the photos - I'm the queen of not making my bed and having clothes thrown over my chair.

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  20. so gorgeous! i love it all.

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  21. Beautiful, as everything you post. I would love to know your method for hanging stuff on exposed brick.

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  22. Love the colour theme in your room, thanks for sharing!

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  23. Your room is gorgeous, I love how you decorated. The cat pillow is too cute!

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  24. I adore your room, the eclectic look is awesome. I have attempt the same look but unfortunately don't have too much space to work with. Definitely dig the exposed brick and the vacant frames. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Bisous, xx
    Delaney

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  25. How cosy!
    XO
    Jeanne
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  26. Talk about organizational skills! I love what you did with this smaller space and how you mixed old with new. Your tastes are fantastic! Thanks so much for the tour :)

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  27. Gorgeous! You're apartment has so much character, I just love it.

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  28. very nice.

    Where is all your boyfriends stuff?

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    1. He's also a lover of antiques, and most of our purchases were done together, and he has a lot of knick knacks that he brought from home. But as far as clothes/shoes, he has the closet in the room and his workout stuff is in the guest room.

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  29. So many cute details! I could browse through pictures forever) The syroco floral wall hanging stole my heart, so beautiful!

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  30. So much charm & character! Thanks for sharing.

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  31. Bedroom goals :D
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  32. your room is gorgeous- as are your photos. You're amazing at photo composition, what kind of camera do you use?

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    2. Thank you! Canon 5D Mark III. The last reply was from me, but I was signed in an old group account!

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  33. Amazing! Love exposed brick and I am so in love with your sweatshirt! Hope it gets marked down soon:)

    Heidi
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    1. It's currently 40% off! The entire site is on sale. Use code EXTRA40.

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  34. Great♥

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  35. I love looking at other rooms, I'm so nosy. I love the lamp next to your bed, and I really like how you have set up your make up on the cart. Your desk is really nice.. and that phone! ...Basically, your room is awesome haha :D

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  36. Oh wow, your room is so beautiful and full of personality! :)
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  37. Love the room tour and your interior design style.

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  38. You room is amazing :) So beautiful! Good job :D :D
    -Claudia

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  39. LOVE your office! So many cute details :)

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  40. Love how bright the room is. That big cat pillow is so you, it's cute!

    XOXO JuJu
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  41. Not even a day ago I posted my Room Tour on YouTube! haha

    My room isn't as interesting as yours though, I think x)

    If you'd like to see it heres the direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iv9BqjL0H7o&list=UUSKxOniwego8jLA03b7rWIQ&index=1

    I promise you its not a fake site or anything like that. My channel name is rosaliesaysrawr if you want to look me up on YouTube n.n

    Also I just wanted to let you know that I mentioned you as my Favorite Blogger in my November Favorites Video! I left the link to your blog in the description box. Start at 3:25 if you only want to see your part: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9beQsA5ME8&index=25&list=UUSKxOniwego8jLA03b7rWIQ

    Just thought you should know if you ever see this comment!

    -Rosalie n.n

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  42. So sweet to see our animals hanging out! Thanks for giving them such a lovely home!
    -Lucy and Ryan Berkley

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  43. such a lovely room! you have such a great sense of style and it looks so homey! xo
    Andrea
    www.phdfashionista.com

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  44. I love your hat collection and it's so refreshing to see a room tour where the room has some personality to it. xoxo

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  45. omg your room is the cutest <3

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  46. you have a gorgeous room! so inspirational!

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  47. Your room is my dream! Can I move in please? Beautiful, and super organised in a 'doesn't look rigid' way.

    Jess X

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  48. As always, your style is to die for! Do you have a big closet for your clothes as well, or if not, how do you keep them organized? I'm always struggling to find a way to store my clothes in an accessible way where I can actually find and wear things--I imagine that you have way more pieces than I do!

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  49. absolutely love your room layout!!! so many amazing pieces!

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  50. I love your room. These sorts of posts always make me want to chuck all my stuff away and start again. When I moved out I was really young and I was all for purchasing the cheapest stuff, rather than having a good look around and getting affordable, extravagant looking pieces. Mixing old with new looks really great. I really need to redecorate and purchase new furniture. x

    Kate | A British Sparkle

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  51. Arrrgh! You're room is my dream, so inspirational, as soon as I move to a nicer place I really want to decorate mine in a similar style... Maybe minus the ghost bride though haha! Thanks for posting, your blog is beautiful!

    x

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  52. Oh Keiko... thank you so much for including me in your blog post! You are the sweetest!
    xoxo
    Taylor
    Nothing but a Pigeon
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  53. This makes me feel so validated in my love for all things pink and cute at 24.

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  54. wow! what a lovely space. :)
    xo, cheyenne

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  55. I am so excited to see a blogger bedroom which isn't all white with exclusively mid-century modern. You're bedroom is so fresh and vintage....it validates my love of an eclectic vintage aesthetic.

    Thank you so much for sharing!

    Sincerely,
    Whitney
    mintgypsy.wordpress.com

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  56. Apsolutley lovely!
    Have a great day! Matea // Heart in the Clouds

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