Category Archives: interiors

dream house : the mantle

August 24, 2015

dream house / interiors

dream house | the mantle | almost makes perfect

i love a good fireplace, i mean it obviously makes a living room versus having like, a TV as the focal point. we have a fireplace in our apartment, but it doesn’t have a mantle. so that’s why i’m focusing on mantles in this dream house post! it seems like such a small thing to easily take for granted, but i’d love to have a spot for a couple of framed photos and a plant or 12. also, my mom got me way into mantle decorating for xmas, so obviously i’ve been hoping for a place to hang stockings.

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love the clean and simple styling of this one. [image]

dream house | the mantle | almost makes perfect

the long off-center floating wood mantle, so smart and it looks so dope. [image]

dream house | the mantle | almost makes perfect

i mean, come on. [image]

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more simple styling. [images : 1 / 2 / 3 / 4]

dream house | the mantle | almost makes perfect

i couldn’t round up my favorite fireplaces without including ojai rancho inn. [image]

dream house | the mantle | almost makes perfect

and lastly, this has to be my favorite fireplace of them all. i love the simple white with the simple wood ledge mantle. GUH. [image]

you have a mantle? do you find it easy or challenging to style? and do you rearrange often?

dream house : vaulted ceilings

August 3, 2015

dream house / interiors

dream house - vaulted ceilings | almost makes perfect

still looking for our house, and learning the things that are really important to look for. the biggest thing i’ve noticed is that while i do fall for a cute flipped house, most of the time there are still things i’d want to change — and if it’s not priced for that, it’s no go. so instead, we’ve been focusing on good bones – and i’ve noticed the thing i’m looking for the most is vaulted ceilings. we’ve seen some amaaazing ceilings in houses that aren’t in the right locations or in the right price range for us, so i’m trying not to have my heart set on them, but oh man. i want me some vaulted ceilings.

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light woods, white. looks dope both ways. [image top / image bottom]

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i’d also settle for vaulted bedroom ceiling. [image]

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but i am obsessed with a huge kitchen/dining/living combo with it. [image / image / image]

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is it just me or does a high vaulted ceiling make a room look like a million bucks?! do you have vaulted ceilings? you do? oh ok i hate you. jk. i don’t. i’m just super jeal.

dream house : the bathtub

July 20, 2015

dream house / interiors

dream house | the bathtub | almost makes perfect

i’m sure for some of you, a bathtub just sounds like a given, but for someone who hasn’t had one for years — that little corner of a bathroom where you can actually use all those bath soaks you got for christmas sounds so appealing.

we actually have a bathtub in our apartment, but we’ve been using it for storage almost ever since we moved in. right now it’s housing all of our wedding gifts. before that it housed everything we wanted to sell in a yard sale. totally not trying to sound woe is me – we have to use our extra tub for storing nice things! but i’m just excited to maybe take a semi-annual bath ok?! also, we want babies, so i know the importance of bathtubs for real life and not just to use said gifted bath soaks too.

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love the modern shape of this tub. [image]

dream house | the bathtub | almost makes perfect

and love every detail of this one. [image]

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although i feel like i’d forget to water it, look how warm a little green makes the space. [left image / right image]

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i have a real thing for this tub shape that i’m seeing everywhere lately. [image]

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double swoon. [top image / bottom image]

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like, come on. i feel like i’d be so much more inspired to clean myself if this was where i did it. [image]

dream house | the bathtub | almost makes perfect

i’m not usually a huge fan of dark grout, but i am loving all the contrast in this perfect bathroom. [image]

so, you got a bathtub? do you use it or does it just look pretty?

dream house : the breakfast nook

June 29, 2015

dream house / interiors

dream house ~ the breakfast nook | almost makes perfect

ok, so for this weeks dream house — i’m daydreaming about breakfast nooks. there’s something so cozy and casual about sitting around at a banquet to me, that makes a house feel extra lived in and family-y. we probably won’t have room for a dining nook in our house if it’s similar in size to what we’ve been looking at (a whopping 1000 square feet), unless we move to like… the valley. but we’ll seeee!

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neutral and perfect. [image]

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these two are way more colorful than i’m used to, but i love the relaxed vibe of both [top image, bottom image]

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these ones prove you just use the space you’ve got and it works. [top image / bottom image]

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ok so these two are restaurants, but obviously you can see how they can be inspiration. [top image / bottom image]

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white + wood. [image]

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got a breakfast nook? if not, want one now? me too. me tooooo.

dream house : the studio

June 11, 2015

dream house / interiors

dream house ~ the studio | almost makes perfect

i suppose my current work situation isn’t as bad as it could be — but it’s not good. i do the majority of my DIYs on the dining table, coffee table, and a makeshift desk from a large cardboard box i use in my bedroom to watch TV while i work. so the thing i’m focusing on the most with the houses we’re looking for is having either a large extra bedroom or a converted garage to use as studio space. we’ve actually seen some tiny houses with huge studio spaces, which is great for me and not so great for the rest of the gang.

but i’m dreaming about having large windows with natural light and white concrete floors and organized craft supplies — and ditching the small busted up pieces of foam core i use on my coffee table to shoot all my projects on.

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white floors. i don’t care how much cleaning it’ll require. (i say this now…) [image]

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along with a high vaulted ceiling and a cozy place for me to space out. [image]

dream house ~ the studio | almost makes perfect

and plants. lot of plants so i never run out of things to instagram. [via]

dream house ~ the studio | almost makes perfect

and of course, a place for  me to collect inspiration. [image]

dream house ~ the studio | almost makes perfect

also, i really wouldn’t at all mind having a seamless. [image]

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and i’m going to be really conscious of making sure all of the furniture is neutral and simple and classic. [image one, two, three]

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so obviously i’m not sure this is realistic. but it’s good to be optimistic right?!

dream house : the backyard

June 4, 2015

dream house / interiors

dream house ~ the backyard | almost makes perfect
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even though we’re having some challenges when it comes to loans, i’m still looking like crazy at houses. and all i can do is fantasize about what it’ll be like to have our own home and all the things i’ll do to it and all the apartment neighbors we won’t have to listen to. so i decided to start a new little column while we house hunt to slightly nourish said fantasies.

the thing i’m most excited about is having an outdoor space. right now we have a tiny balcony that’s so tiny we don’t even bother going out there anymore, so i’ve been day dreaming about sitting outside drinking lemonade cocktails and foraging fresh herbs to garnish them with and hosting BBQs and sunbathing and even just sitting outside to talk on the phone. so here are some of the spaces that i’m finding suuuuper inspiring.

dream house | the backyard | almost makes perfect

a fireplace and a cozy deck for eating is like, everything i want. [image]

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and cozy lounging. [image]

dream house ~ the backyard | almost makes perfect

basically if you’re living in a botanical garden, you know you’ve made it in life. [image]

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more cozy lounging, more cozy dining. [image / image]

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oh and i want string lights everywhere and a ping pong table for when i feel super active and athletic. [image]

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no words. [image]

do you have a backyard? and if so, do you even use it? haha, i feel like these are probably pipe dreams and i’d end up spending way less time out there than i plan to.

wanting / home items

April 7, 2014

interiors / wish list

wanting / home items

i ALWAYS want new stuff for the house, i don’t think there will ever be a point in my life where i wouldn’t be totally willing to purge everything and have a shopping spree at west elm. but right now with the wedding looming, it seems wrong to buy anything new for the apartment. but i want to so badly. here’s everything that i think about pretty regularly.

01. as comfortable as our office chairs are, i really hate that they’re black for the most part. it was my bad. the office would look so much cleaner with white shell chairs (or these if i’m feeling nice to our butts). and when i say cleaner, i mean cleaner because there is crap everywhere.

02. i reeeally want a new rug for the bedroom. right now we have a cowhide that doesn’t reach our feet, i’d love for the room to feel a little warmer with a big chunky simple rug.

03. i’ve been saying we need lamps/sconces for a while now. still haven’t done it.  and every time these onefortythree sconces come back in stock, i debate it until they sell back out. maybe i need to just DIY, right?

04. we have a docksta table, which i am ok with, but it barely fits four peoples plates. i’d love a big dining table for sprawling out my craft projects – because honestly that’s all i use the dining table for.

05. i’ve always wanted a butterfly chair, and i’ve never gotten a butterfly chair. not sure why. just one of those things.

06. you’ve seen our shelving unit, but you don’t know that it’s a pretty big eye sore at this point. i mean, i still like it, but i do kinda miss the bare walls. we want to move after the wedding, so it’s not worth taking down probably, although i mean, we’ll have to take it down at some point anyway, right? would be so nice to just see a simple cabinet with the tv at this point.

kitchen makeover on manhattan nest

August 27, 2013

interiors / kitchen

i love daniel’s style and blog so much – but after recently buying an old fixer upper, i had no idea he could make the kitchen this good this fast. i am swooning over every element in this room!

check out the huge transformation.

manhattan nest before

manhattan nest after

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he DIYed the butcher block counters (they’re not really functional to chop on but still look amaze), he did all the subway tiling himself, fixed the ceiling, and used cheap pegs as hardware to save money. oh man i want to own a house and not do anything nearly as good as this. check out the full process here.