Is anyone still there? You’d think that the time we haven’t spent blogging has been spent unpacking and decorating our hearts out. But that is not the case; unless you consider moving the same piles of books, framed photos, home accents and other miscellaneous
belongings crap from the corner of one room to the corner of another.
There are two reasons why we’ve lived in our new apartment for three weeks and have had so little to share. First, it’s been 70 degrees here, y’all. (We have no idea what this polar vortex everyone keeps talking about actually is.) We just can’t stay inside on our weekend afternoons – there have been Bloody Marys to drink and walks to the park to take.
Second, Gwyneth and I are trying our best to set up our new space so it doesn’t look exactly the same as our last two apartments, and that’s proving to be a challenge when all our things are, in fact, exactly the same. Our process looks like this – scour Pinterest, try one furniture arrangement, stand back and look at it, rejoice, walk to the park, return home, look at our work again, decide to start over, repeat. By round three, this is what my help looks like:
While I’m getting in weight training, Gwyneth is getting beauty sleep and we’re having plenty of fun with the furniture shuffling, we were desperate to see some real results in the new space. So we chose our go-to method of making an impact fast – paint. And since we’re trying to make our new space feel special, we had some lengthy debate about what we’d do differently with this apartment and what we just couldn’t imagine leaving with apartments past. For this week’s paint projects, we settled on something old and something new. We think the results might surprise you!
If we’re going to get technical, there is a minor difference between our new kitchen wall and our NYC version – we decided not to overlap the plates like we had in the past; but instead, separate them like we saw in this Pin. But let’s be honest, they’re the same.
Our something new is in the entry. Of course we were tempted to pick up a quart of Benjamin Moore’s Potpourri and paint this puppy pink, but how many times can you recreate the same project? Snooze.
So we picked Sherwin Williams’ Midday - it’s a color that’s new to us, but it compliments the rest of our palette. Plus, it just seemed right considering the sunlight is our favorite thing about our new space.
We skipped making faux panels with painters tape like we’ve done with our previous painted interior doors because we have another detail in store for our yellow door – If we have to have a plastic doorbell eyesore on the dead center of our front door, we’re going to have a plastic doorbell eyesore with a gold vintage frame around it. We need to spend some time sorting through all of the options on Etsy, but right now we’re liking this one.
The bookcase styling is definitely a work in progress (our accessories are in twenty piles in the living room at the moment, remember?), but we think we’ve settled on the mini gallery wall. With less wall space than we’re used to in the living room, we thought we’d make the most of the wall in the entry and hang a few of our favorites. The sailboats were a 16th birthday gift from a talented high school friend in (she painted that in art class, ya’ll), and both Gwyneth’s portrait and the small floral piece are from North Carolina artist, Sue Scoggins.
Now, that concludes what we have to show for our three weeks in the new space. Unless you’d like to see our mess. Then we have lots to show.
Now we’ve got a big decision ahead of us as we keep working on the entryway – a bit of a light fixture challenge. We thought hanging our Olivia Mini Chandelier in the entry was a no-brainer, but on Saturday we discovered that was not the case. The apartment’s “boob light” was so stuck to the ceiling that I had to call a friend to help me take it down. When we finally got it down, we discovered this little surprise underneath.
Our chandelier’s canopy is smaller than the discolored area, but painting that is no problem. Where things get complicated is that our chandelier’s canopy is not as deep as the metal-we-have-no-idea-what-that-thing-is that’s sticking out of the ceiling is. That beauty would have to stick out to the side of the chandelier. Gwyneth and I can’t decide if we should try and make it work, or if we should just live with the wretched boob light. What do you think? Would that metal thing sticking out to the side of a chandelier be uglier than sin?
mk & Gwynnie