SCS Home Wish List 01.

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October will mark my three-year anniversary of living in my current apartment. To celebrate this momentous occasion, I’ve decided to finally decorate my living room (gasp)! But in all seriousness, my roommate and I are upgrading our living room. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for years now, but I couldn’t afford it until recently. I’m excited to finally be able to dedicate some time and money to making that space feel like home.

We’ve already made some strides: there’s a new bookshelf in the living room, we got rid of my well-worn loveseat from college and replaced it with a normal-sized couch, and we’ve tossed the standing coat rack and replaced it with a hanging rack on the wall (much more space efficient).

I’ve really been bitten by the decor bug and for the last couple weeks I’ve spent many hours on the web browsing for home inspiration and decor. I’ve already placed an Ikea order and a Target order, which will hopefully arrive later this week. If the furniture does arrive this weekend, my plan is to try and put it all together (at home assembly, here I come!). I’ll try to take before and after pictures too so that I can show you guys the transformation.

Once we have the bigger pieces set up, it will be all about the details. I have my eye on a few pretty pieces- shop them below!

01. Moss-knit Blanket 02. Copper Task Lamp 03. Chindi Colorblock Pillow 04. Velvet Cushion Cover 05. Metallic Triangle Pillow 06. Glass Tea Light Holder 07. Ceramic Geo Vase 08. Copper Faceted Lamp 09. Magical Thinking Feather Planter

Home Refresh 01.

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So I got some good news a couple weeks ago- I don’t have to move! Oh man, what a relief. As soon as we received that happy news, my brain went into full-on redecoration mode. A little while ago, I wrote a post about how I wanted to refresh my bedroom. I’ve made a bit of progress on that list, so I thought I’d start a mini series here on the blog to keep you updated with my redecorating process (I’ve also been snapchatting [username: starcrossedsmil] the process and using the tag #scshome on Instagram).

The first room I wanted to tackle in the apartment is my bedroom. I spend a lot of time in here and I was really itching for a change. I should show you what my room looked like before…

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A few weeks ago, I took down all of the pictures and stuff hanging on my wall, moved most of my furniture out into the living room, and painted my walls white. I have a little tradition where I ask my friends to help me paint and reward them with wine and treats, so a couple friends came by that Saturday to help me.

I picked up my paint a few days before, and boy was it hard to narrow down the shade of white that I wanted! I actually went to the hardware store three times that week: once to look at all 50 gajillion shades of white, a second time to actually buy painting supplies, and a third time between coats when I was afraid I was going to run out of paint.

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I’m really happy with the way it turned out. I feel good about the color I chose (Simply White from Benjamin Moore) and it makes my room feel brand new. Since I had to move most of my stuff to paint, I also wanted to take that opportunity to have a major clear out. I got rid of some junk, started a Goodwill donation pile, and set aside a few things that I’d like to send home to California. I also took a trip to The Container Store (a.k.a. the best place ever) to pick up a few things to help me get more organized. Since a lot of things are tucked under my bed or in my closet, you wouldn’t notice a difference at first glance, but I feel much more organized.

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I think that’s about it for this first installment (above is a blurry peek at what it looks like now)! My walls are looking rather blank at the moment, so I’m on the hunt for pictures/artwork to put up. I’m also working on a few more things from my list. I bought a new bookshelf, which I’ll try to feature in an upcoming post, and I’ve got some marble contact paper working it’s way to my mailbox now.

Bedroom Decor Inspiration

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Due to my possible upcoming move, I’ve been thinking a lot about giving my bedroom an update. Naturally my tastes have changed a little over the years. Also, here in the city, I’m always trying to figure out how I can fit the maximum amount of stuff in the minimum amount of space. Here are a few changes I’d like to make to my room.

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When I moved into my first proper apartment in the city, I painted my walls a pale yellow. When I moved into my current apartment, I painted them yellow. Back in the day, I never thought I’d choose yellow, but I liked how warm and inviting it made my room feel. Now I’d like to switch to a blank canvas and insert accents of color elsewhere.

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I made the move to white sheets last year and it made my bed look much lighter and airier. My duvet cover and shams are a set I’ve had since 2011 and the pattern on it contains gray, yellow, and white. I’ve been thinking about getting a textured white duvet set (although that seriously means no eating on the bed) and I’ve also got my eye on this chunky gray knit blanket at H&M.

The Gallery Wall


Starting a washi tape gallery wall was a way to display images I find inspirational, without having to spend a lot of money on frames or making lots of holes in my wall. I still love the idea, but I’ve had these images on my wall for a while now. I’d like to change the pictures and incorporate more prints. Also, I’m thinking that if I do paint my walls white, gray and black washi tape borders would look really graphic and cool, with perhaps a few blue borders too.

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I have one bookshelf in my room and one in my bedroom. Both have been with me since college and they’re starting to fall apart after a few moves. The bookshelf in my bedroom has three shelves and of course it’s stuffed to the brim with books. I’ve thought about buying a really tall bookshelf, but I worry that it would shrink my already small room. I’m also considering getting a four-shelf bookshelf, so it’s a bit bigger, but not too much. I’m thinking that floating shelves could give me some more book space too, but then of course you have to deal with drilling holes in the wall. I’d also like the new bookshelf or shelves to be white to match the rest of my furniture (the shelf in my bedroom used to be light “wood,” but at some point I painted it a light gray).

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I’ve got a tiny little desk from Ikea, but it’s actually the perfect size for my room. When I first moved here, I didn’t have a desk, but then I realized I missed having that surface to work on and keep office supplies. The surface of my desk has gotten some nicks and scratches over the years, so I thought it might be nice to cover the top with marble contact paper. Not only would it hide those scratches, but I think it would look really cool and add a bit of pattern to my room.

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I still don’t know if I’m moving or not, but if I’m giving my bedroom an update, I really need to take this opportunity to get rid of some stuff. I did some spring cleaning and donated items, but I kept putting off the major overhaul because I knew it was likely I was moving this summer (it’s so much easier to purge when you’re packing because then you have to go through all of your stuff anyway). Whether or not I move, I need to take a hard look at all of my things and decide what I’d really like to keep.

I’m already a rather neat and organized person, but I can definitely do some more streamlining. The other day I bought a small tray to hold some of the bits and bobs on top of my dresser. I was surprised by how much of a difference it made Everything looked much neater placed in the tray, rather than scattered in a little corner of my dresser. Also, my closet has pretty decent storage, so I should take better advantage of that space to store things that I don’t need regular access to.

Have you made any changes to your bedroom recently?

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Take a Seat



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As you guys know from this post, we’re finally starting to pull our living room together.  Now that we’ve got the painting out of the way, it’s time to make one of our first big purchases- a new couch. I know that I gravitate toward shapes that are a little more modern and have clean lines. Also, since our walls are now a lovely shade of blue, I’m thinking either a gray or dark blue couch would complement the walls very nicely. It’s hard to make a decision, but I know that when we finally do it will completely change the look of our living room!

Tell me: Where do you shop for furniture?