Opposite of Man Friendly?

April 27, 2013

Is this the opposite of man friendly?

Man Friendly

Progress may be slow in my apartment, with a small budget and all. So I'd like to share design boards that I randomly create when the mood strikes. This one I created several months back, the inspiration was "Man Friendly Decor". I have to admit that the quatrefoil oomph table is undeniably feminine but come on... I said man friendly not man cave.

Also, a lot of the photos I current have and use don't have sources since I saved them before I knew I'd be using them on a blog. Moving forward I will be saving sources.

I think this piece behind the sofa would be lovely.


April 16, 2013

Growing up was never a "pink" girl, quite the opposite actually. But in my adult years its grown on me so much so that it competes for my favourite colour.

Although I do love pink, I'm timid to use it in my home. Not sure why. Maybe I'm afraid of all the things that pink can mean... Baby's room. Not thanks, grown ups only in my livingroom. But I'm going to go for it. Be bold.

Love this skirt, and generally anything Jason Wu designs.

Imagine my surprise and delight when I came across this illustration by Jessica Durrant on Etsy.

After creating a mock up of how I would style the room with this piece as my inspiration I decided to go ahead with it. I've ordered it in a 36 X 48 size print to dominate the wall behind the sofa.

My next post I'll explain a bit about the other items in the design board. Now that school has all but wrapped up for the semester I'll have more time to post! Yay!

Base canvas

April 8, 2013

Moving into the new apartment I had a few items that could be used in the living room. The coffee table was an amazing kijiji find for less than a hundred that I didn't want to get rid off so I stored it since the bachelor was too small. So these are the items I have to work with, or not.... Not sure if I still want to use the milo style chair since cat claws have taken their toll on the leather.

I'm looking for something more traditional feeling to balance the more modern coffee table and sofa. 

Outlet for my obsession

Hi, I'm Natalie and I'm a designaholic. I have an obsession with all things interior decor related that keeps me up into the wee hours saying to myself, "Just a few more minutes." Hunting for furniture, lighting, and accessories online and in person consumes my spare time (and cuts into my study time if I'm being honest). Reading shelter magazines and blogs is pastime that makes me giddy. This is an addiction I do not wish to recover from.

I've started a blog in the past but gave it up due to the unnecessary stress I put on myself regarding spelling and grammar. Writing anything to be read by another human being gives me temporary OCD, wondering if I've punctuated my sentences correctly and used proper grammar. So this time around I'm going to do my best to keep my temp OCD to a minimum and focus on the parts I do enjoy. Posts won't likely be daily, I do have to drag myself away from this to study.

The focus of this blog is going to be what inspires me and the process of decorating my new apartment (oddly, I don't like the word "decorating". Suggestions for alternatives are more than welcome). Previously I was in a teeny bachelor no more than 350 sq ft so the new place is sparsely furnished at the moment. Being a student I am on a tight budget but I don't want my home to look like it is. I prefer to only purchase items I plan to keep long term rather than short term solutions. I like to combine my kijiji finds with splurge items. Although I still try to get the splurge items for a deal.

 My first purchase for the new place was the sofa I picked up at Zepher Rug and Home here in Halifax. I knew from past experience that the sofa was going to have to be the splurge in the livingroom, this one from Van Gogh was the winner. Love at first sight and it was discount by nearly a grand! I'm not above buying the floor model thank you very much.