How To: Set Up a Pretty First Apartment on a Small Budget

Totally switching gears for my Friday post this week.   I’m excited to share some favorites from the new-to-me modern furniture company,  Modani…I’d never heard of the company before this week and was pleasantly surprised at the range of products (and prices!) they offer on their site and in their stores nationwide.  A lot of their furnishings are perfectly priced for people just starting out in their first apartment or home – modern shapes in neutral, hardworking materials work well in first-time apartments, and are the perfect backdrop to play with bright patterns and bold color as you experiment to find your style.

Here’s a little inspiration to get you started if you are setting up your first home!  Most of the furnishings came from Modani, but there are some accessories from CB2 and H&M…both perfect stores for fun, inexpensive home accessories!

modani copySOURCES:
Living Room: Wallpaper | Sofa | Pair of Upholstered Stools | Accent Chairs | Floor Lamp | Rug | Sold Blue Pillows | Black Striped Pillow | Multi-colored Patterned Pillow
Dining Room/Workspace: Console Table | Dining Chair | Pendant Lamp | Wood Shelving | Wall Art | Silver Apple | Silver Bowls | Patterned Plate | Patterned Tray | Patterned Bowl
Entry: Mirror | Bench | Storage Basket | Bow Wall Hooks | Flushmount Light | Macrame Wall Hanging

This is NOT a sponsored post…was just intrigued with their offerings and enjoy “window shopping.”  And, even if you are on your second or third home, there are pieces that will work for you too…I’m loving this modern (but warm) dining table!

I hope you have a great weekend!

500-daisy-upholstery-nails-brass-furniture-studs-tacks-[2]-436-p copy

Piece de Resistance: Velvet Furniture

I love the velvet chaise at the end of the bed in the Room of the Week.  The velvet adds warmth and subtle texture with its golden color.

Velvet is definitely a fall trend this year, but I don’t know anyone who buys a piece of furniture for just one season.  So, how do you make the deep rich colors and textures of velvet-upholstered furniture look good year-round?  I put together some scenarios using two modern pieces of velvet-upholstered furniture…decorated for summer and fall.

I’m not advocating that you change artwork and throw pillows and candles and rugs every season, just hoping to inspire you as you cozy up your home for the colder months, or are considering adding a velvet piece to your home but are concerned about how it will fit in warmer months.

modernvelvet copy
ONE: Chair | Lamp | Rug | Table | Vase | Throw Pillow
TWO: Chair | Lamp | Rug | Table | Basket | Pillow | Throw Blanket | Candle
THREE: Sofa | Rug | Planter | Art | Geometric Throw Pillow | Botanical Throw Pillow
FOUR: Sofa | Rug | Mirror | Basket | Footstool | Throw Blanket | Ikat Throw Pillow

I’m not one for adding lots of fall “decorations,” but I do love to cozy things up.  What’s your fall decorating style?

500-daisy-upholstery-nails-brass-furniture-studs-tacks-[2]-436-p copy

I Spy Fall Trends to Try

The award-winning Room of the Week is full of gorgeous details that are quickly becoming fall trends this season.  I already talked about the dark walls (which are popping up on design blogs everywhere), but there are many other fall trends, and returning classics, I spot in this room.

fall details to try copyDid I miss anything?  What’s your favorite fall trend?

I’ll be on instagram today sharing some ways to incorporate these fall trends into your own home…follow-along here!

500-daisy-upholstery-nails-brass-furniture-studs-tacks-[2]-436-p copy

Color Palette: Dark Blue Walls

The dark blue walls in the Room of the Week make a stunning backdrop to the rest of the gorgeous furnishings in the room.  Dark walls are definitely an interior design trend right now moving into fall, and one trend that will work well with any style.   Here are 10 reasons you might want to try dark blue walls in your own home!


I’d sure love to paint my giant stairwell with dark blue to bring a little depth to the space, but since I rent it’s out of the question!  Anyone have dark blue walls in their home?

500-daisy-upholstery-nails-brass-furniture-studs-tacks-[2]-436-p copy