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This is our backyard!
First one we’ve ever had. Calvin and Coco, being total city dogs, are sort of terrified of the grass.
But from the moment we saw the house, all I could think about was stringing Christmas lights all along our backyard fence. And thanks to some genius engineering from my father in law, it’s now a reality! Just heavenly.
Gifted Hudson Nico jeans in Tangerine, gifted LNA Crepe tank, gifted By Boe bracelets (this and this), gifted Ippolita lollipop necklace.
With all the craziness of the last few weeks, I realized that I never posted any pictures of our final (for now) living room! We’re not done yet — not even close, really — but it’s nice to have the downstairs in halfway decent shape. Not bad for a month after we moved in!
The above picture is our living room and dining room — everything is open so all the rooms basically blend into each other, which I love. The picture below is from Chad’s study — I thought this was a perfect rug for a lawyer’s office (even if he mostly just plays video games in it).
Our bedroom is still a disaster, but I’ll hopefully have more pictures for you guys soon!
It’s funny how when you’re so used to sharing what’s going on in your life over the internet, it can feel really strange when you have to hold something back. For the last few weeks, there’s been something I haven’t been able to tell you — being painfully superstitious, I didn’t want to say anything until we were certain.
But… we bought a house!
One of the reasons that Chad and I moved to Houston was the amazingly beautiful houses that you can buy for the same price here as, oh, say, a junior one bedroom in the far reaches of Brooklyn. After the bar exam, we pretty much devoted every weekend to stopping by open houses, scouring real estate websites and eventually… found our dream house!
Now, keep your fingers crossed for us, because although most of the big steps are past us, we don’t have the keys just yet. But I’m so excited to show it to you guys as soon as we’re settled in! (I’m going to have my own separate shoe closet, if you can believe it!)
For now, though, I’m focusing on decorating. Like many couples, Chad’s and my furniture is sort of a mish-mash of things I bought, things he bought, things my parents bought us, and a lot of it is old enough that my taste has changed pretty substantially since we picked it out. (You can see some of it on Glitter Guide’s feature on our NY apartment a few months ago!)
But now that we’re increasing our living space by a lot, I figure it’s the right time to settle on a design style. My gut is leaning toward contemporary, but I’m a sucker for odd and eclectic pieces — I want everything to feel like it makes sense together, but not get too bogged down in a single theme or style. So in that vein, I’ve been picking up some pieces I love over the last few weeks, and wanted to share them with you guys!
Wish us luck — I am so excited!!!
Clockwise, from top left: (1) Bookshelf, $111 from Target, for our front entryway; (2) Paper Mache Rhino head, $68 from Anthropologie, for our family room; (3) Runner (Rug), $99 from Gilt Home, for our front hallway; (4) Union Jack Barstools, $148 for both from Overstock.com, for our bar area; (5) Ceramic Elephant, $99 from Z Gallerie, for our living room; (6) Space Chair, $790 from Modani, for our living room or bedroom; (7) Vase, $69 from Gilt Home, for our front hallway.
Tags: home · house · interior design
December 2nd, 2010 · 6 Comments
This post brought to you by Pier 1 Imports. All opinions are 100% mine.
When Chad and I first moved in together, we both had about a month before our jobs started, and we’d just sunk every available dollar into our apartment (sadly, in Manhattan, it’s possible to be house-poor even if you’re a renter)! I’d thrown a little bit of a fit over some of his bachelor furniture, and he’d done the same with my super-girly pink-green-floral pieces. So we were in the interesting situation of furnishing an apartment from almost scratch, on a very limited budget.
Enter Pier 1. You cannot imagine how many trips we made to the Pier 1 on Fourteenth Street — I’m pretty sure by the end of the month, we’d hauled half the store into taxis and up three flights of stairs to our door. But at the end of it all, we had a really lovely, mostly decorated apartment. I’ve spent the past two years putting the finishing touches on our little space, but the bulk of it was really done in those first 30 days.
So when Pier 1 approached me about writing a post, I was totally down — if you have friends or family who are settling into a new home, or putting the finishing touches on an old one, it really is the go-to place. And I took this excuse to do something I’ve been meaning to do for a while — a makeover of the hallway of our apartment.
At the store, I got this beautiful console table that matches the rest of the dark wood in our apartment, and also this cute gift box, which I filled with some of our antique ornaments. My mom is hugely into Christmas decorating, so she’s passed on a number of gorgeous pieces to me over the years — perfect to mix and match with store-bought ones until you’ve developed a collection of your own!
Last but not least, I painted the room! I loved the idea of a red hallway, but the paint came out uneven and splotchy the first time I applied it, and since the lighting isn’t great in that part of our apartment, it always seemed a little grungy. So I tried about a half dozen paint samples before settling on this bright yellow, and I’m so happy with how it looks now. Paint always looks really bright when you first apply it, but I got used to this color within a day or two, and now I love our bright, picture-perfect entryway!
Check out more photos of my room makeover and other holiday gifts from Pier 1 below! And one last thing — if you become a fan of Pier 1 on Facebook, they’ll donate $1 to Toys for Tots! What better way to spread some holiday cheer?