Have I ever mentioned on here how much I love working with FLOR carpet tiles? I’m sure I have. I used them in my own living room and they’re the best ever. After seeing how… More
Hey, fam. I’ve been busy at updating some rooms and my back patio for spring and thought it would be a good idea to update some of my wardrobe too! While going through my closet I found this white dress I got last year from Tatyana that I haven’t worn in foreverrrr. Rather than giving it away I decided to try to dye it using Rit’s new coral color. I love that they came out with this color because I used to have to custom mix a few different shades together to make color, but now it’s ready to use! I figured if it didn’t work out I could just use Rit’s color remover, which I’ve had a ton of luck with in the past.
The cool thing about this dress is that the fabric has an iridescent sheen and a subtle retro bubble pattern. My hope was that the dye would bring out the bubble pattern and leave some of the sheen.
The fabric is mostly polyester so I was worried it wouldn’t take the dye, but as soon as I dunked it into the dye bath it soaked it right up and I was not disappointed.
The way I like to dye everything, including synthetics, is to make a very hot dye bath in my sink with hot, hot water and a few drops of liquid soap. I let the garment soak for about an hour, stirring and shifting the fabric every 15 minutes or so for an even dye. Then I rinse with cold water and Rit’s color fixative. Then I line dry.
See how the fabric took the dye and made the pattern pop? I love the way it turned out!
Now I have a spring-y new dress to wear while pretending I’m good at gardening.
This post was sponsored by Rit but all ideas, opinions, and words are my own.
Hello, there! I just wanted to share a little wallpaper update I made to our kitchen recently and talk about the process of ordering custom printed wallpaper through Tempaper.
Here’s the scoop. I already had lemon wallpaper in here from a different company, but it didn’t stand up to the demands of our kitchen. Any time we would wipe a food splatter or try to clean the walls the ink would smear or come right off, often times leaving behind a stain from the splatter. Our kitchen also gets a lot of sunshine and in the summers gets very hot. This caused the paper to yellow and lift at the creases. No bueno!
I already had a hard enough time finding a lemon wallpaper with the vintage look I had in mind, now I had to start all over again! I used Tempaper in my bathroom and bedroom and had no problems whatsoever, so I decided to contact them about printing something custom for me.
I had a repeating image of lemons that I had saved from a stock image website and was able to purchase the license to have it printed for my own use. I sent it off to Tempaper and worked with their graphic designer to customize the print to fit the exact dimensions of my kitchen walls. They sent a sample right away and I put it through vigorous testing. I poured coffee, pasta sauce, and grease on it. I wiped, scrubbed, and sprayed cleaner on it. I left it in direct sunlight for a week, kept it by the hot stove and oven, and even applied heat with a blow dryer. I did it all! And it passed each test.
When the final product arrived it was pre-cut into manageable panels to fit each section of my walls. They sent over a little map and labeled each one. I barely even had to trim anything! It fit like a glove. Seriously, those pre-cut panels made getting around all these nooks and cabinets a breeze. And you can barely see the overlapping seams unless you’re super up-close! I’m so picky about that and it doesn’t bother me at all. Overall the entire custom printing process was a breeze.LOVEEE! Now I have exactly what I had in mind to begin with!
Thank you Tempaper!
Product was provided by Tempaper, but all views and opinions are true and my own.
How is it possible that I haven’t done a full post about our living room yet?? I’m the worst! Now that we’re coming up on our one year anniversary in this apartment (whoa already?), I figured now would probably be as good a time as ever!
Welcome to our mid-century inspired living room!
When you walk through our orange front door you’re greeted by all of my favorite retro inspired colors.
This is what we jokingly refer to as the cocktail corner. The bar is an IKEA bookshelf that I painted and use to store our liquor and vintage cocktail glass collection.
The yellow chairs are from World Market. The color and scale fit the space perfectly which was something I wasn’t having luck with when searching for a true vintage set. I got these on sale for an amazing price so I couldn’t pass them up. In between them is a standing record player.
The mirror above the bar is a score from Home Goods that we had in our last apartment and was originally just going to be used as a place holder, but it worked so great here we decided to keep it.
The 3 orb floor lamp is from Target’s Project 62 line.
To the left of the cocktail corner is our main conversation area where we hang out and watch tv. Because we have an open concept living space I wanted to create different areas within the room that felt separate but still connected. While a few friends are listening to a record and having a drink by the cocktail corner, more could be hanging out here, and something else could be going on over at the dining table. It makes the room feel bigger and more functional this way.
A sectional is perfect for this type of layout. Last year I was lucky to collaborate with one of my favorite mid-century inspired furniture manufacturers, Joybird, so a lot of our furniture is from there. I love Joybird because you can customize each style with different configurations, wood finishes, and fabrics. For our sectional we chose the Hughes Bumper Sectional in Notion Thunderbird with medium toned wood legs.
The kidney shaped coffee table, knitted pouf, and accent chair are also from Joybird.
I wanted to pull together all of the colors from the room so I chose multi-colored carpet tiles from Flor. These are great if you have pets or children and need to be able to wash your rug easily.
The curvy metal Bertoia barstools are a score from Craigslist.
The vintage Curtis Jere brass sculpture above the sofa was in bad shape when I found it at the Long Beach Flea Market but with a lot of patience I was able to fix it up and make it look great again. The Stangl Pottery vase on the coffee table is another vintage score from Long Beach.
We added the conical fireplace to give the space a little more architectural detail. I found it on Craigslist and picked it up from the house it had been in since 1960. It doesn’t function in here but it has a little electric log and is stuffed with twinkle lights for ambience.
The adorable pink bow lamp is from a shop called RetrOKC in Oklahoma City. I found it while on a cross-country road trip last year.
The 3-tier marble side table and lamp shade are both from Target’s Project 62.
Here’s a wide view of the entire space. The palm print curtains are from H&M Home.
The credenza is from Joybird as well, with our TV mounted above it. We opted for an ultra-slim television mounted on a low-profile base so it can double as artwork when the TV is in stand-by mode. Most modern televisions and streaming devices have a screen saver mode that allows you to choose custom artwork or photographs to display. The lamp is from Joybird and the glassware is vintage.
I try to add little moments around each room to give every corner a touch of character. I used a vintage rotary phone and vase from Baigelman Glass to add some color to this area by our breakfast bar.
To this corner I added wall hanging planters and a vintage magazine stand filled with home decor magazines from the 50s and 60s. And lastly I painted the front door a peachy pink (Peach Punch from Valspar to be exact) and added a little bit of retro detail with wood molding!
That’s the whole shebang! Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Valentine’s Day, sweethearts!
I’ve got a quick little retro cocktail recipe that is perfect for date night or just drinking alone while you curse Cupid. It’s perfectly pink and has a kick!
Pink Rose Cocktail
1 ½ ounces gin
1 egg white
1 tablespoon grenadine
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon cream
Shake well in a cocktail shaker with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
That’s it! Enjoy
I am so excited to be featured in one of my favorite magazines everrrr — Atomic Ranch! The Spring 2018 issue is all about Palm Springs and I’m honored to be included with the other beautiful mid-century homes featured.
The 11 page spread features my own photography and styling with a lovely write up by Leslie Thompson.
Be sure to pick up a copy to see all the midcentury eye candy!
Huge thank you to Atomic Ranch for this opportunity!
If you’ve been following the blog over the years you will know that I LOOOOVE to use dye to transform home decor. I’ve dyed curtains, rugs, bedding, and even my sofa! My go-to dye has always been Rit because it’s inexpensive and easily accessible. Luckily Rit heard about what a fan I am and asked me to be one of this year’s brand ambassadors so stay tuned for more projects!
This year is special because it’s Rit’s 100 year anniversary! To celebrate we teamed up to recreate one of their adorable vintage ads from 1962. This project was especially fun for me since I’m obsessed with mid-century advertisements and even keep a collection of them for inspiration.
I picked this one because the dining room set up reminded me a lot of my own, particularly the top right corner version. I already planned on dyeing curtains to match my artwork, so I went all-in and dyed a tablecloth and cloth napkins as well.
For the vibrant pink tablecloth and curtain I used a 50/50 mix of Rose Quartz and Petal Pink, and for the orange napkins I used a 50/50 mixture of Tangerine and Golden Yellow. I just mixed those up with hot water and a little dish soap right in my sink basin. I then soaked them in Rit’s dye fixative and rinsed with cold water. Easy peasy!
I love how everything ties together with the artwork and my vintage Burke chair pads. Now I just need to throw a little dinner party with a Jell-o salad and few cocktails ;).
Happy New Year, loves! I don’t know about you but I’ve been in a haze of exhaustion since the holidays ended. I always love Christmas decorations until it’s time to put them away. I’ve been vacuuming up stray pieces of tinsel and glitter for a week and somehow they still keep popping up! Putting away the decorations always feels like a clean slate and I get super motivated to do a little redecorating afterward. I decided I wanted to add a little more color in here for the New Year and thought a new accent chair and pillows would be the best way to do it. Switching out chairs and pillows is my favorite way to change things up. They’re easy to store away and swap from room to room, so you can easily switch things up whenever you feel like! I teamed up with Article to show you a few new color combos!
If you haven’t heard of Article yet, let me introduce you! Article is an online-only brand that offers quality modern furniture with a direct-to-consumer model that avoids price markups you’ll find in stores. This makes shopping with them easy, efficient, and more cost friendly! And the fact that delivery starts at only $49, regardless of order size or delivery location across the U.S. and Canada makes shopping for furniture online a delight.
I not only wanted to add more color but also luxe texture. The velvet Matrix chairs from Article turned out to be the perfect size and shape for my apartment’s living room. The rounded curves and slim legs are versatile enough to fit in with many styles, including my mid-century vibe. AND paired with the Lucca pillows makes for great color combos. Plus, ordering and delivery, and assembly was an absolute breeze.
I was set on the Matrix chair, but I had to pick a color! The Matrix comes in 12 colors, so I pulled colors from my rug and favorite table lamp as inspiration. I went with Blush Pink, Grass Green, and Persimmon Orange as my top contenders. Each one brings a different vibe to the room. Check it out!
The first option was Blush Pink paired with a Claret Red Lucca Pillow. I figured this would pull in the color from my lamp and red from my rug. I like the combination of pink and red, it feels cute and warm at the same time, and is perfect for February!
I also REALLY like it paired with a Persimmon Orange Lucca pillow. It ties together the orange from the rug and my dining room chairs nicely, without it being too orange.I love it from this angle! I’ve been wanting to try to incorporate more green into this room so next up is the Grass Green Matrix with Blush Pink pillows. Pink and green is one of my favorite color combos ever, buuutttt my room, bathroom, and office already have pink and green as their main colors so that might be overkill…This green is very luxe and gives me major Art Deco vibes. It gets an even warmer feel when paired with the Persimmon Orange pillow.
The Persimmon Orange Matrix against my blue sofa feels very retro! This is a popular contrasting color combo that brings a vibrant and fun feeling to the space. The Blush Pink Lucca pillow softens up the boldness a little, too. I think this might be my favorite…I’m super into this combo. The Lucca pillows come in sets of two, so can go on the chair while its twin decorates the sofa. Ooooo.
It’s SO hard to choose. I’m very torn between the two pink and orange combos. As much as I am IN LOVE with the persimmon orange, I don’t want that side of the room to feel overwhelmingly orange with the orange dining chairs and dining rug, so I’m going with the pink Matrix with Orange Lucca pillow for now, because it leads perfectly into the dining area and feels balanced while also tying together my lamp and rug.
I’ve been toying with the idea of changing the color of my dining chair cushions though, so I’ll hang on to the orange for a bit in case I go that route sooner than later and change my mind (which I so often do). We’ll see!
I’m curious – which of the 12 colors would you choose to mix and match?! Let me know in the comments!
This post was made possible by Article, but all opinions are true and my own.