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Decorating with Roommates: Living Room Decor

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Am I the only one who has dreams of how I'm going to decorate my home?  Maybe its the designer in me, but I love thinking about how I'm going to organize my things and what new item I can get to pull the whole look together.  Maybe I was an interior designer in another life.  This really could be because I recently moved into a new apartment and I'm convinced that girls just love to nest.  It's definitely an integral part of getting situated and feeling like you have a space of your own.

Living with a roommate, makes the experience a little different.  Don’t get me wrong, I love living with my roommate, but in having a roommate you have to learn to nest and decorate together especially since we both want to have an “adult” apartment thats cozy and pretty to look at.  Of course, I still have dreams (and a moodboard!) of what my future living room is going to look like, but that’s just going to have to wait until I get a place of my own.  It has been a crazy (fun!) process trying to figure out how to mix our two styles.  My style is definitely more neutral, contemporary and simplistic while my roommate is more global, boho but also simplistic.  That’s where we overlap in our styles.  We both don’t like clutter and lean toward a more minimalistic look.  We came up with a simplistic, global style that we’re both loving and having a blast finding pieces to blend our tastes.  It’s great because we are travelers and have a bunch of pieces we’ve acquired from our travels.   Above is the inspiration board we're using to create our perfect living room.

The first piece we got to start this journey was a rug.  It looks similar to the one pictured in number 3 above and is definitely a great way to add some color (shocker for me!) and should really tie everything together.  It is still a process and we’re still figuring out how to put the finishing touches together.  Hopefully, it’ll be ready soon and I can do a follow-up post!

Also, the above is just a sampling of the crazy moodboards I create for these types of projects.  I had so many people asking me how I do it.  I love Pinterest and being able to see your pins on one board, but I feel like they’re all so spread apart and sometimes you don’t love everything you’ve pinned.  I pull my favorites into Adobe Illustrator, but this is very easily done in a program like Powerpoint or even Microsoft Word.  I tend to also pull pictures of the pieces I’m thinking of buying (i.e. TV stand, coffee table, shelves, etc.) to see how they all look together.

Happy decorating!

Yours truly // Shannon

White + Gold Desk Decor

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Desk Decor

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I think if I hadn't become a Graphic Designer, I might have been an Interior Designer instead.  When I moved into my apartment I knew it would be the perfect time to revamp my home decor.  It's been a long process, but I finally think my home is starting to look the way I've always imagined it.  Naturally, I started with my home office, since let's face it, that's where I spend a grand majority of my time at home, blogging, freelancing etc.  I wanted my workspace to be organized, bright, and inviting as well as functional.  I did tons of research, mostly on my fav Pinterest, and came up with the moodboard above.  I wanted it to not only look pretty but be a place for me to actually get things done and double as a vanity without actually looking like a vanity.  After getting rid of all of the clutter and finding some of the most perfect desk accessories, here is my pretty white and gold workspace:

Furniture

Desk

Ghost Chair

Filing Cabinet/Seat

Decor

Tape Dispenser

Stapler

Vanity Mirror

Gold Striped Notebook

Gold + White Binder Clips

 

I think my two favorite workspace finds were definitely my Ghost Chair and Filing Cabinet/Seat duo.  The Ghost Chair, designed by Philippe Starck, sells in stores for well over $400.  I love its sleek, minimalist design, but really, who can afford to buy a chair for that much money?  I can't!  Thus I found this copy-cat for less than $100.  There is also a version without arms.  In order to keep tons of paper off of my desk I decided I really needed some sort of filing system.  I found this Filing Cabinet/Seat duo from the See Jane Work line at Office Depot.  The best part is that it doesn't even look like a filing cabinet because we all know that those clunky metal cabinets can be serious eyesores.  Huge plus, it doubles as a seat!

Now the only thing missing from my desk is a brand spankin new Sugar Paper x Target planner.  Sad, sad story: I went to Target this week solely to buy a pretty planner and none found!  I asked the staff if they had any and they said it was all in the back, just not set up in the store yet.  Now I'm just going to have to make another trip to Target. Anyone else stoked about Sugar Paper x Target?! Or is it just me?

Yours Truly // Shannon