Apartment Inspiration

So excited to share some of our favorite details of our new apartment! All of our furniture has been in storage since our wedding so needless to say I’ve been itching to get into our new place and start decorating! We have so much more to do like buy a couch, an area rug, hang some art, and so much more but until then hope you enjoy these details!

DESIGN TIP FOR THOSE ON A BUDGET: Always check the “As Is” section at IKEA, we have found so many of our large key pieces of furniture here at a discount like our dining room table and chairs! Also, be sure to peruse the end caps in target, here is where a lot of the sale items are put! Happy bargain hunting!

IMG_1604.JPGPro-Ject Turntable IMG_1607-1.JPGMarble fruit bowl from Crate & Barrel, Dining Room Table + Chairs from Ikea, Nate Berkus Coffee mug by Target.IMG_1598.JPG

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IMG_1606Leather arm chair and Sheepskin Throw from Design Within Reach 

Feelin’ Green

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  1. Dandelion is a hexagonal tile influenced by patterns from Japanese textile prints and lacquerware. Dandelion can be installed with multiple layouts depending on how you turn the tile when installing.
  2. Convivial Production Large Rustic Floor Planter
  3. Beverly Hills Hotel signature palm print.Interior Design by Steven Sclaroff. Photo by Francois Dischinger.

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Inspiration: Windowsill Zebra Cactus, Green Juice and Fuji Film Instax Images.

A few of our Favorite Things!

Today is Wednesday, Hump Day, the Middle of the work week! You are kinda dragging, tired, and looking forward to Friday which calls for a nice healthy dose of  inspiration! Today we are featuring a few of our favorite things from my favorite online Market Place Cloud Parade! 

I’m obsessed with these no fuss, easy, chic, home accents! These little gems can add a little spice and character to any space and are perfect for wedding favors, birthday gifts, or little gifts to yourself for just getting through the long work week! Check out The Den’s Pinterest page for more inspiration and the shop links for the awesome plants below!

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In + On: Floors + Spring Looks

I’ve been scouring the internet for a new rug for my office. I’m super drawn to this leopard rug, but what’s new? It’s just my obvious animal obsession.

One thing I find incredibly funny about my rug style, is that I don’t like the look of “new” as much. There is just something cozy about a rug that has a little fading or warn look to it. Also, aren’t rugs a sort of wintery feel? During the summer I don’t mind for my floors to be bare, but during winter rugs are a must!

I am not ready for summer yet. I love crisp spring weather, and the clothes that go with it. Plus, after a year of not working out the last thing you want to do is shop for shorts. I love three elements to spring wear that you won’t see during the southern california summer; jeans, sweaters & leather jackets.

Alas, 3 days of 80 + weather and I think shorts, tanks & swimwear are looming. I’m rounding up my favorites for the next post so don’t miss it!

(Links & credit for all the inspiration images can be found on my Inspiration Den Board.)

In + On: Creating Style That Can Evolve

We bought our first home last April, and through study of homes, design, and style, I found I was learning more from other’s past mistakes rather than finding good ideas. It turned into my husband and I sitting at the computer doing research and proceeding to laugh for hours. It’s always funny when it’s someone else’s life, right? This method actually turned out to be productive – it’s nice to learn from other’s mistakes, and it helps narrow down the decent options pretty quickly.

This image has kinda stuck out to me when thinking about my future “style”.

Realize, in a past fashion society, this room was on the cover of magazines. Imagine the profound amount of work that went into this room? It’s as iconic as the puff sleeves that filled the chapels during the same period. You and I will never forget, no matter how hard we try, the mistakes of the 80’s, 90’s, and beyond.

So, in light of that, what I’m trying to work on is an evolving style. As I make choices for my home or my clothing, I want to purchase or create items that I can change with me. This creates a new way I view my home, because “home” isn’t a trend, color, or even a look – it’s more than that, and hopefully my style is too. My grandmother had a knock out, gorgeous home, but most of all she had a knack for nailing the “home” feeling. She did this without being up on every passing trend, but while fully incorporating the lasting trends that made things feel fresh. I’m hoping for something similar, and have found a few ways to keep myself on track with my style goals.

(The only picture that included me with my beloved green chair!)

For the home, it looks like this:

Solid Furniture: I love patterns as much as the next guy, but I’m leaving that job to the pillows and throw – and on occasion an accent chair.

Painting often: I love how a simple day of work and a coat of paint changes the entire feel and look of any room. This helps me to not get antsy about “changing” with every trend whim because it’s a dramatic difference and cost next to nothing.

Thrifting: I switch out my accents often, things like trinkets, trays, frames, etc… Because I buy most of them at thrift stores, my house is constantly filled with unique vintage items and I don’t feel bad getting rid of things that only cost two dollars.

For clothing, it looks like this:

Spend more: I always spend more on my jeans, jackets, sunglasses, and tank tops. These are the four items I wear often and I need them to hold up through everything from day long photo shoots to trips to the park with my kids.

Black: I love black, it’s timeless, and I wear it almost everyday. Does it ever go “out”? Never.

For both In + On:

Buy things you Love. More than anything I’ve found that patience to find or save for an item you love instead of just making a purchase. I looked for a pair of vintage wingbacks for almost a year before I found them. In the end, I got exactly what I wanted and I’ve had them for almost 2 years now and still LOVE them. Same goes for my Kate Spade glasses and yes, even my house. xxoo

Lovelock & Co. by Ashley
http://www.lovelockandco.com

Scott Coppersmith Designs

Happy Monday everyone! Today I have the opportunity to interview and showcase an amazing artist… Scott Coppersmith Designs! I have a huge respect and love for those who have the ability to maintain a green lifestyle and also appreciate the arts and those rolled into one make for some amazing work. This year I went to UNIQUE L.A., where I first stumbled upon Scott Coppersmith Designs. I was totally drawn to his work. It’s not only up-cycled materials, but also an amazing piece of decor that I’ve rarely seen in homes or stylish events. I think Scott has started a new revolution in the wedding + style world with his unique designs and am so privileged to have him in The Den!

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Amber-The Inspiration Den  // Scott-Scott Coppersmith Designs                                                                                                                                                                                   

Amber: What inspired you to start designing and building Lighting + Furniture pieces out of up-cycled materials?

Scott: I used to be a builder and 2/3 of America’s landfills are construction debris. I saw it everyday and decided to do something about it                             

Amber: How do you prepare/get inspired for designing a new project?

Scott: Inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere. You just have to be open to it. Don’t discredit or discount things before really thinking about them. It’s a lot of brainwork but I see it as that’s what I’m getting paid for.

Amber: Out of all the pieces you’ve created is there one in particular that you love a little more than the others?                                    

Scott: They all have they’re fun bits. I usually like the latest more than any other simply bc it’s fresh and new to me, too. But I am constantly evolving my art so as I push boundaries I am more proud of each piece.  I still one of the first ones. I know I’ll always keep it. I suppose that despite it being a total price of shite it reminds me of a) where I’ve come b) how far I’ve come c) why to keep on going when I think I’ve made something crappy (sometimes you have to make 20 before there’s a good one worthy of the market).

Amber: Whose work do you relate to most? Who inspires you?

Scott: I love Banksy. Old Vegas sign dudes. Ivan earl. Chuck close. But most of my hero artists are musicians; Paul Simon, Tom Waits, the latest dj (today it’s Griz or local boys Gypsy Death Star) Andrew Matranga, old reggae, anything from New Orleans with horns and anything with solid dynamics and positivity.
When it comes to furniture I don’t go into stores. I don’t know what’s popular.  I don’t know famous furniture guys.  I don’t follow blogs, I don’t analyze what my friend have unless they’ve made it and that’s just so I can appreciate and compliment them properly. I was briefly classically trained so I know quality joinery and craftsmanship when I see it or need to utilize it. But I like being completely out of the box. I have no interest in making a big production run of trendy stuff or those that are doing just that.
 
Scott Coppersmith Design // Site // Pinterest // FB
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In + On: Pillows/Purses

A few weeks back, I bought a pillow. I promptly hid it under the bed and planned on sneaking it into my decor somewhere later in the week, in hopes that my husband wouldn’t notice that we owned yet another decorative pillow.

The true sign of an addict is when they hide their addiction right?

Unfortunately my children ratted me out. Much like I’m going to rat out all my favorite places to buy pillows. I love to change-up the pillows around my house since they are such a quick fix to a new “look”. I even have seasonal pillows I bring out during different holidays to infuse my spaces with the holiday themes. It’s totally an old lady custom, but choosing the right patterns help make it more Upper East side.

1. Target or World Market online: These tie for top two for me. I’ll be honest though, Target’s website is a nightmare, but these two online stores are a great place for pillows. In stores these two always seems to be picked over, it’s much less so online.

2. Urban Outfitters: The pillows are always overly trendy, but sometimes that’s what you need. I always always check UO when on a pillow hunt.

3. Ebay: Kilim pillows, Ralph Lauren Collections & Williams Sonoma are often found on ebay. This is a little more of a gamble to not know the exact tones because it’s all based on personal crummy pictures, but I have found some beauties on ebay (Including the Ralph Lauren pinstriped charcoal shams on my bed!)

4. Homegoods: Don’t be sucked in the mountains of pillows they have and just buy anything! You have to look for those with quality filling and sturdy seams. They also carry Ralph Lauren on occasion (a personal fav) and other notable brands with real feather stuffing for incredibly low prices.

5. HSN: If this doesn’t sound like a joke, I don’t know what will, but they collaborate with designs on occasion and I have really loved some of the lines they put out.

I’m in the market for a handbag. I’m not big on switching often, so I need one bag I can carry all the time to work or play, which leads to me almost always purchasing black. Of course, as I’m looking around, I can’t help but stare at all the gorgeous types I wouldn’t buy. Too small, too big, too colorful, or impractical, but oh so fun to have one day a week. I can’t get over the color blocking. Too good.

(Links & credit for all the inspiration images can be found on my Inspiration Den Board)

Lovelock & Co. by Ashley
http://www.lovelockandco.com