on this blog i talk a lot about inspiration for the home and different trends to try but not a lot of what is actually happening in my own home and i really want to work on that more! i’ll admit that making my apartment into a comfortable, well-designed home has been a long and somewhat frustrating process, and one that is far from over. my living room especially has been a challenge because of its large open layout and the wall to wall hideous beige carpet that i have no control over. you can get a little peek of this from my past post.
i’ve strategized my decorating by splitting it into little sections which has helped quite a bit and has gotten me more focused on how i style little spaces, like my my sewing corner. but when you’re a young professional, fresh out of college, buried in school loans with lots of other bills to pay, putting together a cohesively styled home can be hard. really hard. as an interior designer i’m constantly exposed to endless inspiration, and not being able to go out and implement those ideas can be heartbreaking. but i’m doing the best i can with what i got, and wanted to share a bit of my home with you today!
my bar cart was a great investment on my part, i got it from target a while back. it’s a great way to display my small (but growing!) vintage glass collection and keep all of my drink stuff together, which makes it nice when i have friends over to have a one-stop shop to serve up some libations.
ahhh yes, my letter board sign – remember when i raved about it before? well i just love having it; i like to move it all around my apartment and leave little inspiring messages for myself. it’s so fun to style with too! i bought mine here.
what i really love about this spot, though, is my gallery wall. it’s probably no secret that i have some major love for my city, cincinnati. although not born and raised here i fell in love when i started college at UC. it’s hard to say what exactly i love most about it but there’s a wonderful art and architecture scene, gorgeous landscape with the hills and river, the weather is a bit nicer since we’re a little south but really, it’s where i feel like i’ve learned so much about myself – as cheesy as that may sound. when coming up with a theme for this gallery wall i knew in my heart i wanted to pay homage to this wonderful city i love so dearly!
the print on the far left has all of the major street names of the neighborhood i’m currently living in, clifton. it’s been my home for the past six years and has a special place in my heart. although i know i’ll leave the neighborhood someday i wanted an art print to commemorate the lovely time i have here. i purchased it at mica 12v in over-the-rhine and had it framed through framebridge – which, let me just say, is an amazing value for a great framing job. framing is expensive but i really felt they offered a well done, quality job for a high selection of modern frame styles at a price even i could afford! (this post is not sponsored but i highly recommend checking them out!)
i really like the piece in the middle, a print of the daniel carter beard bridge, i found on domino. it’s the only real bright splash of color i currently have so i’m hoping to find other pieces to complement it. i like the minimalism of it too, as a cincinnati resident i can recognize exactly what bridge it is without it being obvious.
the two framed pieces on the right are actually homemade graphic prints that my friend and my sister made for me. they obvisouly know exactly what i want 😉 the pennant is a little craft i did with some scrap felt and iron on letters. i plan to grow my gallery wall a bit more, because you can never have too much art! i’ve always loved maps and having been eyeing up a custom print from mapiful that i could get of the whole city.
well, cheers to another corner of my living space being ‘done-ish’ and thanks for letting me a share a little bit of my space! and look out for more inside looks at my little dwelling!