July 30, 2014

APARTMENT TOUR: Dining Room Progress

Hi friends! Today I'm going to share with you the first installment of our Apartment Tour. This room is not finished, but it has definitely come a long way since we first moved in! Here's a reminder of what the dining room (I call it that, but it's really more of a breakfast nook) looked like from the living room the day we moved in:

And here's what it looks like today!

I went bold and painted the back wall "Black Knight" by Benjamin Moore. I also painted the same wall black in the sunroom (to the right), but that's a post for another day!

We went with a semi-gloss, because the walls are a weirdly textured plaster that needed a sheen. Otherwise, it felt like chalkboard when you touched it, and I neither wanted to clean it nor touch it, so semi-gloss it is.

I hung my DIY abstract art on a picture ledge from Ikea, because it was too difficult to get them to hang evenly on the wall. The black ledge blends in with the wall, so I don't mind it that much.

My DIY marble table has held up well, and I think that it fits the space perfectly! The cantilever chairs still need to be reupholstered, but I have not decided on a fabric yet.

The original glass font cabinets have been a lifesaver for storing extra dishes and glassware. Where would I have stored them all? And yes, that is 3,827 champagne flutes. I like to entertain and I hate using plastic cups. Don't judge me. I'm also thinking of lining the backs of the cabinets with a removable wallpaper...Hygge and West has some amazing peel and stick options! I'd also like to add some funky cabinet knobs to the doors.

Here is the view from the living room.

So what do you think? Is it bold enough? I love how the rich wooden french doors look against the black, and the tulip table fits the space just perfectly. I am on the hunt for a uniquely awesome chandelier, and I would love a colorful rug for the space, I just have to find them. Here's hoping it's soon! :)

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July 28, 2014

Our Weekend.

I hope that everyone had a great weekend! We were able to squeeze in some time with friends, some time with each other, and some lazy time on the couch. The perfect combo!

For starters, Fritters was not impressed with the weekend. #whatisaweekend

As you may have seen on Instagram, I got bored and cut a good 8 inches off of my hair...myself. I just took the scissors and started cutting! I haven't had a proper haircut/ color in almost three years (is that crazy?) I usually just trim the ends and let the color do what it wants to. But I just couldn't stand the heat + super long hair anymore.

Friday night, Nick and I had a proper dinner and a movie date. Well, we had a chocolate croissant, german chocolate cupcake, and a frozen cappuccino for dinner, and then went to see the new Woody Allen flick "Magic in the Moonlight" which was very...Woody Allen (this review is pretty spot on). I have a hard time saying no to Colin Firth, though.

We strolled around Anthropologie, and I loved these colorful dishes.

We also stumbled across a Neiman Marcus Last Call, which I never visited in person before (only online). I fell in looooove with this bag in nude, but they only had one and it was damaged and it is apparently sold out everywhere. I can't stop thinking about it, so I'm thinking about ordering it in black...

buy here in navyblack, and snake print on MAJOR SALE.

On Saturday, we strolled around gorgeous Georgetown with my best friend.

I got to stop by the lovely Meg Biram studio sale and meet her in person! She is just as gorgeous and as friendly as she appears on her blog. I picked up these goodies:

We called it an early night, and Nick and I ordered the biggest slice of pizza you've ever seen and a Jamaican beef empanada from a few new favorite spots in Adams Morgan, and at them on the street on the steps of a closed business. It was a perfect night outside, and it felt very "DC".

On Sunday, we drove out to the 'burbs and made a few stops at some antique stores that we passed. This one was adorable, and had the cutest color scheme on the outside of the building.

And it was just as gorgeous inside as it was out!

We finished the night off with a bottle of rose on the roof of our building, and watched the sun set over the National Cathedral.

It was the perfect end to a fantastic weekend!

What were you guys up to?

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July 25, 2014


Happy Friday! Has this week been super long for anyone else?! I am so looking forward to the weekend. Here's what I've been loving lately!

1. Nick surprised me with this "N" initial necklace after hearing me say that I wanted a necklace with his initial on it. I love it even more in person, and it's a part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

2. I love Liberty London fabric, and this vintage pattern pillow is no exception! PS- Has anyone else noticed that One Kings Lane has been killing it lately?

3. I know I post about a cognac tote like every week, but I just can't help myself! This one is also a part of the Nordstrom Sale and is only $35! It also comes in black. Super chic. 

4. J Crew is having a huge sale right now, and these espadrilles are a great deal! (use code TREAT for an extra 40% off!)

5. I also love this tassel top from J Crew, which is also an extra 40% off.

What are you up to this weekend? Found anything lovely lately?

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