For those new around these parts, I’ll give you all a little rundown of the history of my apartment. We moved in back in 2008, when Cookie was just 3 months old. It was still a construction site. At first we had ZERO furniture, we would eat on a card table, keep our food in a mini fridge because the kitchen wasn’t done, and my bed would roll away from the wall every night. I cut through a nerve in my finger the first week we moved in and was in a cast for 6 weeks! I was working with a decorator, but things were not going well, and I needed furniture immediately. I made a little plan, and went and bought a Jonathan Adler sample sofa, and some ikea tables until I could get everything in order. It took me about 2 years to get the apartment the way I wanted it and during that time, I started this blog! I always say “I started this blog because none of my real life friends would talk to me about design anymore,” and that is 100% accurate. The internet has led me to my people! Anyway… By the time I was pregnant with JoJo, my apartment was being shot for a then brand new online magazine – RUE. Having my apartment featured led to so many great opportunities. It expanded my readership, it helped people notice my art, and of course- Emily Johnston shot the place for me, and she’s become a great friend!
Over the years, my living room had started to look tired. Having two kids using scooters through the halls scratched up all the walls. I had been collecting vintage stuff too good to pass up for years, and my place was starting to look like a warehouse. I also knew that I had made some mistakes with the first decorating plan. I had too many pieces. The sofa, chairs and table were all too “leggy” and because they were floating in the middle of the room without a huge carpet grounding them, the space never looked permanent to me. But the biggest mistake, I think, was that when I was designing the place the first time, I desperately wanted a “grown up living room.” I wanted the space to look and feel fancy. I was only 26. When I FOUND two pristine Tobia Scarpa chairs in the street, and brought them home like orphaned puppies, I felt I that it was time for me to get moving and fix things up a bit. That was a year and a half ago. I sold my coffee table without buying a new one, just to put a little fire under my ass. I tried to DIY (such a bad idea, I can show you guys the photos another time!) a Milo Baughman checkerboard table out of CB2 white cubes. I was floundering. I was trolling 1st dibs every day to try and find the perfect “investment” coffee table. I wanted everything in my apartment to be interesting and special, simple and sculptural. Eventually I met Sasha Bikoff, when shooting her work, and she had the brilliant idea of making one out of marble! The kids wouldn’t be able to break it, or move it. I also wanted to get a sectional. I have this idea that I MAY have another kid in the next few years. And while we usually watch TV and hangout in the den playroom, we would have to convert that into a bedroom if I did. So I wanted to make sure that the LR was comfy enough for the whole family to sit and enjoy and use if and when I did have to give up the den. I also felt like the sectional would give some much needed rest to the eye balls and let my cool and collected shit shine!
I still have a lot more things that I want to change, like I want to get colored pillows for the sofa, I need to buy bunk beds for the kids room, etc. BUT this living room makes me SO HAPPY. See that second picture? That’s where I sit every morning to have coffee. It’s the heaven nook in the corner of the couch, and that is my view…. Happy place.
Anyway… When shooting this place, Patrick and I (He shot my place for Remix, remember, that’s how we met!) wanted to shoot it in a different way. In a relaxed comfortable style. We had already done it the serious way, and so we wanted to reflect the space how it really is. Other than buying flowers, I didn’t change or style anything. This is how it looks. We left wires in sight, we focused on details, we used black and white! And we just let it be fun. We didn’t really focus on the bedrooms that much, because they haven’t changed. We also hung some of my new work from the Intermix show, which makes me so so happy! That kitchen wall was why I took the ‘Golden Globes’ photos in the first place. I I feel like the “Tape” shot on the back window makes the space.
I hope you like it, because I LOVE living in it. You can check out RUE today, they are running a THEN and NOW feature on my space, so you can see all the original photos and the new ones! There is also a little interview and source links.
Photo overload! (All photos are by me and Patrick Cline.) Check out RUE for before and afters, as well as sources!
Have a great day everyone!