As a Jew, I’ve always loved the holiday season, Christmas music, and (select) holiday decor. Does anyone else cringe at mismatched overly-colorful ornaments or is that just me? I don’t really decorate for any holidays (my Friendsgiving was mixed metallic themed), but I have been eyeing some marble menorahs lately…
If I did celebrate and decorate for Christmas, this would be my inspiration. Said in Phoebe from Friends voice: Enter Lauren’s Apartment.
I wish that putting the mess behind the camera qualified as actual cleaning…
Anyway, four months after moving in, I finally have some art up, a couple projects done, and, as of two days ago, blackout curtains. So, I figured this was a good time to do another apartment update. My style has definitely evolved since the condo; if it wasn’t already clear, my favorite color is black now. The apartment vibe is mid-century modern meets Scandinavian style, and I’m pretty happy with it (thanks white walls!).
Enjoy the tour! Sources are at the bottom of each room.
The first impression. It brings me happiness when it’s clean (… and not filled with empty boxes from online orders).
How amazing is that before and after?! Last weekend I got to shoot my friend Jen’s kitchen (and a bit of her living room if you scroll down). Jen and her boyfriend Tyler live in a condo in Lincoln Park and recently re-did their kitchen. Here’s what it used to look like:
It has been three weeks since I moved in to my new place. It is by no means done, but I’ve unpacked all but one box (that just has frames) which is quite an accomplishment since my weekends since moving have been filled with a trip to LA and the 80th birthday bash of the century for my Bubbie. I originally was going to wait until I felt done with the space to post pictures, but then I remembered that the word evolving is in my blog name and figured I’d post the progress along the way. It’s kind of fun to look back at some of those with the condo too.
Before we get to the pictures, a really quick FAQ section…
Why did you move?
I wanted to be closer to work (really close actually) and closer to where I was spending more time outside of work.
But won’t you miss your condo, you put so much work into it!?
Of course I’ll miss it and the work I did. But I felt done with the space and ready for the next space.
Why are you going from owning to renting? Are you insane?
I did the owning thing and it was fine. I’m indecisive as a person and love designing so I really think I’m the kind of person that would be happy moving every three years (so yes, I am insane). I loved the character of an older building, but I’m excited for #alltheamenities of a new one. I’m sure I’ll buy again, but for right now, at this moment in my life, I’m happy to be renting. Read more…
Anyone else completely obsessed with dark floral art? There aren’t enough black heart emojis to accurately describe my love of dark florals. Just in case you share this obsession, I’ll include some of my favorite dark florals at the bottom of the post.
A little background on this project and brief life update. Life update first: I moved, two days ago. I traded up vintage condo living for modern apartment renting. With that, came slight downsizing, and an entirely new home. A while back I came across this Dark Floral Wallpaper by Ellie Cashman Design. It was love at first site (I’m almost 100% certain love at first site can occur with home decor).