Yikes. That’s a messy bookcase. Mismatched baskets. Books out of order. Apparently since I’m short I figured that since I couldn’t see the top shelves they didn’t matter…
I recently decided that my bookcases were in need of some major love. Organizing it is one thing, but they are still pretty blah. My first idea was to wallpaper the back of the bookcases with Daydream by Julie Rothman. The only problems with that idea were (1) it’s expensive and (2) I didn’t want to cover up gorgeous wallpaper with books and other things.
In some ways I can’t believe it’s almost 2016, in other ways I’m wondering how it isn’t almost 2017 (I work in marketing, we work months in advance). Either way, 2015 is coming to an end and I decided to put together a “best of” post to celebrate. But first, here’s what it would look like if my blog sent a cheesy holiday card:
A quick look back…
I started this blog in October 2014 because I wanted a place to house mood boards I was creating when I was desperate for a home of my own to decorate. Since then, it has definitely grown, but has always been more of a hobby for me. I post when I have content I want to share. I’ve never really put a content strategy or plan in place or set goals for how often I want to post. 2015 has been a pretty great year for this little blog of mine. I was featured in Apartment Therapy, Front + Main,Design*Sponge, House Beautiful and more. My condo finally came together (and stopped echoing). I had 4x the amount of traffic in 2015 vs. 2014 (woot woot!). Now on to the best of 2015…
One year ago today, I bought a condo. So crazy! It’s even crazier to look back at some of my original pictures of the condo and see how far its come (and how much more I need to do). I decided to write this post to reflect on some of the updates, projects and condo progress over the last year. This post also officially marks the end of my before pictures in my Home Tour page on the blog.
Let’s start at the beginning…
The Living Room
I painted all of the walls Benjamin Moore Pebble Beach. I started with just a couch, but gradually over the last year, everything started coming together. Next I need to add a chair or two and some new curtains.
I can’t talk about the living room without mentioning the AC Unit Bookcase. Remember this post? It went (semi) viral. I used to work in PR and currently work in Social Media, so seeing something organically start being picked up on different home sites and shared over and over was pretty exciting.
Along with the coverage came comments. A LOT of comments. Most positive. Of course, with anything, there are always the negative. A few people thought I’d hit my head on the doors as I walked by. First of all, it’s against a wall, not in the middle of the floor, I don’t walk by it. Second of all, the doors aren’t open 24/7. My favorite of the negative comments was a person who commented positively about the project but made sure to mention my curtain length is off. I KNOW THAT. These are filler curtains. I haven’t purchased nice new curtains for the room yet. But thank you, commenter, for telling me my curtain length is off.
On to the next room!
The Dining Room
Please reference the same “before” picture as the living room.
I had a plastic folding table for about 7 months before I got this dining room table. Isn’t it beautiful?
This was by far my biggest project. It started as a very standard apartment kitchen.
I haven’t looked at this picture in a while. It’s still surprising to see how far the kitchen has come.
Speaking of comments… My kitchen was featured on Apartment Therapy and someone commented that leaving the cereal boxes on top of the fridge for the photos makes my kitchen “look like a frat house.” Really? They are Trader Joes cereal boxes, not Frosted Flakes. Sorry I forgot to remove them before taking pictures.
The Master Bedroom
One of my favorites. I love how this room is coming together. First, here’s the before
My condo is starting to come together. It’s also echoing less (due to the fact that I have furniture now). My living room had no lighting. I have been eyeing some arc floor lamps from West Elm for a while but couldn’t justify the $300+ price tag right now, so I picked up this lamp from Target and put it next to my couch. It made a big difference lighting my living room, but immediately drove the eye to my wall unit air conditioner. It’s very necessary but also quite ugly.
I started brainstorming ways to cover the air conditioner where it was still easy to access in the summer. I realized my IKEA BILLY Bookcases were tall and wide enough to cover the unit. My brother confirmed he could cut out the back and I was sold. Off to IKEA!
My brother helped assemble the unit and line it up against the wall. He traced and measured where the air conditioner unit would fit and sawed out a rectangle.
Next I bought a wood board from Home Depot and cut it to fit in the top shelf. I painted it white to match the bookcase. I picked up gold door hinges and knobs from a local hardware store.