There's nothing like moving into a new apartment. Besides the stress of moving and financial headaches, at the end of the tunnel is the light, where you get to decorate the hell out of a new place. You can be filled with optimism, and dream of walls with decals and clever storage and beautiful lighting. You can Pinterest the shit out of your domestic daydreams. Do you want a bohemian feel? Or classic clean lines? Old Hollywood? Chinese opium den? Would combining all of those themes make it look like a crazy person lives there? Am I a crazy person? Don't answer that...
I'll put all my jars of grains on display so I look like an adult. I'll have a simple bowl of lemons on a glass table next to my kitchen, just because it looks so fresh and I love lemons. The books on my bookshelf will be artfully placed. Light will stream in through open windows and it will smell like fresh laundry and roses all year long.
And then I wake up and realize I'm moving to NEW YORK: THE LAND OF NO LIGHT OR SPACE AND TERRIBLE SMELLS.
So we're going to do the best we can, with a little help from my two new favorite home shopping sites.
When I moved into my LA apartment, I hadn't brought any furniture with me, so I got to really carefully choose what to put into the blank canvas. There was light and room, and I ended up choosing a greenish couch, green chairs, a blue rug, and a white kitchen table and media console. The coffee table was glass. In the kitchen I added more yellow themes to compliment the black and white tiles. It all ended up coming together really nicely because I didn't need to overcrowd the place. But New York is really different. Theres considerably less light and less space. Plus the whole vibe of the city is different, and my apartment should reflect and compliment that. In LA, it's so warm and sunny that I wanted my apartment to feel airy and light. But NY is fast paced, crowded, a bit harsh, so I dream of having an apartment that is super personal, cozy, a little bohemian, and touches of glamour.
So instead of using a ton of space in a moving truck, I'm selling off most of my large furniture items, and taking some old furniture from my parents' house that will automatically reflect what how I want my apartment to look. In the process, I found an amazing new site called MoveLoot. They take the furniture off your hands and sell it for you, and you get paid on consignment.
So I'm on this site trying to sell my furniture, and out of curiosity I started to look at the things I could BUY from them. Turns out they have AMAZING STUFF and at really good prices. These are some of my favorite things off of the site that I think would fit in my new place (and please don't buy them out from under me, I'll be so mad):
The best part of this is that NONE of these items are new. It all came from someone else who bought it previously and gave it away so that it could possibly be in someone else's home. It's totally in line with my goals of non-consumerism.
ONE KINGS LANE
I told my sister about my previously revealed new favorite website find because she is also doing some light redecorating. I thought I had found the be-all end-all of home shopping sites. And then she told me about One Kings Lane and two words escaped my lips.
It's just so well curated. I've been browsing for hours, and have yet to find a ton of things in my price range, but it's just so pretty. Also, of course, I love that there is a vintage section. Again, here are some of the unique and fun things I've found on this site. I'm restraining myself from posting some of the amazing furniture pieces because they are over $3,000, and I don't personally find it inspiring to find cool stuff that most of us wouldn't lay down that kind of money for. I'm sure I'll say this a lot in the future, but I firmly believe that style (and decorating) is easy if you can spend any amount on any thing. What I find inspiring is when someone has something that is accessible to everyone, but uses it in an original way. THAT is style, or at least the kind of style I strive for. So anyway, a lot of this is kind of a stretch, but really gorgeous and apartment daydream-inducing nonetheless.
Obviously I'm really into gold. I love that last table but I know I would run right into that glass and shatter it the first time I stumbled home from a bar at 2 AM. I'm too young for such nice things. #27.
These two sites provide such different options for home decor. Reasonably, Move Loot is more what I should be looking at right now in terms of price and style, but I also know that it's never too early to invest in things that you love.
On a side note: One Kings Lane an assistant buyer position open and I WANT IT. Just putting that out into the world.
Feel good and surround yourself with things and people that make you happy,