A New Glimpse Into My Room + Easy Art

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Thank goodness for getting some updated home pictures taken the other week! I decorate and redecorate so often that it’s hard to capture all of my apartment changes in a timely manner (and let’s be real, I’ll forever be arranging and rearranging, so I’ll never be able to fully keep up!). However, I always love when I get a new batch of photos in from photographers that I work with, because it means I can finally share some new snippets of my home on here–this little nook in my bedroom being one of them!

When I first moved into this space in fall 2017, I placed a desk in this area–I primarily used it as a vanity/storage. Then, my building’s handyman kindly redid my closet doors (they used to slide open, and I had asked if it would be possible to install accordion doors instead, as this makes it much easier to see everything inside, especially since this part of my room doesn’t have great lighting at all times of day). This much-needed upgrade has been amazing, but it also ate up some wall space and made it so that the desk I’d placed in this nook didn’t fit as well. I turned it facing the other direction–it originally was flat against the brick wall–but I never fully loved how it looked there.

In the fall, though, I came across the gold standing mirror of my dreams on Craigslist! This thing was HEAVY, and I had to hire a TaskRabbit to help me carry it up to the loft (though I did manage to carry it up the three flights of stairs leading to my apartment all on my own, which was no small feat, trust me). I snagged it from a nice family redecorating their kids’ room and paid only $70, which was an amazing deal for such a large, well made piece.

I now love having a full length mirror to use while I’m getting ready each morning, and it just opens up the entire room so much, too. To jazz up the area, I placed a Chippendale chair (only $25 on Facebook Marketplace, score!) in front of the mirror and hung some artwork off to the side.

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I’d shared a glimpse of this artwork when I’d gotten it made in the fall but never shared a final picture of it hanging, but if you’re looking to recreate the look, it’s so, so easy. I simply ordered an Ottomi placemat on Etsy for under $30 and took it to a local framing store (using a coupon, of course–custom framing is so expensive!). Within two or three weeks, the framing was complete, and I couldn’t be happier with the final product! I may have to order some smaller pieces of fabric and do more of these, as I love how Ottomi prints look grouped together.

I couldn’t be happier with how open and bright the area looks now–all thanks to a few thrifty finds and a little DIY!

Photos by Kimberly Graydon 

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My New Citrus Plant

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Guys, major #plantladystatus over here! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I recently added a citrus tree to my collection. I got so many questions about it that I figured I would do a quick post on here!

I had long wanted a citrus tree, but I wasn’t sure if it would thrive in my space (one plant store I went to explained that I needed sunlight to come in from a certain direction, so I held off on purchasing, partly because that tree was more expensive and I didn’t want to bring it home just to accidentally kill it!).

I then was at my local hardware store last month (ACE Hardware in Logan Circle, if you’re curious) doing my usual plant section window shopping, when I saw another customer asking about a citrus tree that had recently been set out. It looked like it was growing oranges or lemons (the brand is called “The Other Orange,” but Googling this hasn’t given me a final answer as to what exactly is blooming), and I thought it was the coolest thing–particularly for just $40. Unfortunately, the other customer ended up buying the plant (there were a few others on the floor, but they weren’t starting to bloom yet, so I decided to hold off in fear of bringing home a “faulty” tree).

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Of course, I’d been lusting over these trees ever since and even called several other ACE Hardwares in the area, but many didn’t have any for sale. I then stopped in on a whim (the night before my TV appearance, actually!) and lo and behold, there was a gorgeous, blooming lime (I think!) tree for sale, so I had to bring it home with me.

For only $6, a hardware store employee will pot the plant for you (I did have to purchase a pot, but I found a relatively inexpensive one hidden among pricier options), and the person helping me did an excellent job! He helped me decide how high up I wanted the plant to be positioned in the pot, and then added fertilizer, moss (to help with water irrigation), and a stake (the tree was a little off-center). This extra expense was so worth it–the plant not only looks amazing in the pot but also will be much more likely to thrive thanks to all of this care!

I’ll keep you posted on how this guy survives in the coming months. I positioned it right near a window as the employee suggested, and I love looking over and catching a glimpse of the flowers and fruit!

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Facebook Marketplace Finds!

Photo by Heather Bien
Photo by Heather Bien

Happy Friday! I’m popping in with a quick post to share a link to the interview that I did on Good Day DC yesterday morning, where I talk about all of my favorite finds from Facebook Marketplace! It’s been an amazing place to source everything from peacock chairs to a dresser to an Amazon Alexa (I purchased one that was brand new for just $15!), and I hope you all enjoy the interview! This was my first time on camera and the interview was completely candid (ie: not scripted!) and LIVE, so needless to say I was a bit nervous, but I’m so happy with how it all worked out and am grateful I had the opportunity to open up my home to the DC community! It was such a fun experience and I’m so appreciative of everyone who tuned in!

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Six Cute Vases to Use as Lamps

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I’ve read a lot of posts like this one where people turned a pretty vase or jar into a lamp using a simple bottle lamp kit from the hardware store or Amazon, and it really doesn’t seem like that difficult of a DIY…which of course led me to browse tons of beautiful jars just in case I decide to take it on myself! I’ve rounded up a ton of amazing options at various price points (all are under $100) if anyone is up to take this on sometime soon–there are seriously so many cute options that I don’t know what type of base I would pick!

One//Two//Three//Four//Five//Six

 

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Favorite Eats

I’m always interested in what other people are eating, because I have a hard time finding meals that are healthy and filling and don’t require a ton of prep. However, I wanted to share three of my current favorites that I’ll come back to again and again (yes, one is from a restaurant…sometimes you just don’t have time to come home and cook!). Excuse the iPhone photos because I snapped some of these on the go!

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I’ve talked about my new love of acai bowls on here before, but I’ve also started to make them at home to save on costs, and they’re so, so easy. Trader Joe’s sells acai packets, and I keep other ingredients like frozen fruit, chia seeds, and granola (love the peanut butter kind from TJ) on hand. Heather has a great post about whipping up this yummy treat!

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I’ve been a fan of CAVA for years (I would always look forward to coming home and eating it over college breaks!) and am still reminded how great it is every time I stop in. I needed to grab dinner before heading to a volunteer commitment the other night, so I stopped into the Chinatown location and picked up this delicious bowl. It can be hard to find healthy, affordable meals that are also filling, but CAVA is a winner. Their falafel is amazing; even though I’m not a vegetarian, I get it every time!

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I try so hard to bring lunch every day, but it doesn’t always happen. When I’m able to make it to the farmer’s market (or just the regular grocery store, haha) and pick up salad ingredients, I like to prep a bunch for the week to make it easy to grab and go in the mornings. I then either bring my own toppings (hard boiled eggs/tuna) or grab some items from the salad bar at the Whole Foods near my office and add them to the greens. This is actually fairly affordable; I only purchase about $4 or $5 worth of food at the salad bar (which is no small feat if you know how great all of Whole Foods’ selections are over there!).

What are your favorite/go-to eats as of late?

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Get the Look: Eclectic with Feminine Accents

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Happy Monday! I’m back with another “get the look” piece (these posts are basically excuses for me to browse for pieces I don’t need and pretend I’m decorating a room, so they’re super fun to create). This time, I was inspired by a vibrant peacock print wallpaper I saw on One Kings Lane and decided to pick out accessories to match. The wallpaper is actually removable, which makes it a total gem for renters. I’d love to wallpaper an area in my apartment someday, but most of my walls are such a strange shape that it would be a little difficult! Anyway, onto the pieces:

Removable wallpaper//Brass stand//Foo dog lamps//Banana leaf print//Planter  

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Sunday Snippets, Vol. 1

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Happy Sunday! I thought it would be fun to kick off a new series where I share articles that have caught my eye from around the web. I thought Sundays would make the most sense given that I have more time to browse around the internet and prepare these posts over the weekend; plus, for me, Sunday is all about unwinding with a good book/blog post/magazine. Hopefully you can do the same and start your week off on the right foot! These post won’t be weekly, but my goal is to publish them every time I find enough share-worthy articles that you all may enjoy. A caveat: the stuff I post on here is going to be more design/lifestyle/fashion-related since that’s what most of you are here for, obviously! I also read some great higher ed related pieces this week that I’ve shared with friends and family (I work at a university by day and am passionate about these issues, too) but am going to stay on topic on here–just wanted to assure y’all that I’m doing more than just reading about Taylor Swift. 😉

As for this week’s pieces:

The High-Paid DC Millennials Who Are Using Side Hustles to “Ball Out.” So, so interesting…side-hustling to afford Territory Food subscriptions is a thing. My coworker told me about this piece and it piqued my interest right away.

-Taylor Swift’s 30 Things I Learned Before Turning 30. Our fave 1989 baby turns the big 3-0 this year. I had to include this, and any die-hard fan has likely already read it, but I actually really appreciated some of her advice!

I Lived in a 280-Square-Foot Apartment for a Year–This is What I Learned. Not only is living in a small space like this entirely possible, it can also be totally stylish according as seen in this piece.

When Weddings Ruin Friendships (and this follow-up piece with reader-submitted questions). If you’re into etiquette or friendship dynamics, this one is for you!

Marshall’s Is Launching an Online Store and We’re Officially Never Leaving Our Beds. My only reaction to this is !!!! You guys know how much I love shopping on TJMaxx.com (it’s seriously so convenient and the selection is amazing), so I’m curious to see how Marshall’s stacks up/differs.

 

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Around DC Lately

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I know not all of my readers are local, but I’m always thrilled when I get messages from people on Instagram who tell me that they like the DC-related posts or found my blog after recently moving to the city. So with that, I’m going to share a few new (and just new-to-me) places in DC that I’ve been loving lately

-She Loves Me. Plant lovers, rejoice, because a new flower shop has come to town! Woman-run shop She Loves Me arrived in Petworth last month and has been ALL over social media (plus, it couldn’t be prettier). I stopped by their opening day celebration and couldn’t get enough of the shop’s fun decorations (hello, peacock chairs!) and vibrant atmosphere. Items are on the pricier side, but it’s definitely a great alternative to your run of the mill grocery store selection!

-North Italia. I was invited to sample North Italia’s menu a few weekends ago, and the experience certainly did not disappoint. My friend and I ate everything from proscieutto bruschetta to delicious spaghetti (I ordered the bolognese, which is always a favorite) to an incredible chocolate hazelnut concoction for dessert. Located in Foggy Bottom, the restaurant is a little off the beaten path when it comes to weekend eats but is easily Metro accessible and is very spacious and light-filled, making it a great place to kick back and enjoy a delicious meal. Be prepared to be FULL by the time you leave!

-Flower Child. Right next to North Italia is Flower Child, an amazing, healthy spot that also just opened up and specializes in vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, and paleo options. Both places are right near my office, and my coworkers and I have already checked out Flower Child a few times (sweetened by the fact that they were offering $10 off $20 purchase coupons) and love it. (Oh, and can we talk about the cute bistro tables and chairs inside the restaurant?). I recommend the Brussels sprouts, mac and cheese, turkey club, and lemonade (can you tell I’ve eaten there a lot?!). https://www.iamaflowerchild.com/locations/washington-dc

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-Coconut Club. This new bar/restaurant is also a little out of the way for many Northwest DC dwellers (it’s over by Union Market) but is the cutest new spot for drinks (and I can imagine it’ll only be more festive in the summer!). I went with a friend for happy hour a few weeks back, and I obviously had to order their delicious pink frozen rum drink, which I’ll admit is very Instagrammable. We also split a side of Brussels, which were super tasty!

-Politics and Prose. I know that Politics and Prose is such a DC staple, but I actually hadn’t been to an event there until the other week, when I went to hear Chloe Benjamin and Jill Santopolo speak about their respective works. The independent bookstore has a vast selection of titles and is also home to a cafe downstairs, making it a great place to relax. Jill wrote The Light We Lost, which is one of my all-time favorites, and was there talking about her new release, More Than Words, which I just recapped last week in my February book post. While I had been expecting a room of mainly 20- and 30-something women, the audience was very diverse and everyone really enjoyed having a chance to pose their own questions to Chloe and Jill.

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Get the Look: Neutral with a Touch of Color

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The neutral decor trend isn’t anything new, and while I love how clean it makes a space look, I just can’t go without a dash of color in my home. I came across this red rug on One Kings Lane and immediately wanted to design a room around it. I thought it would pop nicely against white and wood-toned accents, so off I went to browse some of my favorite sites for accessories, and I’m loving the completed look. If only I had an extra room to redo! Deets on the pieces below:

Rug//Seagrass basket//End table//Woven bowl//Artwork//Table lamp//Planter 

 

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So You Need a Book Rec?

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I wanted to pop in with a quick post today because I did some blog housekeeping this weekend to make my books section easier to navigate. It was very text-heavy before, which made it a little more difficult to scan through! I went back and added photo collages for each month of book roundups (just like the one I used in my most recent book post on Friday). Hopefully this will make it easier to find new reads–books are something I get asked about a lot, and I always tell my friends to go here first and click through these past posts to see what I liked the most! Similarly, I often rely on other blogs for recs and love when people make their book posts visual so that I can quickly see everything they’ve been reading lately. Overall, though, this is also a fun way for me to archive everything I read, because at some point you honestly start to lose track! Click here to scroll through–happy reading/browsing!

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