Last Friday Dan and I went shopping for our apartment, and while we did technically go shopping, we didn’t end up buying anything – yet. We realized that we have to love something before we take the plunge and purchase, and it takes a lot for us to really love something. I was surprised by how picky we were as we walked through different stores, touching practically everything. And even more surprised that we were drawn to such neutral colors. I’ve always loved color – bright, rich color but the pieces I ended up noting for possible purchase were neutral or natural. I’m still craving color for this apartment but it’ll be used in accent and decorative pieces. But as I’ve said before, I’m incredibly lucky to live with someone with such similar taste. Most of the choices below are things that Dan spotted first and pointed out to me. I call that a successful partnership.
Pottery Barn Marnie Mirrored Bedside Table – I’m in love with this bedside table. When Dan showed it to me I thought, “Really? A mirrored side table? You think that would look good with our other furniture?” But the more I walked past it the more I wanted it in our space. It’s so different from a wood side table and I think we’re at the point where we want some interesting pieces that don’t look matchy-matchy and show some personality.
Restoration Hardware Outdoor Perennials® Textured Linen Weave Drapery – Our new apartment has a lot of windows. Very beautiful windows that fill our apartment with light, but with windows comes chilly air, and even though I’d love to keep the not so pretty blinds open at all times it doesn’t really make sense to let everyone look into your apartment. I thought I wanted colored blinds but curtains in a neutral color keep the space looking clean, bright, and big.
Pottery Barn Perry Divided Hamper with Liners, Savannah Weave – Right now we use a white plastic laundry basket to collect our dirty clothes. It’s currently sitting next to the washer and dryer and when company comes it gets shoved in the closet or hidden in the shower behind the curtain. This hamper from Pottery Barn is a better choice visually and feels very homey.
Pottery Barn Classic Floor Mirror – We saw so many impressive mirrors but this one actually made sense for the size of our space. It’s simple and as the name says, classic. Plus, it beats the super cheap mirror I have leaning against a wall and only lets me see my body if I stand far enough away…aka the other side of the apartment.
Pottery Barn Linen Diamond Quilt in Flagstone Gray – This bedding seems so comfy and classic that just looking at the picture has a calming effect. Pretty bedding is underrated and I think a sign of maturity. When you’re younger your bedding is either inherited from your parents’ house or it’s cheap because you don’t know any better. Creating a calming space is important and a pretty quilt would bring our whole bedroom together.