Redecorating. It's how I cope with stress.Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Knowing that some of you "needed" to read those words turned my day around. But I'll be honest with you. I was not doing well until late last night. I woke up with a massive headache, was painfully exhausted, and I felt a little down and overwhelmed. It was a lot to process. But then I read your comments again. I also received an email about a possible magazine feature on Alaina and myself (we said yes!), and I took my inbox from 40+ emails down to 12. And finally–two of my sweet friends left me the kindest comments on Facebook. I felt happy and surrounded by love. So, thank you. I know I don't "know" most of you, but you brightened my day yesterday. Thank you.
Anyway...on Saturday night I was going through all these thoughts in my head and I got on video chat with Alaina and Caitlin. Oh, how I love those girls. We talked about a few things and then I started rambling about my apartment. And Alaina made a really good point. My last apartment was very neutral. Very me. I tried to step outside the box this time and realized that in an attempt to be different, I steered away from who I am and what I love. Not cool, people. Not cool. So it's back to the basics for me.
When I am stressed out, organizing, cleaning, and redecorating and organizing always seems to help. I love a project and love knowing things are where they should be (I told you I'm type A). I moved a side table, switched my sofa and bed throw pillows, and decided that my mantel needs a mirror. It's already feeling more like me. And even better–I've decided that the only pop of color in my apartment should be my beautiful Cocoa and Hearts painting by the lovely Jen Ramos. If you're going to let someone bring a little color into your home, she's your girl.
I am finally ready to choose a new living room rug from West Elm. Since my new living room is larger than the last one, I need an 8x10 rug to complete this space. I currently have the jute boucle in 5x8 which is being moved to my bedroom, and plan on ordering another jute boucle for my little hallway. It's a great rug! Very budget friendly and it holds up so well! I've had mine two years and it's still in great condition.
As much as I love the souk, I need to stick with something neutral. I'd love your thoughts. Should I go with the jute chenille herringbone or the oasis flatweave?
And I cannot wait for my new gold plug in sconces to arrive from Euro Style Lighting. Sconces are such a great way to fancy up a rental. You're investing in lighting that you can take with you, don't have to deal with any crazy wiring, and they're pretty, too. Win win win. And hello–they're gold.