Well, it's been over a year since I've updated my blog. And a lot has happened. A lot.
I am now the owner of Social Strategy Co., a boutique consulting and photography agency for small businesses. Since my last post, the boys and I have also moved into an adorable downtown apartment. I've gotten a lot of compliments on the decor (thanks guys!) so I decided to share some photos of the before and after from our living room, and more of the entire place once I feel it's "complete".
Because the apartment is technically a one bedroom, I put a daybed that pulls out into a king sized bed in the room. It looks like additional seating, but it's also where I sleep! I love having such a small place with only the minimal live necessities (and lots of candles).
The decor shown on the left are images from the apartment when I first came to see it. The colors and decor weren't my style, but were very high end and elegant. I instantly saw the potential for the apartment, and knew I had to bring in smaller pieces and paint to make it my own.
The last tenant opted for a queen sized, four poster bed (like most grown men would). But I decided that I didn't need an entire room dedicated to sleeping, so I switched things up and made this room my living room. It's the brightest room in the apartment, and it's the first thing you see when you walk in. I love this space and am so happy I decided to make it the living room, since this is where I love to "live".
Also, can we talk about that mirror?! It's at least 10 feet tall. The ceilings have to be at least 18 feet high, and that mirror is such a statement piece that stays with the apartment. The mirror and chandelier are original to the building, which was built in the 1800s. Crazy! And I don't even think it's haunted. Thank goodness, because that would have been a bummer ;)
My poor mantle has had zero styling. I just threw my knick knacks and candles up there and tried to arrange them in a pleasing way. My side table next to the fireplace has two table lamps on it, neither of which are plugged in. I will eventually style those little pieces, but for now it's all rogue.
I spoiled myself with one first record player, and love it! I bought a few random vinyls from Salvation Army, and plan on adding to my collection slowly but surely. I also found that pressed fern in one of my big decor books, and had to frame it in that specimen frame. A big art piece will eventually hang there, but I like it's look for now.
That's the end of the before and after tour! Thanks for stopping by and let me know what you want to see more of!