9.20.17 8

Seven Things I Want For My New Apartment

I’m back with some more updates on the new apartment!

You may remember before I moved that I shared seven things I had purchased for the new place. That was a popular post, so I thought I’d share seven more things I’d love to add to my space. Since moving is expensive and I’ve spent money on decor and furniture for my living room—which you can see here!—I am waiting a few pay periods before I buy more apartment decor. In the interim, I’m doing a lot of window shopping and admiring beautiful home goods from afar.

If you have any ideas for my new space you think I’d like, let me know! I’m also really interested in getting a house plant—preferably something pretty leafy and somewhat tall—so if you have any advice on what to buy, please let me know. I have a few ideas, but definitely don’t have a green thumb, so I want to be smart about what plant I go with. 

I have a large wall right next to my “dining” area that doesn’t have a window. I think making it into an “accent” wall will really warm up the space and make a big impact. While my building will paint an accent wall for me, the color options they offer are very 1990s. Since I’m renting, I can’t put up real wallpaper, but this temporary wallpaper has great reviews and hopefully—fingers crossed!—won’t damage my walls too badly. I love the blue watercolor stripes, and can’t wait to get this installed. (By a pro—I don’t trust myself to do this myself, hah!)

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So, I actually already own this beautiful Britt Bass print, but wanted to throw it into the mix since I haven’t shown it on the blog yet. I opted for the thin gold frame, and it’s the prefect pop of color for a drab wall in my living room that has a door to the utility closet and the thermostat. I’d read mixed reviews about Artfully Walls, where I purchased this print and frame from, but I had a positive experience. Definitely look around for coupons—they are always running deals.

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I’ve realized I don’t sit on the chaise portion of my couch that often because it’s far away from my coffee table and end table, so I don’t have a place to put my water—or wine ;]. I’d love to get a small table for next to the chaise. This one is 16″ in diameter, which is probably slightly large for the space I have, so I’m hoping to find something like this beautiful round gold + marble side table that is closer to 10-12″ in diameter so it doesn’t stick out too far.

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My current dresser is from Target, and after five years and five moves, it’s nearing the end of its useful life. Two of the drawers don’t even stay on their tracks anymore! Needless to say, I’m looking to upgrade. While this campaign dresser from Land of Nod is a bit of a splurge, I love the navy color and gold hardware. I’m not 100% sure this is what I’ll go with, but I definitely love this style.

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So, a little self-inflicted drama on my quest for the perfect nightstands. I recently purchased the West Elm Terrace Side Tables to use as my nightstands. I really like them, but they are about 6″ shorter than my mattress. I’m definitely getting used to having a shorter nightstand, but I think in the end, I’ll be happier if I have ones that are more similar in height to my bed. These nightstands here are taller, but achieve the same look, and actually match my coffee table, which I love.

* I’m selling my West Elm Terrace Side Tables for $370 total, which is what I paid for them with my trade discount ($130 off retail). If you want them and are able to pick them up in Arlington, send me an email!

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I hung my beloved flamingoes over my dresser in this apartment, so I’m back on the quest for the perfect piece of statement art to go over my bead. I’m going to take my time figuring out what I want, but I’ve always loved Slim Aarons work and think Poolside Gossip would look fabulous in my new place.

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Since I made the swap to glass nightstands, I really want to decorate them with coffee table books. While I have a few on my actual coffee table, I’ll need to up my collection for my bedroom. In addition to this book on Lee Radziwill, I would love to snag this one, this one, and this one.

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8 Comments

  1. Sarah wrote:

    Love all of these picks! I just purchased Poolside Gossip myself and love how it looks. FYI, Photos.com has really useful promos from time to time, so check the site frequently and you’ll likely get a great deal (I snagged my print for 25 percent off!).

    xo,
    Sarah
    http://www.dctoat.com

    Published 9.20.17
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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks so much! I am glad Poolside Gossip looks as good in person as it does online! Thanks for the Photos.com tip!

      Published 9.24.17
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  2. Monica wrote:

    Nooo #nighstanddrama. Love, love the dresser!

    Published 9.20.17
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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks, Monica!

      Published 9.24.17
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  3. kate wrote:

    Love your list, Katie! I would recommend a snake plant because they require very little care. You can neglect them a bit (although my advice is to water once a week and spray their leaves with a water spray bottle once a day if you can), they can withstand low light levels and the best part is that they purify the air 🙂 Also loving that side table and dresser. You’re giving me the redcorating bug!

    Taffeta & Tulips

    Published 9.20.17
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    • Katie wrote:

      THANK YOU! A snake plant was on my list after you recommend it via IG Stories.

      Published 9.24.17
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  4. Rachel wrote:

    I always love seeing the decor you pick out – you have such great taste!

    Published 9.23.17
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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks so much, Rachel! x

      Published 9.24.17
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