I mentioned making a few subtle changes around the old place and restyling for the Chicago Home and Garden shoot, and I wanted to share those with you here in a good ol' before and after showcase! Plus, my dear friend Danielle Moss took these photos, so I now officially have the rights to them. So feel free to pin and share away (with proper sourcing credit, of course)!
I was very happy with the way my old home looked in the first place, but it's nice to make changes as your style evolves and your budget allows it. The old coffee table, for example, was a Craigslist purchase that worked just fine. But when I went to the Jayson Home and Garden warehouse sale last year and found my favorite coffee table for a fourth of its usual price, I couldn't pass it up. Switching out art I made on my own for art I purchased was another update. And the dining room got the biggest overhaul with a new rug and table. Some rooms like the kitchen and office didn't change much at all.
Well, enough from me... I'll let the photos show you! Note I've linked to online sources wherever possible.
The Living Room
before and after
SOURCES: couch: Value City Furniture // colorblock throw pillows: Stone Textile // art: Alicia Bock Paris Rooftops // rug: West Elm // pouf: Joss and Main // coffee table: Jayson Home and Garden (warehouse sale purchase) // white chair: Walter E. Smithe // garden stool: West Elm // floor lamp: West Elm // vertical bookshelf: West Elm // curtains: West Elm // ladder: vintage
coffee table before and after
SOURCES: feather tray, pyrite cluster, crystal cluster, plant holder: Jayson Home and Garden // candle sconce: West Elm
The Dining Room
before and after
CHANGES: This room got the biggest face lift thanks in large part to the pink rug from RugsUSA. Every time I Instragram a photo with this rug in it, I get tons of likes and several people asking me for the source. I realize the pink was a daring, less practical move... a decision I discussed at length with my design pro friend, Bailey (Peppermint Bliss). Ultimately, we decided, it's a girl's apartment. Do it. I now have it under my desk at my new place, and love love loooove it. I also switched out the dining table for this shoot since my old Craigslist table was in such horrible horrible shape. And notice I also restyled the bar - added more pink!
what you didn't see - sad sad table.
I bought this antique table on Craigslist "refinished" for $70. Well, whoever sold it to me did a horrible job and most of the paint had been chipping off since the time I bought it. I made due by covering it with a tablecloth, but this just wasn't going to cut it for a photo shoot. *Sorry about the sock. My pup Fiona carries them around like a security blanket so they're normally all over the apartment.
another before and after
the buffet before and after
SOURCES: monogrammed lucite tray: Mattie Luxe // matches: Design Darling // you and me glasses: vintage
THE KITCHENIkea // chairs: thrifted // Persian rug: flea market // yellow rug: West Elm
CHANGES: not much - just switched out the rug!
SOURCES: desk and chair: Overstock // yellow pillow: Fabricadabra // chevron rug: RugsUSA // bookshelves: West Elm // lamp: Home Goods // pouf: West Elm // Live What You Love print: Heartfish Press
CHANGES: new bedding and I finally got my cheeky Lust pillow!
SOURCES: striped bedding: West Elm // Euro shams: West Elm // pillow: Jonathan Adler // picture frames above bed: Pottery Barn // lamps: J.C. Penny // nightstand tables: thrifted
Yay for styling! Finally finished!
and... as we all know. I've since moved! Click here to see how my new apartment, which I've affectionately named Belle, is coming along!