Thursday, April 8, 2010

By Request: Apartment Tour

A couple of readers have requested a tour of my apartment, so today I thought I would oblige. This post comes at a rather odd time though, because I'll soon be moving; Mark and I have got a place together! We just found out that we got the flat we wanted, and we're both really excited about it. More to come on this new adventure. In the meantime, I suppose it's fitting that I do a little tribute to my soon-to-be-former abode.

I put a lot of thought and energy into the decor of my apartment when I was setting it up 5 years ago, as it was a chance to start with a relatively clean slate and to use the skills I'd learned when I took several interior design classes at a local community college. My apartment is small, about 600 square feet, so I really needed to get the most use out of the available space. And more importantly, I wanted to create a vibrant, modern interior that was also welcoming and comfortable.

Upon entering my apartment this is what you see: the hallway and the bathroom at the end. Yes, my shower curtain has shoes and handbags on it; but of course! On the left is a bookcase with old family photos on top; to the immediate left and right (out of the frame) are walk-in closets, and the doorways at the end of the hall lead to the main room on the left and the dining room and kitchen on the right.


Walking down the hallway and looking back, you'll see the front door (my old spot for outfit photos until I got bored with it), and the doors to the closets (the largest closet, on the right, also has a door that connects with the main room). I've done a closet tour before; here are the links to those posts:

Part I: Closet Philosophy
Part II: Tops and Accessories Closet
Part III: Skirts, Dresses, and Shoes Closet
Part IV: Coat Closet


First I'll show you the main room, which functions as both the bedroom and living area. My goal was to create a cozy seating area and make it look distinctly separate from the bedroom half of the room, even though the two are literally inches apart. When you enter the room and look to the right, you see the seating area, with the TV and Charlie's habitat. That modern-looking perforated round table actually opens up and is Georgie's bed and crate.



Right now the room is far more packed than I would like it to be, in part because of this recent purchase (though there will be plenty of room for it in the new place):



Inside is a gorgeous 1920's sewing machine with gold Egyptian motifs on a black background. I found it for a steal of a price at a local antique store and could not pass it up; it still works and has all the attachments!

Panning left, you can see the rest of the seating area. The sectional sofa helps to define this as the living room, keeping it visually separate from the bedroom half of the room, which you can just see the corner of on the left.




Here's the other half of the room, the bedroom side. I used the hanging shell strands to further define this as a separate room-within-a-room. The shell strands (from West Elm) make a beautiful tinkling sound when you disturb them.


Looking all the way to the left are my bookshelves, another past outfit posing spot which doesn't get used very often because the lighting isn't as good. Those bookshelves (the Sapien bookcase from DWR) are brilliant for small spaces, because they hold a ton of books in a very small footprint. The bamboo wall graphics are by Blik. The round rugs, as well as the area rug in the seating area, are by Flor, which makes eco-friendly modular rug tiles that can be configured in a multitude of ways.



Moving to the other side of the entry hall, there is the by now familiar yellow dining room, which also doubles as my office area. I also stuck the refrigerator in there, because the kitchen was just too small for it.



As you can see I still have my old iMac as well as my new PC; when it came to it I just couldn't bear to get rid of the Mac, and anyway it has Photoshop on it, which I didn't want to have to buy again for the PC. So I hooked them both up, and now I use the PC for all my blogging, email, etc,. and the Mac when I need better graphics capabilities, such as editing the promo photos for the shop.



Finally, there's the kitchen, which you enter just to the left of where I take my daily outfit photos. As you can see I've mounted just about every type of rack, shelf, and hook available in order to keep my limited cabinet space as uncrowded as possible.




For more about that beautiful wall graphic, see this post.



That concludes the tour! It may be small, but it's been great little home for Georgie, Charlie and I for the last 5 years. In many ways I'll miss it, but the new place promises such delights -- including (drum roll)... outdoor photos!!

33 comments:

Kimberly said...

Awesome!! Loved seeing the whole place. It is fantastic. I am very excited for you and Mark though - congrats!!

lsaspacey said...

Wow, wow, wow. So much in so little a space. I love your green kitchen cabinets, did you paint them or were they like that?

Alyssa said...

What a funky and charming living space! I love love love the 2 stacks of books... Thanks for sharing!

Audi said...

Isapacey: No, I painted them, as well as the yellow walls in the dining room. I couldn't stand so much bleak white!

Literal Gemini said...

Wow, you have a lovely home! Very eclectic yet meshes together perfectly. Are you ready to combine styles with Mark. Not sure what his style is, but your style should win. Again lovely abode!!

elizabeth said...

What a great place you have! Some San Franciscan looking for an apartment is going to feel very lucky when you vacate.

I need to adopt some of your space-maximizing strategies for our tiny East Bay bungalow before clutter over takes us!

Sheila said...

How cool! I love seeing your place. Is is always this neat? If I did an impromptu post of my house it would all be, "And here are the dust bunnies, and my dirty floors."

Congrats on the new pad and co-habitation! Woo hoo!

Poppy Buxom said...

I loved seeing your place. And best wishes for a fabulous future with a live-in photographer!

Theresa said...

You have the coolest apartment ever.

Jane W. said...

congrats on the new cohabitation! mark is so lucky to have his very own interior decorator.

LPC said...

Your aesthetic is pretty amazing.

Eyeliah said...

wow, a beautiful home!! Congrats on the new space and that amazing Singer. :)

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

Thanks for the tour. I have never had a place of my own. I went from my parent's house to a shared house at university and then got married straight away. Thanks for five minutes of imaginning what it would be like to have had a place of my own.

notSupermum said...

Exciting news about you and Mark! I'm sure you'll enjoy designing and decorating the new place too. Thanks for the tour.

fröken lila said...

thank you so much for the tour, i was one of those who requested it and am very happy now!

Emma Clark said...

Thanks for the tour. Your apartment is great. Congratulations on the new place with Mark - looking forward to seeing what you do with it (as well as outdoor photos).

orchidsinbuttonholes said...

Thank you so much for showing us around your apartment! I just love your style (home decor and fashion) and the color and details you've brought into your home. Your kitchen is just the cutest room! I love the green cabinets.

Congrats on your new space and good luck with the moving process!

Sal said...

Ah, I remember it well!

Audi said...

Literal Gemini: My furniture will definitely win out; Mark wasn't happy with most of his stuff anyway. But he'll add some new elements that I think will mesh well with my style!

Sheila: Truth be told, I have a cleaning lady who comes every 2 weeks, and she had just been here the day before I took these photos. But I do try to keep it very tidy in between her visits; I'm very much a Virgo.

The Small Fabric...: Actually I had never had my own place either (except for one summer in college) until this one. It has been really nice but I also enjoy the comfort of having someone to come home to, so it'll be a good change. Especially getting to come home to someone as sweet as Mark. :-)

RMb said...

adorable!! you've done a great job with the space. i'm totally inspired to paint my apartment now. :)

Franca said...

Oh, it's lovely! Food luck with the move!

Kelly said...

You have such a cool apartment! I love the book stacks especially.

the cheap chick said...

Now that's talent - fitting so much usable space into 600 square feet! I smell a second career... :)

And congratulations to you and Mark! Yay!!!

Patty said...

Your apartment is so cool I love it! Especially the stack of books in the corner ;)

Healthy and Homemade said...

That was SO fun house stalking you online, lol! I love how you decorated. Yay for you and your man, that is so awesome.

Thanks for your comment about Bella, I'll miss her dearly but I'm happy to give love to a new little baby =)

Ana - Toil and Trouble said...

You've done an amazing job with that apartment, thank you for sharing!!

Fawn said...

Look how cute and well-organized and colorful it is! My landlady won't let me paint -- and with 80 years of paint layers on the wall, some of it most likely with lead, I'm not inclined to argue. And I'm stuck with a futon couch because I can't get a real couch through the two 90-degree angles you have to navigate to get into my front door. But you've given me some other ideas -- thanks!

La Historiadora de Moda said...

Thanks for the tour! I loved seeing your place, and I'm really impressed by how organized you are. I am also 100% in love with that Singer and hope for the day when I have the space, income, and luck to have something similar.

Congrats on the new place with Mark and with outdoor photo capabilities!

Karen Karlsen said...

God you're a decorating genius too! I have a singer just like that that I use as a lamp table. Got it from my late G'ma. Such a treasure to me.

Esz said...

Such a cute apartment! My bf and I lived in a studio for a while too...and also living on your own can be great! I've always preferred being on my own to sharing with someone I don't really know (leaving only partners as suitable other people IMHO).

Congrats on the new move too - I'd love to see pics when you get that place sorted out too!

Chelsea said...

ooooh your apartment is fabulous! it totally matches your style, and congrats on creating such a great and uncramped space with little room to work with.

also I just looked through your closet tours. AMAZING. I'm going to have a take a couple hundred pages outta your book one day and give my closet organization (or lack thereof) a boost!

And I'm so excited for you and Mark, and honestly excited for me for your outdoor photos :)

Emily Kennedy said...

Ah San Francisco apartments. I totally wish I had taken pictures of all the ones I lived in before I left. Good stuff!

I am SO EXCITED for you that you're moving though! That's super thrilling!

wall sticker said...

Nice wall sticker, are they removeable?