Monochrome Décor

Oh how I’ve missed you, New Déjà Vu. Close to two years have gone by since my last post, so rather than fret over wasted time, let’s jump right back in the mix… first up, a glimpse of my new(ish) Brooklyn pad!

I wanted my bedroom to have a dark, moody feel, so I opted for deep gray walls (Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal) with gray furniture and linens. To keep the monochromatic look from falling flat, I added plenty of sparkle with silver trays, lucite and mercury glass lamps, a homemade jewelry display and healthy dose of mirrors.

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Open Shelving

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Exposed cabinets have always been appealing to me, especially in small kitchens that lack a distinct focal point. By removing a few doors, your dishes and cooking accessories instantly become a collection of art. And for those who rent, creating an open shelf display is a great way to (temporarily) update your kitchen—for free!

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Tufted Furniture

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Tufted couches and headboards are somewhat of an obsession of mine, especially when finished in rich colors and velvet fabrics. The soft feeling of the material paired with dense cushions is a guaranteed recipe for inviting furniture, and better yet, there are tons of diy tutorials for creating a tufted piece of your own!

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Statement Stairs

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Traditionally, the only accessory a staircase flaunts is a long carpet runner. Not anymore! With a bright stripe of paint, stencils, wallpaper or metallic trimmings, a standard staircase can be transformed into a bold style moment.

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Hangin’ with Martha

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Last week, a friend of mine had an extra ticket to a Martha Stewart show taping and asked if I’d be interested in coming along. Umm hell to the yes?! was my reaction. I can’t say that I’ve ever really been a fan of Martha (although I do love her wrapping paper line), but figured it’d be a fun way to spend the morning. Plus I wanted to see what all the Martha fuss was about!

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Custom Coffee Tables

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Coffee tables are a furniture staple that I’ve always bought exclusively from thrift stores. As long as the lines of the piece are attractive, you can easily refurbish a table for a fraction of the price you’d find in retail stores. For instance, I snagged this table for under $20 at Goodwill, and with some sandpaper and a few coats of paint, transformed it into a fresh white centerpiece for our living room.

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Inspiring, Functional Workspaces

Your place of work—be it an office, cubicle, or makeshift station—is more than likely an environment where you spend the majority of your day. Do you feel inspired by this space, or is it strictly business? Perhaps somewhere in between? I’ve found that the most productive spaces provide both: creative stimulation, as well as basic functionality. How this duality is achieved relies entirely on your personal taste. You could be drawn to…

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