The clean yet rustic decor in your home fits the vintage design perfectly. Did you have a specific vision when you moved in?
When I moved to California, I brought a lot of family pieces with me because I wanted to feel at home immediately. There was just something nostalgic about waking up in a foreign city but still surrounded by familiar things. I always wanted mine and my boyfriend’s new space to reflect both of us, and there were definitely some compromises, as with any couple newly cohabiting. I think in the end, the vision is clean and simple, and we both share a basic aesthetic. I honestly couldn’t have asked for a more perfect background for all of our belongings.
What was on your checklist when designing your apartment? What were your must haves, in terms of furniture and accessories?
I had this list of "must haves" when I was looking for an apartment. I admit my list was little unreasonable (fireplace, parking space, hardwood floors, open shelving, claw-foot tub, etc.), so you can imagine my shock and awe when I walked in to view our apartment. It had everything I was looking for! As far as furniture goes, we only lacked two of the most important pieces — a couch and a dining table. I knew we were on a pretty tight budget, having just paid for the deposit and the movers, so I scoured Craigslist and local thrift stores. The accessories came a bit later, and I still keep an eye out for that perfect white piece for the mantel or other little knickknacks for the open shelves in the kitchen. But even some of those still get phased out as we continue to explore a sense of “our style” as a couple.
Are any of the items in your home DIY or thrift store finds? Did you have a budget?
I scored so many great pieces when we first moved in. I found our dining table on Craigslist for just $45, and it has been the perfect piece for the space, as well as for our crafty weekend projects that are usually scattered all over it. I don’t get nervous about scratches and spills because it was so cheap, and really the new dings only add more character. The dark table felt so heavy in comparison with the other furniture in the apartment, so I painted a band of white around the edge to break up the scale. Sometimes it only takes a small amount of work to transform an unassuming piece into something that fits both your style and budget. I found our bookcase and our picnic table at the local thrift store, both for under $50. The bookcase was in great shape and only needed new knobs, but the picnic table required a little bit more work. It was originally barn red, which I quickly covered with a coat or two of gray. It only came with one bench, so I make up for the lack of seating by bringing out mix-and-match chairs from the dining room.
Source: Colin Price Photography via The Everygirl