That’s right, I haven’t moved in yet, but really soon I will be officially a resident of Austin, Texas. I’m not sure Texas is ready for this Californian, or if this Californian is ready for Texas, but either way, I have already begun visualizing my new space.
I know the layout, the location, the size of the apartment, BUT, and it’s a large capital B.U.T., I have yet to see it. That’s right, I’m moving in blindly. To some of you this might be somewhat scary, or a huge ‘no, no’ but, honestly, when you’re living in SF, the most expensive city in America, it can’t be worse.
We’ve currently sold practically every piece of furniture we have previously owned to cut on shipping costs, and have set aside a small amount of money to furnish the place—needless to say, I have my work cut out for me—however, thanks to the internet and a little words of wisdom from textile designer William Morris, I feel confident to take on the task.
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” William Morris.
To illustrate this sentiment, I’ve decided to share the decor, furniture, and bits and bobs that are currently on my radar, despite the fact that they might not be in my budget.
Let’s dive in.
Color Pallete. Color Pallete. Color Pallete.
I think I really wanted to make my apartment colorful, coastal, and somewhat Palm Springs-ish. I love the pinks, greens, and saturated blues that fill these rooms. I know that this will probably be difficult to recreate, because I’m not sure if we can even paint, BUT, I can try.
A Custom Sofa with Extra Wide Arms
I know—I know, how this looks, especially for someone who is renting their apartment, but I mean cmon. I’m so into this built-in sofa look with extra wide arms, and if there’s a way that I can make it detached then all of my design dreams will come true.
The elements that I really want to incorporate in my home sort of touch on my love and appreciation for California. I think the more I consider elements that are going to live in this new space, the more I consider keeping it quintessentially Californian. Leather chairs like this remind me of old California in its early pioneer days, but the wood legs are reminiscent of coastal living.
The Garvey Dining Table
Initially, I was looking for something more rustic and large, but then when I got the specifications for the dining space in the new home, I realized I needed to find a table that wasn’t too large. I found this one on All Modern and figured I could get the seats upholstered with a fun pattern and refinish the wood on the chairs in light pastel greens, blues, and pinks.
This plate is literally my favorite plate. Like. Literally. I love it so much and have wanted dinnerware like this for a while now. The unfinished edges and simplicity of it are what really appeal to me. I think there is also an element of it looking natural that I love about it too. In my head seeing them stacked on open shelves and not entirely aligning or coming to a finished edge is really appealing because it subtly allows your eye to move as it looks at the stack…does that make sense? I understand that finding plates like that will be extremely difficult, but I might just fire up a kiln and do it myself.
Beth Hoeckel Print
I really, really, really, really, (really) love Beth Hoeckel’s mixed media work, and I want to own all of it. One of my favorite pieces is Void (above), and also a print called Lily Pond Lane that is available on Søciety 6. I think one large print would look great above the sofa area, along with some other colorful artwork.