3 ladies in the city: Apt Inspiration

Yesterday I let you all in on my latest project. This project is a bit different than my traditional clients, because I’m related to one of them!

Now the apartment is not just my sister’s, but her two roomies as well so I had to take all 3 of them into account when designing the room.

Here is a little reminder of the before:


Now while some think this green may be a bit bold I love it! I’m a huge color lover so this should come as no surprise. The ladiesasked for my advice before they picked this color out a couple of months ago and I gave them the green light on it.

When looking for inspiration I tend to look through fashion magazines and clothing catalogs first before looking through interiors.I don’t want to feel like I’m simply copying a room I like. Fashion is a huge source of inspiration and tends to mimic trends in home design so it is a good starting point for inspiration.

While flipping through the latest J.Crew catalog I was hit with 2 great sources of inspiration:


They both have that fab green hue, touches of bling with gold, an unexpected quirk with the gray/white stripes plus a dose of girly glam with the touches of pink throughout. (*Caitlin you were the closest in figuring out what color combo I would go with! I knew you would be. I swear we are like long lost design sisters!)

They both give off a wonderful ladylike glam that I think suits these ladies very well.

Due to the budget the major furniture pieces will be remaining, sofa, club chair, ottoman, 2 white storage cabinets.

So will be making our biggest impact with accessories!

For my ladylike glam look I knew I wanted vintage pieces so I headed out to my favorite haunts in search of goodies.

Here is a sneak peek of what I found so far!

Two pillows made out of vintage fabric that were only 1.99 each!

Two vintage mirrors that were a total of $6 for both!!!

Small vintage plate only $1.99!

From my fabric stash my lovely bird fabric that was only $5!

Small oil painting for only $4!

Vintage scrabble letters that spell out their names for ZERO. The old home owner left them in the house and I kept them so now is a great time to put them to use!

Massively heavy alabaster vase for $4.99!!! Craziness when I went to Egypt  I bought a teeny tiny alabaster vase and it was $60!!!!!


I also managed to throw in a little more modern elements by finding some leopard and a pair of Foo Dogs that I totally don’t want to give up!

I can’t wait to show you more, but alas it has to wait. I don’t want to spoil the surprise. Now I’m off to search for a dining set replacement within my budget. Wish me luck!


Jennifer said...

love j.crew for color inspiration! their stylists are so clever.

LindsB said...

So fun, I love the color combo you went with- its beautiful. I want to see more now you big tease!

Miss Wendy said...

J. Crew is a wonderful place to get inspiration from. The color combo is fabulous! That room will look spectacular when you are done.

Rachel said...

How fun!!! I'm also working on my sister's apartment. I don't have the finished shots yet, but should soon. Sisters are so fun to work with!

I love that shade of green! And the pics from J Crew are awesome inspiration. I can't believe you got all that stuff for next to nothing!!! It's going to look great.

Chic Coles (Cole Design) said...

Looking forward to the big day when we get to see finished photo's looks fun.

highglossblue.blogspot said...

Can't wait to see that GREEN. How bold! And... KUDOS on the dynamite finds. Loving the scrabble letters-

Lynett said...

So far so good...I love the green. Can't wait to see the reveal!

Dagny @ Beautiful Living said...

Looks great! Love your inspiration pics!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Thumbs up on the green - I am a huge lover of all shades. Chartreuse to olive & everything in between. The apt. is going to look stunning. I love your sources for inspiration. Cannot go wrong with J Crews uncanny ability to mix patterns & colors. Great job. Can't wait for further update!

Lovely Little Nest said...

Oooh can't wait to see the finished product! :)

Revival said...

You are a great sister! I love that green color...can't wait to see what you do with everything.

Stephanie Sabbe said...

that scrabble letter idea makes me SO happy! I love how creative you are. You are going to do great things!

Tamstyles said...

thats my color.....my office loves it.

Southern Aspirations said...

So much fun! The color is great and am excited to see what you do with the space.

Alicia B. Designs said...

Great ideas. I love turning an outfit (espesh from Jcrew) into a room! I can't wait to see...

Firednfabulous said...

Love love the J.Crew inspiration and the warm colors. I never would have thought of that. Then again, my creativity level is that of a 3 year-old!

Magchunk said...

Wow, what great finds! And the pictures from JCrew look like perfect inspiration. Can't wait to see how you interpret it!

Sweet Nothings said...

you are a thrifting genius

Lauren said...

can't wait to see!!! too funny because i ripped out that jcrew pic on the left from the catalogue a few weeks ago because i'm LOVING that look!!!

love how you're using fashion as your inspiration!!!

chittychittybangkok said...

I'm shopping JCrew right now for left over summer clothes to bring back to Thailand! Love that place.

I can't wait to see what you do with the room. Having just moved here I am working with the few things I have shipped and a blank slate of an apartment. I'm getting so many ideas from you and the other lovely blogs!

(PS...thanks for stopping by my blog! It was so fun to see a comment from someone who's blog I love to read. We never got around to our "project" but when we do I'll be sure to post it!)