Tie it Together… by Gloria

tree~this year’s tree that we managed to put up over the weekend~

This year, I’m feeling like Christmas is sort of sneaking up on me and I am not prepared at all. I’ve yet to finish up my shopping list, shop for gifts and luckily, I managed to squeeze in some time to put up the tree over the weekend. This year, I’m hoping to avoid the crowds by getting most of my shopping done online. But I better get cracking soon, or my gifts may miss the Christmas Day deadline. One of my favorite things to do once my shopping is done and everyone’s gifts are lined up in the living room waiting to be wrapped, is tying it all together with coordinated, fun, wrapping paper and bows. When I was younger, my best friend and I would always try to outdo the other by seeing who’s presents were wrapped more creatively or who had the better paper. It was a fun way of challenging each other to see who could create the better looking gifts. I have to say, she would usually beat me each year. I hope you are all enjoying your holiday preparations. Here are a few of my pics from this year and last.

close up~ a close up shot of this years tree~


paper~ last years gifts: mix and match patterns and hand tied bows~


Apartment Therapy… by Gloria

For me, having a home that I look forward to coming home to is a necessity. I’ve never been the type that longed for a newly constructed place, rather, I love the imperfections that come along with an apartment that’s a bit older. It gives the space a little “soul”, as I like to say. To minimize the appearance of the less than perfect walls, we opted to paint most of the rooms matte white (which is way more forgiving that semi- gloss). The railroad style allows for tons of sunlight, making the place bright and airy, and although we still have some work to do (like finding the perfect coffee table), it definitely feels like “home”.

~ I love a stark white wall- the one across from our couch doubles as an entertainment center- in lieu of a TV, a projector brings the movies right to our living room~

Charming Chambers… by Gloria

~ Our serene bedroom- sans TV, of course)~

When we moved into our apartment, we did a lot  of work to make it comfortable and very “us”. When it came to our bedroom, we agreed that making it a truly restful and cozy room was most important. Naturally, I was super glad my boyfriend and I were on the same page when it came to overall decor. For our bedroom, we chose light colored wood floors,  flowy white linen curtains, a white comforter (designed by my dear friend), lots of plants and best of all- our amazing blue/grey matte paint (it’s blue when it’s sunny and a pale grey when it’s cloudy). We still have some work to do such as adding 2 great pieces of artwork above our bed and staining our vintage furniture a light grey/charcoal but for now, it does the trick.

~ Our walls are painted White Lagoon by Glidden~

Bedroom Botanicals… by Gloria

~Creatively display different types of plants on various rows of shelving~

When we first moved into our apartment, the one thing we both knew for sure is that we wanted lots of plants scattered throughout. I found this a bit intimidating because I hardly ever cared for plants before and any attempt at it was, what I would call, unsuccessful at best. Beginning to care for plants can be comparable to preparing your first pot roast or baking your first cake- scary until you finally do it. With this in mind, I headed down to our local florist, a little Italian man, who recommended the best indoor plants and told me the secrets to keeping them alive and healthy. Here are a few photos of the plants in our bedroom. I knew I wanted to display them on shelves. These were the perfect choice, but they were unpainted, natural wood. I painted them white to fit our decor just right.

~Mix and match colorful fun planter pots~

~ I love this vintage inspired blue bird pot~

No place like home… by Gloria

As much as I enjoy being out and about, sometimes, it feels so good to just be at home. I’ve been living in my apartment for a little over 2 years and I thought I’d share some of my favorites that make home well, home.

~Vintage frosted etched glasses- these were my grandmothers- and they help to make everything I put in them just a little bit sweeter~

~Vintage china cabinet. I bought this at a used furniture store and the moment I laid eyes on it, I knew it had to be mine. I love the grandfather clock/steeple-like shape~