Whether you define your style as traditional, contemporary, minimalist or "something else," it's that "something else" part that really makes your home yours. There are many ways you can augment or change a room's perspective, and two ways are by incorporating glam or rustic elements into your space. Often inspired by antiques, glam or rustic furniture pieces, when combined with the right accessories, give a room more eclectic character. It's really how you mix all the elements of a room that defines your personal style. Glam || Whether it's a mirrored nightstand, shiny metal table or whimsical accessory, these are the pieces that always look on the bright side. Metallic finishes, gilded accents, ornamental fabric trims and glossy paint surfaces can add a touch of chic opulence, especially if you contrast them with traditional pieces and rustic surfaces. And, when you include sensual curves, animal prints and intricate textures, you'll elevate the glam factor to superstar status. Rustic || On the other side of glam are rustic furniture pieces that exude an industrial, down-to-earth vibe with matte distressed finishes, knotty wood grains and straight-lined geometrics. They have an authentic lived-in look, and they're often in darker colors. Think of natural brick or stone walls, exposed ceiling beams, nailhead trim, and corrugated metal. One of the easiest ways to achieve rustic style is with a leather sofa, chair or sectional, which will just get better with age! Extras || To make your space truly eclectic, add personal items like photos, artwork, antiques collections and one-of-a-kind pieces that you've gathered from your travels. The way you mix, arrange and display these elements will reveal your true style personality – your blueprint for living your best curated life.
You’ve signed your way into adulthood by closing the deal on your first apartment. A fresh start and a blank canvas to make your own and call it home – how exciting is that?! Now it’s time to prioritize. Set a budget and make a list of the things you need, then decide on the décor you like best. Are you a modern maven or a vintage queen? Deciding which décor suits your personality will help you achieve a cohesive look when shopping for furniture. Choosing which furniture pieces to invest in at first will depend on the size of your apartment, but here are some ideas to consider… Mattress || Sounds mundane, but a great mattress will give you the ultimate beauty rest you need. It’s also a great investment because a quality mattress can last you 8-10 years, which will allow you to take it with you when you move into your first home. Make it a fun experience by choosing a stylish frame for it! If space is tight consider a frame that has built-in storage. Seating || The size of your space will dictate whether you’ll be a sofa, loveseat, or sectional. Sectionals are cumbersome so even though you may have the space to accommodate it, you also have to make sure you can get it into the apartment. A sofa or loveseat paired with a funky chair will create a cozy and stylish space. Complete the look with an upholstered ottoman so you can put your feet up! For tight spaces, put a tray on the upholstered ottoman to make it double as a coffee table. Dining || Any nook will do if you purchase the right table. Choosing a table with clean lines and a modern edge will allow you to get creative with the seating. Mix and match styles or use all upholstered chairs so they can be used in the living area too! Minimalist meets luxury is a great balance in design for your first apartment.         Now that you have the basics it’s time to decorate and personalize! Try to incorporate mirrors into your overall design. They create the illusion of a larger room while reflecting light from all angles. Storage can be a challenge, so strive to find sneaky solutions (like your bed frame or ottoman) in order to maximize your space. Lastly, bring a little of the outdoors inside with plants. Succulents and air plants are low-maintenance plants that are tiny enough to fit into a terrarium while still breathing life into your apartment!
As technology advances, more and more companies are promoting a healthy work/life balance by offering their employees the flexibility to work from home. This can be both a blessing and a distraction so it is important to create an ideal space that will delight and inspire you! Find your space. || Maybe you don’t have an entire room to dedicate to your home office and that’s ok. A nook or even just an empty wall where you can position a desk is enough to keep you organized and focused. L-shaped desks are a great way to create a space within a space that looks clean and deliberate. Make it your own. || If you are able to dedicate an entire room, find a design aesthetic that speaks to you. Are you an Art Deco diva or are you the Rustic Chic queen? Whichever décor suits you best, be sure to include personal touches such as pictures of loved ones, nostalgic knick-knacks, or maybe even a few of your favorite books so it feels like your own private space. Your work will only be as good as your environment – make it beautiful. Keep it organized. || Whether it’s a nook or an entire room, no one enjoys looking at clutter and working around it proves to be counterproductive. Having storage space is key, so if you’re working with a nook it is important to choose a desk that can accommodate all of your supplies. As mentioned above, an L-shaped desk is great for creating space, but it is also great at keeping you organized because of the amount of drawer space. Throw in a few draw organizers and you are in business. If you’re designing an entire room you could take a more minimalist approach to your desk and add a credenza or a shelving unit to organize your supplies. Take a seat. || Office chairs tend to be a little unsightly and if you’re working with a nook then you want your chair to blend in with your furniture as much as possible. Thankfully, beautiful leather chairs that have the same functionality as office chairs do exist! Do you sway more towards fashion over function? Try pairing your desk with a fun accent chair! Just remember comfort is important if you will be sitting for any length of time. Now that you have a fabulous work space it’s time to get to work!