My Favorite Apartment Decorations

I’d like to issue a fair warning, that all of the items you’re about to see are from WestElm, Pottery Barn or CB2. Despite doing a lot of research to find home decor, I somehow always manage to come back to these three stores for interior design ideas. I’m obsessed and have no shame! There are rare occasions when I’m on the hunt for very specific apartment decorations, and end up purchasing from a site that’s off the beaten path (at least for me). If you’re interested in seeing those, check out my other blog post, Most Loved Websites (for Interiors). Otherwise, buckle up and dive into my favorite apartment decorations!

Pierced Constellation Tealights

These celestial tealight candles light up my room like magic, especially when I light them after the sun goes down. They wash the walls with dancing orbs of warm yellows and amber hues, which simply put, brings something special to my space.

Tealight candle with small holes in it for the light to shine through, apartment decoration

I move the tealight candles around depending on what’s going on that week. They compliment flowers nicely on the dinner table, but personally I prefer to line them up on my shelves or on the media console. The ambiance they give off feels more relaxed when these cheerful vessels are balanced out against a heavier material like wood or metal.

I also have the large and small Pierced Constellation Hurricanes from WestElm. If you like these, they come in blush as well!

Larger candle holders with small holes on the sides for the light to shine through

Pleated Grey Ottoman

I had my eye on this piece for over a year before I finally decided to pull trig and get it. Needless to say, I absolutely adore this pleated grey ottoman from CB2. It’s my foot rest, seat to put my shoes on and stool to reach high shelves (I probably shouldn’t, but I do anyway 😬).

Sadly, this version is no longer available, but CB2 does offer a similar Pleated Boucle Ottoman in a cozy textured cream color.

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Metal Frame Round Mirror

There she is! What is it about antique brass against mirror that makes me feel so regal ?!

I’m HERE for it… like, this isn’t the only antique brass framed mirror that I own. Yes, it’s from WestElm, and if you like it then you’re in luck. This Metal Frame Round Mirror comes in three other colors: antique bronze, rose gold and brushed nickel. You can choose between two sizes: 30″ round or 48″ round. If you want a rustic, mid century modern touch, WestElm also sells this with a faux leather strap to hang the mirror from.

metal framed round mirror apartment decoration

Faux Fiddle Leaf Tree

In another life, I’m sure I had a green thumb. Fresh flowers are my thing, but plants, sadly, are not. I bounce around too much and wouldn’t be able to properly care for a living plant. Which is why this Faux Potted Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree from Pottery Barn is the perfect companion. It brings a pop of realistic greenery to my space, without requiring routine watering or repotting.

If you don’t have a green thumb, or simply don’t have the time for a real plant, give these faux fiddles a try. You can choose from two heights; 5.4′ or 6.9′ depending on what size best suits your space.

There are only two caveats. These do require a pot, unless you like the burlap look. You will also need to fluff out the leaves when your fiddle first arrives, but that’s the only care this plant will need.


Marble Shelves

These Marble Wall Mounted Shelves from CB2 bring me so much joy. I have three that are grouped together vertically. Since each slab of Carrara-style marble is unique, they all look subtly distinct from one another. I love these shelves for displaying coffee cups and cascading greenery, which is a striking contrast against these grey/white beauties.

I can’t recommend these shelves enough for an aesthetically pleasing storage solution. But beware, they’re kind of a pain to mount. The marble and brass combination is very heavy. Installation definitely requires two people to safely secure these shelves to the wall.

Did you like this blog post? Let me know! If you want to take a look at those less widely known sites for other home decor finds, don’t forget to check out my Most Loved Websites (for Interiors).

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Most Loved Websites (for Holiday Decor)

The best websites for holiday home decor, ranging from cheap and cheerful to luxe and lavish.

annie selke

Christmas in color. Holiday decor from Annie Selke is eclectic yet refined, with a big focus on texture (you’ll see a ton of felt, wood and embroidery on this site).

Their Rainbow Trees and this stunning set of Tannenbaum Mod Assorted Trees are my absolute favorite, especially for an entry table or mantle.

perigold

Festive napkin rings, timeless dinnerware, and really beautiful serving platters like this Mistletoe Cheese Tray. I love the patterns in the Lastra collection, shown below.

Perigold also carries unique candle holders ranging from floor lanterns, to hurricane glasses, candelabras and candle sticks.

best sites for holiday decor

magnolia

Pure bliss for the rustic-meets-modern farmhouse enthusiast. Magnolias asymmetric fresh cut garlands carry that quintessential evergreen scent of the season, and make for gorgeous backdrops (how stunning would this be behind a bar cart!?).

Magnolia also carries a variety of decoupage ornaments, and a select range of rustic mid-century modern ornaments.

best sites for holiday decor

terrain

Holiday decor with an edge. Terrain carries unconventional accent pieces, ornaments, garlands and trees, that still feel nostalgic and true to the season. Perfect examples? Check out this old world Feather Forest Tree or Miniature Faux Pre-Lit Snowy Tree.

I love the avant-garde approach to their holiday collection. It strikes a balance between sexy and industrial, without sacrificing charm.

best holiday decor

balsam hill

If you’re still in need of a tree, Balsam Hill trees are the way to go. A few years back, I purchased this artificial Cathedral Fir Tree, which came completely pre-lit with simple instructions for assembly. While their trees may be a bit pricier than artificial trees from Target or Home Goods, the quality is definitely worth it.

The holiday decor from Balsam Hill is also top notch. They carry a wide variety of products with classic Christmas designs, ranging from garlands, to stockings, life size figures, accent pieces and much more.

If you liked this post, view more of my go-to’s on the Most Loved Websites Series.

Designing a Space You Love

Home isn’t just a reflection of your style or a form of self-expression. It’s a place that influences how you feel when you start and end your day. It can make your life easier, or more hectic, and lend towards the achievement or postponement of your goals. When designing a space at home, make it a space you love. Keep these five questions top of mind to influence and inform decisions from paint color to purchases.

Splashes of paint colors, in deep purple, red, hot pink, orange and gold
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What Feelings should the Space Evoke?

How do you want to feel when you’re at home? Does your answer vary depending on the room? Jot down any words or phrases that come to mind.

For me, home is a place to rest, to entertain, and to be inspired. When I walk into a cluttered, disorganized space, I’m less motivated to do something fun and productive with my time, like read a book or try a new recipe. But entering a space that’s clean, where everything has a home, calms my mind and allows me to focus on projects and activities that bring me joy.

What is the Aesthetic?

Maybe you’ve fallen in love with millennial pink, marble, and brass. Or perhaps you gravitate towards earth tones and wooden home furnishings. Your aesthetic could be a combination of all the above, plus pops of yellow and throw in some mixed metals. Whether its modern farmhouse, art-deco, Scandinavian inspired or any of the other hundreds of possibilities, mark the style of your space with some defining colors and features.

While it’s important to have a cohesive look, try venturing outside of the furniture set that matches the headboard you just purchased. Opt for a dynamic approach of mixing and matching different colors and materials to make a big difference in the overall aesthetic of a space.

When designing a space you love, request free samples of textiles pictured here, like carpet, flooring and paint chips.
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Is it Comfortable?

That couch could be a piece of art. No, literally, you could look at it all day. But could you sit it on for a few hours at night? I walk a fine line between aesthetic and comfort, but try to stay practical and remind myself of how I want to feel in a space. Comfort is always key.

Is it Functional and Convenient?

Take my purchase of these West Elm C Tables that I use as nightstands. Visually, they make me super happy. Functionally, I’m out two spaces for books, chargers, chapstick, hair ties, extra coasters and hand lotion that would typically live in the drawers of a nightstand.

In the initial debate, aesthetic won over extra storage, but in the long term, I’ve had to compensate for storage by relocating those nightstand essentials to less convenient spots. I’ve learned the importance of function and convenience, and with future purchases I’ve made sure to account for both.

Does it Bring You Joy?

Marie Kondo’s method of asking oneself if an article of clothing sparks joy, to determine whether it lands in the keep, donate or trash pile, is a phrase that I try to live by in all senses… not just via my closet.

Posing this question before a purchase may seem redundant, and you may be thinking, why else would I buy it? But, if you find an answer is simply functionality, or just convenience, only comfort or purely for aesthetic, and if that object doesn’t contribute to how you want to feel in a space, how can it bring you joy?

Don’t buy something because it checks off one box. Aim for a multifaceted response that ultimately comes down to sparking joy. Asking these questions will guide you towards setting an intention for each space, to furnish and decorate with items that serve you, your lifestyle and your goals.

Sparkler
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Most Loved Websites (for Interiors)

Most Loved Websites Series meets interiors! Like most people obsessed with interior design, I have a favorites tab saved on my browser filled with homeware sites. I’ve narrowed it down to a list of the top ten gems, and a few notes on why they’re my go-to’s.

roost

Roost offers a bespoke collection of furniture, tabletop, home decor, lighting, textiles and more. The handcrafted details, and unique use of gemstones and mixed metals make for stunning finds.

The catch, is that Roost is a wholesale distributor. I visit their site for inspiration, but purchase their products through Burke Decor (which is a great site in it’s own right).

Roost is one of my Most Loved Sites for interiors. Pictured: rustic, mid-century modern living room

schoolhouse

American made, quirky but traditional home decor, hardware, office goodies, you name it. Schoolhouse is the perfect site to find a retro wall clock, or wooden toys for children. It’s also a personal favorite for lighting fixtures.

If you like homes styled by Joanna Gaines, this is the site for you.

Wooden countertop with farmhouse sink, looking out onto a bay window facing a garden

gracious home

Located in Manhattan’s upper east side, Gracious Home is an independently owned and upscale store that carries brands like Sferra and Le Creuset.

It boasts a curated selection of lighting, kitchenware, linen, and accent pieces, as well as some decorative furniture. I love their bedding, frames and holiday decor.

Gracious Home is another one of my Most Loved Sites for interiors.  Pictured: White bed with ethereal chandelier and wooden nightstand

west elm

West Elm accounts for the majority of pieces in my home. It has playful, mid-century modern collections with a refined edge.

If you have an affinity towards brass, wood, and pops of color, this will likely become a favorite of yours as well. West Elm also supports hundreds of locally made, sustainably sourced and fair trade products, which are identified with symbols below the products themselves.

Mid century modern dining room with a marble table, and pink suede chairs with gold accents

serena & lily

Coastal meets modern; Serena & Lily is super Cali-inspired.

They carry everything from furniture, to art, home decor, lighting, dining, and more. Collections hone in on earth tones and natural materials like mahogany, rattan, abaca, and reconstituted stone.

It’s great for beach house finds with a modern twist.

Beach inspired family room with a blue and white color scheme. Touches of wood and greenery

arhaus

Artisanal and elegant with a sustainable approach. Arhaus carries indoor and outdoor furniture, all-things tabletop and decor, and a stunning collection of wall art ranging from prints, to maps, to framed tapestry and watercolor pieces.

The duality of their unique yet functional homeware translates to comfortable living fit for everyday use.

Modern yet traditional family room with ivory couches and a gold and white coffee table

anthropologie

Anthropologie is traditionally known for its clothing and accessories, but I love its funky, upbeat and whimsical collection of furniture and home goods.

I gravitate towards their outdoor, kitchen and dining collections the most, along with their dish towels and assortment of candles.

If the style doesn’t appeal to you, consider this site for housewarming and host gifts (I’ve had a lot of luck in the books and games section).

Anthropologie is one of my favorites on this list of Most Loved Sites for Interiors. Pictured: leather l-shaped couch with white pillows and a white wash wooden coffee table

sur la table

This store’s specialties are cookware, bakeware, kitchen tools and even some pantry finds (think: olive oils, seasonings, specialty hot cocoa mix, chocolates… the works).

Sur la table also carries small kitchen electronics like coffee makers and toaster ovens. I like to pick up various odds and ends from here, like spatulas, cookie cutters, ramekins, and linen napkins.

To top it off, they offer in-store cooking classes, and are available for hire to teach cooking classes for dinner parties at home.

Fresh baked breads, olive oil, and spices

world market

With products from literally all over the world, the options on World Market are truly endless. It’s a perfect site for reasonably priced homeware without sacrificing style.

I furnished the backyard in my last apartment entirely from this site; the outdoor couch, coffee table, rug, and garden stools included.

Fair warning, this site can sometimes require a bit of a dig to find the pieces you’re looking for, but the reward of hidden gems at half the cost is well worth it!

Outdoor furniture vignette with pops of white and blue

bloomist

Inspired by nature, Bloomist has a minimalistic approach to pitchers, vases, accent pieces, botanicals, pillows, candles and books.

The company uses natural, environmentally friendly and sustainable materials in their craft vessels, and donates 1% of earnings to global causes. It’s a win-win!

Bloomist is such a great resource on this Most Loved Sites for Interiors list. Pictured: Collection of white, stone and glass vases holding foliage arrangements

If you liked this post, view more of my go-to’s on the Most Loved Websites Series.

Fresh Floral Arrangements at Home

I have an affinity towards fresh floral arrangements. They’re an easy upgrade to any space, and always boost my mood. They can be dramatic or simplistic, widespread throughout the home or featured in a few select spots.

I should preface by saying I’m extremely fortunate to be in the events industry for a number of reasons. There are a lot of perks, and being around fresh florals with the occasional chance to take some home is definitely one of them.

Floral Arrangements at Home

Any time I’m given the opportunity to take an arrangement home from an event or table sample, I gladly will! But more often than not, I’m creating my own arrangements at home.

I love a larger floral arrangement in the kitchen, a bud vase on the nightstand, clusters of flowers on the coffee table, or an arrangement on the dresser.

If I’m planning to have guests over, I may opt for a bud vase or two in the restrooms as well. Essentially, the more flowers, the better!

Budget & Buy

I build the cost of flowers into my weekly grocery budgets. I typically pick up stems at the flower market or bodega and arrange them at home, so I allocate between $15-25 seasonally (or more, depending on how often I’m hosting).

Taking the time to compose an arrangement is a creative outlet that I really look forward to each week – it’s a great way to inspire creativity!

Check out this post by B Floral for tips on how to navigate the NYC flower market.

Take advantage of flowers that are in-season for arrangements that are cheap and cheerful. I personally love bunches of eucalyptus in a white pitcher, or 5-6 single stems in bud vases, all in a row on a mantle or dresser.

Simple Supplies

When creating your own arrangement at home, two useful tools to have on-hand are chicken wire and floral tape. Floral foam is also helpful when creating more sculptural arrangements.

Form a grid pattern on the outside of the vessel with the chicken wire or tape, fill your vase with water, and begin adding your stems.

This next part is entirely up to you; use your artistic eye to create an organic shape for a whimsical arrangement, or pack the flowers in clusters for a tighter arrangement.

Floral Delivery Services

If you’re short on time, or seeking an elevated look, consider subscribing to a biweekly floral delivery service. I use URBANSTEMS when I need a more sophisticated arrangement for a specific occasion, like my Friendsgiving dinner, and to send flowers to friends and family.