For this last installment of the My Space series, I come back to the living room for some lounging and chilling. As I've said before, I believe that wherever one hangs their hat should be a place of peace that reflects who they are and what they look for in a zone of pure comfort. I adore the minimalist Scandinavian aesthetic, and it would be a dream if my home mirrored that image, but at the end of the day, my interior style tendencies are more shabby chic meets urban rustic than spotless starkness. You also have to learn to make certain concessions when you share your life with another person and meet in the middle of your opposing views, or tastes, in this case.
The whole mindset for decorating this condo was pretty simple: we wanted to counterbalance the modern vibe of the place with vintage, more soulful touches. There are things about the contemporary aesthetic that we love, like a spa-inspired master bath, really high quality appliances, marble countertops, etc. -- but they come at the detriment of what most older constructions provide you with: charm. Features like beautiful wall moldings, exposed brick, wooden beams, without forgetting the general warmth and authenticity they emanate was not lost on us. Our instincts organically veered toward trying to mend the two aesthetics to make our home more personal.
While we have numerous newer pieces of furniture, they're all connected by one common thread: their old world appeal. Items made from reclaimed wood have a gravitational pull on us, multiple DIY projects were undertaken (I thanketh the aboves for a handy husband) and many customizations were made. However, a lot of our more decorative elements are flea market finds, antique show treasures and garage sale bargains. By making room for both the past and the present within our things, we were able to reconcile the modern with the vintage and make our apartment a place of balance and harmony. But even more important, we made it feel like us and therefore like home.
I hope you guys enjoyed my mini home tour and that you were inspired for your own place. You'll find all the details about the deco in the series' previous posts, here are the links:
Photos by Ian Rusiana
Top - Valentino (very much the same vibe)
Jeans - J Brand
Ballet slippers - Bloch
Choker - Zara (look alike)
Earrings - ASOS (similar idea)
Nails - Zoya in Normani
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