You’ve seen my Rwanda basket wall, the pretty bookshelf in my living room, my bedroom, the mural I painted in my den/home office, and my bookshelf details — now it’s time to get a little glimpse of my living space opposite the TV & Rwanda basket wall.
It’s not that it’s terribly exciting — we have mostly the same furniture and decor we’ve had for several years and in our previous apartment. But I like it all so I see no reason in changing it quite yet. I actually had to downsize and sell a lot of my furniture when we moved into this apartment because our previous place was so large.
We have floor-to-ceiling windows on one entire wall with a great view of DC. We had no idea how much Hemingway would love being able to just sit in his bed and watch everything going on outside. He entertains himself for hours just watching everything — people, dogs, birds, squirrels, even the trash trucks!
Our apartment has a funky layout where the wall with floor-to-ceiling windows comes out into a point that creates a triangle. Luckily this was the perfect place to put this bench (similar), some decorative pillows, my pouf (that my husband is determined to get rid of) and a basket of blankets.
We have a tan patchwork hide rug (similar). I love it so much, but since we live in such a small space, we walk on it a lot, and the thing sheds just as much as Hemingway does! I think in larger homes where this rug wouldn’t get as much traffic it’d be fine so don’t let that deter you.
We’ve had this credenza, fabric stool, lamp (similar), and buddha head all for a long time.
The tan and white painting is one that I did several years ago. I just keeps working in our place every time we move so I just keep it for myself until it doesn’t work anymore, then I’ll sell it. But it will be hard to part with. It was one of the first paintings I did when I got back into painting a few years ago.
I’m obsessed with this black lamp (similar). It’s so simple yet makes such a statement. The side table I got at Target for like $30 or something a long time ago (similar). Gosh I love those amazing Target finds.
I love the texture of animal hair pillows, but they are definitely only for looks — you can’t really use them as pillows for your head. Maybe for lumbar support…
The couch, oh the couch. The couch was a whole thing. After forcing my husband to get rid of our beloved first couch (it was blue, it needed to go — but it was suuuuper comfy), we got a tiny cute gray couch which turned out to be terrible. After that my Mr. was determined to sit on the couch we would buy versus buying something off the Internet. The great couch search took up about a month of my life, but I can say that once we found and bought the perfect couch — a sectional to be exact — we use the crap out of it.
The couch is really big. It fit well in our previous apartment but is pushing it in our current place. The fabric is linen, which was fine until we got a dog. A dog that we let have full reign over the couch. His paws and nails are not great for the linen fabric, so I end up shaving the couch (with this sweater comb) every few months. I hate to say that he’s ruined the fabric, but he kinda has.
Because we live in a one-bedroom apartment, I didn’t want to not let the dog on the couch. It takes up so much real estate in the room I just felt like it wasn’t fair to him. Also he’s adorable and we love it when he sits with us!
Overall, I love the vibe in our living space. It’s neutral and modern with a bit of global flair. I’ll definitely be keeping this vibe, but I do have a few changes up my sleeve I can’t wait to share with you … stay tuned!
Photos by Emma Weiss