Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Genevieve Gorder Living Room

It's no secret that we love the work of Genevieve Gorder, so we weren't shocked when we ran across this image of her NYC living room and instantly fell in love:

The simple color palette, the red chairs, the black and white striped pillows, that rug. Perfection.  This room really feels like it could grow with you-- you could easily swap out the throw pillows, ottoman, or bistro chairs and have a different look in this room for very little money. Love that.

Want the look of Genevieve's room but don't exactly have her budget? No worries...we've taken the liberty of recreating a similar room for much less:

Here's a breakdown of this room:

 Rug: $349.00

Chairs: $267.99

Couch: $399.00

Pillows: $16.95

Bistro table: $1549.00

Bistro chairs: $354.99

Ottoman: $159.00

Mirror: $261.80

Chandelier: $349.00

There you have it! The total cost of the room is not super cheap (thanks to the bistro table) but when you consider that each of the chairs in Genevieve's room costs $1300, things start to look a little better.  Her chairs are the Astrid chairs from Anthropologie (now sold out) and the "look for less" chairs in our room have to be our favorite part! Love them.

We think the bistro table would be a great (and much cheaper) DIY if you've got any woodworking skills (sadly, we do not).  Not the DIY type and don't have an extra fifteen hundo lying around?  We think the room would look just as good with a far less expensive bistro table, like this one from West Elm ($399):

Have any rooms you'd like to see us break down on a budget? Send them our way!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Large Scale Botanical Prints

We're always on the hunt for great art for our apartments.  Even though we have different taste in art, botanical prints are a definite favorite for both of us.  The bigger, the better in our opinion, so when we saw these large scale, black botanical prints we were instantly in love. We think every room needs a little bit of black, and love the contrast of it with the bright colors in the botanicals:

via House to Home

via Martha Stewart

via Pure Style Home

via Making It Lovely

Love the look? The Evolution Store has some beautiful prints, but they're not cheap (about $200 each). So imagine our glee when we stumbled upon this beauty at IKEA! At 36"x47" and unframed (we prefer this look with large scale botanicals), we think it's just about perfect.  Did we mention that it's only $19.99? We'll take a second and let that sink in.

It's safe to say that we're both frantically trying to find empty wall space in our apartments to hang this sucker.  We think it'd look great in a kitchen, living room, or guest room, but also love the bold pop it creates when used in a simple vignette, as in the space below:

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So much pretty we can barely stand it.  Is large scale not your thing?  At just $20, this book is full of smaller versions that you could easily frame.  We'd love to see a few of them hung together behind a bedside table.

Regardless of where you hang these prints or what size you choose, we don't really think you can go wrong with this look.  Happy Saturday!
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