Apartment Updates: Shopping for Dining Chairs

josephine chair, serena & lily

fabric library at serena & lily, san francisco

serena and lily san francisco design shop

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grace and josephine chairs, serena & lily

As I mentioned last week, there has been a distinct lack of dinner parties around these parts, due to our distinct lack of dining chairs. We purchased our new dining table — the Terra, from West Elm — about a week before moving into our new place, but we couldn’t decide or agree on chairs to go with it, so we held off. Then held off some more, and some more, until our now-stained coffee table made it very clear we should probably get a move on and eat at an actual table!

I love my husband dearly, but one thing we always end up arguing over is home decor. Do any of you have this issue with your significant others too? He isn’t the type to give me carte blanche and let me run with whatever I think “our” style is; he really likes to be involved and decide on furnishings together. It’s great that he wants to be a part of it, but since our styles are extremely different, it can make for a slow process (and note: we are learning to not immediately say “That’s ugly” to each others preferences. Trust me, this #1 rule helps!).

One day, I saw the beautiful Josephine chair online at Serena & Lily, and thought it would be a perfect chair to blend each of our styles. I wanted something that wasn’t completely upholstered, while Joe liked the look of a more formal chair. I liked that the Josephine had lovely curves, could look good in a more modern or traditional room (so still workable down the line, if/when we move again), and had just a dash of upholstery, so we could choose a fabric to bring in some additional color and texture to the room. I showed it to Joe and he…liked it! Sort of. Okay, he said it was “Alright.” And then, he laid eyes on the Grace — a fully upholstered chair that is definitely stately and traditional. Oy.  Read the full post +

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Wallpaper for Renters

Oh yes you can.

chasing paper - peonies pattern - removable wallpaper

chasing paper - removable wallpaper - stripes

chasing paper - removable wallpaper - speckle pattern

chasing paper - removable wallpaper - dot and line pattern

Have you ever wallpapered anything in your home? If you’re like most people I know, the answer is probably a resounding never. It’s not that we’re unadventurous, right? But if you’re a fellow renter, you know what I mean when I say that wallpaper is typically not an option on the design table. Slash, wallpapers I’ve fallen in love with over the years always end up being the ones that are a liiiiiitle pricey (I’m looking at you, Schumacher. #lust).

However, a few months ago I discovered Chasing Paper. Have you heard of this company yet? It’s been around for a few years, and I’m glad it’s on my radar now. Launched by Elizabeth Rees in 2012 (whose family has been in the printing business for three generations), Chasing Paper features so many beautiful wallpapers, from more subtle patterns to classics, to really fun, whimsical ones like this. Each pattern comes in a 2′ x 4′ piece, and can be applied pretty much anywhere. I love some of their styling ideas, like on trays, drawers, backsplashes, even on a fridge! The back of the papers have a low-tack adhesive on them, so they can peel right off the wall with no damage to the surface underneath. Cool, no?

Even if you’re not a renter, I like the flexibility a removable wallpaper provides. I think it makes you more willing to try something bold, even if it’s just in a small area and only for a little while. If you get sick of it, take it down — no biggie. I have also thought about how convenient this would be down the line if/when we have a nursery for a little one. If you wanted to wallpaper an accent wall, it’s nice to know you could get a nursery appropriate option that you can remove after a year or two (maybe even replace it with a really fun pattern like this!).

Anyway, I’ve been sitting on this source for a while, and have been meaning to share it with everyone! I think it’s an awesome resource if you’re looking to try something new at home in the decor department, but without the risk. And now the bigger question: which pattern would you choose, and where would you put it in your home? I’m a big fan of the Speckle pattern, the new Peonies pattern in gold, the Dot+Line, and even this Rosette feels like a risk I could take.


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Design Trend: Round Mirrors with Straps

round mirror with leather strap

danielle moss apartment - living room


Design trend alert: have you been spotting lots of round mirrors with straps? I actually think this “trend” is one of those decor elements that’s been reinvented over the last couple of years from a previous beachy concept (interior designers, help me out with the history here!). Regardless, I’m totally in love with this look! I was hoping to get one of these puppies for a powder room in our current apartment, but in my desperation slash mania to get a mirror hung in time for a party we hosted last month, I didn’t spend any time on the interwebs to find one on budget, and with a short enough strap. Lesson learned: the options out there are quite good, and as always when decorating, patience really is a virtue (one that I’m sometimes good at, sometimes not. As evidenced by the meh rectangular mirror now hung in said powder room. #oops).

Are you a fan of this look? I must say, there are quite a few different styles you can play around with, from a rope-hung mirror to one with a classic leather strap. My preference is for the leather straps that encircle the mirror (and have the added decorative detail of a buckle); of course, these seem to be among the pricier options online. But is it just me, or is this trend ripe with DIY potential…?

Here are a bunch of options I’ve rounded up, inclusive of several budget buys!:  Read the full post +

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Images: First image traced back to My World Apart, but I believe it comes from content no longer on this blog  ·  Second image: Danielle Moss ·  Third image: Victoria McGinley, via my Instagram