Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Here's the thing about our old apartment:
We knew it was very temporary. 

We had moved back to Madison in a hurry and started new jobs quickly, so we snatched up the first place available, that happened to be well below budget. It was enough space and was incredibly convenient for work & such, but overall we knew it never would be "home".

From our mangy-cat owning, cigarette smoking neighbor, to the constant screams of kids left unattended, to the parents swearing at their little ones, to the gigantic dogs that no one seemed to have leashes for... we soon realized we'd be out as soon as we could.

So where is the inspiration or motivation to decorate a place like that? 
There isn't.

Our new place is amazing. High ceilings, lots of space. We plan to be here and enjoy this place from the moment we move in, so I'm wasting no time putting together inspiring pictures of spaces that I'd want to live in. I really feel like the effort I put in to creating a perfect space will be appreciated here, and I can't wait to get started!

Here are some current favorites:
1. I'll actually have an office-y desk space in this place, and I love the use of IKEA cork circles in place of a large board. (image via)

2. We had a gallery wall at the old place but it wasn't overly inspiring. This time I plan to curate more carefully and add much more color! (image via)

3. Ohhhh a girl can dream that this $1,200 dresser would be hers. Le sigh.  (image via)

4. This DIY stump table is fantastic! So is the couch. (image via)

5. Will someone please give me some globes?! We have one. Consider the collection starting! (image via)

6. That pattern rug! That simple colorful art! That pop yellow lamp! All of it! (image via)

7. Oh, map wall. Someday I'll have you in my space. I'll save my pennies for you. For now, some other cool map art will have to do! (image via

Do you have a "home" Pinterest board? 
Share a link in the comments so I can scope out your style!

xo, lp


  1. I'm obsessed with home decor–I think I might have been an interior designer in another life haha. I love all your inspiration pictures...many of them are on my "home" board, too!

  2. I love home pinteresting! We just moved and I'm addicted to Pinterest!

    My board is here...

    1. Oooh thanks for leaving the link to your board katie- going to check it out now!

  3. Hi Laura,
    Here's the link to my home board:
    Looks like we've got some of the same pins!

  4. Girl, I feel where you are coming from. I just moved to an apartment that is even smaller than my last apartment (which was a whopping 690 sq. ft) and I feel like I can't decorate ANYTHING because A) I can't find anything, B) We're near the ocean so everything is damp, which I'm worried will ruin all of my high-quality Ikea furniture, and C) Because I'm hoping this is temporary. We moved to an island with a pretty horrible housing market (unless you are a millionaire, and this may shock you, but I am not) and we felt so lucky not to be homeless that we just took whatever we could find. I want to decorate so I feel at home, but it seems like kind of waste if we don't end up staying. I'm straddling a fine line of wanting to be comfortable in my home and wanting to throw everything in a corner and just leave it there until I move. Sigh.

    Congrats on your move, though! I hope your new place is totally Pinterest-worthy. I'm sure you'll document along the way. We need pics!


  5. Hellloo precious Laura! I'm back in the blog action, my dear!! I've missed this here blogosphere & glad to see you're doing well. I'm loving the inspiration for your new place -- do yall have the store Nadeau? If so, it's a great furniture for really reasonable prices. Of course, my favorite is Ikea because of all the customizations and price :) Anyway, I'm in the process of getting my blog back in shape so hopefully I'll be posting new material by next week or sooner. XOXO!

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