my spring re-decoration project


the first draft of an inspiration board for our apartment re-decoration project. we set out to do some spring cleaning which of course now means: Joey, search out old wood to build a bench and Kate figure out how to paint a carpet… hmmm, we’ve set ourselves up for quite a project especially because we want to spend negative zero if possible – which means getting rid of and selling things as we clean. here is what our apartment looks like now (although there is a layer of clutter that has accumulated since those pics were taken).

inspiration notes:

1. go from matchy-matchy brights to more aged jewel tones (inspiration palette: line of jewel toned pottery above), layered patterns (include some ikat), ethnic, natural wood and metallic accents and overall bohemian glamour.
2. zen up the space with less tchotchkes and clutter – make a place for everything and understand how we get messy (ex: make a hook for my purse so it’s not always draped over the dining table)
3. bring in pattern on a feature wall and hand-painted rug
4. re-arrange furniture for flow and function

project list:

1. re-arrange furniture, decide on new lay-out and what few things we need to make/buy to fill in.
2. buy black paint to paint a rough ikat chevron pattern on the underside of our old dining area rug (inspiration blue ikat chevron pattern above).
3. salvage old wood and make a bench for the dining table (Joey) – *if we can’t find wood, buy bench at flea market
4. go to fabric store and world market (or online) for some new (cheap) throw pillows and fabric to cover chairs
5. sand, paint black and re-upholster two dining chairs that we picked up off the side of the road
6. buy paint colors to paint rough large stripe pattern on the living room feature wall (see pink striped wall inspiration above left corner)
7. find fallen branch to re-purpose as light fixture above dining table
8. sand and paint found coffee table (off side of the road) – with antiqued silver or bronze tones.
9. age bright colored painted picture and mirror frames with stippling brush and dark bronze/glaze mixture.

stay tuned to see how we do!



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Thanks for your comments everyone!

i'd love to do your pad Grasie! ; )

Sofia, i have to check out that tutorial - and yes, i love those swedish horses! one of my best friends growing up was swedish and had those all over her house! ... going to google House Doctor now!



you have SUCH A BEAUTIFUL HOME, Kate!! it's so bright and happy but not too overwhelming. i cant wait to see how it looks like after you're done!


ooh looked at picture in the middle with the light fixture branch ( I have a tutorial for that one). But thats not why Im leaving one more comment. Its cause of the little wooden horse in the left corner of the frame in the middle. The horse is from my part of Sweden. Its called Dalahäst. Its famous all over the world! 😉


hey kate! check out the Danish interior design company House Doctor!! I think ur gonna love them! google house doctor and u will find it! I dont think they have any stores in the US but im in love with all there stuff! A good behemic modern retro mix.!

/ Sofia Draco


my god your place is really AMAZING!!! i can't wait to hire you to re-do our pad! xo