Decoration Inspiration July 2011

So...I am now a homeowner!!

I am slowly but surely getting my new condo together, and I finally to the fun part-DECORATING!! Much more fun than: mortgage applications, repairs, negotiations, credit checks...blahblahblah.

I am trying to update my look to match the modern look of the building. Actually, I want a mix of modern/simple lines and mid century modern. I have a real soft spot for furniture from the 50's, 60's and 70's. What I have now is mostly all matching furniture-dark wood, modern feminine, Target furtniture. Don't get me wrong, it was a nice look, but I want to get a little more sophisticated. Mix it up a little, not so matchy matchy. I thought I would share a few places I have been looking for inspiration.


Undecorate by Christine Lemieux- fantastic photography, a collection of spaces that embrace a 'no rules' approach to decorating. People who put together rooms by what feels good, not what people tell them look good.

Modern Vintage by Emily Chalmers. Written by the director of Dwell Studio. I love love love the rooms in this book. A great mix of vintage pieces, handmade, and modern design. I want her to come style my house!

Elle Decor. Mostly upscale and pricey products, but great eye candy!

Of course, there are roughly 566723110000 inspiration websited out there, and don't even talk to me about Pintrest. I refuse. But, here are a few I have bookmarked and check often:

Craigslist- I have found so many good deals and great furniture here. I got my stacked washer and dryer from someone who just wanted it gone...and gave to me for $350! New ones sell for $800 or up, so I am pretty impressed with myself on that one.

Apartment Therapy- I have talked about them before, lots of great ideas with a modern and DIY flair. I seriously want to do this and this.

Design Sponge- I have only had time to check this one out a few times, but I found a really good article that taught me alot about refinishing furniture. Hope fully my next project will be a little easier than this one was. ha! have died and gone to DIY heaven! And, lots of pictures.....hours and hours

Smile and Wave- Rachel Denbow used to run a scrapbook company, but now she focuses on lifestyle, mostly vintage ideas. She has lots of handmade ideas, which I love.

Thanks for stopping by, more pictures and updates soon!

Later, Michelle

p.s. I found this piece at a second hand shop here in Louisville. I think I love her:

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