It took me 6 years living in NYC to finally look at my space and start hating myself. I guess non-stop hustle can really put blinders over your eyes. I have always taken pride in my personal style and my work, but for some reason, always sat on the bench with regards to how my home looked and felt.
Over the past couple of months, I wanted to turn my space into something more inspirational. I wanted a place where I could relax, brainstorm, create, and of course, work comfortably. Perhaps, starting my own business and working from home was one of the many catalysts to help spurn the need for a redesign. As you may have seen, I'm sharing some of the piecemeal upgrades via Instagram, but every once in awhile I want to share thematic ideas on the blog.
First up, I wanted to talk about a couple things that really make the place feel cozy. I'm all about finding some sort of Zen at home....sort of like spa trimmings. I turned to Lands' End to help me with some of the finishing touches on making my place more cozy...
1) His & Hers Suede Moc Slippers by Lands' End (Men's | Women's): Winter is fast approaching, and if you live in a city apartment with wood floors or something else that doesn't really soak up the heat, then this is a welcome addition. You can keep your feet warm during the cold months, and you can keep your feet comfortable while lounging around or doing chores around your place. It's a lot better than having every single piece of dust and lent cake the bottom of your feet until shower time. Best thing about them, extremely affordable; $49 for men, and $39 for women.
2) His & Her Turkish Terry Robes by Lands' End (Men's | Women's): I've hinted about how much I love Aire Ancient Baths on Instagram. Why not bring a little slice of the spa back home? Hop out of the shower or bathtub into a robe. Or, pop out of bed and wear your robe with the morning coffee and a little e-mail catch up. Either way, it's that extra boost of comfort that really adds life to your place without setting you back much. (Also pictured, Pumpkin Vetiver by Cold Spring Apothecary and "Love Letters of Great Men" edited by Ursula Doyle)
3) Complementary Wall Hooks: If you live anywhere in a major city, space is at a premium. Robes are big and thick, just like winter outerwear, they take up a lot of space. I've found that white robes are especially nice for the aesthetics of a place with good light and white walls. They really add to the feeling of freshness and they reflect incoming light to help keep things on the brighter side. Put them on these wall hooks to really add some aesthetic value and function by keeping your robe out of your dresser drawers or jammed in your coat closet. (Jaye Wall Hooks in Ash | Also pictured, Oatmeal & Honey Soap Bar by Cold Spring Apothecary)
4) Bath Mat by Lands' End (Monogram Optional, Pictured above in first image): In college you had flip flips and communal showers, those were the worst. Now, you most likely have a tile or tile-like floor in your bathroom. Honestly, I really don't enjoy stepping out of the shower onto cold tile...usually, a little dirty waiting on the next visit from the housekeeper. In my quest to turn everything in my place to a variation on white and birch, I decided to include some slight upgrades to my bathroom. One of the biggest, besides the shower curtain and new towels - bath mat. Of course, you can have your mat monogrammed however you choose. I decided to go with this model so I could photograph it easier. My recommendation, choose a more luxe font and go with a monochromatic color story (white on white). (Also pictured, Itinéraires d'une cuisine contemporaine Magazine)
The great part about all this, you can accomplish it for under $150-$200. You may like the way your apartment looks, and that's great. What I've learned about this process is that it's the small things that count just as much as some of the bigger changes you'll make. Enjoy.