WEST ELM

June 28, 2017 |

There’s a New West Elm in Town!

We are super excited to announce that we’ll be co-hosting an event with West Elm at their new location here in Phoenix. If you’ve been following along with us for a while now, you know we have been huge fans of the brand for quite some time. We haven’t shared too much of our current place yet, but our last living room redesign and home office space were bursting at the seams with West Elm. The company has modern yet mid-century inspired pieces that are clean and minimal, which is what we’re all about. Tonight (6/28) we’ll be gathering with so many from our local community for a pre-opening event, with Arizona based artists and makers. Also, this is Rob’s parents last night in town, so it will be a special treat to have them there with us. READ MORE

February 7, 2017 |

Our Bedroom with Parachute Home

Our master bedroom has come a long way since we first moved into our house back in November.  It is a very modest, cottage-like space that we didn’t know we were looking for when we first started our house hunt almost a year ago.  Most modern master bedrooms are MASSIVE and have tons of closet space, and seating areas and when we moved to Arizona we thought “yeah, we’ll take one of those!”, but man, when we first saw this house in the thick of our house hunt, we felt something special in the old charm of a very practical space.  This Tudor has seen a thing or two since being built in 1930 and we are letting her do the talkin’.  In our last apartment we made a conscious decision to make our bedroom a room for sleeping not an extension of our office or living room and we brought that theme over to our house.  It isn’t a room with a tv, or laptops, or anything that would distract us from feeling rested.  In our first apartment, putting a tv in our bedroom felt like a luxury.  We loved curling up in bed and watching movies until we felt tired enough to fall asleep.  It sounds great, and it probably was for a while there, but it definitely kept us from the rest we really needed.  Distractions are all around us, and we work in a field that is constantly swallowed up with technology, so we felt that if there was one room in our house that was just for us it would be the bedroom.

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April 21, 2016 |

Little Kitchen Nook

New Darlings - Dining Room Kitchen Nook - Boho Mid-century styleNew Darlings - Dining Room Kitchen Nook - Boho Mid-century styleNew Darlings - Dining Room Kitchen Nook - Bar cart styleWe always have so much fun reading up on home decor, discovering new websites and books on inspiring spaces, new and old trends and great finds. Recently, we made a few small updates in the dining room/breakfast nook area of our apartment, that have made a big impact on the space.  A few small additions are really making it feel more homey.

We shared a peek into this room a while back, but there was still a lot that just felt unfinished. We are renting, so there is a limit to the amount of work we can (or should) do in each room.  Thankfully, for us, the walls were painted a great shade of white (we opted out of the traditional accent wall), which makes the room feel bright and airy, and was a great starting point for us. There wasn’t a light fixture when we moved in, so we hung this chandelier from West Elm and added Edison bulbs.

New Darlings - Kitchen Open ShelvingNew Darlings - Kitchen NookWe scored this John Vogel dining table on sale a while back when we were still living in our old apartment, and were so happy that it fit perfectly here in our new space. One day, down the line, when we’re in a bigger place (or make the transition to a house) we’d love to have a larger, rectangular version of this table.  The legs are just so pretty and something you don’t see very often.  It’s probably obvious we love mid-century design, but unless you’re a super savvy estate sale goer or are constantly hunting on Craigslist, it can be difficult to find some great vintage items at a good price. Phoenix has some amazing vintage furniture shops (see some of our favorites here), but before we discovered them we found some nice vintage-lookalikes on Overstock, which is where we found these dining chairs. We’ve had them for over two years now and they’re still going strong. The seats are super easy to wipe clean too, which is always a plus (and something we think about when buying furniture).

New Darlings - Cow Hide Rug - Avarcas SandalsOne of our favorite parts of this little nook is the rug. The living room and kitchen/dining area are all pretty close to each other, so we didn’t want it to feel confusing to the eye with too many patterns and prints going on. We found so many pretty shag rugs with different patterns and designs, but thought it might have been too much, so we opted for a neutral camel and beige cow hide inspired rug from Loloi. We found them a while back when we were shopping for pillows. They have such a huge selection of rugs, pillows and throws for all different rooms and styles. The design we chose from their Grand Canyon Collection is somewhat simple, but we feel it really pulls the room together, making it feel cozy and complete. We love it.

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To finish off the space, we added some plants and this cool cactus skeleton from our friend’s local flowershop, around the hanging print. We love the texture it adds to the space. Our family back east always joke around with us about how much we’ve really embraced “desert style”. Although we don’t see a huge southwestern influence in our decor, always mixing in different elements and styles, we definitely love all the plant life and natural tones the desert has to offer.
You can see some other home + design posts here:
Office Refresh | Leather Furniture Favorites | Living Room Makeover
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April 13, 2016 |

Leather Furniture Favorites

New Darlings - Boho Midcentury Living RoomWe’ve always been fans of the classic look of leather furniture. Before moving in to our new place, we had planned what pieces we were going to bring along from our old apartment as well as some new purchases.  On the top of that list of new purchases was our leather sofa.  It was a piece we had both wanted for quite some time and we’re happy to say it’s still one of our favorites in our home. When we moved in and finished setting everything up, I was that nervous (maybe slightly OCD) person who cringed when a guest plopped themselves on the couch or chair in our living room. I had visions of scratches and deep rips setting into the furniture. “Did they have keys on their jeans or maybe a big ‘ol fancy belt buckle that would destroy the new furniture?” It was pretty comical and a bit neurotic, to say the least. Now almost a year later, the leather is aging beautifully, showing wrinkles and distress marks that only add character to the pieces.

Here’s a round up of some of our favorite leather furniture pieces with a mid-century flare… READ MORE

March 8, 2016 |

Office Refresh

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When we moved to Arizona from New York in July of 2013, we thought we knew our style.  We made some impulse purchases and set up our dream space rather quickly only to find out that we may have pulled the trigger a little prematurely.  We found ourselves bringing things into our home that we liked a lot without thinking about the big picture.  Does this piece work with everything else?  That’s a question we wish we had asked ourselves.  When we decided to tackle our office space and do a complete refresh, we asked ourselves that question a whole lot.  We knew we loved the rest of our home, but the office just always felt unfinished.  This time around, we looked at the entire space.  Will this work with that? Does this color belong here? Does this even fit?  We think we asked all the right questions this time around, and finally we have an office space that makes sense, makes us feel comfortable, and most importantly inspires us. READ MORE

November 12, 2015 |

Workspace

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West Elm chair, desk, lamp (old — similar here and here) | etsy prints: Bearded Man print by depeapa
Coney Island print by SophieBlackall  | cb2 clock

The next room we’re looking to tackle around here is our office/guest room. We’re thinking of replacing the futon/sleeper sofa, getting a new bookshelf, and maybe a little area rug.  Here are some favorites office furniture pieces, along with some fun desk accessories for your work space. READ MORE

November 1, 2015 |

#WestElmxASPCA

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We’re so excited to be hosting (and photographing) another event with our friends over at west elm. If you follow along with us on instagram or saw our living room makeover post here on the blog, it’s pretty clear we’re huge fans of the company’s furniture and design aesthetic, but what we love most is how they’re always finding ways to give back.  This holiday season they teamed up with the ASPCA on a creative way to help animals in need.

On Thursday, November 5th, we’ll be at west elm’s Scottsdale location, taking complimentary holiday photos of you and your pets! For every photo taken in-store and tagged using #westelmxaspca that day, west elm will donate $1 to the ASPCA.  Plus, all attendees will also receive a 20% off promotional code for minted.com, to order their personalized holiday cards. It’s kind of a win-win…free photos of you and your furry friends, plus a great way to give back during the holidays.

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Don’t want to stop there? Get an early start on your holiday shopping (or decorating) with some of the cute ASPCA inspired designs.  The team at west elm created some adorable tea towels and felt ornaments featuring some of the coolest pets of instagram.  We’re kind of obsessed with Cookie of PS.NY!

Here are some of our favorites:

*Event Details*
Thursday, November 5th
west elm Scottsdale
15279 N Scottsdale Rd, Phoenix, Arizona 85254
6:00-8:00pm
RSVP on Facebook here!
Be there or be square! 😉

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His: Urban Outfitters shirt | jeans c/o Dstld Denim | watch c/o Timex
Hers: Urban Outfitters shirt | Free People jeans | Estee Lauder lipstick in “Defiant Coral” | watch c/o Timex

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September 22, 2015 |

Our Dining Room Progress

New Darlings - Dining Room process New Darlings - Dining RoomOne room at a time, this apartment of ours is slowly coming together. It’s definitely been a process, but one we are enjoying and putting a lot of love in to.  One thing we have always struggled with was deciding on artwork.  It has always felt like such a big commitment and something that would dictate the whole feel of the room.  We’ve done gallery walls in the past, but honestly…they give us a lot of design anxiety.  (Yes, that’s a thing…at least for us. Haha) Which piece goes with which? Should our frames match or all be different? Is the color story clear? Maybe down the road, we’ll experiment with a gallery wall again, but for the dining room we decided to go with one large piece of art work.  We felt this was the simpler route and made more sense for our small space, while still making a statement. Our living room, kitchen, and dining room are all open to each other, so we wanted to make sure we chose a piece that flowed well with the living room and accents in the kitchen.  After searching on Minted under different filters, colors, sizes, and shapes, we decided on this pretty landscape. We loved the neutral palette and the calmness of it.  It’s been so nice to sit at the table in the morning, still a little sleepy eyed, over a cup of coffee and glance over at it.  It’s definitely a nice way to start each day.  This little dining room of ours still needs some love (still on the hunt for an area rug and some other accents), but we definitely feel like it’s starting to come together. Below we put together a round-up of some of our favorite large scale art pieces.  The Italian coast line print was a close runner-up. 😉
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John Vogel dining table (similar here and here), dining chairs (similar here and here), art print c/o Minted, Moonage hanging planter, West Elm chandelier with Edison bulbs, Target bar cart (similar)

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August 18, 2015 |

Living Room Makeover with West Elm

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We are so excited to finally share our living room makeover! We’ve been working with the amazing team at West Elm, since May, designing our new space.  For us, the living room is one of our most used rooms in our home.  It’s where we hang out with friends, have movie nights, spontaneous dance parties, and binge watch Netflix.  We knew that moving in to the location that we’re in meant sacrificing a bit of space.  This living room is a little smaller than our last (see our first apartment here), measuring about 10 x 12 feet.  After going back and forth a bit and weighing out all of our options, we decided to start from scratch and create the living room we always dreamed of.  We loved each of the pieces in our old place individually, however it never truly felt like it all came together for us.  So we sold some of our old furniture, gave a few pieces away to friends to enjoy, and started with a clean slate. READ MORE

August 11, 2015 |

Over the Weekend

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Last weekend was pretty busy.  We met up with some friends for breakfast on Saturday morning, caught up on life, and discussed some future projects.  Then we all headed over to the West Elm Summer Sizzle Pop Up Shop in Scottsdale.  A few of our friends set up shop there for the day, so we stopped in to see them and some other local artists.  It’s always a treat to stop in to these West Elm events.  We love how they support smaller, local businesses and welcome them in.  We spent the rest of Saturday and most of Sunday wrapping up a little project we’ve been working on, since May.  We can’t wait to share it all next week! We’re so excited!

This week we’re looking forward to getting some work done and enjoying some time in our new home.  We’ve been out and about so much lately that it feels like we haven’t had time to really appreciate the space.  We’re thankful to be so close to so many great shops and restaurants but this week we’re looking forward to just laying low, cooking some meals at home, and cuddling up on the couch.

Hope everyone has a great week!

His: Urban Outfitters short sleeve button down (similar), long sleeve button down, jeans c/o Dstld Denim, shoes c/o Minnetonka Moccasin, Timex watch
Hers: Madewell tee and tote, Urban Outfitters jeans (similar), Steve Madden sandals, Elizabeth and James glasses, Mac lip color in “Russian Red”

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