Hello Baby!

On April 30, right on her due date and 10 minutes before my scheduled OB appointment, our little Edie made her (very punctual) debut! And while I meant to share her finished nursery before then, things happened, naps were taken, and deadlines were missed. Oops.

So here we are, 5.5 weeks later, and I finally have a free moment (and enough sleep to not need that free moment for a nap) to post the pictures of her space! I let Jason pick the theme, though I use that word loosely because super theme-y spaces aren’t really my style, and he settled on “space.” With a modern black & white base and lots of pops of bright color, it’s a perfect compromise between our style and kid-friendly fun. And while I feel like the room will probably keep changing and evolving as she starts living in here and her personality starts to show, I’m loving where it’s starting.

Here’s her space, with a very cute cameo at the end:

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Jason made the neon “shhh” sign, and I made her name pennant, and I love that there are little handmade touches throughout the room to show baby girl how excited we were for her to get here, and how much we love her.

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This board and batten wall was another labor of love, and adds a little character to this builder-grade room.

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Hi, Edie! I can’t wait to watch you grow up in this room.

sources: crib | rug | “eclipse” art | ottoman | “I love you this much” pillow | side table | dresser hardware

Craigslist Catch: modern office chair

After a small summer hiatus, we are back with another edition of Craigslist Catch! This week's steal is a gorgeous tufted faux leather chair with a bent metal frame:

 

I'm imagining it going to live out its golden years in a sophisticated, modern-meets-boho office space, like one of these:

 

Because it's been listed for a while, I'd try to haggle it down a little closer to the $50 mark. I'd pair it with a clean-lined white desk, warm up the space with artwork and a vintage rug in peachy tones, and toss a faux-sheepskin rug over its back. I could definitely see myself upping my productivity in an inspiring workspace like this!

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Now someone, go save it!

9 Small Kitchen Storage Ideas

For the past few weeks, I've been on a real purging spree around the apartmentI'm talking 5 full trips to Goodwill in the past 2.5 weeks. And let me tell you, it feels GOOD. But sometimes, no matter how much you purge, all of the necessary supplies still won't fit into your children's-playset-sized kitchen. And when that happens, it's time to turn to the expert: Zillow. (Just kidding! Mostly.) Instead, I turned to my favorite source for ideas and inspiration, Pinterest, where I saw some gorgeous dining rooms stocked with extra shelving for kitchen supplies. While I'm certainly not done styling and decorating and rearranging (will I ever be?), I'm pretty thrilled with how much more functional our kitchen is, and how much more adorable our dining space is now:

See? Now the toaster and all those cookbooks I've been meaning to test-drive have a place they can show off without taking up valuable counter real estate. Also being stored on this multi-talented bookshelf: a wooden cutting board, five casserole dishes, our hand mixer, serving utensils, and lots of extra flatware. 

If you're in the same boat when it comes to kitchen storage, here are a few of my favorite space-saving Pinterest finds, including my inspiration for our dining room shelf:

Which of these would you try? Have you solved your small-space problems differently? I'd love to know!

look for less: office space

It may be because I have my own mini home office redesign on the brain, but it seems that gorgeous, chic work spaces are everywhere I look lately (case in point: this article, this article, and this pinterest board). I pinned some really great office spaces on my own interiors board this week, so I decided to pick a few of my favorites to recreate for you! Below I've shown you how to get a room that looks pretttttttty close to the photo. And, because you know I'm always looking for a deal, I've also put together a room with a similar look, but for a lot less.

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"get the look" room total: $1,071 shelves | desk | chair | rug | lamp | mirror | tree | lavender
"look for less" room total: $358 shelves | deskchair | rug | lamp | mirror | tree | lavender

office space #2

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"get the look" room total: $4,744 lamp | shade | art | desk | shelf | rug | chair
"look for less" room total: $1,058 lamp | shade | art | desk | pull & brackets | shelf | gold leaf | rug | chair

office space #3

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"get the look" room total: $981 fig tree | desk | chair | rug | pendant | vase
"look for less" room total: $676 topiary tree | desk | chair | rug | pendant | vase

Which look is your favorite, or have you spotted another office space you're crushing on? Share it with me below!

xo Korin

hellokorin holiday: decorating small spaces

If you love decorating for the holidays, but don't love the idea of trying to cram a 6-foot tree and mounds of garland, lights, stockings, and other decorations into your apartment, you've come to the right place. Getting into the Christmas spirit doesn't mean having to squeeze past the tree to get to the bedroom or eat with your dinner in your lap because the nativity set and snow globes and stocking holders are crowding every flat surface within sight. I'll show you how to get maximum festivity with minimal square footage in just a few easy, creative steps:

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The golden rule for decorating an apartment: small space = small decorations. Opt for a miniature tree, and hang fewer, more deliberate ornaments. Not enough space for a full wreath? Hang a few fir sprigs tied with a pretty ribbon!

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An easy way to save space with decorations is to hang them up on the wall! Try out a fun Christmas tree alternative, or hang ornaments from a light fixture! And instead of bulky figurines taking up valuable space, hang festive banners or wreaths on the walls.

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Decorating can start to feel cramped when you add special holiday pieces to your existing decor; try swapping them out instead. Box up your everyday dishes and give them a rest, swapping them with fun holiday plates and place mats; stash your normal throw pillows away and replace them with Christmas-themed ones; and switch out the art on the walls with framed holiday pictures or lyrics to your favorite Christmas song!

I wanna see your apartment's holiday style! Snap a pic of your digs and tag me @hellokorin_ on Instagram.

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XO Korin