Posts tagged Design
Adding Mid-Century Modern Flair
Anna Osgoodby Life + Design :: Adding Mid-Century Modern Flair

Coming off of the end of my moving series it only seems appropriate that I shared a little decor inspiration, right?! That’s what I thought too! Which is why when the crew over at Chairish reached out to me with a design challenge, you know I couldn’t say no! 

Living in a rental can be a little challenging with design sometimes because you have more restrictions in terms of what you can do. Simple things like painting and fixtures are generally out of the picture so you have to get a little bit more creative with your furnishings to highlight your space. Not to mention you don’t always want to buy pieces that might not work in a future space. 

So what’s a renter to do? Focus on the things you can customize and have fun with your space! Whether you’re going to be there a year or 5+, I think it’s so important to make a space your own and make it really feel like home. There are so many awesome ways to get inspiration these days too! Whether it’s blogs, design magazines (like my favorite HGTV magazine), TV, Pinterest, there are so many great options to get ideas from for a starting point! Take a look around and get a good idea of what really is or isn’t your style.  

My advice is to find some key pieces that are versatile. I love color and pattern, but I’d prefer to buy a neutral couch that I can jazz up with different pillows than something too crazy that I might not like as much a few years down the road. By mixing neutrals in with statement pieces, you can really make a space your own.

My style tends to be bold and colorful. To me, there’s nothing better than walking into a fun and brightly decorated space. For this reason, I picked out some fun key pieces from Chairish’s Mid-Century collection for my inspiration board to bring out color as well as some texture. Something I really like about mid-century design is it’s pretty structured with clean lines, which makes it easy to work into your design no matter what your style is. 

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Adding Mid-Century Modern Flair

Atomic Geometric Print | Tufted Sofa | Industrial Painted Bar Cart | Bar Stools | Mori Shizume- New York Skyline Silkscreens | Yellow Ceramic Pendant | Vintage Liquor Bottles | Lucite Barware Set 

I picked the neutral blue couch because I love the tufting on it along with the color. Pair it with some fun throw pillows and a faux fur along the back and the couch would be the perfect spot to get cozy on! Plus, it’s big enough to double as a bed if you’re living in a studio like I am in the city. Next up, I picked the awesome geometric chair. I love the coloring and pattern on this one and think it would be the perfect statement piece for a living room. With bold throw pillows and the chair, I’d probably suggest rounding out the space with simple coffee tables and a neutral rug.

Another trend I refuse to get over is bar carts. My bar cart continues to be one of my favorite pieces in my studio and I love the industrial flair that this one from Chairish has. Bar carts are so much fun because you can display fun glasses (which I totally have a glass buying addition – yes, that’s a real thing) along with all of your party essentials. I just think it’s such a fun way to display your things, no matter what they on such a timeless piece.

My last set of choices include the bar stools, which are perfect for city living. Space is tight and chances are you probably won’t have room for a full dining room table so bar stools can be perfect for your built in bar or if you have a pub table. Wrap it all together with some other fun mid-century accessories and your apartment is already on its way to looking colorful and fabulous! I hope this sparks a little home decor inspiration for you or gets you thinking about your style!

Farewell C. Wonder
Anna Osgoodby Life + Design :: Saying Farewell to C. Wonder Plus Some Colorful Additions to the Studio

I have to admit, when I found out C. Wonder was biting the dust I was really sad! It’s probably not healthy to have attachment issues with a store, but I really did love it. The colors.. patterns.. aw! It was one of those places that just made you happy walking into! Plus it was totally my go-to for gifts (when on sale of course).

Thanks to my always-on-it coworkers, we found out that on top of the store-closing deals the stores were also selling all of their props. At that point I wasn’t even sure what things would be on sale, but being that the decor was always on par with my eye for cuteness I knew I wanted in!

As soon as we walked in my eyes were set on these fabulous colorful prop suitcases. I didn’t really have any idea what I was going to do with them, but I knew I’d figure something out!

Living small on space, every thing in my apartment really needs to double with some sort of purpose (or just really be too cute not to have). I had a couple fun first ideas, but it turned out they might have to wait for a time when my apartment is a little bitter than 370 sq ft. For now, I decided to split up the two sizes I bought and go with the stacking side table options for now. 

Another thing I really love about these suitcases too is they are indeed functional, so if I need some more storage space for my ever-growing sundress collection I have 5 suitcases waiting to be filled! 

A little piece of C. Wonder will continue to live on in the Osgoodby casa!

Bright, Patterned with a Dose of Happy
Anna Osgoodby Life + Design :: Apartment Tour NYC Upper East Side

I’m a big fan of color and pattern, I’m sure you’re not too surprised to hear that though ;-). Stores like C. Wonder, Jonathan Adler and Lilly Pulitzer are my go-to’s for color inspiration — even if I generally don’t actually buy anything there unless it’s seriously on sale! I’m a window shopper ;-)

Here’s a look at some of the newer additions to my little happy space!

After I put up my faux chandelier, I remember thinking to myself.. well, I’ve officially done everything decor-wise I wanted to do with my apt, now what?! I’m pretty sure I jinxed myself with that statement because little did I know a month later I’d find out I actually have to move this summer.

Why yes, yes that is Grumpy Cat! Thanks for that one Little Duck! :)

In my living room I added some new faux fur throws from Ikea. At $9.99 they’re a steal and bring a fun element to the room. 2 more additions include my faux deer head and my bar cart!  

I know you probably already read my bar cart post, but it’s worth mentioning again how much I love it! My bar cart, faux deer head and faux chandelier are definitely some of my favorite things! 

I’m still bummed I have to move again soon and say goodbye to my little happy place, but I’m going to enjoy my last 3 months and try and look forward to trying some new things at my new place. Time to work on a new Pinterest board ;-)