Bathroom Tiles

Ok, so I have a slight obsession with tiles. Not just for the bathroom, but basically for any room. I love geometric lines mixed with marble or strong solid colors. Personally, my favorite colors for a bathroom is either blue or green (or both) with black and white and gold accents. So the only problem for me is, that I want a bathroom with each color scheme.. So I will have to get a house with three bathrooms. I'm sorry, it's the only way.  

I mean how can you not just want to take a shower or a relaxing bath in these colors? You basically feel like you're outside, but in a much cleaner and safer environment and comfort of your own home. 

I love the combination between the different tiles in color, size and style like the one right above. The vertical, horizontal and hexagon tiles mixed together is so pleasing to the eye because its not all the same, and it makes it playful and different.   

Light Fixtures

I used to think that light fixtures didn't matter, and that the only light we needed were spots in the ceiling and maybe a lamp on my night stand, and a few standing lamps for ambiance in the living room, but now that I'm older, and have lived in multiple apartments and bought my own furniture, I realize how much a light fixture can do to a space. And that there are so many ways to change the mood of your space with a light fixture. And there are sooo many different designs out there now - make it reflect your own personal style!  

If you're anything like me, your personal and home style has changed drastically over the years. I've been lucky enough to have moved around to different places where I've been able to furnish from scratch a few times now, and just thinking back to the first apartment I had in Los Angeles and the style I had then was so different from what I like now. The more I've matured, I'm also noticing that my home style is much more masculine, such as darker colors, minimalistic and straight lines. This also goes for the lamps and other light fixtures I had. 

Tip: 

If you live in a smaller space (I live in a studio apartment) and feel like the lamps you have is making your apartment even smaller, try to move your lamps around. I recently did this, and it actually changed the whole feel of the place! I'm also a huuge fan of as much natural light as humanly possibly in my home, so you want to have lamps/light where the natural light comes in during the day, also at night. I swear it makes me sleep better at night, because it's a softer transition to dark and "unnatural" light. 

Personally, I love to mix and match metallics and colors in all aspects of my life. Meaning I always mix silver and gold, and sometimes rose gold jewelry, and my home style is no different. For example, in my kitchen I have a gold paper towel holder, next to a silver bowl, and on my desk I have a rose gold/copper pencil holder next to a gold candle..you get the picture. So why not do the same with your light fixtures? 

Outdoor Furniture

I grew up in Norway. In a house with a big back yard and a pretty big porch/balcony, so we would always sit outside whenever the weather would allow it, and now that I'm living in an apartment complex in Los Angeles where I don't have the same luxury, I miss it all the time. I cannot wait until the day I have my own house with a back yard and a big balcony, but until then, I'll just dream about it.. 

So even though I don't have an outdoor place to furnish, I still look at them whenever I'm at home good stores (a girl can dream, m right?) 

The stores I love for outdoor furniture in LA, are pretty much the same I always list.. 

- CB2

- West Elm 

- World Market

- Crate & Barrel

- Restoration Hardware

"Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience." 

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dark Accent Walls

My favorite colors to use for accent walls is black, dark greens and dark blues. Depending on what kind of room you are painting, these colors will give a sense of calm and serenity. You should stick with cool colors when you're choosing a brighter/darker color. If you're painting in a lighter hue, you can use most colors because it won't affect your vision and mood as much. Believe me, when I was a kid I chose a bright orange color for my walls, and I didn't sleep at all for the year it was that color until my mother decided to paint it in a light lavender color - good choice mom. 

Adding a mirror to your room will automatically give it a larger space feeling, and give it more dept. Especially if you want it against that dark accent wall. Just be careful where you place it, so it's not in a lot of direct sunlight - that glare will be extremely annoying! 

My favorite colors to use for accent walls is black, dark greens and dark blues. Depending on what kind of room you are painting, these colors will give a sense of calm and serenity. You should stick with cool colors when you're choosing a brighter/darker color. If you're painting in a lighter hue, you can use most colors because it won't affect your vision and mood as much. Believe me, when I was a kid I chose a bright orange color for my walls, and I didn't sleep at all for the year it was that color until my mother decided to paint it in a light lavender color - good choice mom. 

Pictures borrowed from Pinterest 

Home Office for Small Spaces

Meaning, you only have room for one desk and one chair in your apartment. I myself live in a studio apartment, so I don't have a lot of space in general, so making the most out of what you have can be challenging. Here are some great ideas to what you can do to utilize the space you have and to make it personal.

My Go-to places for office supplies/decor in LA:

- Container store

- Target

- CB2

- West Elm

- World Market (the Grove) 

- Michaels/Michaels-Moskatels 

Depending on what part of your house or apartment you place your nook of an office, you want to make sure it's not too busy with colors and elements so it can go with the rest of the room. Unless you thrive in a more cluttered and colorful environment where you can let your creative juices flow, minimalism and balance helps to keep your brain focused, and you can focus on the work you have to do. 

Tip:

Sometimes if I feel demotivated and need of inspiration, I flip my desk around so that it face the window and I can watch outside. I know it sounds corny, but think about it. Do you really want to be staring into a wall for hours of the day in a corner? 

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