Moving Back Home PART 2

Welcome to Part 2 of Moving Back Home!  In this post, I am going to show you how I transformed my parent’s attic into my own little studio.  As I mentioned in Part 1, I originally had no intentions of making this attic room cute.  I was very keen on saving my money and only buying furniture for my new place when I moved out.  However, as the months went on and I started to actually enjoy living at home, I knew the decor had to change to make the space personal and comfortable for me.  

B E F O R E :

When I moved from Chicago to NY, my parents drove and picked me up in their minivan, which was super sweet, but left no room for my big furniture.  The biggest casualty of the cross-country move was my brown velvet couch, which I loved.  When I got to my attic room, the big furniture consisted of hand-me-downs from my family. As you can see in this first picture, nothing really matched and it was so uninspired and impersonal to my style and aesthetic.  I commute to work 3 hours a day and work a full 8 hours, so I knew I would be miserable coming back to a room that didn’t feel “mine” each day. 

When I started envisioning how I wanted my room to look, I turned to some of my interior design favorites-  Johanna Gaines, Genevieve Gorder and Nate Berkus.  I knew I liked Mid-Century Modern, but I also love classic and vintage pieces.  I was getting confused on how to mesh everything.  Then I remembered Johanna saying in her book that the best rooms are an assortment of styles.  You don’t want it to look like you just went out to Target and bought everything at once.  I wanted my room to show my personality and the places I’ve been. 

The first thing I started with was the rug.  I’ve always been inspired by Moroccan and Oriental ones so I found a red one on Wayfair.com and ordered it.  When it arrived in person it felt really cheap to me and also, I decided I’m not a big red guy.  The colors I’m inspired by have always been neutrals, blues, oranges, and greens. . . .why I bought a red one was beyond me!  I decided to return the rug and look elsewhere.  Then I stumbled upon this gorgeous Moroccan rug from Anthropologie!   What I love about it is the crosses make it a little edgy, but the white and black color scheme makes it perfectly neutral to pair with anything.  It’s also super soft to sit on!  

I am all about quality and that’s why the Wayfair rug was never going to work for me.  I would rather take my time and find pieces I love instead of rushing and ordering something cheap and easy online.   Like this vintage orange rug in the picture below I found at a flea market!

Next was the bedding.  I had this orange striped bedding for years from Urban Outfitters that I LOVED, but I was kind of getting sick of it.  A co-worker of mine told me to check out the H&M home department.  I hadn’t shopped in H&M in quite some time and was honestly expecting low-quality pieces.  To my surprise it was the opposite!  

The pieces are really curated and targeted towards a more unique, European aesthetic, which I love.  I found this striped linen duvet as well as brown velvet pillows there!   Not every H&M has a home department but the one by my job on 48th and 5th does and I highly suggest checking it out!

Since I lost my beloved velvet tufted couch in my move to NY, I really wanted to love its replacement.  While discussing where to buy furniture, my friend told me about a store in New Jersey called Final Cut, which quickly became an addiction of mine over the last five months. Final Cut is an Anthropologie outlet where furniture ends up if the customer isn’t 100% happy with it.  Although some pieces may have a scratch, others are completely fine. . .The customer only returned the piece because the color wasn’t what they expected. The pieces get a huge price cut and go from a $3000 couch to a $600 one.  Which, if you know me, is totally my jam.  I love a good deal.  

First, I fell in love with this green tufted leather chair.  The chair felt like it belonged in the game Clue.  The vintage style and color reminded me of a character in his library, reading a book by the fire with a whisky in hand.  And I loved that!  

Since the chair is tufted, I knew I couldn’t do a tufted sofa next to it.  I decided on this low leather loveseat—compact, cute, and easy to move out of the attic room and into my apartment when the time comes.  I love how neutral and clean the lines are, letting my green chair be the star and do all the talking. 🙂

When it came to accessorizing the place with art, I wanted to do mostly vintage pieces.  I love going to antique stores and flea markets to look for art.  It’s really special finding a one-of-a-kind piece that really speaks to you.  I’m constantly looking for pieces to add to my collection.  Even if I don’t have a place for them now, hopefully one day I will have a place big enough for all the art I’ve accumulated over the years.  🙂

When thinking about decorating, I broke my attic room into different sections. I made the bedroom/living room area one part, a desk area for me to work from, and a dressing/closet area.   I found this desk at a flea market and although I’m not *completely* in love with it, it goes well with the room and gets the job done for now. Also it was $20 so how can you beat that?!   It’s kind of farmhouse-rustic, so I paired it with this sleek mid-century chair.  

I found this shelving unit at IKEA and made it into a shoe rack/plant shelf.  Since my room doesn’t have any closet space, this was perfect for storing my shoes, bags and other things.  🙂

I have been in this attic room on-and-off since I was a sophomore in high school and it’s seen many changes.  I feel good ending my run here with this outcome.  Hopefully the next room you see me decorate will be my future apartment.  🙂

Ciao for now,

Dean

Sofa- ANTHROPOLOGIE

Chair- ANTHROPOLOGIE

Bed Frame- IKEA

Art- VINTAGE, KENDALL KYRA

Shoe Rack- IKEA

Bedding and Pillows- H&M HOME, URBAN OUTFITTERS

Coffee Table- VINTAGE

Rugs- ANTHROPOLOGIE, VINTAGE

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