Just before our move, I shot these photos of our living room. Between here and my office, this is where we spent all our time and made so many memories.
My favorite things about this space were the open concept living area and the all-white palette. Coco and Chanel’s favorite thing was the roomy floor plan, which was big enough for our large couch and chaise lounge, where they loved to snuggle – and ample space for games of chase and catch.
A picture rail from IKEA held the current framed inspirations above the couch, with a central coffee table to display faux blooms and the latest reading materials. I love having all-white fake flowers in a variety of sizes and shapes.
A favorite memory is one we will hopefully never be able to recreate: we had some noisy neighbors who were in the habit of cranking their subwoofers and banging around for hours at all hours of the day. One night, we were about to go to bed when the banging started again. After 15 minutes, we decided to just embrace the noise, and started putting up a couple pictures we’d wanted to get on the wall. It’s not like we were going to wake anyone, we thought.
Thirty seconds later, our neighbors were banging on our door, asking why we were making so much noise. “We are just chopping nuts, so why are you banging around so rudely?!” Hahaha! At least every time they were really loud after that, we knew why: they had a lot of nuts to chop. #isthisreallife
Metal-and-glass shelves from IKEA held mementos, like the wine and champagne bottles from our wedding and honeymoon, my wedding shoes and the dried first bouquet of roses David ever gave me.
The dogs loved these oversized pillows so much. They would shove them in the corners, stack them on top of each other and nap on top of the pile.
This Crate & Barrel mini bar was the perfect size to hold our favorite drinks, and the side racks put pretty barware on display.
If I could figure out how to simply paint canvases and dress up all day – and still have a functioning bank account – I would. I actually hardly painted the entire time we lived here, which is something I intend to turn around soon.
Sliding glass doors to the balcony let it plenty of light and gave us that “quintessential California” indoor-outdoor living flow. These IKEA chairs were a second-hand find from a previous apartment, and have followed us all along the San Francisco Peninsula!
Faux greenery for patios is my favorite, adding pretty colors and textures without worrying about them needing water or causing allergies – or trips to the emergency vet.
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Going through these photos again has me excited to finish settling into our new place. It seems like such a simple task, but everything takes much longer than anticipated with a move!