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Hipster Apartment Decor

hipster wall decal glassesvia loveitsomuch.com

What is hipster style? It is a melting pot of ideas, cultural differences, and authentic details. It is a style that is embraced by younger middle class and late teens, as a form of expression, in personal style, fashion, and of course in their apartment decor. The use of unique fixtures, wall decals, and the always great flea-market finds can create a unique and expressive hipster space.

hipster apartment livingvia blog.mrandmrssmith.com

small hip apartment styleSimplicity is not overruled when it comes to hipster apartment decor. Keeping it neat and simple with subtle color choices make for an inviting space, fresh and welcoming…and quite hip.

What are your ideas of hipster decor?

Apartments To Like

Cool light fixtures for any apartment designed by Johan Lindsten.

Interior Stockholm

Designed by Johan Lindstén

Skärmavbild 2013-01-25 kl. 11.42.15The lamp Meltdown is made of thin-walled, handblown colored glass.

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Studio Apartment

awesome studio apartmentStudio Apartment of the Week.  Apartments to Like.com

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Leopard Print Decor


Room in Manhattan

I love this room in Manhattan. Vintage style clothing designer Michelle Smith’s apartment speaks vintage chic. The decor by Shaun Jackson features an alarmingly beautiful crystal chandelier, 1940s eglomise mirror, and pale zebra-print chairs by Jim Thompson.

Photo: Roger Davies for Elle Decor

Ah, everything vintage and turquoise…so summer love…

I love these different designer fabrics. Great post with info!

Stylish Design Services

This article provides a brief history of several iconic fabric houses and patterns including Missoni, Marimekko, Ikat and Suzani.

Missoni: Missoni is an Italian fashion house based in Varese, Italy that was founded by Ottavio and Rosita Missoni in 1953.  They are famous for their use of a multitude of patterns such as stripes, geometrics, and abstract florals, in a rainbow of colors and the liberal use of many different fabrics such as wool, cotton, linen, rayon and silk.

Marimekko: Marimekko was founded in 1951 by Viljo and Armi Ratia.  Unikko is perhaps the most famous and recognizable pattern from Marimekko, featuring a bold, colorful poppy design.  The iconic print was designed in 1964 by pioneering Marimekko designer Maija Isola.

Marimekko was first introduced to the United States when architect Benjamin C. Thompson featured them in his Design Research stores. They were made famous when Jacqueline Kennedy wore Marimekko dresses frequently during the 1960 US Presidential campaign.

Retailer Crate and Barrel began a relationship with Marimekko…

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Christmas Gift Ideas – From Restoration Hardware

My Christmas Gift Ideas list is stumping me…what do you give the loved one in your life who has everything and says often she doesn’t need anything?  Thankfully I searched Restoration Hardware‘s lovely site and found unique and reasonably priced gift giving ideas.  First off, I love these Faux Fur Throws, this one in Linx featured above, for $79.00

Who doesn’t need to keep their feet warm? Luxury Plush Foot Duvets – only $19.00 !

The Spa Robe, simply chic…$99.00

Winter Home Candle collection. Beautifully packaged for gift giving, for hostess gifts or for housewarming. $23.99 – $40.99

Mini Cashmere hand warmers – $10.00 and Hot Water bottles – $39.99 to keep those mitts warm during neighborhood caroling or other outdoor adventures.

Enjoy, and Happy Christmas Gift Giving!


Defining Antique, Vintage and Retro

Antique Victorian Loveseat via Scenic Mesa.

What exactly do the terms antique, vintage and retro mean and what, pray tell, is the difference? Hmmm? This has been an on-going question in my mind and may be one for you as well when considering your decor choices. Here’s the nitty-gritty on these words of “old”….

Antique – as defined by Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary – A relic or object of ancient times or of and earlier period than the present; a work of art, piece of furniture, or decorative object made at an earlier period and according to various customs and laws at least 100 years ago.

So, basically antique means something old… like, really old. It carries all the dust, must and mold from its ancient days. It probably shows signs of wear and tear such as chips, scratches, gashes, paint-overs, and if it’s an electrical item it more than likely won’t run or light up. (Re-wiring officially needed!).

The word Antique has basically been clear to me, no surprises there, but vintage and retro get me confused. Just what is the difference?

Vintage – as defined by same dictionary as above – of or relating to a vintage (which applies to wine); of old, recognized and enduring interest, importance, or quality; classic; a period of origin or manufacture.

So if something is vintage it is old and “used” but not from your great-grandfather’s time. Vintage items and furniture may have imperfections also. Mid-century modern in style is considered vintage and objects might be associated with some people’s “younger days”, with pop culture, junk food, and fashion trends. Vintage, from what I’ve found, applies to a period of time such as the 50s, 60s, 70s etc.

Here we have sample of vintage industrial furniture via Style Devie.com

Now, for Retro…

Retro – definition – a prefix mainly meaning backward; back; situated behind.

According to Age Defining, the article I used as a source from Apartment Therapy, retro can also be defined as “fashionably nostalgic or old-fashioned.”

In short, retro is applied to something out of style. Items in this category are fashions of the past which bring a nostalgic feel when viewed but are not fashionable now. I realize that I may have applied the word “retro” to furniture and objects that may be considered “vintage” since they were presently in style to use in home decor. Retro also seems to apply to a person who may have out-dated decor or may dress in an old style, not in a fashionable sense, but simply because they haven’t updated their wardrobe since 1975! 🙂 Uh, I know someone like this…

In any case, I’ve found that mostly retro and vintage are interchangeable when used online, and I guess that doesn’t really hurt a thing. Mainly I get the idea that vintage items are in style, are not too, too old, and relate to a period of time in the past century. Retro seems to mean out of style and old, but nice to look at just the same.

If you have any thoughts on retro or vintage definitions, let me know.


Zebra Stripes don’t scare me…much

I have to decorate a flat white apartment and the tenant wants to keep the place as monochromatic as possible. I threw in some Zebra pillows and she went crazy…with happiness! We tend to see animal prints as a dangerous turn in decorating or even in fashion, and I admit it does take a fearless spirit to wear this bold choice, either on our bodies or in our homes. The photo above, love this room, is from Home Decorating Trends.

Nice touch in a corner of a the bedroom: a splash of zebra print on a fashionable seat.

I must have this chair…found at Design Ties.

I harbor an incredible affection for Italian Murano glass and these Vivarini Zebra lamps from Formia lift my inspiration level.

Haven’t the heart to do a room in zebra print need not deter the zebra-loving soul…Zebra Striped Mug from Cafe Press. Only $18.00

Well, if you love zebras then bring your baby into the world with style. This pink and brown baby girl Zebra Crib Bedding is Made in the USA by Carousel Designs.

Damask rug found on eBay.

And while I’m still trying to decide how to wear my white jeans after Labor Day I may pop out this BluMarine Zebra trench coat from Fall 2010.

Love for zebra print and this furry handbag.

And lastly, always consider adding the indomitable animal to your walls in the form of great artwork or prints…Here Zebra Stripes by momof4boyoboys. Print available.

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