With fall well underway, the temperatures are dropping here in LA finally! We do have Indian Summers here (where it’s warm all through October), but today was the first day of November and it actually began to feel like fall. LA even woke up to rain today! With all these changes happening outside, it felt like the right time to make a change indoors as well, especially since more time will be spent indoors in the coming months.
For months, I’ve been looking for a macrame or woven wall hanging to complete my bedroom. There are a bunch on Etsy, but they are all pretty expensive and I was looking for a colored hanging to match my bedroom color scheme of purple, yellow, and white. I found this one on Apollo Box, online shopping platform that celebrates the act of discovery. This company is such a cool one, they use Augmented Reality in their app to help their customers see the product virtually before they buy it. What a fun way to shop! They also have really unique and creative products- and exactly the woven wall hanging I was looking for.
With the New Year in full swing, I am in the mood for cleaning. New years are new starts, and therefore are the perfect time to refresh your space and get rid of all the clutter from the previous year. Having moved twice in 2016, I definitely got rid of a lot of things that I did not need. That being said, my new space is still cluttered! I am now taking the time to unpack everything and get organized in my new space. One of the things I like to be the most organized is my desk. My desk is where I write and where my creative process often happens, so I like to keep it clutter-free. I am in the process of creating a mood board to help with my creative process- but until then, my Pinterest will have to do (I’ve been pinning away lately)!
To keep your desk clutter-free and allow the creative process to flow, I’ve rounded up some essentials that I love. My style is definitely bohemian-chic, and I like mixing edgy pieces with a touch of bohemian flair, so when I saw this custom palm-print laptop case from CaseApp, I knew I had to have it! My previous laptop case was getting a bit dingy, so I needed a replacement ASAP. Having a laptop case is a great way to refresh one of your most used items and have it feeling like new again.
As many of you know, I have been working diligently on decorating my new bungalow. The process is about finished and the last piece I have to show you is the living room! Having an older home, my apartment is filled with gorgeous dark wood details, so I decided there needed to be some whites brought into the mix to brighten up the space. To go with the bohemian theme, I wanted a Moroccan shag rug, much like the Beni Ourain versions you might have seen on the internet. When I found this version of a Beni Ourain from Rugs USA, I knew it had to be mine. The details are a bit different than the standard Moroccan shag rugs and I liked it better that way. The white of the rug was the perfect balance to the darker wood details of our home.
I never was one to put a cover on my laptop, but when I saw the phone and laptop covers at CaseApp, I changed my mind. These covers are fantastic if you want an inexpensive trendy cover or don’t want to commit to a more expensive cover. The best part is you can design the covers yourself! I created mine to match my new bedroom with marble, light pink, and gold. I love the result. I even got two new phone covers to match: one in gold and black and the other in a chic palm tree print.
As things in my new bungalow take shape, I am ready to give you all a peak at my dining room! One of the main features I wanted to create in my new home is a gallery wall. To build my own gallery wall, I took inspiration from several gallery walls from other bloggers that I admire: Lauren Conrad, Emily Henderson, and Ashley Kane. I picked out a few of my favorite pieces from Minted and Rifle Paper Co. and combined them with some flea market finds and a few pieces I had in my bedroom before.
As my bungalow in LA comes together, I am going to share snippets of each room with you all in several blog posts and Instagram posts. The first is of my bedroom! I received the most gorgeous king size mattress from Tuft & Needle, a company started by two engineers in Silicon Valley who are grounded in the belief that quality mattresses can be affordable.
My desk has always been a place of clutter. I keep everything from jewelry, notes, perfume, candles, magazines, to cards on my desk and organize it in a way that makes me feel okay with it (all spread to the corners, pretty much). That’s precisely why I did a reorganization of my desk- I got rid of the clutter and picked out a few essentials that made my desk look and feel cleaner. There’s something about throwing things away that makes me feel cleaner immediately, but that’s a whole different topic, I can feel my OCD kicking in…
I found these gold pineapples via LUX, an app that is beautifully curated to with modern home goods and accessories. This made the search quite easy for me because I immediately fell in love with all of their items! The ring holder and candle are from LUX, and the rest of the pieces are mine. I think they fit in quite nicely, don’t you think?
I love helping creative and upcoming brands and apps get the recognition that they deserve. It makes my blogging job worth it!
You can use the code BOHEMIANBYTHEBAY (valid till end of July) to enjoy 25% on all LUX orders over $40!