Before & After: Student Housing Revamp

Apartment after

If you’ve checked out our lookbook, you may have seen some of Going Lovely’s event and storefront design work. Well, we also love getting our hands dirty in the interior decorating space. Today we’ve got a fun before-and-after to share with you! Just a couple weeks ago I moved from a lovely loft in San Francisco (750 sq ft) to student housing in Palo Alto (550 sq ft) . I  LOVED LOVED LOVED our…

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The Ikea Tube

Have you all heard the latest news about Ikea? The Swedish company has released a Youtube commercial for a customizable home theater system that is set to launch in a few countries by the end of this year. Ikea is already a popular destination for affordable and attractive furniture, now it looks like they are entering into the electronic space with the integration of the two. I actually think their…

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Loft Love

I  thought I’d share some pictures of our loft that I took recently for Apartment Therapy’s Small Cool Contest. Sadly, I don’t think our place was chosen for the contest, although the deadline for submissions isn’t until April 18th, so maybe they are just sifting through all the applications and haven’t gotten to mine yet. I’ll keep you all posted and will be asking for your vote if I make…

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Vanity Fair

So, my girlfriend was looking for a vanity and asked if I’d help her find some alternatives to the pricey options she’s seen online. She sent over the first picture below as inspiration and I did some additional searching myself on Pinterest and Craigslist. I’ve come up with quite a few reasonable options that just need a little TLC, paint, and updated hardware. Inspiration vanities:  via Etsy via Pinterest via…

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Pillow Talk

Let’s do a little pillow talk today. It was time to finally replace/update the pillows that we got when we bought our couch. They weren’t bad, but they definitely weren’t “us” –  I knew we could do better. I don’t have any pictures of them in our current place, but here they are in our last apartment. Definitely time for an upgrade, right? I wanted to somehow incorporate bright blue…

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Flower Market Fun

This weekend I took a little trip to the San Francisco Flower Market, which is just around the corner from my place. I don’t know why I don’t come here more often, I’m always left inspired, and who doesn’t love fresh flowers?! The SF Flower Market sells all flowers at wholesale, which means you can get a really great deal. We got all the flowers for our wedding at the…

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Coffee Table Creative

Our coffee table was in need of a little pizazz, and after some pinning and blog surfing, I was inspired by the coffee table styling done by Kirsten over at Restored Style. I already had a similar jar, but I decided rather than using some moss covered balls, I wanted something with a bit more color to brighten up the room a bit. What did I decide to use? Yarn!…

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Keeping it Personal

A few weeks back I shared some ideas for creative bridal shower gifts (you can check them out here). This week I thought I’d share some of the creative and personalized wedding gifts we received that we think are just are oh-so-special! Personalized gifts can be tricky; there’s a chance the recipient doesn’t appreciate the same things you do and may not actually use what you get them. However, I fully…

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Gallery Wall Goodness

Gallery walls are all over design blogs and Pinterest these days and I’ve jumped on the bandwagon. They are such a great way to display your favorite pictures and prints and can fill up an empty wall space that would typically require a large piece of art. In our bedroom/loft, we had a canvas that we’d bought when we were furnishing our first place together. I’m actually surprised lasted as…

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Uncommon Objects

In addition to great weather, BBQ, and delicious TexMex, Austin is also known for its unique boutiques and vintage  shops. One evening last week before dinner, a couple co-workers and I made our way in to a funky antique store called Uncommon Objects just before closing time. Maybe it’s better that we only had 15 minutes to browse because I’m pretty sure I could have easily spent a couple hours…

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