Long Beach Living // A Tour of our Home (so far...)

It's been a little over three months now since we moved into our apartment in Long Beach and it's really starting to feel like home! Our space has tons of natural light and historic charm, which we love. Of course any new home brings it's challenges (in our case - how to adjust to no storage and life without air conditioning) but overall it's a great fit for our little family. It's a work in progress and there's still so much to be done (new sofa, guest bedroom, etc. etc.) but I wanted to share a few photos of how we've styled out our space so far!

Also please note Bruce posing in all these photos - he LOVES having his picture taken, is swear I didn't put him there he just loves to be the center of attention, if you can find him that is! Ha!

The bathroom has this great old retro pink, burgundy, black and green tile - it's a little beat up but it's got so much character it's totally grown on me!

So there ya have it! Stay tuned for progress on our bedrooms and the rest of our little home.


On My Radar // Wicker + Rattan

One of my very favorite pieces of furniture is a wicker hutch that I got off the side of the road - one of my elderly neighbors was getting rid of it and it is fabulous! Despite Max's disgust we took it home and after a quick wipe down and lysol spritz it was good as new. 

Of course rattan and wicker decor has been around for decades but this trend is having a major moment right now. You can find beautiful retro-inspired pieces at almost every retailer these days - Anthropologie, West Elm, Ikea, Target, you name it! Of course there's no place like Etsy and vintage shops to get the real deal - pieces that are actually from the 60s and 70s.

It's funny how things that are old become new again and the trends cycle on. Let it be a lessson learned - never get rid of anything that your husband says is "old and gross" because it just might be your new favorite piece! (Another lesson - "rattan" refers to the material and "wicker" is the technique. Thanks google!)


Living Room Sneak Peek

We're settling into life in Long Beach and loving our new place! It's still a work in progress but I wanted to share a little sneak-peek of our living room space with you. Eventually we will get a real sofa but for now the futon that I've had since middle school has made it's way with us to California. Really getting our money's worth on that ole thing!It's amazing to see how different our furnishings look in our new space - the soft grey-blue walls, dark floors, and abundant natural light really makes our rug pop! Bruce and our lime tree are loving our bright and sunny window and we're finally starting to adjust to the no-a/c lifestyle. Stay tuned for more on our new home! 



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