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Interior Decorating by Elaine Burns

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Wax Buffalo - A Styling Story

Now that I’m settled in my new apartment and the space is feeling more like home I am able to focus on the fun details - accessories!

Wax Buffalo  Copper Vessel

Wax Buffalo Copper Vessel

I’ve been a fan of Wax Buffalo’s simple, yet eye-catching packaging for a while on Instagram, and loved the brand more upon learning their mission to create beautiful products that evoke reminders of earthy, familiar scents.

All Wax Buffalo candles are pure soy and hand poured in the USA (Nebraska!). They are evocative of apothecary bottles and the simple logo make them a versatile styling accent in any home.

Small Space Living

Now that I am settled into my new home - that I moved into back in October - I wanted to share my design wins and hurdles from my biggest project to date!

Photo by E. Fikentscher

Photo by E. Fikentscher

Pistachio offers all of the design and styling services featured below. I’d love to work with you on your next project!

GALLERY WALL

Photo by E. Fikentscher

Photo by E. Fikentscher

This serves as the central focal point for my main living space. The colors featured in the art act as a reference point for the rest of the decor.

Pro Tip - Consider what you want your central piece to be and build your layout design around it (doesn’t necessarily need to be the largest item!).

DIVIDER WALL

Photo by E. Fikentscher

Photo by E. Fikentscher

This was my biggest challenge for the apartment and I’m beyond thrilled with how it turned out.

I used plantation shutters to make a faux wall - creating a clear division of the bedroom from the living room. By using floor-to-ceiling shutters the space is clearly separated, but also allows light to come through upon entering the apartment - a similar effect to using a bookshelf or bureau as a divider.

FOYER STYLING

The addition of the plantation shutters created an entirely new space that I didn’t have before: a foyer. I added a vintage marble-topped commode as a perfect place for dropping my keys when I get home. It is styled to reflect my personality, bringing a sense of my aesthetic to all new visitors.

Photo by E. Fikentscher

Photo by E. Fikentscher

Photo by E. Fikentscher

Photo by E. Fikentscher

Photo by E. Fikentscher

Photo by E. Fikentscher

I'm Moving!

I’ve got some big projects coming down the pipe, all because of the big news that I’m days away from closing...yes, I BOUGHT an apartment!

The process has been a whirlwind, to say the least, but thanks to the support of my family, friends, and amazing ladies-of-NYC-real estate team, I’m so proud and happy I went through with everything.

The space is a charming studio in Prospect Lefferts Gardens in Brooklyn. Be sure to follow along on Instagram for updates. I’ll be posting more details on projects in the coming months.

In the meantime, I’ve put together a special Pinterest board to collect my inspirations and potential product purchases for the space.
I’d love to hear your comments and feedback! What are your favorite pieces I have pinned so far?

Decal Designs

After discovering that my grocery store now carries my favorite sodas for cocktails, I’ve been spending more time playing with the tools of my bar cart and decided it was necessary to add some missing key pieces.

While I have quite a collection of glassware in my cupboards, I didn’t have any rocks glasses to compliment my highball, coupe, collins, or wine glasses.

Photo by Erin Fikentscher

Photo by Erin Fikentscher

Using my new favorite home decor tool, I purchased a plain set of glasses and found inspiration on the Cricut Design Space to make a whimsical, lacy decal design. The Design Space makes customization easy to suit your individual projects. For my glass decals, I used the tool to adjust the image to the perfect size for my glasses.

I also added an acrylic serving tray to my cart as well - essential for entertaining guests and corralling all of my smaller tools on the cart when I’m not entertaining.

Photo by Erin Fikentscher

Photo by Erin Fikentscher

Here, I had to customize the design more significantly - I went for a simpler, smaller decoration so as not to distract from the intricate glassware.

Sticking with gold accents tied together my new adds to my existing collection and compliments the packaging of my liquor and mixer staples.

Having never used the Cricut for decal purposes, I was impressed with the ease of transfer and durability of the materials. The projects were quick and added the fresh update I needed. The Cricut proved to be an exceptionally versatile tool - used to make floral garlands a few weeks ago and now elevating the serving ware in my kitchen!

All photos by Erin Fikentscher.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Living Room Redesign - Reveal!

It’s been a slow and steady project, but I am finally ready to share my completed living room redesign!

I am fortunate to live in a New York apartment with a true living room space (anyone who knows someone that lives here knows this is rare!). Because of the pure functionality of it, by default it is where my roommate and I spend most of our time.

But, being a shared space, until now the room lacked much of a central aesthetic. It had all of the necessary pieces (a table, couch, tv), but the overall design was wasn’t unified or inviting.

Last week I shared my Pinterest inspiration board that fed into my design plan and below are the final results.

I worked to keep the space minimalism inspired while also still feeling cozy. Mixing textures and sticking to a neutral color palette helped to achieve that balance. In a small space, adding furniture can quickly make it feel cluttered and cramped, so I stuck to classic pieces with clean lines and paid special attention to furniture scale (measure everything!), so as to not overwhelm the space.

I found a simple metal tulip table and basic utilitarian chairs to serve as the dining area. Since these pieces would be below the gallery wall - a visually busy section of the room - I wanted these pieces to be simple and not distract guests from admiring the art on the wall.

The gallery wall is primarily a collection of prints (vintage and new!) and I am proud to include a piece from my dad’s most recent art show - Go Figure. This floral calendar is also a great add - because the image changes every month, it will help to alleviate any feeling of staleness.

Opposite the gallery wall is a single large photograph. This is one of the first things visitors notice when entering the room, so I wanted a piece that was calming while still being visually interesting - this fit the bill perfectly.

For textiles, I looked for rich, textured pieces (like the couch and foot pouf) to mix with geometric prints (found in the pillows, rug and bookshelf wallpaper).

And perhaps one of my favorite additions is the handmade wooden sofa table. The wooden plank was a find from a trip this summer to Vermont, and some hairpin legs made the piece completely functional.

Living Room Redesign: Inspiration Board

I’ve been talking about it for months on my Instagram and am nearly ready to reveal my living room redesign!

The true nucleus of the apartment, this space needed an update in terms of layout and overall aesthetic (previously there wasn’t much of one).

Wanting to keep the space clutter-free but also cozy - especially now that we are in hygge season - was my main design objective. A focused color palette, clean architectural details, and rich textures helped bring the room together and I can’t wait to share soon.

In the meantime, I am sharing my Pinterest board compiling my inspiration and design must-haves as a preview. Stay tuned for the official share in the coming weeks!