Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Your Favorites: Simply Smitten

Today I have a very talented lady here to share her beautiful apartment. Kristin, from Simply Smitten, is sort of a superhero. She went through the same program as I did at Harrington College of Design, all while continuing her full time job. I barely survived while giving 100% of my time to school, can't imagine balancing it with a job!! So very impressive. And here is her gorgeous home:

Oh and PS, today is my 700th post, and I'm just a couple people away from 700 followers. Makes me smile. Thanks to all of you.

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Hello Things That Sparkle readers! I'm Kristin from Simply Smitten and I'm absolutely thrilled that Alex invited me share with you a few of my favorite things. If you are familiar with my blog then you know that I love to mix vintage, antique and modern pieces to create a cozy, layered look.  I moved into my apartment in July so it's still a work in progress but I wanted to share with you my vision so far!
My living room is by far my favorite space.  It's the one room in the apartment that feels the most complete.  It's the very first room people see when they walk into my home so I really wanted it to reflect me and be filled with the things I love. The architecture is far more modern than anything I ever thought I would like but it's a great space and the 10ft windows offer lots of natural light. I kept the walls bright white (I rent and didn't want to have to repaint when I move) and added color and texture with my rotating collection of art, pillows, throws and fresh flowers. I love each and every piece in it, including...
this gorgeous 1950's velvet chair that I inherited from my great aunt. The chair doesn't really match anything in the room but that's why I love it.  I think every room should have one great odd chair.  

I like for the artwork in my apartment to have some kind of meaning.  This painting holds a special place in my heart not only because it was given to me by my mother but because it almost feels like it was made just for me.  I have the world's cutest Boston Terrier named Pinkie (note the pink background) so every time I look at this piece I think of her and it makes me smile.  It hangs next to my bed so it's the first thing I see when I wake up and the last thing I see before I go to bed at night.

My favorite object has to be this Haeger urn I scored at the Broadway Antique Market for a mere $20.  It's quite possibly the most useful thing I own.  You can put just about anything in it and it will instantly look chic.  Here it holds a bunch of magnolia leaves but it also makes a great ice bucket!

My home continues to evolve with every new purchase and treasure I find.  You can follow along on the changes by checking out the "My Home" section of my blog...I hope you'll follow along!

Thanks for having me, Alex! xo

35 comments:

  1. I love that chair! Happy to have discovered a new blog to follow :)

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  2. what a pretty, charming space. I love that chair! And it matches your gold frames :) Will def be stopping by your blog... congrats on the 700's, Alex.

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  3. Gorgeous home! Thanks for sharing :)
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  4. Your "little" living room is A LOT gorgeous!!!!!!! Totally beautiful....looove that chair, the color the fabric, everything ditto the art!

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  5. Oh my goodness...I ADORE her home...so glamorous and feminine...love love. That dog painting is insanely fabulous!!!

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  6. I love the living room, especially the way you hung the art over the couch. Looks like a magazine!

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  7. Gorgeous! That chair is absolutely awesome! She definitely has her style down - love the modern looked with vintage look.

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  8. WOW!! Stunning!!!!!!!!! I am dying over the living room so perfect! My Husband and dog would trash that couch, but a girl can dream!

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  9. That living room IS gorgeous!! I love the mix of textures and styles and the gallery wall above the sofa is perfect.

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  10. Gorgeous interior!! The living room is so luxurious and chic! I love the oversized ottoman and yellow chair!

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  11. Wow. Her house is stunning. That chair is absolutely incredible. What a special thing to receive! xo

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  12. So happy to see Kristin here! Her home is so beautiful.

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  13. Beautiful apartment! Perfect mix of a modern space and antique lines.

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  14. I am feeling pretty smitten now, too! I love the simplicity of the space and the great use of strategically placed pattern and texture! And I adore great aunt's chair, I agree, every room should have that random chair in it! (c:

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  15. Great stylish pad, love it! I love the odd chair, I agree, every room needs one, It adds interest. Thanks for the introduction!

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  16. seriously love this series! what a gorgeous home! xo

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  17. Fantastic room! Love the punch of the yellow chair. And the addition of the contemporary painting mixed with those pretty, girly gold frames on the wall is perfection!

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  18. Gorgeous room! Obsessing over the yellow chair.

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  19. I adore this room! What fantastic style this girl has!

    xoxo,
    Joelle

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  20. Wow! That living room is gorgeous!! I love that yellow chair too!

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  21. I love it! I wish I had the knack you girls have for placement of objects. Instead I copy what the true creatives do and hope that mine comes off!!

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  22. What a gorgeous space! I wouldn't be surprise that it is your favorite. It's got all your favorite things! Have a lovely day, Kellie xx

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  23. ahhhh, Alex can attest, I am obsessed with your painting!! Boston Terrier lovers unite! Aside from the love of your art, your home is stunning! xo

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  24. those rolled arm sofas are haunting me! so beautiful. on my "to buy" list when i move back home to toronto...now to find an affordable one.....

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  25. i love your space!!! it's such a perfect mix of gorgeous and inviting.

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  26. Wow, this room is so stunning and love, love, love that antique chair (as well as the pic of hte cute doggie)!. Loving your blog by the way.

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  27. I just found your blog! Where did you find your tray? I am on the hunt for one like it!

    P.S. Adore your living room!

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  28. OH MY GOSH this home is sooooo gorgeous!!! I want to move in! Can I? xoxo e&a

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  29. I am OBSESSED with Miss Kristin's apartment! I absolutely love the chair and her portrait of Pinkie! And her mention of BAM totally made me homesick for Chicago...awesome feature! :)

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