Apartment Envy | Teacups and Books

Apartment Envy | Teacups and Books

I’ve always thought it would be wonderful to live in a vintage studio apartment in the city–hardwood floors, thick baseboard trim, a checkered bathroom floor, beautiful light-filled windows–le sigh. That dream seems to have been replaced with others, being that my husband and I own a home in suburbia and have two chihuahuas and a baby on the way. Fortunately, I get to live vicariously through my friend Courtny, who just moved into her beautiful apartment in West Seattle. I love her quirky, whimsical style and how she decorates with teacups and her favorite books. When I took these photos, she had just moved in days prior. Seriously, who has things that well decorated in a few days?

More beautifully girly and nerdy apartment love this way. 

Apartment Envy | Teacups and Books

Hi Courtny! Thanks for having me over!

Apartment Envy | Teacups and Books

I don’t know why I never thought of this before–store your matchbook collection in a vintage teacup! Duh.

Apartment Envy | Teacups and Books

I’ve always had serious envy of Courtny’s deco vanity. This period was the best for these types of dressing tables because of the oversized round mirrors.

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Apartment Envy | Teacups and Books

The closet with the most color wins (advice this black and white loving minimalist should consider more often)! Courtny has a great collection of vintage and vintage-inspired printed sundresses, which is probably the most fun way to add color to your life.

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Reading is sexy!

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I call the above photo Girls, Glamour, and Homework.

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I believe that every kitchen should have a black and white checkered floor.

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What do you think? Should I start doing more apartment and home tours? This one was completely unplanned–I was just so inspired by my friend’s apartment that I had to snap some photos.  I love how it turned out though. Style isn’t just about the clothes on your back, so I definitely don’t want to limit myself to outfit posts and arbitrary predictions of “the hottest trends” of the season. There are so many ways to exhibit personal style and some have nothing to do with current fashion trends, which is quite alright. If you write your own story instead of copying pages from other books, you’ll always be in style.

6 Comments
  1. Love it! Yes you should. There’s style everywhere around us. I dream of hardwood floors and well lit rooms with white walls in a little house on an old street with huge willow trees and a garden with tons of flowers and veggies and maybe some chickens.

  2. Haha! I have been to Cafe Lalo and have that exact matchbook. I’ve only been to NYC twice, but that must be a secret must-visit location because those matchbooks get AROUND. Too funny. I just had to share. 🙂

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