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Moving Like a Stylist

Sorry to leave you hanging this past week, but I just made a big move.

Okay, I’m still living in Brooklyn and it was only across the street, but I swear that packing your life up and moving takes years off of your life. Not to mention, the hardest styling jobs I ever work on are always when I’m styling for myself!

Luckily, I’m loving it and it’s been inspiring to finally style my home the way I’ve always dreamed.

After nearly 4 years, I packed up my apartment like a stylist. Forget boxes, I used my Ikea bags and jumbo bags from Manhattan Wardrobe Supply.

Mariel of the craft and lifestyle blog, So What’s Bloomin’, gave me this amazing housewarming gift with all usable items for my new home. How cute is this? You can get one customized for your friends’ new homes here on Etsy.

No, this isn’t a picture from a Korean karaoke room. These are actual light fixtures installed in every room in my new apartment. I guess I have to throw a karaoke party now, but after that, I will gladly give these away to anyone that wants to UN-install them. Any takers?

Like those crazy disco lights, a lot of my new apartment has been renovated by the previous owner with lots of, er, modern flair. It’s been a challenge to mix my style of eclectic-boho-vintage-flea-market-finds with the sleek new designs, but somehow it’s coming together.

I headed over to Brooklyn Reclamation to find some more industrial vintage pieces to add to the mix and create storage that I’m now lacking in my new apartment. This cool cabinet from the 1930′s restored from a school in Ohio works perfectly to bring the two styles together. Well, maybe not with the light fixture.

I went from too much storage in my old place to not enough in my kitchen in my new home, but this solution of keeping frequently used items in my kitchen like nuts and dried fruit in Ball jars helps me clutter my cabinets less while having easy access. Not to mention, is so Brooklyn.

I love this spice rack that was a hand-me-down from my sister so much that is was the first thing I hung up in my new home after I put my favorite spices in each jar and labeled the bottoms of all of them. It helped create extra storage space and still looks great hanging in my kitchen.

I’ve been flipping through my Domino Book of Decorating for ideas like this great DIY office nook. You’ll have to stay tuned to see more of my home decor styling.

New Work Alert: Home Styling

As a stylist, I have to wear many hats in my job. Many people think I just go shopping all of the time, which is only an aspect of my profession. Trust me, that’s not always the case—and it’s not as fun as it sounds to “schlep” all over the city with more bags you can carry.

When I’m not dressing models or mannequins, or making garments look good laying down, I often work on styling home goods too. If you’ve every seen my Brooklyn apartment, you can tell that I am passionate about curating a space.

I recently received these images from a home shoot I styled for the catalog, Plow & Hearth. It was a fun shoot in Virginia, where the company is based and I got to “play” in a gorgeous farm house and make it look like a cozy fall afternoon back in April, warming things up with a fire and even flowers in the background. There really is no place like home.

Home Sweet Home

Antique chair from Brownstone Treasures; Dresser from The Invisible Dog; Aloe plant and pot from GRDN.

Antique vase; flowers from Union Market.

Rebecca Minkoff bag; Anthropologie candle; vintage sewing desk, wine rack and trunks.

Ikea lamp; Jewish museum frame; Vintage desk, chair, frames.

Vintage milk crates (stained and now stacked as a book case); Antique travel clock.

Vintage records in vintage milk crate (So stereotypical Brooklyn, huh?).

“WC” letters from Urban Outfitters.

Photo of unknown relative; Candle from One Kings Lane; pottery by Jim & LaLa Howard; Peacock Feathers from M&J Trimming.

Antique  creamer.

Antique armoire and some trunks from Brownstone Treasures.

Pottery by Jim & Lala Howard.

Coffee table found on the street and restored/painted by yours truly; 1930′s setee; Antropologie pillows on left; Urban Outfitters pillow on right (similar online); antique mercury glass tea light candle holders, tray, table and camera.

Antique bottles from Bob & Judi’s Coolectibles.

I apologize for my lack of style candy lately, but I didn’t want to leave you hanging. I recently styled a shoot for etc.. modern-vintage jewelry at my own apartment (pics to come soon!), which got turned upside for the shoot and turned into a photo studio.

In the midst of putting everything back together, joining my new favorite way of wasting time: Pinterest, and being away so much lately, I realized how much I love home.

I’ve turned my rental apartment that was once what I love to call “70′s Chalet Chic” due to the previous owner’s love for crazy wooden everything from sculptural walls to cabinets, into an eclectic mix of flea market finds and crafty touches, mixed with a bit of modern flair.

Kind of like my own style—with a lot more color!

xo Liz

I hope these images give you inspiration. Please tag Dear Andi if you post to Pinterest or any other site.

Dear Andi – Home Edition

Vintage lamp (Brimfield Antique Fair); Capri Blue candle in Aloha Orchid (Anthropologie); Jim & Lala Howard pitcher; vintage silver coasters

Capri Blue candle in Aloha Orchid (Anthropologie)

Vintage chest (Brimfield Antique Fair); Vera Wang duvet cover, shams and decorative pillow (Macy's); chocolate decorative pillows (Target); Nicole Miller euro shams; bedskirt (Marshalls); vintage rug

Antique wing chair with nail heads (hand-me-down from "Andi"), cashmere throw (Gilt Home)

vintage silver vase; peacock feathers (Mood Fabrics); vintage mirror

Anthropologie hook; all jewelry by etc... Modern-Vintage Jewelry

Anthropologie scalloped edge dish; vintage dishes and perfume tray; make-up from left to right: Trish McEvoy, Josie Moran, Sarra, Clinique; all jewelry by etc... Modern-Vintage Jewelry

It’s rainy days like these that make a stylista not want to get her nice shoes ruined by the weather. It’s days like these that make me want to dress my home instead.

My favorite part of decorating is that like your wardrobe, you can mix and match it all together. As you probably have sensed by now, I’m obsessed with anything vintage, but I like to combine everything from designer (like Vera Wang and Nicole Miller) to discount (Marshall’s and Gilt Home).

It’s all in the details—how you showcase your personality, use the unexpected in new ways (like peacock feathers in an otherwise precious vase), while making you feel like home at the same time. I actually bring this candle from Anthropologie with me whenever I travel to take the feeling of home with me wherever I go. Home sweet home.

xo DA

STYLIST TIP: Flowers are a great way to bring color and season into a room. Cut the stems short so you don’t see them and get ride of excess foliage. They’ll look more chic and less like they came from the grocery store.

p.s. No plans for NYC’s FASHION NIGHT OUT tomorrow night yet? No problem. You won’t be sorry if you hang out here for the evening. It’s FREE to come. No need to RSVP. Check out a lot of the designers I’ve mentioned in this blog and their fall collections!

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