Once the calendar changes over to October, I feel comfortable getting into an "autumn" state of mind. Time for pumpkin treats, sweaters, apple treats, and football. It's not just a good time to change out your wardrobe (and, in my case, refrigerator), but it's a good time to switch out some items in your home. Cool and crisp gets traded out for warm and cozy.
As I start to think more seriously about next month's impending move (yikes!), I decided to sell my dining room. I had gotten a great deal a little while back through Ethan Allen but I never really loved it. Besides, I don't want to limit my apartment search based on furniture I'm only lukewarm over. So, after considering my options, I decided to brave craigslist to try to sell the dining room pieces. I know, posting on craigslist invites all sorts of crazies into your life. But it's the easiest and cheapest way to sell something.
Not all posts are created equal and, in an effort to close the deal as quickly as possible, I did some research on how to put the best one online. Here is a list of helpful information.
I am, generally speaking, a linear gal. I have quite the collection of striped button down shirts for work and a penchant for argyle that borders on shameful. My interior design taste, fortunately, makes room for paisley and florals. Not giant cabbage roses (though if that's what you want, I'll make it look great), but a more modern intrepretation of florals.
This is why I find Suzani textiles so appealing. The word derives from Uzbekistan in Central Asia and means needle. Traditional suzanis were large embroidered textiles in floral or plant motifs, given as dowries upon marriage. There's been a revival of these prints and now you can find them just about everywhere.
This Sunday I plan on combining my love of design and love of a good bargain by checking out the Metropolitan Home Showtime House. The rooms are all inspired by programs on Showtime-Dexter, Weeds, Californication, etc. Those of you who are not fellow design nerds but just love some quality television programming can also appreciate this showhouse.
Christine Schwalm is an Interior Designer and Visual Merchandiser based in Los Angeles. This space will keep you updated on what's going on with CSD along with some ideas to inspire you. Go here for more information about pricing and services and here to make an appointment.