Skip to main content

Blast From the Past


Do you ever look back on your style, be it fashion or design, and ask yourself "What was I thinking?  Did I really think that was cute?"  I know I do!  In honor of my 5 year anniversary from graduating college, I thought I'd take a walk down memory lane and check out my college apartment.  The good, the bad and the ugly. 

This apartment, most commonly referred to as the A.P.T. by us and our friends, belonged to myself and my best friend Lauren.  Before you see the pictures, I must tell you not to judge.  We tried.  Really hard.  

First stop--the living room.  The side tables, coffee table and lamps were all thrift store finds.  The tables received a coat of paint and a little distressing and the lamps were outfitted with new shades.  I found the chandelier at Kirkland's Home for $15.  This room didn't have a fan or light fixture, so we felt we needed a little something something hanging from the ceiling.  I still have it (stored in our sunroom) and hope to use it again one day.  (I'm still a sucker for crystals and chandeliers).  It also went with me to my first place in Dallas.  I've definitely gotten my money's worth out of it!


We decided to go with a crimson, gold and black color scheme.  After all, we did attend the University of Alabama (home of The Crimson Tide!).  I won't even tell you how long it took to measure out and paint those stupid stripes (we used a regular 18" ruler to measure out each line--insanity).  I would never even think about putting crimson stripes in my home today.  Like I said, tastes definitely change.

This bar was the rock star of our apartment.  It actually belonged to my dad in his bachelor days in the 70's.  I thought it was so cool that I insisted on cleaning it up, installing a new wooden base (the old one had rotted) and using it in our apartment.  It was more for show and storage than anything else.  In fact, instead of using it to hold liquor, we hid our vacuum on one of the shelves behind it--no joke.  It definitely made a great conversation piece.  The stools were given to me by a friend of mine whose parents were going to toss them.

Another view of our dining room/bar area.  We didn't have the table in there at the time of this picture.  We painted these walls too.  Although, I actually still like this color, unlike the crimson.

And here is my beloved bedroom!  This room is far too frou frou and girly for my current tastes, but oh how I loved it then.  I don't think it was too bad considering every furniture piece was either from the thrift store or a hand-me-down.  Lots of hours were spent slaving away with that green paint.  The mirror over the bed currently hangs in my master bedroom and the dupioni silk duvet has been with me ever since (I used it in Dallas and now in our guest room-great buy).

Another view of my bedroom room.  The bed was an antique that was given to my mom from my grandfather.  It was previously painted a dark teal.  After college, it went back to my mom's and was restored to its former teal glory (make sure you use the right paint when painting over oil-based paints).

My mom and I made this lit up cornice board.  I saw the idea on Christopher Lowell back in the day  (anyone else remember that show?) and HAD to make one of my own!  This too moved with me when I went to Dallas.  It's amazing what a little fabric, 2 x 4s and a strip of under cabinet lighting can get you.  I'm sad to say Mr. Cornice didn't get to make the move to Oklahoma.  RIP Mr. Cornice.

I can't stand draping windows curtains.  I'm not sure what I was thinking there, but I do remember the set all coming together, and it being a good deal.  The bookcase was another thrift store find (it used to be the top piece of a dresser).  I coated it with the green paint and threw in some books and frames.   It did the job was the perfect size for the space too.  I think it cost $10.

And last but not least, here's the place where all of my papers and projects were written.  This desk was also a thrift store find.  A little paint and some new knobs seemed to do the trick.  I repainted it black and moved it with me to Dallas later on.  The NYC pictures were ones I found online and printed out on photo paper, and the wooden letters were $1 each from Hobby Lobby that got a coat of silver paint.  I loved New York City and wanted to move there after graduation and work at a fancy schmancy ad agency.  The chair cover was a $10 find from Old Time Pottery.  It covered a beautiful antique chair that I still have in my home today, sans that tacky chair cover.  Again, what was I thinking?




So that's it.  That's how I rolled in college.  What do you think?  Anything that sticks out or surprised you?  Do you have any old school design confessions of your own you'd like to share?

Hope you enjoyed my walk down memory lane!  I know I sure did :)
post signature

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

New Coffee Table

After more than a year of debate, I've finally decided on and ordered us a new coffee table! As mentioned here , there were several styles I was considering.  However, in the end the tufted ottoman came out on top.  Not only was it versatile, so it can be used for years to come, but it also will be good for when we have kiddos down the road.  I can't tell you how many people I know who have had to either remove their coffee tables for the safety of their kids' noggins or have had to add those tacky corner protectors.  I did not want to invest in a new piece only to have to stow it away down the road.  So this seemed to be the perfect solution.  And thanks to my Joss & Main membership, it turned out to be the perfect price too. I was all set to order a tufted ottoman from Ballard Designs.  I had already received a swatch sample of the fabric I selected and everything.  But a few days later, I got a notification from Joss & Main of a sale event called The Tufted C

Southern Gentleman Baby Shower

Last month I helped throw my best friend (we met in 9th grade speech class :)) Lauren's baby shower for her soon-to-arrive baby boy, Gunner.  The shower had a "Southern gentleman" theme complete with bow ties, silhouettes and gingham print.  Personal touches and family items were used throughout, including baby Gunner's dad's bow ties :) Gunner's daddy's "going home" outfit greeted guests at the sign in table, along with a framed "Southern gentleman in the making" print. A variety of centerpieces graced the tables with groupings of baby mementos, flowers and photos. An antique baby basket helped house the gifts. The drink menu consisted of milk, apple juice (one of Lauren's cravings), fruit-infused water and coffee. The menu was made of a variety of brunch goodies including fruit, doughnuts, muffins, shrimp and grits, breakfast casserole and a waffle bar.  And of course no shower is comp

Auden's First Birthday-Pumpkins and Pearls

It's only been 6 months now, but better late than never, right? Auden turned one on November 11th and we celebrated at our home with close family and friends.  The theme of the party was pumpkins and pearls.  Pun'kin is one of the nicknames I called her when she was little and pearls bring a girly flair and tied into our reveal party when we found out we were having a girl so it seemed perfect. I had so much fun creating her invitation and all of the party printables.  And for a little extra adornment, the invites were tied with jute twine and placed in scalloped envelope. Invites available for purchase here . Here's the sweet birthday girl in her homemade hat.  I love how the bow on top turned out :)  Her birthday stats poster is now available here . The smash cake table with our go-to milk jars (Starbuck frappuccino glasses) with paper straws.  The tree slab plate they are sitting on was also used at our wedding.  The smash cake was a $10 cake from Public and