Today is such a fun day on SMP. Last week, we took a peek at Erin’s apartment overhaul… and now we’re back in action with our dear Stephanie. Stephanie is a Weddings editor and has more talent and taste in her pinky finger than most people I know combined. But, much like our beloved Erin, she’s busy. Like, burning the midnight oil on a daily basis type of busy. And her sweet home has fallen on the back burner of life’s priorities. Luckily for us, Stephanie was sweet enough to spend a few days with us living gals to give her apartment a mini-facelift. And we’re here today to tell the tale!
Like all of our editors, Stephanie lives, works, entertains and does everything else in her apartment. Her idea of a getaway is a trip to the local coffee spot. So when we sat down with Stephanie we knew that she would have a few non-negotiables that she knew would make her space feel entirely like home.
1. A bright, white and cheery space.
2. An open and inviting home that still feels cozy and warm. This was going to be a bit of a challenge because like Erin’s home, Stephanie’s space isn’t big. It’s city living at its finest which means that the it’s a bit of a tight squeeze.
3. A comfortable and inspiring office (since that’s where the majority of her time is spent).
4. Feminine accents without going completely over the top. After all, her hubs is all boy and since this is their first home together, she wanted it to feel like a place where they both never wanted to leave.
5. To keep our budget low by embracing the flaws and funny-isms that the apartment came with and make them really sparkle – splashes of yellow tile and things of that nature.
Here’s a quick peek at where we started:
And before we get to the big reveal, we’ve got a whole lot of DIY action coming your way!
Bart Cart: Emory Interiors | Calendar: Snow & Graham | Gold Dish: Shop Histoire | Polka Dotted Notebook: Waiting on Martha | Round White Table: IKEA | Shadow Box: Project Decor | Yellow Rug: IKEA
If you’ve read Style Me Pretty for any length of time you may have gotten to know some of our incredible SMP ladies. Erin – our AHHHMAZING Weddings Editor - is like our It Girl. She’s pure style and her taste is about as spot-on as it comes. But the girl is busy. Like really busy. And her perfect little Boston flat always seemed to take a back burner to her SMP work. That is, until last week. When we decided to give her apartment a teeny tiny facelift. We’re blabbing all about the gorgeous details here today! Starting with the before pics and the fabulous inspiration behind the spruce up.
So. Erin’s apartment is tiny. Like barely fits more than four people tiny. And since SMP is a work from home kind of place, Erin’s desk and office space take up the majority of her living room. Plus, Erin loves to entertain and cook and snuggle up with her cute hubs with a cocktail or three come Friday night. So the goal was to give each “area” – despite it’s mish mashed togetherness – a personality of it’s own. Here are some before pics so you can get a lay of the land. More are right here.
Here’s what we knew going into this super fun project:
1. Erin loves gold. Like loves it. She once tried to gold leaf every last accessory that she could on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
2. She is girly to the core. But happens to house a very manly man.
3. She loves herself a good cocktail. Even better? Sharing them with friends.
4. She’s one part lady, one part total rebel. So her space needed to feel pretty…but with a bit of an edge.
5. She’s vegan. And preggo with TWINS. Neither of which have anything to do with anything other than just how cool Erin is.
So, with a few DIY projects, a handful of gussy-ups and one or two must-have splurges, we collectively transformed Erin’s space into one that felt both inspiring and wildly relaxing. Perfect for Friday night get togethers or Tuesday night movie-fests. And here’s a little peek at what you can expect later this afternoon…
Coming up…the DIY project that we all fell so in love with!
After Photo: Ruth Eileen | Lamp from Home Depot | Art from Art.com | Blanket from West Elm | Bowl from Lazy Susan | Pipe from Johnathan Adler | Clock from Crate & Barrel | Notebook from Sugar Paper | Pillows from West Elm | Desk Chair from Lamps Plus | Roses from Metro | Mirror from Ikea
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Happy Monday, lovelies! We’re kicking off the week here on Style Me Pretty Massachusetts with a delightful Boston affair that is absolutely guaranteed to brighten your day (and week) with lovely. Simply brimming with fabulous nautical details, beautiful blooms by Studio One Twenty Three, darling paper goods (By the oh-so-talented bride!) and one very breathtaking location, I haven’t stopped smiling since the moment I laid my eyes on each and every brilliant image captured by Melissa Mermin Love Stories. And the wine bottles decorated with photos of the bride and groom’s cute as can be puppies? LOVE. So, don’t wait another moment… Join me in the gallery for even more!
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From Melissa Mermin Love Stories… Brendan proposed to Julie atop the XV Beacon hotel in Beacon Hill, so it was fitting to have their rehearsal dinner there at the new restaurant and wine cellar Mooo. Both Brendan and Julie have family ties to the Navy, and Julie had her grandfathers dog tags from WWII pined to her bouquet. The ceremony and reception were held in the historic Navy yard of Charlestown, Boston at the Commandant’s House, built in 1806. They had favors of nautical maps for the guests as favors. Their dogs Lucy and Oliver were featured on their wine bottles.
Wedding Photography: Melissa Mermin Love Stories / Caterer: Gourmet Caterers / Cupcakes: Five Bites Cupcakes / Florist: Studio One Twenty Three / Linens: Peterson Party Center / Invitations: The Bride + Friend / Programs + Table Cards: The Bride / Lighting + Tent: Peterson Party Center / Entertainment: Sweet Tooth and the Sugar Babies / Wedding Planner: Ronda Flashen, Entertainment Concepts Inc. / Wedding Dress: Pronovias via Vows / Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom / Oyster Boat: Island Creek Oysters / Pianist: Bill Duffy / Hair: Simply Blissful, Deborah Marcinowski / Make-up: Make-up Faces by Robyn / Officiant: Justice of the Peace, Rosaria Salerno / Venue: Commandant’s House