New Apartment Decorating

Balloon Observation #1 & #2 | © Julia Stotz and Brian Guido |
[All photos by Julia Stotz and Brian GuidoPrints Available Here]

So I don’t know if I mentioned but I’ll be moving into my new apartment sometime around the second week of April. Exciting right?! I signed my lease on Valentines Day (showin’ myself a little love) and I am beyond excited. I have a small den for my sewing stuff, lots of sunlight, and a pretty good sized back porch for hanging out and work parties, my favorite kind of parties! God I’m lame, oh well, can’t change the facts. It’s a great neighborhood with a delicious chai right around the corner and tons of taco places, plus it’s smack dab in the middle of a circle of the apartments of some of my favorite people in Chicago! I really lucked out on this one thanks to this lady who gave me the heads up, she kind of rules. That said, I basically own nothing besides two dressers and my sewing stuff so I’ve been stocking up on necessities and a few things to decorate my apartment. My friends Julia and Brian (you may know them from my finished project photos, hound photo shoots, or as the owners of the gorgeous studio I Instagram weekly) are having a print sale right now and I’m trying to decide which of these prints I should get to spruce up my new place. I really want to decorate it with things I love made by awesome people and those two fit the bill. These are the 3 I’m deciding between, what do you think?

Lone Horse near Big Bend, TX | © Julia Stotz and Brian Guido |
[Lone Horse near Big Bend, TX]

Pears In Morning Light | © Julia Stotz and Brian Guido |
[Pears In Morning Light]

Mount Shasta | © Julia Stotz and Brian Guido |
[Mount Shasta]

This photo of Mount Shasta would look pretty dreamy hanging over my bed with my Hills + Hollers quilt. I think I’m leaning towards this print. I love it so much I even used it in a post a while back when Julia first added it to her site. It reminds me of my favorite literary quote…

“Whoever has made a voyage up the Hudson must remember the Kaatskill mountains. They are a dismembered branch of the great Appalachian family, and are seen away to the west of the river, swelling up to a noble height, and lording it over the surrounding country. Every change of season, every change of weather, indeed, every hour of the day, produces some change in the magical hues and shapes of these mountains, and they are regarded by all the good wives, far and near, as perfect barometers. When the weather is fair and settled, they are clothed in blue and purple, and print their bold outlines on the clear evening sky, but, sometimes, when the rest of the landscape is cloudless, they will gather a hood of gray vapors about their summits, which, in the last rays of the setting sun, will glow and light up like a crown of glory.” – Rip van Winkle – Washington Irving

There are really too many good prints and they’re only $20 a pop, maybe I need more than one. Also get ready for more apartment decorating posts in the future, dun dun dunnnnnn.

10 replies on “New Apartment Decorating

  • Sewbussted

    I agree with you on the Mt. Shasta print, but I also love the Big Bend print. But then…I am from Texas 🙂 I find that entire area so inspiring. I have a pastel that I did of the sun setting over the mountains.

  • sallie

    Well after that quote you’ve gotta go with the Mt. Shasta print!! My favorite is actually the morning pear print. Quiet domesticity always has a place in my heart! Good luck on your move and your fresh start!

  • Kelly

    Well, in my opinion you can never go wrong with a mountain! Though you can’t really go wrong with a horse either… I really like the shimmery gray colors in the mountain print, though, and it really goes well with that quote. Good luck with your move! It sounds like the perfect apartment 🙂

  • Lindsay

    Has to be the Mt.Shasta print. I live just south of Mt.Shasta, and get to see that magnificent mountain on a regular basis.

    Enjoy your new apartment and all the good things headed your way!

  • gingermakes

    Ooh, I love these prints! I may need to snap up the Big Bend print! It would nicely complement this weird oil painting of a horse and foal that I have in my sewing area. The mountain print sounds like a lovely addition to your room with your quilt!

  • paige

    I fell behind on blog reading and missed important news!! Also, I think I just fell for that pear print. Can’t wait to see the new place!


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