October 4, 2010

Inspiration for my New Place in SF!

With my impending move to San Francisco just two months away, I'm already knee deep in decorating ideas for my new place! One of the joys (amidst the headaches) of moving is the opportunity to start fresh with a blank canvas. I've decided to leave all my furniture behind in Chicago and take with me nothing more than my clothes and a few special pieces. That's just the way I am...a palate cleanse kinda girl.
My aesthetic is decidedly clean, calming, and clutter-free, so I'll be sticking to that point of view for sure. But in the new place, I want to glam it up a bit with shiny surface, gilt accents, and luxurious fabrics.
Though I absolutely love my current home, which you can see staring on page 166 in Rue Magazine, I'm a little fatigued on the earthly, organic undertones.
So I've decided the easiest way to remedy that is sticking to a no wood furniture rule in the new place! It's time to retire (just for a while) the warmth of this element in favor of cooler surface like lucite, mirrors, and marble.
Knowing me, I'll probably stick to my love of all things white and create a space similar to this one. I love how the designer has punctuated the room with girly pinks, paired with masculine brown leather and oversized artwork!
And of course, of paramount importance will be my bedroom. I've decide I want to feel like a queen every night as I lay my head down to rest, so you can bet it will be over the top luxe - I'm thinking of a curtained four-post bed with tufted headboard and lots and lots of pillows!

On a more serious note, I just wanted to let you know how much all your comments regarding my move touched me. I read each and every one and was so utterly moved by your support, your well wishes, your advice, and your friendship. You truly are the best readers a girl could ever ask for!

25 comments:

Debby said...

San Fran is awesome! What a wonderful city to move to! I am sure your new place will be gorgeous! Such an exciting time for you. xo

Taylor said...

While you are at it, I will take one of your new bedrooms too! It sounds dreamy!!!

I love the living room with the low coffee table and the mountain of hydrangeas!!!

Kelly said...

Good luck with your move. That's such an exciting opportunity! I'm totally inspired by your idea that moving is a good time to start with a blank canvas. I'm {hopefully} making a move soon myself and I've realized how much STUFF I have. I need to start fresh so my next place doesn't end up looking like an episode of Hoarders :)

Bailey@ peppermintbliss said...

I can't beileve you are moving! Selfishly this makes me v. sad, but I am so excited for you!

Mrs. Adventure said...

Oh how I love a blank slate... I swear every three years I'm ready to move. I'm guessing its because that's how long it takes me to get everything the way I want it... then I need a change :+) Although there is no way I would be able to leave everything behind, I would have to grab my favorite thrift store lamp... or little table before I would know it I would have half of what I own packed ha ha.

Ashleigh said...

The first picture is divine!
Starting from scratch is so bold and fun! I'd be happy to take any unwanted furniture/decor off your hands when the time comes :) You should have a stoop sale, I'll be first in line!
This weekend I just started transitioning my living room into grey/white with pops of pink. Still missing a few key pieces though, just haven't found them yet!

Cara said...

Love your inspiration pics. The best part about moving is starting fresh - enjoy it!

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Stacey said...

Starting anew with new pieces should be exciting. I love the inspiration pics, especially #4. w

Ashley @ The Hillside Home said...

gorgeous. so clean and chic. very big city. :) can't wait to see your new space.

Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design said...

All these rooms definitely say 'new beginnings" with the white, refreshing interiors!

just a girl said...

Those pictures are wonderful! It all look so serene and lux, I love it.

Umm, are you selling your old stuff? Your soon-to-be-old apartment looked amazing!

Mackenzie {Design Darling} said...

Total Californian inspiration — love it!

adorninc said...

By the look of these photos, your place is going to be the envy of SFers!

Erica @ Decorica said...

I'm in awe of that leather bench, love the caramel color and super large scale.

cailen ascher said...

i just LOVE the directions you're going in! i adore gray - it's clean, classic and timeless. punch it up with some metallic/mirror accents and you're golden!

La Feem said...

That first photo had me gasping! SF is great, enjoy your new home!

Molly Jean said...

gold leafing (& silver leafing) is an easy, inexpensive way to get this sparkly look! good luck! can't wait to see photos as you complete projects! best!

alexkeller said...

one, i can't believe you're leaving everything behind....i'd be whipping out a ban of white paint!
two, you won't miss those chicago winters - i speak from experience.
three - wish i could be there for your moving sale!

good luck with the move :D

Katie said...

I agree, I am too much of a pack rat to leave it all behind, but I am sure it will make for a much simpler move and a lot less headache once you get there.

Yahnay said...

What an amazing opportunity! Im sure what ever decor you pick for you new home in SF will be amazing. Good luck with the move. I love San Fran.

Magdalena said...

Crystal, you are my great inspiration! These pics are just awesome. Do you know I start and finish my days with your blog? I am very excited as I am buying an apartment soon and can't just wait to do its interiors and implement some ideas I saw on your blog. Keep it going!

Big hugs from Poland!!!
Kisses

Design Elements said...

good luck with your move! greetings from Germany

La Dolfina said...

Hi,
I just found your blog and just in time to welcome you to San Francisco!
I live across the bay in Alameda! How exciting for you. I love your fresh start/fresh palette plan. You are going to love your new home :)
I'm off to check out more of your blog and your new magazine, Rue.
Good Luck with the move and I'll be back soon :)
Terri
xx

diane@onlinefabricstore said...

Lucite, mirrors and marble are perfect for SF..do you like fog an dmist? It truly is beautiful (I grew up just down the coast in Monterey) but all those shiny surfaces can reflect some light into your home. Have fun!

Mary @ RoomPolish said...

with all this inspiration, your apartment is bound to turn out BEAUTIFULLY. Exciting! I love all the whites and luxe details!

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