Over the last several months I’ve made some major changes to my little Capitol Hill studio. I’ve neutralized the color palette, leaving a pops of color in art and accessories and adding interest with bold prints. I’ve completely rearranged my space and edited my furniture pieces. I’m finally feeling like everything is where it should be. That is, except for the accessories.

No design is complete until you’ve styled your flat surfaces. Desktops, night tables, dining tables, bookshelves and kitchen counters all need some love and something beautiful to make your design come together. I’m still in the process of styling up my surfaces, so I thought I’d share some of the photos I took last night so you can see a little of my progress.

A big change I made last year was organizing my books by color. Since my cabinets were so dark, it may have gone unnoticed by guests. Now that I’ve upgraded to the IKEA white Kallax (5×5) this color arrangement really pops! I’ll be sure to share more photos of the whole thing soon.


I split up my bedside tables, and the one above is currently in the living area of my studio. I accessorized it with carefully placed magazines and my little set of lions I found in a Taiwan antique shop. I have one of my white lamps on that table, too, but still need to find something else with a little height to make this arrangement work. So far I love my lions there!


For my dining table, I’m going with some rustic potted plants and one little girly potted plant to add a touch of glamour. I love to juxtaposition of these things next to each other. I just need to find a little plant to live in this little pot. This pot was found at Safeway and a gift from my lovely mama on my last visit. Cute for a grocery find, right?


My other bedside table had really hit a sweet spot with styling. I love it. The peonies are (gasp!) fake, but they look pretty good and never die. No one sees them close up, so they add a nice pop of color in this corner of the apartment. You can never go wrong with a stack of books and I topped it off with my little carved wood elephant I got on my trip to India. I love filling my home with travel finds.


I’m using two Target upholstered benches as a coffee table, and I keep magazines in check with this little galvanized metal tray from PB and a ceramic starfish paperweight I picked up in my favorite beach town, Manzanita, Oregon.


And of course no home of mine would be complete without this little girl. She’s loving the easy access to the best windowsill in the house thanks to my new arrangement.

If you have any questions please leave them in the comments! Have a wonderful day!