interior design Archives – A Little Leopard
interior design Archives – A Little Leopard

interior design Archives – A Little Leopard

It seems like Scandinavian style is the mood of the moment, but you know who else is really good at creating a fashionable living space? Australia. Case in point: this three-story, open-plan apartment converted from a 1920s print factory in Melbourne. If that description alone doesn’t make you excited to see the space, I don’t know what will.

Other units in the warehouse were converted into more traditional apartments with walled rooms. This one was left open, “which increases the sense of space,” says homeowner Craig Miller-Randle, owner and creative director of MRD Home. “I love that you can be in one area, still connect with other areas and have all these different vistas.” Take a peek at the enviable loft-style unit below.

A mix of textures, as you’ll see, is key to this home’s overall aesthetic, from the sheepskin on the chair to the wooden coffee tables. Plant life and greenery play a big role, too.

I love the play of modern and traditional in the living room, above. The classic crystal chandelier contrasts nicely with the abstract art, lucite table and floor lamp.

Layered mirrors and glass furniture help light flow through the space, making it seem even airier and bigger.

The bedroom, above, is my absolute favorite room. Surprise, surprise, right? From the four poster bed to the black, white and blush color scheme, I am head over heels for this space. Plus, it makes the whole “art on the floors” thing work — I actually think it adds more interest to the room than if the print were hanging next to the bed on the wall. And for anyone who wants to re-create this look, CB2 has a super similar, actually decently affordable canopy bed style here. (Ahem, me. I do.)

What do you think? Are you a fan of this Melbourne loft space?

All images via Inside Out

British Vogue has an ongoing series of videos called “Inside the Wardrobe” that’s basically a really chic version of MTV Cribs for closets, and and I am absolutely dying with envy over Miranda Kerr’s wardrobe:

That space! Those shelving units for her shoes and accessories! Those Hermès scarves she can casually throw over her head! Also, I think we all fall into the online shopping trap of, “Well I can always return it…” and then falling in love with something, no?

Honestly, her closet is quite likely the size of my entire studio apartment. But lack of space and celebrity-sized budget doesn’t mean you can’t have a dream closet. In fact, a lot of what makes a really great closet comes down to the organization system. Pop on over to The Everygirl for my first article on their site (!!) that walks step by step through the process of creating your own dream closet…whether it’s stocked with Hermès scarves or not.

Read the post: How to Create and Organize Your Dream Closet via The Everygirl

When I imagine my dream workspace, I basically just picture the Create + Cultivate office in Los Angeles. If you’re not familiar, Create + Cultivate is a conference and digital platform for female creators, bloggers and entrepreneurs. It was founded in 2012 by Jaclyn Johnson, who was also named to Forbes 30 Under 30 for her work in the digital and marketing space (aka the very definition of #girlboss).

I attended their Chicago conference last year, and it was filled to the brim with inspiring (and highly Instagrammable!) moments. Their office? Similarly inspiring and Instagrammable…but of course. I mean, just look at this space!

Lately, I have been very into these leather butterfly chairs. They’re very LA-cool, aren’t they? The play of textures here (leather, wood, sheepskin, plant life) works wonderfully to create this little hangout and seating vignette.

This wallpaper is everything I need and more. I’m convinced it would work in virtually any space. The shelf styling doesn’t even have to work that hard since the backdrop is so dramatic on its own.

An office with a rooftop deck? Sign me up!

There are moodboards throughout the office for inspiration.

More dramatic wallpaper, this time in Jaclyn’s office…and one of my favorite CB2 chairs!

I’m a sucker for anything neon, like this custom sign that greets everyone who walks in the door.

Backdrops like the cactus one behind this desk often appear at Create + Cultivate conferences — Jaclyn’s boyfriend creates them!

Another view of that glorious conference room wallpaper…not to mention the marble tulip table. My meetings would be so much better with a table like that. 

I don’t think I would ever tire of working in this space. It’s welcoming, well-designed, but also totally inspires employees to get shit done. Or at least, it’s inspiring me to get shit done right now… and I want to steal the look for myself. Luckily, that’s entirely possible:

What do you think of Create + Cultivate’s space? Let me know in the comments!

All images: Create + Cultivate and The Glitter Guide

I’ve been a long-time reader of Chicago-based lifestyle site The Everygirl, and one of my favorite features are the home tours of real women across the country. Co-founders Alaina Kaczmarski and Danielle Moss both have fab taste, as evidenced by their past home tours here, here and here. So when Danielle moved into a new apartment with absolutely amazing bones (think: exposed brick, painted wood floors), I was waiting with baited breath for the new home tour. And trust me: it does not disappoint.

The even more dangerous cool part? Danielle has curated a sale on Joss and Main to accompany her new home tour. Let’s just say I want it all. Someone please hide my wallet and credit cards (and thank goodness I don’t have them memorized). Psst… if you decide to buy something from the sale, use code 3415877739447 at checkout to save $10 off $50 or more!

Danielle is a great example of how your taste can evolve over time. Her previous home tour featured a lot more color and metallic accents, and now — as you can see — she’s landed on a more Scandinavian-inspired aesthetic of fabulous neutrals and layered textures. Her bedroom, especially, is the stuff of Pinterest dreams.

While the space itself seems incredibly aspirational, the sources for Danielle’s home are actually super accessible: West ElmCB2, IKEA, Wayfair, Joss and Main, Crate and Barrel, Urban Outfitters, etc. She balances pieces from these stores with unique or vintage finds, like a custom dresser from Meg Made, another Chicago-based company, for a home that is uniquely her style. Check out the video home tour here:

Danielle also offers up some wonderful advice for those in the process of decorating their own homes: “You don’t have to buy everything at once, so figure out what you need most, and slowly start investing in pieces as you can afford them. Always wait for big stores to have sales, look for floor samples to go on sale, and check craigslist, etsy, Ikea, and flea markets. Pinterest is such a great resource, so find a great Ikea hack and create something you love, or DIY that upholstered headboard. And never buy anything you can’t afford.”

See some of my favorite photos of Danielle’s gorgeous home below, and for the full tour, head over to The Everygirl.

I’m so jealous of her IKEA Songe mirror. I’ll never understand why it was discontinued!

This simple IKEA clothing rack looks so fabulous in Danielle’s space, doesn’t it? Serious Pinterest goals, right there.

Want to get the look yourself? Shop similar pieces below, or check out Danielle’s curated Joss and Main sale (remember promo code 3415877739447 to save $10!).

All images: Danielle Moss via The Everygirl

My grand plan to feature every Apartment Therapy Small Cool category got seriously derailed when my own apartment was chosen… and while I didn’t win, I am pretty proud of the fact that I managed to rack up 100 votes in three short days.

Plus, check out the Grand Prize Winner. Pamela’s apartment happened to be in my division (teeny-tiny), and I fully concede that her place totally deserved to win. Which is why I pinned it with the caption “STEAL THESE DECORATING IDEAS.” Yes, in all caps.

Who knows, Small Cool contest… I might be back for you someday, with a slightly spruced up apartment and more professional photography. In the meantime, let’s take a look at Pamela’s stunning space, shall we?

I’m seriously in love with every single aspect of Pamela’s apartment. She’s used the space incredibly well — and I must admit, I’m jealous of the fact that it’s a proper one bedroom in only 385 square feet. Her style wonderfully blends current trends (Moroccan rugs, bar carts) with unique items collected on her travels. And, like many other interior crushes featured on this blog, she’s made ample use of plants and greenery to bring life to the space, including an oh-so-trendy fiddle leaf fig.

My favorite area might be the dresser vignette in the bedroom. Pamela has added new pulls to an IKEA Malm dresser, and that’s an IKEA mirror as well! It’s further proof that IKEA pieces can work in a variety of design styles and look high-end (and not too college-y).

You can see more of the studio on her Instagram, including more of the kitchen and living room, here and here. Fun fact: I’m pretty sure her kitchen bar stools are the same ones Intelligentsia Coffee has in their Broadway location!

What do you think of Pamela’s space? Are you a fan of her luxe-modern style?

All images: Pamela Kaupinen via Apartment Therapy