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Relaxed California Style

We just moved into our new apartment in Marina Del Rey and I’m all set to unpack and redecorate our new place. We definitely have less space than we did before, so we will be getting creative with storage and putting a lot of our excess furniture into storage.

A lot of our decor from Newburyport will transition nicely to California, but I’m hoping to give our new place a lighter, more “West Coast” vibe. I created an Idea Board on Wayfair.com to organize my ideas and I’ve already settled on blues and greens in the bathrooms, and I’m thinking of continuing the theme into the living room. Most of our other furniture will fit, but the living room is my place to completely redecorate since we’re replacing our couches, the movers broke our floor lamp, and our dark, wine-colored Chenille pillows will be donated to Goodwill.

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Rug / Sea Urchin Paperweights / Hurricane Glass
Blanket (on sale!) / Throw Pillow / Painting
Floor Lamp / Ottoman / Couch (on sale!)

Even though I’m still on the ocean, I feel like California has a different kind of “nautical” feel than New England. Its no longer about anchors, lobsters, lighthouses or buoys, but its about a more laid-back and relaxed ocean vibe. I feel like the array of different blue-greens that are in the painting really pull together the other items creating a cohesive, yet still modern and fresh look. I don’t want anything too matchy-matchy or look like we tried to hard for those laid-back and relaxed vibes!

The apartment is still a scary mess of dismantled furniture and boxes, but I’ll be sure to give you a tour once we’re fully settled!

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This post was sponsored by Wayfair.com, a brand and company that I truly love! All opinions and purchase choices are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Rules for the Modern Girl. 

Living Room Upgrade with Wayfair

Our living room has made the most dramatic transformation since we purchased our house just over a year ago.  Like many of the other rooms in the house, the living room was pained a very odd color — a pea green with a grey/brown putty trim.  Here is what the room looked like right before we moved in:

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Yikes! Definitely some interesting decor to overlook, but it had some great “bones” to work with — a fireplace, bay windows, and gorgeous original hardwood floors.  Our first order of business was repainting the walls to a nice creamy vanilla color that would be a great neutral backdrop.  The room is small, so it was important for me to update the space and make it feel cozy and comfortable without overwhelming it with too much “stuff”.

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The finished room is brighter, cozier, and way less cluttered, even in such a small space. After we painted and moved in our furniture, the final touches were provided by Wayfair — a leather cube ottoman that I’ve converted to a side table, and the decorative pillows complete with a French postcard print.

The ottoman was a perfect compliment to our easy chair — I wanted something small that could just be used for a nice candle or glass of wine.  There’s no outlet on that side of the room, so anything taller or bigger, in my opinion, would have looked as if it needed a lamp. The pillows are pretty neutral, but they help brighten up the couches without being too colorful. They also are French themed, which you all know I love!

A great alternative to an ottoman is a floor poof — our Air BnB in Reims, FR had some on the floor and I really liked how they looked!  My in-laws also have a really large ottoman that they use as a coffee table. You can add a bit of color with a throw blanket, and a perfect addition since winter is on its way!

Now that I’ve sparked you decor ideas, head over to Wayfair.com to get 15% off any Pillow, Pouf, or Throw from November 20th through November 24th.  Use the code WFPTP15!

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And, of course, I couldn’t help but throw in a picture of our favorite living room resident, Zinnie! Here he is with a beak full of raspberries, one of his favorite foods!

**A few details on our other furniture: Couches are from Jennifer Convertibles, Coffee Table was a fantastic Craigslist find in Boston, Desk is an antique from my husband’s grandfather, and our easy chair and ottoman is from Overstock.

This post was sponsored by Wayfair.com, a brand and company that I truly love! All opinions and purchase choices are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Rules for the Modern Girl.