My Inspiration Board for Our New Brooklyn Heights Apartment

How is it possible that I’ve lived in New York City for a year and a half? When we signed an 18-month lease for our first apartment in the Upper West Side it seemed like the end date would never come. Since December 2017 time has absolutely flown — We’ve been learning how to do life in NYC, finding our favorite restaurants, planning our wedding, exploring Manhattan and all it’s unique neighborhoods, and thinking about what the next few years will look like for us.

We haven’t set an expiration date on our NYC life… As much as my mother would like to have us back in our home state, we aren’t ready to move back to Maine just yet. However, we knew our first apartment in NYC was not the final spot for us here. It was a great place to start and the perfect home base to learn how to do life here (especially with two dogs!) but now that we know what we want in an apartment and neighborhood, we’re ready to move on.

We lucked into the PERFECT apartment in Brooklyn Heights, so on June 1st we’ll be packing up all of our things and making a new home in a new borough. I was very anti-Brooklyn for about 20 minutes when we moved here… And then we walked around Brooklyn Heights and now I cannot wait to call BK home. It’s charming, quiet, and historic. Plus, John Krasinski and Matt Damon own homes down the street so you better believe I’ll be wandering the new ‘hood trying to find Jim Halpert.

With a new space to look forward to, I can’t help but start decorating my new space in my mind. I started creating an inspiration board (AKA screenshots saved to a folder on my phone and computer) but figured you might like to see what we’re planning for the new apartment, too!

a little peek at our new place

One of the main things I’m excited about with this apartment are the functional windows! You don’t realize how much you’ll miss fresh air flowing through your space until you can’t open your windows anymore. Not to mention, we can see Lady Liberty and all of downtown Manhattan from every window. Eek! So dreamy!

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So in love with this kitchen and the door to the balcony! Is it normal to dream about a French door fridge? Because I do.

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my decor inspiration

We didn’t change up any of our decor when we moved to New York City from Portland, Maine, so we still have a lot of nautical inspiration, dark wood antiques, charts of Casco Bay, and framed photos of our past adventures.

Much of it will stay because we love the ocean and it’s true to who we are, but I also want to work in some more contemporary pieces that feel very New York City. We really need some more natural elements in our lives, so we’ll add plants and greenery. Our new place also requires 80% floor coverage with carpets (pretty common NYC thing) so I want to bring in Moroccan prints and bright colors to balance the all white walls.

You can shop all the pictures below, so if you’re inspired by this inspiration board, too, click away!

the entry wall

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IDEAS: Bench, mirror, patterned area rug, ledge shelf, custom framed engagement photo

wood and fabric bench

wood and fabric bench

gold porthole mirror (we have one like this already!)

gold porthole mirror (we have one like this already!)

custom framed print (engagement photo by  mikaelakingphotography.com )

custom framed print (engagement photo by mikaelakingphotography.com)

wall mount shelves

wall mount shelves

boho fringe rug

boho fringe rug

living room

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This is the far right wall of the living room where our existing campaign cabinet will go. We also have a couch and wingback chair that we’ll be using the space, so the living room just needs some new life in the form of throw pillows and other small decor pieces!

IDEAS: colorful rug, textured throw pillows, marble or glass coffee table, tall plant, white tassel curtains

marble coffee table

marble coffee table

our existing area rug

our existing area rug

are faux plants a faux pas? I don’t care they’re cute

are faux plants a faux pas? I don’t care they’re cute

white tassel curtains

white tassel curtains

kitchen

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We won’t need much for the kitchen, but since it’s open to the rest of the living space I definitely want to tie it into the theme we’ve got going on in the entry and living room.

IDEAS: natural fiber rug, succulents, bar stools with gold accents, decorative shelf

natural fiber rug

natural fiber rug

acrylic and gold bar stools

acrylic and gold bar stools

live succulent

live succulent

shelf for the adorable succulents

shelf for the adorable succulents

bedroom

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It was tough to get a full shot of the cozy little bedroom but to the left is the very small closet and to the right is the back wall is where our bed will go. Behind the camera are the two windows facing our neighborhood and the Statue of Liberty. I’ll need to get creative with pieces in the bedroom that are super functional to make up for the storage issue. We don’t need much for our bedroom because I love our current bedding (currently sold out on West Elm but it’s a vintage ticking stripe pattern in navy blue).

IDEAS: wardrobe, small area rug

ikea-esque double wardrobe

ikea-esque double wardrobe

really feeling the tassel rugs lately

really feeling the tassel rugs lately

I’ll also be decorating our little patio (AKA the best thing about the apartment… private outdoor space!) but I want to save those ideas for a separate post coming soon!

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