Coming back to DC was a big deal for me, and it felt a lot different than all my previous moves. It wasn’t a decision I made on a whim, it wasn’t because I was trying to get away from something and I didn’t make the decision because I felt like it was my only option. I chose DC because I loved this city and at this point in my life it feels the most like home.
So when I did move back it was really important that my apartment reflected all those feelings. Everywhere I’ve lived in since college has been patch worked together with hand-me-down furniture and nothing on the walls. I never really took the time to make any of my spaces feel like home because I was always on the go, still looking for where home really was. This time around I wanted to come home at the end of the day to an apartment that felt like me.
For my living room design I wanted to create a space that is bright and airy where I could have people over, but also comfortably spend the weekend on my couch for an epic Netflix binge with an Olivia Pope size wine glass full of red wine. I couldn’t quite figure out how to bring that to life, enter Havenly.
couch // chair // pillows // lumbar pillow // blanket // end table // lamp & shade // my coffee table is a DIY, love this one // kiwi bird // candles // candle sticks // garden stool // art // flowers c/o Urban Stems // rug
I love a lot of things about my new living room design, but I have to say this little seating space and the bar cart might be my favorites. *everything is linked at the throughout the post for you to shop!*
Havenly is an online interior design company (they have an app now too!!) that matches people like me with people far more talented than me to help bring all their design dreams to life. I chose to work with Michelle for my living room design and she absolutely nailed exactly what I wanted from my very confusing and less than organized explanation of what I envisioned the living room looking like. After you match with a designer you have the opportunity to chat about the feel you’re looking for and most importantly your budget. Then you get to fill out the questionnaire which is really just a whole bunch of open ended questions where you can pretend you have a clue about what you’re talking about and ramble about your hopes and dreams for the space. After uploading your room dimensions and some pictures, your designer gets to work and pulls together 2 concepts for you to choose from.
I pulled elements from both and made a few changes here and there to incorporate pieces I already had and wanted to keep and after what seemed like a million exmails between me and my extremely patient designer, we settled on the final design.
The best part of Havenly, isn’t just the incredible ability the designers have to bring exactly what you’re imagining in your head to life, it’s the shopping experience. Once you finalize your design you get to start the shopping which for any normal home decor project means going to a million different websites and placing a million different orders. With Havenly, everything is curated into one shopping collection for you and you can add everything you want to the shopping cart and place your order. Then the magical fairies at Havenly customer service place all your individual orders, send you shipping confirmations and receipts and all you have to do is sit back and wait for everything to arrive, and then put it all together, but even that doesn’t seem so bad when the shopping process is so easy.
There are a couple different ways you can work with Havenly, and they’re offering all of you a little something to make bringing your dream home to life a little easier. Use the code “BREE” at checkout to receive 20% off one of their design packages.
I really love coming home at the end of the day to a space that feels like it is 100% me. I’m so lucky to have worked with such an amazing designer that really got it and helped me turn my house into a home and create a space that I genuinely love.