When I first moved from Norfolk, Virginia to San Diego, California, I moved into the very first apartment I toured. Three and a half years later, it was time to look for a new place that fit my style better.
Must-Haves and Nice-to-Haves
I started my search by thinking about what my top three “must-haves” and “nice-to-haves” would be. Natural lighting, a neutral kitchen, and no carpet are what I landed on as top priorities. My nice-to haves included tall ceilings, a walk-in closet, and an all-white white kitchen. Luckily, I ended up finding a loft in downtown San Diego that I right away knew I had to have! The size and location were perfect, but it still needed some work and I was okay with that. With five of the six requirements, how could I say no?
[embedded content]The first thing that captured my attention was the large window in the living area. Aside from the amazing view of the city it has, there’s an abundance of natural lighting it brings into the loft and working in well-lit spaces does wonders for my productivity. The ceiling also was a selling point for me, in downtown San Diego it’s really difficult to find a large space at a decent price. High ceilings really open up the space to make it look larger. But, more importantly, the details are what make me go, “Wow!” every time I walk in. The loft was built in the early 1900s and was a lumber facility for many years. When the company closed down, the space was renovated into lofts. They put wooden platforms on the ceiling and then poured cement over it to give it texture.
My home is my sanctuary and I want to be happy with everything in it. Knowing that I’ll be spending the majority of my time at home, I wanted to make sure I was creating a space that would also help amplify my creativity. I wanted my home to have every corner filled with meaningful pieces.
The Fun Part
After researching different styles, I finally figured out a look that I thought would be timeless. I got rid of the pieces from my old apartment and started purchasing new ones that would be more versatile. Since the new place is very neutral, I wanted to add pops of black to really show contrast in the loft. I found my inspiration from several places, one of them being Kim Kardashian’s home. In her interview with Vogue Magazine, she describes her home as a “minimal monastery” with stark and neutral spaces. I didn’t necessarily want my home to look like a monastery, but there was an artistic feel to it that I just fell in love with. I also drew a lot of inspiration from my past trips to Europe. If you know me, you know I love European culture. From the art and history to the architecture, I love it all.
A Blank Canvas
I also found that the way you use your wall space is really important. In my new place, I’m going to keep my walls pretty bare. I find that when there’s too much on the walls, I tend to get a bit distracted. Since the majority of my days consist of creating content, I feel like having a clean, white space helps me with creating new ideas.
However, one of the biggest challenges was trying to create storage space without cluttering the loft. While I have a hall closet for coats, household supplies, and luggage, there wasn’t any storage for my clothes, and being a lifestyle blogger, I have a lot of clothes. Sure, I could have covered my entire wall with clothing racks, but I wanted to leave the space open. I made the decision to donate over twenty bags of clothes and shoes in lieu of fitting everything in the loft. I stored my winter wardrobe and brought out my favorite summer pieces. Clutter tends to stress me out, so having my home be a blank canvas was really important.
Speaking of blank canvases, I mentioned one of my must-haves was a neutral kitchen, but a nice-to-have would be a white kitchen. I am a huge fan of cooking and love sharing new recipes with my followers, so having an aesthetically pleasing kitchen was important to me. I needed it to be clean and crisp so that the food could do the talking and not the squeaky cabinets or the dark and dingy backsplash. The loft has brand new kitchen appliances, white cabinets, and jaw-dropping light grey countertops! How perfect could this be? Unfortunately, the building doesn’t allow for gas-range stoves, but I’m still super happy with everything else. I am inspired more than ever to continue entertaining in my new kitchen.
A Space for Myself
With the new loft, I decided to create a little “zen zone”. Although I work from home, it doesn’t mean that I necessarily need to work from my couch all the time. For me, it’s good to separate your workspace from your personal space. So, I found the most amazing fuzzy chair and dedicated the space to where I start my day (with coffee in hand!).
I wanted to create areas that are not only aesthetically pleasing but more importantly, functional. My work and “zen” zone also makes for an amazing little reading nook on the weekends, which is amazing. Each area of my home, I believe, should have a purpose, so now that my new space has all of these things, it makes me happy to be at home!
Long story short, everybody has a unique sense of style and everyone has a groove that spurs his or her productivity. For those looking for anything from new home décor inspiration to tips on how to work at home, I hope you found this article to be beneficial! Your home is a representation of you, so be creative with it. I had such an amazing time sharing San Diego digs and I hope that you enjoyed it!