Let's take a minute to talk about the LBJ - the "little black jacket" of course. I am officially deeming this Fall's staple piece. The LBJ goes with literally anything from tutus to distressed denim and it makes every outfit 100% more on trend. Finding the perfect LBJ can be just as difficult as finding the perfect LBD. It's a style that I'm so ready to try out but it really does feel like a commitment. A leather jacket says, "look at me. I know fashion" and that's cool and all, but there are so many details to take into account when it comes to choosing the one. Let's begin with style, shall we? Leather jackets can be drapey, oversized, fitted, pebbled, smooth, collared, zippered, etc.etc. My favorite style is the motorcycle jacket. It feels badass and chic all at the same time. Below I've shared 3 amazing LBJ that I'm obsessed with in 3 different price points.
My top choice is this little pretty by Saint Laurent from Barney's. It's my favorite leather jacket - really. Not too embellished, not too cropped, not too pebbled. Everything about it is perfect....except the price. This little baby is $5,500. Just a bit out of my 24 year old/college paying/H&M wearing lifestyle. Since I couldn't even pretend to make this one work, I continued my search using this as inspiration.
That's when I stumbled upon this great leather jacket from Madewell. I missed the texture in the leather and the extra zippers on the side when comparing it to the Saint Laurent. The design in this jacket is timeless and I'm always a sucker for Madewell. This jacket goes for $528 and even comes in a pretty wine color - swoon! Unfortunately, I wasn't in love with the black jacket and couldn't fathom spending half a thousand dollars before I've really decided to commit to this style, so I continued my never-ending search for the perfect LBJ.
I think we can all admit that this jacket from Urban Outfitters is a close match to the Saint Laurent jacket in style! I absolutely love it. This version is vegan leather, so the longevity of the piece probably isn't there....but at $159 I don't think I could complain. It's the perfect style to try out before investing in a pricier LBJ. I'm excited to invite this jacket into my fall wardrobe and rethink my dresses and sweaters in an edgier way.
For more of my style inspiration, follow my "style file" board over on Pinterest. What type of trends are you looking forward to this fall?
One of my favoooorite chairs is the Eames Rocker. A status symbol in mid-century homes, this very stylish chair can be used in a variety of interiors in todays homes too. It comes in a variety of different colors, metals, and wood options. The Eames Rocker is my favorite, but the Eames frame has many different options for legs - some are wooden dowels, other are metal, and some are very funky and vintage. Unfortunately, the chair is not the most affordable seat to try out in your space unless you know it's worth the investment...
Brandon and I were approved for a FABULOUS apartment in Providence. I'll still be working in Boston and just changing up my commute a bit. I attached the floor plan so that you ogle at it with us! It has giant 8 foot windows, mill-style living, and comes with stainless steel appliances. Oh, and in the building there is a movie theatre, pool, hot-tub, and gym that we can use. We'll be living in luxury!
Since we'll finally be living in a place that we're proud of, we've been looking into semi-permanent additions to add. One of them is a single pendant light to put over our dining table. We want something industrial and round to center over the table.
Option number one was this guy. An Original BTC Titan Pendant. We couldn't decide between black or white, but after we saw the price tag we decided neither. They range from $469-499 at Design Within Reach which sincerely isn't absurd....just a little out of our price range during the move. We knew this was the style we wanted sooooo we continued our search.
CB2 is definitely typically more modern than industrial, but I think this pendant is a good option. It's called the "Capitol Pendant Lamp" and it's only $299. What makes it a little different from the Original BTC Lamp is that it can only come in black. You have one option for your color and that is it. Another difference is the slight bell shape to it. I absolutely love how it's matte black though - I feel like it's such a versatile piece.
Option number 3 is from Ikea - the Hektar Pendant Lamp. They tried...they really did. I wish I could explain what bothered me so much about this light, but I can't. There's just something about it that I hate. I think it's the wide mouth at the top? Or maybe just how tall it is....Ugh. I don't know. I tried to love it because it's only $30, but I don't love it. Oddly enough, while searching for something so industrial and similar to the Titan, we stumbled upon this. Although it's more modern than we thought we wanted, I think it will look awesome over our table. We have the dining table pictured here. What do you think?
Oh, and here's our floor plan! Although it's a narrow space, I think the addition of the walk in closet should make everything juuuust a bit more manageable.
We love it! So excited to share our setup and budget finds and fix ups.
img from Design Within Reach
If I had to describe my ideal interior style, I'd say it's sort of a combination of mid-century meets industrial mixed with vintage with a sprinkle of modern elements. Have I achieved that look at all in my apartment? No. But, I also can't make any permanent changes while renting this space. Brandon and I were on the look out for a new dining table a few months back, and we wanted something we could take with us when we do finally buy a place. We agreed on this sleek, white, high top dining table that can easily adapt to any look or style.
(Click on the photos to take you to the products!)
Option number one would be the Saarinen Round Dining Table. The king of all mid-century dining tables. This choice is completely customizable - table height, color options, finishes, etc. For the white laminate option, you're looking at $1,807. If you choose some sort of marble or would element, the prices can rise to over $4,000. This was not even a maybe when Brandon and I were looking, but as long as all the rest of the details in the dining room go with our current table, it would be an easy switch to make in the future.
While searching for more affordable options, I came across this guy! I had to triple check to make sure it wasn't the Saarinen on sale (which, by the way, does happen!). This is the Zuo Wilco Round Dining Table. This option is comparatively only $718. What I love about this table is that it has a very clean leg line - no seams where the top and bottom are connected.
The most affordable two options are from CB2 and Ikea. They're both only $199. Brandon and I chose the Ikea table (bottom photo), and it's holding up very well! It can comfortably fit 4 chairs, but I'm sure you could fit 5 or 6 if you were hosting a dinner or something. I added the CB2 option since some people get a little squeamish about investing in Ikea products. Although these options are similar in style, the dining table from CB2 loses some of it's charm with the straight leg, and the Ikea table cheapens its look with its very visible seams. They're great choices for beginner renters or homeowners looking for a mid-century table that has a great style for an affordable price.
Three unique sofas, three different price points, one simple style. Brandon & I have fallen in love with a sort of mid-century style, with a bit of a modern twist. Although we're in the midst of updating and upgrading our furniture, we still can't get the best of the best. All in good time though!
My dream couch is the "Stewart" Sofa by Cisco Brothers (the first one pictured). With a price tag of $3,258, it's a bit out of our price range. I absolutely love the simplicity of the lines, the single sofa seat, the even height of the arms and back... le-sigh. A girl can dream. The advantages of ordering a Cisco Brothers sofa is that they're totally customizable. You can choose fabric, cushion style, stitch options, wood stain, etc. And, you can order them through Twelve Chairs Boston - the awesome store I work at.
Since Cisco Brothers is a little too pricey at this point in my life, I did some research. We wanted the same clean lines, but without spending over $1000. Urban Outfitters came out with their "Night and Day" Convertible Sofa, and we both agreed we love the look. The reviews claim it's not the most comfortable, but the style and quality are well worth the $649 price tag. There are a few fun color options if you're looking for a pop of color, and it turns into a sleeper for when you have visitors. Although it doesn't have the same clean arm and back height, I love that Urban didn't cheap out and put a nice wooden-style leg. It also has the same one cushion seat. This will be in our apartment soon enough - well, when we have a living room to put it in that is.
Ahh - I'm sure you assumed it, but last (and probably least) is the good-old "Karlstad" Sofa from Ikea. This actually has a great look to it, and the fabric has a nice textured look to it. Ikea offers a few cheaper sofas, but this one looks much more expensive than its $599 price. Paired with a nice light-wooden coffee table, the legs would really help to tie the couch into the space. Although I'm a sucker for single cushions, this sofa definitely gives off a mid-century vibe for a pretty nice price.
Remember when purchasing a sofa that you definitely want to take quality into consideration. As an avid Ikea buyer, I can tell you from experience that that sofa will probably last you two years before the fabric starts pilling and looking pretty grimy. It's great to hold you over while you save up though! I'm sure the Urban Sofa won't last much longer, but with the addition of the sleeper, it's worth the extra $50. The Cisco sofa on the other hand will last you 6+ years, and depending on your fabric choice, cushion fill, and stitching, you could extend the life of your sofa, but also raise the original cost. Decisions, decisions, decisions...