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ELouise’s Little Studio in the Big Green House- Pt. 1


Please forgive the lack of proofreading currently displayed on this post. It should be remedied with my typical, anal vocabulary and excessive punctuation soon.

victorian home, design inspiration, funny, humor, styleCHAPTER 1 PART 1

You may be surprised to know that, on top of being he assistant to a well-known NYC interior designer for several months, I really love putting together an apartment design from time-to-time (usually change cities every 2-3 years, so that’s my current project frequency).

First and foremost, you should know that nothing depresses me more than spending night after night somewhere with nothing on the walls. It’s like a person without a soul. Blank feels like an institution and if I wanted to live in a prison, I’d make a false confession to something horrible.

Here’s an overview of the most significant homes over the last 5 years….

  Little Rock, AR- Block 2 Apartment in The RiverMarket– 600 sq ft- neighborhood was LR’s main bar strip, work was 4 blocks away, concrete floors (very helpful for baby Schubert’s training) HUGE windows
studio apartment design inspiration
New York City Room- 10ft x 12ft (ish)- shared apartment with 2 male roommates who both had girlfriends, 5th floor, Harlem, subway ride to anywhere I could ever want to go, lived with awesome people 
NYC, apartment, small space, design inspiration, funny
  Bali Room- 6ft x 10ft- shared bamboo bunk beds with 3 roommates, toilet/shower room attached, hot as hell, but I was IN BALI with the most amazing, beautiful people EVER
travel, bali, volunteer, funny, design inspiration

Upon making the move to Denver this past April, it had been 7 months since I went from gypsy-ish young woman to full on gypsy whore (homeless, anyways) living out of a backpack; almost 3 years since I actually had ALL of my artwork and furniture (my NYC space could not fit more than 1/10 of my collection). Thoughts on where my new home would be occurred daily.

backpacker, travel, world, sneaker wedges, thumbs, funny

Damn, I really did go Sinead O’connor last fall….my only constant for 8 months is in that pack.

Jackelope, funny, design, photoshop, random, humorExactly 1 week after arriving, I signed a lease on a studio apartment in a lovely Victorian home!

Awesome Details about my New Place:

– exactly 1 block from City Park

– has a double lot, fenced in backyard

– was one of the first Denver farm houses; built in the late 1800’s, so Fabulously Awkward Girl’s weird moment quota with ghosts

– is an empty canvas

This little treasure has an odd layout, so I’m ready to get creative and turn it into a “Liz Space. Ideally, visitors will think to themselves, “Oh, I get what she’s all about…” But, it all starts with empty walls…

apartment, design, project, funny

 And a radiator on the ceiling….?

studio apartment design ideas

Between google image search and the before mentioned art collection, I’m going to make this place into a Pinterest worthy home!



Friends, I lived 5 weeks with only my newly aquired bed, someone else’s lovesac, and EMPTY WHITE WALLS. It was the worst kind of limbo. A punishment from the backpacker gods for returning to life with a home base again.

Thank god, a dear, life long friend Kevan Beth got married (because it was the happiest day of her life)…

best friends, weddings, bridal luncheon, life long friends
All of the Batesville Bully girls and our moms (minus PP)

It was when Bridesmaid call of duty ended that the trip became Mission Rent Car, Load Life, Then Drive Nonstop from Arkansas to Colorado in 72hrs.

Lucky for me, darling Laurenzo flew down from the NYC area to help me. bff, engineer, silly, nerd alert

sidenote- Lauren is the yin to my yang…lack of depth perception, anxious tendencies, and wedding weekend hangover stood no chance against her powers (thanks again Mrs. Shulzini!).
First, we went to my “storage unit” which is actually just brother’s guest house.

design, style, furniture, inspiration, studio apartment clutter, moving, design inspiration iNext, we picked out what could come and what had to stay, rented the small town’s only rental car company’s only giant suburban gangster-mobile (complete with tinted windows and questionable sound system), shoved more shit in that thing than anyone would think possible (Seriously, Laurenzo is the real-life Tetris queen), and headed west. i

Of course, it’s still in process, but here are a couple of the completed areas…

Vintage, Rooster, Kitchen, Design, Inspiration

Obviously, it’s got a long way to go. Plus, my Mum still needs to come out here soon to bring the items we ran out of space for, along with any forgotten soldiers (I forgot an embarrassing amount).

Stay tuned for more, as I continue this eclectic design inspiration series!

Vintage Wall Art, Design inspiration

photography, vintage, collage

Summary- I’m taking advantage of any extra free time in Denver


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