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Making my Apartment a Home with Satin and Slate Interiors

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“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”Maya Angelou

I move a lot. School, internships and jobs have taken me to a number of cities: Los Angeles, Boston, D.C., San Francisco, New York, Miami and back home to L.A…the Bay Area again and then back to L.A.! That’s not even including my time in Canada and Spain. Basically, I’ve lived all over.

Recently, I moved into a new apartment in West Hollywood and I want to stay put for a while. It was really important to make my new apartment feel like home. So, I enlisted the help of my good friend LindsayRenee Kennedy, co-owner of Southern California design house Satin and Slate Interiors (Instagram: @satinandslate).

Together, we organized my apartment (I had a ton of purging to do!) and went shopping for furniture, art and accessories. I’m now officially obsessed with HomeGoods, but we also found some items at Ross, Overstock, Target, Amazon and, of course, Craigslist. I wanted a grown up apartment that felt unique, so I kept my IKEA purchases to a minimum.

Here’s what we were able to do with less than $2,500.

But, what about you? Where do you shop for home goods? Do you have any tips for making your house feel like a home? Let me know in the comments!

xo,

Amy

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style wearing Parfait Lingerie apartment makeover with LindsayRenee Kennedy of Satin and Slate

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style wearing Parfait Lingerie apartment makeover with LindsayRenee Kennedy of Satin and Slate

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style wearing Parfait Lingerie apartment makeover with LindsayRenee Kennedy of Satin and Slate

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style wearing Parfait Lingerie apartment makeover with LindsayRenee Kennedy of Satin and Slate

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style wearing Parfait Lingerie apartment makeover with LindsayRenee Kennedy of Satin and Slate

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style wearing Parfait Lingerie apartment makeover with LindsayRenee Kennedy of Satin and Slate

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style wearing Parfait Lingerie apartment makeover with LindsayRenee Kennedy of Satin and Slate

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style wearing Parfait Lingerie apartment makeover with LindsayRenee Kennedy of Satin and Slate

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style wearing Parfait Lingerie apartment makeover with LindsayRenee Kennedy of Satin and Slate

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style wearing Parfait Lingerie apartment makeover with LindsayRenee Kennedy of Satin and Slate

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style wearing Parfait Lingerie apartment makeover with LindsayRenee Kennedy of Satin and Slate

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style wearing Parfait Lingerie apartment makeover with LindsayRenee Kennedy of Satin and Slate

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style wearing Parfait Lingerie apartment makeover with LindsayRenee Kennedy of Satin and Slate

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style wearing Parfait Lingerie apartment makeover with LindsayRenee Kennedy of Satin and Slate

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style wearing Parfait Lingerie apartment makeover with LindsayRenee Kennedy of Satin and Slate

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style wearing Parfait Lingerie apartment makeover with LindsayRenee Kennedy of Satin and Slate

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style wearing Parfait Lingerie apartment makeover with LindsayRenee Kennedy of Satin and Slate

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style wearing Parfait Lingerie apartment makeover with LindsayRenee Kennedy of Satin and Slate

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style wearing Parfait Lingerie apartment makeover with LindsayRenee Kennedy of Satin and Slate

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style wearing Parfait Lingerie apartment makeover with LindsayRenee Kennedy of Satin and Slate

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style wearing Parfait Lingerie apartment makeover with LindsayRenee Kennedy of Satin and Slate

 

Stop Saying ‘No’ to Living the Life You Want

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“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. […] Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.” – Helen Keller

“No.”

It’s a powerful word. One I’ve heard many, many times. Still, for whatever reason (maybe because I’m a typical, stubborn Taurus or because I’m determined as hell), I never ever ever give up. Never in my life have I let the word “No” stop me. I’ve been laid off, told I didn’t have enough experience, reminded of my lack of qualifications, dumped, pigeon-holed, misjudged, misunderstood, shown the metaphorical “exit,” not been granted entry, and I haven’t always fit in. There’s really no one, simple road to success and my winding career path is an example of that. But, lately…lately, thankfully, I’ve been hearing “Yes”…a lot.

As you may (and hopefully) know, in a couple of weeks, I’m throwing myself a party to celebrate the launch of this very site. (Yes, you’re invited.) You see, I’m determined AF, but in the past I allowed “perfection to stand in the way of good enough” as they say. I’ve never thought twice about taking risks when I didn’t have much at stake and I didn’t care about the outcome. But, I’ve definitely let my fears and insecurities hold me back from achieving what I want most. I have big – huge – dreams, but I stood in my own way for far too long, living small and playing it safe. I’m so over that! And the party I’m throwing will be to celebrate this transformation.

Since I’ve moved out of my own way and become laser focused, I’ve seen so much success. In just a few months, I’ve gained nearly 10,000 followers on Instagram, I’ve secured about one dozen brand partnerships, including sponsorships for my launch party (my gift bags are killer, y’all!), and I’ve received interest from several news outlets who want to share my story with their readers. I’m really just getting started, but I’ve seen so much growth in such a short period of time because I Decided (with a capital D) to be Brave (with a capital B) and get serious about making my dreams a reality. As a result, I’ve found support from my friends, family, followers…and I’m so very grateful for you. Thank you.

I may not know you IRL, but I think it’s safe to assume that you’ve held yourself back before, too. If so, I have one question for you: WHY!? Why are you sabotaging yourself from having that thing – whatever it is – that you want most? Seriously, there’s a reason and if you’re honest with yourself, you probably know what it is. Name it and stop it! Life is too short and you’re too incredible to live a mediocre life (whatever mediocre looks like for you).

What big dream do you have that you’ve been struggling to reach? Share it in the comments. Maybe I’ll have some suggestions.

May the fierce be with you, babes.

xo

Outfit details: Top: Forever21+ | Skirt: Torrid | Shoes: Macy’s | Necklace: Amazon

Photographer:  Jorge Lopez (IG: @jorgelopezmedia)