Rental Unit: The Final Reveal

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We are finally showing you all the final reveal of the rental unit! It has been a fun and sweaty journey, but we are finally finished. Professional pictures were taken last week and it’s going on the market for rent this week. We expect it will rent fast. Rentals are really booming here in downtown Chicago, especially for this location, which is located across from the new Maggie Daley Park. The experience had Michael and I wanting to flip homes full-time. I seriously can see us doing this in the future. We really loved seeing the transformation and bringing a tired dated studio apartment into the present time (see the before). For me, designing a space from scratch was more fun than I can conjure up into words. It’s the ultimate shopping experience, lets just put it that way. Everything I chose for the unit was budget friendly and because it’s a studio, granite for example, was less expensive because we didn’t need that much square foot of it. 

Mike and I drove to my mom’s building to clean the apartment the day before the realtor was to come in and see the unit’s transformation. We cleaned the floors, the mirrors, counters…everything. Cleaning is definitely our little therapy. Mike more than me, but I too love to just make everything look fresh and new again.

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I chose a laminate flooring (Southern Grey Oak) that really looks like true hard wood floors, but can be wiped down and is very durable; perfect choice for a rental unit. I’m in love with how they turned out. Instantly, you are WOW’d when walking into this unit because of the floors alone. They look very expensive and are just the opposite. If you’re looking for great floors, I highly recommend putting these on your list for consideration. They ranked high in ratings and we can clearly see why.

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We had a small window cut out in the kitchen. Perfect to pass the food over when entertaining guests or to be used as a little breakfast counter. This made a huge difference with quality of lighting in the kitchen, natural light now floods into the previously dark space.

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White penny tiles are the kitchen’s backslash. I have always loved penny tiles. In our old loft, I had installed black penny tiles, so this was a nice contrast to use white this time in a space. The floors were a great find at Tile City, $3 and something a square foot! They pair well with the laminate floors throughout the studio. The appliances were bought as a package deal, which saved so much money rather than buying each appliance separately. They look great don’t they?! The original kitchen did not have a dishwasher, so this was pretty exciting to install one finally – you’re welcome new tenants!

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The bathroom is my favorite. The marble hexagon tiles on the floor are perfect in this space. I am very much a fan of hexagon tiles. They instantly make a space feel modern and current. I paired them with snow-white subway tiles in the shower and they look great together. The combination brings texture and pattern into a small space beautifully. The vanity my mother and I spotted at Home Depot and loved right away (here’s one similar). Grey is a favorite color of ours, I felt it would be the perfect statement in the unit’s only bathroom. We also had the tub re-glazed! I highly recommend this instead of replacing a tub. The process saved us a fortune and looks AMAZING! Other than that, everything in the bathroom is new, all sourced from Home Depot.

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In the entrance and the wardrobe area, we had the contractor install new sliding doors in place of the old bi-fold closet doors. All lighting in the unit are from IKEA. Yep, I will always be a fan of IKEA. Great design for less, perfect resource for a rental unit. They can be replaced easily without breaking the bank. 

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Well, that’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed viewing our rental renovation. Like I said before, we had the time of our lives bringing this studio back to life. It was an awesome project for us all to be a part of. Thank you Mom for asking me to design the space – truly an honor to be asked by someone so talented in interior design…you are my inspiration.


Spring Beauty Trends: Model Jasmine // Hot Pink Lips

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I’ve been extremely lucky to sit in some of the most talented makeup artist chairs around the world. I get to see what’s trending before it even hits the press. This Spring beauty trend is hot pink lips. It’s already stretching across the magazines and I love it! Hot pink lips can turn a simple outfit into something truly sexy. Splurge or get the more affordable brand at your drug store. Either way, you’ll be turning heads.

I paired this hot pink lip with Jasmine’s own boyfriend jeans, my classic black J.Crew blazer and a white bikini top from Topshop – because classic sexy is forever sexy.  

Model: Jasmine @ Ford Models Chicago

Photographer: Michael V.

Styling, Art Directing and Photo Editing: Jahaila V. 


Spring Fashion: Model Jasmine // Powder Pink

Spring Fashion: Model Jasmine // Powder Pink - Girl NestingSpring Fashion: Model Jasmine // Powder Pink - Girl NestingSpring Fashion: Model Jasmine // Powder Pink - Girl NestingSpring Fashion: Model Jasmine // Powder Pink - Girl NestingSpring Fashion: Model Jasmine // Powder Pink - Girl NestingSpring Fashion: Model Jasmine // Powder Pink - Girl NestingSpring Fashion: Model Jasmine // Powder Pink - Girl Nesting

Powder Pink Rib Cut Dress – Topshop

Model: Jasmine @ Ford Models Chicago

Photographer: Michael V.

Styling & Art Directing: Jahaila V.

Editor: Jahaila V

Feels like Spring! Time to step outside, leave our hibernation ways behind, once again. Lets get that sun! It is 72 degrees here in Chicago!!!

And how sexy is this powder pink number?! My goodness!!! Gorgeous Jasmine, from Ford Models Chicago, is just so lovely. This dress fit her like a glove.  

Keep checking into Girl Nesting, we have many more stunning spring fashion looks with Jasmine on the way!

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Spring Fashion: Model Jasmine \\ Blue

Spring Fashion: Model Jasmine \\ Blue - Girl Nesting

Spring Fashion: Model Jasmine \\ Blue - Girl Nesting

Spring Fashion: Model Jasmine \\ Blue - Girl Nesting

Spring Fashion: Jasmine - Girl Nesting

Spring Fashion: Model Jasmine \\ Blue - Girl Nesting

Spring Fashion: Model Jasmine \\ Blue - Girl Nesting

Blue Faux Fur Jacket – Zara // White Swimsuit – Topshop // White Leather Sling Back Heels – Via Spiga

Model: Jasmine @ Ford Models Chicago

Photographer: Michael V.

Styling & Art Directing: Jahaila V.

Editor: Jahaila V

Girl Nesting has some fun spring fashion stories ahead and I am so excited to share them with you all! We are branching out, expanding the horizons so to speak. Ford Models Chicago contacted me about testing their amazing model Jasmine, who had just gotten into Chicago from her modeling travels in Sydney Australia, you can’t beat that! This beauty grew up in Alaska of all places! Not only is Jasmine stunning with her dark hair and blue/green eyes, but she also has plans for law school in her very near future. Stay tuned because we were lucky enough to photograph her in some really gorgeous fashion statements that I’ll be sharing throughout the week, here on Girl Nesting!

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{$150 Minted Giveaway!} Art Making A Statement: Our Ocean Blue Bedroom

{$150 Minted Giveaway!} Art Making A Statement: Our Ocean Blue Bedroom - Girl Nesting

*This post has been sponsored by Minted. Giveaway located at the bottom of post.*

My favorite place to be is the ocean. The tranquil blue and the peaceful sound of the waves are irresistible. I miss wearing flip-flops on a daily or my swimsuit underneath my clothes; because when you live in South Beach, a quick beach stop after work is as necessary as that café con leche in the morning. My Miami days seem like yesterday, yet so much time has passed since then and much more clothing is layered (we are currently in a snow storm…).

Our new home here in Chicago has been an awesome blank canvas. Much more space to decorate than I have ever had before in my previous homes. Our master bedroom is the only room with the original paint color, we loved it as is. One thing that was clearly missing though, was art for our walls. Inspired by the pastels in Miami, I wanted to bring the beach home for Michael and I to enjoy. So, with some help from our old and dear friends at Minted, I was able to bring the ocean to our bedroom.

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Minted has the most beautiful selection of art pieces to choose from. They are a community of independent artists who have been chosen through monthly competitions. You may recognize some of their pieces sold in West Elm. 

“Seaside” by Alexandra Nazari is the print I fell in love with right at first glance. I was in search of a piece that could take us back to our beach days, I found just what I was looking for. I love the vintage feeling of this photograph. The turquoise ocean water is luminous, the small amounts of pink in the towels and swimsuits are so pretty, the rocks look so inviting. Michael and I literally laid down facing this beautiful piece, for almost a half hour after we hung it behind our bed. It spoke to us, connected to who we are and where we first met many years ago.

Below are a few of my favorites (I will just have to find a space for):

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 Minted is offering Girl Nesting readers $150 towards a print of your choice! Please leave a comment below stating which is your favorite, then click here: Minted Giveaway / Girl Nesting to enter.

***This giveaway runs from March 2nd to March 8th, 2016 until noon (central time). Winner will be announced in the comments of this post, Wednesday March 8th at 12:30pm (central time)***

 

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