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An Michigan based lifestyle blog by Alexandria Mavis. A perfectly curated space the combines her love of home decor, style, design, DIY, and entertaining.

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An Grand Rapids based interior design and lifestyle blog by Alexandria Mavis. A perfectly curated space the combines her love of interiors, style, travel, DIY, and entertaining.

Hunting for: Mid Century Tall Boy Dresser

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Hunting for: Mid Century Tall Boy Dresser + Alexandria Mavis Blog

I've been on the hunt for a Mid Century Tall Boy Dresser for our master bedroom (see before tour here). We are on a bit of a tight budget so I have been scouring thrift stores and craigslist hoping to find a diamond in the rough. These are some I've found online that I am also loving.. which one has your vote? 

SHOP TALLBOYS

Burl Wood Campaign Chest || Parocela Chest || Geo-Marquetry Armoire || Mid-Century Walnut Dresser || Muse Cabinet || West Elm Mid-Century 4-Drawer Dresser || Target Mid Century Cabinet || Tate 5-Drawer Chest ||

    Step Inside This Grand Rapids Interior Designers Chic & Sophisticated Downtown Apartment

    Alexandria Mavis

     Step Inside This Grand Rapids Interior Designers Chic and Sophisticated Downtown Apartment + Alexandria Mavis Blog

    Meet Kelley Hughes! The beauty behind AesthetiKHs and a creative living and working in Grand Rapids, MI. Originally from Detroit, she moved to Grand Rapids for college and graduate school and never left. She lives here with her sweet beagle, Harper (I might be a little bit biased). She loves Disney World, vintage Louis Vuitton, playing bingo and margaritas/pizza (but maybe not at the same time). She is a firm believer that an environment's aesthetic can enrich your life- enjoying a beautiful experience, surrounding yourself with things you love, or creating a mood that is inherently "you". She is a master in the way of interior design, styling, merchandising, event coordination and creative directing. I've been a long time admirer of Kelley's and excited to share her downtown apartment and share about all things interiors and great aesthetic. 

     Step Inside This Grand Rapids Interior Designers Chic and Sophisticated Downtown Apartment + Alexandria Mavis Blog
     Step Inside This Grand Rapids Interior Designers Chic and Sophisticated Downtown Apartment + Alexandria Mavis Blog

    What made you want to move downtown? 

    I wanted to move downtown to be a little more part of the action... and for air conditioning! Haha. I am too boujee now that I am 30 and need modern amenities. I lived it two older historic homes, and while I loved the character and charm, I wanted to try something different. I still mix the modern and vintage elements into my space now, though, and it works! My dog also LOVES the huge windows and keeps an eye on the city all day and night (especially the bar-goers on the weekends).  

    How would you describe the style you're trying to achieve in your home?

    I still use a mix of modern and vintage, but I like to make it feel more like a boutique hotel. I work a lot, so I wanted my home- especially my bedroom- to feel very zen-like, but with character. 
     Step Inside This Grand Rapids Interior Designers Chic and Sophisticated Downtown Apartment + Alexandria Mavis Blog

    What’s your favorite piece of furniture in your apartment?  

    My bookshelf, burl veneer and clear acrylic goodness. I bought this from a 27th floor apartment in Chicago via Craigslist. It was such a feat getting it out of there and back to Grand Rapids, but I'll never sell it!
     Step Inside This Grand Rapids Interior Designers Chic and Sophisticated Downtown Apartment + Alexandria Mavis Blog
     Step Inside This Grand Rapids Interior Designers Chic and Sophisticated Downtown Apartment + Alexandria Mavis Blog

    What does a good aesthetic mean too you? What do you want people to feel when they enter your home? 

    It doesn't matter whether you are a minimalist or a maximalist, you can have a good aesthetic. It's just a matter of having a space that feels balanced (adheres to some rules- ie: proper rug size), sense of personal style (throwing away the boring rules), and feels inviting. I believe that a room should be used- nothing is off limits for my dog, for example, but it can still be beautiful AND functional. 

    What’s your favorite part of designing? 

    Solving problems with beauty. 
     Step Inside This Grand Rapids Interior Designers Chic and Sophisticated Downtown Apartment + Alexandria Mavis Blog
     Step Inside This Grand Rapids Interior Designers Chic and Sophisticated Downtown Apartment + Alexandria Mavis Blog
     Step Inside This Grand Rapids Interior Designers Chic and Sophisticated Downtown Apartment + Alexandria Mavis Blog
     Step Inside This Grand Rapids Interior Designers Chic and Sophisticated Downtown Apartment + Alexandria Mavis Blog
     Step Inside This Grand Rapids Interior Designers Chic and Sophisticated Downtown Apartment + Alexandria Mavis Blog

    What are 2 major changes you can do in a rental that will make the biggest impact? 

    Paint the walls white if you can (gives you more options to show off your creativity in furniture/art/etc.) and plants! Also, remember to pick a place with good windows/lighting. Nothing looks good under yellow boob lamps. 
     Step Inside This Grand Rapids Interior Designers Chic and Sophisticated Downtown Apartment + Alexandria Mavis Blog

    Top 3 places you are loving in GR right now?  

    AK RIKKS (yay!), Citizen, and the Amway Grand Fitness Center (workouts feel like Im on vacation). 
     Step Inside This Grand Rapids Interior Designers Chic and Sophisticated Downtown Apartment + Alexandria Mavis Blog
     Step Inside This Grand Rapids Interior Designers Chic and Sophisticated Downtown Apartment + Alexandria Mavis Blog
     Step Inside This Grand Rapids Interior Designers Chic and Sophisticated Downtown Apartment + Alexandria Mavis Blog

    Be sure to check out Kelley's website and follow her on instagram

    Apartment Bedroom Makeover Design Update

    Alexandria Mavis

     Apartment Bedroom Makeover Design Update + Alexandria Mavis Blog

    Our apartment bedroom is coming together and I have a couple great DIY's to share with you guys soon. I feel like as I was designing our bedroom it began to take a bit more of a "so-cal boho" turn and I gotta say I'm not mad about it. It's not my normal style but I find my style is always transforming and I have been trying not to make everything mid-century modern. I think if I bring a little more "glam" into it (like the bedside lamps), it will balance out more and break up all the "browns" that seem to be happening.

    I can't tell you how excited I was to get this Bobby Clark art print in the mail from Australia (basically Christmas morning) she is my absolute favorite! I also want to get 1 -2 other pieces from other artists, maybe in a blue tone to bring more color into the room as it's feeling a bit "beige" still. What's your guys favorite thing about the apartment bedroom so far? 

    SOURCES || Mid-Century Walnut Dresser from Chairish || Bobby Clark Print || Floyd Platform Bed || Block Shop Textiles || CB2 Green Marble Candles || Target Globe Bedside Lamp || CB2 White Pot || Wayfair Wood Chair || CB2 Fiddle Leaf Fig ||

     

    See the bedroom before’s and inspiration here.