At Home: Living Spaces

It’s nothing special, but our little 2-bedroom apartment has been our home for half a year now. One day { several } months ago I had the urge to try my hand at interior photography. The trick, I realized, is to use a tripod, a a narrow aperture (so everything is in focus) and a long shutter time. Of course, the floor-to-ceiling windows in every room of our high-rise apartment made it pretty darn easy to photograph. The result? Our home looks prettier in pictures than it does in real life. Not sure that [houston]’s okay with that, but I am. I like a home that is lived-in but tidy. Still working on the tidy part.

P.S. – Happy Birthday to my wonderful sister Michelle!!!

  • http://www.thestylishhousewife.com jennifer~the stylish

    your apartment looks lovely! i am always jealous of other peoples desks…i need to make a little space for myself so i am not constantly hunched over my computer in bed! =) too bad i don't have a decorative bone in my body!!!

    ~xo, jenn

    the stylish housewife

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com Kristina

      Thanks! I'm always nesting, it's a problem….

  • http://www.slowsouthernstyle.com Christy

    Pffft! Your apartment is way more put together than my house that I bought a year ago. I'm so bad at decorating, no matter how many magazines I buy and blogs that I look at.

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com Kristina

      I'm the same way. I think I just tend to give up and think "my place will never look as chic as X"

  • http://urbanprettygirl.blogspot.com/ marcella

    your place looks awesome

    the kitchen is cool :)

  • http://gypsy-diaries.blogspot.com/ Gabby / Gypsy*Diarie

    You have a beautiful home Kristina! Great shots! Thanks for the photography tip! ;)

    xxx

    http://gypsy-diaries.blogspot.com/

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com Kristina

      Thanks Gabby – and no problem! Also, remember to adjust the white balance on your camera (if you have a digital SLR there should be a white balance mode for "Custom" –mine is marked K for some reason) and take a picture of something white to calibrate it with!

  • http://www.renebraun.com Rene Braun

    Your apartment looks great!

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    Kisses!

  • http://ellemck1.wordpress.com ellemck1

    Love the pictures. And the Domino Book of Decorating pic. :) Love Domino Magazine, wish it would come back…

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com Kristina

      Same here, elle, same here…

  • http://www.theonlinestylist.co.uk TheOnlineStylist

    Ok… now I have desk envy! What a great (and I would imagine, inspiring) workspace. My Mac is at the end of a dining room table – not ideal. Your apartment looks fresh and gorgeous – love it! xx

  • Lynn Z.

    Thanks for sharing! It's so refreshing and inviting to see where you crank out this awesome blog – and it gives us the opportunity to get to know you on a more personal level.

    If I didn't already know you and HB were med students, I would *totally* be able to tell by the clogs! Now if only they came in designer colors and patterns…

    Lynn

  • http://steffysprosandcons.blogspot.com steffy

    i love how minimalistic it is, there is not clutter!

    <3 steffy

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  • http://o-my-heart.blogspot.com Kate

    Wow, your apartment is beautiful! So neat & tidy, but so comfortable looking, too! Really lovely!

  • http://sparklingfootsteps.blogspot.com Lynzy

    I like the way you styled your apartment, very clean and organized yet girly :) I am in the midst of redecorating my office and I am using lots of pinks and whites!

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  • http://www.kinseym.com Kinsey Michaels

    Your home is so pretty and classy!!! The kitchen is gorgeous and the floor to ceiling windows are such a nice feature. Thanks for the tips on how to photograph interior spaces. I still have yet to master my DSLR camera and it tends to blur out parts of my photos when I shoot in the automatic setting.

  • http://stillblondeafteralltheseyears.com Still blonde after a

    Hi Krisina–like your home. It's very neutral like mine. Mine is in creams and grays. (probably why I having so much trouble with the color blocking thing!).

    Just a couple of technical things you may not be aware of.

    When I came from Facebook, that popup thing that wants you to sign-up, was clear and I couldn't get it to shut off. So I just went to your main URL and it then it came in properly. Not sure why?

    Also, I think you should read this article: http://stillblondeafteralltheseyears.com/2011/04/… Your posts are getting stacked like the article indicates (at least it did in my feed today. Just wanted you to know. The Chief Blonde

  • http://www.littlegirlbigworld.net Ashleigh

    Ah! So adorable!! I'm envious of all your natural light!

    And that color organized bookshelf…a girl after my own heart!

    Happy Birthday Michelle!

  • http://ramblingofasmalltowngirl.blogspot.com Kayla

    Happy Birthday to your sister. Gorgeous apartment!

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  • Pilar

    Love you style! I love that vase by your iMac!

  • http://www.brittandwhit.com Britt+Whit

    ooh pretty! I love where you hang your keys!

    Britt+Whit!

  • http://myheartblogged.blogspot.com/ myheartblogged

    I really like your place. I'm moving soon, and I'm excited to try some decorating.

  • http://behindtheleopardglasses.blogspot.com/ Emma Basilone

    love this apartment! Especially that kitchen and those fashion prints!

    http://behindtheleopardglasses.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.aprettypennyblog.com Keira

    What a beautiful home you have, K! I love to see little sneak peeks into my favorite bloggers' homes. It's so cool to see how someone's personal style is translated into their living space.

  • http://www.jesskaydesigns.com/ Jess Kay Designs

    Okay, so I have to ask… the framed fashion sketches – did you draw those? They are quite stunning – I love pencil sketches with color accents.

    You know what's funny/ironic? I'm an interior designer, yet I've never taken the time to do anything special to my own house… hmmm…

  • http://oisme.blogspot.com/ Meg O.

    Gorgeous space and photos!

  • http://mariacamilascloset.blogspot.com/ Maria-Camila

    Your floors are to DIE for, I am currently decorating my first place and I'm obssesed with any form of home decor blogging.

  • http://www.thirdfloorcloset.com Jeanna

    Lovely! And I have that same Pier 1 metal wall hanging that I see in the mirror in the last shot! It's not on a wall in my house now, but I'm thinking of dragging it back out again now…

  • http://madebygirl.blogspot.com JEN RAMOS

    WOW cute place….i love that kitchen :)))

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com Kristina

      Thanks Jen! That means a lot coming from someone with as beautiful a home as yours! :)

  • http://www.glitterandgrace.com Sara B

    Such a beautiful home! I love it!

  • http://www.ducksnarow.com Sinea

    Love how you used your space so wisely and simply. It's beautiful.