Starting Fresh: How To Choose Basic Home Essentials With Lots of Personality

Wanna hear something funny? If we were playing a game of “never have I ever” and someone said “never have I ever moved cross country twice in two months” I’d have to put a finger down! Yup – you heard that right!! I moved from LA to NYC and then immediately back to LA. Now if you’re wondering why, there are really only a few reasons that would cause someone to move over 3,000 miles away TWICE: 1. couldn’t deal with the cold, 2. had death in the family, or 3. went through a breakup. Luckily out of those awesome options mine was lucky number 3!!

I could get into all the drama but afterall this is a design blog which is a pretty weird place to dive into all of that. So, instead we’re gonna chat about DESIGN! I’m currently back on the west coast and found a cute new apartment in Los Feliz (Emily’s old neighborhood!!) that I’m about to move into. I have a ton of items from my last place, but some of the crusty ones with weird memories are going bye bye, and I’m seeing this as a great opportunity to find personality pieces that really speak to me. I want to really hone in on buying cute, quality basics that I LOVE and will last for a long time versus just filling it up with ugly crap that will eventually get replaced.

That being said, I’m currently in the market for some elevated basics (ya know kitchen stuff, bathroom stuff, bedding and whatnots) that aren’t boring. I also have a strange situation happening where a large chunk of my stuff is chillin in storage on the east coast so it doesn’t totally make sense to ship back plates/whatevers that I don’t necessarily love, so long story short it’s time to purge the not so great items and upgrade them to be a bit better. If you’re also on the hunt for kitchen, bath, and bedding upgrades – you’ve come to the right place!! (sidenote: I’m gonna throw some pics of my last apartment throughout this post to give ya a sense of my style!!)


Starting out in the kitchen: I’ve had this set of grey target plates for years now but I’m planning on donating them in New York so I can get some new, special-feeling everyday plates. Yesterday I went to at a restaurant called Mirate in my new neighborhood and they had the COOLEST plates ever. My whole family went “WOW THESE ARE SO CUTE AND COOL” when them on the table. In fact, we loved them so much I took this photo because I knew I wanted to track them down and buy them for myself when I got home (spoiler alert that’s exactly what I did):

SO cute right?! I actually went to an italian restaurant in NYC that had some plates from the same brand (they’re #2 linked below) and everyone freaked out about them as well. They’re gorgeous and hand painted so they’re really special and I’ve been thinking about this brand for quite some time (which is how I know I’ll love them long time), so I ended up splurging on a set of 12 of these (I couldn’t find a set with less and yes I am planning on having LOTS of dinner parties so I justified it in my mind). These are 7.5 inch plates which in my opinion makes more sense to buy a larger amount of than a 10+ inch plate because these can be used as appetizer/dessert/share plates whereas a larger dinner plate can only be used for one thing (read: dinner lol). Anyway, since I splurged on these guys, I wanted to get a more affordable set of dinner plates that would be cute underneath these for a dinner party/will be easy to use on the day to day. I ended up finding these and thought they were perfect! Plus from my research, $49 for 6 seemed to be a pretty reasonable price (only $8 per plate). Again, I really don’t want to have to rebuy everyday plates for a veeerrry long time (well unless they chip or break and in that case I’m very glad I don’t have vintage plates because this white, simple set will be very easy to buy more of if needed). Here are some more fun dishes if you want to upgrade your boring everyday plates

1. Cafe Dinner Plates (Set of 6) | 2. Puebla Stoneware Dinner Plates | 3. Pearl Dinner Plates (Set of 4) | 4. Talavera-Style Bread & Butter Plates (Set of 12) | 5. Beatriz Dinner Plates (Set of 4)| 6. Splatter Enamel Dinner Plates (Set of 4) | 7. Striped Dinner Plate | 8. “L’amore” Fil Rouge Plate | 9. Ceramic Plates with Lip (Set of 6)

I upgraded my water glasses a while ago to these incredibly beautiful glasses. So transparently, yield design co was my first-ever influencer partnership on my own personal channel and I was gifted a set of 2 of these, but then I loved them so much I bought 2 more sets. Whenever I have friends over they comment on how cool they are and then they go home and purchase them for themselves too. The reason I’m so passionate about these glasses is because they’re double walled so you can actually put scalding hot tea or coffee in them and they won’t burn your hands – it’s VERY cool. I love the look and feel of them too (I have them in the amber color if you’re wondering, but I also LOVE the cobalt):

They’re certainly a splurge, but I’ve yet to break one (maybe because they’re double-walled?) But yes, I’m very passionate about the design of these. They also come in an espresso size, a 12 oz (which is what I have) and a 16 oz if you wanna go bigger. See the glass on nightstand below for scale

BUUUUT these cool colorful glasses that I own are in storage on the east coast, so for the meantime I purchased a set of 4 of these glasses for $20 because A. they’re affordable and B. it’s nice to have a clear glass for pretty colored cocktails and such. Or maybe I’m the only person that thinks it’s weird to drink colorful drinks out of colorful glasses…comment below. Since I already splurged on the ones above I didn’t want to go too fancy, so the clean, these new simple clear ones are nice and have great lines. Here are some other cute and cool drinking glass options I considered:

1. Tall Highball Glasses (Set of 4) | 2. Hobnail Drinking Glasses (Set of 6) | 3. Tortoiseshell Old Fashioned Glass | 4. Organic Old-Fashioned Glasses (Set of 4) | 5. Handmade Drinking Glass | 6. Embossed Vintage-Style Glassware


Let’s move into the bathroom shall we?? The first thing I gotta buy for my new bathroom is TOWELS. But WHAT towels do I purchase?? I’ve had these for years and am absolutely obsessed with them, but they’re getting a little gross and need to be DEEPLY cleaned, plus half of them are in storage I think? Needless to say it’s time I buy some fresh towels. My bathroom is full of cute green vintage tile (I’ll show you sooooon!!) so I need to find something that goes with green and white or is green and white. I want something super plush and fluffy but isn’t just basic white (or if it’s white I want it to have a special/fun detail on it). Here are some of the fun & cute towels I had my eyes on:

Striped Bath Towel | 2. Cotton Bath Set | 3. Blue & Ivory Terry Bath Towel | 4. Scalloped Cotton Bath Towels | 5. Patterened Turkish Cotton Towels | 6. Heavyweight Turkish Cotton Towel Set


Lastly, I’m on the hunt for some cute, good quality bedding. I typically really like a clean, white classic bed with some pops in the bed blanket/pillows, but similarly to the towels I want sheets/a duvet that has something that makes it a bit more special. Also, I’m thinking about doing a pinstripe or subtle pattern on the sheets this time since all my EHD gals have convinced me how good they can look from many past makeovers, but TBD. Here’s some fun, design forward bedding I’m looking at:

1. Belgian Linen Comforter Cover | 2. Ruched Wheat Comforter Set | 3. Micro-Print Organic Cotton Percale Sheet Set | 4. Washed Linen Hardcore Sheet Bundle | 5. Tufted Grid Duvet Cover | 6. Scallop Sateen Duvet Cover

And with that – my post comes to an end!! I can’t wait to show you all more of my apartment & stay tuned for some more fun design posts about it!! See ya in the comment section



*Design by Mallory Wackerman
**Styled by Emily Bowser
***Photos by Veronica Crawford


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