Well, I have once again fallen behind on posting. I was in Baltimore last week for a work conference, and since then I’ve been working on detoxing my life–eating better, living better, treating myself better, and treating my home better. I have rearranged my closet set up since I’ve been home, hung my pendant lamps, and fixed many other things around the apartment. I’ll be posting some photos soon, I expect, but I’m still working to clarify the style. I also ordered a print from Heather Amuny-Dey for my new chocolate brown wall, which I have decided I will dedicate to art space.

At any rate, Baltimore was a very interesting town. I was expecting to enjoy it a bit more than I did, but I found it to be a little less than desirable. However, the interplay of old and new, industrial grittiness and modern banking towers was an interesting juxtaposition.

I then moved on to DC, my old stomping grounds, where I spent time with my dear Katy Ray. She has a charming apartment in Falls Church city, a relatively spacious one bedroom with hardwood floors throughout. While I won’t divulge how much she pays, I would be confident to say she has one of the top 5 deals in the DC Metro area. It is interesting how, now that I am so “into” design, I end up taking stock of design and decoration of space nearly everywhere I go. I came home this evening and was struck by how modern and clean my bedroom looked; quite a contrast to the traditional pieces and “organized clutter” of Kate’s home. But, most importantly, our spaces work for us.

I’ve been thinking about possibly going back to school for interior design and/or interior architecture, and some people have been quite obviously against this plan. Some of this stems from what I perceive to be a sort of stigma against interior designers; some sort of a belief that it is a career for people who aren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer. I understand this thought, and to an extent, I even used to think it myself. That said, I feel like the field has been gaining considerably more respect in the past few years, especially as younger people become intrigued by creating better spaces. I think the difference in the style preferences of Kate and myself help to illustrate why interior design isn’t a field to be written off as child’s play. The health of one’s home, and perhaps more importantly, the match of the home to the personality of one’s owner plays such a role in the happiness and well-being of the individual. The last apartment I lived in was a terrible home. Poorly designed; terribly uncomfortable furniture; and a style and color of furniture and paint that I later realized was so awfully matched to what I not only liked, but needed to live calmly and happily. It’s funny how people can treat a psychology as a deeply important profession (which it is), but can write off design, when in fact, creating a balanced space that was me honestly helped to get rid of some serious anxiety that was plaguing me in the old apartment. In sum, I love design and continually see the importance of the field and the impact it has on lives. I’m so pleased that I’ve realized this at such a young age; I only hope that if I pursue this further that I could encourage other twentysomethings to do the same. Lord knows how much angst could be avoided!


Cardboard Table

If you read the About page of the blog, you’ll notice that one of the items I mention as a reason for creating (liv)ed in was a cardboard table. After coming across the table again today, I decided cataloging it was probably a good idea.


Designed by Brazilian RS Miranda, the table, constructed of cardboard, apparently ships flat and then can easily be folded together like a piece of furniture oragami once it is delivered to you. While I nixed a green wall in my apartment in favor of brown, I still have quite the thing for green, especially when it’s combined with a nature-inspired design, as it is here with clean little leaves.  I love the idea of the table–easy to ship, easy to move, kind to the wallet ($65) and  complete with lovely design, but I do question it’s efficacy. I imagine you would almost need to cover the top with plexi or glass, unless food or beverage never comes within two feet of your coffee table. I imagine one drop of red wine would instantly become a permanent accent to the piece.

That said, you can apparently stack the tables to create colourful shelves which can hold the weight of a man (albeit a hipster man). I think they are so fun and fresh in this setting, wonderful for a variety of rooms, including those of a little tot.


Yay! After much work, I finally finished my bedroom wall. Originally inspired by a design I made with Illustrator (which itself was based on a dvider decal) , the final ended up a bit more “snowy branches” than my original plan, although I quite like it.

The process itself was a bit of a comedy of errors. I went to Home Depot last weekend with Matt, and we agonized for a good 30 minutes about the best colour. I ended up choosing Behr’s Spanish Raisin, so we bought a quart. We went home, painted the wall, and lo and behold, we needed another coat for the giant wall. So I went back to Home Depot, bought another can of paint. I then did the three larger branches in a barely-blue white from Behr, decided i didn’t like one, painted over it twice with the Spanish Raisin, realized I still didn’t like one, repainted again, etc. etc. The branches themselves were easy, if not time consuming, requiring me to paint the “twigs” all at once, wait for them to dry, and then paint the circles using a circle template (the value of which is debatable). To add to the comedy, I had to stand on a swivel stool (as I have no real chairs) to do much of the higher up work, and then after painting each circle, I would have to get off the stool to wipe the paint off the stencil and get more paint for the brush, and then try to precariously mount the stool once again without getting paint on the stool or the wall. Ridiculous? Yes.

However, it still is a nice feeling to know i made something lovely, rather than just doling out $100-200 for wall decals. $10 of paint and a lot of work is much more satisfying (and budget friendly!)

bedroom wall, originally uploaded by Olivia Leigh.


Heather Amuny-Dey

I love nearly all of Heather Amuny-Dey’s artwork available at Velocity. Bold colour, strong graphics, and cute (and sometimes bittersweet) prints combine to create something that is completely my style. She has quite a few birds, that when compared with greens are yellows can be a bit too Partridge Family for my taste, but overall, I find them adorable. Her Velocity bio says that she first started in design as a child, learning from her father, Jack Amuny, with whom she has worked on smooth and modern wooden birds.

In my new apartment (which I’ll be posting photos of soon and hopefully blogging regularly soon thereafter), I nixed a green wall and instead bought some Ralph Lauren paint in Old Violin (a traditional rich brown). I think prints like these, in these super saturated tones, would look absolutely brilliant against the dark backdrop. I imagine I’ll be picking some up soon.


My, I have been busy lately. The show went divinely well on Friday, with over 500 people showing up for the event. The show has been extended through the month, so if you are in the area, please do stop by. While I was hoping things would slow down following the exhibit, that seems to have been nothing more than a naive hope, with work swarming with tasks in preparation for the upcoming press deadline and a huge conference on the East Coast. I’ve been tempted to pencil in things like “take photographs,” “blog” and “contact friends so they don’t think you disowned them,” but I’d like to hope I can manage to take care of these things without succumbing to that level. At any rate, I was scouring I.D.’s website today, and found so many lovely things. Thankfully I have no money after a big binge at IKEA and Home Depot (North Avenue’s location is open ’til midnight for some reason unknown to me, although Matt, myself and some random man seemed to warrant the paint department being open).

I.D. (3337 N Halsted) was one of the first stores I ventured into after moving to the city. While I was first taken by the gorgeous eyes and frustratingly perfect hair of the salesboy who hawked some of the most gorgeous Scandinavian glasses, it was also the place where my obsession with one Mr. Boontje began.


I saw his garland light in the window, and was thisclose to buying it, but fortunately decided to wait, as it really would have been relegated to a closet in my old apartment.

While I haven’t been to the physical store in a long time, there are plenty of neat things swarming about their site right now:


One of my least favourite parts of apartment living is the general lack of a fireplace. Given the frigid temperatures we’re continuing to have, this Chimo fireplace is green and doesn’t require ventilation. Way out of my price range, though.


Key board, in sleek metal, perfect for holding my perpetually disappearing keys (and only 25!).


Love these little Droog birdhouses, wonderful for a little splash of kitsch and fun in an otherwise “grown-up” room.


In line with the wall decals I posted about last week, as well as in keeping with the decal decoration trend, these stainless steel sticky decorations by Tord are so wonderfully charming.


I’m pretty sure these were featured on D*S some time ago, which may explain the holiday backorder comment on I.D., but these transglass vases and glassware are so breaktaking, I would happily wait for one. Made from recycled bottles, they remind me of beach glass I used to pick up along Lake Erie, but of course in the most fashionable form possible. Just lovely

Digitally Entwined


Short blurb to let everyone know that tonight I will be having some photos in a wonderful gallery show in Bucktown. “Digitally Entwined” will feature the work of 15 photographers from Flickr.com. It’s quite neat with lots of lovely photos. If you are in Chicago, you ought to come. Free food, drinks, music, and of course, great photographs.

Window Screen Film

I quite love these window decals. I first saw them on, I believe, Apartment Therapy, a while ago. I was searching for them for a good bit of time this morning to no avail. The good readers at AT helped direct me to the original source at Scandinavian Design Center. I love to leave my windows open to let in the light, but also need a tiny bit of privacy in such a urban environment.

They remind me of Emma Jeffs‘ designs (seen below), but thankfully, are much more budget-friendly.