I first blogged about this kitchen in 2010. Since then I feel like I have changed/grown/animorphed into an entirely new human being. Anyone who tells you otherwise about your 20’s is #lowkey lying. As I write this I am sitting on a grown up couch, in my own apartment, in a new career, with a whole new look (read: short, platinum blonde hair), with new world views, and living on a different continent. And yet, I’m still blogging about the same kitchen.

In a wee-hours-of-the-morning-induced moment of self reflection I am finding it quite amazing that despite all of the change, my personal taste remains unfaltering. My heart still quickens and I feel an almost tingling sensation when I look at this space – no exaggeration here I feel physical effects when I look at interiors. Someone needs to study that and then name it.

Whatever drew me to this room in 2010 still very much has a hold of me in 2014. Is it the fact that this cold, black, metal, industrial kitchen managed to still look so warm and inviting? Or maybe that the leather couch looks worn down by centuries of butt grooves?



Lamp – I saw this lamp on Erin’s House Tour on Apartment Therapy and it looked phenomenal. I’ve been looking for two wall sconces for either side of my bed but lighting is expensive y’all! And while this lamp would be a splurge at $350 I think that because of the scale, I could use this single lamp instead of two.

Rug – Every morning on my drive to work I pass by a store that has dozens of cowhide rugs hanging on the side of the road (along with a whole wall covered with cow skulls, this is Texas after all) and every day I feel tempted to pull over and buy one. If this cowhide-persian rug hybrid was hanging there I would have pulled over and snatched one up by now. I’ve never seen anything quite like it!

Chair – Ikea has really been upping their chair game lately. There are a few wishbone lookalikes in their dining chair collection right now and I have to say I’m impressed.

Pouf – I know I can’t afford that amazing sofa, so instead I’ve been searching for a leather ottoman or pouf for that touch of leather in my living room. So far even leather poufs are proving to be very expensive, but I have found a very reasonably priced rectangular option (though I really prefer a square).

Shoes – I bet these Converse (pictured) don’t get much action. It must be incredibly difficult to get up once you sink into the full body groove of the most comfortable couch known to man.

Photos: Frederic Hooft’s home photographed by Frederik Vercruysse 


Cristina V. Cleveland

Cristina V. Cleveland is a senior beauty editor based in Austin, TX. She has been exploring personal style and decor on Fuji Files since 2009. Her work as a writer and editor has appeared in publications like Refinery29, Birchbox, TradHome Magazine, To&From Magazine, Coco+Kelley, CamilleStyles and ads in Glamour, InStyle and Lucky.

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Fuji Files was started by Cristina Cleveland, the Managing Editor of NaturallyCurly, the largest hair and beauty content platform. Her work as a writer and editor has appeared in publications like Refinery29, Teen Vogue, CamilleStyles, Blavity, Birchbox, TradHome Magazine, Coco+Kelley, and ads in Glamour, InStyle and Lucky.