Entries in decorating (118)
On our trip to Alexandria,VA this weekend we made a pit stop at IKEA considering it is one of the closest locations to us (sad, I know!). We got two great, red end tables for $12.99/each that we had hoped to push together to create a coffee table ... however when we rearranged our furniture, it worked out better to have just one end table, so we decided to stack them! Turned out to be a great solution!
Finding seat cushions can be a difficult task, especially if you are trying to steer clear of something puffy and/or floral. Littleoddforest makes some fun and eye-catching tree stump seat cushions that are not only comfy, but pretty awesome at the same time! Reminds me of the book, The Giving Tree, when all you need is a nice stump to rest on!
My office/studio space is a room that I have often longed for. Now that I finally have one, the problem has turned to decorating. I want to create a fun, organized, and creative environment (on a budget). This weekend I had the chance to roll up my sleeves and work on just that...and I wanted to share a few improvements with you. I jumped on the trend of having a "clothes line" display of inspiration. I think it is a functional way to avoid those pesky thumbtack holes in everything!
I found some great red photo boxes at Walmart this weekend - $6.24 for a pair! I ended up buying 3 packs and have since found that storing unattractive supplies in uniform boxes is the way to go. I still have a few more things that I would like to do (I really want to play up the red more..). But that will come with time!
What comes with decorating your first home..is money and time! Slowly but surely, we are putting the pieces together in our little cottage and its starting to feel cozy.
This past weekend I was back in my hometown for a relaxing few days. While I was home, I went with my Mom to a silent auction at a local art gallery. Although I was not the most enthusiastic about attending the auction, I was lucky enough to walk away with a few home improving goodies.
We bid on 4 antique framed maps...and to our surprise, WON them for $35 total! I thought they would look perfect in the vacant space above my tv. I also scored 2 area rugs that fit nicely in my bedroom. Not so bad, huh!?
A few more home improvement details below..
These are some cheap vintage metal coasters! They are funky and sit nicely on the coffee table.
My boyfriend stumbled across 3 old Charlie Brown books in a thrift store and bought them for .25 each! They are currently being held down by a jar filled with fake dirt/plant that I found at Target.
Here is my dog, guarding the house! He has a bad habit of protecting us TOO well, and by too well I mean he barks at everyone that walks by our front door (I think we need a visit from the dog whisperer).
My own personal aesthetic generally consists of bringing elements of nature into design...Amenity is a company that does just that. I adore their attention to the organic and appreciation of bringing that into art. Their work includes bedding, artwork, pillows, bags, and even nursery items. I enjoy how they often overlay the same image in different colors and tones.
I have found two great uses for glass jars/vases that I thought I would share...
1. When trying to decorate a "gender neutral" bathroom, I decided to go with shades of brown and tan especially since my bathroom is tiny! I had a vision in my head that I wanted to use small glass vases to place on shelves for decoration. SO, I made a run to Michael's Craft Store and picked up a handful of .99 vases. After placing them on my Target shelves, my bathroom finally felt complete!
2. ORGANIZATION, one of my favorite past times! I scrambled through my Mom's collection of mason jars and picked out some unique jars to use for organizing my supplies. Check out a few of my solutions (thread, buttons, paintbrushes, pens, scissors, etc...)