Help Out a Starving Decorator: Vote for My Bedroom!

My bohemian/beachy bedroom was selected as a contestant for Apartment Therapy’s Room for Color contest! Each year, Apartment Therapy hosts a contest for readers to show off their rooms of color. They finally accepted my entry so now it’s time to vote!

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The contest has 4 categories based on the color scheme and my bedroom is in the “Light” category.  My bedroom was just posted yesterday, while other rooms were posted a few weeks ago so they may had a better chance of getting more votes.  I’m currently in next to last place. Yes, I will take a pity vote—I have no shame. :)

I think I could still have a decent shot at winning my category though, plus winning $1200 in gift cards from Fab.com and Sherwin Williams would be so awesome. So if you like my bedroom and think I’m deserving, cast your vote for me! You can check out my entry here. The last day of voting is October 3.

You can also see more of my bedroom makeover here.

Thank you!

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Heading Back to College

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In January, I made a resolution: to finally go back to school to become a certified interior designer. And in true Angie fashion, I’ve put it off until the last minute possible.* Going through the application process lately has me in a state of mixed emotions.

*9/18/14: This post has been edited to reflect a slight change in plans.

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My New Best Friend: the ZZ Plant

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I don’t have a black thumb per se, but I’ve found there are certain houseplants that I get along with better than others: those that are very low maintenance. I’ve had the usual suspects of low maintenance plants, like pothos, philodendron, snake plants… but felt myself yearning something more exotic.

It was on a pilgrimage to IKEA that I finally came across the ZZ (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) plant. I happily scooped up one plant. I’d read about its wonderful qualities, but was still cautious.

Fate was on my side that day, because this plant has become my new best friend. Keep reading to find out why the ZZ plant is perfect for any home plus my tried & true tips on caring for it.

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Living in a White Box: Personalized Pillows

For the entire time I’ve lived on my own, it’s been in an apartment. Throughout these 16 years, I’ve tried many methods of decorating within the limits of a rented home. One method has proven to be a winner time & time again: decorating with pillows.

Pillows are a simple yet significant way to add color, pattern, and texture to your space. But my favorite aspect of pillows is how they allow you to personalize your space. I love to decorate with unique items and pillows are one way I’ve achieved this.

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Read along for different ideas on how to customize your rented (or permanent!) home with pillows.

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Diary of a Home Office Makeover: Part 2

I’ve been working at this office makeover for too long. Last week, I hit a creative block. While creating a mini-gallery wall, I realized how my efforts matched my mood: overwhelmed. It was then that I saw the need to redefine my goal for making over my office.

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Continue reading to find out how my progress so far, my latest consignment store find, and how I got back on track.

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Signature Recipe: Lemon Chick Pea Pasta

Most people who love cooking or baking has a signature dish or recipe. My mom was known for her brownies. My stepmom has her cucumber and tomato salad. My aunt makes awesome green beans with ham. My grandma, well, she hates cooking. But she used to make some damn good pickles–does that count?

Now that I eat most of my meals at home, I’ve begun experimenting with recipes so I can come up with my own thang. Baking has always been easy for me and I already have my Citrus Crunch Layer Cake to claim as a signature. However, I needed more experience on the cooking front.

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After experimenting in the kitchen for a few months, I can finally say I have a signature dish: Lemon Chick Pea Pasta. Read along for my recipe and to learn how I created this healthy vegetarian dish!

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Easy and Thrifty DIY Furniture Makeovers

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There’s more to life than DIY and makeovers.

Well, not really, but there is more to life than constantly subjecting yourself to complex DIY projects and makeovers… like those that require weeks or months to finish, several trips to the home improvement/craft store, multiple processes, and many glasses of wine.

Don’t get me wrong, a big DIY project is a great way to boost your creativity and pass the time. But sometimes, less is more.

Continue reading to check out this round-up of easy DIY furniture makeovers. These ideas are sure to save you money and sanity!

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Sweet & Sour Grilled Strawberry Pizza

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There are certain ingredients that when paired together, guarantee success. Some of these include tomato and basil, cilantro and lime, lemon and garlic, cheese and almost anything, etc. One pairing I recently learned about was balsamic vinegar and berries.

Since balsamic vinegar is sweet and tangy, it’s doubly wonderful when used with fruits that are sugary. I’d been pondering ways to use the bottle I had in my cupboard (leftover from a pasta salad experiment.) And then one night I had a creative vision: grilled pita bread, topped with strawberries in a balsamic syrup.

This dessert is delicious and makes the best of summer: fresh, in-season fruit plus the smokiness of grilling. Continue reading to learn how to make this quick and easy snack.

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How to Give Your Tools a Glam Makeover with Gold Spraypaint

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Have you ever been so amazed at how wonderful spray paint is that you start looking for more and more things to paint?

I used to get frustrated when spraypainting but when I learned how to do it correctly, I fell in love. I started going through everything to see what else I paint, and went to town on several frames, brackets, baskets, etc.

It was during that frenzy of painting that I decided to give my prettify my tools as well. Read along for my tips on how you can also give your power tools the Midas touch with a few coats of gold spraypaint.

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The DIY Homegirl Expands: More DIY, More Homegirl

 

When you hear “DIY,” what do you think of? For me, it’s drill bits, primer, moodboards, and paint cards (the more the better). I’m guessing most of us also think along those lines when we hear “DIY.”

In reality, we DIY in many different ways; we just don’t realize it. Cooking, cleaning, gardening, healing, even exercising can be DIY activities. DIY isn’t just for our homes, it’s also for our bodies, minds, and souls.

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I’ve come to a turning point with The DIY Homegirl. I’ve felt the need to connect with more people plus I the pressure of creating material that’s fresh and unique—while only about decorating. That’s where the expansion comes in: my blog is going to be more DIY and more Homegirl. Read along to find out more!

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