Welcome to the latest installment of my Living in a White Box series, Savvy Studios. This series is all about how you can make the most of your white box, AKA apartment, dorm room, or other rental home. It can be challenging to deal with all the restrictions us renters have, but this series will show you a creative, unique home is very doable!
One of most challenging of rental homes is a studio apartment. Because most of these spaces lack defined rooms, the renter is left to his/her own creative devices. My first apartment was a studio. It was perfect for the time, as I had little furniture and little money.
Back then, my decorating style was not on point yet— I was just getting started. But, I did learn how to distinguish the living areas, like carving out a “bedroom.” Continue reading for my ideas and inspiration on how you can turn your studio into a savvy home.
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.
Sometimes I wait to participate in a trend until the point it’s no longer a trend. There’s this small rebel inside that doesn’t want to do something just because everyone else is. It’s like reverse peer pressure.
Case in point: chalk paint. I finally jumped on the chalk paint/distressed furniture bandwagon while making over my bedroom.
To save money, I made chalk paint based on other bloggers’ experiments— except the paint came out very thick and lumpy. I decided to go along for the ride to create a unique, textured piece of furniture that’s perfect for my bohemian bedroom.
Read along to find out how I achieved this look and to see more of the dresser.
Welcome to the latest edition of Get Your Color On!, my series that includes tips and examples in which you can decorate with a specific color. This month, I am featuring my product picks and other bloggers’ examples/projects with a color not commonly used in decor: purple.
Does inspiration ever strike you at a time that’s seemingly random?
One of my favorite pastimes is window shopping trips at consignment and thrift stores. Even if I have no intentions of buying anything, I like to check out the merch and see if anything inspires me. It’s a great way to spark the creative process.
On this shopping trip, I bought a wicker basket to use for storage. However, the idea came to me to instead use it for organizing my jewelry. This DIY organizer also serves as decor if your jewelry adds to the essence of your room.
Continue reading to find out how you can also transform a basket into a jewelry organizer.
For some reason, I’m not a fan of traditional headboards. Over the years, I’ve experimented with headboards that consisted of using placemats, painted fabric, and DIY fabric-covered foam squares. With my current bedroom makeover, I created yet another “anti-headboard.”
The inspiration was a flowing, sheer canopy you see in tropical, beachy bedrooms. The result was a flowing swag combined with a painted accent wall and a beaded garland.
Read along to find out how I achieved this breezy, romantic look and how you can create your own… plus, get a sneak peek at the color of my new accent wall!
Maybe the planets are out of alignment. Maybe it’s because of the seemingly endless winter we’ve experienced here. Something is off.
I’m considering decorating my bedroom in pink.
Because I realize how out of character this is for me, I’m treading carefully. Before slapping a rosy shade of paint on the walls, I decided to make a mood board first. Come check out more of this mood board and the rooms that inspired me after the jump.
Are you a student who doesn’t have much money for extras like decor? Or have you just started living on your own and would like to experiment with decorating? Or are you just a thrifty person?
One of the issues renters face is how to decorate on a budget. With all the options out there it’s easy to go overboard with spending, even at stores like IKEA or Target. This latest post in my Living in a White Box series will show you how you can decorate frugally yet beautifully with items that are only a $1 each.
Come on, spring! If you’re in the Great Lakes area like myself, you’re also probably chomping at the bit for some spring weather. While we can’t change mother nature’s timing, we can start welcoming spring inside our homes.
Read along to learn ways you can infuse spring into your decor with a color I associate with this season: pink. Check out DIY tutorials, inspiration, and my picks for decorating with this color. From blush to cotton candy to neon, you’re sure to find a way to enhance your space with pink.