Here in the Great Lakes, September brings a sense of limbo with the weather and nature. There’s still a decent amount of daylight to enjoy, fruits and veggies are still in season, and sunny, warm “Indian Summer” days are common… all while nights turn cool, leaves start changing colors, and animals start preparing for the cold months ahead.
Fall signifies our last chance to enjoy nature’s warmth before it starts fading into the neutrals of winter… so I chose the mighty color red for this month’s Get Your Color On!.
Continue reading to learn my tips for decorating with varying levels of red, more of my decor picks in this classic color, and how other bloggers have incorporated red into their homes.
What do you do when you’re itching to change up your bedroom but are limited on time and/or money? Give the bedroom a mini-makeover.
My bedroom previously experienced a major makeover, but I decided to give my new bedroom a mini-makeover after recently moving. Even the smallest updates make a difference and help refresh the energy in a space. Continue reading to learn my tips for giving your room a mini-makeover & to check out my new and improved bedroom…
Creating a sacred space for myself has been in the books for some time now, but due to moving, it got pushed back. And I’ve also been slacking on my meditation practice. But not anymore, thanks to this lovely area I carved out in my new bedroom.
Read along to learn how I created this and the symbolism of the elements I chose.
I’m back! The past couple weeks have been filled with moving, unpacking, and re-decorating. I’m still working on my new home, but just couldn’t stay away from blogging for too long. Plus, I’m excited to share my new decor and apartment with y’all!
One thing I always liked about moving is that it’s a new beginning. It’s a new place to decorate and start over. Granted, this move was a partial start-over since the floorplan is similar, but still a new environment nonetheless.
I’ve harnessed this energy of a fresh start and have been decorating most of my new home with a slightly different style and decor. Shortly before I made the decision to move, I started working on this earthy side table:
Learn what I repurposed to create this side table and how you can create your own after the jump.
EDIT: my bedroom has been selected in Apartment Therapy’s Bedroom Retreat contest! Vote for me hereby selecting me as a favorite.
Imagine a place you can relax in, unwinding from the day’s stresses and challenges. This place envelopes you in crisp, clean white yet possesses an earthy, natural energy that calms your senses and mind. In this place, you can only do a few things—dress, sleep and some light reading—but this is perfect. You don’t want this space to encompass a lot of activities, because it’s where you detach from the world. This is your sanctuary, your haven to rest and renew yourself for the new day ahead.
This space is what I created with my bedroom makeover. Come check out how I transformed a blah bedroom into a beachy Zen haven:
Whitewashing is an easy and cost-effective method of decorating. By adding an air of patina and texture, this paint technique enhances a variety of decor styles like as cottage, beach, country, or shabby chic.
Recently, I included whitewashing in my bedroom makeover by revamping some bamboo matchstick blinds. Because I’m re-decorating this room into a beachy, Zen space, this technique was perfect for adding texture and warmth to my neutral color scheme.
Read along to find out how I achieved this look and how you can also transform an item with whitewashing.
A few years ago, I created a floating headboard with squares of foamboard, batting, fabric, & velcro. When I outgrew the green color scheme in my bedroom, I removed the headboard. I tried using more pillows as a substitution, but it just wasn’t the same.
Forward to the present, where I’m making over my bedroom & felt the need for a headboard again. An upholstered headboard doesn’t just provide cushioning so you can watch TV or read in bed, it also helps anchor the bed in the room. Your bed is usually the automatic focal point of the room because of its size, so a headboard also allows you to coordinate the bed into your decorating scheme.
Check out my current bedroom before & after the headboard to see how big an impact it makes in the room:
Now that I’ve made over my living room, I’ve been slowly making over my bedroom. I’ve made it over in the past but got bored with it and took it all back to neutral. But even in that process, this room got neglected. Here’s some earlier before shots & a present shot of the bedroom:
In addition to the flexibility of the neutral scheme, I’m creating a specific mood for my bedroom: peace, ease, and relaxation. But I also want to make sure it has some personality. A minimalist scheme would be easy to create but would just feel boring and sterile to me.
To help create this mood, the decor style will be a combo: beach/coastal & Zen/Asian & probably some bits of mod/MCM. I will create this by using wood for warmth and earthiness, geometric patterns used in Asian decor, different tones of white and cream for simple variety, straw/rattan baskets, plants, texture, and silver for accents. Most furniture in the room will be black.
Follow after the jump to see photos of rooms and pieces that inspire this makeover: