Category Archives: Decor

How to Manage Without a Linen Closet

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I envy homes with built-in storage. Hell, I envy a home that has a linen closet. See, my apartment bathroom really lacks storage… unless you count the space under the sink, which is just yucky to me. Only gross things go there, like the garbage can and toilet brush.

Having no bathroom storage is kind of a big deal. To alleviate having no medicine cabinet, I hung a few floating shelves in the bathroom. But for the rest of my toiletries, I needed more space. So I created a makeshift linen closet just outside my bathroom door.

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Living in a White Box: Creative Headboards

Living-in-a-White-Box-Creative-Headboards unique innovative repurposing alternatives apartment rental home living decoratingThe-DIY-Homegirl-My love of unique headboards started in my childhood. I remember applying lots of stickers to my headboard as a young’un. I also remember my mother not being too fond of this bold move. She should’ve been more upset that it was a hideous look.

As a teenager, I shunned headboards and decorated my bed in other ways. Like taping pages from Tiger Beat and Bop on the wall next to my bed. (I’d still do a “headboard” made of yummy Keanu Reeves photos today… Vanilla Ice, not so much.)

My love of creative headboards still reigns—and why should it stop? Non-traditional headboards are a great way to spice up a boring apartment bedroom. Continue reading for the latest installment of Living in a White Box and for some wonderfully unique headboard alternatives.

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Warm & Feminine Apartment Bathroom Makeover

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Sometimes I feel like completing a room makeover is like waiting for a Kardashian to fall into a black hole of anonymity. As much as you want it to happen, it doesn’t look like it will anytime soon.

But hot damn, this bathroom makeover is finally done! Read along to find out what challenges I overcame during this makeover and how I transformed my boring apartment bathroom into a warm, soft space.

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Spring-Inspired Decor and Decorating Tips

This is that magical time of year when Spring is less of a concept and more a reality. After another winter with a buttload of snow and below 0 temps, we are more than ready. Give us a few sun-filled,  50 degree days and we’re in our flip flops and shorts. Well, some of us. Me, I’ll be easing into it by letting my head go nude and baring my pixie to the world again without a hat. If you’re not ready to get out your sandals and shorts, there are easier ways to embrace the change of seasons. Click this link or the image below for tips and ideas on how to decorate your home with another sign of Spring: pastels. Get Your Color On Pastels square bubble-001

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Decorating Tips for the Highly Sensitive Person

Are you easily stimulated by scent, light, and sound? Are you easily overwhelmed when you have a full schedule? Do you take special care to avoid things that just rub you the wrong way, like violent TV shows or movies?

If so, you may be a highly sensitive person (HSP). Before you dismiss this term as a new-age excuse for being picky and neurotic, it’s believed that HSP’s make up 15-20% of the population.

You may be an HSP or live with someone who’s highly sensitive— a spouse, roommate, child, or even a pet. To know how to decorate for a highly sensitive person, you must first understand what makes them tick.

I’m an HSP and have been my entire life, but have only understood this during the last 5 years or so. Since then, I’ve learned how to customize my home to honor my nature and be a welcoming space. Even after having a fun-filled girls night out, I still need a place to unwind.

Continue reading to learn how my tips on decorating tips for a highly sensitive person.

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How to Personalize Your Bathroom with a DIY Shower Curtain

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It’s funny how history repeats itself. Maybe I’m putting out some good decor karma out there. Or maybe I’m existing in a parallel universe. Or maybe I need to stop thinking so much and get my Zen on. Whooooossaaaahhh.

A few apartments ago, while searching for inspiration for my bathroom makeover, I came across a fabulous chinoiserie fabric. It was kismet: the pattern, a floral Asian print, was to die for and the colors were just what I needed in my funky mint green bathroom.

Four years later, I’m living in a different apartment in a somewhat opposite situation: wondering how I could add personality into my bland, beige bathroom. (I never knew how much I’d love white walls until I moved here. Beige just isn’t becoming.)

Again, I was searching, came across this lovely Asian floral print, and knew it was destiny. But this time around, I stepped up my game when making the shower curtain. Continue reading to check it out.

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5 Reasons You Need a Portière

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Do you ever learn a word and think, “So that’s what it’s called? I’ve been doing it all this time and had no idea!”  For me recently, that word was portière.

While a portière sounds like a fancy piece of bathroom equipment (a portable bidet?), it is simply a curtain that hangs over a doorway. Continue reading to learn 5 reasons you need to use portières in your home.

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Living Room Makeover, Version 3.0

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Within the last year, I’ve made over my living room 3 times. That’s normal, right?

This time, I truly feel like my living room is decorated at its best. So with that I’ll rationalize my compulsive makeover spirit for finally getting the living room right. The room now serves its purpose well as a cool but cozy, and relaxing space.

First things first, let’s get to what we love more than cheese on, well, anything— the before and after shots.

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Living in a White Box: Savvy Studios

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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.

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Warm & Neutral Bathroom Makeover Moodboard

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When you’re knee-deep in a decor or DIY project, does a little voice speak to you, whispering words of common sense and rationale? Do you heed this voice, ignore it, or strive for a fun balance of the two to keep life interesting?

I fall in the latter category. See, I really want to dive into making over my bathroom, but I’m still making over my living room. I’ve lived here for a year now and never planned a specific decorating scheme for the bathroom. My rationale for waiting so long is that it’s the least used room in my home. I’d added some decorative elements, but nothing that really wows you or feels complete.

I decided to just dip my toes in the water by gathering inspriration and supplies for my bathroom makeover. Continue reading to learn how I’ll transform this neglected space in my home.

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