Category Archives: Decor

5 Tips for Creating an Inexpensive Gallery Wall

A minimalist I will never be. The more to look at, the happier I am. That’s why I finally decided to create a long, L-shaped gallery wall in my living room.

Gallery walls are a great way to infuse uniqueness, art, and photos into a room. However, buying all the components can be a pain in the wallet. Read along for my tips on how to save money on your gallery wall and to see what I used to decorate mine.

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Mood Board: Coastal Bohemian Bedroom

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.

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Living in a White Box: Dollar Store Decor

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.

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Apartment Kitchen Makeover

When I moved into my new place in December, I had to set a gameplan for decorating. Having a blank canvas to decorate is both exhilarating and overwhelming! My plan was to decorate the rooms I use the most first. First up were my office and living room. Once I tackled those, I got to work on my kitchen.

It seems like the kitchen would be a pretty easy room to decorate, right? Just a few accessories and textiles? Not if you had my kitchen. Read along to find out what obstacles I met in my rental kitchen and how I overcame them.

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Get Your Color On! Pink

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.

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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.

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How to Make Over a Room with an Accent Wall… Plus My Living Room Makeover

One of the things I love about my apartment is that I can paint the walls. This is the first home in which I’ve had this freedom. Granted, I have to paint the walls back before I move, but it’s a small price to pay for a large, luscious expanse of color.

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When I first moved in, I wanted to paint every room! But when I considered the cost, time, and effort it would take to paint (and paint back when I’d move down the road), that dream got a little smaller.

No worries, I came up with a compromise: paint an accent wall in only one room. I chose my living room, since this is the largest room and would benefit the most from some color.

Continue reading to find out how I transformed my living room with an accent wall and my tips on how you can do the same.
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How to Make Chalkboard Labels and Stickers

You guys should know something. I love contact paper & shelf liner. It’s cheap, removable, and allows you to transform your decor easily.

So it should be no surprise that I’ve done yet another repurposing project with contact paper: DIY chalkboard stickers/labels. This chalkboard project is unique because the labels are removable, making it easy to wash or re-use the surface you apply them to.

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I created these labels to help organize my kitchen (namely my spice collection) but you could also use this tutorial for other chalkboard projects. Read along to find out how you can make these easy labels to help organize your home.

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How to Make Over Your Kitchen Cabinets Without Paint

how to make over kitchen cabinets without paint diy faux grasscloth burlap shelf liner rental apartment The DIY Homegirl tutorialWhen I moved into my new apartment, I was told I could paint the kitchen cabinets as long as I used a neutral color. At first, I thought this was pretty cool of the landlord and started visualizing a crisp white or a light, cool gray… something to really open up the small space.

But when I asked if they’d take some money off the rent for doing this, they said no. :( Dang. In spite of this, would all the work of painting still be worth it? And that answer was also no. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

So I then set out to find a Plan B for revamping over these fugly two-toned cabinets. Read along to see what I ended up using to give my kitchen a cheap yet impressive makeover and how easy it is for you to do the same.

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Living in a White Box: Mini-Blind Madness

Welcome to my blog series, Living in a White Box! This series is all about how to make the most out of your rental home, AKA the “white box.” Many of us who rent cannot make changes like home-owners can, which makes it challenging to put a personal stamp on our space.

Today’s post is all about Mini-Blind Madness. This disease affects those of us who rent homes that come with mini-blinds, those of us who select blinds to save money, and those of us who use settle with mini-blinds because we lack inspiration. Symptoms of Mini-Blind Madness include frustration, boredom, and compulsive usage of mini-blinds for every window of the home.

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Thankfully, there is a cure. Read along for inspiring methods you can use to treat Mini-Blind Madness plus tutorials on how to rid your home of this disease.

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New Home Reveal: Home Office

In June of last year, I took a big chance on something I’d wanted for a long time: upgrading from a one-bedroom home to a two-bedroom home. I did this so that I could have a separate room for a home office and creative workspace, and it’s been sooo worth it.

I can’t lie, it’s also nice to have another room to decorate. :) Oddly, at my last apartment, I never got around to fully decorating my office. I had a few things up, but the room never felt cohesive or coordinated.

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When I moved in to this new apartment, I had to give the treatment my office (and myself) deserved. Continue reading to see how I’ve turned this extra room into a warm and colorful workspace.

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