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 last two years, I’ve made creative resolutions for the new year. But this year, I’m just not feeling it. It’s not that I’ve become jaded. I just feel like life is such a constant process, a constant resolution.
Instead, I’d like to share some commandments for 2015. Too often, we neglect our homes. We forget that our home is also part of our family and is a crucial part to living a happy, fulfilled life. Here are the commandments I feel are most important to accomplishing this:
Every year, decor enthusiasts, stylists, and designers eagerly await the announcement of Pantone’s Color of the Year. When it was finally was announced, many people shunned their choice: Marsala.
Seeing how so many people have objected got me wondering, why have people reacted so negatively toward it? Read along for my theories into the perception of this color, plus learn how it can be used to decorate a beautiful space.
Decorating my dining room only took about a year. That’s normal, right?
With the exception of my last apartment, I’ve never had a space carved out for dining. I was perfectly happy camped out at the coffee table with my meal, watching TV. This is probably why it took so long to truly decorate this portion of my current apartment. Ahh, the comfort of familiarity…
Once I tackled the rooms I used more often–my office and bedroom–I knew I had to get back to the dining room. Finally, I can finally reveal this new and improved space and enjoy it like it should be. Continue reading to see what tips I used to create a dining room in an open floorplan and how I did this on a very limited budget.
This time of year is when we embrace the deeper shades of life, while nature transforms into fall. Fall is one my second favorite season and I love witnessing the fiery colors nature has to offer. It’s a true blessing.
But how do you embrace the colors of fall in your home if you don’t like to decorate for fall? Easy—bring the colors in without using the autumn theme.
To learn how to decorate with these delicious colors in all ways small to large, check out these Get Your Color On! posts. You’ll find photo inspiration, links to DIY projects, plus decor & furniture that will help you bring these natural shades into your home.
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.
Read along for different ideas on how to customize your rented (or permanent!) home with pillows.
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!
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.
If you’re like me, you love to look at beautiful kitchens—the ones with freshly painted cabinets, lovely hardware, tons of storage, and perfect organization. And then you look back at your tiny apartment kitchen, sigh, and hope to have the perfect one someday.
But just because you rent your home doesn’t mean you can’t have a wonderful kitchen! There are many ways you can customize your rental kitchen to be unique and suit your lifestyle. Continue reading for my tips and ideas that will help you turn a ho-hum rental kitchen into a kick-ass kitchen.