Category Archives: Decorating Tips

Dining Room Makeover on a Wee Budget

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.

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How to Decorate with Fall Colors… Without Decorating for Fall

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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.

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Living in a White Box: Personalized Pillows

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.

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Read along for different ideas on how to customize your rented (or permanent!) home with pillows.

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Easy and Thrifty DIY Furniture Makeovers

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There’s more to life than DIY and makeovers.

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!

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How to Give Your Tools a Glam Makeover with Gold Spraypaint

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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.

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Living in a White Box: Kick-Ass Kitchens

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.

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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.

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Blissfully Bohemian Bedroom Makeover

There isn’t much that rivals the feeling of completing a room makeover. That feeling of relief, contentment, and accomplishment once everything is all set in place… priceless.

Of course, if you also have Multiple Project Personality, then you’ve already started a new project before finishing your grand makeover. (See Diary of a Home Office Makeover for more info on that.)

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Nevertheless, I’m pleased to announce my beachy bohemian bedroom makeover is finally done. Continue reading to check it out!

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Get Your Color On! Purple

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.

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Create a Unique Jewelry Organizer by Repurposing a Basket

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.

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Continue reading to find out how you can also transform a basket into a jewelry organizer.

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Flashback Friday: Tips for Making the Most of Your Outdoor Space

Since I’m taking a short break from blogging for a week or so, I thought it would be great to revisit an old post that you may have missed.

Click the image below to see my tips on how to maximize your balcony/patio/deck/any bit of outdoor space you can claim as your own.

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