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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.

Coastal Bohemian Bedroom Mood Board by The DIY Homegirl coral rose macrame earthy natural gold wicker rattan rope beachy

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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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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.

DIY Chalkboard Paint and Contact Paper Spice Jar Labels paint contact paper spice jars repurposing removable

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.

Living in a White Box Mini Blind Madness decorating tips windows curtains blinds rods apartments rentals

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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Living in a White Box: White Wall Syndrome

With a new year brings a refreshed outlook and new visions! Welcome to the first part of my new series, Living in a White Box. This blog 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 to them like home-owners can. When updates like painting the walls or making structural changes is forbidden, this makes it challenging to put your personal stamp on your space.

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That’s where the Living in a White Box series comes in. My series will feature tips on how you can customize your rental without breaking the rules. I’ll show you how to infuse personality into your “white box” by highlighting tried and true projects of my own plus other bloggers’ methods.

We all deserve to live in a fabulous home, even if we don’t truly own it. Read along for the first part of my Living in a White Box series, White Wall Syndrome. Continue reading

Get Your Color On! Silver and Gold

One thing I love about this time of year is all the sparkle, especially from the metallics used in holiday decor and fashion. This month’s Get Your Color On! will show you how you can enjoy silver and gold year-round, from splashes of pizzazz to all-out glam.

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Continue reading to learn my tips for decorating with these colors, more of my decor picks, plus how other bloggers have incorporated gold and silver into their homes.

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Flashback Friday: Child’s Poncho Pattern

Today’s flashback is brought to you by a gift I made for my niece a couple years ago: a fleece poncho. This DIY project is fairly simple and is perfect if you’re looking to give homemade gifts this Christmas. I created this pattern for a child’s poncho, but it can be altered to a larger person by increasing the measurements accordingly.

Learn how to sew this poncho by clicking this link or the image below:

DIY Child Poncho Pattern and Tutorial fleece sewing pink brown hearts pom pom trim

This poncho is great for those warmer winter days, snuggling at home, or as a future present when the weather warms up. It can easily be converted for an adult by using different measurements. Feel free to comment if you have any questions or feedback.

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