Category Archives: Furniture

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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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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New Home Reveal, Part I: Living Room

It’s been almost one month in my new home and I’m glad to finally share (some of) it with you! So far, everything has worked out very nicely in this new place. Continue reading to check out the first part of my reveal—the living room decorated in rich navy blues and cobalt.

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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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DIY Distressed Color Block Wall Art

When you live in an apartment and can’t paint the walls, you’ve gotta get creative to add color to a room. I’m currently decorating my living room and had to figure out a way to bring color to the wall where my TV is placed. This wall is opposite my sofa, where I’m using lots of color with pillows and pattern.

I’ve employed various methods in the past to incorporate color on my white rental walls. But this time, I wanted to try something different and also use items I already had to save money. Thus, I created this distressed color block wall art:

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Continue reading to learn how I created this and another way color blocking was added to my living room.

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Cobalt and Navy Chic: Living Room Mood Board

Recently, I embarked your help on my quest for the perfect paint color to make over this dining table. I’m happy to say it didn’t take too long to decide, which is a rarity for a Libra! I weighed colors that would’ve been more practical, but decided to be a little more daring. I love my decor to be one-of-a-kind.

Thus, I chose: Neptune Blue.

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It’s similar to a royal or cobalt blue, but a bit less bold. It’s actually a specially-blended color the folks at Lowe’s made for me. I have a bunch of paint cards I reference when creating color schemes, so I brought one in with this color and bought a sample pot of it.

To add a sense of harmony in my home, I’ll coordinate the table with the neighboring spaces, the kitchen and living room.

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Get Your Color On! Red

Here in the Great Lakes, September brings a sense of limbo with the weather and nature. There’s still a decent amount of daylight to enjoy, fruits and veggies are still in season, and sunny, warm “Indian Summer” days are common… all while nights turn cool, leaves start changing colors, and animals start preparing for the cold months ahead.

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Fall signifies our last chance to enjoy nature’s warmth before it starts fading into the neutrals of winter… so I chose the mighty color red for this month’s Get Your Color On!.

Get Your Color On! Red  decorating tips tutorials color decor furniture lighting accessories paint red garnet scarlet ruby Continue reading to learn my tips for decorating with varying levels of red, more of my decor picks in this classic color, and how other bloggers have incorporated red into their homes.

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The Perfect Shade of Gray: an End Table Makeover

It is with great pleasure that I’m announcing the newest arrival to my home. I bought this mid-century modern (MCM) end table early in the summer and can finally share its revamped beauty. I moved right after I bought it, so its makeover was delayed. It’s one of my favorite thrift store scores to date.

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The table was painted with a delicate neutral I’ve found is the perfect shade of gray–Sterling by Behr Premium Plus Ultra. It’s dark enough to stand out as gray, yet light enough that it doesn’t feel overwhelming or gloomy. This gray just has an ethereal, airy quality to it.

Read along to learn more about my makeover, including how I revamped its doors.

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DIY Rope Side Table

I’m back! The past couple weeks have been filled with moving, unpacking, and re-decorating. I’m still working on my new home, but just couldn’t stay away from blogging for too long. Plus, I’m excited to share my new decor and apartment with y’all!

One thing I always liked about moving is that it’s a new beginning. It’s a new place to decorate and start over. Granted, this move was a partial start-over since the floorplan is similar, but still a new environment nonetheless.

I’ve harnessed this energy of a fresh start and have been decorating most of my new home with a slightly different style and decor. Shortly before I made the decision to move, I started working on this earthy side table:

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Learn what I repurposed to create this side table and how you can create your own after the jump.

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