Category Archives: Living Room

5 Reasons You Need a Portière

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Do you ever learn a word and think, “So that’s what it’s called? I’ve been doing it all this time and had no idea!”  For me recently, that word was portière.

While a portière sounds like a fancy piece of bathroom equipment (a portable bidet?), it is simply a curtain that hangs over a doorway. Continue reading to learn 5 reasons you need to use portières in your home.

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Living Room Makeover, Version 3.0

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Within the last year, I’ve made over my living room 3 times. That’s normal, right?

This time, I truly feel like my living room is decorated at its best. So with that I’ll rationalize my compulsive makeover spirit for finally getting the living room right. The room now serves its purpose well as a cool but cozy, and relaxing space.

First things first, let’s get to what we love more than cheese on, well, anything— the before and after shots.

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Vintage Ironing Board Upcycled into a Bookshelf

While window-shopping & brainstorming ideas for a bookshelf in my living room, I spotted a wood ironing board at a consignment shop. It was $30—a little more than I think an old ironing board should cost, yet cheaper than a decent bookshelf. But mostly, I was sold on having such a unique piece in my home.

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Continue reading to check out more of my recent vintage/secondhand find and to see how I made it over!

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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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Decorating with Ironing Boards

A few weeks ago, I was weighing options of shelves for my living room makeover, browsing stores to see what I could find. I really wanted something unique and decorative… not plain and generic like the ready-to-assemble bookshelves you can get at a big box store.

And that is when the decor gods smiled upon me and blessed me with a vintage wood ironing board. I scored this at a consignment store, which has become my preferred option for quality, secondhand goods.

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Living Room & Dining Room Makeover Moodboard

Dear Living Room,

It’s not you, it’s me. You had to know it would end soon. I loved you so much in the beginning, but now I need a change. I need something softer, something that suits me better. I need more warmth and more color in my life. It’s time we part ways.

Dear Dining Room,

I neglected you for so long. I don’t know how you put up with me ignoring you all this time, when all you wanted was a little love. Well, I’m finally ready to give myself to you. We can do this, together, finally.

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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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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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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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