Category Archives: Repurposing

How to Manage Without a Linen Closet

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I envy homes with built-in storage. Hell, I envy a home that has a linen closet. See, my apartment bathroom really lacks storage… unless you count the space under the sink, which is just yucky to me. Only gross things go there, like the garbage can and toilet brush.

Having no bathroom storage is kind of a big deal. To alleviate having no medicine cabinet, I hung a few floating shelves in the bathroom. But for the rest of my toiletries, I needed more space. So I created a makeshift linen closet just outside my bathroom door.

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Living in a White Box: Creative Headboards

Living-in-a-White-Box-Creative-Headboards unique innovative repurposing alternatives apartment rental home living decoratingThe-DIY-Homegirl-My love of unique headboards started in my childhood. I remember applying lots of stickers to my headboard as a young’un. I also remember my mother not being too fond of this bold move. She should’ve been more upset that it was a hideous look.

As a teenager, I shunned headboards and decorated my bed in other ways. Like taping pages from Tiger Beat and Bop on the wall next to my bed. (I’d still do a “headboard” made of yummy Keanu Reeves photos today… Vanilla Ice, not so much.)

My love of creative headboards still reigns—and why should it stop? Non-traditional headboards are a great way to spice up a boring apartment bedroom. Continue reading for the latest installment of Living in a White Box and for some wonderfully unique headboard alternatives.

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Warm & Feminine Apartment Bathroom Makeover

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Sometimes I feel like completing a room makeover is like waiting for a Kardashian to fall into a black hole of anonymity. As much as you want it to happen, it doesn’t look like it will anytime soon.

But hot damn, this bathroom makeover is finally done! Read along to find out what challenges I overcame during this makeover and how I transformed my boring apartment bathroom into a warm, soft space.

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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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Living in a White Box: Savvy Studios

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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.

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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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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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Diary of a Home Office Makeover: Completion

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My goal in this makeover was to give my office a cohesive look and a peaceful vibe. When I first decorated this room, my MO was truly just to “make it work” and make it feel happy. While I was successful in that mission, my office still didn’t feel great. And why settle for just good when you can be great?

Continue reading to check out the before & afters… plus all the details that now make my office a calm place in which I can be productive!

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Diary of a Home Office Makeover: Part 2

I’ve been working at this office makeover for too long. Last week, I hit a creative block. While creating a mini-gallery wall, I realized how my efforts matched my mood: overwhelmed. It was then that I saw the need to redefine my goal for making over my office.

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Continue reading to find out how my progress so far, my latest consignment store find, and how I got back on track.

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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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