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How to Make Over a Room with an Accent Wall… Plus My Living Room Makeover

One of the things I love about my apartment is that I can paint the walls. This is the first home in which I’ve had this freedom. Granted, I have to paint the walls back before I move, but it’s a small price to pay for a large, luscious expanse of color.

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When I first moved in, I wanted to paint every room! But when I considered the cost, time, and effort it would take to paint (and paint back when I’d move down the road), that dream got a little smaller.

No worries, I came up with a compromise: paint an accent wall in only one room. I chose my living room, since this is the largest room and would benefit the most from some color.

Continue reading to find out how I transformed my living room with an accent wall and my tips on how you can do the same.
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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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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:

DIY distressed color block wall art Expedit bookcases entertainment center with blue backing Mondrian plywood navy cobalt royal blue aqua

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.

Neptune Blue

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.

Navy and Cobalt chic Mood Board global blue batik damask tie dye Morocco tiles mosaic stars decor fabric dining room living room colorKeep reading after the jump to check out the cobalt and navy blue inspiration I’m using to decorate these rooms.

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Get Your Color On! Turquoise & Aqua

turquoise aqua Get Your Color On blog series decorating tips decor accessories furniture fabric paint interior DIY textilesThe latest post of Get Your Color On! is inspired by summer: the bright, clear skies, relaxing trips to the beach, and refreshing dips in the pool. Continue reading for my tips on using turquoise and aqua in your home, other bloggers’ decor projects & tutorials, and my decor picks.

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Get Your Color On! Pastels

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Welcome to another post of Get Your Color On! This edition is inspired by the arrival of spring, the Easter goodies and ideas currently out there in blogland, & my recent vacation in Florida.

These colors are commonly associated with Easter, children’s rooms, vintage or mid-century modern decor, and sweet treats. Because pastels tend to be used in a bright manner, they can be challenging to decorate with. However, these colors can be used in a multitude of ways and a variety of shades. Read along for my tips on decorating with pastels by using a scale of color dosage.

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DIY: Customized Fabric Wall Decor

I love going to the fabric store, even when I don’t need any fabric. I love perusing all the different patterns and touching the fabrics. Last week, I had a motive to go: to create new wall decor.

I’ve contemplated how to decorate the space around my television for some time now. I googled articles and found a great way to have the TV blend into the room was to create a gallery wall behind it (Houzz.com has a great article with images here). I just wasn’t entirely sold on the idea of finding many things to frame. Sure, I have lots of paintings to choose from in my inventory, but most don’t match with the room’s color scheme. So I set out to find a great pattern/print I could instead use for wall decor.

Most of the fabric in turquoise and aquas was too bright for my liking & nothing grabbed me like it should. I’ve learned it’s best to spend money on things that really wow you, be it clothing or decor.

I spotted this fabric a while ago at Joann’s & love the classic, modern pattern. The print wowed me, but I wasn’t entirely sold with it being black and white. And then I had one of the creative epiphanies I love: customize the fabric with markers.

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WIP: Untitled (And a New Watercolor!)

This piece is taking some time to complete with all the other creative projects (Halloween!) and things I’ve been tackling lately. I’ve realized although I’ve heeded my creative spirit with my DIY and decoration projects, I’ve neglected my goals with my painting. So it’s back to the grind with that, along with a renewed mentality for my artwork.

I’d love to start on a totally new project, but I’m determine to see this piece through. Here’s an update of it so far:

watercolor painting of meditation energy mudra in aqua blue green teal and turquoise

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Getting Back Into the Groove: WIP: Untitled

This weekend I started a new watercolor painting. The current piece is a redo of the last one I painted back in April. Others gave me positive feedback on that painting, but it didn’t end up as I’d intended. I knew I’d end up recreating it. This time, I changed the palette to include blue-greens (LOL, go figure) and will not be painting through the hand/leg so the blue energy stands out more.

Here are some shots throughout the process so far:

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DIY: Mosaic Wall Decor

It’s a simple, straightforward project: cut paper squares, arrange, glue, and seal. I however, found a way to make it more complicated. :) Note: while this is an easy project, it is a bit time-consuming so you better have a fresh jar of patience. I came across this mosaic project over at Remodelaholic and felt like it was fated to coordinate with my retro kitchen countertops: seafoam, gray and green retro square patterned Formica kitchen counter Continue reading