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.
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!
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.
Continue reading to find out how my progress so far, my latest consignment store find, and how I got back on track.
Sometimes I wait to participate in a trend until the point it’s no longer a trend. There’s this small rebel inside that doesn’t want to do something just because everyone else is. It’s like reverse peer pressure.
Case in point: chalk paint. I finally jumped on the chalk paint/distressed furniture bandwagon while making over my bedroom.
To save money, I made chalk paint based on other bloggers’ experiments— except the paint came out very thick and lumpy. I decided to go along for the ride to create a unique, textured piece of furniture that’s perfect for my bohemian bedroom.
Read along to find out how I achieved this look and to see more of the dresser.
This makeover had to be done with just the right shades of pink that would coordinate with the brick walls of my balcony. Pink can be a tricky color to decorate with in an adult space. Ironically, my muse for this makeover was my favorite animal as a child: the flamingo.
My entryway desperately needed a makeover. My apartment doesn’t have an entrance that is distinct from the rest of my space, so the entrance had to be done over in a way that made it shine, yet still felt airy and light. It also needed to be functional and organized.
Continue reading to see what I used to create this clean, simple entryway makeover.
When I started seeing how other creative bloggers and decorators were making over their IKEA Rast dressers, I knew had to get in on the action. I can finally report that these pieces are finished and in their respective home in my entryway.
Continue reading to see how I revamped these dressers into one-of-a-kind pieces.
EDIT: my bedroom has been selected in Apartment Therapy’s Bedroom Retreat contest! Vote for me hereby selecting me as a favorite.
Imagine a place you can relax in, unwinding from the day’s stresses and challenges. This place envelopes you in crisp, clean white yet possesses an earthy, natural energy that calms your senses and mind. In this place, you can only do a few things—dress, sleep and some light reading—but this is perfect. You don’t want this space to encompass a lot of activities, because it’s where you detach from the world. This is your sanctuary, your haven to rest and renew yourself for the new day ahead.
This space is what I created with my bedroom makeover. Come check out how I transformed a blah bedroom into a beachy Zen haven: