Friday, November 28, 2014

Decorating For Renters

Hey folks!  Are you still stuffed from all the turkey and dressing yesterday?  I am.  Too much good food in one place.  We've got some leftovers so I plan on diving in for more.

I want to talk about renters today.  Many people are renters.  I remember my first apartment with my husband.  It was pretty plain and I wasn't into the design thing then.  I think I could have cared less about what was on the walls.  Maybe it was because we were renters.  We did have a red sofa though that I loved.
 

Being a renter can deter a person from decorating.  But why?  Where we live is our home and it should be decorated to our taste.  You want to feel like you when you go there at the end of the day.  I thought it would be fun to put together a room of affordable pieces for renters.  Most treatments need to be temporary so they can be removed at the end of the leasing period.

So here's where you start.  You've found the perfect place and you have a blank space.

 via Renters Pages

Where do you go with the decor?  Can you paint the walls?  Can you hang pictures which means putting holes in the walls?  Can you change the light fixtures?


1. Use washi tape - You can make a fun pattern on the wall and easily remove it when you're done.

2. Vinyl wall decals - This is simply peel and stick.  No damage done to the walls.

3. Create a gallery wall - Add some of you and your family into the space.  If you are hesitant about putting a million holes in the wall, consider command strips.

4. Removable wallpaper - It goes up easy, looks fabulous, and comes down in a snap.

Are the light fixtures not quite your style?  You can easily make a few tweaks to the existing light or change it out completely.

 

1. Cover up an existing light fixture - Instead of removing the old light, use a shade to hide it.

2. Use a decorative bowl to make it a feature - This homeowner used a metal bowl to make a standard builder light look fancy.

3. Add wireless pendants - I didn't know there was such a thing but this is a great option to add some wow to the kitchen.

Finally, add some color and pattern throughout using pillows and accent pieces.  Accessories are the key to pulling it all together.

zebra pillow
subway sign
gold urchin
decorative ball
sunburst mirror
black and white pillow 

So the finished product can still be beautiful, renting or not.

 
sofa
rug
  coffee table
 chairs
chevron pillow
red pillow 
globe pendant

So if you're renting, there are so many ways to make the space your own.  Inject your own personality and make sure you ask the landlord what things you can and cannot change.

What ways have you decorated your rental?

*This is a sponsored post but the views and opinions expressed are my own.

 
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Monday, November 24, 2014

A Rug for the Living Room

I finally found a rug I love.  The living room has been living without a rug for quite a while now.  I was kept trying to convince myself it didn't need one because the room isn't used often.  But every time I looked over, it just looked incomplete.  It was lacking an extra detail.

 

Target has been having some crazy sales lately and I caught the Veteran's Day sale where all rugs were on sale with an additional 10% off.  I scrolled through and this one caught my eye.  It was gray and had a unique geometric pattern.  The great thing about Target is if I'm not satisfied with my online purchase, I can return it to the store.


I knew when it arrived it was perfect.  The size is 7x10 which is perfect for this room.  All the furniture fits on nicely.  The pattern isn't too busy or large and doesn't compete with the others in the room.






Now this room feels more complete.  The rug anchors the furniture and brings it all together.

 
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Holiday Gift Guides

It's that time...time for holiday shopping that is.  Thanksgiving is next week.  After that, it's full speed ahead.  I know I can be a hard person to shop for.  I never really know what I want, especially if you want me to make a list.

I've come up with a guide for women like me who like nice things but can't always think of it at the moment.  I'm more of a see it, want it kind of girl.  All these are under $50.

 

bracelet
knit scarf 
faux leather tote
rain boots
nail polish
watch 
  quilted vest
necklace
  
Alright, I gave you the her version of the gift guide, so here is the him version.

My husband isn't too hard to shop for.  I've figured out what he likes over the years.  He tends to be more specific on his list.  Here are a few things your guy might like.


mock neck sweater
slippers 
 flannel scarf
sleep pants
aviators 
 skincare kit
 watch
 headphones 

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet or are you a last minute shopper?

 
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Going On a Chair Hunt

I have been helping my mom revamp her living room.  She has decided on a new color palette of gray and red with a touch of black and white.  I love the new direction she's going in.  One of the things she needed in her space was an accent chair.  We searched many stores looking for the right one.  One thing I noticed that kept coming up in the search was black and white.  It offered great contrast to the gray sofa she bought and brought in some extra pattern.

Here are some options we considered.  Notice that a couple of them are chevron.  I was very surprised because I didn't think she would like this pattern for herself.





She ended up going with the last chair.  She loved the diamond pattern and updated wingback look.

The space is looking great already.  I'll show you the plan later.

 
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Monday, November 17, 2014

DIY Harvest Sign

Thanksgiving is coming up next week.  Yeah, next week.  I'm not sure if I'm hosting yet, but I wanted something to display on my entry table.  I like to keep things simple.

 
I came across this sign in the Michael's dollar spot and thought I could do something with it so I bought it.  The saying wasn't fitting for me but paint can change things.


Once I got it home, I gave it a few coats of black paint.


It sat this way for a couple weeks until I could get around to finishing it.  Lately, I've been feeling like I haven't gotten anything around the house accomplished.  Well, this weekend I got tired of seeing it just sitting there.  I wanted a sign done by Thanksgiving so I got myself in gear.

I wanted a word that would really speak for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Harvest is the gathering of crops from the field but I also thought about the law of sowing and reaping.  If we sow continually and generously, we reap a continual and generous harvest.  I chose a font I liked and printed it on regular paper.  To transfer the words onto the sign, I decided to use contact paper.  I have nearly a whole roll in the closet.  I traced the words onto the contact paper.  Make sure you trace on the sticky side.


Now for the cutting.  Using an xacto knife, I cut the word out.  I attempted scissors but my word as to too curvy and small to get into.  Be careful when removing the contact paper from the backing.  You don't want to rip what you just spent time cutting out.  I applied my stencil to the board.  I tried to get out all the bubbles and make sure the edges were pressed tightly.


Before painting the words, I applied a coat of Mod Podge.  If there is any bleeding underneath the letters, it's clear mod podge and not your paint.  It seals the edges and keeps your lines nice and crisp.  Allow the Mod Podge to dry before painting.  Of course I used a blue paint for the words.  I removed the stencil before the paint dried.




Now I have a quick and easy sign to display.  I'm sure I'll be doing more of these seeing how easy it was to do.

 
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Saving Money on Home Decor

Who doesn't like to save money when shopping?  I love a good deal.  There are so many ways on saving money when shopping.

 
1. Check both online and in store.  Just because an item in on sale in store does not mean it's on sale online and vice versa.

2. Shop the thrift store.  Many people donate perfectly good items simply because they no longer have room for it in their home.  Also, some Goodwills receive unsold items from local retail stores.  I've heard of many people getting brand new Target items from Goodwill.  I have yet to run across any of those.

 

3. Use Ebates when shopping online.  You can get 2-6% cash back when making purchases.  It's nice to get a little check in the mail every few months.  Just about every online retailer is listed there so look here before checking out.

 

4. Always search for coupon codes when shopping online.  Retailmenot is a good site to check.  They also have a mobile app for shopping in store.

 

5. Shop discount stores like Homegoods, TJ Maxx, and Ross.  They sell brand names many times for less than the large department stores in the mall.  They are usually leftover goods from the major stores that didn't sell.

6. Target - Use their Redcard for 5% off and the Cartwheel app for more savings.  They also have coupons on the mobile app.  I've use Cartwheel to score deals on my dining room chairs and kitchen bar stools.  Many times furniture is on sale in the store but by using Cartwheel, you can get an extra 20-30% off.

 

7. Shop Craigslist.  Buying secondhand can score you a quality piece for less than retail.  People get rid of items they no longer need and that means you could get it at a fraction of the retail price.

8. Know when stores mark down clearance items.  I've read that Target marks down their housewares clearance on Thursday.

9. Be open to DIY.  If there is a pricier item you want, most likely you can make a cheaper version by doing it yourself.  Maybe you are looking for something in particular and just can't find it.  I've created my own West Elm sphere, Williams Sonoma glass hurricanes, and napkin pillow covers.

  

Saving money can be easy!

What are some ways you save money in your home?

 
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

October Month in Review

It's November people!  This year is really rolling on by.  Next thing you know, it'll be Thanksgiving.  It's officially fall around here.  Actually, it feels more like winter.  The lows are in the 30's this week and I don't like it one bit.

Here's a recap on what happened around these parts last month.

I didn't realize that Walmart had become so trendy in their home decor.  Their new line from Angelo Home is really cute.


I created a simple fall table using items I already had.

 

I shared some past fall projects to help inspire you to do some things around your own home.
 

Round mirrors are really popular.  They look great in any room.

 

I was finally able to put a post together including all the paint colors used in our home.


There's always room for model home inspiration.


I shared some floor poufs you could use to help give your room some color and fun.


It's always fun to see how I can re-create a fabulous room for less.  Using affordable decor, I created this Treasure Coast Living Room.


Here's to holiday decorating soon and family gatherings.  I love this time of year.  Things start to slow down and there's lots more family time with school breaks coming up.

 
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Monday, November 3, 2014

Holiday Decor

The other day I ran in Home Depot for a few things.  The first things up in the front of the store were Christmas trees.  I was thinking to myself, "It's a little early for Christmas decorations."  Then I really thought about it.  Christmas is less than two months away.

I started the search for holiday decor.  Of course my first place to shop is Target.  They have some really great finds.


Time to start stocking up now! 

 
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