Have you started decorating for the holidays yet? We just started to. I decided before I show a full-fledged decorated-for-the-holidays room I should probably show you all the progress we have made in our living room/dining room. Remember how I said our bathroom was in progress? Well, our whole apartment is. We had to be intentional and creative to transform a 12′- 4″ x 17′ room into dual entertainment place. Let’s hang out together [virtually of course] in our cozy combo room:
Using our larger couch as the divider we were able to create an illusion of two spaces. However, when we have a group of friends over some can sit and watch the TV from the table while others can occupy the couches. Oh yeah, those couches cost us less than $450 with taxes and delivery! Mixing ornate details like our mirror with a modern pendant light from Target (only $20!) adds dimension to our eclectic style. A set of chevron placemats stand out on our black table.
Can you tell we are readers, and musicians? Gotta always have the essentials handy! That’s what makes it a living room. I love my thrifted hexagon end tables – yeah only $5 each. Mixing in our love for typography with our apartment means our initials become a statement and a comfy “@” pillow adds both comfort and style. Oh and we are not minimalists when it comes to pillows…that’s on the to-do list.
Our happy Hobstr terrarium is alive and well. A cute, little sea otter keeps it company on our IKEA Hyllis shelves. Some DIY ombre artwork adds a splash of color to our black and white room. I’m kinda feeling like repainting them to match the minimalist artwork I recently fell in love with. And lastly, our little gallery wall is starting to expand.
What’cha think? Feel free to ask me where we got this or that. I was delaying this post thinking the weather might get nicer so the lighting might turn out better – but who am I kidding? I live in Syracuse and winter is coming.
Today we are getting the ball rolling with the first featured room of our apartment tour. I’m starting out with an odd one: the bathroom. The bathroom was the first room I fell in love with because of the tiles on the walls and the floor. Disclaimer: we moved in June of this year so all of our rooms are still in progress.
Like I said, progress – I have yet to find curtains for the bathroom but at least the bottom half of the window is frosted. My aloe plant is alive and well [since summer – that’s a hugeee since I’m not the best with plants]. The geometric shower curtain is from Target and has some of the colors I want to slowly add into the bathroom.
Our friends gave this amazing moustache print to Ian. It was the first piece of artwork that we put up and I knew exactly where it should go. Why not inspire him to try out some unique facial hair trends while shaving. This print gets all the attention when we have friends over. Since our bathroom is super small we installed this shelf so that we maximize the space. We also didn’t want to weigh the bathroom down so we opted for a see-through storage rack. A basket with extra hand towels, and lotion make it feel accommodating. Our ceramic and bamboo bathroom holder provides a little storage space for all those practical things like toothbrushes.
I know a lot of people hate bathroom lighting with exposed light bulbs but again, I’m kind of weird and absolutely love it. I’m wondering what it would look like with some Edison bulbs like these bad boys.
Does that candle look familiar? Metallic gold and white chevron storage boxes from Smock add in an extra pattern [are you keeping track of all the patterns? Yeah, I break the rules]. As for educational bathroom reading it is brought to you by my 100 Facts about Pandas copy.
Last but not least: the tile floor.
Now that we got the most intimate room out the way stay tuned for the rest of the tour! What colors or patterns do you have in your bathroom?
Since I’ve promised an Apartment Tour I thought it would be fun to posts a few teasers before I showcase our new place entirely. I will post them in fragments and you’ll be able to see how they fit together by the end of the month [yikes – gotta keep this place clean!]. Let me know what you think and take a shot guessing where things are!
Where do you think these hang?
Our apartment has white walls and rose/beige carpeting throughout so needless to say it is screaming for some color. I certainly don’t have a problem with color. The last apartment still had all the original woodwork [moldings, floors, doors etc.] so it looked really heavy and drab. I tried to spruce it up with a lot of white accents to make it appear bright and cheery [I’m still not sure if it really worked so don’t quote me on this!]. Now that we are in a white, boxy apartment all my white decorative accents are blending into the walls. JoAnn’s put their acrylic paint on sale [who can resist a sale on acrylic paint?] so I stocked up on some new colors for DIY projects. The first projet I would like to share is extremely easy and cost-effective. You can make 5 coasters for under $10!
Home Depot sells individual tiles that are extremely cheap. We picked 5 tiles for $0.40 each. To make sure that the tiles won’t scuff or scratch your furniture purchase self-adhesive bumpers. We found a pack for about $3. We put six on for each coaster.
You can leave the tiles as is or you can decorate them. I love ombre patterns so I knew that these would look great in the accent colors I’m using in our living room/dining room. At JoAnn’s I picked up 4 colors to go with this project: one metallic gold, one white, and two colors an orange and bright red. Each paint was about $0.40 on sale. I mixed the colors up and painted each coaster, let them dry and painted a second coat.
I think they look pretty great stacked and unique as individual coasters. The texture of the stone tiles mixed with the colorful hues has a really modern feel.
What do you think? Are you working on any DIY projects?
This morning it felt like fall was here. The air was cold and crisp and I wore a sweatshirt to work. Maybe that’s why today I am leaning towards houndstooth patterns. I am also in love with black and white contrasts so this is one vintage pattern that can look really modern.
Do you like houndstooth? Looking for more Prints + Patterns + Spaces?
I love creating low-budget artwork for our apartment. I was really inspired by Apartment Therapy‘s “Use Paint Chips to Create Wall Art” a couple of months back and thought it was a great DIY idea. Ian and I took a trip to our local Goodwill and snatched up a bunch of frames for $0.99 – you can’t go wrong with that. We also made sure to stop by Home Depot to “pick out paint….chips” and I left with a purse full of colors.
We naturally both gravitate to oranges [thank goodness we agree since orange is such an intense color] so in the end we chose a color palette based on orange. I love the juxtaposition of our white and black frames. I didn’t want to get matchy-matchy so I intentionally chose different types of paint chips. I also experimented with taking more of an abstract approach – no straight lines – more of an organic assembly.
The total cost for this project: $3 [this is a high estimate]. The great thing is if you want to add color but you don’t want to settle with one you can really create your own palette. You could also rotate colors seasonally. The possibilities are endless. I always make sure I grab some paint chips when I go into Home Depot. Check out the latest paint chips I picked up last week here and here. Does the last one look familiar?
This week totally flew by! I put in a little overtime at the day job and I could totally feel the effect on the daily chores around the apartment. This week I captured my instagram pictures using the rise filter. This one was similar to the valencia filter so next week I’m going to go for a different look.
Why is it so hard for me to pick where to hang pictures in our place? I guess I’m afraid of contaminating the white walls. Either way we did get some pictures up. It wouldn’t be summer without getting ice cream and Carol’s Polar Parlor is one of our favorite places to go and their pineapple milkshake is AMAZING! Speaking of things to drink, there’s nothing like drinking a PBR on a hot summer’s day – I indulged myself. My husband is perfecting yet another talent as a barista with our new espresso machine [how the heck did we pay our bills for June?! We got so many goodies – bye bye savings! Just kidding, but not really] and here are our colorful espresso mugs from Target. I also finally spent some of my Pottery Barn gift card from Christmas! I bought a set of ombre tumblers and those clear candle holders. Side story – the tumblers were stuck together and I had to return the first set because NO ONE could get them apart. I gave the ladies at PB a good work out! Yesterday I “attended” my first Blog Brunch and it was awesome! If you are a blogger I highly suggest checking it out and saying hi. Although I do miss having a balcony/porch the courtyard in our complex is gorgeous. The one downfall to our new place is the shower head…it sucks. Last night we picked out a new one and *fingers crossed* let’s hope it is an improvement!
What instagram filter should I pick for next week?
Happy Friday! Is anyone excited for the weekend? I know I am (and it’s supposed to be sunny and gorgeous here – woohoo)! Do you have any DIY projects that you are going to tackle this weekend? Help me choose which heart I should pursue. Since we don’t have a headboard I wanted to make a focal piece for above our bed. Don’t get me wrong I love a bare white wall but I think it’s time that we define that space. My husband, the minimalist is just fine with our platform-esque bed but I want to add a little oomph if you know what I mean (cough I’m the eclectic one cough – no surprise really). I narrowed it down to two ideas that are quirky, modern, and pretty minimal. Help me choose!
Apartment Therapy posted an awesome round-up of inspiring pictures from Cookie Magazine. This particular picture caught my attention. Since my husband is a photographer I thought this would be a cute idea with a collection of photos he has taken along with photos of us. We could also put our vow pictures on each side. What do you think?
The next DIY project I found is this adorable DIY Heart Cord featured on La Papeterie Diva. I love that she used neon pink (not sure that would go over well with the hubby) but I would probably change the color to match our bedroom. It looks like a super fun project.
So there you have it. Two options, help me decide!