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.
I love gallery walls. One of my all time favorites is from Young House Love – their hallway gallery has the most amazing collection. Definitely check their post out because they also offer an amazing tutorial on how to hang all those frames. By using the same color frames all the artwork and displayed items look cohesive. I picked out a wall in my living room/dining room and it has stayed unharmed.
I was mesmerized the first time I saw this. I have an awesome Rothko print that will live on the other side of the wall so I wanted that to mesh well with my collection. I settled on unstained wood frames. We picked up 5 frames in rectangles and squares from A.C. Moore for $1 each.
Now the hard part…what to I put in them? I’m planning on making this wall a mixture: pictures of us, quotes, odd graphics and bold colors…totally us. I’ve been collecting scraps of paper and paint chips so I threw together 5 (almost free) pieces. I used a bit of washi tape too. If you are planning on making a gallery wall you can pick a theme and find variations of it. Since we are more eclectic I didn’t want to take it too seriously.
Before I committed to placing them on the wall I put them on the table and started playing with the arrangement. Have fun with this! I changed it up a ton of times.
Since our walls are nearly impossible to drill holes into [concrete + brick] and we live in an apartment I used Scotch adhesive mounting tape – this also makes it easier to change-up later if needed.
Each frame is slight irregular so we didn’t worry too much about whether it was straight or not. Now that we have a core we can branch outward as we add photos and frames. It was so easy and I’m so happy we got started on it. What do you think? What would you put in a gallery wall?
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 is a corner in our dining room. We don’t have a hutch for our fancy dishes, but a $5 garage sale white bookshelf works just fine! We gave a set of vintage brass candlesticks some life by painting them white and a pair of bright candlesticks. My friendly little airplant keeps them company. A $2 frame from Goodwill contains an abstract display of paint swatches. A super cheap way to bring a pop of color into a room (you can even swap out the paint swatches seasonally).
How do you store your formal dishes (and/or china)?