Domesticity is in the details.
If you’ve lived in apartments for almost six years as I have, you probably know how difficult it can be to truly customize your space and attain the look and vibe affordably. Not counting college dorms, my current apartment is my 5th apartment in six years. I’m sure you can visualize that insanity that all that moving has done to my decorating abilities. I can say out of the five apartments, only one truly visually became what I imagined it could be – and I always loved returning home to my perfectly decorated home.
Of course, having moved across country meant leaving all those pieces of furniture behind, and starting fresh with a small wallet. So the past year D and I have lived minimally – he joked for awhile that our apartment was so blah that it seemed like we just moved in months after we actually had. The sparce decor has begun to wear on me, and I’ve made it my “weekend project” to room by room close in the comfort that I associate with being home.
Targets: Bedroom and bathroom.
Rules: Must keep major furniture, or anything expensive to quickly replace. Remembering, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and exercising some patience.
About a month ago I started to visually map out an idea of what I envisioned for each room – neither really reached my 100% satisfaction, but it helped to have a jumping point. So after being cooped up for 2 days with a stomach virus, I ventured over to Marshalls to “browse” their lamp selection. I came home with a whole lot more for what I consider a steal – and a great jumping point to get my design bug rolling.
Find #1: Fake Grass! I have been searching far and wide for the “right” one. For just $9.99 it was perfect and adds the right touch of green to our mostly brown bathroom.
Find #2: Green leaf hand towels. As you may be about to find out, when D and I moved in together I was on a bit of a brown “safari” kick and purchased both towels and a a duvet in a similar scheme. Although our shower curtain is currently unpictured, it is most brown and gold leaves on a creme background. I’ve been looking to tie in a new color and obviously went with green. So when I saw these hand towels at $5.99 a piece I had to grab two to punch up the green. I love them, and they happen to be the same brand as my towels which is just an added bonus.
Find #3 & 4: Teal (turquoise?) bedside lamps – and some fake white roses. Like I said, I’m trying to incorporate some more colors into our bedroom so I thought some green and turquoise would add a nice balance. At $29.99 for the lamps (one on each side) and $12.99 for the flowers, I’m very happy with these color choices! I’ll unveil the ‘full look’ when we finish painting our bedroom and hanging art.
Find #5: The glass vase and fake lemons. We have this bistro table that sits between our kitchen and dining room, and it’s known to collect a lot of my kitchen junk. I hoped to brighten up the space a little and remind myself to not throw all my junk on any available surface. The jar was $6.99 and the lemons were $6.99 as well.
I think everything was under $120.00, and even though they are only a handful of items they’ve already brightened up the spaces they’re in.
These projects are going to continue until I’m satisfied to move onto the office, living room, and dining room. In our bedroom we still need to finish painting, get curtains, and hang artwork. The bathroom just needs some art and I’ll call it a day. There are a few pieces on craiglist I’m eyeing for other rooms but I think the key is to stick to one (or two) rooms at a time to really complete them before moving on.
Any tips on scoring good deals?