Pillow Talk

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I’ve been working on my pillow game. And it’s just not there yet.

I purchased new furniture last month (Happy Birthday to Me!!) and I love it! But the living room as a whole still needs some work. In the past I’ve decorated based on a color scheme and put everything together at one time. Which sort of worked, but also made everything look very matchy-matchy and just not that interesting. So this time around I’m taking it slow with the intent to end up with a more curated look that will–hopefully–better reflect my style and tastes.

007So, back to the pillows. Throw pillows are easily my favorite decor item. They’re affordable, easy to change and comfy! And I have about a million of them. I’ve even started pawning them off on other people. So I knew–at least to start with–that I didn’t need to purchase any new ones (even though I’m DYING for this one). I pulled out all my pillows from the back of the closet and under the bed and picked out a new combo to make it feel fresh. I don’t LOVE them all together, but they’re doing the job for now.


012My biggest challenge (yeah, throw pillow problems #firstworld) is how many pillows to have out. The thing is–I love pillows. The more the better. Sometimes I actually tuck them around myself when I’m lounging on the couch the create a custom cushy nest for myself. But I’ve noticed that the pillows I find so inviting have an opposite effect on guests. Sometimes people seem afraid to move or sit on the pillows, like they don’t want to mess them up or something. And ultimately I want my furniture to be inviting to all! So I’m trying to find a happy medium that satisfies my pillow preferences without scaring my visitors.

009I put the black and white Euro pillows away and moved my fuzzy guy over to the couch. I do like that I can see a little more of my furniture that way. But it might seem a little bare? And I’m still not crazy about the combo.

Have you found the right pillow formula?

 

 

 

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Balcony Life

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A few weeks ago my dad and I hauled every last one of my belongings up two very long flights of stairs to a new unit on the top floor. And (after the trauma of moving passed) it was totally worth it for this beaut! I have no idea how I lived without any outdoor space for two years. The balcony life is the best life!

unnamed (1)Morning coffee with a good read, a stack of magazine in the sunshine. I mean seriously–everything is better on a balcony. I picked this chair up at World Market on sale and its surprisingly comfortable for a wrought iron chair–I owe it to the deep seat and curved back. Pretty sure its out of stock now 😦

unnamedThere’s not really room for two chairs and 90% of the time its just me. My solution–this stool/table/foot rest! It’s actually a pretty comfy seat when leaning on the railing and its great for drinks or kicking me feet up on.

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Holiday Home Tour

Holiday Home TourI love decorating for the holidays! I spent a good part of Thanksgiving weekend helping decorate my parents house, then came home last Sunday and spent the afternoon decorating my apartment–my desk at work is decorated too! There’s a small part of me that wants to take down all my decorations just so I can put them back up again. (Don’t worry I won’t actually do it. I’m not that crazy.) So come on in and take a look around!

Holiday Home TourMy mom has been wanting a bigger tree for years and finally got one this year, so I got her hand-me-down. (score!) It’s a serious upgrade from my skinny 3-footer of Christmases past. I’ve slowly been collecting ornaments over the past few years–a few from Target, several from when I was a kid  and a few from my mom’s collection. I always thought I would have a “coordinated” Christmas tree right out of Martha’s foyer, but I really like my curated collection of new and old!
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Can we talk about how expensive tree skirts are for a minute? I’ve seen several upwards of $40 and even spotted a $90 one–I mean come on! I don’t even spend that on skirts for myself, let alone a fake tree. So with my Mom’s help I whipped up this one for less than $15. We found a plain felt tree skirt at target for $5. It was pretty lame to begin with but I liked the scalloped edges and the price of course. We picked up 4 yards of pom-poms at Hobby Lobby and my mom sewed them on. It’s perfect with the rest of my decor–and I like it much better than the pricier versions I found.

Holiday Home TourI don’t have a fireplace, so my TV stand serves as my stand-in mantle. I decked it out with garland, lights and straw ornaments. I tucked in the trees I found a Gordmans too. I always like to display holiday cards and I think this will be their home. (And yes, I do put out the card I send too. Its too cute not to!)

Holiday Home TourThis string of knit garland is the most recent addition to the merriment. I’ve been pining after them for several weeks, so when they were on sale at Target this weekend I picked up two strings! Holiday Home Tour

A simple centerpiece for my island.

Holiday Home TourI didn’t do much decorating in my bedroom, just replaced a plant with a sparkly silver tree and strung up a few snowflakes in the windows.

See my 2012 holiday tour in my college apartment here.  

 

Christmas Preview with Gordmans

Gordman's Christmas I was so excited when Gordmans invited me to participate in their Holiday campaign this year. Christmas is easily my favorite holiday and I just love this time of year! And this year I have almost twice the space to decorate–so this couldn’t have come at a better time. And Gordmans has So. Much. Holiday. Decor. I don’t know how many times I went up and down the aisles finding something new with every lap.

I usually don’t let myself decorate until after Thanksgiving. Once I let myself start before that I’ll turn into one of those people that have Christmas trees up in August. And no one wants that. But I just had to give all my new goodies a little try-on when I brought them home. Gordmans ChristmasI found so many of these signs! At one point I think I was carrying three around with me before I realized I had no place for the other two. After much deliberation–this one made its way home with me. It’s the perfect little bit of merriment for my entryway. Gordmans Christmas I haven’t decided just yet where these little trees will go, but I just love how sparkly they are when the light hits them. Gordmans ChristmasThis is my favorite find! I can get on board with anything cable-knit this time of year. I’m keeping extra throws in it now and it will be great for toting gifts to my parents house come Christmas Eve–then when it’s time to stow all my holiday decor away I can use it as extra storage. Gotta love multi-functional decor. 🙂

Fall Home Tour

DSCN9035Welcome to my fall home! Come on in and take a look around. DSCN9103This post should probably be titled “How many pumpkins is too many pumpkins?”  At last count I had 17 pumpkins in my 650ish square foot apartment. DSCN9087If you look really close at the first photo you’ll notice that it has my old TV stand in it. But that now lives next to the dumpster, since my dad made this new TV stand for me last weekend. I saw a bookshelf that I loved on the Sherman Hill home tours a few weekends ago. My dad checked it out and determined that it would be pretty easy to make, so that we did! And I love it! 
DSCN8989Moving on to the kitchen. Another pumpkin (of course), my favorite glass candy dish and a bag of local pumpkin spice coffee add a few fall-y touches to my favorite space. I picked up a few autumn scented hands soaps and pulled out my leafy dish towels too. DSCN8998A pop of fall color under crisp local apples.
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I though about showing you more of my bedroom, but I decided to wait. The rest is a work in progress. I repainted some artwork and switched out my bedding, but there’s a few more things I want to do before revealing it. But here’s a little peak in the corner. I finally hung a few things up and popped in a few fall touches. I picked up those pretty white gourds (not albino pumpkins, according to my dad) during a visit to Wilson’s Orchard last weekend when I was visiting my parents.

DIY Fall Door Mat

DSCN8969I‘ve been keeping my eyes peeled for a cute fall door mat for the past few seasons and just haven’t come across one that I loved. First off, there’s really not a huge selection anywhere (which I do NOT understand). And then once I do find them, they tend  to be too fuddy-duddy, or too thick (I don’t want to trip over it) or just not fall-y enough. (According to Pinterest a door mat with a key on it is “fall.” Um. No, Pinterest, it is not.) My solution: A DIY! A Beautiful Mess has a few cute ideas that I started with like this one and this one. I wanted something that was fall, but not in-your-face-fall. And lord knows what would happen if I started free handing pumpkins. I was going for something that looked sort of like leaves, but wasn’t actually leaves and I’m pretty happy with the end result. DSCN8863You’ll need a plain rug (I found this one at Home Depot for less than $10), medium-adhesive painters tape (if you have the blue tape it will do, but the stronger adhesive works better with the rough texture) and a sponge brush (or two). 
DSCN8865I taped off my rug to make oblong parallelograms (?) then sponged the paint on in a random pattern.  I painted most of the space at the top then gradually let up to get the “falling leaves” effect. Be sure to let the paint completely dry before putting it to use. Otherwise you’ll track yellow paint all down your apartment hallway. 🙂 DSCN8976