Saturday, June 9, 2012

Teeny Tiny Warm and Inviting Apartment in White, Beige and Gray

Today as I was looking through some of the Apartment Therapy's "Small Cool Apartments" of 2012, I came across this gem of a living space and I thought I'd share it with you. This teeny tiny apartment is only 210 square feet, but still manages to look open and inviting due to how the apartment's owner set the up the space and the gorgeous and simple white, beige and grey color scheme she utilizes through out.

This is my favorite part of the apartment. I'm in love with the set up of the tiny space under the lofted bed -- a small desk with tiny areas of storage built in, a nice shelf with adorable white storage boxes stacked perfectly on top, two storage units, and plenty of little storage "accessories," such as the magazine/mail sorter on the wall and little bins and holders on the drawer unit on the side wall. Add to all of this a cute silver lamp and a decorated cork board behind the desk, and you've got a space that's beautiful to look at as well as incredibly functional.

This little part of the apartment has nice neutral tones that nicely balance out the white in the rest of the apartment. I love how cozy this area looks -- the accessories on top of the two shelves along with the wall art and beautiful cloth mannequin dressed in scarves and necklaces give the space I nice "lived-in" look that is both warm and inviting.

This shot of the living area in the apartment shows the large window that gives the room a lot of light, which definitely plays up the apartment's gray,white and beige color scheme. I love the long, flowing, ivory curtains, as they give the space a very romantic and elegant feel. The little white tables in front of the chair don't take up so much space that there's not enough room to walk around the apartment and work as a great coffee table, or in this case, an extra work space.

The bathroom also has the same white, beige and gray color scheme and, although very small, still seems to have a good amount of storage. 

Here's a picture of the apartment's layout. The apartment's owner did a wonderful job maximizing her storage space despite the apartment's tiny size -- definitely something that those of us who are just starting out on our own in similar teeny tiny apartments can learn from!

Have a great Saturday everyone!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Happy Bedroom in Orange and Tan

I found this awesome tan and orange room online and thought I'd share. Even though I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a huge fan of the color orange, I can't deny that the pops of orange present in this room are totally winning me over. The tan working as the "base" color of the room would be incredibly boring left on its own. Thankfully, whoever designed the room sparked interest with the bold orange accent color, found in the floor lamp and table lamp on either side of the bed, the the pretty throw at the bed's end, a select few of the bed's pillows, as well as the floor cushions stacked and stored under one of the tables. Even though that sounds like a fair amount of orange in the room (and, okay, maybe it is), I think it definitely works because the orange pieces in the room are small enough that they don't overwhelm the room, but manage to add a bit of fun and spark to such a small space.

Teen Bedroom contemporary bedroom

Another cool aspect of the space are the cork boards up against the wall above either table at the sides of the beds. Their length allow plenty of space to pin up whatever's interesting you at the moment -- photos of friends, inspirational quotes and pictures, magazine clippings, whatever you want --- there's room to post it all!

Have a happy Tuesday everyone!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Fun Ways to DIY a Boring Lamp

Happy Saturday everybody!

Okay, for all of you DIY-ers out there, here's a cool project to try out if you want to spice up your room or apartment with a fun home "accessory". Below I've shown some examples of how you can take an ordinary lamp and make them really cute (or cool, or awesome, or whatever) by adding a few extra touches. There are tons of way you can fix 'em up that look great but aren't too tricky and won't leave you with empty pockets. Take a look!

This gorgeous bright teal lamp has been decorated and doodled on using a white Sharpie oil paint marker. Better Homes & Gardens suggests trying out delicate and sweet paisley and flower patterns working from top to bottom on the lamp base. I'm personally in love with this project and would definitely try it out (if only I had the artistic talent, haha)! 

This sweet pink and green DIY lamp shade comes from the fine folks over at Better Homes & Gardens. Here, two different papers, one green (used to make borders at either edge of the shade) and one with a pink and green pattern (used as the main center), are used to create something that is really fun and adds an extra touch of prep to your lovely space.

I found this DIY lampshade project over at the blog Young House Love, one of my favorite blogs to checkout whenever I'm in need of a good idea for a DIY project or just some general inspiration. For this project the young couple that authors the blog took a simple white fabric shade and used some new fabric with an awesome yellow print along with a hot glue gun to make this stunner of a lampshade. You can find the instructions on how to do a similar project for yourself through the link.

Another way to go about dressing up a plain ole' white lamp shade is to paint it using a stencil. Midwest Living suggests using acrylic craft paints for best results. I love the idea of taking a small-to-medium size stencil and repeating it on a shade using varying shades of the same color (as in the example above).

I love this simple and feminine lamp. The bottom of the basic white shade is embellished with delicate handmade mini paper flowers.  Check out the instructions from Better Homes & Gardens through the link.

Okay, that's all for now. Have a great Saturday! Back for more later!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Wall Decals of the Month: Birds


For today I've rounded up some of my favorite wall decals picturing birds (some even have trees). They are all really sweet and will give your room (be it dorm or apartment) the perfect touch of whimsy and color  that will add interest and fun to your space (without having to worry about those troublesome holes in the wall left by nails!)

Let me know which ones you like best!

Thanks and I'll see you soon (with more posts)!!!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Magazine Holders -- All Dressed Up!

Magazine holders are great for storing favorite magazines, important school papers, notebooks, you name it...any way you look at it, they're just useful! So why not dress 'em up? Below I've given some examples of how you can make and decorate those bad boys all by yourself!

In this example, wallpaper was used to cover up the backs of ordinary magazine holders so that when put together side-by-side, they become one single cohesive print. Pretty cool, right?

These DIY magazine holders were made out of just cardboard and wrapping paper. I love the bold and colorful prints! Definitely eye-catching and very cool!

If you're feeling super crafty, you should definitely try out these beautiful handmade magazine holders, made of plywood and decorated with scrapbook paper. Very pretty!

I've been working on a bunch of different posts that I'll be sure to put up soon! So, again, stay tuned for more! Thanks and see you soon!

Industrial-Mod Desk Space in White and Green

This office area has a great industrial-mod feel. I like the clean lines and mostly metal pieces of furniture and accessories. My favorite part is definitely the green desk -- I love the pop of color it provides in contrast with the white and silver of the rest of the space. It'd be a really cool look to try out in an apartment if you're interested in modern spaces with a lot of clean lines, and even in a dorm where you can try out the same color palette with things like your bedspread/sheets (mostly white with a bright color, such as the green) and then the metal desk accessories, such as the lamp and the alarm clock.

Stay posted for more to come soon!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Cool and Colorful DIY Keyboard

I was looking through the Apartment Therapy website the other day when I came across this cute/awesome/sweet little DIY project that was done by blogger Eng Gee Fan using masking tape from Japan (which can be found both at the site that's linked to the original Apartment Therapy post as well as in the "Supplies" section of Etsy). Pretty cool, right?

Thanks guys and I'll be back for more soon!!!
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