It’s been a little while since I’ve posted about my apartment decorating, but I’ve been busy. Last time I wrote about my DIY headboard redo and this time I’m making DIY curtains. I have to be honest, I think curtains can make a big impact in how a room looks but I just don’t find them very exciting. When we moved in, we bought the cheapest blackout curtains in a non-offensive color that we could find. Now that I’m actually taking the time to redecorate, our tan curtains that are stapled to the wall don’t really fit in. Plus, for being blackout curtains, they let a lot of light in (although the sun is pretty bright here).
I’ve been doing a lot of decorating around our apartment and lately my focus has been with our bedroom. Since we rent, I don’t want to spend a lot of money on furniture that might be the wrong size for our next place. Plus, I don’t want to have to move a bunch of heavy pieces! Instead, I’ve been focusing on sprucing up what we already have and redoing versatile pieces that will work in any space. I have a pretty good idea of how I want our home to look, at least color-wise (lots of gray and white with pops of color and metallic accents) so I’ve been trying to take what we already have and alter it to fit that aesthetic. One of my latest projects involved an easy diy headboard.
I’ve been lusting after these Kate Spade Pearl Place Crystal Highball Glasses but the price and the fact that they need to be hand washed has kept me from purchasing them (even the plastic version is still more than I want to spend, and they have to be washed by hand too). It’s not that I’m against owning pieces that need to be hand washed, but it’s just so much more convenient to throw everything in the dishwasher. I was trying to talk myself into finally just buying them when I decided to see if I could make a diy version instead.
Since we live in an apartment, there’s not a lot of storage space. Things tend to pile up everywhere if we’re not careful, and one of the worst offenders has always been our dresser. Admittedly, the mess is all mine (G uses one of the drawers but considers the rest of it my territory) so it was up to me to figure out what to do. My biggest problem was a lack of organization. It’s too easy to let magazines and paperwork pile up and as much as I try to keep all of my fancy jewelry in their respective boxes, the pieces I wear everyday usually get dropped on the dresser at the end of the night.
Lately I’ve been doing a little decorating around our apartment. Since we’re renting, I can’t do anything permanent like paint the walls and I don’t want to invest in too many large pieces that we’ll have to move later. However, I was sick of feeling like we were still in college or just living here temporarily so I decided to make some small changes and spruce things up a little bit. We have a lot of pictures around the apartment but there was a big empty space above our cabinets. I added a pink felt garland that I picked up from Target. It filled the space nicely and added a much-needed pop of color.
I own a lot of jewelry and some of my favorite pieces are delicate rings. I love wearing a stack of tiny bands every day (on average I wear between 4 and 9, depending on what clothes I’m wearing and what I’m doing that day) but I hate putting them away each night. Usually they end up thrown into piles on my dresser, which isn’t very conducive to keeping it tidy or being able to find the rings I want to wear the next morning. When I saw this easy tutorial for DIY jewelry trays, I knew it would help solve my problem.