Tag Archives: apartment decor

Fabric wall stickers from Mae

27 Mar

These are very adorable and great way for changeable decor — or again, for an apartment (why didn’t I know about all these ideas all those years I was living in apartments??). Australian design company, Mae, brings us this original range of reusable fabric stickers.  They won’t damage your walls, they’re made from recycled materials wherever possible and they’re super cute.  They have a store on Etsy in US dollars or check out their site (prices posted are in Aussie Dollars).






Re-purposing your pics

15 Jan

If you’re looking for a clever way to feature some of your favorite photos in your home, here a some clever tips courtesy of Molly who sent these along to me picked up from a magazine which was written in German so I’ll do my best to describe the photos!

The first photo is a simple idea to keep those bathroom towels in order — each knob features a different photo.

Just adding handles to a standard photo frame creates an instant serving tray – a very simple twist on a Martha Stewart idea I’ve seen.

Or an IKEA belt / scarf organizer can double as a photo display — I think this is a great solution for a dorm room.

And finally, my favorite is this simple poster with hand-sketched frames — super simple and yet easy to change out photos. Thanks for passing on the great ideas, Molly!

Framed wallpaper

6 Dec

It’s probably pretty obvious that I’m in to wallpaper.  I can’t say that I always loved wallpaper but my appreciation for it grows more each –okay, perhaps just because I’m getting older, but I’d like to think it’s because wallpaper design just keeps getting better!

When I ran across this design, I just love, love, loved it (that’s a lot of love).  I think it’s so clever the way the white wall frames the framed wallpaper — truly making it art for the wall.  It’s a beautiful effect nicely complemented by those sweet yellow cushions and the turned white lamp.  It would also be an easy way in which to make a room seasonal if you happen to have a place to store the gigantic framed wallpaper to swap it out with another.  And one last thought — great for apartment renters looking to customize a space.

Homemade pillows

5 Nov

Thought I’d post some, unfortunately, out-of-focus photos of some past projects.  A few years ago, I was helping my sister, Becky, decorate her apartment.  We were both on a pretty limited budget so these modern country bandana pillows were an easy fix.  She wanted a lot of color in her place and, as a c&w singer, she’s always had a bit of the ole’ country flair.  The bandanas were less than $1 each and I think we re-used the pillow forms so it was an easy fix.  I also made the red bolster pillow behind the bandana pillows to go with my yellow sofa you see here.

 This sham was another one of the projects I did — it’s SO easy and also very inexpensive.  It’s simple a king-sized pillow case folded over.  I added the over-sized rick-rack and the buttons so that the sham may be removed and washed.  We also “quilted” together a bunch of red bandanas and used them to cover a large piece of wood that we fashioned into a headboard.  I don’t have a picture of that project but it was a fun design-on-a-dime project!  All quick-and-easy ideas for an apartment or dorm room.

Two inexpensive artwork tips

21 Oct

Have you ever been stuck on a tight budget in need of something to throw up on the walls for a bit of pizzazz?  Here are two ideas I think are well worth considering…

First, think frames — you can get cheap and interesting frames at just about any yard sale, estate sale or auction and, when spray painted the same color, can make a really interesting piece or collection on the wall.  In this instance, used to frame a little eye candy — but sometimes, an empty frame on its own does the trick.

Second, think fabric —  you’ve probably seen this quite a bit if you’re an IKEA devotee  but if you take a look at images across the web, you’ll find lots of imaginative ways to showcase your favorite fabric or a coordinating fabric with your room.  One of the more unusual approaches  is to use a needlework round as your frame — this is so simple — it requires no special skill or framing expense and, perhaps best of all, the fabric can be changed on a whim or seasonally if you want to change up your look.