Stuff On Sunday: Decor Inspiration

I live in an apt.  While I will say that I’m not going live in one forever, and I’ll also say that owning a home is my ultimate goal, any apt I live in, I like to make it “home” for the time being.  Sometimes creating that “homey” atmosphere in a box can test your patience and creativity, but it’s worth the effort because in the meantime, until I own a home, that little box, wherever it is … it’s home.

Right now, my little box is in a state of chaos.  A partially clogged kitchen sink shed light on bigger issues with my kitchen plumbing.  What that meant is that  a 30 minute job turned into a 4.5 hour one and I still have to wait another 72 hours to put everything back where it was, so they’re all over the place.  Honestly, the situation was/is inconvenient but what it did also, was give me an opportunity to look around and see what else I can do to create a living/work space I love despite it being so small.  Again, since I don’t pin 😳 … today’s “Stuff On Sunday” will be the holding place for the pieces that I love which will/might become part of my decor.  What’s great, is that all the pieces can move with me whenever I leave this space.

First up — for my bedroom:  Tier Cascade Faux Chandelier from Urban Outfitters 

I don’t typically go for this type of look, but this piece is beautiful and I can’t wait to put it up.

The area for dining is really small.  I have a large fruit platter on the table that can’t go anywhere else (no kitchen counter-space; that’s another story) but I’ve always wanted to have fresh flowers on the table.  Since there’s no space for that, I’ll be using the wall.  The nerd in me loves this chemistry inspired set of flower holders. I’m going to substitute by using a floating shelf and mason jars.  The UO set doesn’t allow for washing, so in my opinion, the best use for it would be fake flowers.

I definitely had to incorporate in the mini makeover, this fabric from Ikea.  I’m using it to cover the chairs in my dining set.  I love the whimsy!  With beige walls, I need all the colour help I can get and it helps to tie the living and dining space together.

The urban chic-ness of this acid etched letter appealed to me. Although I’m not sure where it’s going to go yet, it definitely will be part of the update.

I had a beautiful silk wing chair that I got from a used/new furniture shop.  It was ruined by multiple leaks in the building’s facade during a rainstorm last year.  The building management reimbursed me for the cost of the chair but I haven’t been able to find one I like — not even at my favourite furniture store.  That was until I came up on this one from Ikea:

I know, it’s not a wing chair, but from all the reviews, it’s comfortable and the interplay between the red cushion against the brown veneer works with the decor I have already.  There’s a black veneer and a birch one, but I really love the brown one.  It’ll add a wonderful pop of colour to my living room and I can’t wait to put it up.

I’m also going to pick up the matching footstool.

I’m excited about the relaxing reading, knitting and crocheting times I’ll have with this duo!

I’ll be making these changes over the next couple of months.  My goal is to be done with them by the holidays.  My goal is to create a warm, little cocoon for myself and my guests over the fall and winter months.  I’ll keep you updated with the changes and I’ll definitely post the before and after photos.

Happy Sunday!

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6 comments

  1. Nothing will take the place of your favorite silk chair, but the red one from IKEA looks pretty awesome. I’ve always wanted to have that show stopping red couch in my old apartment livingroom. I never did buy it and I never did get around to decorating the place much which I kind of regret. Decorations are such a big part of what makes it feel like home regardless if you rent or own.

    -Nizzy

    1. You’re right about that!!! I loved that chair …

      You and my mom have the same perspective — home is what you make it whether you rent or own, so why not spruce things up?!!!

  2. Too bad about the kitchen plumbing, but it looks as if there’s a bright side, since it caused your creative juices to flow.

    Everything looks lovely, I really love that chandelier too… not big on them but do like the one you have chosen. In my twenties, when I lived in an apartment, it was bright and cheerful. My friends said it was homey and comfortable. 🙂

    Let’s see… I’ve been canning and I started knitting an afghan, it has a lacy design, and I’m doing it in a “not quite white” yarn. It will take me a while to complete, but It’s simple, and a nice soothing project to pick up when I’m hanging with my daughter.

    1. I had to find the bright side before I worked myself into a tizzy. 😀 But I’m very glad I did. It was a perfect example of how attitude changed perception and response. 🙂

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