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!

New Series: Stuff On Sunday

customizable banner from Free Pretty Things

Since I’m junk with timelines and challenges (except those I MUST do) let’s see how this works. 😛

The point — since I started seriously crafting — a whopping 35 days ago, I’ve gotten a lot of inspiration from other craft bloggers.  It’s hard to bookmark every single one and “pinning” is so time consuming to me.  I don’t know how the chronic pinners do it; they have my eternal gratitude.  To that end, I’m adding my inspiration to this here craft diary.   That way, I’ll spend less time with my absent-mindedness trying to track down what I’ve seen, loved, but didn’t save.  My goal is to spend less time online, more time crafting and living.

Some things you’ll see — an inspiration picture (taken by me or some other source), a quote, a video, a tip, some links, a project, a blog — something that inspires … on Sunday … so you and I can have a head-start to our crafty week.  How about it? 

That’s rhetorical … you don’t HAVE TO answer ….  😛  But you can if you want to.  😀

This week’s goodies is for ALL you granny square loving, afghan making crafters out there ( yes Opal, I’m talking about you 😀 ). I got this list from Stix On The Beach: Tales from the Happiest Hooker On Earth:

 Now go knock some squares or start a knitted afghan out this week!!!  Be quick … Fall’s almost here!!!