You would think that after living in my apartment for almost two years I would have had it all pulled together, finished up, and presentable to the general public but unfortunately that didn’t quite happen. There were other projects that were more important to me to finish up like my living room and kitchen (the places people actually would see) and also to be completely honest, I wasn’t totally inspired by the original space. So, when Parachute reached out about collaborating on some sponsored content and a bedroom refresh it was the perfect excuse to get things in order. But, before we take a look at what it is looking like now, let me show you what it looked like when I first walked into the apartment.
Although I am constantly pinning, researching, googling, and browsing the market for furnishings, decor, and accessories as part of my job (pretty rough day job I know), the amount of times I can’t seem to find the perfect piece for a project is staggering. Yes, there are just about 1.5 gazillion options out there on the market but the perfect one for your space – does it exist?
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They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home, but open the drawers or cupboards in any kitchen in America and you have a 97.567% chance of finding junk in at least one or more of them. So if the kitchen really is the heart of the home, why oh why do we have so much damn junk stuffed into those drawers and cupboards. But, TBH we all have one, the infamous “junk drawer”, and who knows if we actually all really need them (or the stuff in them for that matter). More often than not, the junk drawer just becomes a dumping ground for anything and everything that you can’t find another place for but don’t see the need to toss out.
Minimalism is becoming more and more popular for a variety of reasons, especially with the “style de jour” being “effortless expensive” (as my boss has dubbed it), which has some very strong minimalism veins running through it and the use of a few VERY well crafted items vs, a shelf full of cheap clutter. Who knows why the minimalist trend is booming – It might be because a lot of people feel that life outside the house is getting SO hectic that a more minimalist design for the interiors will help counter that, or maybe because with the ever inflating prices on just about everything in the stores we think it is now ok to buy $400 linen blanket that is no different from a vintage version that costs an eighth of the price. Others may lean more minimalist simply because they want to get rid of the stuff they don’t need or use – which might also be to blame on the book that I read along with just about everyone else “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”. Whatever it is, minimalism is trending.
Blank walls are the bane of every american home, apart from enough storage solutions to hide all our hoards, and clean countertops (although I am pretty OCD about the last). And when your walls are bare, and your space is blah – paint is the typical and obvious answer, but there is only so much rolling one can do before getting bored with paint as the solution.
So, instead of opting for the tried and tested (paint), I tried to do a little outside of the box thinking to give you some solutions to give a little life to your walls. With that in mind, below are a few that I approved of (except the last – which I am still on the fence on unless done VERY right).