SENSIBLE HOME || VINTAGE DECOR IN MY TINY APARTMENT
Living in a tiny apartment forces me to get creative about home decor and how to store all of our things without looking like clutter. Being stuck inside for days during the recent snowstorms encouraged me to finally recreate some spaces within our home.
- For the bookshelf, I alternated placement of books, storage, and home decor pieces to fit everything but also add interest points for the eyes. Each item tells a story that we love sharing with guests.
- I commissioned this Merida painting from talented NYC artist and friend, bonesendbones. The red and orange of Merida’s hair match our other decor, and placing it near the large windows makes the colors pop.
- For a tiny entryway, we used a 9-cube bookshelf and pop-up baskets to store all scarves, hats, and umbrellas. Topped off with some fake flowers, a vintage tray for keys, and a large, gold vintage mirror, this takes up little space from our entryway, but gets the job done. The mirror adds light and space to an otherwise narrow and dark hallway.
- As told in my Gallery Wall post, I frame cheap postcards from my travels for a cost-effective way to bring art into the home.
- To cover my printer which has to be left out in the open, I use a decorative tray with candles and a matching vintage can, which doubles as storage to hold all our remote controls.
What ways do you use vintage decor to make your tiny home more inviting? Where do you find the best vintage home decor?
Seriously though, H&M is totally on their blazer game right now. I’ve been searching for the perfect blazer, and I always tend to end up at H&M. Their sizing fits me perfectly, and the blazers are good quality for a low price. After noticing I was wearing my old H&M blazer about twice a week, every week, I finally decided to look for some new ones. These are at the top of my list.
WEDNESDAY WISHLIST || All Leopard Print Everything
My obsession with leopard print is constantly growing, and these items are too hot to not check out.
Dedicating today’s post to wishing my little sister a very happy birthday. Not everyone has the great gift in life that is a sister, and even of those who do, not all are close. I consider myself so lucky to have my sister in my life. It’s amazing that we’re close as adults, after sharing a room for ten years growing up… but I’m so thankful for it! Nothing is more fun than our random sing-a-longs, SVU fan-girling, and interpretive dance sessions. My sister is a laid-back, fun-loving, go-with-the-flow BEAUTY whose radiance inspires me. Happy birthday Lil, my little sister who isn’t so little anymore!
SENSIBLE DIY || GALLERY WALL ON A BUDGET IN A TINY APARTMENT
For a while now I’ve been seeing gorgeous gallery walls all over blogs and Pinterest, and it was finally time for me to create one for my tiny apartment, on a budget of course. Here are some tips I used to put together my gallery without spending a lot of money.
- For just $20 on clearance at Home Goods, I purchased a large green cork board with a dinged up frame (some paint was chipped off). The paint scratches along with the green color match our rustic decor, so it was a perfect clearance buy. I repurposed the cork board to create a collage, which became the center of the gallery.
- The two tile paintings mounted on wood planks were a thrift store find. Try visiting local thrift stores (not just Goodwill or Salvation Army) at least once a month; you might find awesome deals like these, and your money will be used locally.
- If you’re a traveler, frame postcards from the places you’ve been. The black frames hold black & white post cards I purchased of original artwork in Austin, Texas. Each post card was only 50 cents, and the frames were just $1 each.
- Include any family heirlooms that don’t match your overall home decor. These gorgeous Egyptian art pieces were a gift from my mother, but don’t match the woodsy feel of my apartment. Putting them in the gallery wall gives them a beautiful space to hang in the living room without making them look terribly out of place.
Have you created a gallery wall in your home? What pieces did you include to make your wall unique?
MUSIC MONDAY || POSTMODERN JUKEBOX
Their doo-wop covers of today’s biggest pop songs are even more catchy than the originals. You might’ve seen them on a morning talk show already, but they’re worth giving a second listen.
And who knew it was possible for me to actually like a song that’s originally by Ke$ha?
Do you know just how jealous of you I am? Camping/hiking the Rocky Mountains is going to be incredible. When I’m packing for a camping trip, I stick to basics in soft fabrics and layers. Here are some must-pack items:
- Long & Lean Tank | $9.00 at Target
- Zip-up Hoodie | $19.95 at H&M
- Jersey Leggings | $9.95 at H&M
- Flannel Shirt | $11.49 at Target
You’ll end up wearing these four things over and over again throughout your trip. Layers are a must-have when spending days outdoors, especially since you’ll experience large temperature changes from day to night. Tight pants like leggings are always better than loose pants; they’ll protect you from ticks and also keep you warm.
- Merino Wool Socks | $22.95 at L.L.Bean
- Merrell Waterproof Sneakers | $110.00 at Zappos
- Tankini Swimsuit (nothing too sexy!) | $54.80 at Alloy
This tankini top can double as a tank-top for the day, which helps you pack lightly.
- Circle Scarf | $15.00 (on sale) at American Apparel
My favorite item to pack is the circle scarf because it is so huge and versatile. You’ll use it as a scarf, headwrap, dress, vest, pillow, and blanket.
Another tip is to try to find a vintage military-issue backpack instead of a high-end hiking backpack. The military-issue bags, when found in good condition, are high quality and comfortable, with lots of storage, and usually under $50.
[Edit: Thank you to Constitution of a Mountain Lion for pointing out that I forgot to mention to pack rain-protection clothing. Also, his point about making sure you do NOT get the flannel wet is key. My intention was to use this for sleeping and dry nights around the campfire.]
I hope that helps and that you enjoy your trip! Feel free to ask any more specific questions you might have. I love the great outdoors :)
GIFT GUIDE || VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT IDEAS FOR THE LADIES
With so many options, sometimes buying a unique and meaningful Valentine’s gift for the woman in your life can be a bit overwhelming. Here are some gift ideas, ranging from just $3 to $120.
- Heart of Gold bangle by Kate Spade $32.00
- Valentine’s Sweetheart Mugs by Starbucks $32.00
- Peter Pilotto for Target Skirt $34.99
- Heart Sweatshirt by ALLOY $24.90
- FOSSIL Sydney Zip Clutch $49.99
- Coach Multi Hearts Key Ring $38.00
- Cozy Knit Kitten Slippers from Forever21 $2.99
- Floral Bustier by H&M $9.95
- FOSSIL Sydney Mini Organizer $118.00
I hope these help your Valentine’s shopping, or act a good hint to share with your loved one. Happy lovers’ day!
GIFT GUIDE || VALENTINE’S GIFTS FOR THE MAN IN YOUR LIFE
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I’m constantly seeing ads for gifts for ladies, but sometimes shopping for a man on this holiday can be even more difficult. Here are some gift ideas for men that won’t hurt your budget.
- Fine-Knit Jumper by H&M $49.95
- Moleskine Classic Notebook $12.95
- Best Boyfriend Ever Mug $13.50
- Nike Brasilia Gym Sack $10.99
- ASOS Backpack in Buffalo $18.52
- Deer Magnet Blackboard $20.00
- Tommy Hilfiger Athletic Boxer Brief 4-Pack $23.99
- Colorblock Belt by FOSSIL $35.00
- ASOS VNeck T-Shirt 2-Pack $12.96
Hope you enjoy shopping for that special guy and have a romantic Friday!