When it comes to decorating, my style is to stick with neutrals for the furniture and have the colorful accents do the talking. Colorful pieces give that pop and pizzazz and let your personality shine, especially when set against a crisp, white background. Throw pillows + fresh cut flowers are my go-to decor, it’s incredible what a burst of color and the sweet perfume of flowers can do to elevate a room and your mood! Seasonal Affective Disorder, meet your match.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single girl in possession of a new apartment must be in want of glitter. Okay maybe I’m embellished one of my favorite Jane Austen lines (comment if you know the original!!) but it’s true. I had a fever and the only prescription…was more glitter. I’ve been styling my IKEA Expedit and I knew I wanted a bright statement piece in one of the units. Something to give it pizzazz and pop. I found the “JOY” in a post-Christmas sale at JoAnn Fabrics for less than $5!! The original birch look was too seasonal and I was dying to break out my gold glitter. This DIY was super easy and took about 5 minutes to complete!
I spread my supplies out on my living room floor over an old bedsheet and got to work! I coated my “JOY” with a healthy layer of glue and then simply shook the gold glitter over the letters, ensuring they were completely covered. Let the piece dry for at least 24 hours. I recommend after 24 hours you carefully pick up the piece and give it a few taps to get rid of loose glitter. Voila! You have a new statement piece for your entry way table, mantle or shelf.
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If you read yesterday’s post, you know I’m moving this weekend and my new apartment is a bit smaller than my current place. Which means lots of creative storage solutions. And on a budget.
I’ve seen IKEA’s Expedit series pop up on Pinterest and at several friends’ homes so I visited IKEA.com to investigate. And I fell down the IKEA rabbit hole. If you’ve been to an IKEA, you know exactly what I’m talking about. You go in with a plan and suddenly, my wish list was $300. #Yikes.
While I have fond memories of IKEA, a friend mentioned concerns that a room “could look too IKEA-y.” It’s true, IKEA is known for its college apartment vibe and can look cheaply thrown together. However, I believe a little TLC + DIY can really elevate an item to make it truly you.
Googling IKEA hacks, I fell down another rabbit hole. Who knew there were so many IKEA fan sites?? Not this girl that’s for sure. IKEA Hackers has awesome ideas and even a search on Pinterest will give you ample inspiration. I can’t wait to share with you my own Expedit styling, stay tuned!
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