Apartment Living

Perfect Pillows

When I was shopping at C.Wonder during their huge (what was actually a store closing sale) sale, I bought several feather pillows.  They had no cases on them, but they were a great size and shape.  I bought four square and two small rectangular ones.  I have a pillow obsession, so these were a perfect buy.  I’m really excited to go to fabric shopping to find the perfect material to cover them with.  My apartment is currently really girly, so I want to make sure they tie in while still being flirty and pretty.  I’ve been searching Pinterest for some inspiration, and I’m really loving what I found!

1.  Sequin

Dark Gold Sequin Pillow Cover , Holiday Decor , Throw Pillow , Decorative Pillow , Glitter Pillow , Sparkle Pillow

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2.  Eyelashes

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3. Monogrammed

Monogram Throw Pillow Cover  Gray Gold or by itsnotbusinessshop, $30.00

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4. Furry

Home Fur Toss Pillow - Cream - $20.    http://www.target.com/p/home-fur-toss-pillow-cream/-/A-14055671?reco=Rec|pdp|14055671|ClickCP|item_page.vertical_1=Rec|pdp|ClickCP|item_page.vertical_1

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5.  State

CaLi Lou "Little Miss Tex" bright pink pillow with a glittery gold appliqué!  Comes in every color!  Texas Pride, Austin Love  www.facebook.com/caliloucreations

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6.  Lips

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7.  Sequin Trim

Throw Pillows  Navy Blue cushion with gold sequin by AmoreBeaute

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9.  Pineapple Print

Pineapple Throw Pillow by Eloise Roberts - $20.00

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10.  Anchors

Hey, I found this really awesome Etsy listing at http://www.etsy.com/listing/153065933/anchor-pillow-cover-nautical-pillow

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This is a great starting point for when I finally decide to take some time to sew!  Do you have any favorite pillows or patterns?

xoxo,

Tiffany

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From Bachelorette Pad to Co-ed Apartment

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about when the time comes to make my apartment co-ed.  Don’t worry, I’m not moving in with my S.O. anytime soon, but I have a lot of friends who live with their boyfriends/fiancee’s, etc. and it has gotten me thinking about what I am going to do when that time comes for me.  My apartment is REALLY girly.  I mean, you walk in and it literally hits you in the face with feminism.  Essentially, it is the definition of a bachelorette pad, complete with pink coffee table, Lilly Pulitzer prints, a gallery wall and many many bright colors.  I had a mini meltdown that I was going to one day have to get rid of virtually everything, and then it occurred to me, there is a way to combine your decorating styles to make your apartment co-ed and well dressed.

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1.  Change Your Pillows

Couch pillows are one really easy way to change out the overall feel of your living room.  I currently have pink and green pillows, but it would be so easy to go to the fabric store and pick out a color and/or print that would still go great with my navy couch, without making it too girly.  Men are not into pillows, so this would definitely be a feminine touch, but most people generally recognize that pillows are a key to a well styled couch.

2.  Frame New Pictures

Most of my frames are currently filled with Lilly Pulitzer prints, cutesy quotes and fun little girly things.  It’s not hard to put some pictures on a flash drive and print them at your local office supply store, or just purchase new prints to go in the frames.  As long as your frames aren’t too girly, you can easily just add a new picture inside for little to no cost.

3.  Bedding

You may have to suck it up and just buy new bedding together.  Something neutral and comfortable.  Grays, whites, creams, etc. are always a good choice for the bedroom because it is cozy and not too feminine or masculine.  If you want to add a little bit of spice, get some neutral shams with a cute fringe or some fun pillows.  You can find some really great pillows and bedding at places like T.J. Maxx and Marshalls and it won’t break the bank!

4.  Lamps

You can easily get super feminine or very masculine with your lamp selection, but there are a lot of options that are quite gender neutral and will still make your apartment look chic.  Again, check out your local T.J. Maxx or Marshalls.

5.  Shower Curtains and Bathroom Accessories

My current shower curtain is super beachy and very bright…not exactly ideal for a guy.  Shower curtains aren’t super expensive, and while you’re at it, you might as well go ahead and get the matching soap dish and Kleenex holder 🙂

6.  Sturdy Coffee Table

A coffee table is definitely something you are going to want to invest in, as it will last you for a very long time.  The better the table, the longer it will last, thus, the better the investment.  A good, sturdy coffee table is a perfect item for a co-ed apartment.  You can style it however you like, and for an extra feminine touch, you might add a small vase of flowers.

7.  Table Decor

Neutral tablecloths, placemats, etc. are always a good choice, in any aspect of life.  You can change up the general feel of the table by adding different colored napkins, flowers, plates, etc.  The centerpiece could be a little tricky.  I was raised to be a ‘homemaker’ so I am pretty set on having something in the center of my table…I’m thinking a silver vase with artificial white hydrangeas.  It is feminine because it is a flower, but the white and silver definitely tone it down.

8.  Bathroom Counter

I don’t know about you, but I like to have my make up brushes and lotions sitting out on my bathroom counter.  This is something that I recognize that I might want to put in the closet or something when I get to the point in my life where I live with a boy.  They can easily be replaced with a neutral smelling lotion and maybe a toothbrush holder (to match that new shower curtain, maybe?).

9.  Closet

My closet is currently bursting with all of my clothes, but I am not so naive as to think that I will get to monopolize the closet forever.  Start thinking of ways you can consolidate some items.  Can you hang a sweater over a blouse?  Are your pants able to be folded and put in the drawers to clear out some closet space?  If not, then your new apartment may need a bigger closet!

10.  Get His Opinion

I feel like it is super important to get the guy’s opinion in everything.  He may not care at all about any of the decor or organization of the home, but the fact that he was asked will make him feel special and like he is a part of the decision making process.  It is going to be his home, too, after all!

Pinterest also has some great boards you can cruise through to get some ideas for a gender-neutral home!  I personally love all the grays and whites that are trending right now!

Happy decorating!

xx,

Tiffany

5 Useful DIY Projects

1.  Coffee Body Scrub

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With winter on it’s way out and spring beginning to bloom, that means swimsuit season is just around the corner.  My skin is definitely in need of some love.  This long winter definitely left my skin more dry than usual.  I’ve always loved sugar scrub, but lately I’ve been hearing about coffee body scrubs.  They are supposed to smooth your skin and also help with cellulite. I figure it’s worth a try! This is my favorite recipe that I’ve found! (my only alteration is that I would just use plain white sugar – it’s cheaper!)

2.  EOS Storage

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Pinterest.com

This is seriously so cool to me.  I’m always worried about losing earrings when I travel, so this is the perfect solution.  I found the picture on Pinterest, and there weren’t any instructions so I came up with my own 🙂

–  Once the chapstick is too low to use, get a small spoon and scrape out the remaining chapstick.

–  There will still be some residue left, use dish soap and a textured sponge to scrub the rest out.

– Dry and voila!  Perfect Storage.

3.  Tin Can Silverware Holder

Living in an apartment has it’s pros and cons, but one of the cons is that there never seems to be enough drawer space. This is a really neat way to store silverware in a decorative way that doesn’t look too cluttered!

4.  Reinvented Pickle Jars

I love all the pictures I find on Pinterest of little jars sitting on the bathroom counter, but when I go to the store I am always stunned by the sticker price.  I love this idea for a frugal way to have the same look.  Plus, you can customize it to suit the theme of your home!

5. Jug turned Basket

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I would obviously use different fabric, but overall I really like the concept.  I love baskets and I’m all about being green and “upcycling.”  Definitely worth giving a try!