Monday, July 30, 2012

Welcome to the projects

I've been slowwwwwly but surely trying to spruce up this new apartment.  Add some pillows here. A little chevron stripe there. Pop an antique piece over yonder. You know the drill.  Here, I'll show ya...

That's the ladder I got from Feather Your Nest antique store here in Lexington. Highly recommended by the by.  I've always thought having a "shabby chic" (does anyone else sort of hate that term?) ladder would be a cool piece to use for decor.  I don't know what I'm doing with it yet but I think it has potential.  I'd love to hear suggestions!

I painted this old iron frame white. When in doubt...paint it!  That's the motto kiddo YOLO (wait, what?).  I also decided to use the cover of this year's Kentucky Derby program as art.  Afterall, I did bet on the Derby winner, I'll Have Another, at my very first Derby experience this year so it seemed appropriate!

This was a Pinterest-inspired project and in my opinion...a fail.  I bought this chevron patterned scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby and attempted to cover my boring old plastic drawers with it.  The sides and top look fairly smooth but the insides got a bit wonky.  Oh well! Can't win 'em all. This now resides in it's rightful closet.

This nook in my bedroom is surely going to be a blessing and a curse.  I love having a place to display things but knowing me it'll never be complete.  I need to prop those antlers (yes, they're real) up on some coffee table type books and I think the 3rd shelf needs something other than a frame...right?  Again, if anyone is reading this (Mom?) I'd love to hear suggestions.  I can only google/pinterest search "book shelf styling" so many times before my head explodes.

Okay, excuse the miserable iphone photo quality.  This is the couch in our living room.  It finally feels complete with the 2 big pillows I just added. They are from Homegoods and so cozy (and for $50 for the set).  The glass coffee table is soon to be replaced with a big ottoman I'm recovering...because who wants a hard glass table when you can have a comfy ottoman?  The plan is to make/buy a large tray to set on the ottoman and presto've got somewhere to set your cocktail and prop your feet. Does it get any better than that in the world of DIY?

And lastly, I just bought this little baby from Value City Furniture.  Guess how much it was.  Seriously.  Do it...........
You're wrong.
It was $79.
I felt like I was stealing.
It's sort of a brown/grey color and it's the perfect sweet little addition to our little living room.
Bargain hunting.  I swear it should be an Olympic sport.

That's all for now friends.  I'll keep you updated as the projects continue!  Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend and as always...enjoy Bachelor Pad tonight ;)


  1. Loved this entry! I'm moving into my very first apartment on Wednesday and I'm dreading decorating...I love seeing what others do as inspiration!

  2. Thanks dear! I hope the move went well and you're enjoying is a big undertaking but it can be fun too. Hopefully your coworker helped you pick out some things last week. I'd love to see what you've done so far :)