Saturday, February 13, 2016

No Place Like Home

Ever since my sister and I moved into our new apartment, we have been looking for ways to fill the bleak walls of our home. Originally Ruth and I simply used items we already owned to decorate our living space (i.e. my typewriter which is not the typewriter in the picture you see to your right), but we quickly realized that our meager collections of pictures and wall art would hardly suffice in filling up the wall space in our apartment. For such a small apartment, there seems to be a lot of wall space! We have also been working on lighting up the place. Apartments always seem dark for some reason. And I am a person who is mildly obsessed with light, especially the warm yellow glowing kind of light that makes a space feel like home. When I lived with my parents I was known as, “The Light Queen” around the house because wherever I went all the lights came on and they usually stayed on even after I left the room. Now that I am paying for my own electric bill, I am a lot more sensitive about making sure lights are off when I am not there (funny how that works!)

The interior decorating of our apartment has been a slow process, partly because Ruth and I are not loaded with extra money to spend and so purchasing home décor is a slow and steady process. We are also not loaded with a whole bunch of extra time to spend shopping. Part of our interior design plan is to frame and hang my posters from the theater as well as some posters from concerts (Humming House!) and the like. I didn’t realize how expensive frames were until I had to order a customized frame for my “The Setup” poster from The Sting. I have a regular 11” x 17” poster for the actual play, but I won some of the artwork used for the play (if you have seen the movie, you’ll know what I am talking about) after the show was done and the cast was doing take-down of the set. We all predicted the time when we would complete take-down and my time was the closest! So I got first pick of which poster I wanted to take home. I will have to take a picture of it (as soon as my customized frame is finished) and share it with you all.

The other evening Ruth came home with a massive painting to hang on our living room wall. As I hauled it into our apartment she said, “I don’t know who it’s by but I thought it was pretty and that you’d like it.” A close look at the copy’s signature confirmed my suspicions—it was a copy of a Claude Monet! I’m not sure which painting it is. He painted a lot of paintings with water and ships and there is no title on the frame anywhere. If I was a little more proficient in art I probably would recognize it right away, but ah well. I thought it was cute how Ruth didn’t recognize the artist but still liked it. She instinctively has good taste! The only reason I know anything about art is from my days in music classes. Isn’t that funny? The interpretation and style of different genres of music always reflects the circumstances, society, and even the art of the time.


Do you have any low-budget tips or suggestions for interior decorating? How do you like to make your space feel like home?  

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  1. That is so cool that you have a typewriter, Dani! have you ever used it?

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    1. Haha, not yet! I need to get typewriter paper as well as replacement ink/tape. And then I need to figure out how to actually maintain it properly. But hopefully I will be typing away at it soon! :D

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  2. That's interesting how you learned about art from music classes! :) Historical fashion is one way to help remember eras too, at least in my life. :D
    I'm sure you and your sister will come up with some great ways to decorate! It will be special to have your theater posters up.
    My room is decorated with a lot of artwork by myself or my friends. Perhaps you and Ruth are artistic...if not you should come up with challenges for your artsy friends. ;)

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    1. Yes, indeed! It's incredible how much you learn through any kind of art-form. Historical context is always key and I think you miss the point of art if you miss the history. :)

      My sister and I have artistic taste, but neither of us is very artsy though we can be very crafty. One decorating scheme I tried in my bedroom is to hang photos on a string using clothes pins! It looks so cute.

      We do have a lot of artsy friends! And that is a fantastic idea. I'm sure all of our artsy friends would be up for the challenge. :D :D

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  3. I don't have a lot of experience in decorating, especially not apartments. (Currently still living at home. ;) But I was thinking about this post today, and thought of a couple decorating tips I've used.
    The lighting in the bedrooms in my house is so weird and dark, so I hung a strand of white lights across 1 and 1/2 of the walls closest to my bed (where i read and relax the most.) and it greatly improved the lighting. It's especially better on the gray, depressing days when it's raining here in Vancouver. ;)

    You should check Ross Dress for Less for furnishings and artwork. They seem to have really great prices and usually have super cute stuff. (Of course it's constantly coming and going, and their better selections depend on which branch you go to. Some are great, and some not so much. :)

    You should post some photos when you finish decorating. I bet it's adorable!

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    1. Becca, the string of lights is actually a fantastic idea I hadn't thought of yet! I'm not a big fan of the lighting in our apartment. I was thinking of getting some small lamps for my bedroom to create a softer light for the evenings/nights, but a string of lights would be just as effective and cozy!

      I haven't had a chance to check out Ross yet, but it is definitely high on my list! Our local Ross can sometimes be hit-or-miss. I've discovered the key is to check it frequently enough because you never know what kind of treasures you'll find. So far Ross and resale stores have been our strategy. :D

      I will definitely post some photos when I'm done!! I will be so happy when our interior-decorating project is done. :D

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  4. If you have a special small quilt or other fabric piece, they are fun to hang and they take up a large space. Also, mirrors reflect light. Find a used one at a thrift store. You can always paint the frame or glue shells to it or even dried flowers for something unique. If you have a musical instrument, you can hang it too. There are special hangers for guitars and other stringed instruments. Have you thought of hanging a theater costume? Have fun! ~Lisa

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    1. Lisa, I always have liked mirrors in living spaces! They reflect light and depending on the size of the mirror, they can make a smaller room seem more spacious. Customizing the frame would be fantastic! A mirror with seashells on the frame would go perfect with the Claude Monet painting my sister found. :D

      I do not make very many quilts, but I actually have a quilt I made as a child for a book-reading club. It's a Narnia-themed quilt and since I moved I've kept it put away, but it might be nice to hang it in my room. I'm so thrilled (and inspired) with all of these fantastic ideas! Thanks so much!

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  5. I haven't any 'professional' type of hints, my decorating has always been...If I love it I use it. Seems to have always worked for me. It's more of a shabby chic look I guess. I'm sure you and your sister will make it pretty, just takes a little time.

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    1. Mary, your decorating style sounds a lot like mine! I'll have to share some pictures when everything is finished. :D

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  6. I loved reading this, I can't wait to decorate my own house when I'm older!
    I would recommend looking at budget ideas on Pinterest, I'm always coming across something.

    Lauren | Pretty Things & Polka Dots

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    1. Yes! Pinterest is always a must. I'm addicted to Pinterest! Haha :D

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  7. Slow and steady...the perfect way to decorate a home because you can take your time getting what you truly want. We moved into our {new to us} home a year and a half ago and I am still trying to decorate it. I just finished my craft room and now I would like to move onto the laundry room :)

    Thank you so much for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs to you!

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    1. Yes! Every room feels like a project. It takes some patience and determination. Thanks, Stephanie! :)

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  8. I know this post was awhile ago but I have found quite a few beautiful landscape paintings at goodwill. I now have enough to cover all my apt walls. Of course I also decorate with lots and lots of book shelves :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting , Marie! Book shelves are an essential part of our decorating scheme as well. My sister's bedroom is practically a little library. Resale shops are the best when searching for decor. :)

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