I have a confession to make. Are you ready to hear it? Here goes...I am not a seasonal decorator. Gasp! There. I said it.
While I love to bring you, my dear readers, the most exciting news about small space interiors and living, seasonal decor is something you won't see here on J'adore le Décor. No pumpkins and scarecrows, no bundles of hay on the front porch, no bowls filled with acorns. Nada. It's just not my jam. "Sooo boring!", you say?
Au contraire mes amis. You'll be surprised to hear that there are a number of interior bloggers and decor enthusiasts just like me. Does this mean we don't share the excitement of the changing seasons? Far from it. We just find other ways to express it. So after checking out Havenly, an online interior design service, and thinking of how I welcome the Fall season into my home, I jumped at the opportunity to illustrate how some of us non-traditionalists prepare our homes for the changing seasons.
As much as I enjoy styling interiors, there's nothing that saps my enthusiasm quicker than not having the right tools. Doing things by trial and error quickly devours precious time, and stifles my creativity.
This is especially true when designing and decorating small spaces where every inch, texture and furnishing can be seen in a glance.
In times past professional designers were the immediate go to for help with styling awkward floor plans, choosing paint colors, or for sourcing great statement pieces. But thanks to these key apps, you can now style your own digs like a pro.
Ahhh apartment living...how fondly I remember those days. Renters enjoy not having the burden of a mortgage. They also have the freedom of being able to relocate quickly. But for many, apartment living has one small drawback: The need to work around undesirable decor or design choices that cannot be changed. One of those things is paint color.
Let's be honest, some landlords do a horrible job of choosing paint colors. Why they don't just stick to neutral beige and gray paints is a mystery to me. Perhaps some view their rental property as a place to test out paint colors they're too afraid to put into their personal homes. Or maybe the paint color chosen was what was on sale at the time. Whatever the reason, this presents a sure decorating dilemma for renters.
There are spaces in every home where the idea of adding décor just seems odd. For me, one of those places is the empty space above the loo...i.e., the toilet.
This area of my bath, as you saw in my bathroom renovation post, is completely bare. For several years now, I've wanted to place something there. But I wanted that something to serve a function and be beautiful as well.
I'm always amazed at the level of determination that home ownership can produce.
Recently I decided to make a few soft upgrades to my home’s only bathroom. This conjured up memories of what this room looked like before my husband and I mercilessly took sledgehammers to it not too long ago.
Our home measures a little over 900 square feet. It was constructed in the late 1940’s as part of a planned community (affectionately known as "GI Town") for soldiers returning from World War II, and their families. Homes here were constructed in “assembly-line’ fashion, into duplex homes and apartments ranging from 750-1100 square feet. Although I have yet to figure out the name of the style of our home, it most closely resembles a small Georgian - only it's a townhome.
Target, the U.S. based, upscale discount store, is always on the forefront of décor and all things practical, stylish and affordable. Perhaps the one advantage that they have over my favorite big box Scandi store, is their accessibility. You can find a Target in nearly every major city.
So when I heard that they were launching a new brand collection of chic home decor products I had to find out more. Exactly when this new line will roll out and what will be featured? Keep reading as I give you all the deets.
Hey small space dwellers! The response to the dorm room mood board and college checklist I shared last week was ah-mazing! If you missed it, click here to get the scoop.
It's funny, although a college dorm room is probably one of the smallest "living spaces" I can think of, it never occurred to me until recently to feature one. That got me thinking, what if I could show you a real life example of how one family helped their student create a dorm room that is totally "snatched"? I believe I've found the perfect example.
Perhaps it's because I don't have any children, but the college school season seems to always catch me of guard. Most times I don't even notice it until I go to my favorite home decor store only to find that the shelves have been wiped clean!
First confusion sets in..."Hmm, is the store closing?", then there's optimism "Maybe they just had a big sale or something?" Then suddenly it hits me: "Awww man, it's college season!"
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GladeAtmosphere #CollectiveBias
During a recent visit, a friend of mine expressed admiration over the transformation of my home throughout the years. I admit it feels good to have finally found a way to express myself through it. Now, much like an artist's canvas, it acts as a medium, progressively revealing the personalities, values and habits of my husband and I, as you wind from one room to another.
Yet looking aesthetically pleasing is only a part of the experience. It also needs to appeal to other senses that contribute to its enjoyment. One of those is the sense of smell.
Blogging life has its perks. You can choose your own work hours, topics, style of writing and blog aesthetics, and in some cases, how much money you will make. Don't feel like blogging today? Fine. Don't. Don't know how to do something? There is a plethora of information on how to do just about anything, so you're never alone.
But what if you just want to take a much needed break? Then what?
Every once in while I grab my camera and do a little sightseeing around my city. It's a chance to practice my photography and to capture things that inspire me.
Recently, while going through my photo archives I noticed a trend. Many of them were photos of ceilings. But not just any ceiling— gaw-geous ceilings.
If you're reading this from a place inside your home take a moment please and look up. What do you see? Whatever it is, is it interesting? Boring? Pretty? In need of repair? Today we'll explore some unique ways to add a bit of interest to the 5th wall of our rooms.
I can't believe I'm even writing this, but tomorrow marks the 1st anniversary of this l'il blog of mine. I still remember that first post like it was yesterday. The way time rushes on relentlessly always amazes me!
While blogging has not been my life's greatest challenge, it hasn't been a walk in the park either. The learning curve for it is pretty steep. Sooo...so many new things to learn!
But now, the anxiety that used to overtake me when I sat down to write a post has finally subsided. Feeling somewhat centered and slightly proud of myself for not giving up halfway through this journey, I thought now would be a great time to take a look back at lessons learned.
Ring, Ring! It's your husband calling. A few family members are on a road trip and are passing through your state.
Husband: They'd like to stop in to say a quick 'hello.'
Ring, Ring! It's your brother. He and the wife really need a date night.
Brother: Can we drop the kids by your house for a few hours?
Brother: "Oh! By the way, they haven't eaten yet. Can-you-take-care-of-that-Sis?-Thanks-Bye! (click)
Has this ever happened to you? If you answered yes, then you'll love this easy go-to recipe.
As much as I love decor and design, I'll be the first to admit that sometimes I just don't feel like spending money for something new. Especially if the new item doesn't match (or surpass) the quality and uniqueness of the old one.
Having said that, I have this mirror in my dining room that had been grating on my nerves for some time. It's a nice, sturdy, and rather large piece that I got for a steal at a going-out-of-business sale years ago. But as my tastes have shifted over the years, this mirror simply did not keep up.
Regular readers of this blog already know that I've been planning a girls night in for a few of my friends. After carefully going over all the details, I'm happy to say that it was a hit!
If you're planning to entertain a few people in your small space, here are some tips on how to treat your guests to an unforgettable experience.
Welcome to "my place". I'm Ola, a self-confessed décor addict and DIY think-tank. I love working with small spaces. Make yourself comfortable, and feel free to "shop" my ideas.
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