What ran through your mind when you read the title of this post? Did you think I was going to ask you to strike a fashion pose while someone massaged your hands? Ha!
Well, since this IS a small space interiors blog, everything you see here ultimately circles back to decor, interior design and styling . So what does all of this have to do with tired hands??? Keep reading and I'll break it down for you.
Can you believe I'm attempting to do it again? Yes, I am going to subject myself to late nights; to scouring every thrift store possible in search of forgotten treasures; willingly throwing myself into another sea of DIYs? Me either! "What am I talking about", you ask?
After nearly making it by the skin of my teeth in the last time around, I will again be participating in the One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda of the blog CallingitHome and media partner House Beautiful. Whoo hoo!!! Yasss... this for me, is exhilarating!
Yay! The Friday Fix is back!
Those of you who have been with me from the start of my blogging journey may remember when I used to do a series called the Friday Fix. It started out as a way to share ideas to reward yourself at the end of a long week. After several months of showcasing different recipes - mostly alcoholic I should add - I quietly phased out the feature.
However, as J'adore le Décor has evolved, I've discovered a new way of re-incorporating it. Of course I will still share beautifully crafted cocktails from time to time. But I'm expanding the series to include shopping finds, and other decor "fixes" and upgrades for your home. Today we'll discover ways to fix lackluster interior spaces.
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.
Welcome to "my place". I'm Ola, a self-confessed décor addict and DIY think-tank. I love working with small spaces. Please make yourself comfortable, and let's get to know one another better.
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