Adding some color to my living room has seriously made me so happy. But to be honest, I didn’t know I needed more color until I started adding it.
In the beginning of 2021, I watched a lot of home decor YouTube videos where they talked about the decor trends for 2021. One thing everyone mentioned was saying buh-bye to minimalism and welcoming maximalism. If you are unfamiliar with minimalism, it’s the idea of less is more. Maximalism is just the opposite. I slowly started welcoming a more maximalist approach to my decor style, but in a way that didn’t feel rushed. I wanted it all to be purposeful. I wouldn’t say maximalism equals clutter, either. To me, it feels homey more than anything. And that’s exactly what I want for my home. I just want to be in my space and feel content.
The only issue with that is I have lived in my house for more than two years and I am seriously wondering if people ever feel settled in their homes, or always feeling unsettled is just a me thing. It feels as though I’m constantly changing things around. Putting decor up, taking it down. Buying second hand item, re-donating them again. It sort of hit me that the reason I didn’t feel like sticking to my decor items is because I bought a lot of it on a whim. When I first moved in, because this was my first home, I just purchased things without really thinking about them.
So about March 2021 when I really started thinking about redesigning my spaces to make them exactly what I wanted and not how I thought they needed to look, I focused on things that made me happy. I wanted people to walk in to my house and know exactly who I am. I wanted my space to reflect me. Bright, fun, cheery, snarky. I jotted down movies, television shows, quotes, and music I like. I looked for patterns I liked. I really started thinking about the colors I want to look at all the time. And I think what I cam up with really, really makes me excited.
Here are the four main things I did to spruce up my space:
- Purchased digital prints from Etsy
- Purchased a couch cover
- Thrifted unique items
- DIYed decor
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I didn’t want to buy prints or artwork from big stores. I thought having items from small businesses would make my space feel a little more personal. Buying digital downloads from Etsy is honestly my biggest tip if you are in the mood to redecorate your space. Prints cost around $5 and then I paid for the prints to be printed professionally either through Shutterfly or Kinkos depending on the size I wanted. I picked prints that meant something to me or were something that inspired me. I wanted my space to be filled with powerful women like Michelle Obama, RBG, and Beyonce. I picked some prints that made me happy like the Cafe Lola print from You’ve Got Mail. (It’s the cafe where Joe figures out ShopGirl is Kathleen.) Below are the prints I chose for my space:
My couch is originally brown and a little boring. Also, I realized that most of the Pinterest living rooms I was saving had a colorful couch. And because I am not made of money, and because I didn’t want to get rid of a perfectly good couch, I couldn’t just buy a colored couch. So I searched for couch covers. I know someone is going to cringe at the thought of a couch cover, but I want to say they have come a long way since the 90s. The one I purchased for about $40 is a dusty pink color is a super soft/velvet-like texture. I absolutely love it. It was the first thing I purchased and it really made a huge difference. I’m linking the cover I purchased. It comes is several colors.
When I first moved in, I thrifted items I like, but didn’t love. This time, I told myself I could only purchase items that really spoke to me. They needed to go with the items I had already decided on and even if I liked something, it had to work together. I think before I didn’t have a cohesive plan. I just got things and slapped them together. If you are thrifting, don’t just buy things because they are cheap. Buy them because you can see them in your space.
I have been a fan of crafting for as long as I can remember. I was always drawing, painting, glueing from such an early age. Sometimes they were flops, but sometimes the really worked out well. In my space, I told myself to take it easy. Craft slowly. Don’t rush just to get a project done. I wanted everything I DIYed to look home-made, but in a good way, not a Pinterest Fail way. I DIYed some candle holders, a few wall hangings, and pillow cases.
One of the best DIYs I made in my opinion are the pillow cases. Do you know how expensive pillow cases are!? It’s really really bonkers to think about. But that didn’t mean I didn’t really want pillow cases that were super funky and kind of out there. I looked for months to find some I liked, but I really just couldn’t find anything in my price range. One day when I was doing a closet clean out, I stumbled on my favorite dresses of all time. It’s white with a bunch of random animals on it. I never wear it anymore because it’s a tad tight, and also, I would be so mad at myself if I spilled on it. So it sits in the back of my closet. Which is sad because it deserves people’s eyes on it. I decided I want to make it into a pillow case. And then I remembered a friend gave me a shirt to sell on Poshmark that also had an animal on it. So I am making that into a pillow case as well. Then, I also decided to buy canvas pillow cases and paint on two of them. I can’t even tell you how I came up with the ideas for those two, other than I found the inspiration through Pinterest. One has a living room scene with a person reading on the couch, which just felt super homey to me. The other is a window scene with a bunch of plants on the porch. These pillows make me so so happy. I find myself sitting in my chair opposite of my couch and just staring at them.
All in all, I don’t think I have ever been so excited about my space before. Because I took the time I needed and wanted, I feel as though it really represents who I am. It inspires me. It makes me smile. I am proud of the work I did and the time I put into it.