I purchased a wood bench from TJ Maxx with every intention on using it for dining seating. I love the idea of a dining table with a casual bench side. Then I end up purchasing a bar height curved triangle dining table and 2 bar height curved benches. I was going to return the lower bench but decided to keep it. So now I’m debating where I want to put it and how I want to style it. I don’t need it in the entry way because I already have a console table for that but since moving into my condo last week, I don’t quite yet have a kitchen table or chairs. So to fill up the area in front of the patio doors, I thought it could go there with a furry sheepskin rug on top.
My bench is a little long but there are so many areas you can squeeze a small bench into. If you don’t have a mudroom, you can always put hooks over a bench and create a resting stop for the entry way to take off shoes or drop your bags…
I bought some canvases and acrylics and just knew it would be easy to create my own art. Newsflash: it’s not. Something that seems so diy easy and fluid is really a struggle. I have painted over my mistakes and will try to try again at another time. The thing is, abstract isn’t really a mistake. It’s not suppose to make sense or be perfect but I am having a hard time creating that right….look.
I want just the right colors, a hint of metallics and not necessarily LOOK like I done it myself. I can draw really well but painting isn’t up my alley. I’m going to give it another shot but let us admire some good abstract pieces in the mean time.
There are so many craigslist postings filled with crap or things collecting dust in your garage that can easily be revamped with gold. Whether you spray paint or gold leaf, adding the metallic hue can give new life to lots of things. Here are some of my favs from my Pinterest DIY board. Above is a gold leaf Ikea hack via The Hunted Interior.
I see these stools all of the time online and after seeing this, I may just scoop some up…
Cribs. A piece of furniture that’s necessary but one that is only needed a short period of time. Unless you plan to broaden your family, you can always take some time to transform it into something else…
There are so many ways to repurpose a crib and get more bang for your buck. Kids grow so fast and when they are no longer toddlers, you can still get use out of that crib. Some of the ideas are as simple as literally flipping a crib upside down.
A monochromatical gray color scheme doesn’t have to be boring as long as you layer, add textures, and bring in bold furniture and decor pieces. The seating above is truly a work of art. A modern chair combined with a rustic tree stump side table is an unexpected pairing but it all works in the space. That is another way you can keep things interesting in a muted palette.
This isn’t a sponsored post it’s just TJ Maxx is a store I’ve loved since working there as a teen. I worked there a year in the service desk area doing returns my freshmen year of college. Once I started having clients, it has been one of my go-to stores for affordable, pretty, and unique decor items. You can buy a whole room filled with stuff from TJ Maxx and it won’t feel as if you shopped at one place and it won’t break your budget. What I love most is the fact that you can get sizeable mirrors for under $40. I’m talking mirrors big enough to swap out and replace over bathroom vanities like you see in this post. They have nice rugs, chic pet bowls & stuff, drapery, a lot of cool end tables and chairs. Another thing I love is the brand named faux fur throws and pillows and often times they are under $20 like the ones in my collage. I don’t know about you but my clients are not trying to spend $400 on two pillows. So if you’re in a budget, or simply want more bang for you buck without compromising style, head over to your nearest TJMaxx or online.
I have been challenged to pick some vintage pieces from Chairish to create a styleboard featuring one of my favorite picks. I loved the vintage Persian Bidjar rug and decided to make a few styleboards around that rug. Then I ended up spending a bunch of hours lost on their website in a black hole of beautiful goodies that made me wish I were rich. I swear there is so much good stuff being sold on that site. Basically Chairish is a site where people can buy and sell vintage decor, furniture and art. The items are carefully curated and it has an etsy/ebay feel where you’re buying from trustworthy sources and owners.
So I started compiling pieces and end up creating four different styleboards. The first I envisioned in a corner of a bedroom. You have the armoire and a chair with a lamp to create a nice reading nook. Next I created a sideboard styled area of a living room. I love how the styling is asymmetrical but still feels balanced by the wall sconces. You could even sit a flat screen tv there for an updated more stylish version of tv stands. See more of that here. This board has an eclectic feel…
Then I had to create something girly and glam with a blush pink palette, mirrored and lucite finishes & a pop of gold. This would be a pretty entryway area that is sure to set the tone of anyone who comes in for the first time. You have a pouf to sit on and take shoes off after a long day of work, a mirrored screen to check your hair one last time before stepping out and a place for keys. I added the bust and vintage sign for a little whimsy.
Lastly using the same vintage Persian rug, I styled a sitting area. I forgot to include a coffee table but if I did, I would pick something with glass so that you can see and appreciate the beauty of the rug. There are some Asian influences in this space with the color scheme, the brass fretwork wall sconces and the contemporary Asian latticework buffet. So which styleboard do you like the most? Every single item with the exception of plants were found on Chairish.
These are some of the items being sold this weekend. My uncle let me decorate his entire place 5 years ago so majority of it are things I picked out for him. Everything must go and there are some really amazing deals on quality furniture. If you live in the Milwaukee area and want to inquire about something, email me and I will give you details and send you the flyer.