Up until recently, paint splatters/messy handprints on hot pink walls, and glue-sticking magazine clippings onto my one wall covered in cardboard was the extent of my decorating skills. Proof:
But now I have to share my space with someone, and I gotta admit - I was nervous about learning how to make our little apartment feel less like a teenage girl cave and more like a home. This was made more challenging by the fact that Matthew and I acquired all sorts of mis-matched furniture when we got married. Now it's my job to make all of those different pieces flow together in one space - and after months of brainstorming, I have come up with a plan of attack.
Here's what we have to work with (for the living/dining room):
- Black entertainment center (complete with a free TV and DVD player! Score)
- Brown leather couch
- Wooden dining room table
- One large red and tan rug with green accents
The rug is so big, that it kind of steals the show. Coming up with a design scheme around it has not been easy, but in the end I decided on mostly all neutrals with a little bit of red thrown in, and black accents. I got lucky and found this vinyl wall art from Pier One for $14.99, and I LOVE it because it brings all the colors together nicely. The lamp is from Target and it is the apple of my eye, because it gives off a soft cozy glow. Besides those two things, the living room is still a work in progress, but this is what I'm picturing:
As for the dining room, I just carried it over. Got some black fold up chairs, and cream colored seat cushions to go with them at Target. We originally had red table cloths, but they weren't working for us because they stained easy, so I went to Bed Bath and Beyond to pick up some brown circular indoor/outdoor ones that can handle our messy eating! The container on the table is actually a cream color, and the vase filler inside is actually shades of red, but this is the best I could come up with...
The whole process has been super fun so far! It's like, when you were playing house as a kid, except now you're all grown up and have a hot man and a budget to actually work with. Matthew is funny because he actually cares about the design scheme, and will voice his concern if he thinks I'm getting too eccentric. In fact, he helped me pick out the clock when I was making the living room set on Polyvore, because the one I had chosen wasn't working haha!