Small spaces can be difficult to decorate, no? You can probably relate, but this is a reality I’ve grown accustomed to having lived in a big city for most of my adult life.
The key to looking like you’re living large is all in the details, though — and you don’t have to spend a fortune to make it look like you’re doing so.
That’s what we’ll get into today, so read on.
Getting my apartment into more of a livable, personalized state has been a big priority for me all summer long (we recently discussed the importance of that in this post); and at last, I’m starting to feel settled… Or at the very least, like I’m living in my home rather than a storage unit of sorts.
It continues to be a work in progress, of course, and there’s a few missing pieces I plan to put into motion over the next few days.
Labor Day Weekend is one of the biggest home- and furniture-related opportunities to save big each year. (Obviously, there’s a lot more than just furniture on sale, but we’ll get to that in tomorrow’s link love.)
Whether you’re renting or in a house that you can finally call a home, there’s no reason you can’t have a swoon-worthy space. And having one that’s clutter-free and true to y-o-u is so damn important to living an inspired life.
Ifyou’ve been needing a little boost to get your ass in gear, here’s a few of my tips for sprucing up your space this season, including (1) Where to start, (2) where to splurge and (3) how to fill in the gaps.
(Oh, and where to shop… Scroll down: There’s some insane sales happening this weekend!)
Get organized. Or in other words, put shit away! Bins and baskets are a simple, chic and inexpensive way to give your space a space-conscious update. Tidying up is the easiest way to make your place seem more peaceful — and when in doubt, throw it out. (Or better yet — donate!)
Hide your electrical cords. Under rugs, behind plants — whatever you have to do.
Work your way up. To create an illusion of height, draw the eyes up by putting eye-catching prints, frames and/or shelves toward the ceiling. I have these marble shelves from CB2 in my office (as shown), and I just bought two of these to stack on the wall in my living room.
Add clever seating. Go ahead… Pull the trigger on that Moroccan pouf you keep Pinning — or tuck this natural, woven statement piece in a corner of your living room and create a cozy reading nook.
Personally, I keep two benches nested underneath a media console for extra seating. I’ve also got a few cute bar stools along my kitchen counter. I use a Mongolian lamb stool as an ottoman, and I keep a little pouf tucked away under my coffee table, too.
Seagrass basket, Serena & Lily ($88)
Slim rose gold wire basket, Lulu & Georgia ($85)
Marble wall-mount shelves, CB2 ($59.95)
Mongolian lamb stool, West Elm ($399)
White and gold bar stools, One Kings Lane ($111)
*Where to splurge:
Art. I don’t mean you have to splurge on all the prints and pieces for your home, but these are items that prominently reflect your personality. Plus, you’ll have them for years to come. It took me for-ev-er to decide on a statement piece of artwork for my home, but I finally went with two Gray Malin pieces. The first (pictured above/below), is “The Porter II,” from Gray’s Palm Springs Collection. I love how the color adds some eclectic energy to my office — it’s the perfect pop of color with playful, quirky edge.
As an FYI, too, Gray Malin is offering free framing through 9/7. That saves you a whopping $150, so do not miss out!
Rugs. I never used to have rugs in my space, but I can’t believe how much of a difference they make. The zebra-patterned rug I have in my bedroom is an extra 20% off right now… I highly recommend it, the colors are beautiful!
Lighting. Think about it: Lighting sets the mood in your home. I have a mix of floor lamps and table lamps in my space from Target, West Elm and CB2. My biggest lighting-related splurge was this floor lamp ($299), and I love it a little more every time I walk into the room. It makes all the other pieces in the room look a little bit more expensive, too. You’d never guess this gorgeous gold lamp is $99, would you?
Side-note: One Kings Lane is offering an extra 20% off lighting this week.
Go green. Teeny-tiny terrariums are gaining ground in popularity — largely because they’re affordable and easy to care for. Glitter Guide posted a cute article on how to decorate with houseplants not too long ago.
Three-piece gold hand statues, Wayfair ($54-64)
Wool shearling pillow, Nordstrom ($149)
Moorish bone mirror, Wisteria ($649)
The Porter II art print, Grey Malin ($299+)
Nyala zebra-patterned rug, One King’s Lane ($100-$476)
Lastly, here’s a few sales I’ve rounded up (and plan to shop) this coming holiday weekend. I’ll update these as I find more, so check back again and often!
Where to shop:
- One Kings Lane: Extra 20% off rugs, decor and lighting.
- Lulu & Georgia: Up to 25% off with code (click for details).
- Dwell Studio: 20% off your purchase with code LABORYAY.
- Joss & Main: Up to 50% off furniture, basics and accents.
- Target: Get up to 30% off home and decor items (online only).
- Grey Malin: Free framing on all pieces through 9/7. ($150+ value)
PS: Full home tour is coming soon… Like I said, it’s a work in progress!