As the focus of my posts have drastically shifted, you can tell that I’ve got bitten by that home decor bug. I’v always liked decorating my dorms and rooms I have lived in before, but for the first time I have an entire place to populate with items by myself! I’ve found it to be a lot of fun, but kind of frustrating. It’s sort of like a creative puzzle. You want things to look like they belong together, but I personally don’t like the matchy matchy look. Also, even though I’m working doesn’t mean I want to break the bank!
My biggest tip? Visit your local thrift shop.
I found the following goodies at the Goodwill by my apartment.
1. A Malma Ikea mirror for $1.99! It was a little banged up, so I primed it and repainted it to fit my bathroom’s design.
Figure. Before! A normal Malma mirror, square and a bit beaten up.
Figure. Primed and ready for a face lift!
Figure. Tadaaa! Pretty in pink and shining bright like a diamond.
Next up, this framed quote! Apparently it was a custom frame and very well done.
Figure. I resonate with the quote very much.
Figure. Just in case you can’t read the framed version 🙂
Finally, this nifty candle holder that caught my eye before leaving.
Figure. It reminds me of a tree!
Figure. Here it is with an old candle I had.
It can be sometimes hard to see the potential of old or use items versus brand new and shiny items lined up in department stores, but I personally think it adds a story to the recycled piece.
Figure. Action shot of my two thrifted items flanking the ends of my living room feature wall.
Curious what else is there? Here’s a list:
- Lovely photographs my brother in law took and framed for me as a 23rd birthday present.
- A set of 3 floating shelves from Ross, though I have seen similar one’s at Khols, Amazon, and Bed Bath and Beyond
- My own DIY canvas art pieces. Learn more about them [here]
- 3 frames I got from Pier One. What’s framed? Blood cells! I got these images from my old college textbooks. Why? Because that’s just how biologists roll and science is quite beautiful.
Figure. Close up of my biologist blood cell decor frames. Left: Red blood cells with sickle cell anemia formation, Center: White blood cell attacking an E. coli cell, Right: Healthy human Red blood cells.