I’ve always loved the idea of having a bar cart ever since they showed up on everyone’s design feeds a few years ago. They feel like they came and went but then all of a sudden, Target had one in their new collection and the idea was back in my head! I knew if I got one, it wouldn’t be used “traditionally”. I had plans for this baby, big plans. I wanted it to simply be a portable table that I could use for really cool things like books and sprawling floral succulents. But would it only be a dream?
Fast forward to today and a trip to “At Home”. There is was…the perfect one! Right off of the metal meets wood dating app – I had to have it. I also picked up a few amazing pillows and started slowly building this styled cart as I rolled around the store. I’m sure they were wondering what they heck I was doing as I switched out pillows for about 15 minutes. I usually try to not get everything from one place when I’m styling, but it just so happened that this massive yet well organized home store had great pieces that created this look effortlessly. Within 30 minutes or so I was done.
So what was the outcome? I wanted a cool cart that housed awesome throw pillows that tend to get tossed on the floor in an effort to “make more room” on the sofa. Add in an incense vase and a candle for the “smell good” (because I love a good smelling home) and top it off with an eye grabbing yucca plant and voila, functional, fun, portable!
This is how this room began – I’d bought these rich electric blue pillows months earlier and knew I wanted to use them in a set but had no idea where to start. When I’m designing a space I like to have a base. Usually it’s a piece of art or an accessory that I then base everything else off of. In this case it was the pillows!
From there, I went hunting. I found this awesome art piece at Home Goods that was large enough for the space and also brought in the blue. Usually I’m not matchy-matchy but sometimes I like it, this time, I liked it. While hunting I also found another geometric table which was a happy find as I’d bought the first one quite awhile ago. I wanted this space to be clean but interesting, cool but inviting and have lots (and lots) of texture.
A hallway never gets much love. It’s just the passageway to a much more desired end, be it a bedroom, kitchen, living room, or bathroom. They never get paid to much attention. They are neglected and may even simply be used for “I don’t care if you see this junk” storage. I know I’m guilty of letting it store my vacuum. How disgraceful. The issue is, simply because of the nature of a hallway it doesn’t allow for much ‘floor decorating’. Most are the perfect place for family photos and the history of your vacations but what if you have a mini hallway, what if every part of your hallway is a door to another dimension!?
In my 800+ sq ft apartment, this is the exact scenario. There are 4 doors in my hallway. One leads to the washer/dryer, one to the water heater (or at least that’s what I think is in there as the door remains locked), one to my bedroom and the last to the bathroom. Wall space is almost non-existent. So what now? Well this is where my creative juices started to flow. I thought, this is the perfect space to prove this is a perfect space, hear me out!
Originally I wanted to put a nice size piece of art, a small table with a plant on it and a candle. I thought, now this space will house something! After going out to source goodies, I came across an industrial wood top fixture that I thought would fit in that tight space perfectly. Then it hit me….why not give this space actual an actual use. es with the candle and plant it’ll smell good and be nice to look at but will you actually NEED those things there?
I quickly decided to purchase the $59 fixture and spent the whole way home brainstorming about how I’d style it now that I had a purpose for it. In an 800 sq ft apartment you can imagine how tight the bathroom is, so there’s not much space for storage and there’s no linen closet to be found (how I’ve survived this long I’m not sure). The only storage is under the cabinet and the nickel plated mini rack system I built from Target (……sexy). Suffice to say, the extra toilet and tissue paper gets housed in the kitchen which surprisingly has more cabinet space than we know what to do with. Finally I could have extra rolls right in front of the door!? Say it isn’t so. I still got my plant, art and candle, but instead of it being lazily placed on a table, it tops a really cool useful piece that’s making our lives easier and isn’t bad on the eyes!
My latest “redo” was one that I was really excited to try but oddly would be the most tasking. A deck! I’m an old southern lady by choice so sitting on my apartment deck is about as close to my “southern porch” as I’ll get at the moment so it was important to make it fill inviting and comfortable. So I went hunting! Unfortunately stores are about 2 months ahead of me and to my dismay all of those lovely outdoor sections were now being replaced with backpacks and pencil boxes (already?!?!). I’d originally planned to have two wicker benches placed perpendicular and showered with outdoor pillows, which now too were in short demand.
Change of plans! Now I had to improvise (aka, take what I could get lol). I picked up the last little “park chess game” setup I saw at my local Target which thankfully still had two matching chairs available. It was then onto the “ooh” piece! I flew to Michaels where I’d previously came across faux grass patches. The idea was to connect different patches together to create a large hanging grass piece as a backdrop on the wall. I’m sure my little deck wasp family was not impressed by the fauxness. After plopping down a rug I’ve used in previous sets and hanging just one set of ten antique lights, the redo was complete. It was unique, but inviting, warm and sweet.