I don’t really have a specific aesthetic when it comes to decorating. I bounce around from feminine and hyper girly, with floral motifs, ornately carved furniture and dainty figurines to clean and minimalistic with a neutral colour palette. I am easily bored and have difficulty committing to a specific theme and so my style is eclectic with a mish-mash of colours, styles and textures. Below are four items that I can’t wait to incorporate into my space.
Splurge | Luxurious Leather Chair – $1,698 (Anthropologie)
I absolutely love the royal blue hue of the leather (it’s my favorite colour). The antique floral fabric and ornate bronze feet lend a Marie Antoinette vibe to this piece that is elegant yet whimsical.
Save | Quirky Candles L to R: $18, $14, $24 (Urban Outfitters)
I am truly a candle addict. I have them everywhere, some scented and some not. Candles have a way of adding ambiance to a room in a subtle but meaningful way. Our sense of smell is one of our most powerful senses and is intrinsically linked to the part of our brain that stores our memories and emotions. These cute little candles will not only infuse your space with fragrance, but they will add character and quirky charm.
Save | Etsy Art Top to Bottom: $75, $25 (Etsy)
When most people think of art they think of grand paintings and sculptures worth hundreds if not thousands of dollars. The truth is one does not need to spend an extravagant amount of money to start a dynamic, compelling art collection. Art schools often hold gallery openings where students and graduates sell their pieces for a relatively affordable price. Another great online source is Etsy. Up and coming as well as established designers use the online market to market and sell their pieces, often which are exclusive. It’s a great place to find unique, inexpensive and often one of a kind pieces.
Splurge | Magnetic Spice Organizer (Etsy) – $85
I am not one for practicality as much as I am one for pretty things. That’s why I love when I find products that are as aesthetically appealing as they are functional. Shaped like a honey comb, these magnetic spice jars keep one’s counter space clear in an artistic way.
Couch – www.belleescape.com, Coffee Table – www.neimanmarcus.com, Side Table – www.laylagrayce.com, Chandelier – www.zgallerie.com, Rug – www.hm.com, Painting – www.artfulhome.com, “Love is All You Need” Painting – www.thehut.com, Wood Flooring – www.occa-home.co.uk, Wallpaper – www.fabricsandpapers.com, Framed Giraffe Painting – www.alexanderandpearl.co.uk, Floral Bouquet – www.kathykuohome.com, “Gold Nugget” Paperweight – www.highstreetmarket.com, London Book Set Stack of Eight – www.goop.com
Throughout my life I have fantasized about working within a wide range of different fields. Interior design has always been a profession that has fascinated me. The idea of taking an empty, blank space and transforming it into something unique and beautiful is truly inspiring. It’s easy to underestimate the impact a few simple décor changes can have on one’s home and life. Something as small as a coat of paint can completely rejuvenate and change the mood of a space. Anything from quirky objects (such as the gold nugget paperweight pictured here) to stacks of books or a pair of vintage shoes can be used to add a personal element to a room.
The living room is a place where I spend a lot of my downtime relaxing and unwinding. For this reason I feel that room would be the place where I would spend the most time and energy. An aqueous colour palette plays tribute to my love for the ocean (my family has a cabin on one of the Gulf Islands and it is truly one of my favorite places on the planet) while the vintage inspired furniture lends a luxurious Marie Antoinette vibe to the room. Pale wood, girly polka dotted wallpaper and accents of taupe and fawn help to cultivate a soft and soothing atmosphere.
While the items included in this décor plan are high end (aspirational dream items) similar items can be found on a budget. Decorating treasures can be found nearly anywhere – in thrift stores, vintage craft stores, nature, even your own closet or junk drawer. A little bit of imagination and creativity are all that are needed to transform a space, whether it is in a subtle or dramatic way, regardless of one’s budget.
What do you think of my dream living room? Any décor tips or budget friendly ideas you would like to share? Please feel free to let me know in the comments!