As you all know David and I just bought a house, as if I haven’t mentioned it enough. I came across Valery via Instagram and enlisted her help in jazzing up the new space because her apartment is so cute I could scream. She posted a blog with just one picture of her house and I told her, you + me = decorating heaven. So it’s meant to be. Enough about me, let me enjoy these last few hours on the beach….here’s Valery!
Thanks so much to Sevi for letting me do a guest post on her blog! She’s the best – but obviously I don’t have to tell you that. If you like what you read here I’ve got tons of other goodies including free stuff, outfit posts and some DIY projects coming soon at Valery Brennan!
Let me preface this whole post by saying that I am SO NOT a decorating expert! Honestly, my whole life has pretty much consisted of a room/dorm room/apartment full of random stuff that doesn’t really go together. But not in like a cute/eclectic way, just in like a weird/wtf are you thinking way. But I’ve improved!!! My house is FAR from perfect, but here are a few tips that have helped me come a long way!
1. Vinyl wall decals!!!! – A renter’s savior. I HATE painting and I’m terrible at it, but the walls of my apartment were SO white it made me want to cry. Then I discovered the joy that is wall decals. I have bought two sets from Brickyard Buffalo (they don’t always have them but sometimes you can get lucky there or on jane.com), there are also tons of options on etsy. These decals are SO trendy and super easy to use throughout your house. Easy to re-position if you mess up and easy to peel off when you move out, they’re the perfect solution for a renter like me who hates painting.
2. PLAN – Obviously things can be added along the way, but it’s so dang important to make a plan. Do a lot of online “research” and figure out what you really like, come up with your style and then go from there. For me, coming up with a simple color palette was KEY for my bedroom. I wanted it to feel fun but still clean. From there, everything fell into place. I spy vinyl decals in my bedroom…..
3. Take inventory of what you have and MAKE it work!!! This is SO important because if you’re anything like me you have a million different picture frames, vases, blankets and other random decorative items all over your house. Pull them all out and go through them! What can you repurpose? Can you spraypaint anything to make work in an empty spot? Also use this time to get rid of stuff you’re not crazy about. If you don’t love it, get rid of it!
4. Break your own rules – I always thought portraits in the bathroom were SUPER weird…they just made me feel uncomfortable. But when I moved, I couldn’t help but feel like that Bob Dylan spraypainted piece I had would fit in there perfectly, so I went for it! The addition of an 8×10 of John Lennon and one of Paul McCartney finished out the bathroom. I am so thankful I took the risk because that silly little half bath is one of my favorite rooms in our house.
5. DIY when you can – If you’re getting tired of something in your house, seriously try to DIY it back to health before you buy something else. I had a poor, sad, antique dresser that was beautiful but well-worn. I decided to just suck it up and refinish it and now it’s the most beautiful piece of furniture I have. It was scary and super risky (since it’s almost 100 years old) but she needed new life and I gave it to her. I also made my own dining room table using this tutorial (http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2012/12/elsies-.html), but my dining room is still too big of a mess to share photos…sorry y’all!
6. SWITCH OUT THAT KITCHEN AND BATHROOM HARDWARE – I cannot emphasize this one enough. Whether you’re renting or buying, this is a super easy way to completely change the look of a room. My kitchen is really small with all white everything. Our pulls were white plastic (gag) and they were super dingy and gross. I found a 6-pack of pulls at Target that were oil rubbed bronze and switched them out and it made all the difference in the world. Instead of looking like I have a kitchen that’s made up of the cheapest materials possible, it looks intentional. I used the same ones for the kitchen and both bathrooms and spent less than $50 and about 30 minutes of time. Totally worth it.
I could go on forever but hopefully these tips will help you if you’re feeling a little “stuck” in your home. Happy decorating!
A self-proclaimed people expert; Sevi is known best for her vibrant personality and loud attitude. Simply Sevi is geared toward helping millennials navigate adulthood with easy DIYs, relatable advice, and affordable style – all while trying to figure out motherhood.