switch it up

A couple nights ago I was having some real nasty, dark thoughts and I just needed to refresh somehow and home decor is one of my facets that really helps me out of that trench. I love it, I’m inspired by it, I strongly believe that what’s in your environment is what’s basically in your head. So I started reworking one section of my room and the final look is about 90% different than it was prior.

Here’s a little of the “before” and I guess a bit of background. (Side note: I pulled these pictures off my Instagram so they’re not all edited the same- bear with me here.)

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This was what I put together when I first moved in. Featuring Spaghetti (RIP)

Now, I have enough furniture (minus a couch and bookshelves) to decorate a 700 sq. foot one bedroom apartment- which is what I lived in with my ex for 3 years. So moving into a smaller room (12’x11′), I’ve got to “store things” in it by maximizing the space I have. That wall has 4 pieces of furniture on it. One being a smaller little thin table, one is a (heavy) confessional chair from the 1800s, and the other two are larger pieces- a dresser and a rustic thin table. Two of those items I cannot move, one is just perfect for storing smaller things and housing things I like to look at- so those three are permanent. What is on top of them or added to them, however, is not (except for the TV, there’s no other outlets).

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When I first moved in, this is the wall to the right of the one pictured above. My headboard is opposite it. Featuring Millie.

There wasn’t a whole lot I could do with this wall because of those doors and it doesn’t have any outlets. The piece that stuff is on top of is a big rectangle table- like the size of a set of drawers, but open inside with one prominent shelf (I’ve got a plastic drawer that houses my winter accessories on there, some journals, helmets, random knick knacks) and one that’s more hidden underneath it (perfect for things I don’t know where to put/cleaning products/old paperwork, etc.). This piece especially had to go here because on the other wall, there’s the only vent and if it were to sit there, it would cover it which is a huge no-no for me when this girl needs her warmth big time in the cold winters. I mainly made the top of this prettier because it would be something I’d see more often when I woke up in the morning.

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Reworked this section about 6 months into living here.

I had those baskets under it to house more books. The bottom shelf had books lined up vertically. I went through more of my things under my bed (boxes) to sell some items I should’ve prior to moving from CA- books, DVDs, etc. I sold a bunch of books that I really didn’t need anymore- none that would inspire me again- and I pulled out more that I had had on my list for a while. So then this area became one where I housed the books I wanted to read and this way I could see them and have easier access to them. The remaining books under my bed are ones I’ve already read or ones that I’m not in a hurry to read. I added a bunch more books than there was before, which meant I needed to make them all fit- which is how the stacking variations came into play. Those stacking variations led to openings to fit vases or knick knacks I didn’t have a place for previously. Then on top of the table, I got a Himalayan salt lamp, and the rest were just some knick knacks I had to make it look nice.

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This is a minor rework I did about 9 months after I moved into this room.

This was mainly moving that round mirror over and removing/adding knick knacks. I also got some fake florals from Michaels that I made into fun, bright floral arrangements for pops of color. To the right, hanging on the door, I moved a picture hanging garland that used to be strung around the mirror. I felt it added extra color and love to an otherwise bland/normal area.

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Yesterday morning. After partially reworking the area. Featuring me.

The main thing I wanted was to move that mirror over which meant I had to move a top table organizer (not the actual name for it, but that’s the best I can describe it as right now) and a bigger piece of artwork. Not a whole lot happened here, but it spruced it up, definitely. The left wall, however, didn’t feel right at all. I had to move the organizer (thing) on top of the dresser because it was longer than that thin tall table which then lead to the TV put on top of it.

Now there was a lot of added height to that space which I hadn’t originally expected. I didn’t think that organizer was longer than that table, but I wanted so badly for that mirror to go on the other wall and the mirror wouldn’t lean safely on that organizer’s smooth top (it could fall after the dog jumps off the bed). Having started this project 30 minutes before bedtime, I had to leave most of the (very) impromptu project for the next day.

Like I said before, I was having dark thoughts and I kind of threw my hands up (at how I was feeling inside) and thought “okay change something”. My environment is always a good one to change up because I have to live in it and if it’s not inspiring me or making me happy, I need to find a way that will. I wanted these two walls now to be more colorful and come alive again. This photo was after I had looked around in the morning sunlight at what I’d done which was the catalyst to my brain then reworking the puzzle and for the rest of the day I was coming up with ideas on how I wanted it to look and feel, how I could have even more storage space, how I could be further inspired in my day to day.

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Final look of this pocket of wall space! 

I finished last night and I couldn’t be happier! The wall to the right is still pretty bare with some things added, but that’s going to be left open for a time. There’s more room there to put everyday things and notes.

So here I needed height. Initially because that space on the wall was still dull in between the wall hanging and the window and now it was because the TV was so high up. So I took those baskets that were originally under the tall thin table and put them on top. I put that piece of artwork on top of the baskets giving me the height I needed. I then tweaked up what was around there. The Himalayan salt lamp could no longer be down below because it wouldn’t fit (I also didn’t want it directly in front of the window) so I put that on top with an old wooden sign under it so that if any of it sweat, it wouldn’t damage any books. Moved my small mirror in front of the artwork (mostly to weigh it down to the all so that larger, light wooden piece wouldn’t fall over unexpectedly).

I stacked books horizontally inside the baskets (one with HP books, one with Stephen King books) and then lined up books vertically in front of those. The books added the extra color I wanted to the area as well as freed up space below on the bottom shelf as well as the floor under the table for extra storage if needed. I added two Polaroid cameras in there, adding more to my inspiration area. Trinkets were moved on top of it to round it all out.

After those steps, it still didn’t feel right. It was unbalanced in a way. That’s when I took even more books from the middle shelf and from my nightstand (they’re all over the place if you haven’t realized already) and I stacked them up horizontally to the right of the baskets. More color added to the space as well as a “step backward”, or buffer perhaps, so that those baskets didn’t just leave a huge dark hole on the shelf where some things would end up hidden from my usual line of sight and become obsolete. I added a blue Bell jar on top as well as a metal initial “A” to continue with the easy decline of height. Trinkets, fake florals, and candles mixed in.

Hours of tweaking and countless adjustments and finally, it felt right. I am so pleased with this finished pocket! I feel so inspired already to keep doing the things I love most and I’m so happy to have some change around me. Thanks for reading all this or even just looking at the pictures! I’ll be excited when I find some inspiration for the other wall soon enough and I’ll share that with you, too!

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