The following is a guest post from my bestie Amy. I think her apartment is totes adorbs so I begged her to do a little house tour post for me so you all could check it out. Enjoy!
Hi! My name is Amy, and my BFF Courtney asked me to write a guest post for the Joy of Decorating. I have my own blog called Pop Connoisseur, which is definitely not a home decor blog. But I do love home decor, I like to write long ramblings, and I do try to make my apartment look as fancy as possible. About the only room I’ve done, however, is the living room–though, to be fair, the dining room and the living room are kind of the same area, so technically, I’ve decorated TWO rooms. Boom.
There’s nothing very special about my living room, aside from the fact that the boyfriend and I (mainly me, let’s be real) decorated it on a cheapish budget. This required a lot of crafting and DIYing (do it myselfing?).
So let’s take a look around my mostly done living room, yeah?
First up is the dining table (which is really in the dining “area”). The table was a thrifting find from someone the boyfriend knows. The color was originally something like maple, but the finish was pretty scratched up and bleh. Yes, bleh. I’m not a fan of maple or oak wood typically. So I sanded, primed and painted this sucker an espresso color. Much better.
The chairs are from Target, but the bench was another thrifting find. I found a $20 coffee table at Goodwill, which I realized would make an awesome table bench. I painted it the same espresso color as the table and took a stab at my first attempt at upholstering. I have never reupholstered anything in my life, ever, so it was quite a learning experience. I’m pretty deadly with a staple gun now. My only qualm with the bench is it’s a little too long to fit under the table, but it doesn’t stick out too far, so I’m not tripping over it at least.
I would like a table runner to finish off the dining table, but the tray items are the result of some crafting goodness. I spray painted a dish and a carafe from some thrift stores (the coasters, which someone converted from brake rotors, were also a thrift store find). The empty Patron bottle is the result of a night of drinking (and the cause of a subsequent hangover), but doesn’t it look pretty anyway?
Up next is the console table/storage unit that I set up behind my white loveseat from Ikea (found on Craigslist for $100, holla! Except white furniture kind of sucks a lot). I think the the unit helps set up a sort of divide between the living room and the dining room area. I don’t know if it’s obvious yet, but I have a bit of an obsession with yellow. I made a table arrangement out of glasses, votives and empty jars (that I originally wrapped in yellow string for my sister’s baby shower and decided I quite liked the look of). The flowers in the vase are too short, so I taped off half of the vase and spray painted the bottom gray to try to conceal the fact.
In the background is our bookshelf from Target, which I love because it’s pretty sturdy and massive (TWSS). The items are a mix of thrift finds/crafts/Target decor (because that is where I practically live). The wooden spheres on the top shelf were copied from a pretty banging tutorial involving embroidery hoops, spray paint and thumb tacks. Easy peasy. If you look closely enough, you might be able to tell that my globe is upside down. I spray painted the black stand a blue and accidentally put the thing in wrong–and for some reason haven’t fixed it. It’s just for looks anyway.
And here is where I spend most of my time when I’m at home,
sitting on my ass doing very important work. Look, more yellow! The sectional is a cheap piece of crap from Walmart, but it gets the job done, I guess. The coffee table is a holdover from the boyfriend’s bachelor days. His dad is the original crafting hipster or something because a long time ago he took a cable spool, cut it down some and stained it. Pretty sweet.
The gallery wall is one of the first things I put up when we moved into this apartment. It’s changed some since then, but a lot of the items we made ourselves–like the ampersand canvas and the quotation marks piece, which I made with a coffee bag sack and gold sequins. The boyfriend even made the record clock! Thanks, boyfriend.
Now, the only thing left to do is figure out what to do with this sad, sad corner:
I’m looking to move the bookcase out of there and hang a couple of shelves on the wall instead so it doesn’t feel so cluttered and suffocating in this corner. I’m not too sure what to do for wall decoration here, but I’m leaning toward a frame collection ala this beauty.
I think Liz Lemon approves.
If you have any questions regarding any specific item or decor piece, please, ask away!