Monday, July 26, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Here are some tips and tricks sure to help any first-time decorator learn the art of design on a budget:
Find an inspiration piece. Connie White, an amateur interior decorator from Charleston, West Virginia (and also my mom!) swears that finding a piece that inspires holds the key to decorating, regardless of budget. “When my daughter moved into her first place, we went to a church auction and found a very cool retro all leather black and white club chair that we were able to buy for $10,” White remembers. Finding a piece that inspires and determines a color scheme narrows the search for items that coordinate much simpler.
Below is the black and white leather club chair in my living room! Instead of the Festivall poster, there is now a red Vogue poster there.Assess current possessions. Using these items when fit your color scheme can save tons of money. It is also a good idea to base color scheme on an item you already have. In my case, my mom saved a dining room table and chairs for me from our house, and I had a black metal futon that I used in the dorms; I also saved my posters that I used in the dorms and framed them so they would look nicer.”
Shop at discount stores. White also encourages shoppers to utilize Target, Wal-Mart, Big Lots Gabriel Bros. and similar discount stores. All feature budget-friendly items. With an inspiration piece and color scheme locked down – it’s time to bargain shop! “With a color scheme in my head,” White says, “I combed the discount stores for over three months watching for sales and for new arrivals that were cheap and that fit the criteria.” Garage sales, vintage and thrift shops can also expand decorating options while still remaining budget-friendly.
Create originals whenever possible. Those who sew or with a relative who sews save big bucks by making pillows, curtains or even a duvet cover. My mom made a custom curtain for my bathroom that matched the shower curtain as well as pillows and a table runner for the living room. This created a custom look without spending a lot of money. Fabricate as many items as possible.
The pillows on the couch were made by my mother, she also made the bathroom curtain below out of a shower curtain that matched the one I already had:
Don’t forget paint! While inspirational items and a color scheme remain essential, paint can also be your friend. Although many rental homes and apartments do not allow painting of the walls, especially in college, there are other alternatives. Painting vases all one color and grouping them together can create a pleasing design aesthetic. Also, painting furniture to match the desired color scheme is inexpensive and will prevent the budget-conscious decorator from having to purchase furniture.
Utilizing these tips will enable the amateur designer to create an HGTV-quality on a young-professional budget, without sacrificing quality and aesthetic.
What are YOUR top design tips?
Thursday, July 8, 2010
As I walked the streets of New York City this weekend, I couldn't help but think, "I belong here." Maybe not forever, but I need to experience it, not on a two-day trip. I need to spend some serious time there, even if I have to work two jobs, have a roommate, and eat only ramen noodles. To me, it's worth it.
Here are some photos of my NYC weekend:
Panoramic shot taken from the top of the Empire State building.
This was clearly taken in Times Square.. I got to go to Forever 21:D (all five floors!!!)
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Case in point.. Kristin Stewart. Sorry to all you Twilight devotees out there. Every time I have seen her on the red carpet, she has been wearing a fierce outfit, and looked awkward as hell. Why Kristin? WHY!?
No one wants to look awkward. It makes you look like you're trying to hard. Don't do it! Fashionistas around the world swear K. Stew has finally grown in to her chic red carpet looks - but I disagree. Remember...
- High waisted full skirts. (I have even make this mistake myself.) They don't look good on everyone. If you are not a rail, this probably isn't the look for you because it will only make you look large.
- Heels. OK i know what I said in number six but hear me out. If you're going to wear a pair of heels, practice walking in them first. Nothing is more un-flattering than a girl stumbling around who can't walk in heels. The secret to walking in heels? Practice!!!
- Butt-crack is always bad. Ladies, please! I'm begging you, wear higher-waisted pants, or longer shirts. Seeing your booty and/or your thong is NOT classy.
- Too much make-up. Trust me, dont cake on the foundation, eyeliner, and the mascara. You look like an orange raccoon. Simplicity is beauty.
- Spandex. In the age of leggings as pants there are many who make this mistake. If you are, ahem, a bit on the large side, you probably shouldn't be wearing spandex in any way, shape or form.
- Muffin top. For those of you who don't know, muffin top is when you're shirt or pants are too tight, and your belly hangs over. Avoid this at all costs. If you have to buy a bigger size, so be it. If you dress to flatter your body, no one will notice or care what size you are, they will simple see how good you look!