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Change Up Your Personal Space

Published 01/14/2014 by

Breathing new life and personality  into your space can be accomplished easily. Through many moves, I’ve experienced the truth that the decor and organization of your apartment or room can dramatically affect your happiness. Take a gander at these 5 simple ideas for those who are experiencing mid-life space crisis(es).  Turn up the creative heat and give your personal space a little romance this year. You’ll both be ecstatic you did!

 

Change Up Your Personal Space

 

1. Firstly: clutter. Eliminate it! I’m a receipt and ticket stub hoarder. They live in every nook, cranny and a multitude of junk drawers I have around my apartment. Pop by your local Target, Walmart, Staples (read: anywhere) and pick up a corkboard. Mosey over to your local fabric store and bee-line straight to the sale section. A simple youtube DIY covering will have said corkboard covered with your fabric of choice  and you ready to organize your messy ways. If you’re sentimental like me, pin all your loose sentiments (what some might call trash…) all over the board and start a visual collection.  Hey- think of it as a  lazy person’s diary!

Image: FabricBoard

Image: FabricBoard

 

2. Plants have personality! My roomates and I have a number of plants around the apartment—they’ve found homes in our bedrooms, foyer, bathroom, and living room. They add a natural (duh) colour to your space, and are a living thing (or like, organism). Bonus: they improve your indoor-air quality and act as a de-stresser.

 

Sante Filter

Sante Filter

Check out Better House & Garden’s quiz and discover which house plants work best for your home!  See here for even more ideas!

 

3. Colour is powerful!  Sometimes I walk into my room and I’m hit with an urgent need for change.  Additionally the seasons (especially in Canada!) can really affect our moods. Hit two birds with one decor stone by incorporating a vivid hue into the mix. Adding a throw pillow to your couch or bed is an easy way to bring in a pop of colour, and even better, focal point. If you’re ultra picky, head back to that fabric store and pick out your own fabric as a new pillow cover. Bonus: make it into a group weekend DIY among friends by checking out these.

Image Credit : All Things Girly & Beautiful

Image Credit : All Things Girly & Beautiful

 

You can even add a cheeky person motto, slogan or coded message for more pillow punch!

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witandwhistle.com

 

4. Your poor bare wall! Put a shelf on it. I found this old crate and nailed it to the wall of my bathroom. Space is crucial and there never seems to be enough, especially when you’ve got multiple roomies. The crate gives the space a rustic personality and was free courtesy of my local grocery store! If you’re crafty and have a bit more time, opt for a shelf like the one in my roomate’s room. He’s found a small place for all of his special things.

 

Phil Fry

Phil Fry

Phil Fry

Phil Fry

 

 

5. Garage and estate sales are full of things that people don’t need or want. That’s where we hoarder’s come in! Kidding. Both my roommate and I came across these trunks at a garage sale and stacked them on one another in our living room’s “bermuda” triangle of space in the corner. The area felt empty and abandoned—changed by the inclusion of both trunks! We piled on our homeless coffee and cook books creating an inviting and warm corner in our living space.

 

Phil Fry

Phil Fry

Dainty Unicorns

Dainty Unicorns

 

 

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