Peace; tranquillity; calm.
I developed an obsession with decorating my room at a young age because of my mom’s enthusiasm for home decor. I remember waiting in department stores begging for a pretzel as she pondered over which color sheets or furniture should be in mine and my sister’s room. It wasn’t until recently that I learned she dreamed of being an interior designer before college, but then went into computer science (go women in STEM!!).
Ever since middle school, I’ve been creating my DIY projects via Tumblr searches (throwback), YouTube and the Pinterest. BTW, if you have Pinterest add me!
Your room is your space to control, so it’s important to be comfortable – regardless of how much time you spend there. Even in college, I went all out with personalizing my dorm room.
Now that I’m out on my own, some of my favorite home decorations are a mix of things that I acquired in undergrad and projects that I finished a couple of months ago. Recently, I’ve seen a spike in interest from friends and followers over photos of my bedroom, so I decided to put together a list of room essentials. Disclaimer: I am not an interior designer or “room expert,” these are just some of my personal favorites.
I have a very bohemian style set up. I never planned to go with that style, it kind of just happened – I didn’t choose the bohemian lifestyle, the bohemian lifestyle chose me. I love my bed on the ground (very Urban Outfitters like) & I didn’t want a ton of furniture because I don’t believe that DC will be my permanent home.
Now, there are four super important ingredients to make my room whole, and I’ve broken them down for you.
Greenery is a necessity in my room. I love the outdoors so having a part of nature in my home makes me happy. Plus, it feels good to see that I have a green thumb. I always buy flowers from Trader Joe’s every week – they’re only $4!!
If you are trying to start your own plant space in your room or home, I will be doing a blog on just that soon, but in the meantime, check out where I shop for plants & pots!
- Plant the Future in Miami, FL
- Little Leaf in Washington, DC *also my favorite store
- Michaels - for pots and signage
- Local farmers market - for plants, pots, and flowers
- Trader Joe's - for flowers
Crates, Crates & more Crates!
This crate shelf was a DIY project I completed a couple of years ago when I lived in Durham. I purchased them from Walmart, and I chose dark walnut wood spray paint to color.
You’re supposed to nail them together, which I hadn't done because I knew I would be moving when I made them, and since I will probably be moving again I am not going to nail them anytime soon. (That’s probably why mine look a little uneven).
I have a lot of little items in my crates. Some were gifts others I’ve collected over the years like this fish that I found at INDIO, which is a local shop in Durham (I believe it is important to shop locally if you have the chance).
I own a million of them! But, I’ll let you know where to get them from – and how to make buying them as cheap as possible.
Thrift stores – a fmajority of the frames on my wall fixture are from thrift stores I know I spent no more than $5 on all of these.
(GO HERE FIRST THEY ARE ONLY A DOLLAR OR LESS)
World Market – I thought this broken one was so cute and it was only $1.99!
Target – All of their frames are super cheap and basic. They are great choices for very extravagant prints because they do not take away from the piece!
HomeGoods – I bought my chalkboard from here and my camera picture!
*I did paint my camera one * I actually removed the back panel of it and painted it silver, the backdrop was initially blue inside.
So, what to put in the frames? Pictures & scrapbooking paper! I own a lot of pictures, some of which are just hanging around my room (I like to change out frames A LOT). I also have my own photo printer, but it only prints 4x6. I have a Polaroid camera, too!
This is a simple peek into my room – if I would’ve included everything then you guys would’ve been reading for hours! If there is anything that you are curious, please ask. Also, if you have a bangin’ room and you’d like to share pictures, blogs or have a cool DIY, please comment and share below!
"Home is wherever you leave everything you love and never question it will be there when you return." — Leo Christopher
Edited by @joshuaperrin_