Favorite Etsy Home Decor Inspirations

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Hi. Have we met? If you’re new here you’re only just beginning to learn how much home decor makes my heart so happy. I literally think about it all the time only because I find so much inspiration and am eager to make our house feel like a comfy place to relax in. Whether it’s changing up the paint, adding new fixtures, or hanging a new print I am always finding new ways to improve our rental while decorating with unique pieces making our home feel like ours.

Here are a few Etsy finds that are inspiring me and my home this weekend!

one // Be Happy Doormat via InspireLifeToday

A doormat is an essential part of any home and this shop offers cute and personalized options for your front door. I love the half-circle mat and a simple message like ‘be happy’ is quintessential us.

two // The Everyday Floral Wreath via PresentandPantry

How cute is this wreath?! I love that it is adaptable for any season (or just add your own seasonal flowers yourself) and even comes with a handlettered family name sign to greet your guests. I am in love with how simple yet farmhouse chic it is.

three // DIY Faux Mantle via Ana White

I literally became inspired about this DIY project as I was preparing this list. In our new apartment we are blessed with a larger living room and to make use of the newfound space it dawned on me to create storage with a mantle. But instead of just hanging a large wall shelf I thought further about creating the look of a faux fireplace with a wooden mantle as shown in the picture. It would be a great option for a rental because it would just be temporarily fixed to the wall. I would also use a peel-and-stick backsplash in the fireplace part and decorate with oversized pillar candles or decorative birch wood. Cute idea, right?!

four // Home Is Wherever I’m With You sign via HouseOfBelongingLLC

I cannot speak higher of everything in HouseOfBelongingLLC’s Etsy shop and I simply want to own everything she creates. However, if I had to choose just one sign for our home it would be this one. My understanding is that a home is exactly what you make of it and as long as I have my family this concept of home can be made and found anywhere. I love the rustic look and the handlettered canvass just brings this extra cute component to this print.

five // Joanna Gaines Spirit Animal mug via SwallowsGrace

I love that I was able to find the ‘original’ coffee mug that was featured on Chip Gaines’ Instagram – talk about amazing marketing! As much as I love me some coffee, I love me some Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper (like I needed to explain who she is). She kind of is my spirit animal and I find she has amazing decorative taste. So much so that I would love for them to venture out of Waco and take their show on the road!

six // Handmade Ceramic Planter via ArtCraftHome

Another aspect of our future apartment is more patio space on the first level. I am so excited to create a green space outside where we can relax and possibly entertain any guests. Succulents and green plants are beautifully simple and this handmade and hand painted ceramic planter is just so adorable. The varying designs of their planters add a level of uniqueness to our home which is what I aim for as much as possible.

seven // Address Plaque Planter via SparrowAndScout

I created a similar address planter for our home now and can’t wait to add another one once we move. Although it was quite tricky for me to create the one we have now – next time I think I’m leaving it up to the professionals. I love the wood stain on this one and adding succulents just brings it all together. It also adds a touch of color and style to our front door area!

eight // White & Gold Minimalist Bud Vases (set of 3) via HoneycombStudio

I love how simple and unique these miniature vases are! The fact that each one is hand painted and varies from the next one makes it so special. I love creatives like HoneycombStudio because she focuses on each item in her shop with such detail. I love that these aren’t completely perfect and that you can see the brushstrokes on each vase. So cute and would be perfect on my faux fireplace mantle 😉

nine // Mini Wood Wick Scented Candles (set of 3) via TwineAndCottonMarket

I love Astleigh’s Etsy shop and have purchased a few of her fall scented candles and just love them! Now that she has scents available just in time for Christmas makes me so happy inside! What’s even better is that she now offers mini candles in sets of three for you to mix and match however you please. Each one is a hand poured wax apothecary candle with unique scents for each one. I couldn’t recommend her shop more!

What is inspiring your home these days? Any Etsy shops that are your favorites? Share them in the comments!

Etsy affiliate links are used within this post, but all opinions are 100% my own.
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Home Organization On A TJ Maxx Budget

Home Organization On A TJ Maxx Budget | Today I am happy to share a few decor and organizing tips that always help me achieve that warm and welcoming look and feel for our home, cuts down on the clutter, but on a realistic budget. |theprimarilyinspired.com|

One of my favorite pastimes is split between pinning a variety of interior design inspirations and doing my best to replicate what I pin. I try to find affordable and easy DIY pieces at my local TJ Maxx, Hobby Lobby, World Market, and Marshall’s. It also doesn’t help that my current favorite home renovation show is Fixer Upper (along with every other woman in America). It does nothing but give me home design envy and the bug to go out and spend money on cute decor for our home. However, living in a one bedroom rental only allows me to do so much within our home and considering I don’t have thousands of dollars to spend, I have to get crafty.

Today I am happy to share a few decor and organizing tips that always help me achieve that warm and welcoming look and feel for our home, cuts down on the clutter, but on a realistic budget.

start with a home plan

Living minimally, I have to get pretty practical with what I bring into our home. For the most part I have full control on the design and decoration, but it never hurts to run things by the husband prior to making any purchases or adding anything. So, making a plan for what I’d like to do is the first place I always start. How much wall space do I have? Square footage? Type of flooring or counter space? These questions help me find the potential in my home and gives me a place to start.

Another part of any plan of mine is making sure I am making the space we have useful. This goes back to the minimalistic approach we live by: everything needs to have a place and purpose. Given that we currently have limited space and can’t do any permanent renovations in our apartment, I have to see each room differently and plan a way to improve the space without leaving damage.

Before jumping right into decorating there are some steps that I encourage for anyone and that is what Chip & Joanna call “demo day.” I don’t mean tearing down your walls, but I do mean a total cleanse of your home. This makes room for new projects and allows you to see where you could use better organization.

step 1: de-clutter the home

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Mathew 6:19-21

Holding onto things and becoming a clutter-bug is something I easily slip into. I have to remind myself that anything that comes in must be equalized with items that go out. This is whether we donate, sell, or just trash those things. God gives us a plan for how we should live our lives and I personally remind myself of His Word and how we should keep our homes free of materialistic distractions. With that said, here are a few ways my husband and I de-clutter our home so that it doesn’t leave us feeling like that cat lady on Animal Hoarders.

DONATE/SELL
“Sell your possessions, and give to the needy.” Luke 12:33
  • Clothes: I try to make sure that I go through our apartment and clean out the clutter every 6 months or so. This means routinely going through my closet and donating any clothing, accessories, or shoes I haven’t worn or don’t fit (ThredUp, Goodwill, and local consignment stores are great options for offering you a bit of cash or tax deductibles for donating your lightly used stuff!). Think about what you’ve worn/haven’t worn in the last 6 months/a year and separate them into piles. Pregnancy has really made this step easy considering my body has changed since welcoming baby so I’ve been able to pitch a lot of what doesn’t fit anymore.
  • Unused furniture: See if you can host a yard sale or put up unused furniture on Craigslist to clear out the larger pieces you’re not using or are just taking up space. Another great idea is lending or even giving away furniture to young couples, those who have just moved, or otherwise need to stock their homes with the basics. No need in holding onto those bookshelves or old coffee tables you have no idea what to do with them.
  • Refurbish: A great DIY project is to take your old crummy furniture and give it some elbow grease and transform it into something you’ll love. Either that or refurbish it to sell it!
TRASH
  • Magazines, junk mail, and other stacks of unused paper is worth throwing away. That Entertainment Weekly that’s four months old can get the pitch and so can all of those old pay stubs (unless you’re properly organizing it for taxes). See what you’ve accumulated over the last few months and shred/throw out all of those pesky papers you have stashed around your closets or countertops. Get in the habit of going through your mail and immediately throwing away the junk.
  • Maintain your junk drawer. I believe it’s healthy to have one drawer that is designated for those knick-knacks because we all have them. Accumulated pens, matches, knobs from random cabinets, etc. are going to end up in your home no matter how hard you try. Just keep your junk drawer to a minimum and always go through it and see what you can throw away.

step 2: create storage where there isn’t any in your home

Hanging baskets, shelving, and incorporating other drawers or cabinetry is an easy and affordable way to create storage where you may be limited. In our apartment we only have a small linen closet and our bedroom closet for storage. That’s it. However, we have plenty of wall space and square footage that I try to use that to our advantage.
Hanging baskets, shelving, and incorporating other drawers or cabinetry is an easy and affordable way to create storage where you may be limited.

We get a subscription to Bon Appétit Magazine and this wall basket has been a great touch to display these magazines in our kitchen. Prior to that I just had frames, now I’ve created purpose to that little wall space by using baskets to hold and display our magazines.

  • Our coffee bar has served more than one purpose for our little apartment too. It’s not only a place where we can store all of our coffee needs, but it has really allowed us to create storage where we didn’t have it before. To create our coffee bar we simply used a rustic wall shelf with hanging hooks and purchased an affordable cabinet from Target. This bar alone has allowed us now to clear out space in our kitchen cabinets, get more organized, and pitch anything we’re not using.
use wall shelves to save space

I love taking pictures, making prints, and hanging our memories all around our home. When you have a plethora of prints you need frames and when you have a bunch of frames you need to hang them. But how? I actually hate hanging things because somehow two necessary holes in my wall somehow turn into thirty misplaced ones. To solve this problem I use wall shelves and simply lean my frames against the wall. Doing this I’m able to display more frames and without the hassle of trying to hang them. Another great way to display your photos is using a gallery wall. This incorporates multiple frames on one wall to create a collage of sorts.

I use wall shelves and simply lean my frames against the wall. Doing this I’m able to display more frames and without the hassle of trying to hang them.

Opt for cheaper frames to display your prints!Frames: Ikea & TJ Maxx

Other wall shelves are great for getting things off the counter, such as in our kitchen. In this house we love to cook and having certain spices at the ready has made cooking that much more convenient (plus it looks cute!). So, using a small wall shelf we not only display, but use the spices on our rack. Other spices we use sparingly or not as often we keep in our cabinet out of sight.

Other wall shelves are great for getting things off the counter, such as in our kitchen. In this house we love to cook and having certain spices at the ready has made cooking that much more convenient (plus it looks cute!).

step 3: give everything a place in your home

The key to getting organized and continuing to live that way is by giving the things you keep (or purchase) a place in your home that also has purpose. Decor is nice, but if you find yourself with more frames than you do photos or those decorative sea shells don’t have a specific place, then don’t purchase them. Here’s how I manage to organize my tiny space even with a baby:

Hide those ugly cords with simple organization solutions. I picked up a mail organizer at TJ Maxx and use it to keep our modem out of sight. We hold the mail we keep, our laundry card, and other important paperwork in the organizer so that it doesn’t get lost and makes that area useful.

Hide those ugly cords with simple organization solutions. I picked up a mail organizer at TJ Maxx and use it to keep our modem out of sight. We hold the mail we keep, our laundry card, and other important paperwork in the organizer so that it doesn’t get lost and makes that area useful.

Use a simple magazine basket to store dog toys in your living room!

I had picked up a magazine basket from Ikea years ago and had no idea what to do with it…until we had Murphy. Now I use this basket to keep his toys in one place and it’s easily accessible for him. He’s since taught himself to go up to it and get his own toys…if only we could train him to put them away 😉

Hang cards or other mail using a cute chicken wire frame with mini clothespins! Instantly keeps clutter off your countertops!

I absolutely love this rustic card display I bought on Etsy (and you can see how I use it during Christmas)! Originally I thought I would just have it up during the holidays, but there’s always an occasion we can display the cards we receive, like my first Mother’s Day cards (see photo). So, I’ve kept it up year round and now we’ve maximized that wall space facing out into our living room.

Useful baby storage

 Using a bookshelf and wicker baskets from Target I’ve created a changing station that hides our overstock of diapers and wipes.

Keeping our baby stuff organized has been pretty simple considering we don’t have too much stuff to begin with – just the necessary basics. Using a bookshelf and wicker baskets from Target I’ve created a changing station that hides our overstock of diapers and wipes. The baskets are easily accessible and one holds his plain onesies, hats, and burp cloths and the other stores medicine like his Infant Tylenol, first aid kit, nasal aspirator, etc. The rest of his baby clothes are stored in designated drawers in our bedroom and his “hamper” is a tote bag hanging in our closet!

See what his nursery area looked like before Baby Greyson arrived.

**Our nursery has since changed with the arrival of his crib and changing table. These baskets are now organized on his changing table shelves and we use the space under his crib for extra storage.

Lastly, affordable storage units like this one from Target is a simple way to keep baby things (or anything!) organized and offers bins to hide everything you don’t want displayed.

Lastly, affordable storage units like this one from Target is a simple way to keep baby things (or anything!) organized and offers bins to hide everything you don’t want displayed. Also, being a teacher turned SAHM had me with a lot of my books without a proper home. So, I de-cluttered my closet and put them into Grey’s bookshelf. Now he can enjoy these stories my students did for so many years!

These are just a few ways I’ve managed the clutter in our home and I hope these solutions can help you get your space organized and begin living meaningfully!

How do you stay organized? Any tips or tricks to share?

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Easy DIY Accent Walls

Sometimes whenever my husband is out of the house long enough some of my bigger DIY projects I’ve pinned come to fruition. Accent walls were always a favorite project of mine because they’re easy to do, budget friendly, and a little bit of paint and a steady hand can bring a lot of charm to any living space. So, when I had pinned enough inspiration I wound up at Lowe’s purchasing a tub of paint, some brushes, painters tape and got to work.

Sometimes whenever my husband is out of the house long enough some of my bigger DIY projects I’ve pinned come to fruition. Accent walls were always a favorite project of mine because they’re easy to do, budget friendly, and a little bit of paint and a steady hand can bring a lot of charm to any living space

I had just published a post on easy DIY upgrades for any rental and one example of how I upgraded my own apartment was adding a striped accent wall in our living room and bedroom. Painting is typically an easy way for any renter (or homeowner) to add a touch of personality to their walls. Here’s how I accomplished this look in one day.

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Creating an accent wall is an easy DIY project that will be sure to brighten and upgrade any home. Here’s how you can achieve a similar look. To begin making your accent wall you’ll need these materials:

painters tape (I recommend these)
level (I used the app on my phone)
a pencil for making your marks
ruler or other tool for making your lines
accent paint color (I used white since my walls were already a cream color)
brushes & paint tin (I recommend this combo pack to make things easy)

STEPS

  1. The first thing you want to do before anything else is remove any light switch or outlet covers that you’ll be painting around. Also, take down any frames or other wall hangings (obvi).
  2. Then get out your level, pencil, and tape and begin marking where the stripes will be on your wall. I went with the top of the door as the beginning of my accent stripe and worked from there.Tip: Be sure that the measurements of the stripes correlate to where you’re hanging photos and such. It’ll look a bit off if your frames hang in between your stripes.
  3. When you’re ready to begin putting your painters tape down, be sure that you place the tape correctly. This means you are placing the edge of the tape along the pencil line of where you intend to paint your accent stripe. I made the mistake of laying the tape on the wrong side of the line – it’s just time consuming to fix.
  4. Mark with a little piece of tape to remember which lines you’ll be painting (see BEFORE photo) as you’ll be painting the thicker looking stripes. Once you run your finger and get all the possible air pockets that are between the tape and the wall you’re ready to begin painting! Taking the extra time to make sure you get all of those air pockets is crucial for seamless lines.
  5. I first began painting with the brush along the edges of the stripes where it meets the tape. This assures that a clean line is being made – plus it helps me begin slowly so I’m sure to get the feel for how much paint to use, how to brush it on, etc. Once I got comfortable I was able to move a bit quicker. I also used my brush in those tight corners and around fixtures. After a first coat was done I switched to my roller and proceeded to add my second coat and continued until the white looked even.
  6. This last part was hard for me since my excitement outweighed my ability to wait. But let the wall dry before taking the tape off. Also, keep air circulating with a fan or open your windows or doors as you work to keep the paint fumes to a minimum.

Ta da! Decorating my new wall was just as fun as creating it. I found wall shelves from Ikea to lean my frames, these similar wall sconces from World Market, and you can never go wrong with fresh flowers and a good ‘ole scented candle.

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What DIY projects are on your to-do list?

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5 Easy DIY Rental Upgrades

I have yet to be a homeowner and I cannot wait for the day because I find extreme satisfaction in renovating, decorating, and finding new ways to organize my home. Living in a rental doesn’t allow much in the way of renovating beyond paint so I find myself having to get pretty crafty in order to achieve a home I most desire. The apartment we’re living in now was built in the 70s and some of the original charm can still be found – and something I so badly would love to rip out and replace! But, considering I can’t, I have found a few ways I can easily upgrade this rental that is budget friendly and instantly adds a personal touch!

It doesn’t take much to make simple, yet transformative, upgrades to your rental. Here are 5 easy ways you can upgrade your rental to reflect your personal home style!

*Always keep in mind that before starting any project in a rental be sure to gain approval from your management and/or look over your lease agreement.

Instant Granite & Backsplash.

Image Source: Lesli Devito for Domino

I just love the look of granite and to find out that it’s possible to achieve this same look not only on a budget, but that’s perfect for apartment dwellers like us just made my heart skip a beat. Instant granite is similar to contact paper and simply adheres to any surface. I love this option because you can transform any countertop with minimal effort and money. It’s also something that is easily removed with a hair dryer.

*Keep in mind it is like a sticker so be cautious of hot items on countertops or just normal wear and tear when used in a kitchen or bathroom.

Image Source: Jen of Paint By The Light Blog

Backsplash is also an easy way to add some depth and design to your kitchen or bathroom, but living in a rental I can’t apply the real thing. So, insert some peel-and-stick backsplash to instantly create the same look and can be easily removed when it’s time to move out. Backsplash looks gorgeous no matter if it’s in your kitchen or added to your bathroom and there’s so many options in terms of design and color.

Replace Cabinet Knobs & Fixtures

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A super easy DIY fix for any cabinetry whether it’s in your bathroom or kitchen is simply replacing the knobs you moved in with, with fun new ones! You can easily upgrade furniture pieces too with a simple replacement of knobs and other fixtures likes faucets and shower heads. The nice part about this is that you get to keep what you invest in – just swap the new with the old when it’s time to move.

Vinyl Floor Coverings

Image Source: Kerra Huerta via Apartment Therapy

In the bathroom we not only have those ugly sliding doors that look like they haven’t been replaced in years, but we also have some pretty ugly tile to pair with it. The tile is an ugly color and the grout just makes the whole thing difficult to keep clean. I love this idea of covering it all up with  vinyl flooring, which will give my bathroom a fresh look and make it so much easier to keep clean.

Command Velcro On Mirrors

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I hate that in rentals, especially in our older apartment, there’s no design whatsoever when it comes to bathrooms let alone any other room in the house. We have a large mirror in our bathroom and one way to spruce it up is by adding a simple trim around the edges using Command velcro strips! It’s perfectly temporary and leaves no damage when it’s time to take them down. This takes a bit more prep in terms of cutting the trim or staining it if you wanted a color other than white, but the outcome looks amazing and definitely worth the work you put into it. Another option is using square corners so you can skip the trimming. It’s just fascinating the transformation of just adding trim to a mirror.

Just these five things alone can make any rental feel a bit more cozy and reflect your personal style and tastes in the process. The best part is that each of these ideas are fairly inexpensive, easy to apply or install, and a snap to remove when it’s time to move out. Who says you can’t enjoy your rental the way it was meant to be?

What are some of the ways you’ve upgraded  (or would like to update) your rental? Any other tips or tricks to share?


 

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