I love me some minimalist, beige and white interiors but it really doesn't reflect my personality so I've been striving to figure out the best way to add color to my home while still keeping my home a peaceful place to rest my eyes at the end of the day. Below are some inspirational images with the tips I've compiled for myself.
I LOVE BOOKS, I love fiction, none fiction, coffee table books, novels, classics and new, I love them all. Even though I now have (thanks to my late grandpa) a Kindle, I still buy physical books because I love holding them and they make great interior decoration. I'm a sucker for multi use objects.
It can be tricky to display books and have it look intentional because of all the different sizes and colors, book displays can end up looking messy. I've rounded up a couple ways to rethink how to organize these objects in your home so they're just as pretty to look at as interesting to read.
1. Color coordinating
Grouping the same colored spines in a book shelf can add so much interest! It doesn't even have to be a rainbow, I have a shelf of just white books in my book case. I have a hard time with certain colors (like I only have one bright yellow book) so this isn't the perfect solution for all your books in most cases. Which brings me to my next trick...
2. Turn them around
Turn those books around! Or to the side to create a harmonious color look. It looks so beautiful in monochromatic homes and I love seeing the different shades of creamy yellow in each book. Turnign them to their side can also acheive this look, but that really doesn't look great inside a book case, only if stacking them on the floor, table or window sill.
3. Stack them
This type of precarious stacking only works if you have a bunch of books you don't need access to often. And if you have lots of hard cover books, but it adds so much interest to a room! I like the idea of using really large books to create a night stand as well.
4. Bookshelf decorating
There are so many ways to change just a book case/ shelf into a decoration piece. You can use all the ideas we've talked about so far but you can also add interest by adding none book items. I love the addition of picture frames, small sculptures and plants. I don't think a lot of money needs to be invested into these none book items, I personally use candles and beautiful pottery that I already have.
You can also add interest through how you display the items. You can do this through color (color coordinating or turning the books around like we talked about above) but you can also do this through form. Organize the books by size and create a "v" like in the book shelves above. Or you can change the status quo and stack them like in the image below.
5. Create a book wall
This is MUCH more of an investment than the other ideas but how dreamy is an entire wall of books? I hope to one day have a house with this. You can use all the ideas above in a wall of books to creat visual interest, or keep to one look, there are so many choices with that much space.
I studied textiles in college and it's left a long lasting appreciation for any soft surfaces including clothing, kitchen linens, bedding and rugs. However the creme dela creme of textiles in our every day lives are wall hangings. I look at these pieces and see the history that led to their design and appreciate that we value textiles as highly as any other art form (which historically isn't true) by displaying them on the wall. I've rounded up my favorite pieces and artist that I've discovered over the years.
This wall hanging that was shown in a recent Apartment Therapy House Tour is made by an artist in Chile (other work sold here). I'm not sure if this artist has seen Sheila Hicks' (the grandmother of fiber art) work but these pieces look to be drawing inspiration from her wrapping work. I appreciate the texture and colors and simplicity of the display. I would love to create a DIY piece that is inspired by this work.
I discovered this artist through Instagram, her beautiful tapestries always make me stop scrolling and just sigh. Her Etsy shop is filled with mostly once of a kind pieces and I've read articles where she talks about how many customer's write to her and tell her they save up money for months to buy her work. I hope to one day own a piece by her, they're truely inspiring and unique.
I love creating and looking at embroidery but it's so accessible it's hard to find your own hand with it. Maricor/Maricar has done exactly that, her text pieces are always beautiful but with a side of humor. She also does reversible embroideries which I've never seen before. I've drawn a lot of inspiration from her.
I have to admit, I hated this trend when it first came out, it reminded me of cheap college furniture at it's worst and '60's inspired interiors at it's best. Somehow, like many trends (and songs!) it wore me down and today I am coveting it.
I think the biggest obstacle to keep these from looking too casual. I think the best way to achieve this is to make sure these pillows are situated next to more formal seating options (chairs, couches, ect) and to pict the fabric they're made out of carefully. A fabric that seems too retro can make these pillows feel like too much of a throw back to the hippy error.
Below are my favorite options for floor pillows:
While in college I took an internship at a flower arrangement shop that also kept a retail space filled with house plants. Most of my job was trimming flowers but I also did some upkeep for their inventory for the store. This was my first real experience trying to keep plants alive, before this I would buy plants, they would die a couple weeks/ months later and then I would buy another. So I had to learn a lot, and fast.
The first thing I learned was you can tell what you're doing incorrectly to a plant by what color their leaves are. For instance brown, crinkly dry leaves could be too much sun or too little water. Yellow leaves however mean you're watering too often.
Most of my personal houseplants have become little experiments, trying different combinations of care to see what yields the healthiest plant. I change up their location and watering schedule to see which they like the most. Also, I usually ask when I buy the plant what type of light and water they need but tweak their recommendations when I bring it home. The absolute biggest helper though, has been using a water bottle to mist the plants most days and watering them in the sink once a week.
About a month ago I moved from a tight one bedroom apartment to a spacey two! It has been so wonderful to have the extra room but it's also added a decorating challenge. All my walls in my old apartment were covered in art and gallery walls, but now I have too many walls and too little art to create the same effect. The same goes for my furniture, there just isn't enough to fill the whole space. In the future I hope to slowly collect more art and furniture for the space but I don't want to invest on anything right now.
My solution to this decor problem has been to consider a more minimalist decorative look with the pieces I have. This can be difficult because it means every piece has to be placed perfectly and should be beautiful on it's own. I've collected a couple images below that have helped me create the minimalist look in my home. Notice all the white wall space left un adorned and the simple decorations that mostly include plants. I hope to share my new apartment on the blog once all the decorations are complete.