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Project #1Room30Days

Project #1Room30Days is a pretty awesome program hosted by my good friend Alaya over at

www.behindthebiggreendoor.com

! Its the perfect motivational push to finish a space in your home you've been neglecting, or a room that just needs a little revamping!

Since I live in a studio apartment, I didn't have many rooms to choose from, but one trip to Home Goods inspired me to brighten up my living space!

I came across these gorgeous pieces of wall art at the Home Goods grand opening in Decatur, Ga.

I loved the black, white, and gold accents and I knew they would be perfect in my space as a new gallery wall. My current gallery wall was starting to bore me and inspiration quotes are a great way to spruce up a space!

I also had my eye on a RugsUSA shag rug for about a year, I took the plunge (and snagged a sale)! 

I moved my current colorful rug from World Market to my reading nook so that this new bright Marrakesh shag rug could take its place!

This is my previous rug and coffee table...

I still love this rug, but I love it better in it's new home.

I donated my coffee table to a neighbor to give myself a little more walking space (and to admire my new rug). This DIY stool looked great in its place and the gold legs added a nice touch. I love that its movable and also serves as extra seating for guests.

I was ready to get my gallery wall up and with a little coaching from Alaya, we decided on a nice layout. I also added in a few pieces that previously hung in my bedroom nook. 

My new gallery wall is absolutely perfect! I love how it came out and the inspiration quotes are a great motivation for each new day. 

Take a look at the before and after!

A brighter space and a few less pillows makes a difference! I did keep a few pieces from my gallery wall and relocated them to my entryway.

The last thing I dd in this space was purge and update my Ikea shelving. Since this is the focal point of my space I felt it needed a little freshener. These are my shelves before...

,,,And here they are after! A simple re-styling gave them a new clean look. 

That pretty much wraps up my entire space! Its amazing what a few updates can do to a room.

If you're in need of a little home encouragement, Project #1Room30days would be perfect for you! Weekly updates and checkpoints as well as a supportive group of people on the journey with you can do wonders! 

If you're interested in participating, sign up for the next June or August challenge

HERE

Be sure to take a look at the other beautiful spaces that were created from this month's participants below!...

An InLinkz Link-up

Quick closet tour

I recently did a huge closet purge a few weeks ago. You know its time to clear out your closet when the bar falls to the floor for the 3rd time this year. As a result my closet space is back organized! I know I promised you guys a closet tour on my

Video Apartment Tour

, so here it is!

My inspiration for this closet was this image I pinned on my

Custom closet pinterest page

a few years ago. 

Moving into a studio loft with very minimal space forced me to turn my utility closet into a functional space for my clothing. I basically only had this one wall to work with...so I made it work!

I use the top shelf to hold my purse collection. I have just enough space for the ones I have so, before a new one can come in, an old one must go out! Key to small space living.

I love these velvet hangers for my clothes! I previously used wooden hangers and although they looked very nice, they were bulky and took up way too much space. The velvet hangers are thin and slip free, plus they come in the cutest colors!

I use the Ikea Kallax system to store some of my shoes underneath. There's space for at least four pairs of shoes in each cubbie, but I try to keep it at two to limit the shoe hoarding :)

Im pretty satisfied with this wall of my closet and can you believe that its holding all of my clothes for each season?! Yes, it surprises me too!

Now, I cant leave you guys without a few closet purging tips:

(you will need a few friends to help you through this process)

  • Remove everything out of your closet (Yes, this seems like a headache, but just leave on the hangers... it's not so bad)
  • Create specific areas for things you will KEEP, DONATE, and SELL.
  • Go through every item one by one, you will find that starting the sell and donate piles first help get the ball rolling. Your friends will be helpful in this process, they will help you "let it go" :)
  • For the sell pile: fairly new items/things with tags that have not been worn in months/years. 
  • For the donate pile: outdated, too small/big items you cant see yourself wearing again.
  • Take sell items to a consignment shop for quick cash! I utilized a store in my area called Buffalo Exchange.

I had an awesome closet purge specialist who helped me with this process! If you're in the Atlanta area and would like her info email me

here

!

Need inspiration for your closet? Check out my pinterest page for more...

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-Lisa

Brainstorming bedrooms

If you follow me on snapchat, you may have seen me talk about a huge project that I hope to finish this year! Im excited to be working on a entire home remodel decorating about 4 bedrooms, two living spaces, kitchen, & dining area. Its slightly overwhelming but I cant wait to see my visions become a reality!

The construction on the home should be wrapped up at the beginning of the year, at that point, I can begin the design process (the fun part!). So, while I still have a little time I've been brainstorming different bedroom ideas. Check out what I've come up with so far...

The home will be occupied with all males, so I tried to keep the bedrooms neutral while doing something different with each space.

This room is almost nautical with all of the navy but way more toned down. I love how grey is the neutral in this space.

This ultimate guys room features leather and wood neutrals. Very clean and masculine.

 I thought this space was pretty gender neutral. The calm color pallet resembles a relaxing hotel get-a-way.

For the younger guest, the fun colors in this room brighten up the day. Cool abstract art make for a nice eye catcher.

All of these spaces are rough drafts, but I love getting my creative juices flowing with new projects on my hands. Which one is your favorite?

Man Cave Mini Reveal

The Modern Man cave is almost complete, so I've decided to share a few photos with you! Remember the E-design with grey and green tones and cool industrial touches? 

Well, it started off as a dark and grungy basement full of junk. 

The outcome so far is SO good!

There are still tons of little touches that need to be added but so far my client LOVES it. Once the wall art is installed this Modern Man cave will be complete! Stay tuned for final photos on my Portfolio page.

Dreamy curtain dividers

One of the first things I loved about this studio loft was the "bedroom nook". I immediately knew that I could recreate those gorgeous "

Claire Marshall

" divider curtains. Claire hung her divider in a more "industrial" way, while I chose to go a daintier route. 

Using the

DIGNITET

curtain wire kit from IKEA, I was able to create a "barely there" rod that blends with the existing wood beam. The

RIKTIG

hooks hold up the dreamy

TERESIA

curtain panels. 

 I love how this divider is so functional, versatile, and beautiful! If you live in a studio, I would definitely suggest installing sheer dividers.. they're awesome!