Living alone for the first time is something everyone should experience. No roommates, alone. I can't describe the feeling, it's just something you have to try before you have a husband / wife & family. Not only is it incredibly enjoyable, but you can decorate however you want without a roommate just destroying your creation...Just me? The design theme of my apartment is mid century modern, warm 70's colors, while also keeping the fresh white feel. This apartment is studio style and had god awful blinds between the bedroom and living room. My awesome brother helped me hang these floor to ceiling length shams mainly just for looks, I never close them. The ceiling is extremely high so it also features that nicely. The bathroom shower does not have glass doors so instead of a regular shower curtain, I bought two shower rods and placed a clear curtain on the inside one to keep water in etc...but then placed another shower rod way up against the ceiling and hung another set of floor to ceiling length shams, makes for a much prettier bathroom. DIY projects are described below as well as some before / after's and stores I purchased from.
I swear, I had a ton more images from DIY-ing....I will do my best to describe the projects that I do not have photos of. I can't even tell you how many cans of spray paint I purchased over several Home Depot trips! (did you know each can is like $7+ for a decent gold?!? ugh). First of all, I spray painted a ton of IKEA stuff such as, shelves above couch, bookcase next to couch, coffee table, coffee canister lid, stovetop items (not photographed), desk legs, chair legs and more. (I still want to spray paint the bar stool legs gold which are still currently silver as you saw). The coffee cup rack on my kitchen wall is all hand made by me. I purchased a stock size of wood at Home Depot, gold hook screws and of course, gold paint. I painted the wooden board with gold toll paint, measured out where the hooks should go, leaving just enough room for each coffee cup to hang and screwed them in by hand! This is a heavy item so I had my brother attach it properly to my wall. The yarn mobile is hanging above my bed and the bedroom light shines through the yarn...to make that you can see images below of simply looping random colors of yarn around a metal ring I purchased at JoAnn's or Michaels. At IKEA you basically build your own desks, I purchased the white table top and the stacked drawers for one side and two legs for the other, these legs are only $3.00! (makes you feel less guilty about spray painting them). My desk chair was one of the few splurges I made for my apartment, it wasn't crazy expensive for most peoples standards but maybe just for me :) With that said, it took some guts to risk spray painting the legs to match everything, but it turned out great. Luckily everything from IKEA comes apart so it makes it easy to paint before even building the piece. The kitchen stools came already put together and that is rare for IKEA furniture and to me it is amusing that I of course have to take them apart to be painted (dang it!) My kitchen spice pantry has a large door that you see smack dab in the middle of my kitchen, so that is now covered with chalk board paint for my grocery list or for when a guest wants to leave me a sweet note. The clay pots on my patio were painted with toll paint super quickly, I suggest taping the pattern off so they look better than mine...I have seen some awesome ones on Pinterest with gold flake that you can get at the craft store. Lastly, I got 6-7 bags of wood chips to cover the dirt around the cement on my patio.
IKEA: Living room rug, bookshelf, coffee table, living room wall shelves, bedroom dressers, bed frame with storage, living room shams, pillows, desk, desk chair, bar stools, patio table, lanterns.
TARGET: living room lamp, dog treat containers, table by front door, white deer statues, gold boxes on desk.
OTHER: Kitchen rug: Thrifted | Couch: Craigslist | 'Grow' moss sign: Hand made by me | Gold frames on collage wall: Old frames spray painted gold | Gold laptop case: Amazon | Small lanterns in tree: World Market | Cute dog: Found him in los angeles.