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DIY Your Space – Inspiration and Tips!

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Alright, so, this isn’t a home decor, DIY or craft blog but there is always a time and place for a good room spruce, am-I-right? Whether you work from home, are a homebody or only come home to eat and sleep, your space has an impact on your happiness. A clutter-free aesthetic can improve your overall wellbeing and the right space can inspire, increase happiness and health.  This is why I want to bring you some inspiration and tips to DIY your space as well!

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If you love watching all the fixer-upper shows on HGTV you will easily see where I got the inspiration for my own interior styling. I’ve really been enjoying the vision of Erin Napier on Home Town and Chip and Jo on Fixer Upper. While I don’t have a $70k budget to remodel a home, I can pick away at different sections of my basement apartment to get the same look and aesthetic.

Without further ado, keep reading to find out what I did (I’ve even included links so you can copy my look). Enjoy!

INSPIRATION AND TIPS TO DIY YOUR SPACE

There are two areas I’ve been able to style since moving in: my living room area and recessed shelving space.

How to DIY Your Space With Recessed Shelving

A photograph of recessed white shelving styled

One of the perks of the space I’m renting is the recessed shelving. It takes up less space in a room than regular shelving and can be painted the same color as the walls. In my opinion, it’s more aesthetically pleasing and I was excited to have a space for all my trinkets.

An interior styling tip I picked up over the years is to have a variety of objects and not to over clutter shelves. It’s nice to have a lot of books but shelving like this packed full of books isn’t as appealing – a mistake I’ve made in the past. When styling my new shelving I focused on adding some books, some photos, and little trinkets. I played around with combining different sized objects for a more dynamic look.

For example, on the 3rd shelf, you see my collection of 9 self-help books, a small vase with faux daisies, a glass paperweight and two small candles.  The perfect #shelfie.

Get the look:

 

How to DIY Your Space with a Round Coffee Table

This week I adopted a second-hand coffee table that used to be my grandmother’s, found it’s way into my sister’s basement and then to my parent’s house. Initially, I didn’t want to add it to my space because it’s second hand and I’m trying to avoid mismatched furniture. BUT, it fit my space really well and I warmed up to it. The only problem was it needed more. With my DIY your space inspiration from HGTV I thought I can learn how to style this coffee table…and I did!

On the left is the table, solo; on the right is the table with the styling objects I picked up.

Before and after photographs

 

Instantly the table appears homier and inviting. It’s amazing how adding a few strategic objects can change a piece of furniture.

Here’s a closer look.

A photograph of coffee table styled with a faux wood tray and objects

 

A photograph of coffee table styled with a faux wood tray and objects

A closeup photograph of the tray with fake lavender, glass bottle and gold bird.

I wasn’t sure how to style a round coffee table. Do you stick to round objects or avoid them at all cost? I did a quick Google search and came across a YouTube video that helped me a lot.

The takeaway:

  1. Style the table in the shape of a triangle
  2. Start with a focal point, which is usually your largest item (eg. plant)
  3. Avoid too many round objects
  4. Include items of various heights
  5. Add layers

As you can see I choose to style my table with a faux wooden tray and added various objects and layers inside it. I’m happy with how it turned out!

Get the look:

LAST WORDS…

I hope my interior styling experiment has inspired you to DIY your space as well! I would love to see how you’ve personalized your own space using the tips above. Send me a DM on Instagram and don’t forget to take lots of pictures!

 

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