Home Decor Resolutions in 2014

Monday, December 30, 2013

I am not one to make New Year's Resolutions, it just not something I've ever really done. I am the type of person who doesn't need to wait for a new year to start doing something I should have been doing months prior. I do like to contemplate new ideas for the new year, so I guess I'm not that much of a rebel. There is something about New Year's that feels like a slate has been whipped clean, and new beginnings are upon us. That's not usually the case, but hey, we need all the positive energy we can get these days right?

I haven't really thought about what 2014 will hold for me personally or professionally, I'm just hoping it's better than 2013. As I put away my Christmas mess however, I began thinking that 2014 needs to be the year I actually decorate my apartment. I have lived in the same 700 square feet for 3 years now, and I never expected to stay past the first one. This place was supposed to be temporary, and yet we've lived in this apartment our entire marriage and longest place we've lived in the 8 years. I think it's about time I decorate a little.

When I first moved in, I decorated the living room a bit and then stopped there. I have two empty picture frames in my bedroom that have been hanging on the wall for over a year... not shitting you. I can give you a list of explanations as to why I haven't done more with the place, but let's not. Going forward however, I am going to make a serious effort to spiff up my apartment. Below I have found some darling pieces that I think will really make my house a home!


I want to go with a Southwest/Rustic Modern theme in my bedroom. Ever since my visit to Grand Canyon this past summer I have been intrigued by Southwestern style. I don’t want to take the theme too literal, after all my Grandfather’s home is covered in head-to-toe American Indian decor... not the look I am going for. My inspiration for the bedroom is drawn from Georgia O'Keefe and her art and her studio. I want to keep things clean, while adding color. I also want to juxtapose my modern furniture with some more rustic pieces. I already own a cow skull (like the image above), but I want to build more around that. I want to make a contemporary dream catcher and find an Aztec print quilt. I also want to paint some new art for my bare walls. 2014 will be a year of decorating, arts and crafts!


Currently my living room is an eclectic mess. I have mismatched furniture, a giant dog crate, IKEA bookshelves (that are falling apart), and I am out of space. My living room is the room we spend the most time in, so naturally it gets messy very quickly. We watch TV, we eat, we converse, we work, we do pretty much everything except bathe in there. B has been dying to buy a new sectional (all of our sofas have been secondhand thus far), and I think I might just allow this purchase. If we were to get a sectional, it would take up a lot of room, but I would get rid of a couple things that aren't as functional anyways. I also would like to make a table to go behind our couch to add extra shelving (DIY tutorial here). In addition, we need a new coffee table, preferably one with storage. Our current table is very basic, and I really need to find alternative organization solutions (here is the DIY for the crate table shown above). As for that clear stool.. B recently constructed a pretty kick ass easel for me. I am now in need of a stool, and I like the idea of having a contemporary piece in the apartment. As for the cow rug, well this is something I've always wanted! It must be the hick in me. I have found them for $100 (they usually go for $500) but I am afraid my dogs will pee on it. I have to figure out a way I can put this in my house without my pup destroying it. The final project I want to complete in my living room is my quote wall. I am a huge dork when it comes to quotes and sayings that other people came up with. I love the idea of having inspirational quotes framed on a wall. I have already began this process, I just need to add to it!

What are your New Year's Resolutions?

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