my spring re-decoration project


the first draft of an inspiration board for our apartment re-decoration project. we set out to do some spring cleaning which of course now means: Joey, search out old wood to build a bench and Kate figure out how to paint a carpet… hmmm, we’ve set ourselves up for quite a project especially because we want to spend negative zero if possible – which means getting rid of and selling things as we clean. here is what our apartment looks like now (although there is a layer of clutter that has accumulated since those pics were taken).

inspiration notes:

1. go from matchy-matchy brights to more aged jewel tones (inspiration palette: line of jewel toned pottery above), layered patterns (include some ikat), ethnic, natural wood and metallic accents and overall bohemian glamour.
2. zen up the space with less tchotchkes and clutter – make a place for everything and understand how we get messy (ex: make a hook for my purse so it’s not always draped over the dining table)
3. bring in pattern on a feature wall and hand-painted rug
4. re-arrange furniture for flow and function

project list:

1. re-arrange furniture, decide on new lay-out and what few things we need to make/buy to fill in.
2. buy black paint to paint a rough ikat chevron pattern on the underside of our old dining area rug (inspiration blue ikat chevron pattern above).
3. salvage old wood and make a bench for the dining table (Joey) – *if we can’t find wood, buy bench at flea market
4. go to fabric store and world market (or online) for some new (cheap) throw pillows and fabric to cover chairs
5. sand, paint black and re-upholster two dining chairs that we picked up off the side of the road
6. buy paint colors to paint rough large stripe pattern on the living room feature wall (see pink striped wall inspiration above left corner)
7. find fallen branch to re-purpose as light fixture above dining table
8. sand and paint found coffee table (off side of the road) – with antiqued silver or bronze tones.
9. age bright colored painted picture and mirror frames with stippling brush and dark bronze/glaze mixture.

stay tuned to see how we do!



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