Apartment Tour: Fall Decor

Earlier this week I shared some ideas for adding nature to your fall decor. Today I’m going to share my fall decor, and show you a little of our new apartment!

The candle in the picture above is from Bath and Body Works, and it makes our apartment smell like an evergreen forest! It’s heavenly, and it lasts forever!

This is our couch, a free gift from some friends. Funny, the colors are very similar to our old free couch! The mirror came with the dresser shown later in this post, both for $30! 

I made little “nests” of leaves around the house for these gilded birds. 

Here’s our dining room table centerpiece:


Here’s the dresser I mentioned. I keep all my craft and sewing stuff inside.

One of my favorite possessions: A nutcracker and wood bowl!

Now. I need your opinion. Did I hang these pictures too high??? It looks funny to me, but Brian says it looks great. What do you think, is there an awkward gap between the pictures on the wall and those on the dresser? 

I thought the mirror looked a little empty, so I added this free printable garland from TomKat Studio
Take a good look at this couch. It’s now in the process of getting slipcovered. 

In other news, tomorrow hopefully a dream of mine will be fulfilled. We’re getting Christmas photos taken! We are planning to go to a pretty park with a string of Christmas lights and have some fun. I’ve wanted to take Christmas pictures and send cards for a long time, so I’m very excited that it’s actually going to happen this year!

And also, next week I start a new job! Target hired me for a seasonal sales floor position. Since we’re not travelling this year, it just made sense to bring in a little extra income. With it, I hope to purchase some Adobe software, cover some car repairs, and Christmas presents!

So, what’s new with you? What are your holiday plans? Does your family take Christmas pictures? I’d love to hear from you ūüôā

29 Dorm Room Decorating and Organizing Ideas

Welcome to part two of our decorating series. As I mentioned in part one, even if you don’t have a dorm room to deck out, many of these ideas are adaptable for an apartment office, bedroom, child’s room, or other small spaces. For those of us decorating on a budget, I’ve included wallet-friendly options with Pottery Barn style.

Planners and Calendars

Fail to plan =  plan to fail. Lucky for you, there are lots of tools available to help you manage your time well, and keep track of your assignments and social life.

1. Splurge: All the heart eye emojis for this gold foil pineapple planner ($58.00) from Emily Ley!

2. Budget:¬†You’re almost guaranteed a lovely day with this floral ban.do planner from Papersource ($20.00). It comes with stickers!


3. Splurge: Set up a command central with one of these chalkboard wall calendars! $31 at Pottery Barn.
4. Budget: This chalkboard is peel and stick! $5.24 for four 9 x 12 sheets. Add¬†four cork board tiles¬†for $7.99 – you can always cover them with fabric if you’d like.


Whiteboards and Message Boards

Make it easy for someone to let you know they stopped by, or just say hi.

5. Splurge: Make a great first impression with the Victorian Frame Dry-Erase Message Board Decal from Pottery Barn Teen for $59.00.


6. Budget: Buy a picture frame from a thrift store, and instead of a photo, put fabric or pretty paper on the inside. Or, cover the glass with a whiteboard sticker. 


Hang out Space

Most likely, our favorite memories after four years of school will be the times you spent with friends. So make your space comfortable, and memorable!

Deck the walls with some decals!
7. Splurge: Apartment Therapy has this post on decals and removable wallpaper, with lots of options.

8. Splurge: When I went to college, I really liked the look of the blue and green bubble decals from PB Teen. But I didn’t have $50 to spend on them.


9. Budget: I got the same look for just pennies. I traced around cups and a plate to create three different sized circles … on tissue paper! Then I taped them to the walls in a bubble pattern. I loved it, and visitors always complimented it!
10. Splurge: Along the same lines, today Pottery Barn has gold circle decals for $45.
Wall Decal, Metallic Dottie, Gold
11. Budget: If you can’t find gold tissue paper, I mentioned in¬†part one of decorating ideas for your dorm room¬†that you can buy a roll of¬†gold¬†or¬†copper¬†contact paper that will stick to the wall for around $10.00 a roll, then just cut out or punch your own circles or triangles.


These round chairs might be the best reading chairs you’ll ever sit in. They are SO comfortable.

12. Splurge: these chairs from PB Teen cost over $100 each.
13. Budget: They might be a little smaller, but the price difference is enough to convince me they’re worth it. $50 for¬†Dish Chairs on Amazon.


When living in a small space, making the most of storage space is crucial. Let’s start with your closet:

14. Splurge: This classy shoe rack holds 18 pairs ($40.65).

15. Budget: I used one of these for my shoes, but you could use it for extra drawer space, storing books, towels, or whatever fits in the compartments ($14.99 on Amazon).

hanging organizer
This one from Target costs a little more, but it adds space just for shoes ($21.99). And if that’s not enough room for your shoes, Carrie Bradshaw, this might do the trick: 30¬†Pair Shoe Rack ($23.79).
16. Double your hanging space with a closet doubler ($6.95)!

17. Make the most of your closet shelves with these dividers. I think these are pretty much genius! Use them to maximize your vertical shelf space in any closet.


18. Splurge: Canvas storage boxes with lids allow for easy stacking. This set of three is $33.39.

19. Budget:¬†For literally just a few cents more, you can buy TWELVE of these plastic shoe boxes. I can’t seem to have enough of these: they’re the perfect size for holding everything from craft supplies to all the cords to and chargers to various electronics to school supplies. And of course, actual shoes.

20. Here’s a tip I wish I’d known earlier: make use of your door space! You can always hang a¬†shoe organizer over it. Apartment Therapy has 10 ideas for ways to use an over the door shoe organizer.

21. But what about an over the door ironing board ($36.00)?

22. Or an over the door pantry for all your ramen?



24. A clothes hamper?


26. Or a towel rack for your bath towels?

Bet you wish you had more doors.

If you don’t have a loft bed, you can also make the most of the space underneath your bed.

27. Get more space underneath by putting your bed on risers, like these 6-inch black bed risers from Amazon.com, a set of four for $9.95.

If you don’t have much closet space, underneath your bed is a great place to store out of season clothes, extra bedding, or towels. Or, you could store art supplies, books you aren’t using, or anything you don’t want out in the open.
28. Splurge: Underbed storage boxes with hinges, a set of two for $51.90. 

29. Budget: Underbed storage bag, for $5.99.


What are your storage or decor ideas? Share them in the comments below!

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18 Decorating and Storage Ideas For Your Dorm Room

In addition to new school supplies, something else that makes going back to school exciting is getting to move into a new space and redecorate. My little sister is going to college for the first time, and I thought that perhaps some of you readers might be in a similar situation. Then I realized that many of these ideas work for decorating other small spaces, so even if you don’t have a dorm room to decorate, you might be inspired by these ideas for decorating your apartment, office, bedroom, or child’s room.*

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