Keeping a more minimalist house is difficult at times when you’re so used to shopping. Recently I saw this cute table at Bed Bath & Beyond and wanted to get it. But realized I have another table that isn’t being used for anything and now it’s my new bed side table. I also had to throw out one that was next to my bed because my massage oil leaked and I had to let that go.
I finally let go of my purple fabric ottomans that you can fold up for easy storage. Since getting my new multipurpose end table that I use as my coffee table from Ikea. They weren’t being used and I really like not keeping things I don’t have a use for any longer. I donated them as well as a poster frame for posters.
I have also made the decision to donate some of Diva’s dog toys to my parents dogs who can play with them. I’ve kept maybe a few items as far as toys go. But I can let the rest go. Keeping everything isn’t gonna bring her back. In fact nothing will. But also keeping everything also isn’t gonna do anything either. I’ll never let go of the memories but some of her items I don’t need to keep. However that being said I’ve kept the items that bring me the best memories, joys and I’ve kept two leashes and such like dog food and water bowls because I’m just not there yet to remove those items for donation. I may always keep them I don’t know yet. But there’s no time frame on letting those things go heck I never have to if I don’t want too.
But back to the beginning of living more minimalistic. I have to always remember to really think about a purchase before I want to buy it when it comes to any item that isn’t food or bathroom / cleaning related. Such as clothing, shoes, bags, jewelry and furniture that includes art, area rugs, and housing accents.
Also if something is purchased that isn’t on the list then I have to love it %100 percent. I’ve also come to realize that I can’t watch any YouTube videos of peoples big closets packed with clothing it gives me a mental anxiety like to me it looks cluttered. Like owning 100 pairs of shoes or 20 dresses that are all the same color but different styles. Whats the point if you only wear three of them?.
I wear my favourite items a lot. Like seriously when I love something I wear it the most. Don’t get me wrong when I’m out at a mall you are tempted left right and center. Sales and deals and beautiful things. I used to love shopping. But it’s not something I love to do anymore. For me it’s get in and get out. Also my inner voice now says “Do you really need that?”. And then I’ll think twice about it and decide not to purchase it and keep going.
I know for some people always buying new or owning a bunch of the same items is their gig and they enjoy it which is all dandy for them. But for me it’s no longer about the quantity it’s really loving what you have and being perfectly okay with owning less. Also on the bright side of things if you ever need to move you won’t have a shit ton of things to move with lol. Also by owning more when you don’t need to is also a waste of money. I mentally feel lighter by owning less. And I’m appreciating the things I do own much more.
Well I did end up getting that chaise from Ikea the Kivik Chaise in the color Orrsta light grey. Then went to Home Sense and got some bigger pillows. The red lip pillow came from Ikea and the purple and Marilyn I already had. I’m really into neutrals with splash’s of colour. The tall slender floor lamp is grey and it came from Walmart. I’ve wanted to replace the lamp I had there forever.
I’m so glad I bought the chaise. It looks awesome it’s super comfy. I’ve had naps on it. Stretched out and I just love it. Plus I fit on it so much better than I ever did on my red love seat. Someone who is 6’2 this chaise is perfect for me. I also love how you can get another cover for it in a different shade and change things up if you want as well. I’m a fan of clean lines and simple yet comfortable pieces. And things that make you feel great and you love.
I also did some painting to my front closet doors but also my bedroom closet doors. Since moving in they were a 💩 brown. With flecks of paint when they repainted the apartment before moving in.
So I got the go ahead and painted them just a simple off white. It took me about two weeks I took my time and they are as perfect as perfect can get. Since it’s faux wood. The guy at Home Depot was super helpful and I got everything I needed.
I also went around and replaced all the bulbs with LED. My hall is nice and bright now. And it’s just nice to have a brighter apartment.
It feels good to replace old things with new things that you love.
So the image above is not mine however the idea is exactly what I envisioned a few years ago on my blog. I managed to find that one person did exactly that on Pinterest.
Next Saturday my father and I are going to pick up the IKEA Kivik Chaise in the color Orrsta light grey. My plan then is to then go to Home Sense at some point and pick up a few more throw pillows as the photo from Pinterest and make it more cozy.
Then I’ll be able to use the chaise as a sofa and if I needed an extra spot for a friend to crash a bed. I love the light grey colour and I’m totally excited about getting this new piece. Also, the seat has a layer of memory foam so that will make it extremely comfy.
Something kind of interesting though is if you order from IKEA online they will charge you a $20 service fee just to go and pick it up. How crazy is that?
So next Saturday we will just go and buy it on the spot and by passing the whole store to the warehouse.
So I’m dealing with a cold at the moment but over the weekend my parents invited me to go to Ikea with them. So I said sure. I picked up a new coffee table though you can use it as a coffee table or side table. Gotta love Ikea because you can use pretty much anything from that store as whatever you want to.
My bestfriend has a table on casters which I was drawn too. And so when I saw these ones I was hooked. I love how it’s open and airy as well on wheels. So you can move it around. It’s also white so I like that and it doesn’t take up much room. I got the smaller one because there is another size that is more rectangle. The one above is about $49 the larger one is $79. And it was a snap to put together took less then five minutes.
I feel like I now have a real coffee table. It’s cute, it’s easy to move around, it’s airy and it’s roomy.
So I had a slight home phone tragedy the pink sparkly novelty lip Phone that I was using as my land line, I had been using it as a burlesque prop. Well when I was in Carleton Place and had rested it on a banister it had fallen off and when I picked it up there is a piece in the handheld part that now moves around in it.
The beginning of August I had reorder it from Amazon from the same seller. I paid for express shipping and it was to arrive the 1st of the month. I waited and waited and waited till finally I emailed them and asked to either send me a tracking code or refund my money. Two days later the money is back in my account and that’s that.
I went on to the ad and it now says no longer available and not sure if it will be again. Why on earth would you try to sell something if in fact you don’t really have it. Makes no sense to me but whatever.
Anyways I had found a cheese hamburger novelty phone on Amazon I looks just like the one from the movie Juno. But it really wouldn’t go with any of my things. So I went super basic and got a cordless land line phone from Walmart for a decent price. It’s got a bunch of decent features and a phone book that can store 30 contacts.
I put my parents and emergency lol
It’s mainly for my buzzer and maybe ordering food.
Honestly I was hesitant on buying it but I need a phone for this landline that I’m paying for so it’s fine I suppose.
It’s also basic bitch black lol. I may add some sparkle to it at some point but who knows lol.
Decided it was time to do some diy to my dresser as well night stand tables. I used two colors turquoise and silver morning. The turquoise is a matte finish and the silver is a metallic finish. I used a roller as well as rectangle small kitchen sponges and one wet for quick clean on edges. I also used a small artist paint brush. All supplies even the paints I picked up at my local Dollarama.
I also removed the handles and knobs and painted them separately with two coats each. I need to finish painting the night stand tables and the one side of my dresser and will make a second post of that. But I wanted to show what I did already.
The facing of the drawers and trim took about two coats. As did the side and top of the dresser. Also to note it says the paint drys within about 15 minutes depending on surface and what not. I should also mention my dresser and night stand tables have a clear varnish on them. And all I did was clean with a damp paper towel and that was it.
I really love how it’s turned out so far. I was planning on getting some pretty crystal knobs and handles but I may just leave it as is. Since it looks so much better. And honestly it really didn’t take that long to do all of it. I’ll be super thrilled when it’s all done but for now I’m really impressed with my self for having the patience to do all the fine detailing. And making it as perfect as possible and believe it or not but I didn’t even use painters tape. I was just extremely careful and mindful about cleaning up spots.
I’ve been wanting a new area rug for a while now. The one I had was super old had it for years though I loved the design it’s never been cleaned overly and it just didn’t suit me any longer nor did the colors really fit with the other colors I have going on but the deep red. Also Diva has laid on it and because of her tinkling issue it was time to get rid of the old and bring in the new. If you get what I’m saying lmao.
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I was thinking of getting a light cream Color because I’m tired of dark coloured rugs but then saw this like light turquoise Color I’m not to sure what to call it but it’s super pretty. It ties all my other light turquoise coloured pieces in very nicely. Also the price was perfect. Since selling my black suede boots to a friend on the weekend I used some of that money to buy my new area rug. So it’s money well spent I think. Diva approves of the new rug too as seen here.
So I’m trying to come up with ideas for my next piece of living room furniture. My current love-seat is losing its firmness and it’s not meant for sleeping on if I have a friend crash. So I’m thinking of something that can double as a guest spot for when I have a friend who needs to crash. My thoughts keep coming back to a chaise lounge. My mother thought maybe a day bed set up as a sofa but there to big for my space so here is my idea.
There are many stores that sell these so first pick a style that is not curved. Next place it up next to the wall you want to use it but instead of it sticking out put the one side up next to the wall and then go out and get a ton of different fun throw pillows put up where you would rest your back on or whatever and the wall it’s up next too and bam you have a sofa that can also be used as a guest sleeper. It’s small enough if you don’t have a ton of space and most people would not know the difference.
Both of those models are from Ikea and you can go here for the leather one it retails for $750.00 and the other one you can get here and it costs $350.00. I think as a single gal or guy for that matter this would be a great option. The few sleeper sofas I’ve seen are either ugly to firm or so uncomfortable. But I like my idea of using this pushed up to a wall and then filled with fun throw pillows. That way you can use it as a sofa. Remove the throw pillows if you have a guest crash and it’s a sleeper. And then if you want use it as the chaise lounge. So really it has three ways to use it then just the one. And I know many of them are super comfy. So you get your money’s worth and you get style all at the same time.
So a few years ago I took a jewelry class on how to make earrings. Though I made a few pairs I have not really played with any of my tools or supply’s and till today. Though I did not make earrings I made curtain tie backs. When I was at Fabricland I noticed they had beads and what not. Then it reminded me I have some beads and crystals and wire. So today I decided I would make some easy tie backs. I threaded some old pearls and crystals and bam instant curtain tie backs.