Parisian Tablescape

I have never been one to have a fancy table for a few reasons.  1: I live with other people. 2: I never sit at the table to enjoy the tablescape.  But, I have decided that I would actually put a tablescape together.

So TADA!

Parisian Tablescape

Parisian Tablescape

I used a grey scarf as my table runner to keep the table neutral and use other colors to pop.  I added a lot of Paris style items to the middle as a centerpiece.  You will be able to see the centerpiece shortly.

Parisian Tablescape

Now…I actually used my roommate Lydia’s dishes because I have red and yellow dishes.  So I had the large plate, the salad plate, and the bowl because you never know what you will need for a meal.  I added the silverware and a glass to finish off the setting.  But, to add a pop, I added a small glass bowl with a pink cupcake that my roommate Danielle had made.  Yum!

Parisian Tablescape

For the centerpiece, I used quite a few different items.  The best piece is the old film camera.  I don’t have any film for it, but it still works!  I am able to zoom, click, and “turn the film” which is fun.  I added a pink Eiffel Tower that holds my photos and a mason jar that my mom covered with scrapbooking paper and stickers for my bedroom.

Parisian Tablescape

On this side of the centerpiece, I have a mannequin jewelry holder that I bought from Ross and another small mason jar that my mom redid.  You can now see the camera from a different point of view.

Parisian Tablescape

And to finish off the centerpiece, I have this wonderful bottle of Van Ruiten Chardonnay that hasn’t been opened yet.  It is a great addition to the centerpiece and hopefully when I open it, it will be delicious.

So that is my tablescape.  I hope I can do more soon, if my roommates allow it…

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A Transformed Living Space

Hello everyone. I hope everyone is having a great week so far.  Just remember, tomorrow is Friday, also known as Friyay!

But, onto the blog.

Since I live with three other girls and our apartment came furnished, I never really did anything with the living room.  But after a year of living there, I realized how boring it was.

Before

Before

Another Before

Another Before

There was just a big empty space in the middle of the living room.  Now, it was nice when we were setting up the Christmas Tree because then we could put all of our decorations in the middle of the floor to see what we had.  But, other than that, it was just a big empty space in the middle of the floor.

Old Living Room

Our entry way was crowded by the large Papasan chair and the shoe rack next to the stairs.  If we had a lot of things that we were bringing in the door, we would have to be careful to not bang into one of these things.

Entertainment Center

Entertainment Center

This is the extent of the entertainment center in our living room.  We have all our DVDs and some minions to keep the TV company.  My roommates asked if the TV could stay where it was when I moved the living room around.  I happily obliged.

Board Games

This was the extent of our decorations in the living room besides the minions.  And it still isn’t very decoratvie or creative.  We couldn’t always see what games we had because they were facing the wrong way.  There is even one hidden in the back on the floor.

So, after moving all the furniture by myself, getting some decorations and some input from my roommates, I was finally able to transform the living room.

TADA!

TADA!

It looks much better!  It looks a lot more homey and somewhere that I would like to relax in.  None of the furniture is in the same place, so it took quite a bit of lifting.  Now, it isn’t complete, but this is what I have so far.  The couch and the loveseat switched places, the Papasan chair moved across the room, and the table in the corner became the centerpiece.  It looks great!

Centerpiece

I finally added some decor to the living room!  I bought two of the blue chevron boxes from Hobby Lobby for $2 a piece and have them on the two tables in the living room, the bird and the candle came from Kirklands for a good price, and we already had the pots with who knows what in them and the basket.  I’m trying to find mini disco balls to put in the basket.  Any ideas where to look?

I love you in the morning

My mom printed out this page from another blog, put it on the clipboard, and gave it to me for my birthday.  I thought it looked nice on the table.

Side table

The side table isn’t that exciting except that that we have two lamps, one of which is sitting on phone books because I couldn’t find anything else, and a decopauged candlestick.  WWWWHHHHOOOOHHHHOOOO…

Board Games

But, I did find a better way to organize the games.  Since Mall Madness was the biggest, I put it on the bottom and went from biggest box to smallest.  Taboo didn’t fit, so I placed it on the side as a book end.  It worked out perfectly.

New Living Room

Now that the living room has been moved around, the entry way is much emptier and easier to walk through.  Trust me, it is much easier to walk though this section with groceries than it was to walk through when the Papasan chair was there.  The shoe rack is better placed by the door and the minions don’t feel as crowded with the shoes next to them.

Style en Vogue

Style en Vogue

Now this picture is going to go up over the couch once I get a frame.  But I thought that you might enjoy looking at it.  The living room looks so much better and much more welcoming now that the furniture has been moved around.  I hope that you enjoyed my new and improved living room.  Hopefully, my roommates like it as much as you do! 🙂

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Decoupaged Candlestick

I am deeply sorry that I have not posted my dresser. Unfortunately, it has taken much longer to finish than I had intended.  So, I continue posting blogs about other things that I am working on.

Mom was cleaning her room and found this candlestick.  Now, I have the same candlestick in my bedroom.  I covered it in newspaper by means of decoupage and love how it looks.  So, I decided to do the same thing for this candlestick.  And here is what I used.

candlestick

I had a newspaper that my roommates and I got for free, mod poge from Michaels, sponge brushes, a small bowl to put the mod poge in, paper towels, and tv shows to watch as I was decoupaging.

supplies

I tore the newspaper into small pieces to make it easier to decoupage onto the candlestick.  I then got the sponge brush damp with the mod poge and lightly coated it over the piece of newspaper.  Because newspaper is thin, it doesn’t require that much mod poge to make it stick to the candlestick.  I used only pieces with words on them because I was afraid of the color from pictures bleeding through.

candlestick 1

Almost Done!

Almost Done!

So after two nights of mod poging, approximately 4 hours of work, the candlestick was complete!

candlestick 3

candlestick 4

candlestick 5

Currently it is sitting on my Salvation Table, which you can see here, along with some of mom’s decorations.  I might be taking this to my apartment to decorate in the living room area.  I like the look of the newspaper, something that could be modern or vintage looking.  This project was fun and something that I know I will be doing more of this summer!

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Extreme Makeover-Lauren’s Apartment Bedroom

So…if you read my mom’s blog posts, you know full well that I didn’t like the idea that my room was going to be painted white.  I remember telling my mom that I felt like I was staying in a hotel because the walls were white and the bedding was white.  I felt sad because it was almost like I was being kicked out of my bedroom.

Even though now I stay in that exact bedroom every weekend when I come home.

So because of the sadness of my old bedroom, I have decided to show you what my bedroom looks like in my apartment.  Because honestly, these rooms look nothing alike.  My mom has a very beachy theme and I have a very pink theme.  To see what my bedroom looks like at my parents house, click here.

So welcome to my home!

Parisian Room Decor

Welcome to my room!

Honestly, besides work and school and when I go to my parents house, I spend 99% of my time in the apartment in this exact room (and only leave because I get hungry and I try to be social sometimes).  Really, I love my roommates to death, but I think I love my bedroom more.

Parisian Room Decor

If you can’t tell by this one picture, I love pink and glitter.  Like…a little too much.  My best friend Shelby told me that whenever she comes over to my house, she feels like she is covered from head to toe in glitter.  I’m kind of surprised that I haven’t thrown a glitter bomb on her yet.

My favorite part of my room-the bed

My favorite part of my room-the bed

The focal point of my room is my bed with the two paintings above my bed.  I have black and white sheets, a pink blanket, and a reversible black and white bedspread.  I also have a pink and white velour blanket and a white blanket with Eiffel Towers, hearts, and Paris written on one side and Sherpa on the other side.  Even though it’s getting warmer in Central California, I still sleep under all of these blankets.  I also have many pillows, of which I really only use 2…but why not have as many pillows as possible on your bed?

Parisian Wall Decor

Above my bed I have these two pictures that I bought from Ross about 3 years ago.  I had them under my bed at my parent’s house for 3 years, and now they are my headboard.  The one of the left is Big Ben and the one on the right is, obviously, the Eiffel Tower.  I also have a blingy Paris sign that I bought from Hobby Lobby hanging above the pictures.  This is the central part of my room and it is definitely the focal point.

Dogs leave paw prints on the heart

Dogs leave paw prints on your heart

The bedside table isn’t my favorite, but it came with my apartment.  Yes, the apartment came furnished.  My favorite part is the lamp, even though you can’t really see it in the picture, but it is shaped like an Eiffel Tower.  Shocker, I know.  I bought it from a thrift store and it came with the lamp shade.  Yeah!  The burlap dog has a wire frame in it so it stands up on it’s own.  I received it as a gift for my birthday and it’s perfect for holding my headphones on.  The small blue sign came from my cousin as a Christmas present.  I think that it’s absolutely perfect!

I'd like you to meet Alyxa!

I’d like you to meet Alyxa!

This is Alyxa, pronounced Alexa.  She is a full dressmaking mannequin that I bought for $100 on Ebay almost 6 years ago.  She has been a great piece of decoration and perfect for displaying my sewing projects in the past.  So now, I dress her based on the season.  So she is wearing a dress that I wore for Easter a few years ago.  I also have my laptop and knitting around her since she is next to my bed.  The white case is an old shoe bag (is that what you call it?) that I re-purposed.  It was originally blue and I painted it white, then I put my favorite Banksy picture on the front.  It holds small balls of yarn that are just for small projects.

More mannequins!

More mannequins!

If you didn’t figure out, I might have a small affinity with mannequins. And Paris.  And pink.  And glitter.  You get the picture.  Which is why the top of my dresser keeps all of these themes.  Although it has all the themes, and it is a bit busy, but I love it.  Also, notice the L in the corner.  Yeah, mom has the same one.

Mannequins/Jewelry Holders

Mannequins/Jewelry Holders

I have received these mannequins from different places.  I bought the pink one from Ross, the blue one was originally Haley’s, and I bought the silver one from a Goodwill.  The piggy bank was given to me as a friend.  And unfortunately, it’s empty, so no money for shopping.  The  picture in the back is actually from mom.  It has words that form the shape the Eiffel Tower.  It’s hard to explain, but it’s awesome!

Eiffel Tower

So here’s a picture of it…since it is very hard to explain.

More Displays

More Displays

These are Styrofoam heads that I covered in duct tape.  This is the best way for me to display the top hats that I bought from Disneyland.  The green one is Tinkerbell and the blue and pink one is the Cheshire Cat.  I want a Jack Skellington hat which is black and white pinstripes.  The pink Eiffel Tower is actually something that I received from a birthday party who knows how many years ago.  I have spray painted it a darker pink than it was originally.  It’s perfect for pictures and hanging my Ray bands on.

Parisian Decor

Now, to the other side of my bedroom.  The desk and bookshelf are really the only things to see on that side of the room.  Except for all of my shoes…those are important.

Desk Decor

Honestly, I hardly ever use my desk.  The only thing it is really used for is holding things.  Except for that stupid smoke detector.  That needs to go back up on my ceiling.  But my favorite thing here is Haley’s senior picture.  I always love to see that.

Castle and Markiplier

Castle and Markiplier

No, I don’t actually need two calendars, but I actually like having both of them.  The one hanging on the wall is from the TV show Castle.  And the one on the bookshelf is a custom calendar that I made of my favorite youtuber Markiplier.  Yes, I may be a bit obsessed.

Corgis and Towers and Paris oh my!

Corgis and Towers and Paris oh my!

These are sitting on top of my bookshelf.  The Eiffel Tower was purchased from Hobby Lobby.  It could be hung on the wall if I wanted, but I like it sitting.  The Paris string art sign was made by Haley for Christmas.  If you can’t tell from this angle, the A is the shape of the tower.  And the Corgi was made for me from my best friend Shelby as an art project.  It is made completely out of soda tabs with Monster tabs as the eyes and nose.  Her name is Ella.

Bookshelf

Bookshelf

Here is my book collection.  All of the wonderful reading that I can do, including my Jodi Picoult collection.  Yippee for reading!  I also have more, yes more, Eiffel tower things, some of my favorite pictures, and a pink Corgi that Shelby made for me.  It can hold a gift card in its mouth.

These are a few of my favorite things

These are a few of my favorite things

And finally on my bookshelf, a few of my favorite things.  A lamp that I bought from a yard sale, a box that had chocolate in it, a wooden L that I covered in glitter, an old fashion camera that could work if I put film in it, and a sign that I now use as my signature.  My mom and I downloaded this from another blog.

Chalkboard Calendar

Chalkboard Calendar

And the final piece in my room, is this chalkboard calendar.  I made this out of a baking sheet.  It is hanging next to my door, and it’s awesome for being in school.    I always hang my work schedule on the bottom of the calendar so I can see who I am working with, and I also put business cards from appointments on here so I can remember the dates and times.  All I did was spray the inside of the baking sheet with chalkboard paint and write on it with chalk markers.

So…that’s my bedroom.  Very different from my mom’s version of my room.  Hope you liked a look into my bedroom and my life!

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