Decor has never really been something I've paid a lot of attention to, especially growing up when I only ever had a small bedroom to work with. However, pictures of interiors on Instagram and Pinterest are always my favourite and what I gravitate to the most. There's something about making a room feel cozy with just a few small pieces here and there that makes me envious of people who have great taste in decor and are knowledgeable of the trends.
It was only in April that my boyfriend and I decided to get a small desk for our small apartment as a workspace if one of us needs to get something done. Sitting in the couch is associated with relaxation so it's always hard to get things done in a reasonable amount of time when you're sprawled out. Since starting my challenge to blog every weekday, this desk has become my second most used space in our apartment and with that has come a lot of decor inspiration. I figure that if I'm going to be staring at a wall for a few hours at a time, my surroundings might as well look cute. So, the past few weeks have left me looking for any inspiration to make my small area a little bit nicer.
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Candles are the easiest and cheapest way to (literally) brighten up a space. Of course, there are those designer candles that many bloggers photograph for their Instagram, but with a bit of ingenuity you can find reasonably priced candles and their holders pretty much anywhere. A great place to check is on the Indigo website for any sales that might be going on near the end of the season. I find that lighting a few candles around my apartment makes me feel cozy and a bit more productive if I've decided to do some writing during the night.
While we're still discussing brightness, I couldn't forget to mention fairy lights as they've become a decor staple for me. I just bought a new set that is powered by a USB plug-in and they've completely changed the look of our living room. I have one set wrapped around the banister of our stairs and the other wrapped around our window. They're perfect for curling up on the couch and watching a movie without too many harsh overhead lights.
Right now, the space above my desk is completely bare and I hope to fill that soon with a new print, just to bring some colour to the area. I already have a framed print on my desk but there's just a bit too much negative space. Prints are one of the biggest decor trends right now and I couldn't help but fall for it. They're simple, mostly inexpensive, and easy to switch out if you get bored of them. I've gotten a few prints from a local vintage shop, but there are so many online retailers that also sell them.
I love a good plant to liven up a space, but it's sometimes too hard with real ones because they tend to die or need a lot of maintenance to stay looking healthy. I have one plant that constantly looks like it's on the brink of death - needless to say, it's not the prettiest sight. I've recently gotten into buying a few more fake plants to put around the house as a way to maintain the greenery look, but also some piece of mind with watering schedules. I just bought one for my desk and it was the perfect addition; I sometimes forget that it isn't real because of how simple it looks.
I've only recently gotten into the trend of using books as decor. I probably never thought of it before because most of the books I owned were random ones from university that had been used and abused, but the idea of turning them the other way so as to not see the spine is genius. Seeing the pages instead gives the space a rustic feel and keeps things looking uniform and organized. I currently have two stacked under my bedside table lamp and looking for places I can put a few more.
What decor pieces are your favourite?