|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol Lafayette Bathroom Home Decor|
|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol Lafayette Office Home Decor Husband’s Game Shelf|
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|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol Lafayette Kitchen Home Decor|
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|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol Lafayette Living Room Keyboard|
4. Living Room
5. Dining Area
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|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol Lafayette Apartment Communal Garden|
Here are my thoughts on the photos of my yard, balcony, dining area, living room, kitchen, office and bathroom: needs work.
In contrast to my old Los Angeles apartment, my Lafayette home has more space. This is both good and bad. The good: more room to do cartwheels. The bad: unadorned, unpainted walls without decorative molding and sconces.
|Photo Credit: GrowHouseGrow’s Cottontail Tapioca Wallpaper via Pinterest Eliza Wallach|
A) Removable wall decals or temporary wallpaper.
If I could I would like a 20″ by 20″ of red Cottontail Tapioca wallpaper by GrowHouseGrow for my kitchen backsplash decor. It’s likely to be out of my price range so I plan to find Pinterest tips on how to add DIY surreal prints with pops of nature and whimsy.
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|Photo Credit: Squidoo Affordable Lamps Home Bartending Lighting by Zaneen|
B) More table lamps and floor lamps with character. Troy Lighting fixtures are out of my reach unless I order through my former employer Affordable Lamps, the online lighting retailer in Santa Monica.
However, my husband might be impatient for shipping and may purchase the lamps from a nearby non- Affordable Lamps shop. The sacrifice? Paying twice as much and being restricted by limited choices. Disclaimer: I am still partial to the products sold by my former employer.
The dark eating area is in need of funky lighting fixtures to add personality to the room. I’m restricted from installing new ceiling lights, sconces and pendant lights. Otherwise I’d hang a vibrant, new light fixture over my dining table. I’d choose one of the designs that I suggested for home bar lighting in one of my posts.
Also one floor lamp is insufficient to light our living room, especially with the music nook in the corner.
I look forward to my husband playing piano/keyboard for me like he did for our anniversary and our dating life. I’m so happy for him that this new job in children’s toy marketing allows him to express himself through music!
C) Textured neutrals. Why? I want to bring the Socal beach look inland and here up North. The beachy outdoor spirit can be expressed with hints of the nautical and natural fibers for texture. I found some classic beige, but not boring, neutral examples home decorating pics by Pinterest Emma Blomfield. Her source is Tracery Interiors.
|Photo Credit: Neutral Textured Gift Wrap ShannonEileen via Pinterest Jacque Fekete|
August 2012’s issue of House Beautiful includes home decorating photos of this kind. Look for the interview by Lilit Dorko of co-owners Alison Vanderpool and Ariana Villalta of The Elegant Abode.
Warm up stark walls by dressing it up with tactile textiles. My inspiration is Barkcloth as wall hangings as seen in the UCLA Fowler Museum. You can also create a vision board/style board of neutrals and textures you like. For example, I’m inspired by Pinterest Jacque Fekete’s gift box wrapping by Shannon Eileen.
Wish me luck! I’ve accepted a full-time contract assignment so I’ll have less free time to decorate my home. However, I am determined to beautify it further. Check back and contact me to send pictures of your own home decorating tips.