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Pardis' Big Adventure: Before and After Edition

Happy Monday, Witches! I may have alluded to the fact that this post would be up last Friday but then that whole Solar Eclipse-Equinox-Super Moon happened and well, it was awesome! And now it's Monday so here you go!

My friend Pardis is one of those super smart and super cool people that would be obnoxious in all of their smarty pants-coolness if it wasn't for the fact that she's also really awesome and fun to be around. Anyways, her apartment was not that. Her apartment was like, "I just took a nap, why am I still so sleepy?" So we decided to fix all that.

BEFOREAFTERTEXT

I wanted to tackle the lack of functional furniture and lighting, and give the space some intention. But the real reason I wanted to makeover this space was because there was so little of Pardis in there. See, she really wants to live here:

pinterest1and so this:

BEFORE2 (Note the pile of books where a coffee table should be.) ...just wasn't cutting it.

The budget was $250. I knew I needed to bring in a coffee table more than I needed oxygen, and that we needed to make a bigger deal out of her books. And lamps. Always with the lamps.

Since her Pinterest board suggested a bohemian-jungle-library vibe I bought as many plants as I could, brought in more color, and re-framed some of her grandfather's artwork to give it a little importance.

I hung the artwork a little higher than I might normally because her bf is tall and I didn't want him always hitting his head on them.

trunkThe SUPER COOL blue trunk slash coffee table came from Ramble Market and was on sale, so with my employee discount it came out to be TWENTY DOLLARS. The label says it was at the Keflavik Air Force Base in Iceland in 1954. (Which is REALLY COOL to me and, like, 45 other people on the planet.) In any case, she now had what any respectable bohemian-inspired room should have: a perfectly beat up vintage trunk for an ottoman/extra storage/coffee table. (Plus, my boss threw in these awesome green and pink wood "vases" for next to nothing.)

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The bookcase I got from Craigslist for $65. It's the IKEA Vittsjo and I felt like the glass shelves would let lots of natural light flow through the space. She needed something more substantial (and good-looking) for her books.

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There was one rug and one mirror that Pardis liked and the other rug and other mirror in the room were there for absolutely no reason. So I disappeared them.

pendant1 The pendant lamp was on clearance from Urban Outfitters and the botanical prints were FREE courtesy of Poppytalk and my printer. I hung these with clips because frames cost a lot of money and clips do not. My biggest regret in life is that I didn't get a good closeup of the pillows on the couch. The bolster was from Anthropologie (again, sale on sale) but the little navy and white ones were amazing and they were from another vendor at Ramble called Journey's Eye Studio. mirror So after a little re-arranging we were done. I did buy as many plants as I could, which, sadly, was not that many. But I figured Pardis could continue that important work on her own. Here's the budget breakdown: Vintage Trunk: $20 Pendant lamp: $60 Cord Kit: $8 Bookcase: $65 (via Craigslist) Pillows: $40 total Plants & Pots: $23 from IKEA Frames: $16.99 each from Target Wood Vases: $3 Total: $252.98 Here's some more "afters": guitar pendant2 wide2   She's a happy camper. The moon is in Taurus and happy Spring! The witches say: "Bless Seeds"

Happy Monday, Witches! I may have alluded to the fact that this post would be up last Friday but then that whole Solar Eclipse-Equinox-Super Moon happened and well, it was awesome! And now it's Monday so here you go!