My Happy Place

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One of my favorite things about moving out of my parents’ house and into my own apartment with Andrew was the ability to decorate the space in a way that made me happy. We have been in this apartment for eight months and we still have some areas to work on, but this corner of our living room is my absolute favorite spot. I wanted this space to be super cozy and chill. After a long day at work, I can’t wait to come home and hang out in here.

It’s funny because when we moved in, we had hardly any furniture in here. The day we moved in, we only had a TV stand and that little ottoman. A day or two later, our couch was delivered. I remember being so excited because I felt like it was all starting to come together. I ran to HomeGoods later that day and bought a few throw pillows. This space just feels so good and I can hardly believe that just eight months ago it was completely empty.

Photo taken after we first moved in.

Since then, we have added so many things into this space that work together so well. We had search high and low for a rug that we liked. We found that Rugs USA had a really great selection in the style we were looking for and we chose ours because we loved the colors and pattern. It took us a while to decide on our coffee table. We liked how the rustic/industrial ones looked, but we knew it wouldn’t look too good with our couch and rug. We finally found this one from Wayfair and we love it. I really like the brightness that the white top brings to the room, even though I am constantly cleaning it, haha.

Our bookcase was another item that took us quite a while to decide on. At first I was set on getting two tall, metal framed shelves to display books and knick-knacks. After looking at our space, we really didn’t think it would look good. Another idea I had was to create a reading nook in front of our large living room window. Unfortunately, we could not find anything like I had imagined, so we instead decided to do this long bookcase under the window. I love displaying items here that are special to us. Most of them are gifts from each other or reminders of some great adventures we have had.

For Chirstmas, Andrew bought me this Papasan Chair, which is probably my favorite part of our living room. It’s got a fuzzy cushion and, with our beautiful lamp behind it, it has become my little reading nook. Nothing beats sitting in this corner with a good book and a cup of tea.

Do you have a room in your home that is your favorite place to be? I’d love to hear all about it.

Love Always,

Kathleen

Baskets: Five Ways to Use Them in Your Space

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I have a basket obsession. It’s pretty serious. Every single time I go into HomeGoods or any other home decor store, I have to make a stop in the basket aisle. I feel like they not only look so beautiful, but they are so functional. Today I’m going to share with you five ways I have used baskets in my apartment.

Plants: I’m sure you’ve seen this all over Pinterest or Instagram, but this is a really great way to use a basket. I’ve found that larger plant pots are usually pretty pricey and heavy. When I got my bird of paradise, I knew I wanted to place it in a basket. All you have to do is find a basket large enough to house your plant’s pot and buy a saucer to go at the bottom of the basket (I think I got this one). The saucer will protect the basket and your floors from water damage.

Shoes: Using a basket to toss your shoes in next to your entry way is an easy way to keep them all kept together instead of spread out across your floor. For us, we had our cycling shoes next to our Peloton, but I hated seeing them out on the floor all the time. I found this basket and decided to tuck our shoes away in there, which makes the space less cluttered and me more happy.

Blankets: I had a couple of cozy blankets that I wanted to have close to the couch for movie nights and afternoon naps, but i didn’t like having them folded on the couch or tucked away in a closet. I decided to pick up a wider basket to keep a few blankets in. I keep it right by the tv stand, where I can grab one before plopping on the couch for a snooze. I also have another basket in our bedroom that I keep an extra blanket in for super cold nights.

Hiding Clutter: This is arguably my favorite use for baskets. I hate clutter so, so much. Especially when it isn’t intentional or cute. There are some things that are just useful to have nearby, but not pretty at all. For instance, my fiance likes to keep a cloth and some screen cleaner on the end table near our Peloton. Sure, it’s useful… but it’s really ugly. So, I got this set of three baskets from Ikea and used one of them to keep these items out of sight. I especially love baskets with lids to hide clutter. I used the other two baskets in the set for keys and spare change in our entry way.

Bathroom Storage: Like I said before, I love baskets with lids to hide clutter or to store ugly things. I used two of these baskets in our bathroom. One is used to store extra toilet paper and air freshener next to the toilet. The other is used in the cabinet under the sink to organize all of my hair masks, bath goodies, etc. It makes it a lot easier to find what I need instead of sifting through a sea of products.

Do you use baskets in your space? If so, what are your favorite ways to use them? Leave a comment below.

Love Always,

Kathleen