The next “room” in our apartment is a small eating area. This is probably my least favorite area of the apartment because it is in a dark corner of the apartment, with no windows. By adding some color to the area, we managed to cheer it up a little bit.
When we moved to the apartment, we didn’t want to take any of the functional furniture from our home. When it came to the dining table, we found a folding wood table that lived in our playroom. The table had two folding chairs with it, but we needed two more chairs. I score two chairs from the local thrift shop for $3 each. I gave all four chairs a coat of soft blue to spruce them up. Painting mismatched chairs is a great way to achieve a more cohesive look.
There were two big empty walls in the dining area. For one wall, I hung some old plates I found lying around our house. I also purchased wood initials for each of our first names. Instead of painting them, I covered them with scrapbook paper I had at the apartment. This was a simple way to add a small amount of pattern to the wall. By adding our initials, it also makes the generic space feel more like it belongs to us, which was important to me. With many of the decorating choices, I wanted to have our children feel like this was their home, not just somewhere they were staying for a few months.
A few turquoise and yellow accessories also brighten up the room.
For the other wall, I hung four fabric panels to add some color to the wall. These panels are actually leftover table runners from the Rat Pack / Mad Men tablescape I styled for a local event. Another way to add color to the room is on the floor. The apartment has wall-to-wall beige carpet — not terribly exciting. But, I didn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a rug for a temporary space. Instead, I made a painted rug mat to go under the table.
Fresh elements, like lemons and flowers, also make the room feel more alive.
Daisies are an inexpensive, sweet flower. It’s easy to overlook the daisy when shopping for fresh flowers, but it’s one of my favorites for everyday decorating.