Category Archives: Home Decor

My “New” Chesterfield Sofa

It’s been a few days since I’ve posted… I am aware, sorry not sorry ok maybe a little sorry. Anyway, it’s not my fault that I found the coolest most perfectest Chesterfield sofa on craigslist that is stunning and NOW MINE! I’ve been on the lookout for a sofa for a while, because my current roommate is moving out soon and she brought all of the couches with her.

Anyway, this couch is stunning. It’s a black Chesterfield sofa. In layman terms, it’s tufted (like, buttons that are pushed into the couch) and has rounded ‘arms’.  It’s leatherette, which I thought was great, considering it’s extremely environmentally inefficient (and sad for the cows) to use leather for such things… I’ll be the first to say that I do sometimes get leather products, but I try to make sure I buy them secondhand. Buying secondhand is a great way to be environmentally friendly. We have enough crap already produced in the world.  The less products we produce, the less pressure we put on the environment. Simple. We use SO MUCH water, pesticides and fossil fuels just to produce 1 article of clothing. Just to make 1 pair of jeans, it takes 1,800 gallons of water. Crazy, right? So don’t be a snob to Goodwill or Craigslist. They’re good for you!

Back to the couch. It’s a little worn out on the seats, but what can you do? Hide it with pillows. Isn’t that why people have pillows on their couch anyway?

This couch is integral as the first step to transform my little apartment from blah to aha!  I’m too exhausted to go through the dramas I went through to get this couch, but maybe I’ll say them later.

Here’s an overly-glorified (and fake-looking) stock photo of what I got.

ImageHere’s an actual picture of the couch in my apartment:

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With this 4th couch in our living area, we literally look like we live in a sofa showcase room. Not for long!

In other news, JoAnn(s) is having a huge sale on everything. Literally, I think the majority of the store is 40-70% off until June 15th. Check it out! I got these new pots, each under 10 dollars (don’t mind the crappy picture quality!) I especially like the last pot shown:

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Does anyone know the name of the above left plant? I can’t remember the name, and when I bought it, it only said that it was a “houseplant.”IMG_2439For this little pineapple, I planted an Aloe Vera hybrid. It’s so thorny and sassy. I love it.

Next post is about the vermicompost, I promise! I know y’all have been waiting for it… right?

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Anthropologie Goes Camping

Wouldn’t camping be SOO cute and dainty if we could do it the Anthropologie way?

Check out Anthropologie’s Camping section on their website for a good laugh!

As much as I love Anthropologie and am inspired by them daily, this is so Anthro of them to suggest that we should buy their frivolous camping supplies for our next trip. Btch please, there are bears and mountain lions and raccoons and who knows what else that aren’t hindered by your white “Sumatra Cabana” or its lofty price of  $698.00. The freezing temperatures of the mountains and the dirt all around the campground are also not hindered by your beige, thin “Florabunda Sleeping Bag” for $188.00.   Here’s what they have to say about their sleeping bag:

“Love the outdoors, but can’t fathom the idea of leaving the creature comforts behind? Why not camp out in style? Designed with the glamper (or glamorous camper) in mind, this hot-house inspired bedroll is fully reversible and dyed by hand.”

Oh JOY! Good thing it’s reversible! I wouldn’t want to sleep in a tent without my floral-printed, dyed-by-hand linens!

Anthropologie's Sumatra Cabana

Anthropologie’s Sumatra Cabana

Anthropologie’s Florabunda Sleeping Bag

(Does anyone else notice the missing polka dot on the sleeping bag?)

I realize that Anthropologie’s probably not actually serious about this… but come ON! Camping is just NOT a pretty activity. Don’t get me wrong, I’m truly in love with camping (and it’s a huge reason of why I chose to study the environment in the first place) but I digress.

This is quite possibly my favorite item listed in their camping section:

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Anthropologie’s Bocce Ball Set

You could buy these lovely balls for camping for a whopping $320.00. WHAT THE HELL?

This is just another example of Anthro’s frivolity and ridiculous prices.

…but I will always love Anthropologie.

What do you think? Are you a “glamper”?

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Decorating the Apartment. With Difficulty.

My little 2 bedroom, 2 bath rental in LA needs some work. Okay…. maybe a little more work than I’m letting on. One day I will be brave enough to show you a picture. My good friend and I live on the top floor of an apartment building in a very cute neighborhood…but–it’s difficult to decorate a rental. You know it only yours for tiny bit and there’s really only so much you can do, right? And obviously, it’s a lot more challenging to decorate on a student budget!

source: radicalpossibility.com

source: radicalpossibility.com

Let me describe my apartment to you. When you walk into the kitchen and family room, we have white walls, with white tile, with off-white cabinetry and white appliances. We have 3 off-white leather sectionals (the roommates’) and a white bookshelf. Oh–and white vertical blinds. CAN YOU IMAGINE HOW HIDEOUS THAT IS? That’s some serious drab sht right there. It needs serious help. In fact, when I was inquiring about renting this place, the manager at the time said: “I mean, I don’t think you’re going to want to rent this place if you like to spend a lot of time at home.” Whoops.

So a lot of what I’ll talk about is making my apartment truly a reflection of my life (and my roommate’s life too)!  This is difficult to do when you and your roommate bring your own furniture and have your own tastes.  Luckily, my roommate is easy-going about these things (she hasn’t yelled at me for having 30 potted plants in our apartment yet so I think we’re good).  I firmly believe that you should always make your place perfect for you.  Not in a Pottery barn kind of way, but just… you. I have so many weird things around my apartment that I’ve wondered if I should just hide when I have visitors but then I realized- who really cares? We shouldn’t have to justify our choices, in anything, really. Here are a couple of pictures of some embarrassing frames that I own:

Happiness is still Homemade. And embroidered, apparently.

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(That’s some serious embroidery, huh?)

So there! I absolutely love thrift and antique stores. I love upcycling. I refuse to buy anything at Anthropologie for full price even though I think they have some seriously good sht. Sorry bout it.

And. Ladies– we gotta get more comfortable with shopping at Home Depot. And using hammers, and screwdrivers, and tools other than the ones that come in our makeup bags. Like– if I step in Home Depot one more time and have one more dude worker ask me quizzically if I’m lost, I’m going to scream that REAL WOMEN SHOP AT HOME DEPOT, because I mean it.

Alright, getting back on track.  I also want to make my place look refined and ME. And as you’ve probably figured out, I wanna be ECOSPIRED babes!

What have you done to make your place “you”? Comment below and let’s talk!

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DIY with Glass & Mod Podge

This is a super easy DIY project!

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All you need is:

  • Mod Podge (matte or glossy)
  • glass jars
  • magazine/paper cut outs
  • foam brush or paintbrush
  • Optional:
    • glitter
    • hole puncher
    • twine/string
    • hot glue gun

If you haven’t read my longggg ordeal about how cool and recyclable glass is on my Terrarium Tutorial Time post, I’ll briefly mention it here.  Basically, glass is infinitely recyclable and a great way to package foods because glass doesn’t interact with the food in the way of giving off harmful chemicals to your food. Glass recycling is a closed-loop system that doesn’t give off waste by-products. Another bonus!

So take your empty marinara and jam jars and let’s upcycle them!

First of all, here are the basic materials you’ll need to start this project:

Materials for Mod Podge and Jars

Directions:

  • Dip your brush into some Mod Podge. I decided to use glossy Mod Podge this time around so the cutouts looked more like a part of the glass.
  • “Paint” a large portion of the glass with a thick layer of mod-podge.
  • Place your cutouts on the wet Mod Podge and try to carefully smooth out bubbles with your fingers
  • Paint over your cutouts with Mod Podge (don’t worry, it will turn out clear, I promise!)
  • Let it dry! If you’d like, you could do another coat.

I made this one by hole-punching magazine cut outs. Loooove polka dots!

Polka dot jar

This is the other side of the goldfish jar. I love goldfish. The text aptly says “Lighten Up.” I used string to hide the screwtop-jar opening for this one.

Lighten Up

I made these two a while ago. They’re a bit cheesy…

Other jars

Tips:

  • Mod Podge dries really quickly, so work fast! Don’t attempt to paint the entire thing, but work in parts.
  • Stick your hand in the jar to hold it in place as you work.
  • Let it dry in between coats
  • Mod Podge is water resistant but not water proof. AKA, it can get wet, but don’t soak it! That’s why it’s important to really clean out your jar beforehand.
  • Magazine paper is really thin, which can make the cutouts translucent in the light. If you’re not cool with this, back them with solid color paper.

Other Ideas:

  • You can print out your favorite quotes and stick them on. Also, try layering your cutouts for a cool effect.
  • You could use this to label your jars for organizing or decorations for a candle jar.
  • You can Mod-Podge the lid too!
  • If you don’t like the screw top of the open jar, try wrapping it in twine or rope with a glue.

Send me pictures of your projects! Have fun upcycling!

-D

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Annnnd Another Terrarium

Sooo.. on this beautiful Saturday afternoon, I decided to make another terrarium. This time, I wanted to experiment with mosses and lichens. I’m prettttty sure that what I used included lichens, too. I bought this bag of “moss” at JoAnns, but I’m just not sure. Does anyone really know the difference by looking?

Check out my other terrarium tutorial for more info about how to assemble it. But seriously, it’s so freaking easy, I trust that you won’t mess it up. 😉

So here are the materials I used (except I forgot to include the soil, which isn’t actually 100% necessary):

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Here’s a really janky picture of the selection of mosses at JoAnn (does anyone else think it sounds stupid as JoAnn Fabrics? like it should definitely be “JoAnns” and everyone says JoAnns anyway. Kind of like “Nordstrom” vs “Nordstroms”…) BTW- download the JoAnn app for your phone and you can get all the deals there. I got the moss for like 3 bucks (I felt like an ass taking 40% off the one item I was buying at the store, but whatevssss). I learned the app tip from the blog www.radicalpossibility.com which by the way, is HYSTERICAL so you should definitely read it. I want to be friends with her like… sooo bad.

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And this is the one I specifically got:

IMG_2335Soooo- put the activated charcoal first (or gravel first), then the gravel, then the soil, then the moss. Add water and BOOM– you’re done.

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Make sure not to put these babies in direct sunlight or you will have fried moss and I’m pretty they’re not edible soooo what a waste hmm?

Send me photos if you’ve made one too!

-Daria

 

 

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Terrarium Tutorial Time!

I LOVE plants. Adore them. Very much an obsession of mine (I think I’ve made my point). Have you seen my instagram? It’s literally all I talk about and I’m pretty sure no one cares. Whatevs. So that brings me to…

…Terrariums, as they’ve become popular over the years, are great ways to bring green into your place. I especially like having plants in my apartment because I live in LA, and the only outdoor area attached to my apartment is a little balcony. And trust me, every inch of it is already filled with plants.

Succulents, as well as mosses and ferns, make great plants for your terrarium. As much as I love succulents, I REALLY like mosses and ferns, so that’s what I’ll be doing today.  This is my way of bringing aspects of the Pacific Northwest to my LA apartment. Feeble attempt, but what’s a girl gotta do?

So for this terrarium, I decided to go with a closed container, which creates the humid environment that is ideal for mosses and ferns.  An open container (so, one without the lid in case that wasn’t obvious) is ideal for succulents that prefer drier environments.

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I forbid you for judging me for using instagram for these pictures. The coolest thing about my camera is that is attached to my phone…sooo- sorry blogosphere, for not having a Canon 239439848 NADFSDF or a Nikon 454935455 WFDSx (I’m such a newb, I can’t even properly BS this subject…)

So this is what we’ll need:

  • Gravel/pebbles
  • Soil
    • Make sure it doesn’t have fertilizer (or at least not a lot). You don’t want your plants to outgrow their container!
  • Activated charcoal/carbon– you can find this anywhere that they sell fish/fish supplies (not the kind you eat…)!
    • Why activated charcoal? The charcoal helps lessen the chance of buildup of microorganisms (such as algae) and helps clean the air in the terrarium for your plant to breathe. It provides a minimal amount of carbon for your plant, because plants need CO2 (flashback to biology class). Activated charchoal is particularly necessary for closed containers.
  • A glass container
  • Moss
    • You can find this at Home Depot/Lowes. I actually got a mixed bag of all different mosses from JoAnn crafts.
  • Plants, such as ferns
    • I found mine at Home depot, and mine is a maidenhair fern, which cost about $3. Ferns & mosses do really well in highly humid environments and they grow pretty slowly. You could also do succulents. I wouldn’t choose fast growing succulents (such as Jade), but focus on small ornamental succulents that you can find at Home Depot, Lowes, Wal-Mart, etc…

Here’s the activated charcoal/carbon I bought from Petco. It’s $7 and more than enough.

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TADA!!!

Terrarium

Care for your terrarium:

For your closed terrarium, you rarely need to water it! Like… once a month. For a succulent terrarium (that’s open), like… once a week.

That’s a relatively large container as far as terrariums go, but I wanted something that was tall enough for the Maidenhair fern that I’m using.  This container is also made of 100% recycled glass. Glass is quite possibly one of my favorite materials for DIY projects.  It’s pretty, long-lasting and cheap. Loves it!

Did you know…?

  • Glass is infinitely recyclable. It doesn’t lose its quality over time, which is what makes it so environmentally friendly! HOW COOL!!! 
  • Glass if made of quartz sand, soda ash and limestone. It is made naturally in the environment by things like lightning & volcanoes.
  • The turnover time of recycling glass & having it out in stores can be as little as a month! That’s awesome and very efficient.
  • A glass bottle that is sent to a landfill can take up to a million years to break down. Recycle that sh*t!
  • For every ton of glass recycled, 1,300 pounds of sand, 410 pounds of soda ash, 380 pounds of limestone, and 160 pounds of feldspar are saved.
  • Recycling glass produces NO by-products because glass recycling is a closed-loop system. This means that it creates no waste, which is definitely environmentally friendly.
  • Glass has a longer shelf life than any other packaging material. Beat that, plastic.

Side note: When I was picking out this glass container, I clumsily dropped on the floor, like an idiot. It literally BOUNCED on the wood floor, and didn’t break or even crack! I figured that buying this jar was fate, a fool-proof choice and perfect for my idiocy.

Wasn’t that FUN? I’ll keep you all updated, unless of course, my whole terrarium rots and in THAT case… jk it better not.

It’s so easy, you’ve gotta try it. It’s seriously fool-proof. Send me pictures of your final project!

-Daria

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