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To put it simply, I’m a nineteen-year-old blogger with an unhealthy adoration for aesthetics and online shopping. I’ll be sharing my tips, must haves, and weekly blogger girl problems as I mourn the loss of my paycheck. If you need a daily fix, you can find more of my musings here.
Ever since I can remember, I’ve had an interest in art. Whether it’s clothes, nature or interior design, beauty and aesthetic never cease to inspire me. Mix in my mild obsession with organization and you’ve got yourself an interior design junkie. My childhood dream of becoming an interior designer came to a halt quickly after realizing that I wasn’t very good at drawing, but it doesn’t stop me from day-dreaming about color palettes and shelving units. As of lately, I’ve been heavily influenced by the spring 2012 runway shows, Rachel Ashwell’s brilliant shabby chic aesthetic, and the inevitable change craving that follows New Year's day. Considering I’m forced to work with an extensive amount of material in such a small space, I have to improvise and work with what I’ve got. How do you create a relaxing space when you're working with a 13x11 bedroom, and still manage to express your interests and personality? You visit Ikea a handful of times, worship the Better Homes and Gardens website, and go a little crazy. If you're reading this, the chances of having an interest in fashion are fairly high. Consider this your go-to guide on how to save space and show off your creativity in the presence of Audrey Hepburn wall art and hanging Erin Fetherston dresses.
1. Your closet slash headboard slash personal space saver
Working without a headboard? So many of us are when you're on a budget. Try taking some inspiration from this dream bedroom and setting up a chic organization station that Martha Stewart would be proud of. Not only do your clothes add a touch of color to a neutral palette, but it leaves space for a potential Carrie Bradshaw shoe closet (and that's all that really matters, right?).
2. Makeshift nightstand
Swedish stylist Elin Kling definitely knows a thing or two about aesthetics, so it's only natural that photos of her own home would surface this article. Take a note from the Swede by stacking your overflowing magazines beside your bed and turning it into your own little side table. Place a girly alarm clock or a trendy lamp on top to make its use more obvious.
3. Vogue collage
A lot of us are guilty of hanging photos of our loved ones on our walls, and there's no shame in that. Why not step it up a notch and make an impromtu collage on a cork board with your favorite editorials, colors, and designer collections? Another option, and my personal favorite, is framing some of your most beloved editorials in thrifted picture frames and hanging them above your headboard. It's an evolving project, and much easier than hoarding back issues of Vogue. Dust off those old September issues and allow the photos that first inspired your love for fashion to come alive on your wall again.
4. From the runway to the duvet
Pull some inspiration from the runway and bring spring's best prints into the sheets. Why not channel Raf Simons at Jil Sander and opt for a paisley print, or Ralph Lauren's Gatsby-influenced florals? This is also the perfect excuse to play with texture, color, and various materials. As spring approaches, choose silk and cotton over heavier, bulky fabrics.
5. Words of wisdom
There's no denying that a quote or two helps pick all of us up when we're down. With so many influencial personalities from both the past and the present, it's nearly impossible not to have a favorite fashion quote. I love Coco Chanel as much as the next girl, but please refrain from writing "a girl must be two things: classy and fabulous" on your wall. If you're against graffiti and want a less permanent solution, try turning the quote into a print on Photoshop, or purchasing an already made one on Etsy. One of my personal favorite quotes was said by model Sasha Pivovarova in an interview - "In Russia we have a proverb: only bad soldiers don’t want to be general."
6. Hanging high
Put your favorite vintage dress or designer blouse on display by hanging it on a wall, wardrobe closet, or the back of your bedroom door. Not only does it allow the piece to shine, but it gives visitors an idea of your own personal style. This also works as the perfect decorative accessory.
These are only a few ideas that I've gathered along the way. As I execute my plan of redecorating my bedroom, I'm curious to hear about how all of you bring fashion into your space. Know of any tips or tricks that you think I'd like? Share them by commenting below or tweeting me @chelseabellls.