Another Gem from Gemma,
Beautify your Living Space on a Budget!
As a girl in her young twenties living with an ever fluctuating bank account, I have to learn to cut corners on certain avenues of my life. This includes the want for a beautiful, Pinterest inspired bedroom. I recently moved into a new apartment (note: new to me, it was probably last renovated in the 1960’s) and was faced with a small bedroom dilemma. Working with a small space can be a very large task, but I found a few simple ways to turn a previously bland and cluttered bedroom into a fabulous space!
First of all, the lighting! Nothing makes a small room appear smaller than harsh lighting. I chose a floor lamp with an ivory rice paper shade that gives a warm glow, and a cozy effect. For my bedside table I have a globe lamp that gives the perfect bedroom ambience.
Now, the closet.. Or lack there of. This was my biggest challenge, what to do with an awkward space. What’s a beauty enthusiast to do? Create a makeup vanity of course! I made a table top out of wood, to fit the exact measurements of the closet. With that same wood, I made three floating shelves that sit on the wall directly next to my new makeup section, this can hold all my beauty essentials! I put 6 LED push lights on the walls of my new makeup section, for a glamorous touch. A cute vanity stool, a faux fur rug.. and you’ve transformed an awkward space into a beautiful, usable area!
Another trick for living in a small bedroom is how you arrange your furniture, and how you store your things. I placed my bed to create floor space by the window. I replaced my bedside table with a small bookshelf, and keep my undergarments, camisoles, leggings, etc. in these adorable wicker baskets. Instead of a clunky dresser that takes up half my room, I am using under-bed drawers, and am lucky enough to have roommates that I can share closet space with!