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DIY decorating: My new living room

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Good morning Loves.  Well I think it’s safe to say my New Year’s goals have set in.  I originally set my one and only goal to lose 30 pounds in the next eight months and I was good with putting all my focus onto one major goal.  But that’s the thing about goals – they’re addicting.

I now have a decorating goal for 2015

Since setting that one and only goal I’ve also added a pretty aggressive savings goal as well as a professional goal to master the art of SEO over the next 12 months, or at least get a really good grasp on it.  So that’s it, now I have three goals over the next year, that’s enough right?  Nope, not for me.  I also gave myself 12 months to get our new apartment looking exactly how I want it to.  However decorating is expensive and it has to be done all the while keeping my savings goal in mind.

So how am I going to do it?  Well I’m giving myself $100 of fun money each month.  That has to include my monthly manicure which is approximately $20 and the other $80 can be spent on pretty things for our apartment.  We need to decorate our bedroom and living room, we also need some cabinets for our kitchen.  Sounds easy enough right?  WRONG.  I’m the type of person who wants everything done like right now.  The concept of progression is completely lost on me.  I know it’s a bad quality and I’m working on it.  Waiting 30 days for my next fun money to come free is going to be torturous, but I guess I’m just going to have to live with it.

DIY decorating via Pinterest

What’s the other obstacle?  Pinterest.  Yes it seems that the little corner on the web called Pinterest is my DIY decorating nemesis.  Everything is so perfect and so pretty and I want it all – like yesterday.  I spent many days (and some nights) over the holidays scanning Pinterest and pinning pretty things I want in our new apartment.  It’s evil and beautiful and addicting and helpful all at the same time.

Decorating my living room

My living room will be the first DIY decorating task.  I think I want my living room to be yellow – it’s bright, friendly and welcoming.  It will also be a nice contrast to our dark wood accents and exposed brick wall.  Does having a yellow room mean that everything in the room has to be yellow from curtains to vases, does it mean that only the walls are painted yellow or does having a yellow living room mean that all accents are different shades of yellow?

I have an Uncle whose personal motto is “You can never have enough color.”  Although I definitely like the idea of having a picture perfect living room I definitely don’t want it to be overwhelming or tacky.  I want to fill my living room with art, mirrors, plants, an area rug and lots and lots of pillows on our new sectional sofa without having it look super tacky and overcrowded like I’m trying too hard.  Now how do I do that?

Please send me links to your Pinterest pictures or feel free to pin anything onto my boards that you want to.  All suggestions are welcome.  Please, please help me DIY decorate my new living room.

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