Most of you have already heard of Polyvore, right? Founded in 2007, Polyvore is a platform to create virtual collages of either home decor or clothing. It took me years to finally decide to try it, and now I am completely hooked! It's so user-friendly that you'll be designing rooms, or outfits, in mere minutes.
Last month our friend Stacey called out to blog pals for feedback on her dining room decor. In just a few minutes, I threw this inspiration board together using the ideas she had contemplated. And it was a hit! She just needed to see all of her ideas put together, to get a feeling for how her completed room would look.
(You can see her now-fabulous dining room here.)
Playing around with Polyvore helped me realize that I needed to move my black floral rug from the living room to our dining room.
And I must say with great results! Reveal coming soon :)
Now I'm working on our daughter's first apartment. She and her roommate hope to create a comfortable college apartment that feels like a real home. They both love to cook and entertain, and want a home that reflects both of their individual styles.
My trend-loving girl craves bright, bohemian prints, jewel tones, and somewhat modern lines. Her roommate prefers more traditional furnishings, and draws her inspiration from the classic colors of Talavera pottery. Each girl has a few handed-down items to bring, and we will be shopping very frugally for the remaining pieces.
It's my job to help them blend their styles while using whatever thrifty pieces we come upon to fill the rooms. Creating Inspiration Boards on Polyvore has allowed me to show them how their individual items will work together, and see how they can blend their different tastes into a home that gives each of them a bit of what they want. Here is the most recent Living Room Inspiration Board.
We already own the white slipper chair and bamboo ottoman,which were great yard sale scores. We just purchased the glass-front Ikea media stand on Craigslist for a bargain price of $30.
In our garage we are also hoarding saving a round MDF table with a neutral skirt, a small pallet to create the trendy coffee table on wheels, and a retro lamp that we hope will paint up to look a little like mercury glass. I'll sew draperies from some leftover canvas and burlap.
So we'll be shopping for the biggest and potentially most costly piece, the sleeper sofa; a pretty but practical rug; and a bookcase for them to stash all of their books and photos. I think Craigslist might be my best friend this summer, next to neighborhood yard sales and of course, Freecycle.
Not too shabby for a college apartment, huh?!! But I hope you can see how the power of a little creativity, combined with the magic of Polyvore, is helping us create a WAY above-college-standard living room for our girls.
If you haven't done so yet, give Polyvore a try! Please feel free to email me if you have questions, and I'll try to help. You can follow me on Polyvore here.
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