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12 August 2010 @ 09:26 pm
I need your help!! =^-^=  
That's right... deciding what to do with this new apartment! =^^=

As you can see, it's pretty bare and boring.. I can't paint the walls or anything, but I was wondering... does anyone have any good decorating ideas? There is one more room, but it's just a tatami room with my clothes in it and stuff.. this main room is my bedroom/entertainment/kitchen. ^^

I was thinking-- get a bedspread, area rug, and new curtains, plus put a desk in on the left there, between the fridge and the TV. But what color scheme should I go with?? I was originally thinking black because it would look really "cool" and suave, but I'm suddenly in the mood for something more colorful! I don't really have any money at the moment, but I will decorate little by little as I do! It's best to start thinking about it now, ne! =^^=

Don't mind the computer and cleaning stuff.. I am in the process of setting things up and checking things, etc..

Me and the candle and Mami-chan!

_miyuchan_, nayama, gokumew2, sailorstarsun

Kimberly, starrbeam

Mami, Tomomi

starrbeam and me

Kimberly, starrbeam, me, dilettantka

starrbeam and dilettantka

(I stole all of these pictures from Lindsay (starrbeam, btw!)

I am finally, slowly settling in, and working on things pc-wise. Pretty soon, I will be able to return to japanese study, art, and exploration.. I want to take some pictures of my neighborhood one of these days!
ore-samathesundaywriter on August 12th, 2010 12:37 pm (UTC)
I like putting up artsy/interesting postcards, and if you get those stick on wall hooks you can frame up art and photography =3 There's also pretty stickers for glass doors to prevent people from walking into them though I don't know if they stick on walls. Do a brighter colour~~ brightens up the room~~
(Anonymous) on August 12th, 2010 01:12 pm (UTC)
Hello Jamie!
Thanks for sharing with us your experiences.I'm reading your blog for a while and although I'm not big on commenting, since interior design is one of my favorite pastimes, here are few tips: For a more colorful atmosphere, the easiest is to change the curtains & other linen, place more flowers & plants in colorful pots and get some lovely items such as candles, photo frames, etc in your desired color( I would go for a beige general color with soft pink & orange & yellow mix, these would give you a nice spring atmosphere). Since the walls need to stay in this color there's not a lot you can do to have a dramatic change but a few things here & there might help a little. Personally I wouldn't recommend putting a desk between the fridge and the TV.
Have fun in your new apartment!
Muriel Ithilnorfaeriemuriel on August 12th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Tips~~
So you (and someone else below) suggests that she use the color scheme of her journal? = P Hey, if you like it enough for your journal, then why not? I think it would definitely be pretty.
A U R E L ♪♫♪aurelminuial on August 12th, 2010 01:40 pm (UTC)
Are you allowed to hang items on the walls? Since they now make those 3M Command thingies, you can hang stuff without punching holes in the wallsxDD But I was thinking, maybe hanging some nicely frames pictures, or a wall scroll, or even a small piece of colourful fabric or rug.

Otherwise, your ideas are very good^^ Changing the curtains and adding an area rug.

The desk would add clutter, so I would do it only if you absolutely need it for the storage or work space^^
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Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 13th, 2010 01:55 pm (UTC)
Your comment made me think.. I think that I am going to go with tan and pink/yellow as accent colors! =^-^=
iheart_deadiheart_dead on August 12th, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)
Where did you get that dress? its so cute.

Get a lot of plants for color!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 13th, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
Actually, believe it or not, I got it from Liz Lisa http://lizlisa.com/

Usually their stuff is too over the top for me, but this one seemed to be in my range ^^
Chisotahn / 記録係chisotahn on August 12th, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
Color, color, color! :D Black furniture shows the dust so easily - my sister's apartment is all black furniture and while it looks dramatic, it also looks very dusty if she doesn't dust at least once a week.

I love this interior design blog for ideas: Design*Sponge. n_n
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 13th, 2010 01:55 pm (UTC)
I think you're right.. I was going to go with black because it seems classy, and because I thought my bf would like it. But now I'm thinking tan/white with pink and yellow as accent colors!
a_r_williamsa_r_williams on August 12th, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
Frame your artwork and prints. Make it it your own personal design studio.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 13th, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)
I like your idea =D
cassie, sometimes emiri, sometimes bryonyperfectdays on August 12th, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
Totes agree with the person who said orange or light pink! Black is way too dark for curtains in a room like that! Bright is the way to go \o/.

I also used to stick post cards and photos on my wall all in a row, but that was because I went to an arts school that had free arty postcards on every campus corner. Not so easy to collect them in Japan. My boyfriend came up with a nice idea, which was to stick some plain or simply-platterned colour paper origami squares in a few rows across the the length of the room in a checkered pattern showing the white wallpaper behind. So it'd go:

[Square] [White-] [Square] [White-] [Square]
[White-] [Square] [White-] [Square] [White-]
[Square] [White-] [Square] [White-] [Square]

... etc ^^;;
Kyo-chan: FMA - Ed grinningkyofujimiya on August 12th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
Your new place is really cute! I wish something like that existed here for an affordable price. Would love to live there. Glad you're getting settled, and your party looked like a blast!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 13th, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)
OMG but it has to be way cheaper in Chicago!! No way is it more expensive, not even close. How much are you paying now?
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Fishkayay on August 12th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
Wall decals are a nice way to add color to walls.
my3yearsmy3years on August 12th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
If you go with the black and white theme, any accent colors you add will pop against the stark background. And if you go with little things you should be able to change them out with different colors when the seasons and/or your moods change.

For wall art, a mix of color and black and white photos. And if your printer is good you can just print off ones you take yourself. Very low budget solution.

I am in no way, shape, or form a designer. But I read a murder mystery where they gave design tips. That's where the "color accents will pop" came from. The wall art thing I got from a T.V. show.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 13th, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I didn't think about it, but I really like the idea of black/white photos! I can have them printed out, and then add color washes myself!
☆チャーリーちゃん☆: TRC-Fay_Sakura_nikori!charlie_chan on August 12th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
I was looking at that picture you have as your profile on the side bar and I've gotta say you should go for bright pastel colors. like the pinks, greens and blues in that photo for your room cause they really compliment you well ;)
The Euni: Bleach - Ishida - Band Memberkarakurimi on August 12th, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
Happy Happy Belated birthday to you!! :) Those pics look like they are showing real fun times! I'm glad you were able to enjoy it with caring and loving people!

As for your new apartment, congratulations to you on the new space- it seems inspiring, that you can do much with the space available! Good luck!

As a last side note: I received your print a couple of weeks ago (literally). Thank you so much! I really hope you can release DENKIKI soon. I'm going to display it in my new home next month when I move, myself. :)

Thesanica Eunice
The Euni: Big and Simple like Worldkarakurimi on August 12th, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
Oh oops I almost forgot: get colorful curtains to start out with! Maybe you could get a hold of fabric and make them yourself, but if you could, get several types of colors and designs, so if your mood calls for the colors to get changed, then you can do it!
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Tirchaotic_blue on August 12th, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
I'm probably bucking the trend, but I say the less you do, the better. It looks pretty clean and comfortable right now, but it feels like it's on the precipice of becoming a cluttered mess.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 13th, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC)
Ahh, that's just because I had things out and was working on them at the time =D
neofeliss on August 12th, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
if you're looking for something colorful yet suave, I'd go with varying shades of blue. You already have a blue bedspread, so it'd match. :p

Plants are pretty and don't cost much, so I recommend them for spicing up your main room. :)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 13th, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC)
LOL that's just sheets that I was given a long time ago. I don't have a bedspread!! (I have winter blankets is all, but they are too hot for summer)