Sunday, March 15, 2009

My Favorite Things: Apartment

Since I have not been shopping this month, I have been trying to notice the little things that I love that are already in my closet and apartment.

Today I wanted to show you a little glimpse of one of my favorite ideas that worked out: a little card "headboard" that we have above our bed. Since we moved to California, we've never had a proper headboard, there always seemed to be other furniture that needed to be purchased first, so we have spent the first 5.5 years of marriage without one. About a year ago I decided to change up the bedding for something more vibrant and I picked a bedspread by West Elm in a rusty orange and matching shams from an Anthropolgie sale that worked out swimmingly. Its really bold but I love the happy mood it gives the room.

When we moved into our latest apartment, it had higher ceilings throughout, which I love--but the room seemed to stretch out above the bed as our art was focused on the opposite wall. I had the idea to string a piece of yarn across the width of the two nightstands and hang cute and meaningful cards along it to pull the eye up without something really heavy there and something that was cheap and easy to change out.

Here's a look at the finished product with the bright bedding, I change the cards out from time to time as the seasons change and new ones come in:

And a closeup of the shams and bedspread:

My husband was skeptical of this idea but I think it has grown on him...especially since the whole "headboard" project was free! We have thoughts of either building or buying a headboard soon, but I would love to use this idea in another place in our home.

What are some of your favorite parts of your apartment? Any favorite little projects that have turned out great? I encourage you to post a favorite apartment pic in your blog and let us know about it here!


  1. One of my favorite card ideas is what I do with Christmas cards. I put them all up on my cabinet doors in the kitchen. I use masking tape so there's no harm to the finish, and I get to see all the warm wishes and fun pics whenever I am in the kitchen. (full dislcosure - I am in a house, but I think this could work anywhere) Once the holiday season is over, I take them all down and am amazed at how much larger my kitchen looks uncluttered. Win-win!

  2. What a great idea! I never know what to do with old cards (I keep them in boxes and throw them away whenever I move...) They are beautiful as decoration and also a good reminder of people who care about you. I hope you don't mind, but I am *definitely* stealing this idea. How cute!

  3. Cute idea- I love your creativity! My husband & I never had a headboard either until we were painting the exterior of our house (old farm house) & we took down the old wood shutters, lined 4of them up vertically, mounted them to a board & placed them behind our bed! My husband thought that I was CRAZY when I mentioned the idea, but he too liked the idea of it being FREE! It turned out FABULOUS... the shutters had a black distressed/crackle paint finish already on them & I love the look so much that I don't think I will ever want a "traditional" headboard again!

  4. Those shams are beautiful. very summery. Makes the bed look very summer-ready and cool.


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