LARGER    than     LIFE

If you meander back down to a previous interiors post, you might find some miniature objects in my "trinkets" photos.  I am a fan of things that come in all sizes, as you are maybe noticing :)  The inanimate object is such a great talking piece is you have it in a weird size.  A clothespin that's as big as your head?  Yes.  Maybe my favorite play on big an small is the watch clock...it's like...the size of a standard clock...but like...it's a watch.   Today I wanted to share a few of the items my roommate and I have stumbled upon that we just couldn't resist!  I hope my favorite photographer, Tim Walker would be proud.

 

shelf life

is your old house really that charming?  YES!

Old houses have their quirks, that's to be sure.  They also have teeny-tiny closets and no storage space and weird objects (like old-non-functional radiators) that become inanimate objects taking up your precious space.  I only had one way to arrange my room with this clunker, and man, what an eye sore in our living room. In a turn of inspiration though, we came out on the other side--truly in love with the character and charm and ability to make those heaps of metal serve some function.  What did we need?  A SINGLE BOARD OF WOOD.  Not the most stable for your precious china, but I'm sure the boards could be secured directly to the radiator if we wanted.  Now we have a bright gallery of all our trinkets and thrift store finds on the living room wall by adding floating shelves above the radiator (we hope this will someday be our "irl etsy shop" if we collect enough stuff that we need to start selling it :)  In my room I now too have salvage what was my initially thought, "wasted space"  into a vanity to keep all my jewelry and prized treasures.

 

Tasty Trinkets

Do the things collecting dust on your shelf even interest you?  Are they kind of boring?  Do they tell lame jokes?  Here's an idea to freshen up the place-- add a healthy dose of vitamin C!  Lately I've been obsessed with using fruit as an emblem of the summertime, so I'm eating it, wearing clothes with prints of it, and now decorating with it!  Pictured below are a couple of trinkets we have recently acquired that bring life between book and shelf--

Watermelon Salt & Pepper Shakers: cute, vibrant, and useful for salting your REAL watermelon slices!

Brass Pineapple Candle Holders/Trinket Boxes:  You can stash treasures inside and toss them out to sea! (Or just keep them hidden in a totally bad ass container. (Lucky for you these baddies are available for purchase on my etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/greatplainstyle

 

portraits: famous pets


Are you lucky enough to be a pet parent?  If you're like me I'm always surrounded by furry friends and family-- the more, the merrier! After making the statement, "Cooper would look so awesome in a cowboy hat,"  my roommate and I decided then and there we would take photos of our boys Cooper and Hurley and photoshop them into beautiful works of art (also because it would be easier than trying to get them to hold still with hats on their heads).  Along with seeing Alan Rickman's face transposed on a famous colonel's bust, the plans were set.  Cooper would be John Wayne!  Hurley? James Bond!  Prints are in the process and the search for lux gold frames in the plans to properly hang these portraits.  I can't wait to look at them while petting my dog.

 

Welcome to my home!  Sit down and stay a while!

 

It's hard to pick a spot to jump in and start talking about when it comes to interior design, but usually plopping down on the couch, sipping some coffee,  and diving in works pretty well--

There are so many routes you can take and so many odds and ends you'll find along the way.  My most favorite thing to do after meeting a new friend is to see their pad--- it tells so much more about a person--- so much, it's a little scary!  Hopefully I don't scare you off though, I'm excited to share my home with you (and nooooo, my apartment is never as clean and tidy as you see it in these photos!).  I thought I would start in a main room, which after having only been in this spot not quite two months, the room that is most put together so far :)  I'll offer some of my tips and point out some of the noteworthy items my roommate and I have compiled for our happy home.

  Club chairs.  These things are a beautiful thing for our living space.  Great for entertaining more guests...and since they are on wheels...they make life a breeze.  Large tvs from relatives that are moving are also the ideal steal.

 

Club chairs.  These things are a beautiful thing for our living space.  Great for entertaining more guests...and since they are on wheels...they make life a breeze.  Large tvs from relatives that are moving are also the ideal steal.

  Old Friends.  Nothing makes a home more complete than the loving, caring, and furry companion.

 

Old Friends.  Nothing makes a home more complete than the loving, caring, and furry companion.

  White on white. After moving in, we decided we needed to brighten up the living room from its lackluster orangey-brown (especially since our furniture is very much brown in color).  Try painting you bookshelf the same color as your wall (easy for us since we already had the paint for the wall in hand).  Consider pieces that are also the same color-- i.e. this floor mirror via good ol IKEA.

 

White on white. After moving in, we decided we needed to brighten up the living room from its lackluster orangey-brown (especially since our furniture is very much brown in color).  Try painting you bookshelf the same color as your wall (easy for us since we already had the paint for the wall in hand).  Consider pieces that are also the same color-- i.e. this floor mirror via good ol IKEA.

  Trinkets. Little knick-knacks are exciting, show off your flair and interests, and most importantly can start a conversation that can lead somewhere fun!  Also, collecting things is fun.  As you may spot, we are starting a collection of rad lighters (do you spy the grenade?  It's a lighter!)

 

Trinkets. Little knick-knacks are exciting, show off your flair and interests, and most importantly can start a conversation that can lead somewhere fun!  Also, collecting things is fun.  As you may spot, we are starting a collection of rad lighters (do you spy the grenade?  It's a lighter!)

  Books. These guys are important things.  Not only will people think you're interesting but you might even be able to fool them into thinking you're smart, too ;)

 

Books. These guys are important things.  Not only will people think you're interesting but you might even be able to fool them into thinking you're smart, too ;)