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I’ve recently been amping up my efforts in adding more homey touches to the small apartment.  It started off with some new artwork (which I mentioned in a previous post) that I’ve put up in my common living space.  Next, I’m tackling decorating the entertainment console in the living space.  I’ve already arranged a few photo frames & candles, as well as some of our limited edition vinyl figures, but I’ve decided to add a few more items to give the space a more “pulled together” look.

One of the first items I added was a small terrarium (which I’ve been wanting for quite some time).  It’s about the size of a cereal bowl, & it was a bit pricey when I got it, but it was definitely worth the purchase.  For an anti-greenthumb such as myself, this is a perfect house plant that hardly requires any maintenance (minimal).  I don’t even have to water this terrarium often; it retains moisture very well to minimize frequent hydration.

Another tasty little nugget I added to my space is a bit of a homemade art piece.  I got a cute vase with a white dot pattern & partially filled it with black marbles (the kind you use for flower vases).  Then, I stuck in a diecast figure from our personal toy collection & posed it as if it were trying to escape from a sinkhole.  To keep the figure from wiggling around, I then filled the rest of the vase with extra marbles.  I think it turned out pretty well.  So far, everyone’s who has visited has complimented that this looks quite clever & creative.

After adding these new pieces, I’m even more motivated to continue my quest for home decor greatness!

Today, I took a day off.  A day off from my usual home chores & daily routine.  I just couldn’t wait for the weekend to do a little shopping.  My all-time favorite clothing brand from Japan just recently opened up a pop-up shop in my city in anticipation of their very first West Coast flagship store (which will officially make its debut this October).  I just couldn’t wait to take a quick peek at the pop-up shop before the flagship opening & snag a few much-needed items for the sooner-than-you-think fall.

I felt quite guilty though, since October isn’t really that far away (considering how fast time flies these days).  I know I could’ve just waited until then… Or even more so, I could’ve waited until November when I embark on my trip to Tokyo.  But alas, I was a bit impatient & decided to just pick up only the exact things I need right now (& resist the urge to max out my husband’s credit card. Tee-Hee…)

Some of the items I purchased were much needed goods such as: a thin coat, a zip-up down vest, a few undershirts, & a pair of denim jeans (which can be tailored in-store, same-day).  So, while waiting for my jeans to be tailored, I continued to stroll the downtown shopping area…& I ended up back at my favorite stationery shop.

I couldn’t resist! There were just too many greeting cards staring back at me, shouting, “Please buy me!”  I was very tempted to grab everything, but I only ended up buying some cards for a few upcoming weddings I will be attending.  Oh who am I kidding?! I splurged a tiny bit & also bought a “You’re A Fox” card & a sheet of cute sticker seals.  (I just can’t resist sparkly things!)

Time to go, my phone battery is about to go kaput.  Woof.

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It’s been a few months since I’ve moved into our new apartment, & I haven’t even thought of putting up any artwork on the walls until recently.  I have always been a little apprehensive about putting up posters, paintings, or any type of wall art in our place.  Just thinking about the patching up of all the holes, if I ever decide to move out, turns me off big time.  Well, I guess I decided to give in & get some artwork to spruce up our bland apartment walls.

So far, I’ve only got 2 pieces of art on our walls, but I’ve become quite fond of them, & I think they really jazz up the decor in our place.

I found this piece of art while walking in the park one weekend.  It’s a very cool spray paint art of the famous San Francisco “49 Mile Scenic Drive” road sign hand-made by local artist J. Mahoney.

I found this print on Fab.com by accident, & I instantly fell in love with it.  This poster print perfectly showcases my love of minimalistic & abstract design as well as my love of Japan & its culture.

These are just two pieces of art in our apartment for now.  I am planning on putting up more artwork…but these will do for now.  So far, I’ve found a solution to my “hole-in-the-wall” dilemma.  I’ve found these great 3M Command velcro strips for hanging up picture frames & mirrors.  The pack of strips that I got are able to hold up to 30 pounds in weight.  These strips, I’ve gotta say, are so amazing.  They are the perfect solution to hanging up art, mirrors & things in an apartment without damaging the walls.  I pretty much use these Command strips all over my apartment.  I’m glad I found these little gems.

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