9 Ways To Decorate Your Living Space

9 Ways To Decorate Your Living Space

It's all about the knick knacks, baby.

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One of life's simplest joys is making your living space comfortable. Not only does it make the space homey, but it also gives you a chance to express yourself as well as decorate with various things that make you happy! The only downside is how quickly things can get expensive, so it's important to remember that thrifting and hand-me-downs are your friends.

Whether you're decorating a bedroom, your entire apartment, a locker, your office cubicle, your car, your water bottle, your laptop, or your door frame, personalizing each of them has its benefits and will bring good memories each time you look at them.

1. Tapestries

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Got a big, empty space on your wall? A tapestry can cover that up with no problem, and there are a lot of different prints to choose from! In a pinch, a big scarf or folded piece of fabric works just as well.

2. Posters

They could be movie posters, video game posters, or simply just a picture of something you enjoy.

3. Personal photographs

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One of the hardest things about living away from home is missing your friends and family. Hanging up pictures from some of your favorite memories together will be sure to alleviate any homesickness you may have.

4. Rugs

So you've got the walls covered (literally), but there's something missing. Have you tried turning your attention to the floor? Placing a rug with a prominent color from your other decorations will really tie the room together.

5. Stickers

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One of my favorite things about being a college student is seeing how everyone decks out their laptops and water bottles. You've got the memes, quotes, references to interests, and sometimes just something that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

6. Knick knacks

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Sure, you could put things on your desk like office supplies and a lamp, but think of the little things you could put around those things! Personally, I have things on my wall that remind me of the degree I'm working towards and cute figures on my desk of people I find inspirational.

8. Plants

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Speaking of hobbies, plants are a great way to bring some color and fresh oxygen into your space while also giving you something to take care of if you can't afford a pet.

9. Take advantage of the holiday season

If you're feeling particularly festive, holiday decorations are a great way to get into the spirit of celebration!

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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To My Nephew

Aunt life is the best life.

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When I think of pure joy, the first face that comes to my mind is the face of my nephew. I have never seen a human being have as much joy as my sweet sweet nephew. This baby can make anyone's day better, his joy is so contagious. I have never adored another human being so much in my life. From the moment I was told he was on the way until now, he has changed my life. He has had his entire family wrapped around his finger, since the day he was born.

Being an aunt, is not something you grow up thinking about. As girls grow up they have being a mom on their minds. That is what they think about the most. I did not think about being an aunt until my brothers got married. Once they were married, I started to think of the precious bundles of joy they would one day bring into the world. I could not wait for that day. When the day finally came, it was a feeling like no other. I wish I could describe the love and joy that entered my heart seeing my nephew for the first time. I have never experienced that before. I know one day it will be multiplied for my babies, but right now it is all focused on my nephew. I also felt an immense happiness and proudness of my brother and sister-in-law. They did so well and brought a true miracle into this world.

One day my nephew might stumble upon this article, and I want him to know a few things. To my precious nephew, first of all you are so loved. There is no one in your family who does not love you more than words could ever say. We all would do anything for you. You are the sweetest, most joyous, and cutest baby there ever was. (Okay I might be bias; but I'm an aunt I'm allowed.) You are a gift from God and one of his masterpieces, I pray you never believe you are not. The world is a better place because you are in it, you have changed so many lives. You have made all of our lives better and happier. You truly have great parents who clearly love you with all of their hearts. You are everything and more to them. They are lucky to have you, but always remember you are also lucky to have them.

Lastly, your aunt loves you more than she could ever describe. You can always come to me any time and I will spoil you, love on you, and I will always be here for you. You my sweet nephew have changed my world for the better. I love you so much.

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