Dreaming of Home

So my BFF and I are officially house hunting (for her, I’ll be renting a room), and I couldn’t be more excited! Not only because it means we’re entering a new stage in our lives, and I’m super proud of her for being able to buy a home before she’s 30 (an especially big deal when you live in Orange County), but also because we’re finally going to be roomies! :) We’ve only been dreaming about this for, oh, fifteen years.

While we’re working on finding just the right place for her and I (and Dante too!), I’ve been playing at interior designer and just had to share some of the prettier things and great DIY tutorials I’ve found around the interwebs.

I’m obsessed with the bright yellow and grey/neutrals combo right now, isn’t it so pretty? Relaxing yet sunny, and you can really play with pattern and texture. The center image is my main inspiration, from Angela Hardison’s home as featured on Design*Sponge (she’s a graphic designer – surprised much?).

Clockwise from top left:

We’ll be on a tight budget, so some of these are not on my actual shopping list, but you can do a whole lot with some paint, varnish and sandpaper! We’ll be doing some serious thrifting and Goodwill-hopping. We also have most of the essentials in terms of kitchen supplies and furniture, so I’ve been daydreaming about how we can play with what we have already. Here’s some DIY tutorials that I’m loving:

So link us up, friends! What DIY projects have you loved lately?