My New Living Room

Hey my loves,

a couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I moved and I thought now would be the perfect time to share my new space with you. If you want to catch up on my move, check out my moving blog post: Moving into a new apartment

The only room I would consider completely done is my living room, which is why I am sharing this room first with you. It took a while to get everything together and here and there I would like to change some things, but I will eventually do that this year or next. There’s no rush, because right now I am absolutely in love with my living room space.

I got my prints and most of my frames from Desenio and I absolutely love the gallery wall above the couch, I really want to add some more maps of places I want to travel to, but only if I have been there, I think that would be such a fun thing to add on in the on-coming years. My ladder shelf, the pink chair and my marble and gold side table are all from Wayfair. All plants except the big one on my side table are from IKEA, as well as my book shelf. My couch I got from Otto and my TV Stand is from Baur. My pillows are from H&M Home. The vase and dry flowers next to my TV are from Depot, the lavender smells so good. And I also recently got a new TV and am in love with it – it truly feels like a cinema in my living room when I’m watching TV. I got the Samsung Crystal UHD 55″.

If I haven’t mentioned a design element you would like to know where it’s from just hit me up in the comments or DM me on my Insta.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!
XoXo, Jasmin.

How I reorganized my life

Hey my loves,

y’all the past few months have been absolutely insane and when it was all over I was totally lost. Not in the sense of what I wanted to do, but more like I felt my life was in so many pieces simply because my home felt extremely cluttered and left behind.

So not only did I decided to redo my apartment, but also clean out a lot of stuff. If you have missed my past entries I’ve written about my Living Room and Office Makeover. Check them out!

Now that everything is done I feel so calm and at peace. And all I did were 2 simple things. TWO! Can you believe it? Well, here’s what I did.

DECLUTTER

I decluttered my office area, my cellar, my kitchen and my wardrobe. I started by throwing out old College stuff I would never need anymore continued by a lot of papers that I will truly never look at. I then continued to just declutter all of the little office bits: I went through all of my pens and looked if they were still working and thrown the ones out that wouldn’t work.

I also put all my files in a pile so I could reorganize them later. I did the same thing with all of my College books which were laying all over my apartment. In my cellar I declutter all of the things I hold on to thinking I might need them one day, after three years I haven’t so they ended up in the trash. My kitchen was another decluttering task: I threw out and gave away some of my things that I never needed and also decluttered my pantry.

I then proceeded with my wardrobes. I had so many clothes I wasn’t even wearing or weren’t even fitting me anymore. I ended up with two and half bags of clothes that I gave to a friend who went through it and gave the rest to charity. One whole bag was trash, which I still can’t believe what my mindset there was, but well, it happened. I got rid of it. So nevermind?! Haha. xD

ORGANIZE

After decluttering I needed to organize all my stuff. I started off with organizing all of my files and the stuff I actually kept from College. I put them in folders where I labeled each thing as well as put them in my new office space. I then reorganized my book shelves and sorted them in categories and then again within these categories I sorted them alphabetically after author names (yeah, I know, I’m a little crazy).

I also reorganized my entire bathroom. For that I bought some dividers for my drawers, as well as a makeup storage from IKEA. I also reorganized my entire kitchen with the help of my auntie and some bits from IKEA. I bought several of the white boxes to organize my pantry, as well as some plate dividers.

I’m so in love with how my place is looking right now and I feel super ready to start a new chapter in my life in October. I can’t wait for all the things that are up for me.

Also, some super exciting news: As of this week I am officially an Everyday Role Model for My Need to Live. If you guys love my post and are interested what I do over there, head over to myneedtolive.com where soon a blog post from myself will go live. And if you’re looking for amazing deals check out their main website: theneedtolive.com

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

My Office Makeover

Hey my loves,

a couple of days ago I talked about my living room makeover and there I mentioned that my office is now in the bedroom. I’ve created a little area in my bedroom to hold a small office, so that when I have people over and am in the midst of a paper or else I don’t have to worry about the mess. It’s also nice to have a area that is a designated office.

The Before

Unorganized & Messy

My bedroom was painted in a dark brown when I took it over and since I hated that color I decided to rip the wallpaper off and replace it with a dusty rose wallpaper, making one wall the focus since the other side is completely covered in my wardrobe.

Like I mentioned before, my office used to be in my living room and I did not have enough storage space. As you can see I only had a table top and one ALEX drawer from IKEA. So I always had everything out.

The space where my office is now used to be a makeup area, which was there for probably a month before the shelves fell off the wall. Then I bought a dark MALM drawer chest from IKEA, but never really used it.

As soon as I knew that I would create a little space for my office I was so sure that I would get rid of that dresser, but as it turns out I actually can put it to good use. It now resides in my hallway and functions as a storage unit for my scarves, extra socks, loungewear and extra bits.

Since I knew what I wanted for my office space I actually did not create a mood board. I knew I wanted a new table top and legs, because my old ones just used up too much space. I had these: Lerberg Legs (in white). I also knew that I needed some form of storage and room divider. And finally I knew I wanted black accents with office organizers, my office lamp was already black. I have the FORSA desk lamp. I also am pretty happy with my wallpaper so I definitely did not need to change anything major in the bedroom itself.

I also didn’t want to spend a whole lot of money, so everything I got was from IKEA and it works perfectly with the things I already had. Which were the white ALEX chest of drawers, a black table desk lamp, two magazine collectors and storage bins for the KALLAX shelf.

The After

Here is everything I added and changed up:

I’m so excited to really use my office as soon as Uni starts again. I can’t wait to get back to the grind.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

My Living Room Makeover

Hey my loves,

I’ve been living on my own for over three years now and after I finished with my Bachelor thesis I decided that even though I will be a student for two more years, I do want an apartment that is more suited to my adult life. I also wanted a lot more color in my space as well as some much needed organization. So, right after my little holiday in the middle of July I started redoing my whole apartment – kicking it off with my living room.

The Before

Simplistic & Clean

I had a white canvas in 2016. I had white-ish floors and white walls, and I thought to myself, well I always wanted a grey wall. So I painted it grey (well, since I am horrible at painting, I had a little help here).

The couch I bought of Ebay for about 20 bucks. It was such a steal, because it’s condition was absolutely flawless and at that time a new couch just wasn’t in the budget.

I used some of my old IKEA furniture from my room like my ‘Billy bookcases‘ and a small coffee table.

I had to buy a new office desk since mine wasn’t in a good condition, I went with the IKEA ‘Linnmon Table Top‘ in white and paired it with the ‘Lerperg Legs‘ in white. I also had the classical ‘Alex Drawer Unit‘ in white to store all my office bits in.

I really wanted it to be as simplistic and clean as possible, but honestly I felt there was a lot of me and warmth to the room missing. But I really didn’t have the energy to change it around back then.

Now, when you’re redoing a room and you decide you want to invest in some quality pieces that you have for a long time it is necessary to really be sure of what style you want. As for myself, I knew that I wanted and needed a new couch and that I wanted to incorporate some more wood tones. I also wanted to fill the space where the office desk used to be. I decided to create a little office nook in my bedroom. I wanted my living room purely for living and entertaining. So I planned out what I wanted:

I also wanted to bring in some color and I was pretty set on finding a wallpaper that was an exact match:

Withered Rose

I love this color! It is one of my favorite colors and I think it is a beautiful warm color that makes every home feel so much more homey.

The Finished Result

I LOVE IT SO MUCH! It is so cozy.

Here is everything I added:

I hope this blog post gives you a good insight on how to transform your living room.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Gift Guide for Home Lovers

Hey my loves,

in today’s blog post I am showing you some great gift ideas for everyone who loves to decorate their home. I’ve spent a little quality time on two of my favorite websites and brought to you eight of my most love decorating items I found and loved. 

I also wrote a couple of other gift guide, you can check them out here:

Gift Guide for your Makeup Loving Friend

Gift Guide for Book Lovers

Gift Guide for Accessories Lovers

Gift Guide – Stocking Stuffers

Gifts for Home Lovers

  1. Urban Outfitters – Graphic Mug
  2. Urban Outfitters – Photo Clip String Lights
  3. Urban Outfitters – Love Is Love Wall Hook
  4. Urban Outfitters – Quilted Velvet Tassel Throw Pillow
  5. Urban Outfitters – Cat Nap Pillowcase
  6. Anthropologie –  Christine Trinket Dish
  7. Anthropologie – Glimmer Coaster
  8. Anthropologie – Petual Coaster

I love all of these things so much. On Urban Outfitters and Anthropology you can get good deals as students. So try to find the best coupon code.

I also have great site for more furniture and home decor ideas such as beds, rugs, desks and more, check out  furniture.com, they have some great deals.

What are some of your favorite home decor ideas? Tell me in the comments, I would love to know.

Also I hope you enjoyed my 12 Days of Christmas! I was actually hoping to do 24 Days, but it’s just too much with College work too. You will get a few extra ones the next few days, but other than that all will go back to normal. Make sure to check out all of my entries!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Miriam’s Stay Abroad in Boston – Storytime – Coming Home

Flying back

After three whole months in Massachusetts, my internship ended, my scholarship ran out, and I had to return to Germany. Lena, whom I had done the internship with, stayed for another few weeks, as the J1 visa allowed us to stay for an additional month if we wanted to, and she was planning to travel the US with her boyfriend. I, however, had to return, because the last day of my internship was April 6, and on April 11 the new semester started and I had to get back to get into the courses I needed. And to be quite honest, I was so relieved I could finally go home. I cherish the time I spent abroad, do not get me wrong. I loved to be somewhere else, somewhere that was not home, where I was surrounded essentially by strangers, even though of course after three months they were not strangers any more. My ambition (and I succeeded in that) had been to gain more independence, and I did. As I said before (if you read my other entries, which I am not going to assume you did, you already know what I said), I found out that at some point in the last couple of years, apparently I grew up without noticing, and when I was in this situation all on my own, I realized it.

However, I missed my parents so much it hurt, and I also missed my friends, and my little nieces, and also my cats, and university, and even though a part of me was sad to leave, another part of me was brimming with excitement, because I was FINALLY GOING HOME!!!

Now, naturally I could not walk across the Atlantic Ocean, so I had to fly. I am not fond of flying because I usually get airsick because of the altitude changes. On the flight to Boston, I was not only feeling queasy, I was also deathly afraid of the three months without my parents and friends that lay before me, so I really felt like crap. I had a hammering headache and I regretted everything and just wanted to turn around. On the flight from Boston, of course, it was all very different. I was excited to leave, and I said good-bye to my host family with a smile, not because I was glad to be rid of them, but because I was happy to have met them and thankful for their hospitality and friendliness. Americans really are the friendliest people I have ever met. As I was getting my stuff together and my host mother was getting ready to drive me to the airport, the youngest of her daughters started crying because she was sad I had to leave, and it moved me. I gave her a hug. She is only 8 years old, and I guess she just does not like change.

My host mother dropped me off at the airport and we had to say good-bye quickly, but I do not think that is a bad thing. I tend to over-sentimentalize some things, and I thought to myself, I would not have liked a big to-do about my leaving. I had said good-bye to my friends the night before, with a lot of alcohol and some dancing in the middle of the almost-empty Irish Pub (it was a Thursday), and that had been enough.

Unfortunately, the cheapest flight connection I could get was not a direct flight from Logan Airport to Düsseldorf Airport. No, it was slightly more complex than that: I left Boston at 9:30 pm on Friday, April 8, and arrived at London Heathrow at about 9 am local time (meaning the flight took about 7.5 hours), and from London I flew on to Madrid and from Madrid then I finally boarded a connecting flight to Düsseldorf at 4 pm local time, so that at least I was already in the same time zone as my home country again. I left the plane at 7 pm German time, meaning I had been wide awake for about 27 hours, because while I did not get airsick on the transatlantic flight to Heathrow, I did not get any sleep anyways, so I just watched three movies in a row to keep myself busy.

Here I am sitting at the gate in London, waiting to board:

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This is the Airport of Madrid. I did not get so see anything else during my first visit to Spain, but at least the weather was sunny and the airport looks really great!

 

Madrid AirportMadrid Airport from the inside

Arriving home

So I arrived. And my mother cried when she welcomed me in the arrival hall, and my father and Jasmin and another friend were there as well and had even made me a sign with my name on it that also said “Welcome Home”, and I was so happy, and it was all so very surreal. Three months really are not that much time when you think about it, but it was long enough that I had forgotten some things. Or maybe forgotten is not the right word. Everything felt slightly alien to me right there at the airport. It is hard to explain. When my parents took me home, two of my best friends were waiting in front of the door, and I was so elated to see them I hugged them and never really wanted to let go. It is all a bit foggy, I mean I was completely jetlagged, I guess it is normal I was a bit out of my mind. Lying in my own bed that night was really strange.

 

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Really arriving

I slept like a dead person the first night home, and to compensate for that, the second night I did not sleep at all. Luckily, I had to get up 5:30 am on Monday to go to university, so I just sat at my computer and watched stupid videos for several hours before I “got up” and got myself ready to leave. I went to university, signed my contract for tutoring, went back home, slept for an hour, ate lunch, and then went back because I had courses. Yeah, that day sucked.

But it was more than the lack of sleep that weirded me out, I think. I was so out of my usual rhythm. For the entire first month back, I lagged behind with homework, and then I got really sick, and I think that was my body telling me to “take it easy, goddamnit, you are not a machine!” I guess I could have used more than one day to rest between a full-time job in America and full-time studying again in Germany with a small job on the side.

Now, though, I am slowly getting back into my rhythm again. I love university. I love studying. I will have to add a semester to get my Bachelor’s degree, but that is good because it takes a lot of pressure away. I am home, I am grown, and I am happy. I would say the staying abroad thing was a full success, no?

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Check out the other entries by Miriam:

Miriam’s Stay Abroad in Boston – Storytime – Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Part Five

Part Six

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