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Virtual Tour of Elizabeth Carr's Rooms

Chatting with Elizabeth

Lauren:

What do you do to make a space space a home?

Elizabeth:

The most important thing to me is having things you love in your space. Whether it's your favorite blanket or a couch or some knick knack, make sure you can incorporate what you love into the room. If you don't love it, it's not your room.

Lauren:

How would you describe your style?

Elizabeth:

I would say traditional with a twist of contemporary. I like traditional things, but I appreciate technology and modern style, too, so I try to incorporate old with the new.

Lauren:

You have a distinct color palette, can you tell me more about that?

Elizabeth:

I like lighter colors and neutrals. I love the combinations of blues and greens or pinks and greens. I feel like they lighten the mood. In small spaces it opens them up and makes spaces seem bigger than they are. Dark colors make rooms feel gloomy almost. It's nice to come home and feel relaxed, that's why I choose light colors. As far as color schemes go, if you go with darker colors, make sure you have lighter elements in the room. Not only will your daker pieces of furniture, pop but it'll make the space seem bigger.

Lauren:

When it comes to small spaces, what tips do you have?

Elizabeth:

Choose dual-purpose pieces! My coffee table is a trunk, so it's also conveient storage space. One of my beside tables is techinically a vanity but I've also set it up to be a desk and a besdie table with a mirror. I don't have it set up like a desk, though. I have all my school items tucked away so when you walk into my room it doesn't look like a desk, it looks like a vanity you can use it for anything!

Lauren:

Where do you go to buy furniture and decor?

Elizabeth:

I actually have found most of my furniture by antiquing. It's really fun and gives you a good project to work on. All the furniture I've gotten from antique shops and flea markets has been a different color or not painted at all. It's a fun project to sand, paint and repaint the pieces to use in my rooms. Recently, I splurged on cute knobs from Anthropologie to dress up a night stand I repainted.

Lauren:

What special DIY touches have you put on your rooms? I know you've painted wooden letter for your wall and made a hair bow holder.

Elizabeth:

I've done all sorts of little projects. Pinterest was not around when I did those projects last year, but if you're looking for ideas for decor you can do yourself, there's plenty of them! Pinterest is a great tool. You can pretty much copy anything. Last year, I found a painting from an artist I really liked, so I bought a canvas, studied the painting for a while and painted it myself. You can save money and make your space a home if you spend a little time.

Lauren:

What's the trickiest thing for you when you're decorating a space you share with roommates?

Elizabeth:

I would say just making sure you're on the same page. You don't want to be a control freak, but you don't want to have no say in it at all either. Coming up with ideas of what you want together is ideal. If you really want to do the DIY work and you're friend doesn't, you can at least go shopping together and look for knick nkacks or furinitue.

Lauren:

Any other advice for first-time decorators?

Elizabeth:

DIY projects are a lot easier than you think. Some people don't think they can paint on their own, and that's just not true! I would also suggest not to go into one store and say 'Oh my gosh, I love everything here,' and everything you see. Get one thing you love from the store and use it as inspiration, then brasintorim ideas and see how it could tie into your theme. Then buy pieces from different places. You'll get a much more diverse and much cuter space that way.