5 Temporary Rental Apartment Upgrades

Your Landlord doesn’t even have to know…


First decor post of the year… I am excited!!!!! How have your first few days been like? Let me know in the comment section down below.. did you get a dog? get married? change your hair color? I did all the above… haha just kidding, I planned to get a nose ring though then chickened out so I have that going for me. Anyway, back to the matter…open and close… (Wizkid reference talk about click bait lol) Vee! concentrate… okay now for sure we are getting back to the matter at hand, which is my most favorite thing to talk about and that is of course Interior Home Decor! So let’s get into rental friendly upgrades shall we?

Now moving into an already built home is easy in most aspects, considering it’s just like fast food…only for homes, if that makes any sense (like in-and-out? no?..okay!). The house could be perfect in most parts but there could be some areas that are simply not to your liking but looking for the perfect rental home is usually an impossible journey. So here are some few tips that could help you make that home a little more perfect to your own taste.

  1. Rental Friendly Wallpaper

For some reason some landlords have a liking for really awkward colors. Of course some people could work through this colors but for the most of us they are simply repulsive regardless of the fact that the space could be perfect. Removable wallpaper is probably the answer for you. Coming in a huge selection of design, colors and patterns you will immediately feel right at home. You can get good quality wallpapers from most of the home stores all around Nairobi. Check out Mr. Price Home, they never disappoint.

Removable Wallpaper for Renters
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2. Change up the flooring

I have seen quite some interesting tiles in my search that I would in no way be willing to deal with. I have mentioned this before, Floor Decor Kenya is definitely the fix in this situation. The laminated flooring can be placed right on top of those hideous cold tiles or you could also have a vinyl cushion placed which is a cheaper option that is just as versatile, durable and classy. Click on the link above to read more on laminated flooring, I had done a much more extensive post earlier :).

Laminated Flooring
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3. Lighting

The lighting that comes in rental homes is most of the times very simple and by simple I mean literally just a bulb to get you out of the dark… no style or character whatsoever. Luckily this can be easily spruced up with some new light fixtures. You will need to leave with these to your new home though, nobody is trying to gift anyone here.

lighting-fixtures
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4. Counter-top upgrades

For a lavish look, you could change up your counter-tops. Does an instant marble look sound appealing? Because it for sure is! Buy yourself a granite counter-top cover. It is quite easy to fix and doesn’t have any bubbles. It will look absolutely amazing and to top it off when it’s time to move or simply a change, it will not leave a residue. Trust me your friends, family, neighbor’s dog and that stranger will definitely be impressed by this. (Coin well spent!!)

Instant Granite Counter-tops
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5. Finally, focus on your decor

Decor is everything, from the prints, plants to the accessories. Make your rental home feel perfect just for you with your exact style and preference. Pick out what makes you feel right at home, if it’s a fluffy comfy rug or even a cool painting.

Beautiful Small Living room area
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That brings me to the end of today’s post. I really do hope it inspires anyone out there to spruce up their space a bit.

If you have any other tips that you would like to share kindly comment below I would love to hear from you and share ideas, tips and tricks.

Till next time,

Signed,

VBD 

 

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THE MAGIC CARPET

What kind of pet just lays around the house?¬†A Car-Pet! …


For the love of pun hahaha, please don’t unsubscribe some people do actually find me funny and pleasant ūüôā

In the spirit of just a few more months to my big move, I came across rugs and carpets. I had an awesome time checking out some really well priced rugs at stores like Antarc and TACC and I thought I should share my idea of what I would eventually settle for.

I feel like a rug makes a home, whether on tiles or laminated floors they just bring out the best out of your home¬†especially when well picked to your style and decor preference. If you have been a frequent veebydesign reader you do know I have a¬†legit obsession with a gray ranged home theme with splashes of color and patterns here and there. I would have loved if this was matched with a white rug, but I am realistic so let’s simply look into other cozy, tiny niece friendly colors.

Grey Rug
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A grey rug would fit so well on both light and dark floors and a plus is that it doesn’t show dirt too quickly ( wash your rugs though, don’t be nasty) and still looks stylish.

This also got my undivided attention….faux fur rugs. I mean whoever is looking for a vogue living space should definitely think about this beauty. This works effortlessly in the bedroom area as a bedside rug. Its fancy and will definitely be a wonderful feel on your feet first thing in the morning.

Faux Fur
Image Source:http://www.thebeetleshack.com/2014/10/the-family-home-project-claudia-levi-eve.html

So heard you are looking for some living room class…how about a faux fur rug….yes..they don’t have to be restricted to the bedroom only. The right kind of this rug would fit right into you space and make a glorious decor statement. It is comfortable, child friendly and if you ave a little peach (my friend’s dog is called peaches) the fur won’t be so distinct as compared to other rugs.

white-rug
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If you have solid colors through and through your home the a patterned rug would be a way to break the monotony.

patterned-fur
Image Source: http://www.digsdigs.com/39-cozy-fur-home-decor-ideas-for-cold-seasons/pictures/80612/

A plain carpet¬†would also do just fine too. In this situation i’d recommend a more bold color of it is just plain but the color should compliment the rest of the decor in the space.

Red Carpet Grey furniture
Image Source: http://www.artvan.com/Furniture/Store/Product_Talbot-Collection_10051_10052_-1_800010670_30001_30000?N=87

 

Well, that is all the tips I have for you today. I’m now definitely torn between the bold plain and the faux fur but it’s okay i’ll probably go with what’s cheaper hahaha.

Stay tuned for a new post on faux fur decor inlcuding DIYs and all the good stuff.

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Till next post!

Signed,

VBD

Brass & Gold

The gateway to luxurious interiors…


I know it’s been a while but I needed some time to re-collect and re-organize my thoughts and just be brand new about a whole lot, with that said not much has changed I’m just being dramatic.Honestly, I just got super lazy for the past few weeks and my ideas genuinely sucked so I had myself a vacation. I relaxed and enjoyed the sunshine and now the rains, I went for some parties here and there in some nice houses, I postponed washing my clothes for this one week just to live on the edge (I hated the edge!) and finally I had a cup of noodles every once in a while ( wassup Indomie)..best affordable vacation ever!

Anyway enough chitty chatter, I know why we are all here….. Trump du Donald…oh no? That’s not it? I’m too late you say? He’s president you say?…oh okay wrong forum I guess! We are here for brass and gold interior decor, let’s keep it pushing while we still have internet in Africa shall we?

I have always loved a fancy looking bathroom with some nice marble or tiles matched with some neat curtains or all contained in a complementary glass cubicle but I always get let down a bit by the storage accessories placed in these luxurious bathrooms. Truth be told I am not a fan of plastic soap dishes they add no value to a style you’d hope to have in your salle de bains. So, when I saw this amazing brass bathroom storage and organizing accessories I knew I had to share. A fancy feel definitely floats around the space once you add these gorgeous babies to the mix.

Brass Bathroom strorage and organizing accessories
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Recently, I came across this awesome Instagram Page, I’ll remember the name eventually and they had ¬†a DIY bar. I loved the idea so much and it got me thinking how perfect a brass bar would look like. You could add a bottle of your choice place some wine or whiskey glasses and maybe a bucket of ice. This would be perfect if you holding a small get together at your place where you guests would be comfortable enough to pour themselves something without having to invade your kitchen area.

Brass wall stand
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Why don’t you also throw in a bold pillow to the decor. This gold and marble throw pillow has such an abstract look to it, against a wide range of suitable solid couch colors this will be the cherry on top to avoid having a very plain looking sofa.

Gold and Marble Throw Pillow
Image Source: https://society6.com/product/gold-marble-2ab_pillow

Gold accessories are by far my favorite when it comes to outfits because they shift anything from plain Jane to a 10. So, an opportunity to dress my living space with some gold accents is something that definitely had my decor blood pumping.

Gold Interior Decor Accessories and Accents
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Hope you enjoyed the post as much as I did. Promise to be around a tad bit more. Stay positive, stay creative and stay golden.

Much Love!!

Signed,

VBD

That Exciting First Move

Tips for your very first home…

Hey hey everybody I have been a bit preoccupied with work so my posts have seriously suffered but I’m here now , and I already regret not being here sooner. I had so many thoughts I wanted to share but I kept procrastinating, for some reason.

Open Counter Kitchen
Image Source: http://blog.westelm.com/2015/01/15/small-apartment-living/

Picking a place to move into is definitely something that requires a lot of time, decision making (which I lack immensely ) and some serious commitment.

Tip one: Start zoning into a particular house one month to your move. If you start admiring one house 7 months to your move, you won’t really get it, because you aren’t really prepared to do the necessary like for example immediately managing ¬†2 months deposit payments most importantly. And real talk, that house won’t wait for you for 7 months ¬†and if it does there’s something wrong with that house so don’t spend any of your coin on it.

Tip Two:¬†Always pick your chair design after you have a house on the lock down. You wouldn’t want to get an L-shaped that would literally take all the space in your house. That would be so annoying jumping over a chair every time you need to get to the other side. So you can have a number of particular designs in mind while picking a house so that at the end of the day you always have the advantage when trying to decide what you want.

Grey L-shaped chair
Image Source: http://2ladiesandachair.com/blog/2016/1/7/storage-in-plain-sight

Tip Three:¬†Do not shy away from buying yourself some fun stuff¬†while you plan to move out. Save up for a screen,¬†¬†maybe a fridge (doesn’t have to be the biggest) a carpet ( we don’t use the massive one’s anymore, thank God, so I’m sure the modern sized ones should be good enough) and also how about you set aside some savings to treat yourself to Zuku (wi-fi is life, how else will you read my blog???)

And finally not to bore you guys with all these tips,¬†Tip Four:¬†Be comfortable with whatever you are doing. Don’t stretch yourself too thin and take your time. Moving out should be fun and anything else that makes it negative will down the whole experience. It’s a great step, ask for advise, take some and leave some and have yourself the pleasure of finally getting to enjoy and test your independence.

Beautiful Small Space
Image Source: http://www.brit.co/small-living-room-tips/

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Signed,

VBD.

DREAMY HEADBOARDS

Planning to move out: BEDS


Getting a good, fancy looking, inexpensive (preferably free) and durable bed has not been an easy task, I don’t know why I thought it would be in the first place and it is definitely safe to say I thought about sleeping in one of my old sleeping bags and just hipster my way through life, but I went through online therapy (involves me googling stuff while chewing down some popcorn or amigos) and I came across some amazing stuff that I am more than excited to share. So let’s share a dream on these extremely dreamy headboards!

Dreamy Light Grey HeadBoard
Image Source:http://www.adoremagazine.com/blog/?currentPage=2

I will be the first to say that I am currently dealing with the world’s ugliest headboard, don’t get me wrong I still sleep like a baby, just not the North West kind of baby sleep, you know? which any normal 24 year old adult would wish for. So being broke and fairly creative most of the time, I have ended up looking for some cheaper options to deal with this pesky situation, and you already said it, DIY!¬†All day errday….

Dreamy DIY HeadBoard
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I am utterly obsessed with this simple yet brilliant idea. First of all it looks like so much fun to do, second it’s beyond unique with the different mix of patterns. So to get this awesome style, just use¬†18×18 or larger pieces of plywood…wrap each one using quilt batting because it has the cushion-y look to it. Et Voila! You have a beautiful headboard!!! If you are looking for some more character how about some Ankara wrapping, that would be such an awesome themed headboard. So don’t be shy just DIY! (I am the Queen of corniness.. and binge eating).

Well sometimes, you might want to just close your eyes and spend a dime or two. Uber your way all the way to the furniture store ( it’s 35% cheaper so you know I am in on that haha…) and buy yourself something nice, something you’ve probably seen in one of the many E! Reality Shows, I have mental screenshots of a particular show¬†(KUWTK), its crazy… I just like what I like!

Beautiful Pattern HeadBoard
Image Source: http://www.domesticimperfection.com/2015/06/10-ways-to-decorate-above-your-bed/

The mirror on top of the headboard is such a lovely touch but considering the headboard is rectangular in shape as well, I’d have probably picked a circular shape and had it at the very center.

The print on the headboard matches well with the print and the vibrant colors on the pillows. This gives the room a very youthful feel.

But of course you would be wondering where to get such amazing headboards. Well, wonder no more I found something for you guys and for me too !

Slumberland HeadBoards Nairobi Kenya
Image Source: http://slumberland.co.ke/head-board

I visited  the Slumberland Kenya Limited website and I was beyond excited by the modern and diverse headboard styles they had there, available for all bed sizes!!!!!! (Major Key)

HeadBoard Ranges and Styles
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So how about you check them out! Buy a few things here and there, get fancy. But before that Subscribe, Like, Comment and Share!

Sweet Dreams

Signed,

VBD

 

Wallpapers and Other Short Stories

Flower Wallpaper

For all your quick wall decor fixes….


Beautiful Wallpaper
Image Source: https://www.grahambrown.com/ca/product/30-435/majestic

Who loves quick fixes? Me!!! And you know wallpaper is the mother of quick home decor fixes.

Sometimes you want a change, and the change is way more expensive than you can handle at that time, but nonetheless you still want that change, and then you dream about wallpaper and suddenly that change is possible. Won’t HE do it!

I get bored really fast with most stuff (except food) and the wall color is no exception for me. One minute that red looks like decor fire and the next, i’m just having a hard time enjoying the space. In such situations you can switch things up without having to spend a whole load of money and time.

With wallpaper you have the option of choosing to fully express yourself. Put the craziest pattern or design that would look beyond bizarre if it was all over the place but looks just perfect being busy on just one side of your space.

Floral Wallpaper Home Decor
Image Source: http://decoholic.org/2015/12/12/3-home-interior-trends-for-2016/

Everyone has interests and preferences and sometimes we think they cannot be expressed in our home decor, which really shouldn’t be the case.

Your home should be an extension of your personality.

So with that said, I am definitely obsessing over the nature feel I am getting from this particular wallpaper. The nest like hanging lamp shade completes the look stunningly and if it hasn’t been said before, I’ll say it now, this floral wallpaper is definitely in character.

Of¬†late I’ll admit I have been feeling the more mature feel to my room. You know?, a candle here ( not lit, not even out of the box or the supermarket actually, I own no candles), matching pillow cases ( most of the time) and close to good quality bed sheets.So naturally, the wallpaper is something I found being a pretty good grown girl addition. At first, I was a bit undecided, there is color, pattern, texture!!!! I was all over the place then I let go of the idea of commitment (unlike wall paint) and it made all the difference. I was able to view the different designs without restrictions or what ifs.With that said, hope you enjoyed the read, I try not to make them too long so i just end them abruptly like all bloggers should, have a look at¬†my online found faves, don’t forget to like, comment, subscribe and share!

Bedroom Wallpaper
Image Source: https://www.grahambrown.com/ca/product/30-435/majestic
Golden Wallpaper
Image Source: http://homedesignlover.com/bedroom-designs/bedroom-color-ideas/

 

Mature Bedroom Wallpaper
Image Source: https://www.grahambrown.com/ca/product/30-435/majestic

LET YOUR CREATIVITY BE SEEN IN THE CHOICE OF YOUR WALLPAPER…

 

 

Signed,

VBD.

PLANNING TO MOVE OUT

There’s a first time for everything…


At first I was a bit skeptical about this post, since it’s more on the planning and not on the actual moving out but after a sweet conversation with a friend ( hey friend!) I was like, you know what!, the planning is just as exciting so why not share my thoughts and hopes with you amazing folk!

I have been dreaming about this since forever (I refer you to my previous hinting posts haha) and when it finally came to the point of actual planning I literally had to tell myself

You are not a kid anymore Vee, you are finally growing up!

And this honestly felt better than that time I got a neat Nakumatt¬†voucher to buy my first Harry Potter book (got the book but didn’t use the voucher). I used to hate picking out curtain fabric with mum at that always busy¬†place at Capital Center but¬†now I’m busy adding it to my to do list, asking mum about it, making time and stuff. Anyway, let me not bore you guys with my “who would have thought”¬†statements and let’s get into my current interior decor options, shall we?

I want a style that speaks volumes of my character and personality, so with that said anyone who knows me would know that means a lot of solids and some minimal print.(This is however subject to change because sometimes you are a woman and sometimes the woman changes her mind and most of the time I am that woman changing her mind)

I would have loved my own personal white house, but I am a very practical human being (it comes with age, my birthday was a few days ago) and I consider that my very jovial 6 year old niece visiting my white house would bring a lot of change, particularly on the white. So I settled for majorly the not so light solids and maybe bring out some life and light through a couple of print throw pillows, interesting curtains and some necessary accessories.

We all already know Dinku knows what’s up in terms of affordable quality furniture. So you already know I was way up in their website.

dinku 1
Image Source: http://www.dinku.co.ke/product/2-three-seater-and-chaise-longue/

They were without a doubt¬†my very first choice¬†when it came to where I would get my very first piece of furniture at a good price. Being my first time I didn’t want to go testing waters and drowning in awful choices.

dinku 2
Image Source: dinku.co.ke

Personally, I will go for either a dark grey or black chair¬†when the time comes for me to make my purchase, this is because I plan on playing with a light shade of grey as my living room carpet, it’s a theme I plan on building¬†throughout my space,¬†with a pop of a few bright colors here and there, like a mixture of dark red, dark grey and light grey towels in the bathroom sounds pretty amazing to me.

towels
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I know this is not exactly what I’ve talked about above, but I just wanted you guys to see the blending that comes with these very attractive colors. The red pops perfectly in this grey walled bathroom, matched with the lovely white cabinets and towels. I will of course spare my guests the watch present¬†in this particular picture, instead I shall shame them for staying too long in the bathroom like any other normal host would.

So this is either going to be an extremely long post or I can just stop here and promise to write soon about the more exciting things to come. I will definitely try my best to put the links of most of my purchases (that excludes most if not all of my electronics unless Luthuli Avenue has a website) and I hope to talk to you guys soon.

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Signed,

VBD