Wishlist of Apartment Wants!

As I get ready to move to a new home in a new state, I can’t help but want to buy all new decor and things to deck out my new place. While I’m still trying to pinpoint what bedding to buy (I’m going with a duvet, so fancy, amiright?!), I have found a few other things that I’m totally dreaming about for my new apartment.

  1. Cowgirl Lace Mug set by Ree Drummond.

Does anyone else watch Pioneer Woman on FoodNetwork?! Well if you don’t know Ree, she’s a city girl who ended up marrying a farmer and she cooks hearty meals for her family out on the farm. She’s sweet and honest and I was so excited to see she came out with a home line at WalMart. This mug set is only $12 and I could totally see myself sipping hot coffee from these mugs. Plus the color options are great!

2. Floral Placemats at Target

Oh, Target, I do love thee. I also love these coral place mats with yellow accent that will match nicely with my yellow apartment walls.

3. You’re Like Really Pretty Doormat on Etsy

I need this doormat, just for survival purposes. I’m basic, so I obviously quote Mean Girls on the reg, and this is the epitome of perfect.

4. Light Up Letter at Nordstrom

Doesn’t every basic girl need her initials displayed in her room somewhere?! AND WITH LIGHTS?!

5. Smile Throw Pillow at TJ Maxx

Oh, the Maxx, they have the best throw pillows and home decor. I’m totally hitting them up for all my random sit around the house decor. Just like these next few things…

6. Jewel Frame at TJ Maxx

SO cute! I love to have pictures of friends and family sitting around, especially in a new place. This will go well sitting on a bookshelf or desk to display the beautiful faces of my beautiful friends.

7. Feathered Friends Ring Holder at TJ Maxx.

Oh, the Maxx did it again. This adorable ring holder would be so cute to set on a dresser and collect my rings…if only I wore rings…

Reader, do you have any suggestions for home decor stores? Let me know in the comments!

Love, B.

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Question for My Followers….

I’m moving and need furniture and I’m debating purchasing from IKEA. Where I’m from, we don’t have IKEA (gasp, I know, I’m so backwoods) so I don’t know about the quality of the furniture. I’ve heard good and bad reviews.  I’m specifically looking for a dresser, which is my main concern, but I’d also like to pick up a desk and nightstands. Keep in mind, I’m a twentysomething so furniture lasting forever isn’t my biggest concern. I am concerned about putting together the furniture because I hear that’s a nightmare.

The alternative is purchasing something brand new at a fancy furniture store ($$$) or buying off Craiglist and DIY revamping it all Pinterest-esque. Either way, I’m spending money, I just didn’t know if I should keep IKEA in the game plan as a possibility.

Let me know in the comments your reviews, suggestions, horror stories, etc.

Thanks a bunch! Love, B.

Pinterest DIY: Bird Wall Art

Happy Tuesday, lovely Reader!

If you follow Beyond Basic on Instagram, then you probably saw my latest post from the weekend. I wanted the focus to be on the pumpkin candle, but I couldn’t stop looking at my wall art behind it! Here’s the Pinterest link where I got the inspiration for my wall art from a few years back.

birdartFor that project, I bought two canvas, black paint and Elmer’s Glue. I went old school and did a glue/water mixture, since I didn’t have time to find ModPodge. I also choose Vogue articles, since I loved the classic black and white pages, but you could do anything from book pages to dictionary pages to newspaper, whatever you fancy!

While the paper mache was drying overnight, I printed out birds like the tutorial suggests. After the canvas was completely dry, I traced everything on with pencil, then I outlined the tracing in black Sharpie just so I would be sure of where I was painting. I let that dry and voila! I’ve have them for three years now and I love them dearly.

Reader, have you done any DIY projects recently? I need new inspiration for some new apartment decor…let me know in the asks!

Love, B.

DIY Apartment Decor

See this hideous old frame I found at Goodwill for $3?


Guess what I did to it…


It’s now a perfect decoration tray to set things on in my apartment.! See what some paint, a little love and quite a bit of patience can do. Plus it cost under $10 to do the whole project! Now I’m moving onto my next project…What DIY projects have you done lately, Reader?!

Love, B.