Jazzing up our white box apartment

If you’ve been following me through this blog you know that my husband and I recently downsized from our big suburban home to a very small urban apartment. It’s hard to believe but we have been here almost four months now. For the most part we love our new small care free life style. The apartment is the perfect location for us but being a rental we are forbidden from making any changes and that includes painting the walls.

Side note* If we owned this place the very first thing I would do is rip out those short little 26″ kitchen cabinets and bring those babies right to the ceiling!

white room dark floor no windowsNot being able to paint the walls has been tough for someone like me who loves color. The long wall to the right of the photo is where we have our sofa and I have covered it with art work so for now I have made peace with that wall. The wall that continued to bothered me though was that back wall. I was desperate to add a pop of color there to add some life and visual interest.

I looked at removable wall decals and temporary wallpaper options but I didn’t see anything that really excited me. I envisioned something really bold that would pop against my marine blue lacquered dresser that was against that wall. I had more or less given up until Spring High Point Market when I discovered product designer Jill Seale. I first spotted Jill’s fabrics from across the room and made a beeline right to her booth.

Jill Seale fabrics: Linda Holt Photo

Her fabrics are a riot of color and pattern and I when I found out she designed wallpaper and that it could be had in a removable option I was sold. Well…kind of. I was so worried about doing anything to the walls and loosing a very hefty security deposit that I made Jill send me a sample that I left on the wall for a few weeks to see how easy it was to remove. It was just as advertised, easy on, easy off and it left absolutely no residue or stickiness on the walls. 

This past weekend my husband helped me put it up and other than getting on a rickety ladder to reach the nine foot ceiling it was SO easy. It took less than an hour from start to finish. I chose Jill’s green Algae paper.

I am so thrilled with the result! It adds so much life to that dark back wall and when we move out of the apartment I will simply peal it off and no one will ever know my secret!

Here is the “after”.

Linda Holt Photo

The crowning touch is the fabulous mixed media painting by my good friend Susan Siefer. This painting was inspired by her trips to Morocco and the blues in the painting were made with pigments she brought back from Morocco.

accent wall with blue chest

Linda Holt Photo

I know you all want to see the rest of the apartment but I am not quite “there yet” for a full photo reveal. I’m working on it though and will soon (I promise). This accent back wall though has made such a difference in my happiness level.

I would love to hear what you think!

To find out more about Jill Seale and Susan Siefer you can check them out below.

 Jill Seale at www.jillseale.com 

Susan Siefer at www.susansiefer.com or IG : @susansiefer-art

One last thing, I will be taking a couple weeks off from blogging because on Saturday I leave for Berlin for ten days. I hope you’ll follow me on Instagram because I will be sharing lot’s of images and iphone photo tips while there.


34 Responses to Jazzing up our white box apartment
  1. Maria killam Reply

    Simply gorgeous Linda! Well done! Love your tablescape as well ❤️

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thank you so much Maria for taking the time to both read and comment!

  2. Lori Reply

    Love it! Oh my gosh, what a difference! I just recommended temporary paper to young clients and never thought to have them test a swatch. Fabulous idea!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Lori, my advice is to test because some are more “removable” than others.

  3. Linda Pakravan Reply

    Saw it first on instagram and had to pop over for the full story. Beautiful! Perfect color balance. It feels fresh and lively!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment!

  4. Darla Powell Reply

    I have been waiting for these posts!! Just gorgeous, Linda!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      I’m honored! Thank you Darla!

  5. Liza Reply

    Love it! All of it! Beautiful…

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thank you Liza!

  6. Dorothy Brodesser Reply

    It looks fantastic! And green was an excellent choice. May it bring you an abundance of peace and joy. Thanks for this excellent review of the product! Quick question – is it sheer like fabric? In other words, would anything other than white show through underneath? I have a very long wall which runs the entire width of the house. It is the only wallpaper in the house. It needs to come down, but that’s a project we just can’t handle right now. I’ve been thinking of putting a temporary covering over part of it, and am wondering if this would work. I love the Moroccan painting and all the rest of the lovely accessories you’ve grouped on and around that amazing credenza! Props all around!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thank you so much Dorothy. In answer to your question, the wallpaper is not transparent at all and I’m sure it would cover what you have going on with the wall right now. What I am less certain about is how it would adhere to the paper that is already there. I would contact Jill and ask her directly because she would be able to tell you the whole scoop!

  7. Tricia Reply

    Looks great#

  8. Barbi Reply

    Love it! What a perfect focal point to bring some luscious color to your space. Happy place!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks so much Barbi! Doing what little I can to satisfy my color cravings 🙂

  9. Hannah Dee Reply

    Oh boy! Looks amazing and I’m heading over to Jill Seale’s website right now!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks so much Hannah! I love introducing new vendors that make exciting and different things for designers.

  10. Angela Taylor Reply

    So excited to see what you have done with limited space. You nailed it Linda! Looking forward to seeing what you do with the rest of the apartment.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks so much Angela!

  11. Sherry Daniele Reply

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your jazzed up corner!!!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Sherry!

  12. Susan Gordon McCargar Reply

    Beautiful transformation Linda! Love your colours and decor!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thank you so much Susan!

  13. Veronica D Reply

    I love it!! So happy, so you!! Have fun on your trip!!!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      I will try my hardest!! Thanks Veronica!

  14. Donna Vello Reply

    That’s amazing, Linda! What a transformation and how peaceful and warm!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Donna! You’ll have to come back and see it in person!

  15. Donna Vello Reply

    Lovely…so warm and peaceful!

  16. Nancy Knettell Reply

    Oh wow! Love this idea as a solution for you. Sort of silly you can’t paint walls. Paint silly purple color a la crazy teenager… Paint can of white over it.

  17. Kelly Rogers Reply

    This is soooo good, and absolutely you. I’m so happy to see you making this new place your home!!

  18. Carla Aston Reply

    Love it, Linda! Pinned!

  19. Tina Gleisner Reply

    Linda, Love the entire wall & think the green algae is perfect for you. It’s bright, bold and adds green to your new living environment, which helps to make up for because it’s adding the outdoors that used to surround you in your old house.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks so much Tina! It does add some much needed life to a very boring space.

  20. Black Friday Deals Reply

    It’s lovely. This is really beautiful. Thanks for sharing this post.

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