Decor Solutions For Temporary Spaces + GIVEAWAY

May 26, 2015

When it comes to my room, I’ve always loved decorating it to reflect my personal style – at least I could when I lived in Ottawa. Even though I rotated through the different bedrooms throughout the house, I always knew that I’d be living at the same address, so investing in permanent decor wasn’t that big of an issue.

So when I moved to Toronto and couldn’t bring it all with me, I was torn. How can you decorate a room that may not even exist a year from now? After some hemming and hawing, I came up with a couple temporary solutions that don’t scream “I’m only living here for a couple of months“, but are easy enough to pack up when it’s time to relocate.

Temporary Decorating Solutions For Temporary Spaces

Greenhouse – IKEA | Succulents – IKEA | Cacti – IKEA | Dinosaur – Crown Flora Studio

I’ve always wanted some fun plants to spruce up my place, but constantly being away from home means that there’ll be noone there to take care of them. I settled for a handful of cactis and succulents. These hardy little buggers only have to be watered sparingly, and when placed in sunlight, they thrive like no tomorrow. Basically, they take care of themselves.

I bought a variety of different ones from IKEA (plant tip: IKEA sells plants for an extremely affordable price!) and placed them inside this little greenhouse just to make it easier for myself when transporting them. Instead of making multiple trips and holding one pot in each hand at a time, my little plexiglass greenhouse houses them all together and also creates the perfect humidity conditions for the plants to grow.

You can always refresh the look by rearranging the way that the pots are scattered, or even repot them. I’ve yet to change the setup of mine yet, but I have changed it’s location. It’s recently moved from my room to the kitchen, which where it will most likely stay for the duration of my lease – since the sun exposure is much better there.

Temporary Decorating Solutions For Temporary Spaces

Krakis Cushion – IKEA | Fluffy Pillows- Winners

Another easy way to decorate your place and add some depth to the room is through the use of pillows. Not only can you play with different sizes, colors, prints and textures – did I mention that they’re actually functional? Please tell me that I’m not the only one who’s ever dreamed of having a room filled with pillows to relax in. Because I made myself a pseudo-version of that by decking out my headboard with an armload of pillows to fall into.

What’s better and even more affordable is that if you can grab some cheapy pillows without a crazy texture, you can always make your own pillow cases to rotate through different colors all year round. But then again, you can never have one too many pillows right? Or at least I try to convince myself that that’s true every time I walk through the home decor section of Winners #struggles.

Temporary Decorating Solutions For Temporary Spaces

But when it comes to bare walls, potted plants and pillows don’t really do much to cover up the empty space. On one hand, you could paint your walls to add some color to the place – but committing to a color is hard enough as it is already. And if picking a color doesn’t seem like that bad of an issue to you, what do you when you move into your new place a couple months down the road. Do you take your walls with you? Obviously the answer is no. So why bother investing in buckets of paint and time both spent on covering your walls and waiting for them to dry? Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Frames on the other hand can be filled with whatever pices of are you pick. And not only can you incorporate different pieces together, but you can swap them out whenever you get bored of them. Some of the favorites that I have sitting on my wall right now are a handful of my own DIYs (Memories shadow box, marble slab, framed self-made stamp, clothespin frame) alongside a commissioned print (the stag) by a favorite artist of mine: Emilie Darlington. Luckily for you guys, one person will win a print of your choice to decorate your place with (and the instructions are super simple)!


  1. Like The Lust Listt on Facebook.
  2. Like Emilie Darlington on Facebook.
  3. Browse Emilie Darlington’s Facebook Page and pick your favorite print.
  4. Comment here telling me how you decorate your space AND which print you’d love to win. Make sure you leave your e-mail so that I can contact you if you’re chosen!


Winner: Will receive one 11×14 print of their favorite 2D design.

Runner up: Will receive a set of greeting cards of their choice from Emilie Darlington’s Etsy shop.

It’s as simple as those 4 easy steps! The giveaway will run till June 2, 2015 11:59 PM EST, and the winner will be announced and contacted by June 3, 11:59  PM EST. Best of luck to everyone! I can’t wait to hear from you guys to find out how you decorate your space!

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  • Michelle M May 26, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Your plant house is so cute!! Where can I get one like that????

    My entry:
    I decorate my space with lots of floral colors and lots of print!
    I’d love to win Starry Elephant

  • Michael S May 26, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    I love decorating my room with posters and artwork. I sometimes cover up an entire wall!
    I’d love to win “What Big Ears You Have!”

    • Victoria June 2, 2015 at 1:43 am

      Hi Michael! Thanks for sharing your decorating tips! I once used to decorate my room with posters as well, so it’s a nice memory recap to see someone else do it as well!

  • Sabrina May 26, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    I surprisingly like the minimalistic approach to my room, but like to spruce it up with a rotating piece of artwork on the wall each month! I’d love to win the constellation bear!

    • Victoria June 2, 2015 at 1:45 am

      Thank you for entering the contest Sabrina! Minimalism is a beautiful method of decorating that takes talent to accomplish. I’d love to be able to do that as well, but unfortunately my wallet instantly opens up and willingly takes in all home decor pieces that I set my eyes on at Winners and Homesense, restraint is something that I need when I step into a store haha.

  • Michelle Sun May 30, 2015 at 11:39 am

    For me, I love your standard decorated Ikea room that radiate a certain theme when you put all of the pieces of furniture together. For example, I’d love a kitchen with an island counter, stools, a lime green kitchen wall, and more. Also, I’d love to win a Lilac print! 🙂

    • Victoria June 2, 2015 at 1:46 am

      Hi Michelle,

      IKEA homes are lovely! I’ve find that it’s so easy to mix and match the different pieces of furniture as well, it makes it easy to when you’re constantly moving from place to place and not sure if all of the pieces will go together! Thank you for entering the contest, best of luck!


  • Suzanne King May 30, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    I like to decorate very simply and functional. I love the In Your Light (Sun) and it would be great to have in my house. Thanks for the opportunity.

    • Victoria June 2, 2015 at 1:47 am

      Hi Suzanne,

      Thank you for entering the contest! Functional decor is always a must for me (especially since I love functional fashion as well). It always makes it easy when your decor doubles in usability as well!