Our faux brick accent wall & how we did it!

Since the housing market went crazy over the past two years, Tristan and I decided that it would be best that we stay in our cute little apartment until we’re ready to buy our own house. This way we can save as much money as possible [our landlord recognizes we’re amazing tenants who take care of the property and would rather have low rent than high profit with crappy tenants] and we have time to wait it out until the market cools off. So because we plan on staying here for the unforeseeable future we figured why not invest in some personal touches/upgrades to make it feel more us and our home.

Today I’m taking you along as we upgrade one of the otherwise blank walls in our house to an incredible faux brick accent wall! This decor hack is 100% renter friendly with peel & stick vinyl wallpaper that’s very easy to apply for first timers like myself. I’ll give you all the details on everything you need to know when it comes to creating this accent wall and the methods/tools I used to achieve the best symmetry. Without further ado – let’s create an accent wall!

supplies:

Before starting the application it’s recommended that you leave the wallpaper out for 48 hours in whatever room you’re using it in so it can acclimatize. While you’re waiting the 48 hours make sure you have all the tools that you’ll need to make the application as easy as possible. During this waiting period you’ll also want to make sure you wash the wall to make sure you’re applying the wallpaper to a blank/clean surface!

measuring for perfect symmetry

Following the instructions that are included with the wallpaper is super important. For an accent wall they suggest you start by applying the first panel in the middle of the wall and work your way out from there. They also suggest leaving some extra material around the edges to allow for any shrinkage over a 24 hour period that you can trim off the next day.

application

Starting at the roof [leaving yourself some overlap] peel back the backing and away you go!

I found that the part that requires the most patience is applying the wallpaper to the crease between the wall and the ceiling. For that section I worked the wallpaper on starting at the left corner and smoothing it out horizontally until I reached the right corner. From there I slowly worked in sections, pulling the backing off and smoothing on the wallpaper in a vertical motion.

The wallpaper was extremely easy to line up, mainly because the brick pattern created its own guideline. It was also easy to remove and re-apply if I did need to fix a spot and it didn’t peel any paint off of the wall making it 100% renter friendly!

Our wall took three panels to fully cover which turned out to be two rolls but we had enough left over to do another smaller accent wall in our kitchen.

trimming the edges

This is the final and most important step. As I learned – start from the bottom and work your way up so you can get the hang of it without standing on a ladder. You also want to make sure you have maximum patience for this step because it’s important to go slow and create the most accurate cut line you can manage. I find if you try to move quickly while trimming the edges using the utility knife it’s easy to lose control which will mess up your line.

before
after

tips to take away:

  • Patience is KEY
  • Make sure you have the proper tools and supplies for application
  • Follow the instructions provided with the wallpaper
  • Have fun with it!!! Don’t put too much pressure on getting it perfect

It’s safe to say that I’m in love with the way wallpaper can transform a space… this may have created an accent wall obsession, but we’ll see LOL.

I hope this post inspired you to be bold and try out some wallpaper in your home! If you follow the tips and tricks in this post it’ll be so easy you’ll be wishing you had done it sooner!

ℹ︎ Cosy Culture Co works with sponsors, affiliate networks and receives other forms of compensation to provide custom content, free for you to view! The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own, you can read more about how advertising and our affiliate relationships work on our disclaimer page.

Bedroom Moodboard with Target

Somehow when we move or renovate our homes, the master bedroom always tends to be an after thought and we’ve followed right along with that trend.

I’ve been browsing a ton of bedroom looks, furniture, and decor trying to capture the perfect cosy, serene aesthetic for our master and in doing so I’ve realized I have a taste for Target Home.

As you can tell I’m definitely draw to neutrals and deep gorgeous tones (hence the nightstand) and I think they balance each other out really well. Mixed in with some natural elements, differing textures, tones, and metals to add a lot of life into a smaller space.

Water hyacinth fringe basket natural
3pc taper candle holder set black
Geometric tufted area rug gray
Stitch line throw blanket

The bigger items like bed frames, headboards, and this gorgeous metal garment rack are essentials but will help to fill in the space. I’m loving the look of an oversized statement headboard lately.

Queen diamond tufted nail button wingback bed
Skyline custom unholstered swoop wingback bed
Queen wicker headboard

Shop more target home finds HERE and HERE.

ℹ︎ Cosy Culture Co works with sponsors, affiliate networks and receives other forms of compensation to provide custom content, free for you to view! The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own, you can read more about how advertising and our affiliate relationships work on our disclaimer page.

This Weeks Top Trending: 04.09.21

Happy Friday friends! I hope you’ve had a fantastic week and got to enjoy some nice spring weather wherever you’re from! We got outside a ton this week and did some cleaning up around our yard. I also took a trip to visit the greenhouse and got some gorgeous yellow indoor mums however not much else was out yet – I’ll try again in a few weeks!

Today we’re rounding up all the top trending products that you guys loved and added to your carts this past week. There’s lots of spring inspired picks and outdoor furniture so let’s dive in!

Advertisements

Fashion Staples for Spring

I’m loving this neutral cream jumpsuit with a built-in belt to define your waist from H&M. It can easily be dressed up for an event or outing with a simple blazer, some heals and accessories or you can wear it super relaxed at home or running errands.

H&M cream jumper

I love the colour of this ribbed mock button front dress it’s very suitable for spring and the fit will definitely flatter your curves. If you aren’t into dresses check out this extremely similar skirt.

mock button down spring dress

To me, these AE mom jeans are a staple for spring! The light wash is perfect to pair with tee’s and floral blouses. The fit is comfy and relaxed and makes me wanna get into my garden!

American Eagle Mom Jeans
Advertisements

Nothing says spring like a classic white pair of sneakers! Reebok classic harman runners are the perfect no-nonsense sneaker with a hint of tan at the sole which I think is the cutest feature.

Classic reebok white sneakers

This crochet trim straw hat is giving me all the beachy feels. I adore the the crochet detailing and the colours are definitely complimenting.

straw hat
Advertisements

Indoor & Outdoor Home Decor

I am in love with this girona outdoor chair and especially the grey fabric intertwined on the back and seat. This chair is part of World Markets resin line so the base of the chair looks like it was carved from one single piece of wood as opposed to multiple different pieces!

outdoor furniture, patio chair

I have been wanting to invest in a acrylic calendar for a while now. I love anything that is sustainable and lasts for a long time and I also love the aesthetic of an acrylic calendar. So chic.

Related: How to Stay Organized in 2021

acrylic calendar for office

This old school flip clock was my favourite find of the week. I love anything that’s vintage inspired and I’ve been using a flip clock screensaver on my MacBook for forever so when I came across this clock I knew it was meant to be.

classic flip clock
Advertisements

Another vintage inspired find but this one satisfies the pink fanatic that I keep locked up inside. The pink and grey tufted vintage rug would look amazing in any room.

vintage rug 
pink and grey

This fela tasseled chandelier is for all my fellow boho lovers! I think it would look adorable in a little girls room, a home office or a walk-in closet.

tasseled chandelier

I don’t know about you but I am so excited and can’t wait to update my wardrobe for spring and put together our patio for summer! What items were you drawn to this week? Let me know in the comment section below — I love hearing from you.

ℹ︎ Cosy Culture Co works with sponsors, affiliate networks and receives other forms of compensation to provide custom content, free for you to view! The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own, you can read more about how advertising and our affiliate relationships work on our disclaimer page.

Major Area Rug Sale

Area rugs cosy up a space- no doubt, however they can be really pricey for something that is high quality and will truly stand the test of time. With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, brands are showing the love in way of sales and y’all know I can’t resist the lure of home decor let alone home decor for 60% off! Boutique Rugs is offering a sweet discount with the code LOVE60!

Here’s our favourite styles:

boutique area rug sale 60% off

1 // Newalla Area Rug

2 // Prompton Area Rug

3 // Alstead Area Rug

4 // Bodrum Area Rug

5 // Noxen Area Rug

6 // Burdette Area Rug

7 // Rachel Area Rug

Which rug is your favourite? I have my eye on the plush boho styled Prompton rug and if my fiancee’s taste agreed with mine, the Bodrum rug would be going into my cart as well.

Xx,

Processing…
Success! You're on the list.

ℹ︎ Cosy Culture Co. works with sponsors, affiliate networks and receives other forms of compensation to provide custom content, free for you to view! The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own, you can read more about how advertising and our affiliate relationships work on our disclaimer page.

Indigo plum PLUS memebership

Join plum PLUS Online Today and get 8,500 bonus plum points (a $20 Value)

Shop Ruggable and save 10% off with code AFF10

Style Your Shelves with These Decor Elements!

Open shelving is a trend that I don’t anticipate is going anywhere any time soon. I have loved incorporating this design element into our cosy home but I know the thought of styling your shelves can be intimidating. What do I put on the shelves? How many pieces do I put on each shelf? Where do I source all these gorgeous decor items?

Don’t fret! I’ve curated a collection of decor items that make styling your shelves fool-proof! Any of these items paired together would look amazing whether you pick just two or all five of these different style elements to incorporate!

1 | Vases

This modern Celia White Vase has the coolest 3D features that add a ton of texture to a space with just one piece.

The Adra Vase has a beautiful herringbone pattern that’s contrasted with the dark, warm tones at the top and bottom!

You can’t go wrong with this Teak Wood Vase, a classic piece.

This honeycomb vase is everything. I’m an avid fan of bee’s and the hexagonal honeycomb pattern that they magically create.

This recycled glass vase by Joanna Gains is obviously inspired strongly by her love of farmhouse decor and I can’t get enough of its unique shape.

This vase also has a really unique shape and is engraved with a abstract design!

trending vases and pottery for the home

2 | Candles

The candle that is on every influencers Instagram feed!

If you’re the type of gal who likes to decorate with candles while also catering to your type-A personality then these ones are the ones for you.

I love the vintage vibe that this crackle candle gives off and the colour is a beautiful warm green.

This small form candle screams bohemian and comes in multiple different colours!

This glass cloche candle is super unique and something that I’ve never come across before. It brings a classic element while also being modern at the same time.

trending candles for the home

3 | Bookends

These ones are probably my favourite, the white marble looks sharp against the small gold detailing.

This question and exclamation mark set seems pretty basic to me to be honest and yet somehow they’re so neutral and fit the theme of an avid book reader!

These ones serve the soul of someone who is all about their farmhouse home.

This set reminds me of a staircase haha, nonetheless I think the stark black would definitely pop amongst the books it’s propping up!

I love pulling in different natural elements to make our home feel cosy and connected, these fit in perfectly and definitely draw your eye.

These vintage gold brass ends remind me of my great-grandmother! So cute.

trending bookends for your shelves

4 | Baskets

This one is a bit pricey but you can’t go wrong with the scandi vibe that this seagrass rectangular basket emanates!

Faux wicker is definitely a tried and true. I use them all over my home for storage as well as decor.

This Woodard & Charles basket boasts dark rich leather handles. My favourite feature for sure!

This wire shelf basket is another farmhouse decor find and looks great in the kitchen.

Loooove these storage hearth & hand baskets that incorporate a gorgeous deep blue throughout the weave.

baskets for your shelves

5 | Table Books

A classic! This LV & Marc Jacobs is high end therefore a tad-bit pricey but the quality doesn’t fall short of its price tag.

Following the scandi/boho vibes of my own home, this copy of down to earth features hygge elements all throughout.

Cozy white cottage, need I say more?

One of the biggest themes you can find throughout my content is my love of being cosy yet still lookin’ cute! In comfort and style definitely falls in that category.

Chanel– another high end classic must-have see all over IG.

The Tom Ford book! Given that it’s cover wrap is black and white, this high end classic fits in with most decor.

The finer things is a look-back over the years of interior design and of the many different components that have ultimately led to where we are today.

Okay, did Joanna Gains write this book specifically for me though? Homebody is a manifestation of everything I am as a person. And the book is super cute on your shelf, too.

trending coffee table books

I hope this post helped guide you in the right direction when it comes to styling the open shelving in your home! What was your favourite decor find?

Talk soon loves

Xx

Processing…
Success! You're on the list.

ℹ︎ Cosy Culture Co. works with sponsors, affiliate networks and receives other forms of compensation to provide custom content, free for you to view! The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own, you can read more about how advertising and our affiliate relationships work on our disclaimer page.

How-to Bring Natural Elements into your Home

Hey hey loves!

Today we’re talking all about natural elements that you can easily incorporate into your home. When you think of natural elements think of soft creamy tones, textured shams, sea grass, and wicker– all of these elements bring such a warm feeling to a space and if you know me I’m all about being warm, comfy & cozy! This guide will cover everything from furniture and decor to linens and kitchen supplies and most of the items are heavily discounted rn for Black Friday!

Bedroom

use code TOGETHER for 20% off your order on all of the items listed!

Let’s start with the bedroom. Your sanctuary. Your safe space. The place you go to restore and recharge. Although most people don’t spend a lot of time in their bedrooms I think it’s important to make it a warm and cozy space. Recharging your batteries is so important when it comes to your mental health so with that in mind you want to create a space that allows you to leave whatever sort of day you had at the door.

Living Room

use code TOGETHER for 20% off your order on all of the items listed!

A good place to start when it comes to decorating your living room is focusing the design around the big pieces of furniture like your couch or coffee table. Most people don’t have the income to be able to redo an entire room in one-shot, however that’s why this list of decor finds is great because you can pick a few staple pieces that will give you the same natural feel.

Kitchen and Dining

use code TOGETHER for 20% off your order on all of the items listed!

I love adding wood elements throughout the kitchen and dining spaces whether that be the utensils I’m using, the furniture, or the decor pieces and it pairs really well with glass accent pieces. Placing glass decor among the warm tones of the wood pieces will give you just a smidge of cool tones to balance everything out, creating a perfect ambiance and  illuminating the space with natural light.

I hope this post gave you some inspiration to bring some warmth into your home this season! Take advantage of the sales while you can and snag 20% off these high-end finds!

Talk soon loves! xx

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is nicolesniches.com-2.png

If you like what you see and want to support my blog>>> here

Follow my BlogLovin>>> here

Watch my latest YT Video>>> here

PIN FOR LATER⬇︎

Pinterest image

SIGN UP FOR THE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER AND GET ALL THIS GOOD STUFF:

• new blog post updates- never miss a new post!
• new arrivals in the Etsy shop
• freebies 
• IG content
• and much moreJoin my email list

Processing…
Success! You're on the list.

Catch up on anything you might have missed:


ℹ︎ Nicole’s Niches works with sponsors, affiliate networks and receives other forms of compensation to provide custom content, free for you to view! The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own, you can read more about how advertising and our affiliate relationships work on our disclaimer page.

black wire basket with books beside gold tea cup set and plant

Popular Home Decor Trends

Since moving into a new house this past February, all I’ve been thinking about is home decor. I have been obsessed with finding the trendiest items that I can utilize while currently living here but also take with me when my girlfriend and I get our own place.

My room is really coming along, and I’m happy with how everything is looking- it just needs a few more finishing touches and when that gets done (eventually) I would love to do a room tour for you guys!

black wire basket with books beside gold tea cup set and plant
Photo by Kaboompics .com from Pexels

Blanket Ladder

Blanket ladders bring an element of comfort to your area, despite the fact that blankets make anything feel cozy, I never thought that they would also make a great home decor item until now.

I find that blanket ladders also bring a rustic feel to the space, they have a real country side vibe. It’s such a simple yet adorable accent that is also super functional! Storing your throws has never been more aesthetically pleasing.

Shop blanket ladders here! Or grab this one from Amazon!

Advertisements

Shelves

Floating Shelves

Floating shelves are great because there is a ton of variety when it comes to what look you want to go for. Among the dozens of styles you can chose from some of my favourites are corner shelves, rustic wood shelves, and boho themed shelves that feature different shapes. Floating shelves are also a great space saver for those who don’t have room for a full sized shelving unit.

Shelves are one of those decor pieces that will always be really easy to style. On my shelves I always have picture frames, plants, and little knickknacks- I also have a cute little light that I scored from the dollar store! Style it to your preference, or even use it to simply store your books!

Shop Rustic Wall Mounted Floating Shelves! OR these super modern Reed Floating Shelves from Pottery Barn.

Advertisements

Hanging Shelves

Much like floating shelves, hanging shelves also come in a variety of different styles and are great space savers! The only major difference is that these shelves don’t appear to be floating, you can physically see what hardware is used to install them to the wall.

I know what you’re thinking, why would I want to see the hardware when I can buy a floating shelf and hide it? Hanging shelves have such an aesthetically pleasing value when you chose the right one- they are more commonly being made with hardware that is easy on the eyes such as leather (for all my animal lovers out there make sure it’s faux!), rope, or wire.

Rustic Set of 2 Wooden Floating Shelves with String on Amazon! OR shop this shelf (similar to the first photo) Love-KANKEI Floating Shelves also on Amazon!

Advertisements

Belly Baskets

You’ve probably seen this specific type of woven baskets before (especially with its growing popularity) but are you surprised at the cute name? Belly baskets have a unique shape that some people say resembles a full tummy- thus giving it the name.

I love versatile products that I can find many uses for and these baskets can handle many jobs! I’ve seen them as plant holders, laundry baskets, nursery room organizers, blanket storage, you name it! On top of that they are so adorable, and if you’re someone who likes to DIY it’s a perfect project to paint or spruce up to add a personal touch.

Grab a cute belly basket for only $26.99! OR grab this one for $18.99 if you’re a prime member!

Advertisements

Macrame

Macrame, or wall hangings, have become increasingly popular over the last few years- partly because they are freakin’ adorable, and partly because the small business world is booming! Supporting local and small business owners has never been more of a thing these days, and a lot of the beautiful macrame you see circulating is handmade!

I find that it adds just the right amount of boho to any area in your home, and it also looks good in any area of your home!

Support small business’ and browse for some Macrame on Etsy!

Advertisements

Trays

Who knew that trays could be so trendy? I often see them being used for storage, mixed in which a couple of knickknacks and honestly there is just something so aesthetically pleasing about that. They are also commonly used specifically for several decor pieces to create a focal point in the room. Either way it’s used, I’m here for it and loving it.

Shop a variety of decorative trays by Bed, Bath, and Beyond!

Advertisements

That’s all I have for popular decor items (for now), if you like this post and want to see more in the future make sure to leave a comment letting me know!

What was your favourite item listed in this post?!

xx

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is nicolesniches.com-2.png

ℹ︎ Cosy Culture Co works with sponsors, affiliate networks and receives other forms of compensation to provide custom content, free for you to view! The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own, you can read more about how advertising and our affiliate relationships work on our disclaimer page.