Lately I find myself buying more practical essential items for our apartment opposed to all the fun decor. These are often the things I put off buying because I would rather spend money on something fun, but I realized if I bought nicer alternatives to mundane things (like a trash can) it might make more of an impact. Of course I ended up spending a little more than I normally would if I just ran out to Target, but it is funny how even the smallest of accents can feel somewhat special with some thought put in. So I wanted to share a few favorite chic alternatives to some practical everyday items.
I never liked our stainless steel kitchen garbage can because it stuck out like a sore thumb in our bright space. We prefer having an automatic open close top that is sensor and voice controlled. It may seem like a gimmick, but I love hovering over the can with my hands full and being able to say “can open”. In the spring we finally upgraded to this and I absolutely love how it looks and functions in our small kitchen. I also love the look of cute small trash cans in the bathroom or under my desk, so I will link some of those below.
Tissue Box Cover
I admittedly never used these until this year because I always had tissues tucked away. When my allergies got unbearable I decided it was time to keep them next to the bed and get a cute cover that blends into our decor. It really does make something so unattractive look cute!
Paper Towel Holders
I don’t think I had ever spent more than $20 on a paper towel holder before, but after going through multiples that fell apart I decided to get one that looked nice and was a little more heavy duty. I love the wood and leather detail on our kitchen shelves!
Remote Control Storage Box
This is a popular one a lot of you have asked about in the past. Whenever we have a tray on the coffee table I usually throw our remotes in there, but now that our console has drawers it makes them a little easier to tuck away. A chic box is the perfect way to hide the remotes completely while still having them at close range.
Norman had quite the collection of beds at one point. Mostly because I am such a sucker for cute pet beds. I buy them all over and often find a lot of options at Home Goods, but lately I have been utilizing Etsy for just about everything. I love the array of size options and patterns a lot of the vendors have.