Over the weekend I attempted to make progress on my apartment. I absoloutely DESPISE living among boxes and to be completely honest I was sick of digging through piles of clothes (Clean? Dirty?) in search of socks and underwear. The whole process felt a little bit scrubby. Over the past week I’ve visited Ikea more times than I care to reveal. Luckily I enjoy being pushed around in the cart and playing house in all of the display rooms. Furniture though…it’s outrageously expensive. Originally I thought, “Let’s furnish an apartment with real grown up furniture not all DIY plexi-board Ikea playhouse stuff” then I quickly fell off of my delusional high horse and realized my entire housing budget would cover the cost of half of a sofa. How do humans afford furniture?! Is there some secret black-market for coffee tables I don’t know about or are most people selling their organs and first born child for a Henredon bedroom set? I’ll be sticking with Ikea for now.
Even though the garbage island that was occupying the living room last weekend was annihilated that didn’t stop boxes and paper and other trash from magically conjoining in the middle of the living space over the following 5 days. Between unpacking more boxes and building more furniture the whole space really has taken on a cozy cardboard vibe which is far from the theme I had originally envisioned but clearly makes me feel right at home so I may reconsider decor directions.
All silliness set aside the living area is really coming together! The loose theme for the living/dining room is conservatory (inspired by my stay at The Line in Los Angeles). I am so inspired by nature I thought it would be great to create a living space inspired by nature without looking too “rustic”. We tried to modify our basic Ikea coffee table by glueing a bit of nature inspired paper to the interior drawers and I love the results. I also plan on replacing the drawer pulls with a beautiful pair I picked up at Anthropologie on Sunday to match the crystal inspired coasters. I’ve added bits of life everywhere with fresh flowers and succulents. Natural light and plants are such a mood shifter for me. I immediately feel more at ease when I feel surrounded by nature (even just bits of it) so I couldn’t think of a better home atmosphere than one inspired by trees and flowers.
Of course every Fairy Princess castle must maintain a whimsical aura! While browsing a little vintage furniture and knick knack shop on Sunday I stumbled upon the most enchanting print of unicorn drawings. I am always looking to incorporate magical-fairytale inspired pieces without creating a space that feels like it was created for a five year old. I thought this unicorn piece fit in with my conservatory theme without feeling overly childish.
I still have a long way to go on the living room but I definitely made progress this weekend. I thought it would be fun to share my home decorating progress along the way rather than waiting to share my space until it is completely finished. Is a room EVER completely finished anyway?
Do you have any decorating tips? Now that I have my own space I have become positively obsessed with decorating but really know so little about it! I am ravenous to learn -please send any decorating books or blog recommendations my way.