Slowly but surely my apartment is transforming from a storage unit to an actual home. For the first few weeks we sort of put off decorating until we established the basics. There was no use hanging photos before we bought a couch and we couldn’t really focus on styling our dressers until they were built and the clothes were put away. The move-in process is always a bit disheartening for me. My favorite portion of moving is all of the little decorating details but you can’t really focus on the details until the foundation is in place. Now that our home is furnished (100 trips to Ikea later!) I can begin my favorite part of the interior design process. I am not an interior design expert by any means but now that I live in what feels like my first big-girl (post-grad) apartment I am anxious and excited to explore decorating.
Saturday Jordan & I went on a spur of the moment interior design shopping spree and found some really fabulous pieces for our home. We have been trying to mix higher and lower end pieces to stay within our budget while also making our home feel unique and special. Since so many of our furniture pieces are from Ikea and consequently fairly generic looking we have been trying to spruce things up with new hard wear. Every time I walk into Anthropologie it takes every ounce of self control not to overdraft my bank account for all of the perfect nature-inspired home accessories. Does anyone walk into Anthropologie and not want to pitch a tent and stay forever?
Since my last interior design update we’ve been working pretty hard to create a liveable space. Saturday and Sunday were dedicated to apartment progress (though when you look at the pictures you can’t see as much progress as it feels like we have made). In the living room we created a gallery wall with prints purchased from The Black Apple on Etsy. The artist, Emily Winfield Martin, creates the most whimsical-fairytale-esque pieces that really whisk me away into the magical realm! My favorite print depicts a magical Fairy jamboree…I like to pretend I’m the fair-haired maiden pictured. I like art to elicit a feeling or memory. For me each of these pieces tells a story and this one just reminds me of a boy that I like ! I’m really picky about art I am willing to hang in my house, it can’t be too generic in the sense that it needs to mean something to me. Each of the prints hanging on the gallery wall remind me of a specific memory or give the room a touch of the whimsical vibe I’ve been hoping to contrive.
We were able to head to storage and pick up my book case and boxes of books. I have so much fun organizing bookcases (not pictured, sorry!) and feel so happy to have all of my books home again! Although our primary focus has been the living room we have also been making progress on both bedrooms. Our actual bedroom is quite small so it has been my focus to keep the room soft, airy and somewhat stark. I don’t really gravitate towards minimalism when it comes to decorating but of all the rooms in the apartment I want our bedroom to be the most bare. Our four poster bed frame (similar) and princess canopy give the room enough of a girly-whimsical feel that I don’t want too much art cluttering up the space (though a photo here and there will be nice of course).
We have two dressers in our bedroom, a small (but tall) lingerie chest and a larger dresser. Since both are white and lack any real character we decided to replace all the knobs with some pretty gems we picked up from Anthropologie. Admittedly the project ended up costing more than we originally expected but I think the end product looks better than I imagined as well. Mixing so many pretty shades of turquoise gives the dresser the bohemian/eclectic look I love but is simple enough that it doesn’t clutter up our teeny room. I can’t help but smile at our dresser in the morning (no matter how silly it seems).
Do you have any decorating suggestions for me? Every room is still a work in progress but each weekend we are getting closer to the whimsical conservatory I’ve dreamed up. Where do you gain inspiration for decorating your home?
Shop some of the pieces I picked up this weekend if you wish: