When I look back at the first iteration of our bedroom, I see a liveable apartment with little character. I’m pleased to display a new version of my bedroom that I personally feel has charm, character, and a homey feel. What do you think?
If you haven’t caught on yet, I’ll let you in on a little secret: I’m a perfectionist and am always updating and changing things around me. My living room is no exception to this rule.
Though I recently said that I had completed my living room, I’ve made so many changes over the past few weeks that I had to share the updated styling with you.
The big changes include:
A new rug // Oversized photograph above the couch // Larger coffee table to balance out the room // Fuller bookshelves // White French doors // New throw blanket and pillows // Tchotchkes to complete the look.
I could most likely continue doing posts on my living room for the next few years to come, but I’ll probably reserve this as my last one – for the time being. My living room is so close to complete and when I look back at my two posts (here and here), I am reminded of all the times I thought we’d never find that perfect art piece or third sponge-finished vase.
I’m happy to say that we are so close to being done. Check it out and let me know what you think of the almost finished product!
A few months ago I promised a Living Room Round Deux post, and since I am one to stand by my promises, here it is:
When I did The Big Move series, I often wrote about how things were likely going to change as we got settled in our new apartment. While it’s always nice to get everything out of boxes and into your new space, sometimes finding exactly how you’d like to place these things takes a bit longer.
To illustrate this point, I wanted to show a few examples of how my closet and design choices have changed from the first month or so living in our apartment.
Closet 1 first shown like this, but now it looks like this:
Highlights: Swapped arrangement of jeans and sweatshirts, since the shelf where the sweatshirts previously were is longer. Added bins up top to house some more seasonal clothing.
Closet 2 first shown like this, but now it looks like this:
Highlights: Embellished vanity and added an adorable stool. Got rid of hanging shelf for sweaters and moved them to the stop shelf, so my jackets could extend the full length of the rod. My boots were moved to the top of the closet – a bit harder to reach, yes, but that’s what my stool is for!
Dining room first shown like this, but now it looks like this:
Highlights: Added photograph and more crystal china to the glass cabinet.
Kitchen first shown like this, but now it looks like this:
Highlights: Added artwork to make it feel more homey.
Living room first shown like this, but now it looks like this:
Highlights: New throw pillows make the couch look more welcoming. A beautiful coffee table atop a golden cowhide brings the room together, plus a touch of nature with fresh flowers.
While this past move to the Bay Area wasn’t my first rodeo – I went to UC Berkeley and moved into a new apartment during each of my four years there – this time felt undoubtedly different. I wasn’t just moving into an apartment that would likely only be my home for a year, an apartment that would be left abandoned during winter vacation and summer break. This time, I was moving into a new home with the person I love.
Instead of trying to furnish and fill the place as quickly as possible before the start of classes, our goal was to find beautiful pieces that we fell in love with, even if that took a bit longer. We went about each space very strategically and tried to focus on one thing at a time – a tactic that I found to be so crucial. We started with the necessary pieces, such as a bed, kitchen supplies, and everyday toiletries, and got to the rest as time permitted. By focusing on curating pieces we absolutely loved, as opposed to purchasing pieces because we needed them, we were able to put together an apartment that is a perfect reflection of our styles, our personalities, and our happiness together.
Thank you for following along these past few weeks as we tackled the many different cabinets, drawers, and rooms in our new apartment. We still are very far from done, but at least we can say that we have a place we love filled with pieces we cherish.
To see all of ‘The Big Move’ posts, you can click here.
The living room is the largest room in our apartment, so I suppose it makes sense that it has also been the most difficult to decorate. With a coffee table and a pair of chairs in the process of being made, I feel slightly better about our progress. While I certainly wish we had a done living room that was ready to entertain in, sometimes it’s really about being patient and waiting for the right items.
Once a few more pieces of furniture arrive and we have some art on the walls, I’ll do a Living Room Decor Round Deux post, so stay tuned!