Although I am supposed to be studying the law, I find that I am constantly thinking about my apartment decor all day. I am always getting up from reading casebooks to suddenly start rearranging my gallery wall, or creating a new one, or taking everything down and reassessing. I finally cleaned up my apartment enough to take some decent photos of how things are looking today. I am including some before/afters just to show what kind of space I was working with, and how far I still have to go…
The linoleum is still hideous, but I thought that this striped rug would make it a little bit more chic. I also covered my kitchen island with marble contact paper, which you can see in the corner is already starting to peel off (ugh). It clearly doesn’t help very much, and what you probably can’t tell from this picture is how messy it is. All I can really do to change this kitchen up is get a new rug, which is on my list. The shining star of my kitchen is my KitchenAid kettle, which I proudly purchased over the popular smeg kettle and has changed my life for the better.
This is the entryway into the kitchen from the living room. I have an ikea table in the corner that is basically just there because I haven’t gotten rid of it and it holds some stuff. Definitely not my proudest space.
This is absolutely the worst space in my apartment. It is a glorified closet that happens to fit a full bed. I am not even going to show a photo of the actual bed part because it is so awful, and I am still reworking what can go on the walls. The “bedroom” has no windows apart from the light that comes in through the bathroom window (so no light), and is always dark and dreary. I don’t think the grey bedding helps either, but I just bought it and now it is on my list to change again (ugh). I do think the bathroom is cute now though so this is a little sneak peek.
THE LIVING ROOM:
A little before/after action
So I took the before photos on my iPhone when I was just about to move in to the place, before I decided that I am going to be an interior designer, so I apologize for the terrible quality and also mismatching of the last (window) photo. The iPhone pics make it look like I potentially got new carpet, but alas I did not and the carpet is not actually purple but still this gross brown color. It is maybe the worst carpet ever, so I have been covering it up with these giant black and white rugs. I was trying to make my apartment less girly/shabby chic and more modern, but now I find it looks too matchy-matchy with all the black/white, teal, and pink. I’m not sure what else I need to change, but I think I need to bring in some more traditional pieces to make the whole thing look less Ikea (because it is mostly ikea).
The thing I am most happy about is my ikea Docksta table that I have been dreaming about for many months. I think it completes the look and is also a perfect desk space for me to lay all my books out on. I used the ikea chairs that I got with the table that is in the kitchen and covered them with the fabric from an old curtain. I think they are too mod for the table so I am currently dreaming about some chippendale or bamboo chairs.
The gallery wall around the TV is relatively recent, and I’m not sure how much longer it is going to stay up. It looks very chaotic next to my already-chaotic bookshelf and I think it will probably be coming down soon. The pieces on it used to live in my bedroom and one day on a whim I decided to start framing them around that white HD antenna to sort of camouflage it, which it is camouflaged, just not in the almost-chic way I had originally envisioned.
Another gallery wall! If not obvious already, I love wall art and I constantly buy things without an idea of where to put them, which is why my walls are covered in holes and constantly getting rearranged. I overall like this view of the room, except I hate that white bookshelf. It houses my work flats but I am running out of room and I think the purses look messy how they are. I am thinking about just filling the wall with white shelves where the bookshelf is, with maybe a few frames staying between that and the wardrobe. I also originally bought this ikea coffee table to spray paint gold, but living in an apartment doesn’t afford much painting space, and I am too lazy/hesitant about spray painting on the roof. I do imagine that will happen soon though.
For the most part I am happy with how my apartment looks today, despite the things I already mentioned. My current apartment to-do list looks like this:
- New kitchen runner rug
- Wall shelves to replace the bookshelf
- New chairs around the Docksta
- Spray paint coffee table gold
- New bedding to brighten up my bedroom
I would say that’s a pretty short list, but knowing me I am never satisfied and will constantly be thinking of new ways to make this apartment better.