i’ve been meaning to do this post for a while now. and it’s gonna be a long one, and fillllled with pictures. now you know!
when we first moved into this apartment (august 2009), our furniture got dumped in the first location that popped into our heads, as is frequently the case with moving. i probably knew that it wasn’t going to stay like that forever (growing up i would rearrange my bedroom annually). we painted the living room a pale blue, and the slanted portion of the wall a paler blue.
in october of 2010, i decided that the time had arrived! even more importantly, i had a plan! i’m pretty sure young house love inspired it, but i can’t remember how. since i was totally hooked on home design blogs, i decided the whole thing should be documented, of course, so i got the room nice and tidy (which is not a default, sadly), and took some pictures.
these were my priorities:
-having the couch on the knee wall meant that the ottoman was directly in our path from the bedroom to the kitchen. there were a few late night stubbed toes on quests for glasses of water which were not appreciated.
-we have a fairly small apartment, with shortish ceilings (around 7 ft, or 213 cm), so i really wanted to make the best use possible of the space, and hopefully make it feel as large as possible.
-i wanted to maximize the amount of natural light. having the TV, especially after we acquired a much much larger one, on the same side of the room as the window made it feel smaller.
-this apartment has a decent amount of storage built into it, which i did not take proper advantage of (i’m still working on that, honestly)
-we did not have adequate seating for the times when we have guests over.
i moved many of the books to the built in book case (documented in this post as well). i was amazed at how much filling up the space properly and putting them in color order did to visually de-clutter the living room. i’ve become slightly addicted to putting things in color order now… i might still do that to the dvds, but i would have to keep them separated by genre so that we could still find things.
you can’t really tell in the before picture above, but the tall blue wingback chair, while comfortable and reclinable, made our short ceiling-ed living room feel much smaller. it got donated to a friend who moved to an apartment with quite tall ceilings. for a while we had a stand-in chair, which wasn’t terribly comfortable, but it was free and easy, hanging around while i kept my eyes open for chairs. i was imagining & shopping around for a pair of slipper chairs, when i got the incredibly generous offer of these two beautiful mid-century style chairs from a friends parents who were downsizing. and i la-la-love these chairs.
we do most of our eating in the living room (watching venture brothers or veronica mars at the moment), so we swapped the ottoman out for a coffee table (on sale from world market). our drink spillage has gone down significantly since we now have a flat surface to place glasses on.
there’s many small things i would still like to improve in here over time:
-touch up the paint job where patches have been made or there are marks on the walls
-get a better side table for the couch.
-hang the duck hook for keys.
-the couch has gotten beat up in its time with us. ideally, i would like to make a slipcover for it, and possibly get new cushions for it.
-paint the ceiling a bright white. i didn’t realize that it was a warm-cream color until we painted the walls a cool blue.
that list was as much (okay more) for me as it is for you. despite the list, i looked around the other day and i was like ‘whoa! this room is almost done!’ in general the functionality of the living room has greatly increased. there’s more light, more seating, and it feels much much more finished. have i mentioned that i love it, too? there’s more pics of after in this photoset, if you’re interested!
have you been undertaking any major rearrangements recently? have any of your home projects taken a year and a half?
this is a look i love, and i definitely want to do this in our apartment in the kitchen. but i haven’t gotten around to it yet. in the meantime, i just look at these for inspiration:
from burlap and lace
while i won’t do all white, it certainly is appealing. and i love the platter in there to break up the sizes.
from vintage farmhouse, but i think possibly originally from house beautiful?
these two are a bit more like it… organic shapes, playing with size, and color…
antique baking accessories as an awesome alternative. this is not a collection i have, but if i somehow manage to accumulate it…
day 21- delicious
dinner! bangers and mash! with baked beans and beer! i forgot to take this picture right away, so i’d had one bite…
day 22- kitchen sink
you’ve seen it before, and you’ll see it again. i found that marble cutting board thrifting. i like that it adds a bit of luxe to the kitchen. before moving into this apartment, i’d never really had my own kitchen, as i was always sharing with my grandparents or roommates. it caught me by surprise just how much i love having a kitchen, collecting cooking tools or random kitchen-y things (i have a surplus of cream pitchers & sugar bowls. and salt & pepper shakers. and teapots.) i love thinking about use of the space, and the best layout, and making tiny improvements. and while i never minded cooking before, having a kitchen of my own really made me enjoy puttering around and cooking more. i still have a lot to learn about cooking, but i do much more, much better than i did before.
fave friday! this week: eames lounger!
oh, eames lounger… someday when i live someplace larger and have more disposable income… maybe then we can be together. don’t hold your breath until then, dear.
as it says, from zittel.wordpress.com, more specifically from this post (how cool is that?!)
found from an inspiration post from the brick house. also, those cacti are AMAZING.
from this post from manhattan nest. and he got that beautiful white lounger from maya:
who doesn’t have a blog, but occasionally other bloggers who know her will give a sneak peak of her place (this is from brick-house).
and while we’re on the subject of white leather eames loungers, this was the most recent sighting:
from designsponge’s sneak peak of grace hsiu’s husky ranch, which i loved all of (didn’t hurt that morgan of the brick house helped out the styling…).
anybody else have something extravagant that they dream of having someday? tell me more!
day 8- window
a little prism in one of the few windows that gets direct sunlight in our apartment. it makes the little rainbows all that much sweeter for being rare.
day 9- red
the blumen girl i bought myself in dresde. i have a great-aunt who lives in germany who would bring me blumen girls each visit when i was a little girl. so last spring, when i was there, i was absolutely delighted when i found them in a store. this one doesn’t really go with the blumen girls of my childhood, but i like her very much. she is kept company by my diamond-toothed donkey-thugs/hellhounds.
the kitchen vignettes have been changing again. so, of course, i must update all of you as well.
my bedside. i dislike this lamp… but it works consistently, and that is more than i can say for my chosen bedside lamp. i recently pinned a lamp rewiring tutorial, so maybe i’ll give it a shot sometime and fix up my pretty lamp. i also love me some frack hack, but i also know myself well enough to know that it’s doubtful that the bed will stay in exactly the same spot…
other things about my bedside table: my father-in-law made the headboard and each of our bedside tables. i traded with a girl in my ceramics class for the little bowl.
i’ve been busy this weekend, doing things, fixing things, making things, but also drilling holes that didn’t work out, and making messes that will take a bit to clean up. bah humbug. but let’s focus on the positive, shall we?
but i made brussel sprouts with garlic, and jake fried up the eggs. recipe from nat the fat rat, and i hung this knife rack very successfully, though! slowly but surely, i’m buying us more counter space!
i’ll get some pictures of some of the other things i accomplished this weekend and share them with you!