Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Humble Abode

Expecting friends over for the football game tonight but they cancelled last minute. It was actually a blessing in disguise. 1) Lotsa yummy foods in the fridge for Cam so I can freely trudge along with my low-carb diet. 2) We are well stocked on alcohol and....3) We finally got off our behinds and cleaned up the apartment!

I took this chance to take photos of the place. You can still see some corners of mess but heck, we LIVE in this one bedroom apartment with two cats and all our belongings. Plus, we are two people who haven't fully grown up yet but no longer live with nagging parents.

Disclaimer: The lighting really sucks here.

We're hoping to buy our first (town)house by the winter time (if we don't go totally crazy for our wedding this May!) so I don't want to spend too much time and money on major projects for this rental unit. Plus we've been here a little over 3 years now so anything major at this point seems...pointless. That does mean we're stuck with some furniture or colors that at least I am not in love with. I do have a couple items in mind:

1) Wall Art - For the living room, I'm looking for a poster to go on the teal wall beside the TV. In the bedroom, perhaps a sunburst mirror with sconces or small shelves/art prints on either side of the bare wall above the IKEA Malm. For the bathroom, again I'm looking for art, but this seems to be the hardest to work with since I can't change the beige tiles and veneer.

Furniture - I may have to break down and buy a couple items this year. Cam has been using one of my Tiffany chairs for his computer desk but it was NOT meant to be heavily used! It's actually from a Banana Republic window display years ago when I worked there. We need to buy him a chair that doesn't scream "Staples Office Center!!" but at the same time, is functional for a big guy. Our white coffee table is as rickety as the chairs. I saved that one from a former roommate and painted it white. I may buy 3-4 IKEA Lack side tables and place them in a row. That way we can move them around when friends come over but create a "coffee table" out of them when it's just us.


  1. I agree with not putting anymore money into the apartment until you buy your town home. Layouts are different some stuff might not work and trust me a lot of $$$ goes into your first home it's never ending at least for us we were stoopid and bought a fixer upper that needs a lot of work. I'm also on the lookout for a computer chair for my hubby that doesn't scream staples, he likes the Restoration Hardware ones but they are pricey. Might be a good choice for them men destroy everything with their farts and roughness remember that when looking for a chair.

  2. I love the boudoir and those massive windows in the living room! I can't wait to have my own nice place to decorate as I'd like.

  3. I could happily live in that apartment - it looks wonderful!

  4. Stumbled upon your blog and I must say that I LOVE the red wall in the bedroom. Can't wait to see more!

  5. Bri - men (or BOYS sometimes) are such homewreckers! sometimes i consider wrapping Cam in bubblewrap and placing electric fences around some of the more delicate items around the house. i haven't become THAT evil yet, though....YET.

    Thanks for the sweet comments Zoë, mizhenka, and the peach chablis!

  6. awalkinthecloset2/3/11, 10:44 PM

    Thank you!

    IKEA is so dangerous! I go in looking for simple gallery frames and come out with pretty dishes or I go in looking for pillow covers and come out with new bedding. Lol!

  7. awalkinthecloset2/3/11, 10:44 PM

    Thank you! The coral is actually a metal jewelry holder "branch" from Urban Outfitters (about $24CDN) but I agree, it looks like coral. I bought it a while back but I did see it quite recently at my local UO.

  8. awalkinthecloset2/3/11, 10:44 PM


    Can you get delivery from IKEA in your area? I love that store. Some of the items are very cheesy but you can get some great lines like the Expedit and Malm lines for super cheap. With the right accessories, it can pull off a higher end look. :)

  9. What a lovely home. Is that faux coral décor (the tree thing) on the bookcase in your living room? (What would it be called? So interested!)

  10. cute chandelier! Wish we had IKEA out here...



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