Happy new year, loves! I took a break from blogging for the holidays and to MOVE. That’s right, the house is finally under contract and we close this week. Thank you sweet baby Jesus, the house is finally sold and we are all under one roof!
However, that roof is a 2 bedroom apartment that clocks in at 1040 square feet (down from 1906 sq. ft. at the house). We sold a lot of our furniture, especially any DIY/painted stuff and oversized pieces, so we are learning to live with less in a smaller space.
That all being said… I still want a stylish apartment even though we are only going to be living here through September when our lease ends. Initially I thought I could do this apartment living a bit longer, but nope. ALL THE NOPES. A loud neighbor moved in upstairs proving that apartment living truly is not for me anymore. #toooldforthis
I think people assume apartment decorating is challenging since you’re at the hands of a landlord, but I like a challenge which is why I signed up for the $100 room makeover challenge hosted by Erin from Lemons, Lavender & Laundry. The premise is simple- makeover a room in your home for $100 or less over the next 4 weeks. We will be sharing our progress the next 4 weeks on Wednesdays.
I’m choosing to focus on our small, 5×8 dining space. Over the holidays it became a dumping ground for stuff as we unpacked. I finally got it all cleared off and it looks so… beige.
See? Beige, beige, beige.
So, here’s the plan, and truthfully my goal is to spend as little money as possible and use what I have.
I’m going to use leftover temporary wallpaper that’s very close to the famous Tanzania wallpaper that’s been used in many high end homes. You can snag it for under $30 a roll here, and I envision using it on the wall shown below to make the most impact. That doorway leads to the master bedroom.
I also want to incorporate a floral wall gallery using the artwork I used in our former master bedroom (see pic below) to give the space some color. I’m going to need to use a lot of Command Hooks/strips for this project.
The rug from the dining room at the house will help anchor the space and provide a mega dose of personality.
I may add a new throw pillow to the black bench, and I will likely try to find/buy are some baskets that fit nicely under the bench to add in a bit more storage. We will also keep using the same ghost chairs we used in the breakfast nook.
Now, what I am on the fence about is whether or not to add in curtains, here’s why. The dining space is right off the kitchen which is all an open concept space adjacent to the living room (which is to the immediate left based on the perspective below).
Do I have to get the same curtains I have in the living area (shown below as a refresher) or can I go with something else? I was envisioning simple white curtains to help tone down the beige.
Also, I don’t know if it’ll be a pain to impede the flow onto the patio (where those doors lead to), but it’s not like we truthfully go out there often.
So…to add curtains or nah? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
The widget below features all the other bloggers taking the $100 Room Makeover Challenge, and they’re tackling bedrooms, laundry rooms, bathrooms and foyers. Hope you’re left feeling inspired to get creative and thrifty to refresh a space this month.
I’ll now be back to my regular 2-3 times a week blogging schedule and counting down the days seconds until this apartment lease is up. Good thing I have a pair of sleep headphones on order to drown out the upstairs neighbor.