When Derek and I tell people we are moving in together – and will be redecorating ‘his place’ to become ‘our place’ along the way – they all give us the same advice: tackle one room at a time and pick the rooms to do first based on where you spend most of your time.
We both love this advice. Focusing on one room at at time will stop both of us from feeling overwhelmed and redoing the rooms where we spend the most time first will really help in making this house feel like a home.
With that in mind, our first focus will be the living room.
The living room is the first area everyone sees when they enter the condo. It’s where we will entertain guests, watch tv, and where I plan to do the majority of my work before my official ‘office’ is pieced together in the second bedroom. We feel that when the living room starts to feel like home, the rest of the condo will follow. 🙂
Ok, let’s pretend we’re starting with a blank canvas.
Thank you, photoshop! 😉
Wait a minute. You ain’t seen nothing yet.
Here’s what I’m envisioning in the ‘Meghann was having fun with photoshop on her way to Miami this weekend‘ sort of way.
You like? 😉
Ok, picture it with me.
First up – the couch.
Derek and I found a couch replacement we both love from American Signature, but we’re hoping to find something similar on craigslist. If we are unable to locate something similar for a cheaper price by the time I move in, then we will happily pay for the new couch and chair & 1/2 that week.
Isn’t it pretty? I’m not the biggest fan of the pillows that come with the couch, but I also know those are 100% replaceable. 🙂
Next, the vertical blinds.
Problem: Derek loves the ‘black out’ functionality behind the blinds and these were a very recent purchase.
How do I get the same functionality the blinds provide while giving them a little sprucing up? Would it be better to replace them with curtains? Should we keep them?
When Derek moved in to his place last year, he spent a solid week painting the walls white. He pretty much burnt out on painting them and has flat out refused (in a very joking matter) to help with any painting. Completely understandable.
Any new Tampa friends like to paint? Because, even without Derek’s help, I’m convince a spruce of color on the walls will really liven this place up.
But, I have questions.
What color? And how do I paint the living room so it’s separated from the kitchen? Or do I paint the kitchen too?
hmmm…. we’ll save my thoughts on wall art for another day.
Also, we need a rug. I don’t even know where to begin on the rug!
Now, my stuff
As far as items coming from my apartment, we will be incorporating the coffee table, end tables, and tv stand from my living room into our new living room.
The coffee table is more for functionality than anything else because we both love its ability to rise up.
(photo stolen from this post. notice Abbie’s cute little butt)
I’m not against getting a new coffee table eventually, but it’s not high on the priority list by any means.
So here’s what we’ve got so far:
What’s staying of Derek’s
- Various other electronics
Coming in from my apartment:
- Coffee Table
- End Tables
- Entertainment Center
What we need:
- Wall Art?
- Solution for blinds?
- Couches + Chair
What do you think? All comments and ideas are welcomed!