I promised this post to you ages ago and, finally, here it is. Cut me some slack--I was busy! MIL was here for a visit and then, poor baby that I am, I caught a bad cold. So now that I'm feeling better, I've finally taken the "after" pictures of our apartment that I promised you.
We've been living in this little townhouse for almost 3 years now. Every year, we considered it temporary: first, we thought we were going to law school and then we were thinking about moving south and most recently, we considered buying a house before coming to the decision that we're not ready and that Walker needs to get his CPA first.
All sound decisions, but they mean that we won't be leaving our current abode for at least another year and a half--totally fine. Our loudest neighbors have moved out and after considering the options, we determined that we do, in fact, have the best apartment in the area for the price we pay for it. So instead of buying a home we can't afford, I've been working to make the apartment we can afford look more like a grownup home.
Our living room was probably in the most dire need of an upgrade. Just one look at the before and you can tell recent college grads lived here with Mom's hand-me-downs:
This is how it looks today:
This is my favorite part:
I love this, too. Another TJ Maxx purchase ($10), complete with a few more birds leftover from the design on the opposite wall.
Dining room before:
Brunswick model, if you're interested). I was surprised by how nice their stuff is. I will probably be going back there in the future. We loved this one because it's tall (surprise), it's got storage underneath it, and the leaf expansion folds right into the tabletop--perfect for our small space!
What do you think of my little red lantern and dried grass accents? They're both from the Home Good Store :)
This is a little vignette I added to the upstairs hall:
Okay, remember that sad, empty guest room?
Now here's something I actually made myself:
I got the idea from several Pinterest pins. My longer necklaces were getting tangled in my little jewelry cupboard and my earrings were all piled in a little bowl--it was hard to find anything! I just bought a couple of cheap frames from Walmart, some screw-in hooks (for the necklaces) and some stiff cross-stitch fabric (for the earrings) and voila! My jewelry is now art!
Even though I still have a few projects and improvements to tackle (the couches for one!), but the place already feels more like a sophisticated home than it did when we moved in. I think I could stay in this place for another year or so. :)
What do you think of my changes? What would you have done differently?
I might actually have some knitting for you next time, stay tuned!