I’ve decided to do some room tours of our current apartment since we won’t be living here for very long, and even though we lived in our first apartment for two years, I only have approximately 3 photos of the place. And I’ve decided to start with the bedroom because at the moment, it is the most presentable room. Half of our kitchen is still on the floor of our living room from our apartment’s “clean-out” pest control visit that involved moving 6,000 square feet of kitchen and bathroom items out of every cabinet and onto the living room floor. (and we still have roaches…)
Disclaimer: I’m not so great at interior photography and can’t for the life of me figure out how to make straight lines straight and not all M.C. Escher-esque. I’m blaming the camera. Tips are much appreciated.
When we first moved here, we were planning on staying for a while, hence the super dark wall color (I’m 90% sure that it’s called “Realm” by Behr) that’s going to be so much fun to paint over in a few months. I grossly underestimated the amount of paint it would take, and made no less than three trips to Home Depot to finish the room. Even though I asked for the exact same paint each time, I ended up with three different formulas – flat interior, flat interior enamel, and flat premium paint + primer. If you look very closely in person you can see where the different paints meet up – each one has a slightly different sheen.
The brass bed was a Craigslist find. (I’m officially a brass-aholic. I believe there’s a twelve step program, but I refuse to admit I have a problem, so there goes that.) There’s supposed to be one more rail up top in the front, but the ceiling fan foiled my plans. The quilt is from Urban Outfitters, and I love it, but I’ll be honest and admit that it was overpriced, terribly made, and falling apart after about a year. The duvet cover is from West Elm and, sidenote, we don’t use the duvet in the summer because our bedroom is upstairs and always around 120 degrees, but it looked pretty on the bed so I included it in the photograph. I’m scrupulously honest like that.
See how wonky these lines are? I swear our bed does not tilt in that disgraceful manner. I just picked up this cute little night stand off of Craigslist for $15 and it was the easiest makeover ever – I primed and painted the drawer fronts in one evening and called it finished.
The $7 Goodwill lamp is my favorite lamp ever in the whole entire world and my very first attempt at electrizical work. It hasn’t fried us yet, so I [may]
must have done a good job.
Next we’re going to play a game called “Guess Whose Bookcase Is Whose”. Hint: You probably don’t need a hint. I spent $30 on paint for the Ikea bookcases, and several days painting them, only to find the exact same bookcases except already-white on Craigslist a few days later for like, $6 each. My beloved campaign/chippendale hutch-thingy came from my favorite thrift store (CitySquare née CDM Thrift) and I would like to thank the dedication of my dad, husband and friend-Will for getting it up the tight stairs. Bryan vows we are leaving it up there when we move. Silly Bryan.
In this apartment we finally have more storage space then we need, so my much-loved-seldom-worn heels came out of the closet and up on the shelf where I can admire. Hi, my name is Brynne and I haven’t bought heels in almost a year…. I’m overdue, but I have a birthday coming up…
And here is my very first large-scale upholstery project. I would kill for a before-photo, but my camera ate the memory card right after I took one. It was a revolting orange velour, circa 1970, but the comfiest chair I’ve ever had the pleasure of sitting in, and only $20. Bryan wasn’t convinced when I brought it home, but now he has unshakeable faith in all my decor decisions (ed’s note: not really) except my desire for a hot-pink living room. O ye of little faith.
Well, that’s all folks. I didn’t show you the pile of laundry right next to the door or the ugly bathroom area where the towel-holder fell out of the wall because this place has walls like cottage cheese… I’ll leave that up to your imagination.
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