Sunday, October 14, 2012

The New Apartment: Living Room/Dining Room

In our apartment, the "dining" area and the "living room" are attached. I'm only putting "dining area" in quotations because we have no table. So it seems wrong to call it a dining room. But it is also odd to call it just the, "open area adjacent to the living room." But for now, that is what I'll call it.

During my formative years, I watched a whole lot of trading spaces. And that taught me a few things. First of all, finding out that Hildi was going to be designing your space was akin to being told you were about to be thrown into the lion's den. Remember when she glued all those feathers to the wall? Can you imagine the dusting!! And the effects on the resale value of the house?!? But really the main thing I learned is that when you are designing a space, you should base it around one item.

A few months ago, I fell in love with the painting of the couple walking home in the rain. It just seemed so romantic. But it was kind of pricey and I didn't want to impulse buy it, so I walked away with full knowledge someone else might snatch it up. But I went back after a few weeks, and it was still there, so I figured it was a sign and I bought it! But by the time I got to the cash register that painting had disappeared!  Luckily, an employee was just in the process of rearranging the store and had moved it. But there was a moment there I experienced true devastation.

I designed the rest of the room around that painting obviously. I got a few pieces from hobby lobby and a few pieces from the store I got the painting from, Bargain Jungle. They key rack was made for us by one of my best friends Anna! It was her first ever pinterest project and I think it turned out beautifully.

Now we have matching furniture and a fancy vacuum! We are just feeling more grown up by the second! Now if we can just get a table to eat at, we will have it all together!


  1. I love your new place! It looks so cozy. I also love the framed picture of Sarah on your bookcase. So sweet. Very cute key rack too!
    I used to watch Trading Spaces all the time and Hildi just made me cringe!! I remember watching one where they demanded she put everything back the way it was! Ha!

  2. Love that artwork--can totally see why you fell in love with it! And oh, Hildi... she was the worst!!

  3. Girl, it looks great! It makes me wish I had $$ to make my apartment more... home-y. :)


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