Chris and I moved into our two-bedroom apartment last December. This was a huge deal for us because the first place we lived in together was a tiny studio apartment. Plus our new two-bedroom would be our first “we’re married” home– our “newlywed nest” per se.
I shared some photos of our new place when we first moved in, but today, I want to share more photos to show what we’ve added and updated. Our apartment has been a work in progress, but it’s been a fun, challenging project to work on– fun because I consider this apartment my first “grown-up” apartment which means no thrift store or Craigslist decor, and challenging because Chris is the only guy I’ve ever lived with, so I had to make sure everything we bought for our new home was gender-neutral!
It’s now July, and for the first time since we moved in last December, I’d say we’re about done putting together our new home. Let’s start the tour, shall we?
Living room: We replaced the two small Ikea prints over the couch with one big Ikea canvas print because the two small prints didn’t fill the space very well. We added a couple movie posters on each side of the sliding glass door. We replaced the floor lamp (the old one was hideous) and moved it across the room where there’s less light. Last, but not least, we added the California Coastal Counties print next to the entertainment center. That print is probably my favorite one of them all. I also want to pay tribute to my family photo wall and wine rack; this is one of the areas that makes my apartment feel grown up!
Dining room and kitchen: I added a table runner to our dining table and always try to keep a centerpiece of fresh flowers on display. On the side of the refrigerator, I added a bunch of Stickygrams: my Instagram pictures in magnet form! Can you tell I love pictures?
Office: I think this might be the room that has gone through the most transformation. I added the “Oh snap!” print and decorated my desk and bookshelf. We added an indoor bike rack. Chris FINALLY cleaned up his desk area and hung a few posters of some of his favorite movies.
Patio: When we first moved in, we just locked up our bikes on the patio and put a tarp over them. Once summer arrived, we decided to take advantage of our patio during the months when the sunshine is out. So we moved the bikes into the office, and bought a patio set! I’m hoping to get a vertical garden going soon. I tried once already, but the crazy Sacramento heat killed the plants I bought from Trader Joe’s within a day. Gardening fail!
Have you done any redecorating lately? What are some things you do to make your apartment/house feel more like a home? Do you have any gardening tips?