OUT WITH THE OLD
Since I’ve arrived home from this last trip, I have been in hardcore nesting mode. Probably not the right term since a baby bird is NOT on its way, but it best describes the situation. I'm cleaning, organizing, and rearranging, in addition to selling furniture from the old house and acquiring new furnishings and décor. It was bound to happen. It was only a matter of time until living out of a suitcase in hotels, bed and breakfasts, and guesthouses would cause me to want a space of my own.
When I moved in January, I had exactly one week to move everything from my previous home and set it up in the apartment before I left for Asia. I wasn’t concerned at all if my furniture worked in the space or if things were up to my design standards. I quickly unpacked the boxes and took off for three and half months. Now that the dust has begun to settle, I’ve got some changes to make.
For the most part, my existing furnishings, art, and décor could be mixed and matched very easily. The apartment living room came together quickly, and I’m happy (for now) with its setup. The only large furniture pieces that I couldn’t fit were the two dining tables. I am currently planning to send them to good homes, and quickly move them out of the garage. It has left us without a place to eat, and we have been making do with a plastic tray table...super classy.
The dining area in the apartment is just a small nook tucked into a bay window. It is the perfect place to house my settee, gold stripe curtains, and it is where all of my books are living. Since I was short on time (leaving books in boxes wasn’t an option), I threw everything on an Ikea shelving unit that tucks nicely next to the window. It is filled to the brim with books and my travel treasures, and it’s another item on my list to rework.
Since January, I knew I wanted a small round table to go in this area. I’ve been eyeing this bistro table since we moved in, and finally pulled the trigger this week. The table has all of my favorite elements, nice curves, mix of metals, and a marble top. It will make the settee a sweet little place to drink coffee and give seating for one or two people to eat. I’m planning to throw one of the extra black dining chairs from the old house onto the opposite side of the table or maybe my Ghost chair.
In the last week, I have also rearranged my rugs around the apartment. Moving my cowhide from the living into this dining nook. I’m having a hard time with my rugs. Since my walls were bold and colorful in the old house and I had those lovely old wood floors, my rugs were neutral. Here the walls and carpet (ughhhh) are beige and the rugs just aren’t doing it for me. Getting new rugs isn't an option so I'll to deal with it for now.
While waiting for my bistro table, I’ve been planning the redesign of my master bedroom. It received the leftovers that didn’t fit in the other spaces, and it's a hodge-podge of random items. It doesn’t make me feel relaxed or comfortable, and I’ve already started to steam roll through the space. My bed, tufted chair, and floor mirror are staying. Everything else has got to go, which actually isn’t that much. I’ve already started ordering replacement items to see how they fit, and in another post I will go through the process of redesigning the space.
Here are some of the items I am looking at adding to my space…new bedding for sure, nightstand to balance the existing dark chair, curtains to soften the walls, and beautiful lighting. I may have also ordered this rug on a whim. If I decide to keep it, it will change all of my original plans for the space. Much more fun and bright, which is a very good thing. As the process unfolds, I'll keep you updated with the new furnishings and redesign. I can’t wait to have a space that is a reflection of my personality instead of a sparse and boring bedroom. (Since I wrote this post, the lamp has been delivered. It is heavy, beautiful, and well made in a soft brass and marble. It's my new favorite item in the house. I go into the bedroom and look at it every hour. I love lamp!)