The only thing I really had on my Christmas list this year was gift cards that would contribute to my new project – redecorating my apartment. I’ve officially been in it for about a year and a half, and with new couches at the top of my to-buy list I’m all fired up to really make this place a home.
The trouble with apartments though is that you don’t truly own them – I won’t be renovating a kitchen or redoing the floors, so what I have to work with is furniture, paint and decorative items to make it feel like a place that’s mine.
I’ve rounded up a few things I’ll be keeping in mind while I’m working away on my space.
Paint is powerful. When I first moved into this apartment, I was convinced I wouldn’t be painting. Why bother investing in something I’ll only have to switch back when I decide to move on to bigger and better things? Then, I started hanging out at friend’s places who did bother to paint and noticing what a difference it made. Apartment beige isn’t for everyone, myself included. I’ve moved away from that initial stance of “paint is pointless” to “paint is powerful,” and am really looking forward to customizing each room.
Start with the big things, then work your way to small. Disclosure: I am not a designer of any sort, so this might not be a real thing, but I’ve decided I won’t be choosing my smaller decor items in my living room before I’ve bought my couches. The same thing will go for my other rooms – quite frankly, I’ll be investing a big chunk of change into big ticket items over the course of the next year and I’d rather be forced to work around them versus wasting money on making those things work around the smaller details. Think of the project like an inverse pyramid – start big, then work your way down to the finer details.
Do the best you can with the space you have. The building I live in is not that luxurious. I’m in what I’m certain is the least-trendy neighbourhood in Toronto, I don’t have a concierge or a building gym, but I like my apartment because I have a lot of space for what I pay in Toronto. The trade-off is a home that doesn’t exactly scream modern and sexy, but it truly has a lot of potential. I can’t change a lot of things – the way the kitchen is laid out, the storage space available to me, the cupboards under my sink in the bathroom, etc. What I can do, though, is take each aspect of the apartment and make it work the best I can for what I need. Sometimes that means buying storage units and solutions, replacing hardware on cupboards to dress them up a bit, or investing in furniture items that solve some of the problems I might face. Apartments only give you so much to work with, but with an open mind a lot is possible.
I’ve already started by freshening up my bathroom and I’m BEYOND excited to get going on my living room. Bedroom will likely happen sometime in the spring, and the office is always a work in progress. Will you be doing any home projects or redecorating in 2015?