Enough rambling. Here are a some embarrassing before pics:
I won't even comment on those since they are so atrocious.
And some afters:
Definitely better, that's for sure. If I had unlimited funds I would do a lot of other things, like this:
1) Paint that sage green wall in the living room. At first I was okay with it but now I hate it every time I look at it. I want to paint it a perfect gray color. That sage green has no place in that apartment with those vintage posters, it basically just looks like I forgot to paint. Which I sorta did. I SERIOUSLY wish I would have known that you can make your landlord paint and stuff before you move in. Epic fail for not knowing. So basically I'm debating hard whether or not I want to undertake this (I mean, its 2 small walls) in a rental. I'm leaning more and more towards a yes. Maybe it's time to take too many paint chips home from the Depot. Hmm...what am I doing this weekend? I think a gray akin to this on the right would be good, not too neutral but not too dark and overpowering. I likey.
2) I really like my little rustic country lookin' media cabinet thinger. It's technically the bottom half of an armoire (the other half is functioning as a bar right now because the TV won't fit in there), but you wouldn't know that unless I told you. So ignore what I just said. So I love the piece, but I really want a mid century credenza. I don't even want it, I need one. BAD. SO BAD. I think about them all the time and just keep dreaming about having one in the living room to use as a media unit. Something glorious and beautiful like this:
Alternatively, I could also make due with something like this:
|Ikea PS Cabinet|
3) My shelving is great and totally functional for the space. I needed shelves, and BAM, I got them from Ikea on the cheap. Buuuuuuut I can't help lusting after this incredible pipe shelving unit.
|via The Brick House|
It's a little bit blurry, but I watch her show all the flippin' time so I've had time to stare at it for a pretty extended period of time. There's a DIY guide (as this particular one is) here on Ready Made but I don't think my skills are that great for a project like this; plus just the list of materials really scares me. I mean what is a "base flange"? That just makes me think of phalanges and I'd like to keep mine thankyouverymcuh. Home Depot is a scary scary place and I don't like to go without my bf. He is manly man and speaks some weird workman's Home Depot language that I am unwilling to learn.
4) An Eames chair. I love the traditional Eames, but this one is more my style. It's this beautiful color, with lots of tufting, a wood back--it's gorgeous. Here's a tip for you if you're looking for the authentic Eames since there are a lot of "Eames-inspired" chairs out there. An authentic one will have a 5-legged base, that doesn't sit flat on the floor (like below). The arms will be curved and not flat, the cushion of the ottoman and the seat are the same size and in fact are interchangeable, and also the color of the wood is something to watch out for. The chair also has a tilt to it, but does not recline. All some fun facts to help you discern "real" from "inspired".
This one is on craigslist right now. Unfortunately I don't have 4 extra hundies layin' around. Major bummer.
5) A new sofa. Don't get me wrong, I like my sofa. I snagged it off craigslist for cheap, especially considering that it's a custom down sofa that has great bones. And for someone with more money, they could reupholster those great bones into something awesome. After thinking about actually reupholstering, I decided that the sofa itself is a little too traditional style wise for me. Rather than sink more money into it by reupholstering a sofa I don't love, I'd rather put the money that I don't have towards something I do want. Look how well I manage my hypothetical dough! If only I could do that with real money. Anyways, I want something vintage and awesome. Or a chesterfield sofa, whichever comes first and is cheaper. I am going to start hunting for a vintage sofa, but it may take quite a bit of time since my budget is tiny. I'm just going to start keeping various coffee can piggy banks for different things, like "vintage sofa" or "modern pendant lighting". You think I'm kidding.
|via Restoration Hardware|
|via The Brass Petal|
6) A headboard. I know I did that post ages ago about alternatives to traditional headboards, and I have been rocking some beveled tile mirrors above my bed for a while now which has been a great low cost solution. But alas, I am getting le tired of them. I really dig this woven headboard from West Elm:
7) A rug for the living room. We've got hardwood floors everywhere but the kitchen and bedrooms, and it would be nice to have a rug for no other reason than me thinking so. I could post 10 different ones I love but are out of my price range, so here are the more reasonably priced ones I'm considering:
8) A new dresser. I bought mine at the Salvation Army for $30. Which is pretty incredible. For a dresser. But I want something less shabby chic. When I first started decorating all I wanted was shabby chic, but now I sort of hate it. I am finding myself to be very vintage modern as of late, and I think it's a trend that will continue. Shape wise I would rather have a long and low dresser. My bedroom definitely needs some updating and refreshing, a little modernizing, but it's not at the top of my list since everything functions in there at present. But definitely something to keep an eye out for if I spot a deal.
Dresser wise, I would love an antique dark wood dresser. There's something really elegant about this one:
|via The Haystack Needle|
Well, now you've got the skinny on my apartment and my long term wish list. It's like I have a chronic case of empty nest syndrome even though I am childless. I think it might be genetic. Beware folks. What are you guys wishing for lately?