I moved a few months ago, and not only did it take a while to furnish the apartment, it took a while to decorate it. Come along with me for a behind-the-scenes look at my journey from moving in to decorating my favorite room.
When we first moved in, not very much came with us. And our budget was low, so it took a while to purchase some of the things we needed.
It took faith, at that point, and vision, to create a sense of home in our apartment. I set intentions, prayed and then, held space for what I hoped would come our way.
Once we got a loveseat and chair, in the living room, I began to really dive into creating a plan for decorating it. I created a moodboard, inspired by what I’d seen in a catalog.
I read decorating books, and did a lot of dreaming and thinking about how I wanted to feel in my home, and what I wanted others to feel, when they came to visit.
Now, during most of this time, I had big dreams, but a very small budget. Which meant the room would have to come together slowly and gradually.
Y’all, the waiting was hard! I wanted my home to look a lot like this…
But I had to find ways to enjoy my new home that didn’t require it to be finished. And I had to accept that Christmas would probably come and go without a Better Homes and Garden look. :)
Along the way, I got a really good idea from the book, The Cozy Minimalist, and it was perfect because it called for emptying out the room you were working on. No problem there!
Myquillin Smith suggested starting with your primary piece of furniture, usually a sofa. And she said to try it against every wall in the room, and even in the middle of the room.
Then, she said that once you know where're you are going to place that piece, you should try the secondary piece in several different places, too.
So, I jumped right in, and I have got the pictures to prove it. Take a look at these, and then, choose which configuration you think I chose.
Once you have decided which one you think I chose, watch the video to see which one I picked. Let me know if you guessed right, and which one you liked best. Even if it's not the one I picked.
Was the one I chose what you thought it would be?
Though my home still isn't perfect, or finished, I finally felt ready to start decorating with what I had. And my little apartment got a tiny bit dressed up for Christmas.
Have you ever had to grapple with both a small budget and a small living space?
And have you ever had a long wait for a new home to look the way you wanted it to look?
See you tomorrow!
Hi, I'm Jeanine
Author, tea matchmaker, self care coach and lifestyle blogger. I help women who want more time for tea breaks & self care simplify, and find time for both. More here.