Man, time flies when you aren’t writing an updated Whole Enchilada checklist post! It’s been six months since I posted the original checklist for this apartment. There’s definitely been some progress, but I’m holding off on a few things until we decide if we’re staying here for another year. For reference, here’s the first checklist. Previously, I left off the bathroom and patio, so I added them to this post. I’ve really enjoyed doing this whole list thing–it’s helped to keep me on track, and it’s a nice reference for when I feel like I haven’t made any improvements.
Disclosure: These are quick and dirty photos of what the apartment looks like now. Or, they are moderately recent photos because I was too lazy to take new pics of the whole apartment. I did a bit of tidying up for photos, but nothing beyond that. This is just what the place looks like (eh…maybe what the place would look like if people were coming over.) A more in depth home tour with detailed photos of each room and a source list is in the works! For reference, the bolded items are things that I’ve added to the checklist since last time. Without further ado, I present The Whole Enchilada: The Rosedale Apartment Checklist, Part II.
Hang art Hang mail drop/hooks Find a runnerFound one and then moved it into the bathroom because we discovered that our front door is too low to the ground to allow for a rug. Add a small entry table/shoe dropDude, wut? I don’t have room for a table. I did add a basket where we can toss our shoes and some wall-mounted baskets to hold random stuff. Improve the bar situaishSwitched out the black tray for a clear one, and it’s made all the difference! Fun treatment forthe mail drop wall- Halfway crossed through because I updated the wall decor here and I like how it fits the space a lot more, but still may want to do a chalkboard paint or crazy accent color. Add a fiddle leaf figIf you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve met our new family member, Lief!
- Spray paint or find new hardware for cabinet- Haven’t done this yet, but I recently found out via this post that Hobby Lobby sells cute hardware on the cheap. Brb going right now.
Hang curtains Find a side table Hang art/decor- Halfway crossed because I half-assed this! Recover or find new throw pillows Find a rug?Crossing through this not because it’s done, because I’m not planning on doing it. I think it might look weird in such a small, carpeted space. Different curtains for the window/entry (would be nice to have curtains on a tension rod for privacy for guests).- The olive green of the curtains is growing on me, especially with the new pillows/decor in here. Curtains for the entry haven’t happened yet!
- Sell bookshelves/purchase new (smaller) TV stand
- Carve out a workspace (small desk + storage for me)
The Living Room
Find new (to us) couchNeeds a blog post! Find new (to us) rugNeeds a blog post! Find new (to us) credenzaFind the blog post on this here. Pick up some basics from Ikea to round out the space (plants, hanging light)Find the blog post on this here. Hang picture ledge, artNeeds a blog post! Mount TV Hang…more art? 🙂Switched out some art on the TV wall and hung more art on the other walls. Pick up a very small side table for the couch (currently using an old one from Ikea that’s just wedged in there sideways because it’s just such a small space)Done. Found a perfectly sized table from CB2 that doesn’t take up very much visual space, either. Really, really love the look and price of this little table. Add some new throw pillows
- Paint art wall- This is in limbo right now. If we end up staying here another year, it’s ON. If we move…I’m not going to paint.
Find barstools Add art For God’s sake, buy new knives (not decor related, but I’m struggling for bullet points here.)Thanks for the Christmas present, parents! 🙂
Update bedding (Be sure to buy mostly white/light-colored bedding so your dog’s black hair shows up everywhere. Check!) Create a wall hanging for over the bedFind the blog post on this here. (Moved this above the TV.) Buy mirrors for above the nightstandsMoved one to the entryway and one to the bathroom. Find vintage nightstands and refurbish them (post is coming on these!)Find the blog post on this here. Move Cosmico art/find new art for that wall Replace your dresser from high school that your dog teethed on as a puppy. He chewed the little knobs off. YEESH.Needs a blog post! Hang art above/style new dresser. Recover headboard with a lighter fabric.Find the blog post on this here. Update Ikea dresser with new knobsNeeds a blog post! Update light bedding with dark bedding because you realized the error of your waysFind the blog post on this here. Update wall art to coordinate with new bedding Replace curtains that Finn randomly chewed throughGrabbed these from Target and love them!
- Maybe snag a patterned lumbar pillow to replace the white lumbar pillow because I can’t stop changing the bed
YEESH taking pictures for this room is so tough. There’s no natural light in here, and I can’t figure out how to make them less yellowy and sad looking even with editing them. I promise it doesn’t look this bad IRL!
- Find a less girly shower curtain
Find two rugs, one 3′ x 5′ and one 2′ x 3′ Find some basket storage for the linen shelves Get new neutral towels Hang art/decor
Install Ikea shelves Add plants/decor to shelves
- Find inexpensive/cute outdoor set, likely two chairs and a small table. (Currently rocking a $5 chair and old, old table.)
Doing the patio at the end was probably a bad idea, since now I feel like I’ve accomplished nothing. But looking at the place as a whole (and ya know, living here and stuff) makes me happy. And I could be wrong, but I think that’s kind of the whole point of decorating. Looking forward to showing you guys more photos, sources, and whatnot with the upcoming home tour that I feel like I’ve mentioned 1 billion times. It’s a real thing, I promise!