So, the tiny living room got a big break on Apartment Therapy! As an avid reader of their blog/lover of everything they do/subscriber to their life philosophies/possible crazy person, I am SO excited.
I sent in some photos of the living room “makeover”- really just the starting point (empty) and the after (filled up with art, furniture, and of course TCHOTCHKES.) (guys, I don’t even have to Google how to spell that word anymore.) I didn’t even know the post had been accepted or that they planned to publish when my mom called me with that sound in her voice like I was in trouble.
Turns out I wasn’t in trouble, just totally clueless. She spilled the beans about the feature that she had come across, and I hyperventilated and was so excited I had a hard time opening my computer. Matt and Finn just stared at me, totally bewildered. (as usual. heh.)
The rest was a flurry of excitement (they like me!), nervous energy (what if people are mean!), and more excitement. Click here if you’d like to check out the post.
Wellllll…I’ve lived here for 6 months now, so I think it’s probably time to do a home tour before it’s time for me to pack up and move again. To recap: my apartment is one bedroom, one bath, and 500 square feet. It is tiny, but where there is Ikea and Craigslist and a will, there’s a way. It’s just big enough for Finn and I, the neighborhood is bang-a-rang, and it’s super close to work which makes me feel old that I am now counting that as a perk.
This is the floor plan, which I nabbed off the apartment community’s website. It is not at all accurate (my closet is NOT that big, neither is the kitchen), but it at least gives you an idea of where things are. The living room is 12′ x 14′, which is roughly the size of a small bedroom.
Here is the poorly shot Before picture, taken on the day I got my keys. I definitely had several moments of the “But…where is everything going to GO??” panic that can easily set in when you are standing in an empty room. I had measured previously to ensure that everything would fit, so in my brain I knew it would be fine, but my eyes couldn’t comprehend it.
Pros: good light, the paint color doesn’t offend me, the laminate flooring is decent as far as laminate flooring goes. (And way better than carpet.) Probably the biggest pro of all that should be talked about is that it is an apartment I can afford in a neighborhood I love. In the end, it’s all about your priorities. If I placed a higher priority on super nice finishes, a new build, etc., then I’d need to move significantly farther away to be able to afford that. If I placed a lower priority on being able to pay my bills each month, then I could have it all! But, I kind of like being able to pay my bills. It’s not the most comfortable topic, but I think it’s important to say that if you are on a budget- that’s okay. And you can still make a comfortable, cute place to come home to AND be able to pay your rent each month. But that’s a whole other post in itself. 🙂
Cons: Popcorn. Ceiling. And the aforementioned room size. Have I mentioned that it’s small? Other con: that damn HVAC door, stealing my precious wall space and just being an eyesore in general. General con: older building, older finishes.
Here she is all filled up with stuff! Way less depressing. Using a rug has helped define this space, which is nice because it is open to the dining and kitchen areas. I had a few large-scale art pieces and couldn’t narrow down which ones to hang, so I displayed all of them. I’m very happy with this choice! (Ugh, I’m never going to be a cool minimalist.)
If you read my previous house tour posts, you might recognize my Ikea Expedits that I use as my TV stand, bookshelf, and tchotchke resting place. Also, yes, that is Mrs. Landingham from The West Wing. I feel she enhances the living room shots.
The print below was a Christmas gift from my incredible siblings, who saw that I mentioned it in a blog post a few months back. They found it, but it was sold out- which is where your average siblings would stop, but as I mentioned- my siblings are of the incredible variety. They tracked down the artist, found out that she had one more in her home and she agreed to sell it. Now it lives in my tiny apartment, and makes the living room a happier place.
The blue chair has moved from the dining room of my old place into the living room here and is the perfect little size. The couch is a Craigslist find you might remember from this post, and the coffee table is also a Craigslist purchase that I blogged about here. My side table is from the West Elm outlet (aka HEAVEN), the standing lamp is a Target purchase, and the basket is actually a hamper from Ikea that I use to store blankets.
Since taking the pictures above, I moved the tray to become a bar tray in the dining room. Now my dining room books and candle sit tray-less and I don’t hate it!
That’s about it! Nothing too big or fancy, but it is filled with my favorite things (mainly that puppy on the couch), and it serves us well. Up next: dining room!
p.s. If you enjoy the house tour posts, you can read more of my house related posts here or see house tour images here! If you have any source questions, feel free to ask in the comments or email me here.
Edited to add: This before and after was featured on Apartment Therapy! To view the feature, click here. Thanks!
No, that’s not a typo in the title. It’s a reference to Tobias Funke from Arrested Development. He’s a bumbling, well-meaning never-nude (“There are DOZENS of us!”) and one of the funniest characters evar.
I should probably back up a little bit. I needed some new dining chairs to fit my new, smaller dining room table in my new, smaller apartment. (Seen below.) Look how sad my dining room table looks without any chairs to keep him company.
Not going to lie, I’ve been hunting since July. Watching…waiting…stalking Craigslist. Originally, I mentioned wanting these guys from Overstock. I liked their modern look, but on second thought I wasn’t sure I wanted white chairs to go with my white table. Plus, I didn’t realllly want to spend $150.
So, I kept an eye on Craigslist for some clean-lined, smallish chairs under $100. Almost 4 months of NOTHIN. Then, one day, Thou Shall Craigslist came to the rescue. I’ve mentioned it before, but it bears repeating: this blog is the shiz. Some kind, unknown (to me) Austinite runs this blog and combs Craigslist daily for the best finds. That person then posts them on the blog. This blog is pretty popular, so these items go fast- which means I’ve never actually secured a purchase that I’ve found through TSC. UNTIL NOW.
::angels sing:: Which brings us back, full circle, to Tobias. See, these are the TOBIAS chairs from Ikea. They are the perfect size and shape. I love that they are transparent since that means they don’t take up much visual space at all in my teeny dining room. I love that the name of these chairs reminds me of my favorite never-nude. And I LOVE that they were $30 each through my Craigslist purchase, instead of $80 each from Ikea.
Picture dump for visually-hungry peeps:
Just proof once again that good things come to those who stalk Craigslist on a regular basis! I’m so tickled with Tobias 1 & 2. Any of you fine peeps finding anything good on CL these days?