Today I’d like to introduce everyone to Project BGA, short for Project Big Girl Apartment. Project BGA refers to my new apartment that will be mine and only mine. Side note: I’ve called every new apartment since I graduated college my “big girl apartment.” But something about this place being all mine makes it feel even more grown up/”big girl.” Even if it is only 500 sq ft 🙂 I pick up the keys today! (on Friday the 13th, but I’m sure it isn’t a bad omen or anything. Right?? Right. Totally.)
There is a part of me that knows that there is likely only one season of life where I will have my very own place with no one else able to chime in with opinions on how to decorate. This part of me wants to paint everything hot pink with gold accents and just be UBER feminine, and then I remember that’s not really my style in the first place. Nevertheless, I am really really excited about getting to make all my own choices with only the occasional judgmental head tilt from Finn.
Here’s the floor plan of the new place- this may look familiar! That’s because it’s the same complex AND the same floor plan that I shared in Project Dith: Phase 1. My friend Meredith found this place and moved in a couple months ago. I’m so glad she found it, because it is a great price, location, and had everything I was looking for in terms of amenities. Cue me signing the lease.
Every time I move into a new place, I enter a feverish state where decorating consumes my thoughts. I LOVE thinking about how I’ll arrange the furniture, where the art will be hung, and how I’ll make the space feel mine. At this point, I’ve lived in so many places and collected so many decor items that I feel like I have a pretty good idea about how the space will come together. There are a few key things I’m missing for the living room area- a coffee table, pouf/ottoman for my chair, and maybe some new throw pillows.
I had some fun playing on Polyvore with three different ways to tackle the new living room. See below for each of the options and vote at the bottom for your favorite! I’d love any further input you have in the comments.
Project BGA: Muted Living Room
This is my version of restrained, which is many people’s version of seizure-inducing. I already own the art, lamps, blanket, basket, blue chair (in a similar style), couch, gold pillows, black and white pillow, rug, succulents, and side table. That means the only new pieces in this space would be the coffee table and pouf. Also, the grass cloth background is meant to mimic the color that I’ll be painting the room.
My first thought is usually to layer more color and texture, but for this space I didn’t add any color and stuck with a neutral coffee table/bench and a gray pouf for the chair. The accents in the room come from the earthy green flowers and succulents. I definitely like how calming it is- it would be nice to come home to at the end of a crazy work day.
Project BGA: Colorful Living Room
And taking the opposite approach- adding bright pops of color in this space makes the room lively. I’m liking how the yellow, pink, blue, and green play together on the backdrop of the neutral wall, art, and couch colors. This time, instead of a calming effect when I come home, the pillows say “You’re here!! We’re so happy to see you!!” So weird because that’s also what Finn says. Finn also matches the decor really well. Coincidence? (Yes it’s a coincidence! Jesus! I didn’t adopt a dog because he matches my rug you freak!)
Project BGA: Feminine Living Room
Girly, Party of 1, your room is ready! Kind of love how the colorful floral print pulls everything together, and I like the visual interest that the pattern-mixing adds. (FYI, the black and white pillow is the Stockholm from Ikea. The pattern is showing up weird on the Polyvore image.) The delicate coffee table with gold accents is another feminine touch. The southwestern rug, natural woven basket, big dark couch, and black and white art keep the space from being TOO girly.
What do yall think? Muted, Colorful, or Feminine? I’ll announce the winner next week, and chime in with my favorite as well. I wonder if they’ll match up! If you’re all like “Love the coffee table from the muted room and the pillows from the colorful room,” holler atcher girl in the comments! But don’t be mean. I’m watching you. O.o