In just one month from today, A and I will be packing up a U-Haul and saying goodbye to Philly before driving cross-state to our new home in Pittsburgh! This move has been on the horizon for a while, but somehow it still seems to have snuck up on me. I couldn’t be more excited about this next big step that we’re about to take together, and now that the wedding is over I find couch fabrics and dining tables occupying a lot of the space in my brain where floral arrangements and place cards used to be.
I’ve been pouring over my Pinterest boards gathering inspiration for decorating our new apartment. We’ll be living downtown in a tiny one-bedroom apartment; we fell in love with the apartment for it’s city views, not it’s size! My goal is to create a space that is above all else cozy and that maximizes the space that we have to avoid clutter. Consider this post my inspiration board for decorating our space. Wish me luck!
Even in an apartment with no defined entryway (such as a hallway or foyer), a small table or bench with a cheerful plant and a spot for keys and shoes can go a long way towards creating a welcoming entryway. Plus it ensures that you’ll always know where to find your keys as you’re running out the door.
Hello neutrals! Our apartment will have beige walls throughout and dark hardwood floors, and I love the simplicity of a color palette of ivory, beige, and warm browns. A neutral room does beg for pops of color thought. The red couch shown above is bolder than I think I’d dare to go, but I find myself drawn to the color. I’ll probably opt to add color to our living room with pillows and a nice through for the couch.
I’ve been starting to collect artwork – framed calligraphy, an illustrated map, pressed flowers – over the past few years but have yet to hang any of it on the wall. Once A and I get settled I’d like to display my meager collection, and these two simple yet striking gallery walls are my favorites of the many I’ve seen.
A bar cart is one of the items that I’m most excited to purchase for our apartment. I’ve had my eye on the same one for quite some time, and I can’t wait to dress it up with our favorite liquor bottles and barware.
Kitchen & Dining Room
I’ll inevitably be spending loads of time in the kitchen cooking meals with A and baking, and it’s where much of my attention goes when I think about decorating. Our kitchen is open to the living and dining area with a good sized island perfect for counter seating. I’m still on the hunt for the perfect kitchen table. I think I’d like a wood top table that seats 4-6 so that friends and family who come to visit can join us for a meal. I could also see the table doubling as a desk when needed. However I also like the idea of a corner seating nook with a smaller table, but this would be less versatile and we certainly won’t have space for two eating areas. Tough decisions! Once I tackle the big kitchen items I’ll start thinking about how to best organize our things within the kitchen. The two photos above showing a seriously organized kitchen drawer and cabinet make this Type-A girl very happy!
I spy more neutrals! Just like in the living room, I find neutrals soothing and think that a clean and simple bedroom will be perfect with neutral tones and a few pops of color. A large mirror is a must for getting dressed in the mornings, and special accents such as assorted throw pillows or a feature wall help to bring the room to life.
Our tiny bathroom will surely provide storage challenges, but strategically placed shelves and trays are solutions that are both beautiful and functional.
Someday I hope to have a laundry room that looks like this, but in the meantime I’ll just have to make do with a “laundry room” that’s actually a washer and dryer inside a closet. While the two laundry closets above look like laundry mansions compared with the laundry closet situation I’ll have to work with, they inspire me to get creative in order to maximize the space we do have.