Last month, Brandon and I settled into our first apartment as Mr. + Mrs. We are so in love with our new little home and couldn't wait to share the progress! Though none of the rooms are technically "complete", the living room is definitely our most finished area. It's where we hangout with our friends, cuddle up, watch TV, and also where I write this here blog! Our new apartment is 300+ square feet larger than our last Providence home, so it was exciting to add some new elements in this space and breathe new life into our older furniture.
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One of the last things we want to add to the living room is a large piece of art above the sofa. You think that would be easy living with a painter who focuses on large works, but apparently that makes any art decision a million times harder. I personally would love a huge Gray Malin photograph in a dark wood frame with a big 'ole crisp white mat. Doesn't that sound dreamy? Until then, I don't mind the blank space. It keeps the room from feeling overwhelming.
Brandon and I are pretty obsessed with our Beni Ourain style rug. It was the steal of the century! We caught it on a bigger sale but you can find it here. The rug is exactly what we were looking for (for a quarter of the price) and it pulls together the whole space. We had to get a little creative in this room due to budgets, cats, and limited space. For instance, our coffee tables were actually a free set of matching end tables but I switched the legs of the front table to shorter peg legs to create two different heights. I was dying for nesting tables and Brandon found these tables by luck when someone was moving out of our building! Our plants (behind the blue chair) are both extremely affordable alternatives to plants we originally wanted. After we researched our favorite trees, we found that they began at around $100 and were toxic to cats! No beuno. Our sofa, bench, and TV console moved with us from our last apartment, and our blue chair is a new guy from West Elm.
The best part of the living room is my little desk nook. My dad helped install an Ikea fold-top table to fill up this wasted corner of the living room. The space wasn't quite deep enough for a full-time desk, so I love that I can flip this table down whenever I'm not using it. It ends up looking like an adorable shelf and craft corner. Being near the window makes me so much more productive than if I were without natural light. This apartment gets amazing light and I'm so lucky to be able to soak up a lot of it while I work. I may be a total hermit, but I'm a hermit that needs my sunshine!
I can't wait to share more pics and DIY's from the new place, but it's still totally being figured out. Living in a rental is such a curious thing - there are so many ways to personalize it, but it's difficult when you can't change anything major. Is there anything you're dying to change in your rental? Have you found a way around it?