The apartment started out looking like this:
It's a good space, lots of room and big windows to let in a ton of light throughout the day. The dining room is a little dark, since there's a large tree in the back of the building that shades the afternoon sun. If you've been reading along, you already know that typically, the apartments are finished with cheap wall-to-wall low pile synthetic fiber carpet. I had them leave it in the bedrooms, but I just couldn't see myself enjoying living with it in the living and dining room. Thankfully they agreed to let me do what I wanted, but they sure as hell weren't gonna do any of the prep work!
Tears, beers, and increasing fears about whether this was really a good idea ... I've got this:
Much better, right? Granted, I've only just begun, but with the floor mostly finished I can start working on the "pretty" things, and prepping for the furniture to come in.
The seagrass rugs are from Safavieh, (I got a pretty good deal on eBay) and the 10x14 fits the living room space perfectly. I started to play with the furniture arrangement this morning between laying planks and I think I have an idea of what I'm going to do with all of my things. The new Chinoiserie cabinet will be centered on the long wall you see here, which is the first wall you see when you come into the room. Blue and white porcelains will go on top, probably some art.
Furniture gets moved on Saturday, so I have until then to finish the floor (only 14 square feet to go!), paint the baseboards, clean the walls, hang the curtain rods and the blinds, and then curtains (which I'm still not 100% sure about).
Friday I'll cart my art, kitchen things, toiletries, clothing, and those sorts of sundries to the new place, and Saturday at noon, all hell will break loose! If you hear screaming or crying, it's likely coming from over here.
In other news, however, let's talk about this terribly ugly light. (No offense if you're a fan.) I hate it, but a light in that room is woefully necessary. Because the light is centered to the room, and not to the actual flow of traffic (there's a door to the kitchen that makes putting a table directly under the light impossible) I'm going to have to do something that I really don't like ... swag the new fixture! Has anyone figured out a way to make this look good? In my head I just see this:
Right? Am I right? Seriously - this could be my apartment after shot. Eeek! But really, is there a way to make them look less like that one?
Even with a better fixture, and much nicer decor, I just can't get behind the look of it. If I were in a home I owned, I'd pay the $260 and have someone move the box over. That's not possible here though, because (1) I'm not paying to have electrical work done in a rental and (2) I have no idea how the place is wired, as there is another unit above me. I had thought about capping the light, so there was no hanging fixture, and using sconces on the wall instead, but there aren't enough outlets to make that work.
So, I thought I'd bring it here. Maybe you'll have a suggestion? Between glue fumes, and sleepless nights - I'm running low on ideas!