On July 1st it will officially be THREE YEARS since I moved into my apartment in Queen Anne/Fremont = QueenMont. This is the first place I've ever lived alone, and I have to admit I completely love it.
I was overwhelmed at first with the idea of decorating an apartment by myself, but once I embraced Craigslist there was no stopping me. I bought two couches, matching slate living room tables, a dining table, shelving units, and an entertainment center all used on CL. I picked up a new living room set from Costco Home, which no longer exists, and then with LOTS of help I painted a few choice walls KIWI GREEN, hung pictures, and I felt like I was good to go.
Well this spring I started feeling discontent with the living room. I just felt like there was too much STUFF. My ski's didn't have a home, there was too much crap on the walls (even though I did love my shrine to Big Sky Resort), and I was over the giant TV and the couch that never got used. So I embarked on a redecoration project (some would call it 'nesting') - here's what my living room looked like 'before' (sorry I don't have more/better ones):
To start I sold the couch, the TV, and the big entertainment center. I bought a new, little black TV stand from Target and put in 5 hours of elbow grease to get it assembled (next time - POWER DRILL!). I scored a great deal on a new flat panel TV, picked up some cheap lamps from IKEA and Cost Plus World Market, and pgot some 'fancy' pillows from ROSS. Whalah!
My favourite is that I found fabric to match my fancy pillows at Goodwill, which I cut and hung to cover the UGLY grey cabinet that I had above the 'window' into my kitchen. I think it does a nice job of accenting the Olympia Beer Crate Toppers which are a fun, and geographically relevant, family heirloom.
I'll be celebrating my 3-year apartment-anniversary down at Smith Rock this year for the second annual 4th of July Climbing Trip, but I'm so glad to have a calm, relaxing place to welcome me home.