Good news: We signed a lease!
In last week’s post I mentioned how much I wanted to rent a little 2/1 bungalow in our neighborhood, but that just wasn’t meant to be. I had dreams of adorable cottages with lush yards, but the only homes available were old, hopelessly outdated, and had a freight train running through the backyard. Hard pass. For about $100 more per month, we found a beautiful 2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartment with amazing amenities (sauna! steam room! hot tub!) that’s right on the ground floor. It’s the best of both worlds between a house with a yard and the conveniences of apartment life. Oh, and the natural light is amazing. No more living in a cave.
I’m also over the moon that we’ll finally have a guest room. A few years ago I lived in a 2 bedroom and absolutely loved having a space for friends and family to visit. At thirty-one, it bummed me out that all I had to offer my guests was an air mattress. No longer! We’ll have an honest-to-goodness “guest suite”, and I couldn’t be more excited.
Having a more grown-up apartment means we’ll also be upgrading a few things here and there. Since we’re currently in a one bedroom apartment, our top spending priorities will be a king bed + mattress for our master, which won’t leave me a huge decorating budget everywhere else. That means making good use of what we already have and just adding one or two things to really pull the space together. I’m starting with our dining room because it needs the least amount of work. (By “dining room” I mean “the small square of our apartment where there is a table and chairs”.) Check out some of my Pinspiration below, plus my mood board + wish list!
This image above was my jumping-off point. Right now we only have four dining chairs due to space, but our table could seat six. I love how these wicker arm chairs make the space look more interesting, but will still be comfortable to sit back and enjoy a nice meal in. We currently have four of these Ikea upholstered chairs, which I’ll just buy long white covers for to recreate this photo.
This image furthered my love for wicker arm chairs, plus a pop of buffalo check.
We currently use this IKEA shelf as a media unit, but we have less wall space in our new living room. I love seeing it repurposed as a bar cart/sideboard.
The mood board:
Clockwise from top right:
Y’all, I seriously think these are the exact same chairs from my second Pinterest pic. And at $113 per chair + cushion, the price is definitely right.
Again, I think this is the exact pillow in that picture and I’m obsessed! $16 for the cover + a cotton insert. Done and done.
03| Farm table
My handsome husband made us a table much like this one when we moved into our current apartment.
I know I should probably be over IKEA by now, but these chairs have served us well. I’m over the beige covers we currently have, but the chairs themselves are super comfortable and sturdy. Just going to switch out the covers and call it a day.
05| Gold chargers
I’ve always wanted to host holidays at my home, since having to lug all my vegan food around in a cooler gets old. These chargers are precious and would bring a little glam for holiday meals.
My friends Elise + Hope have similar artwork in each of their homes, and I drool over it every time I see it. We have a huge wall in our apartment that needs a statement piece, and this is it.
07| Faux hydrangeas
The walls of our apartment are a beautiful blue, and I’m just really feeling a blue + white color scheme with the deep brown of our table.
I’m so excited to have a beautiful space for us to sit down and eat a meal together. Not going to lie, these days Patrick and I eat in front of the TV more than we should. Hopefully an inspiring space will motivate us. On to the shopping list!
What we already have:
- Farm table
- Four upholstered, comfy chairs
- New white covers for chairs
- Wicker arm chairs x 2
- Buffalo check pillows x 2
Things like the chargers + hydrangeas are wish list items as well, but aren’t as high priority as the bigger pieces.
What are some of the favorite items in your dining room?