Since 2008, I’ve grown accustomed to moving fairly often. I dormed at college, and every semester required move-ins and move-outs. I would live in the dorm for four months at a time, then live back home in Brooklyn for a break, and then repeat the process for the second semester. Needless to say, I got very used to packing quickly and efficiently, only holding onto essentials. When I graduated college, I moved into my first real apartment and stayed there for three years.
Let me tell you, I hadn’t realized the amount of stuff I was able to accumulate in just three years! For someone who does regular closet clean-outs and likes to keep things pretty neat, I was in shock when I realized how much had to be packed, thrown away, and donated during my most recent move to a new apartment last month.
Anyway, I’m FINALLY settled in the new place, and I’ve been loving it! My last apartment was decorated in what I called ‘Contemporary Classic.’ Pretty much everything I had was black and white, with some metallic accents, a crystal chandelier and one red wall. As beautiful and dramatic as it was, I was craving a brighter, earthy, more airy space this time around, so I went with a rustic-chic look.
I’ve been bringing in as many natural accents as I can, whether it be in the form of a bold plant, driftwood constructed furniture, stone tabletops, or cowhide rug. I typically prefer neutral colors, but I’ve been trying to incorporate some pops of color here and there. I’m just getting started, and there’s so much more to go. I believe that beautiful home design comes with time – you can’t expect to achieve your vision in the first month of living in a new place if you’re designing it on your own. I find that when I don’t rush things, I make better decisions about what the space needs and have less design ‘oops’ moments 🙂
What do you think so far? If you want to know where any of the pieces pictured above came from, let me know in the comments!