April 20, 2017

Goodbye studio...

Now that I'm kind of back on the blogging kick, I thought I'd catch you up on my recent move and apartment upgrade! As you may recall, I lived in a little studio apartment for the last few years. Studio living wasn't so bad, but I definitely had to get creative with my furniture rearrangement and obviously sacrificed having a real bedroom! In fact, I sold my queen sized bed before I even moved in because I knew that it wouldn't really fit (plus it was a terribly cheap mattress that was time to replace anyway.) 

I slept on my couch for a few weeks until I figured out how I could create a bedroom! Here's the shot of what my apartment looked like sans sleeping area shortly after I moved in...
Eventually I decided to buy a memory foam TWIN XL mattress and a simple bedframe off of Amazon since it could be shipped right to my door.  Compared to my couch and my old awful mattress, the memory foam was a HUGE improvement!! The only trick was figuring out furniture placement. I know I tried a few different set-ups prior to snapping these pics (and please forgive the poor quality...I had to screen shot them from my Instagram), but this was the placement that finally worked for me! I basically pulled the sofa away from the wall and floated it in the middle of the room and placed a small table with two chairs behind it creating a dining room! I used my hutch as my TV stand, bookshelf, and storage for some china and random kitchen stuff and my aqua dresser for clothes, makeup, and anything else that needed a home.
 And the bed went into the corner of the room as inconspicuously, as possible. Believe it or not, I ended up getting use to the twin size and the fact that it was extra long helped since I'm 5'9".
I actually really liked this set up and got use to the amount of space I had, plus I loved the location of my apartment, but when faced with a rent increase, I had to start thinking about other options. The Great Apartment Search of 2016 started on September 30th and by October 2nd, I had found a new place! There were so many great things about the new place...including that fact that it was a brand new build, was located closer to work, and had a real bedroom. God is so good!

I had a month to pack everything up but before I knew it, it was moving day and time to say goodbye to my sweet little studio...
And of course, I painted the place just a few weeks before I moved out...
 Like any moving day, the first and 2nd days are always a mess, but believe it or not, I love the process of unpacking! I look at it as a fresh opportunity to create a space I love.  I love deciding which cabinets to use for certain things and figuring out furniture placement - I find it so relaxing!! Does anyone else??

Anyway, since I always love a good before and after comparison, here's a shot of the initial chaos...
 And here's how it looked after everything was unpacked...
 And a quick peek into the living room...
I just love this new space! I can't believe I've been here almost 6 months! 
Things have definitely changed from the pics above as I've gotten settled and made it feel more like home. I love having a bedroom again and will be sharing that transformation very soon!

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