We are moving! We, of course, being my boyfriend, my puppy, and myself. And my beta fish Pierre Bezukhov - ten points to whoever knows the source of my beta fish's name.
While I am not so excited about the actual process of moving (ie: lifting heavy things, almost dropping aforementioned heaving things, packing, and stubbing toes), I am really looking forward to being able to reorganize/downsizing need and decorate a whole new space.
The best features about our new place: yellow exterior, lots of natural light, and hardwood floors. The not so great: less space… especially closet space.
We aren't moving until July 1st, but I have already started planning out where I want what and dreaming about the type of living room I would create if budgetary concerns were not at the forefront. Unfortunately, they are… we've got a month overlap in leases which is definitely less than ideal, but worth it for the new location.
I want to take this moment to now be really grateful for how much free furniture we have received from family members getting rid of things. It's been a huge help. And now the confession: I HATE my free couch. I know… it was free, I shouldn't complain. But it's just not me. It has a pattern that I can't even describe, and I so badly want to replace it. My dream couches would be something like this AM+ Studio Jenna Sofa found on Wayfair:
Right now I am pretty limited to what I can spend. So here are some budget-friendly ways that I am going to redecorate this space and hopefully forget about/distract others from the eyesore that is the free couch.
New throw pillows: Probably the fastest way to add a new look to a living room, not to mention add a whole new element of comfort. I adore throw pillows, and you can find them at really reasonable prices like these on Etsy. I am going to focus on light blues and pale yellows with a mix of fun geometric patterns and solid designs so as to not overwhelm my already loud free couch.
Textured blankets: These can also be a bit pricey, but they are incredibly gorgeous and add an element of chic style. I love these.
Sadly though, these are usually pretty pricey unless you happen to stumble upon a sale. My solution—knitting my own textured blanket. These small rolls of textured "poodle" yarn were $2 each at Michael's, meaning that I spent a total of $6 on my future textured blanket.
Coffee table: A coffee table is literally the centerpiece of your living room so I am going to style it as such. The basics include coffee table reading, nice smelling candles, charming accents, and a tray to hold it all together.
Now… time to save up for my dream couch.