Today’s post is totally off topic from anything healthy living, but it’s pretty much what’s been consuming my life lately so it’s hard to talk about anything else right now!
As you probably know, I am moving just two weeks from Friday. I currently live in Arlington, VA, which is right outside of DC proper. My commute to work is less than 30 minutes door to door using the metro, so it’s not that bad at all. That said, I cannot wait to be in the city and be able to walk/bike everywhere. My walk to work will be 25 minutes from my new apartment and less than 10 minutes on a bike (more like 5 but depending on traffic lights and such).
One of the biggest advantages to me of living in Virginia versus in DC is the space that you get. My current apartment has so much room that I have areas I still have figured out what to do with even though I’ve lived here for almost 2 years! When I move into the city, the place is like a shoebox compared to where I live now, and figuring out what to do with the extra space won’t be an issue because there isn’t any.
This is all to say, it’s time for some downsizing. My current couch is a large three seater black leather pull-out, and I wouldn’t be able to have much more furniture in the apartment if it came with me, so it’s not. I’ve been looking at lots of stores (Ikea, World Market, Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel), but especially thrift stores and Craig’s List because I really want to get a cool funky couch for the new place.
Check out this one I saw last night, which I THINK is the one.
It’s sort of an orange-y red color with some very subtle gold/yellow stripes, but it just looks like a solid color unless you’re up really close. I love how unique it is – I’ve never seen anything like it – and it is actually really comfortable too!
In all my research on decorating small places, they say not to be afraid of bold colors, and that armless furniture is the way to go because it gives the illusion of more space since it doesn’t chop the room up so much. I tend to really like the arms on sofas – I almost always find myself leaning up against it, like right now actually. So, it’s going to take some getting used to, but I think I’m in love with it.
I also think that my experience with The Washingtonian (which comes out Saturday!!!) and Kaarin really is helping me define style not just in what I wear, but in decorating the new place. I’m trying to go with a similar style to how I love to dress – classic, beautiful, and bold. This couch will likely be one of the funkier pieces of furniture I acquire, and then I’ll tone it down a bit with a more neutral carpet and some fun throw pillows.
Besides a new couch, I’m trying to get rid of a lot of things that I have and don’t use or don’t need so I’m reducing the amount of stuff that is moved. I’ve found a lot of great sites for apartment/home decorating, especially for small places. Here’s just a few of my favorites:
- ApartmentTherapy.com – This site has AWESOME tips for decorating small spaces. There’s a whole series called “The Color Cure” where I learned about not being afraid of bold colors in small spaces, and where to use warm colors (reds, oranges, yellows – in your social spaces like living area and kitchen) and cool colors (greens, blues – in your “private” spaces, like bathroom and bedroom).
- HGTV – TONS of resources on decorating/making the most use of small spaces. This is where I got the tip about armless furniture, plus some other awesome ideas like putting curtains over bookshelves to add hidden storage.
- Young House Love – The mecca for all things DIY (do it yourself). It takes away the intimidation factor for lots of projects I’d normally be scared to try. That said, I haven’t actually TRIED anything I’ve found on here, but I’ve gotten lots of ideas. Two things I want to attempt, possibly before I move are: lining my dresser drawers with cute gift wrap and painting my vanity table which I love but is chipping. If I do these projects, would you guys be interested in seeing how they go?