While I have definitely been cooking a lot lately (hooray for the return of oven weather!), my mind has been elsewhere when it comes to internet time. Usually, most of what I do online is browse recipes, pin delicious-looking things, and read new restaurant reviews, but recently I've come down with the home improvement bug! My family is finalizing our holiday plans, and it looks like Christmas will be in NYC, which means I have a reason and a deadline for sprucing up my tiny apartment. We'd gotten by for the past few years with the bare minimum, furniture-wise (I'd convinced myself for a little while there that a mattress on the floor was minimalist and chic), but I'm suddenly feeling the compulsion to make my space look a little more grown-up. On a budget. So, I put together a little plan of attack. I hope to blog about each of my DIY projects and shopping adventures, but I sometimes have a tough time keeping up with those promises. At the very minimum, though, I hope to share a few before-and-after photos because, without them, does a makeover even exist? Here are a few of my home goals and inspirations, to be completed by Christmas time. Wish me luck!
1. Make things look more Scandinavian. You already know about my obsession with Canada. Add Norway, Sweden, and Denmark to the list. I suppose it's more of a "places with cold weather and moose" obsession. Like lots of people, I love the white walls and modern lines of a Swedish home and you can bet that this project will involve lots of trips to Ikea.
2. Reuse what I can. I have a dinky old Ikea coffee table that I hate and I purchased for $19.99 when I was broke (lol, "was"). I was prepared to leave it on the curb, but I found this simple DIY to make it feel a little more modern and a little less college dorm. I'll let you know it turns out. Yes, I'll be spending more on new legs than the table cost me in the first place, but cutting down on waste makes it worth it for me!
3. Make a reading nook! No matter how small, I want a cozy chair that I can curl up in. I think I have the perfect spot, and I know I'll be buying a fluffy wool throw. Now, all I need is the right chair!
4. Style some shelves. The whole idea of "home styling" is relatively new to me, but the more I think about it, the more I realize my mom was doing it all the time when I was little. Buying seasonal flowers, stacking books just-so... something about it feels very adult and I can't wait to get started. I might even doctor-up my existing Expedit shelves with some wheels and wood paneling for the above, lodge-y look.
5. GET A DESK. All of the aforementioned internet time has happened with me sitting cross-legged on my bed. It's a horrible set-up that can't be great for my posture, but my tiny home means finding a work space is tough. I'm determined to make it happen, though.