So now you know all about what I'm planning to do in my new rental right? MmmHmm. I told you to go read the last post!
So, here's my plan: Craigslist and Ikea. I know, not horribly original, but when time and money are the drivers of a design, then corners have to be cut somewhere. Luckily, I have some good stuff to work with already from my design stockpiles...i.e. all the crap that I've collected and been storing in the basement for when we finally bought a house. Sigh.
Obstacle 1: the wall color.
|It looks grayish here, but trust me: it be's BLUE in person|
Wall colors actually. I think the people that own this house must have gone to the oops! bin at Home Depot to source their paint. The living, dining, and stairwell are thankfully the same color. However, that color is a sky blue. Not an easy color to work into my current pink/mustard leanings. However, I have a lot of neutral furniture, so it's possible. Just gotta roll with it.
The kitchen is two(!) different shades of blueish-green, and the powder room is actually a really beautiful Tiffany Blue. Our bedroom is a muted shade of old lady yellow (ugh.)
Then there's the master bathroom, hereafter known as "the room that shall not be named". You'll never see a picture of this room. It's the room that we make sure to close the door to when guests are over. Pink tile and Kelly green walls. First world problems, I know, I know. But it's designer kryptonite. I feel my powers ebb slightly when I'm in there. Kind of like when I walk into a Hobby Lobby.
I have taped a large sign on the door that says "Fukushima" to discourage the curious.
So I've decided to concentrate my attention on the living room, dining room, kids rooms, and to whatever extent I can, the kitchen.
Obstacle 2: Lighting
Or lack thereof. There's no overhead fixture in the living room. I own a lot of light fixtures. Almost none are good for anything besides task lighting or ambient lighting. I need to bust out some lumens in this place. That sounded vaguely dirty, but you know what I mean. Light, man. Light.
Obstacle 3: Window coverings!
Obstacle 4: This. WTF?
|Sexy toes, n'est-ce pas?|
Either the person that built this place was the Great Gatsby or a magician. This is what greets us as we step into our front door. I wish I could make this go poof, but I suspect I'll be forced to embrace it as added "character", which is designer speak for "hideous thing I can't change".
Obstacle 5: Seating
I own a lot of chairs. But most of them don't play well together. Our last place was a bit smaller and I didn't have space for much else besides a chair and a sofa for seating in the living room. Here though, I'd like to be able to have a few more seats for when we have guests over. And my smaller scale furniture looks kind of lost in here...