I live in a 1,100 square ft, 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartment in Orange County, CA. I’m grateful to live where I do, and have the apartment that I live in, just… don’t remind me of how much I’m paying in rent each month.
One of the challenges of living in an apartment, versus living in a place that I own, is that I can’t make HUGE renovations that give the space a lot of unique character. Wallpaper or paint? That’s out. Installing a faux mantel? Forget getting my security deposit back.
These are some before photos of my living room. It probably wouldn’t show up on the homepage of my pinterest feed, but I liked it. It served it’s purpose, gave the apartment a homey feeling, and was overall just fine. But I didn’t really want to live in just fine, I wanted to do some upgrades.
The idea of setting a theme was really appealing to me. Instead of a bunch of random decorations that work well together, but are evidently different, putting a cohesive living room together centered around one theme seemed like it would make more of a statement. So, I set out to redo my living room, piece by piece, until it was a cohesive space, trying to get that unique character in a rental.
I came across [this] SOS blanket, and was immediately obsessed with it. Why? I have no idea, I was just super drawn to it. That prompted my choice of a nautical themed living room. Now, you’re probably thinking: nautical for a beach town apartment???? Soooooooo unique. Yeah, yeah, I thought the same thing too. But I liked the challenge of giving my apartment an updated nautical theme, so that it didn’t look like every tacky beach shop the coast can vomit up.
I’ll update as I go, one project at a time, until I feel as if the space is a curated, cohesive space that is definitely more than just fine.
Check out some of the “before” photos. Hopefully in not too long I’ll have some really stellar “after” photos!!
Here’s a decent overview of what the living area looks like currently.
The living room is the first thing that you see when you walk into the apartment, so I really want it to have a welcoming feeling that introduces the apartment.
You can kind of get a feel for how the living room blends into the rest of the apartment in these photos. I want something for my living room that’s distinct, yet still cohesive with the way the rest of the apartment is decorated.
I LOVE this couch. It’s super comfortable, and I feel like it fits the space really well. The table and couch are two main pieces of furniture that I don’t plan to change in the redo.
I loved this shelf when I first put it up. I thought it was so perfect, and really enjoyed changing it up with different things every once and a while. I decided to add a second shelf, for no other reason than that I had it laying around. I hate the second shelf, and I’ve grown to dislike the first shelf. That wall is such a prime area, it’s such a giant space! It feel like deserves something more than a single shelf.
Alright, there’s the before photos. Check back for updates!