Easy Apartment Updates


As much as I love San Francisco, it can be a tough place to live for someone who’s constantly comparing themselves to others (guilty, working on it). I’ve had to readjust my expectations about when we’ll be able to buy our first place, since San Francisco is so expensive. 

After a few months of looking at other apartments to rent, we’ve decide to stay put and enjoy our neighborhood while we can, since the chances we’ll be able to buy in our area (Alamo Square / Nopa) are very slim. I really love our apartment not only because of the neighborhood but because it’s bright, the building is a 1920s Edwardian, and it has features I love - like beautiful crown moldings, sweet vintage tile floor in the bathroom, and bay windows - that help downplay the features I don’t love - like the carpet throughout, creepy lobby, and size (small).

Since our goal has been saving, we haven’t made many updates to our apartment since we moved in, and I think it’s time. 

Here’s my plan:

Living Room
I just put our IKEA Billy bookcase on Craig’s list along with a hand-me-down TV stand from Pottery Barn. I think the set up (bookshelf + TV stand) is a bit outdated and since they’re both dark-stained wood, I think it’s making the living space feel smaller. In place of the bookshelf and TV stand, I picked up a mid-century modern TV stand that can act as a bookshelf, has additional storage, and will force us to finally hang our flatscreen. It’s half (lighter) wood and half white and despite falling in love with another one that was 5x the price, I’m happy with the decision we made both because I love the look and the price (it’s just under $200 so if we don’t like it after a few years I won’t feel badly giving it up). 

Dining Room
We’re replacing another IKEA purchase: our tall bar table. While a counter-height table is really what will work best in the space, we love to entertain and a table that seats four prevents us from having people over as much as we’d like. Plus, it’s another dark wood piece that is feeling outdated. I’m between a few different tables and would love your opinion. Option one is this table from Room & Board (thinking: white base with a walnut butcher block top). Option two is this white table from CB2, although it’s only 27” high and I really think counter-height will work best in our space. I haven’t even thought about chairs… these are everywhere so maybe they're too trendy? And these are gorgeous but out of our price range.

This is the easiest fix because it’s art. We have a pretty large blank wall that we’re trying to fill in our bedroom, and after reading this article on A Cup of Jo I was inspired to order this wallpaper from Rebecca Atwood. I ordered a sample and it’s beyond gorgeous, but I was hoping it would be large enough to frame and am out of luck. A friend suggested blowing it up into a poster size. Thoughts? 

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Jillian said...

that marble wallpaper is GORGEOUS! if you want a larger size, email the shop and ask! the worst they can say is no :) xo jillian - cornflake dreams

Short & Sweet Blog said...

Unfortunately they only offer the wallpaper in five yard increments so it got cost prohibitive - but great minds, Jillian!