Wednesday, September 30, 2009

apartment therapy

is there an apartment ICU?
several months ago, josh and i looked around our apartment and decided that an upgrade was in order. our furniture, for the most part, is made up of worn and tired-looking bargain-basement picks from target and the like. while we may not have "real" jobs yet (residency = purgatory), neither of us feels fresh-out-of-college any longer, and we feel like we can afford to step it up, at least a little bit.

i love clean, modern, and minimalist designs.

like this bed. but according to apartment therapy, this baby costs $3000. not exactly within reach at this point. so where does a design and budget-conscious couple in an 'intermediate' living situation head to find domestic bliss?

ohhhhh, but of course:

so we are headed off on a pilgrimage west, where there is an ikea located in charlotte, NC. on the way, we will stop at high point and drool over furniture that may not be quite as budget-friendly. whether we find one or two amazing pieces there or just use that part of the journey for inspiration, it will be fun and interesting.

take 5
i asked josh to choose 5 words to describe the decor of his dreams, and i played as well.

his 5

my 5

certainly a good amount of overlap. i found myself caring a lot more about what my environment does NOT contain -- dirt, mess, and clutter -- than what it does. perhaps instead of buying things i should hire someone to clean up around here! or maybe we just need to look for design solutions that promote organized/uncluttered living. bring it on, ikea!

yesterday after driving back from richmond (atilla, the hotel was in richmond where the gaga concert was, which is why you didn't recognize it from your years in cville!), we spent the day lounging around and watching episode after episode weeds, season 3. i'll admit it: it was thrilling to be so lazy. it felt so nice to just give into whatever rather than following some predetermined schedule or plan. josh and i even went on a 1.5 mile run, which ended because i just wasn't feeling it.

this morning i also enjoyed sleeping in and a long, drawn out relaxing breakfast/blogging session. i'm about to follow it with a (real) run, and then after some quick cleanup we're off on journey #2 of this vacation.

i'll just leave you with my orla fantasy kitchen:



  1. Ikea has some pretty good stuff! They outfitted my entire bedroom. In college, I always wish I had a room like the "demo rooms" that they show you when you go on college tours, all done up by places like Bed, Bath, and Beyond. If only I was that stylish...

  2. Furnitureland South is surprisingly affordable. Look for the 3 story armoire (really) and then tell a salesperson what you're looking for and what your budget may be pleasantly surprised. They also have a lot of 12 mos no payments, no interest kinds of things, which would should help. The prices there are ridiculous for what you get.

  3. Anonymous1:44 PM

    i'm a minimalist too when it comes to furniture/ decorating.

    glad you got to enjoy being lazy :)

  4. Your vacation looks awesome and apartment shopping will be fun. Nice job on the long run--it's great when they start to feel easy.

  5. I think we went into Apartment Therapy when we were wondering around Chicago. Beautiful stuff but $$$. I've actually never been in an IKEA before. The closest one here is 4.5 hours away. Sigh.

  6. Have fun at Ikea!!! I'm so jealous you are revamping your furniture--I'm eager to have my own place and fill it up but I know that is far away from where I am at now and requires $$ I don't have :)

  7. i WANT that orla kitchen! oh my. i like your keywords for a nice (bed)room. currently working on uncluttering mine and i so badly want a clean, minimalist setting, but it won't be happening soon. can't wait to see what you find!

  8. atilla10:54 PM

    that doesn't have to be a fantasy kitchen... you could do that fairly easily

  9. Have fun at Ikea! I wish I didn't have a job and a work life, so I could meet up and say hey! Oh well, the marathon is in Dec! Eeek! See ya then!

  10. Except for the fresh Orla fabric - that dining room set is absolutely mid-century Danish Modern. My best friend growing up inherited her Mom's furniture and it is absolutely that dining set in your picture.

    With a little googling you might find that look second hand. In Denver we have an antique store that specializes in Danish Modern/Mid-Century/Swedish Design - and it's really affordable. Maybe there's something similar where you are?

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