Decorating with the Downs: Making an apartment feel like home

CoffeeCatDogKid | Making an apartment feel like home

Three moves in one year, but this is the first chance we’ve had to actually decorate. In North Carolina, we sublet from a grad student who had already filled the apartment with all of her stuff—a collection of mismatched furniture, obscure wall hangings, and other interesting features (including a LOT of rubber ducks). In Tennessee, we lived in the bedroom I painted bright purple as a teenager (complete with one black chalkboard wall).

decorating with downs.pngGranted, I still love my childhood bedroom! But it didn’t quite jive with Alec’s style, and we never got around to personalizing it together.

So when we arrived in Salt Lake City, we knew that a trip to Ikea was in order. We rented a moving truck just for the day and spent a few hours deliberating over couches and dining tables and bookshelves. We came out relatively unscathed from the shopping spree—except for the damage to our piggy bank. Yet really we found some great deals on the furniture we bought, and now we have a space that feels like our own.

We’ve kept a lot of neutral gray as a running theme through the whole apartment. Then we added splashes of color to brighten it up! Alec has converted me to the more contemporary, minimalistic style of living. Everything has a place, and there’s rarely any clutter. But it also feels cozy because of small touches like throw blankets and pillows.
Still to buy:
  • desk
  • end tables
  • coffee table
  • night stands
  • bedroom mirror
  • dining room side board

Almost everything came from Ikea, but our dining chairs and TV came from Target, and the runner and centerpiece came from Hobby Lobby.

decorating with downs (1).pngOf course, I can’t end this blog post without mentioning the fantastic location. Our apartment puts Alec at a fifteen-minute walk from his job at the U. We also stroll a few yards down the sidewalk and find ourselves looking straight down the hill at the Salt Lake City skyline. (The sunsets are pretty amazing.) I can hop on Trax and be at the city library within fifteen minutes. Plus we are surrounded by restaurants and cafes.

Huge thanks go out to my mom’s brother Larry—he owns the building. He totally hooked us up when we asked for help and advice during the apartment search.

We love our new home!
—Kelsey

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