Happy Tuesday, friends! So, I’ve made it a whole month living in Corpus Christi. YAY. As you all know, I left my stressful job and it was the best decision for my mental health. I am loving my new employer, bosses, colleagues and work. It’s nice to not be stressed to the point you think you’re having a heart attack.
I realized I hadn’t shown you all my new apartment yet, so I thought it’d be cool to share it with you all. For the most part we wanted to keep the house staged, so very little furniture came with me over here. It feels a bit empty.
The first week of this transition, I cried all week. Then weeks two-three I kind of started acclimating a bit more to this new normal, and last week I finally felt like my true self, so I started decorating a bit with some things I brought with me from the house and a few purchases. In week five now, and I am ready to get this place decorated!
It’s hard living in two places at once because you have stuff you’d like to use in your apartment at your house, BUT you need it to stage your house and don’t want to spend money on buying something extra that you don’t need for your apartment. #FirstWorldProblems
This past weekend, I got the rug centered, bought a curtain rod and gray velvet blackout curtains at HomeGoods for a total of $45, a gold tray at At Home for $12, and now it feels a bit more like home. The gold wire basket holds Pee Wee’s blankets and is from Target ($16ish). The lamps are from my office at my old job, and they fit in perfectly.
The walls are bare, and I’m going to work on a gallery wall above the couch using some artwork from the house and Command strips. I’m the first person to ever live in this apartment, so I’m trying to go easy on putting holes in the wall since I have no one else to blame! I’ll likely only drill holes for curtain rods in each bedroom and use Command strips or monkey hooks for everything else.
I can’t wait to put up a Christmas tree (a super tall one!) in this area next month.
The curtains make such a difference in the space. They add a luxe texture since they’re velvet, and when I’m bingeing on Netflix shows they block out all the light. I know I didn’t buy the proper amount of curtains for the large 75″ window, but I’m going to put some sheers between the two panels to filter sunlight when I want it or block it all out when I don’t. These 96″ panels are $29.99 for a pair at HomeGoods, and I can’t recommend them enough. They could be twice as expensive and still be a bargain.
The bright pink rug makes me happy paired with my spotted bench (another HomeGoods purchase from earlier in 2016), and overall the space feels super girly. I enjoy coming home everyday to such a nice apartment. I ultimately chose this place because it’s new, has 9′ ceilings, nice floors and feels like a place I could call home for 1-2 years.
I also bought these knock-off designer pillows on Etsy, and I am thrilled that I saved a fortune and they look fantastic. This is the spot I am sitting at right now blogging.
And my lovely in-laws lent me a queen bed, which I will show you all as soon as I get more stuff in my bedroom, AND a TV stand which adds storage to my living space.
This is the place I call home now. And while I am trying to be clever and smart with my rental decor decisions, I think I’m off to a good start. Totally working on the gallery wall next!
What are your rental decor hacks? I’m trying to find temporary wallpaper that doesn’t cost a fortune to create an accent wall in the dining area, which I hope to show you all later this week (sans wallpaper).
Thanks for stopping by, and thank you for all your kind messages and emails during the last month. I seriously love you all so much! <3