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18 January 2012 @ 07:27 pm
Inspiration board  
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After three years of living with roommates, my SO and I are making the leap to an apartment of our own. It's anxiety-making, but only because we're moving from a quiet condo situation to a large apartment complex with all kinds of possibilities for inanity.

We're holding off on buying a lot of the essentials until we get into the space and can see how far we can stretch our very own 600 square feet. Since I can never walk into a store and buy something on the spot, I've been putting together an inspiration board to figure out what things might work well together (and what they heck "my style" is.)

Here is an approximation of what the space looks like:
Empty Apartment

The bedroom doesn't have that curved window/wall in our unit.  It does, however, have the escape door - essential for any healthy couple!

And here is what I'm thinking for the main space:

Inspiration Board

Sofa - IKEA (I'm dying to get an L-shaped couch, since we battle over who gets to lay flat)
Poster - orkposters.com
Desk - Urban Home
Kitchen table and chairs - IKEA
Bookshelves - IKEA
Lamp and lampshade - Target
Bookends - Restoration Hardware
Gray Rug - IKEA
Yellow Rug - West Elm
Mirror - West Elm
Vase - West Elm

We also own a wood and glass coffee table that I don't have a photo of, and will be trying to find a small TV stand to put between the two bookshelves along that wall.

Thankfully we're moving during tax refund season, so we have some flexibility, but since both of us work in the freelance television production market, we're trying to be judicious with the budget.  The big move is Saturday (!!!) and I honestly don't have my life coordinated enough to paint, but I plan on adding the gray accent wall after we're settled.

Please let me know your thoughts!  Inexpensive furniture/accessory sites, inspirations of your own, etc etc!

Current Location: Los Angeles
Soddgreyone on January 19th, 2012 05:23 am (UTC)
I don't have too much useful to add, except that your plan looks delightful!

Also, this couch is pretty inexpensive - and awesome. I bought it for my apartment - only had it for three months or so, but I'm loving it so far. And it's $350, which is a steal.

It's WalMart, but I've been told it looks like it could be IKEA.


I got it in grey and I LOVE it so much.

Hope that helps?
Tray Dawgbellapalmera on January 19th, 2012 05:29 am (UTC)
ooh *bookmarks*
Lauricklaurick on January 19th, 2012 07:51 am (UTC)
Wow, they look EXACTLY alike! I'm not too big a fan of the original legs on the IKEA couch and was thinking about getting homemade mid-century ones off of etsy, but these look good too. And you can't argue with that price. Are you happy with how sturdy/soft/firm it is?
Soddgreyone on January 19th, 2012 08:08 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was struck by the similarity too. :]

Um, there are TONS of reviews on WalMart's site, which I'm sure you saw - I would read the 5's and the 1's, to get a good idea of the spread.

Personally, as a grad student on a tight budget, it was the perfect couch. It fits in my teeny apartment perfectly, and I'm 5'2 - sitting with my back against the cushions, my legs can fully extend all the way out on the sectional.

So far so good - I have two cats and they tear EVERYTHING up, and the couch pretty much still looks like new. In terms of sturdiness, I wouldn't jump on it or anything... but it holds up to my (and friends') repeated plopping down.

If you're looking for cushy/plushy/sinking-into-it, you definitely won't get that. It's firm. That being said, I find it comfortable. Basically, if you're on a budget, it's a great couch. Personally I like things a little more soft - but it's still comfy to sit on for hours at a time. If you want actual pics of it in my space, I'd be happy to provide. :]
Lauricklaurick on January 19th, 2012 08:16 am (UTC)
I would love to see pics! (Also because I am a photo junkie) Thanks so much for your thorough review :o)
Soddgreyone on January 19th, 2012 08:23 am (UTC)
Haha, no problem. I'm putting off an unpleasant assignment right now, so the length of my review is kind of out of desperation. :]

Here are a couple of pics I snapped just now - they're crappy iPhone quality and the light isn't so great 'cause I just have the overhead on and it's 2am... but you can get the general idea.

The pics do help convey the size a bit - I didn't really realize how low-profile it was til looking at the images. Also, bonus sleeping kitty!

Lauricklaurick on January 19th, 2012 08:31 am (UTC)
Love your frame wall! The pics are a bit help - I think we might want something a little bit higher just because we have lofted ceilings in that room and very little art ;-)

Here's a reciprocal cat pic from my current place!

Soddgreyone on January 19th, 2012 08:33 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad to be able to help you figure out what's right for you... I know furniture searches can be daunting, haha. Hopefully you end up finding something perfect that fits really well in your space!

And I would love to see your kitty, but s/he isn't showing up. :[
Lauricklaurick on January 19th, 2012 08:57 am (UTC)
Guess my coding goes spotty after midnight too, oops!

Soddgreyone on January 19th, 2012 09:15 am (UTC)
I can see your lovely darling now! :]
operatic_divaoperatic_diva on January 19th, 2012 11:57 am (UTC)
Regarding L-shaped couches, theres one called the lerberg/liderberg or similar with all different covers, configurations and legs. My friend has it and loves it (I'm kinda jealous of the fact that if she gets bored with it she can buy a cover).
I have the manstad, it's a 4 seater inc. chaise, and pulls out easily to become a double bed! It's also really dropped in price- I've had mine for 2 years and it's held up really well, still in as-new condition pretty much.
operatic_divaoperatic_diva on January 19th, 2012 11:59 am (UTC)
Also my apartment is 90% ikea and I know the catalogue by heart- if you want any info message me :)
Lauricklaurick on January 19th, 2012 05:57 pm (UTC)
That one has STORAGE UNDER THE SEAT! Lol, the one thing this apartment is lacking is closet space, so that is very exciting. Any idea if it comes in any colors other than pewter?

I promised myself I wouldn't go IKEA crazy, but I actually really like their aesthetic! And I trust they've had a robot punch the thing a million times to test durability ;-)
operatic_divaoperatic_diva on January 19th, 2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
Are you talking about the manstad? The storage is really good, I keep the spare bedding, winter doona, sleeping bag and a storage box in there. When I purchased it it came in 3 colours, not sure if that's still the case.

Ikea can work really well as long as there's other stuff going on with it- my bedroom looked like a page from an ikea catalogue until I put frames on the walls, added the fish tank and a non-ikea doona cover. It's all about moderation, but their furniture is worth it.
Medaria5324 on January 19th, 2012 03:32 pm (UTC)
I LOVE the west elm rug and the los angeles art :)
Lauricklaurick on January 19th, 2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks! The LA art we already own, but I plan on making lots of cute faces to convince my SO to go in for the rug.
The AmBADASSador (JK, it's just Lys!)lezi on January 29th, 2012 04:12 pm (UTC)
Ditto! Actually, I love the poster so much I'm tempted to buy their brain one. I love anatomical things, and the fact that Orks' is so whimsical and has such BRILLIANTASTICAL typography... MUST HAVE!

I love what you plan on doing with your main living area! I can't think of anything constructive to suggest; it looks perfect. :)

Edited at 2012-01-29 04:14 pm (UTC)
Lauricklaurick on January 29th, 2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks! We've moved in and gotten most of the boxes unpacked, so now the fun begins ;-)

I'm VERY happy with the quality of Ork's products, and it was pretty inexpensive for a poster that size! Can't recommend them highly enough. (Lol I don't work for them or anything either.)
twilight_museazraelgrrl on February 1st, 2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
wow looks like it will be lovely!