In a little over a week I am moving to my very first nice apartment… my very first place on my own that isn’t a crappy, brown carpet and beige walls student-oriented rental. It’s actually the bottom half of a cute duplex, with hardwood floors everywhere (I love them, so much better than carpet) and room for me to set up a devoted study. I’m getting excited about decorating it and getting some new, “for keeps” furniture. In the past I’ve always had dumpster-dive presswood junk tossed out by other students living in other brown-and-tan student rentals. Right now my dining table is a wal-mart card table, and my couch is a (I think also wal-mart) futon couch with sagging beams and a cushion that needs to be readjusted three times a day because it slips right off of the beams. I have two bookshelves made from white assemble-it-yourself presswood, and my bed is sitting on a bare frame. The rest of my furniture is made out of cardboard. :-p
Not that I’m complaining! It’s been fine so far, but it serves as a basis for comparison to what I have planned, I place I can decorate and fill with comfy, substantial furniture and call “home.”
I just found the first piece, a fabulous couch! My friend is going to help me pick it up in her truck tomorrow. I found it on Craigslist. I’m sure many would think it ugly, but it’s just my style. I like “shabby chic” decor, and I love that shade of yellow. I bet I could find some great artwork and an area rug that would go well with it. The listing describes it as “full of good vibes and very comfortable.”
Very M&P, but I had to gush, and my co-workers REALLY don’t care.
Co-workers:"… conversation and so on." lull
Ms v: “My couch is yellow! :D”
Co-workers:blank stare “continuing conversation etc. etc…”
Anyone else furniture-hunting? As soon as my interneship is over I’m going to spend a week or so cruising the Salvation Army and estate sales (thanks to the tips in the GQ thread I posted, I found an estate sale taking place this Saturday that I’m going to hit) to fill up the rest of the house.