This apartment recap should be a bit shorter than the last. That's because I only lived here for less than four months. Hear me out.
The very same month that I moved to this place, I went on a date with a guy that I knew I would stay with from the moment I met him. During our early dating phase, I was getting stressed out with my job and looking to move on to something better. I was also spending all the free time I had, an hour away from my apartment, at his place. We became super close, super quick, and the next thing you know, I was giving my landlord my two months notice before he even had a chance to get me to sign the lease (ya snooze, ya lose, amirite?!) (I'm just kidding, don't worry, he rented it out no problem) (it was definitely all thanks to my amazing decorating skillz!) Anyway, I moved all of my things before my four month anniversary at my little one bedroom, short girl basement apartment.
The time I did spend there was cozy. It was winter, I had 6'4" ceilings, and just enough extra space that there was a door to my sleeping area and room in my bathroom to bend over. I finished unpacking and decorating just in time for my landlord to show the place to prospective renters. He sent me a text message to tell me how impressed he was with my decorating. To this day, it's my proudest decor moment. *tear*
I'm actually not one to brag, but I like to think I gave it at least a little more personality than it had before I moved in. Here is the before:
Again, I tend to improvise with what I have, until I come across more stylish or functional pieces to replace it with.
This hutch is one of my favourite finds, to date. It was a mid-century dining hutch I bought from a seller on Kijiji. It included the top shelving unit with sliding glass doors, but I didn't take it because I bought it to be used as a TV stand. I would have brought it with me if I had a place to put it (and it fit in my hatchback with the hutch!)
Even though I spent such a short period of time at my cozy basement apartment, I still managed to decorate for Christmas. But how could I not???
Unless you have lived in a one-room apartment, you may not understand just how exciting it was to have a separate room for my bed and my clothes. This was the first thing I did when I moved in (and not just because I needed a spot to sleep):
When I saw that the previous tenant had managed to fit a table and chairs in the small (but big compared to what I had!) kitchen, I bought a cool green formica and chrome 1950s table off Kijiji. It turned out to be too big for the space, but I kept it in storage. I finally got a chance to use it later on, and I'll show you in a later post.
Although this kitchen would be considered small by most standards, it was a storage haven for me. I think I actually had drawers that were mostly empty. There were no upper cabinets to store my glassware and extra plates, so I improvised with a drawer and non-slip mats:
(Ah, yes, by "glassware" I mostly mean mason jars.)
And that concludes the tour of the only two places I didn't have to share with another person. I'll bring you up to speed with the next post on the one bedroom condo I currently share with my favourite guy (and Kitty, of course.)