Be ready for a brand-new home decor experience
Creating a home that truly reflects our personalities and style was a journey filled with challenges and memorable learning experiences. Hi there! We're a newlywed couple living in the western region of the US. It's been almost a year since we moved into this house. This is the first home we've truly made our own after moving around a lot, so it holds a special place in our hearts. :)
We live in a 1085 sq. ft. townhouse with the first floor consisting of a living room, kitchen, small bathroom, and garage, while the master bedroom and a smaller room are on the second floor. The living room and kitchen both open up to the second floor ceiling, and the bedrooms are located above the garage. Before we moved in, the house was painted in salmon pink with dark brown flooring. Being our first home, we wanted to make changes to make it our own, but a complete remodel was not within our budget. Therefore, we chose to paint the walls and cabinets, lay new flooring in the living room, and prioritized purchasing some furniture from our wishlist.
1F: Living room
After living in multiple homes, we discovered that top trending furniture pieces tend to have short lifespans and were difficult to resell. So, once we had more financial freedom, we invested in high-quality vintage furniture that we could keep for a lifetime and easily resell or donate if necessary.
We both love vintage furniture, but due to the cost and space limitations, we can only have so many. Nonetheless, it's enjoyable to collect designer furniture that we've admired for years, one piece at a time.
We're drawn to natural tones that age beautifully, as well as the colors of raw metals and woods.
For our living room, we chose to purchase the ivory-colored fabric variation of the Barcelle chair from the 1960s. Although this version is rare, it was available at a lower price than other second-hand versions we found. The chair's open backrest design creates a see-through effect and makes it an ideal option for narrow spaces. Sitting in it is also comfortable.
We got rid of the tall built-in shelving unit next to the fireplace to give our living room a more spacious feel. It was surprising to see how much more room we had once it was gone! This gave us enough space to create a functional nook for a workspace. We also installed new flooring in the living room.
We both enjoy collecting furniture miniatures and diecast cars as a hobby, and our collections have grown since getting married. To keep them organized, we store them in a dedicated cabinet on top of our desk.
We painted the vertical surface of the stairs in the same white color as the walls to make it blend in better. In addition, we added a shoe cabinet with a mirror to the narrow passage connecting the living room to the garage for more storage space.
We upgraded the metal fixtures in our small first-floor bathroom to sleek matte black ones.
1F: Dining Room
We established a dining room next to the stairs leading to the second floor. The chairs arranged around the table come in different shapes, but all match well in black, white, and wood tones. We particularly liked this house for its double ceiling height, which allows us to hang long pendant lights.
On the other side of the table, we placed a vintage wall shelf and a trolley.
Opposite the dining room is our small but functional kitchen.
We chose a cabinet with a glass door to display our precious tableware and keep the dishes from collecting dust.
From the kitchen, you have a clear view of the dining room while renovating, we discovered the stunning wooden handrail that was hidden underneath layers of white-paint. It had some scratches, but we were enamored with the color and decided to retain it and give it an oil finish.
We like to switch up the decor on our various shelves with posters and trinkets to keep things interesting.
Upstairs you’ll find two bedrooms and a small adjoining room.
The bedroom has a vintage feel with wooden furniture and lighting that unifies with the downstairs living and dining room. We like to change the ambiance every season by swapping the bedding and rugs.
We positioned a desk in front of the bedroom window that receives a lot of morning sunlight, providing a perfect working spot for us.
We placed a vintage cabinet opposite the bed. It not only adds character to the room, but also provides great storage capacity, making it a practical addition to the space. We really love this item.
The second floor bathroom has two entrances - one from the bedroom and the other from the hallway.
The bathroom features two vanity tables, which adds a lot of functionality and convenience to the space. We upgraded the mirrors, lights, and faucets to matte black, just like in the kitchen and bathrooms on the first floor.
We had a built-in wardrobe with a mirrored door adjacent to the sink. However, we decided to replace it with an open storage shelf to create an open and airy atmosphere in the space.
Because I work from home a lot, I wanted to create a space that’s aesthetically pleasing, so that I don’t get bored and feel stuck from staying at home all day. We faced some challenges and had to experiment with different design ideas, but as first-time homeowners, it was a memorable learning experience. Despite our limited space, we hope that our interior design choices can inspire others to express their unique style and personality in their own homes. :)
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