At the beginning of June, my boyfriend and I finally moved into our first apartment (I say finally because the original move-in date was February, but the construction process took a bit longer than expected). Since we both have always lived in furnished places, we didn’t really have much to bring into the new place. It was a blank slate — literally. We got to design every little detail, from the color and type of kitchen cabinets to where the walls would go. This may seem like a wonderful opportunity — and I’m sure it was — but at many points in the journey I think both of us looked back and asked “What the hell were we thinking?”
Because when every little detail is up to you to decide, ANY and EVERY mistake is your fault (That shiny black counter top you thought would look so pretty in the bathroom? Attracts dust like a beast, not to mention the fingerprint smudges and hard water pools). Plus, my boyfriend and I have very different tastes (hence our French country guest toilet). For this reason — among others — some major style decisions have been postponed until previous decisions were realized. I think at one point in time, particularly when furniture shopping, we just got so frustrated that we finally said, “whatever, we’ll take that one” without really considering the room that we were building. We just found individual items that we thought were pretty/comfy/affordable/the right size and figured they would go together. And while I’m not saying they don’t, it became clear that we had begun painting ourselves into a smaller and smaller corner.
Therefore, we decided to actually move in, see what we had so far — and how we used it — and then pick up where we left off once we have a better idea of what it was we wanted. I think this saved our relationship. There are only so many times that you can tell a person that if a wall is 2 meters and 50 centimeters, a 3 meter couch would not look good. And yes, we had this conversation multiple times (until we finally found a couch that fit).
However, now that we’ve been living here for almost two months, we figured it’s time to start finishing the place. After all, there’s still no paint on the walls (the Spackle is not for aesthetic effect) and we still are missing major pieces of furniture (like lighting for the bedrooms, a dining room table and chairs, a media center, bookcases). Plus, our painter told us he can start this weekend, so we kind of had to make a decision.
So, our living room/dining room/kitchen (it’s all open) colors are going to be: light taupe, a bit darker taupe, and an aubergine accent wall. The taupe comes from our kitchen cabinets, which are a similar shade as the paint we’re using (we’re just going a step lighter for most of the walls and a step darker for the walls around the cabinets). And I just like aubergine.
Also, our couch (which we ordered in MAY) is finally going to be delivered at the end of next week. It’s been so long since we ordered it, I kind of forget what it looks like (another reason why we decided to put off buying the dining room/media stuff). I know it’s gray, I’m just hoping that it’ll look good against the taupe. But I am excited to not be sitting on these anymore:
Note: the glass wall is our “inner terrace.” We’re having a technical problem with it (when it rains, the water drains to the center and sits there rather than to the corner where the drain pipe is…and the company from whom we bought the place is refusing to fix it even though it’s clearly their responsibility…. I could go on, but that’s why it looks like a construction zone — it still is). You also can ignore the walls. Actually, just look at the floor, it’s the only thing in the photo that’s finished and isn’t it just oh-so-pretty?