Poor Adam. Because our belongings arrived in Berkeley a few days late I didn't get enough time to unpack and arrange. On Monday he moved into an apartment brimming with boxes!
Adam, though brilliant, is artistically challenged. At the very least, his taste tends to clash with mine. Think empty beer bottle collection and dart board vs. Great-Grandma's bone china and framed print of J.W. Waterhouse's Crystal Ball (with the skull, naturally). That could get ugly real fast. Thankfully Adam is the pliable sort of boyfriend who generously gives his girlfriend free reign over their home (either that or I'm the bullying sort of girlfriend who selfishly squashes her boyfriend's freedom to decorate?).
Since my excursions to Berkeley will be limited to a weekend here and there we're faced with an interesting project: decorating vicariously.
This week we're getting organized: drawing up a floor plan, taking lots of pictures, creating a list and budget of the purchases that will be necessary to spruce the place up. Here's a bit of what I'm working with...
These are pictures of the space taken when we first toured. The (ugly) furniture in the pictures is not mine!!
For the sake of your eyes, I've cropped out the heinous broken medicine cabinet and fluorescent light (neither will make it to the next stage of decorating).
The "Living Room"
We're going to be using one of the two bedrooms as our living space.
We've already torn out the closet doors so that the closet can be used as an office nook.
A corner kitchen that will be quite serviceable. A dishwasher! A hood! A disposal! A double sink!
If we focus on these glorious elements we can ignore the plastic cabinets and odd layout.
The Dining Area
This shows any charm that the apartment might have: the bay windows will accentuate my octagonal faux-bamboo table and chairs!
This is a rough floor plan, showing how we've got our furniture laid out currently. I've omitted the boxes :D
This is drawn from memory and to "optimistic" scale (as in, I hope it's as big as I remember it).
Coming up next, a serious debate: which shower curtain??