If you had told my childhood self that one day I would move into an apartment all on my own I would have been terrified. It sounds like an overstatement but it's not—I was such a homebody growing up. And honestly, if you would have told me a year ago that I would live by myself I wouldn't have believed you. The thought of living alone used to scare me. A lot. I really didn't think I would like it. But then life happened and through a series of events and circumstances getting my own place became the best option. I searched high and low, in every neighborhood of the city (and spent an embarrassing number of hours on craigslist) until I finally found a place that felt right. And on September 1st I made the move into a small but fitting 414 square foot studio.
And guess what? I've been loving it. And that's not even an exaggeration. I've loved waking up and walking the ten foot distance to make my morning coffee. And playing music as loudly as I want without worrying about bothering anyone. And reading Mindy Kaling's book in bed at night, knowing that when I laugh out loud there's nobody one room over getting annoyed. I've loved having my own fridge, my own space. Knowing that if there's a mess, I made it...and if everything's spotless it's because I cleaned it. There are so many things to be said for having a place of your own, and I can tell I'm learning a lot about myself along the way.
And then there's the decorating. I'm ever so slowly making this place come to life. Remember how I said I spent an embarrassing number of hours on craigslist looking for a place to live? That doesn't really compare to how many hours I've spent browsing my favorite home decor sites for pieces to help this little apartment come together. These past few years I've soaked up so many decor posts online, and now that it's time to filter down all the inspiration I've taken in, it's a little overwhelming. But as they say, Rome wasn't built in a day (yes I'm comparing my studio apartment to Rome...it's fine). And I for one am going to take my time. If I'm going to invest in something for my home it's going to be the right thing. And if I decide to just pick something up from Target or Ikea and call it a day, that's just fine too.
So here's to a new start, in a new place that I really love. Be sure to follow along for updates as everything comes together. And if you have any tips for decorating a small space on a budget, please feel free to share!