In the past 4 years I’ve taken a lot of pride in my DC residency. My sassy DC “Taxation without Representation” license plate make me giddy. The lack of voting representation in Congress makes me feel special. Joe Biden is my neighbor. I don’t live in a state, I call the District home.
But as much as I love living downtown, city life wears on you. It is exhausting having to order toilet paper off Amazon Prime and parallel parking 5 times a day.
Drumroll please… as of April 1st, I, Morgan Reid, will have my very own “big girl” apartment!
Peace out Glover Park, hello Cathedral Heights. Like most city dwelling young professionals will tell you, the older you get, the more you start to crave a space to call your own.
However, in a city like Washington, D.C., moving into your own space also often means downgrading in size. My current apartment is a decently-sized 2 bedroom apartment among the trees. My new space is a brand new 570 square feet studio in the city. Downsizing to a studio apartment (yes, the kind where one room houses everything,) requires some careful planning.
Thank goodness my mother, an experienced Interior Designer, offered to help with the studio layout. With 570 square feet to work with, arranging furniture feels much like a game of tetris. You’re living in a life size jig saw puzzle. How do people move into such small spaces these days without a Mom like mine? #lifesaver
A lesson quickly learned in studio life: everything must have multiple purposes, such as my new antique trunk (via Craigslist) that will double as a coffee table and storage for blankets, board games, and more. And in an effort to build privacy and multiple spaces in the large main room, I purchased an Ikea Expedit room divider, which also works as a book shelf while still letting light shine through.
It will be difficult to part ways with some of my furniture and junk. Who knew being a minimalist takes such work. For more storage and space saving tips, check out my full Studio Life board on Pinterest.
Now who’s up for a housewarming party on the roof deck?
Back before I moved into my new place, I blogged about the 5 things I wanted to see design-wise in my new apartment. And slowly but surely my apartment has been filling up with goodies from Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Target, Joss & Main, etc.
Ok – side note first. Why the hell am I roommates with an Interior Designer and I’m the one who furnished and decorated the entire place? Thinking I should maybe take over her designer title?
Back on topic, I was looking for the following:
Blue living room
Golden bar cart
Chalkboard paint on kitchen wall
Yellow stenciled bathroom
Frame arrangement in living room
And after 2 months, I can actually cross them mostly off my list! Unfortunately because of the dated and colored tile situation in the bathroom, the stenciling is a no go for now. However, I feel so accomplished looking back at my decor goals and seeing I’ve followed through on 4 of the 5!
And now… without further ado, welcome to a slice of my home.
Blue living room & frame arrangement over the sofa – check
A golden bar cart – check
The chalkboard wall – check! Makes a great guestbook for my housewarming party too!
I’m feeling very settled in the new place, like it’s finally home. There are still a few edits I’d like to make of course. In fact, my new design project is my bed. I don’t have a “big-girl” headboard and need to invest in a real life adult bed. It’s not like I’m sleeping on a cot, but my bed looks like something I had in college. In addition I’m looking to add either an island cart into the kitchen or an entry wall console to collect keys and mail. That depends on what sort of deals I find. After that I’d also like to work on a custom art project to hang on the large blank bathroom wall, but as you’d guess, I wouldn’t call that an emergency. I’ve been craving some serious Goodwill design makeovers after reading Young House Love and Bower Power on a daily basis.
By the way – if you’re in need of a great and cheap mover in the DC area, shoot me an email! I loved my movers and they were EXTREMELY reasonable price wise. Never ever will I move without paying someone to help again. Period.
This weekend I’m having a small group of friends over to visit the new apartment. Now I’m not moving into a big grown up house, but after living in a shoe-box apartment for the past year without any sort of living room (or space for guests) I’m thrilled to just invite people over. It’s reason enough for me to celebrate!
In honor of my roommate’s Mexican heritage and cooking skills (and… well let’s just admit it, my love for margaritas too), we’ll be throwing a little fiesta!
I’m thinking bright colors, strong drinks, and good food! You can see my full inspiration on my Eventful Pinterest board.