I love the huge windows, 14' ceilings, and the view of downtown. I live on the "gritty east side" of Austin, and it's nice to have that lofty, urban feel in such a quaint residential neighborhood. This is the first non-cookie-cutter apartment I've ever lived in, so it's fun to configure furniture in an open space without the confinement of that narrow "galley living room" you see in so many apartments being built. The thing I love most, though, is the amount of light that floods the apartment during sunset. I just moved in at the beginning of April, so it's kind of a work in progress; but I'm excited to continue to search for pieces for the apartment, and fill up these blank walls.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
-Choose pieces wisely and bargain shop. As a designer, I find myself getting tired of pieces I bought only months before. My tastes change rapidly, so impulse buys are a no-no. Hold out until you find stuff you absolutely love, and take with you as you continue to move. Make sure you're getting the best deal. I priced arc lamps online for months until I went into GoodWill one day and found one for $20, slapped a new lampshade on it, and boom. Looks like 200 bucks. -Mix woods. I think a good variety of wood finishes brings a lot of depth, warmth, and breaks up the monotony that can sometimes happen in small spaces with a lot of furniture. -You can never have too many succulents. They just look so great anywhere, they add color and life to your place, and they're so easy to maintain. There's absolutely no reason why you shouldn't be out succulent shopping right now.