Before & After: Grace's Simple, Fresh Space

Before & After: Grace's Simple, Fresh Space

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Columbia, TN
U.S. Renter
My room makeover::
When we decided to move with my in-laws out to the country and rent a cabin on their land, I was excited. Give me anything unusual that needs work, and I am totally inspired by potential. So when I was met with the typical 800 sq ft. apartment layout. I was a little stuck. First things first, I painted anything I could reach. Our cabin being located at the bottom of some hills we only get 2-3 hours of good lighting a day. So I repainted our living room/kitchen about four times. Hues were a pain to lock down. I rearranged furniture every way I possibly could. The thing I don't like about typical layouts is that there is obviously a way that everything should be laid out and you can't deviate from it.
Home Depot became my go to store, when inspiration had me doing another project. It has taken a year to get to this point and I'm still working on things.
I'd say the most expensive house project was the kitchen cabinets, you hear how much of a pain it is, and they aren't lying.
My makeover advice::
Let's talk about Pinterest. Huge shoutout for always "picking things for me" I feel like it knows me better than most people with my style.
I had to remind myself over and over...we are renting. This is not permanent. So therefore all my wonderful ideas that I wanted to shove into this small space wouldn't work. I had to keep in mind our lighting, the way furniture would work, and I had to realize some ideas would just have to wait. Which is ok!
So what I had to do was get together the "feel" I was going for. I saved my favorite pins to an album and when I was out or happened to find something I liked, I just opened up that album or board on my phone and made sure it went with the look I was wanting.
Some things I wanted or found, I had to let go. And remind myself again, "another time". It's been a challenge. But it works out.
What I love most about my new space::
My favorite decorating words- texture, patterns, and simple. I have tried to stick true to that.
When it feels clean and functional for a family, especially one with a baby, a cat and a puppy. It's a place I am able to relax and enjoy.
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