When I committed to moving to Indianapolis for my job, one of the most exciting things to me was the task of decorating my apartment. I created Pinterest boards, looked at galleries of apartment tours on blogs and researched bargain finds online. I wanted to have my apartment perfect within the first month of moving in, but quickly realized that was impossible unless I wanted to spend all my savings and rush into choosing things without living in the space. My roommate and I blended our styles and have created a little home here in Indy. Three months later, we still have two huge blank walls (gallery wall, TBD) and a patio without furniture, but there are so many little areas I love around the apartment.
My favorite part of our apartment is my bedroom. Because I travel so often for work, I wanted to create a space that would be an oasis when I return. White on white on white with my sheets, duvet and curtains makes me feel like I’m in a cloud when I wake up. The accent colors came from my favorite poster I bought while studying abroad in Sevilla, Spain. I like to describe the color palette champagne and rose because of the neutral tans and pink. My nightstand is home to some latest reads and my dresser has lots of personality with my necklace collection, my UE Boom speaker that I use to pump me up with jams every morning and the canvas with my Gourmet Gab motto that my friend Kira made for me for my birthday.
My two favorite things about the living room are the adorable starfish chair we found at Homegoods, paired with the cozy blanket in the red accent color. Next to our TV sits our very obedient and low maintenance (ceramic) pet dog named Chorizo. Danielle has always wanted a bulldog, but because we are gone so often we resorted to this statue version. Isn’t he the cutest?
We were so happy to get an updated kitchen with granite and stainless steel appliances for the reason rent price we pay! I love making my morning coffee on the weekends in this classic French Press. It makes some of the best coffee and doesn’t take up any counter space like a coffee maker would.
Our kitchen is a little Valentine’s Day themed by accident. Danielle’s aunt gave us a bunch of red kitchen items (which we are so grateful for!) and I, of course, had to bring my baby pink Kitchen Aid mixer. We make it work and the colors really brighten up the dark granite and dark cabinets. For the first time living on our own, we are okay with things looking a little bit mismatched!
Bar carts are so trendy right now, so I always thought it would be fun to have one, but not unless it really fell into place on a low budget. One spontaneous evening at Target with friends, I happened to find this gold bamboo looking end table for a quarter of the original price! Thank you clearance section! It fit perfectly in the corner of our dining room next to our black table and oversized mirror. We are still pulling everything together on it, but it has become a great place to store our glasses and bottles since our cabinet space is limited.
We are still pulling everything together on the bar cart, but it has become a great place to store our glasses and bottles since our cabinet space is limited. The gold accent ties in with these adorable burlap and gold polka dot tablecloths Danielle’s mom found for us. We have big plans for entertaining friends when we are both in town, so the dining room and bar cart will be a great place to get the party started!
I have learned a lot about patience and budgeting in the first three months here. I love coming home to our cozy place, but also can’t wait to see it evolve over the next year. We probably won’t be staying in this apartment for more than a few years, so our pieces have to be movable and transformable wherever each of us goes next. It has been a blast using creativity to settle in and make Indy a new home away from home.
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