So I cleaned. I straightened, organized and put away. I made my bed back into a sofa. I didn't have a vacuum, but I cleaned the rug anyways. And I did my best to accessorize. So without further ado, here's my apartment.
Some of the rooms are so small that I had to take the photos through the doorways, and the kitchen photo feels a bit awkward. But I know I'm my own harshest critic, so I'm trying to stay positive about it all.
Going into the contest, I have a number of things I feel good about:
I'm proud of the way I'm using the space, and how I'm fitting so much into this small an apartment.
I'm proud of the way I've taken ownership and found solutions to things that I didn't like. (bye bye, vertical blinds!, see ya, ugly handles!)
I'm proud of most of the furniture: they are exactly the pieces I want and I see no reason to change them.
I'm proud of the art; posters I really like and a couple pieces I've done myself.
They aren't negatives, so here's the spin I'm putting onto it.
I want to work on the kitchen a little more. (ugly counter needs to be dealt with)
I want to find a better dining table and chairs; something a little more modern/not the ikea knockoff saarinen table. (it flexes when you put weight on it; if I had to do it over again, I'd buy a real authentic metal knockoff)
I want to work on the final little bits and pieces: teensy adjustments to things where the proportions aren't quite perfect, or that could have been ironed (cough sofa slipcover cough)
Not bad for 10 months. And a first apartment. And basically no budget after month four of living here.
Wish me luck!