While moving is stressful and utterly exhausting, it is also the perfect excuse to purge your belongings and refresh your decor.
Most of my furniture in Florida was hand-me-down or DIY Ikea hacks, meaning the cost of moving everything to Georgia exceeded its value. Not to mention Ikea furniture doesn't exactly move well. So, I decided to purge. I actually love getting rid of things and simplifying my life. But, despite my natural proclivity to expel clutter, I was shocked at just how much crap I had accumulated in my Tampa apartment! After a solid week of cleaning, sorting, and purging, I was able to fit everything in two car loads to Georgia.
Of course, getting rid of almost everything meant that I had some serious furniture shopping and decorating to do for my new place (I love my new apartment by the way)! My new job and move happened so quickly that I did not have much time to think about any sort of decor scheme. So, I just started scanning Pinterest and my favorite decor websites like crazy. Not knowing where to begin, I started with trying to find a couch. Why is finding a well-made couch at a decent price so challenging? I ended up going with a gorgeous French-inspired tufted sofa from Lamps Plus of all places. They actually have a great selection at good prices, and lots of people online swear by their quality. Mine has not arrived just yet, but I promise to share my review when it does.
After spending a week obsessing over picking a single sofa, I decided to just start pinning anything I came across that I liked, figuring that some sort of pattern would emerge... and thankfully it did! Surprise, there is a lot of blue and gold. To help achieve a more cohesive look, I started a photoshop file where I could arrange the items and make sure everything worked together. This is a critical step for me. I need to be able to see everything together because pieces I thought were perfect, simply don't work. It also helps me make difficult decisions. Decorating is, after all, a long-term and costly commitment!
I am still waiting for most of my furniture to arrive, but below is a collage of what I have (or planning) to order. I don't want to brag, but I think I managed to find a lot of really chic and quality items for some really great prices! On that note, why are rugs and curtains so ridiculously expensive?