{Lifestyle} Decoratin My First Apartment

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The decision to get my own apartment came after years of living in shared accommodation with either Friends (as a university student) or Strangers (as a graduate) which I was ok with for a while but then I started craving my own space and the freedom that comes with it. I did not take the decision to have my own place lightly because I know it’s nothing but. I have always wanted to rent or buy my own place for a while now but the current financial slumps the economy has experienced over the last 5 years has not been forgiving for first time buyers to enter the arena.

argos clock


After weeks and weeks of looking for an apartment which will be big enough for me and accommodate my needs I found a really beautiful 1 bedroom apartment in the heart of Didcot and only 15 minutes away from work at a very reasonable price. This has made me happy big time but the task of filling this unfurnished apartment has only recently dawned on me, I am not looking for anything extravagant but a girl can always dream.

When I was a kid I loved playing house with my friends a lot, my mother encouraged the play even bought me some items that would go nicely with my pretend house. Sometimes she would give us old curtains to build a tent and use as a pretend house, I loved it so much. Fast forward 20 years later I have embarked on the journey that is getting my own place and decorating it to my hearts desire, this is ten levels up from playing house.

I sat the other day thinking of what it was like when I was playing house as a kid and what kind of colours I usually gravitated towards when their was a choice to choose from. I noticed that then I used to love darker colours because if they got dirty (which they did daily) the dirt didn’t show easily. But now thinking about the colours I want to use for my place all I want are light and not too bright colours. I am thinking more on teal or sky blue with a touch of light grey and specs of gold or glitter (a girl’s gotta have some glitter). So armed with this information I went to online and picked out some items I love for my apartment and do a pretend decorate.


ikea art

My living space is combined with my kitchen area so it makes sense for me to have only one sofa but since I know I will be having visitors I did not just want to have any kind of sofa but a sofa bed. The sofa bed that caught my eye is the BARI sofa in malva blue grey colour from made.com, I think it is very stylish but does not scream sofa bed. Every sofa has to have some pretty and very comfortable cushions, I love the geometric design on The TRIO cushions also from made.com. I thought this Silver Day and Date wall clock  for Argos would go nicely with the theme of my apartment that I am currently going with, it’s very simple yet stylish. As a rule of thumb you can not have bare walls in your living room, since at the moment I have not finished choosing the pictures I want on my wall I thought this PREMIAR picture of the jungle journey from Ikea is perfect for my walls as I undertake this new journey along in ‘the jungle’ of living alone.

So what do you think of some of the items I have chosen for my new and first apartment?

What did you buy 1st for your first place?


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    April 7, 2015 / 6:35 pm

    Congratulations on your new apartment! I like the things you picked to decorate your apartment especially the couch!

    I am almost 36 with three kids. I am dreaming of owning my own house someday.

    • April 8, 2015 / 3:38 pm

      Thank you so much hun, I am sure you will own your own place in the near future

  2. April 4, 2015 / 4:22 am

    you did a great job picking out items for your first home! 🙂 i especially love the grey couch. it matches everything. i think for our first house.. we picked out a blue couch and then tried to work everything else around it, which ended up being way more challenging. neutral is def the way to go.. and then it’s much easier to work out other small decor around it.. unless of course you’re pro at designing rooms! 🙂

    • April 4, 2015 / 11:59 am

      Thank you, I love grey and a touch of blue. lol

  3. Angie Kanellopoulos
    April 3, 2015 / 2:07 pm

    I am 30 years old and I still haven’t gotten a place on my absolute own. Its always with friends or family. I am trying to get my career on track before I venture on my own completely but I have decorated apartments before and I love it! Blue is always go to, but im loving that couch/bed!

    • April 3, 2015 / 6:13 pm

      Thanks, I am sure all will work out for you too soon.

  4. Rebecca Swenor
    April 3, 2015 / 8:49 am

    It is so exciting to have your own place and to decorate the way you want it. I love your sleeper sofa and the pillows. The colors are totally amazing together. Thanks for sharing.

    • April 3, 2015 / 6:12 pm

      Thanks Rebecca, I can not wait to move into my new place and celebrate my independence and freedom

  5. April 3, 2015 / 3:41 am

    Have you bought the couch yet?! It’s gorgeous! I think you should totally go for it.

    • April 3, 2015 / 7:13 am

      No not yet Nancy but thanks

  6. Ricci
    April 3, 2015 / 3:34 am

    I love your couch and your pillows!! I need new living room furniture soooo bad!!

    • April 3, 2015 / 7:13 am

      hahaha, check out ikea or made.com they have really pretty items

  7. Terri Ramsey Beavers
    April 3, 2015 / 2:22 am

    Wow, I love the furniture, I mean your sofa bed I really love when it comes to transform. The throw pillows too, I love your decorations.

  8. Ourfamilyworld
    April 2, 2015 / 10:03 pm

    Those pillows are just gorgeous. I bought a mirror for my first apartment. I love mirrors

    • April 3, 2015 / 7:12 am

      Thanks, I actually already have a mirror for my apartment its one thing I wanted a while back but couldn’t use it where I am living so will actually be my first item bought for my place lol

  9. Sharon Erickson
    April 2, 2015 / 7:13 pm

    I love those throw pillows! They are the perfect accent for the couch. That wall art is pretty amazing too. I feel like I have seen it somewhere. Hope it all comes together perfectly for you!

    • April 3, 2015 / 7:11 am

      Thanks Sharon, the wall art is from ikea and the perfect pillows from made.com

  10. April 2, 2015 / 5:45 pm

    Those throw pillows are super cute! I would love to have a set of them for our sofa.

    • April 3, 2015 / 7:11 am

      Thanks Cassie, I love their colour and design

  11. April 2, 2015 / 4:49 pm

    Love that sofa! And what an exciting time for you- hope it all comes together and you’re happy with the finished result. 🙂

    Wendy | Fashionable Heart

    • April 3, 2015 / 7:11 am

      Thanks Wendy, I hope so too

  12. Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com
    April 2, 2015 / 2:25 pm

    What great ideas! My first apartment was so nice but I had such awful hand me Downs. I was 18 and a new mom. I took what I could. Looking back now I laugh, but it is as pretty awful. I love all your ideas, those pillows are so lovely!

    • April 3, 2015 / 7:10 am

      awww bless, I am hoping to get a few hand me downs but the major ones I want to buy myself

  13. April 2, 2015 / 2:23 pm

    Love your ideas. I actually want a sofa bed for my daughters room right now. My first apartment by myself I did not decorate the only thing I bought was a kitchen table because eating on the couch wasn’t ideal anymore lol

    • April 3, 2015 / 7:10 am

      I was actually thinking of getting a table for the kitchen but will see otherwise its campfire everynight

  14. Alli Smith
    April 2, 2015 / 1:13 pm

    Love the sofa bed! It looks like the perfect size for an apartment. Heck, I like it all. I remember my first apartment – many years ago. 🙂

    • April 3, 2015 / 7:09 am

      hahaha, thanks hun. I love it and hope to get it.

  15. Alli Smith
    April 2, 2015 / 1:13 pm

    Love the sofa bed! It looks like the perfect size for an apartment. Heck, I like it all. I remember my first apartment – many years ago. 🙂

  16. kim propp
    April 2, 2015 / 12:32 pm

    I love the jungle journey picture! It makes the atmosphere otherworldy, and it really goes well with your sofa!

    • April 3, 2015 / 7:09 am

      Thanks Kim I thought the same

  17. GlitteryGlossy
    April 2, 2015 / 11:20 am

    Sounds like you have some excellent ideas. It’s been so long since I had to decorate a small space. Totally dont miss it.

    • April 3, 2015 / 7:08 am

      Thanks I can not wait, for me its a big space lol

  18. Penny Struebig
    April 2, 2015 / 7:31 am

    I think your ideas are great! It’s going to look amazing when you’re finished. Post pictures!!

    • April 3, 2015 / 7:08 am

      Thanks Penny I hope so

  19. April 2, 2015 / 7:28 am

    Decorating is so much fun, love it! Those cushions look great for adding a pop of colour to a room. You must be so excited to get started!

    • April 3, 2015 / 7:08 am

      Thanks hun, I am having fun virtually so far can not wait for the real deal

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