So if you've been following along, you know that over the last two weeks I outlined my plan for turning the living room in this Elder Millennial's apartment into a living room/home office situation. Here's the floor plan we started with:
And here's the new floor plan, which keeps, but rearranges, the existing furniture (except that Ikea cube R.I.P.) and adds a small desk and chair. The chair has a split personality - it's a desk chair when facing the desk and an accent chair when facing into the room.
I asked you all to vote for your favorites from the desks, chairs, lamps, wall art, and hanging planters that I sourced. I purposely included options from a variety of sources and price points, and as always I included plenty of vintage and artisan pieces.
I was really rooting for the vintage options (I see you, wicker desk), but turns out ya'll love your West Elm, the source of the winning lamp AND desk. The other winners were a hanging planter from Urban Outfitters Home, a framed print from artist Catalina Somolinos (via Minted) and a rattan chair from Caitlin Wilson. I have to say, although my vintage favorites didn't win in the voting, I do like how this design turned out and it works really well in the organic modern space. Ready to see the final design? (And then keep scrolling for a shopping list so you can get the look!)
Drum Roll Please! Here's the completed look! (This is the view from the sofa):
1) Macrame Single Pot Hanging Planter from Urban Outfitters Home $39
2) Roar + Rabbit™ Ripple Ceramic Table Lamp - Large (White) from West Elm $179
4) Mid-Century Art Display Mini Desk from West Elm $299
5) Rattan Arm Chair from Caitlin Wilson $375
When I look at this shopping list, what stands out to me is how the most functionally important piece- the desk, costs significantly less than the three smaller decor items (lamp, planter, art) added together. Big chains like West Elm can be a great resource for well-made and affordable furniture, especially when you need it to fit in a small apartment, but going vintage can save you a lot on your decorative accessories. Sure, some vintage items are more expensive than new pieces because they are rare antiques, but often you can score great deals if you're willing to seek them out and you aren't afraid of a little patina (fancy word for signs of wear/aging). That being said, this print is a limited edition run from an independent artist (via Minted) and therefore well worth the cost in my opinion. The lamp and planter however could be easily swapped for more affordable vintage alternatives.
I hope you've enjoyed this 3 part series and feel inspired to make the most of your home by maximizing space so it "works" hard for you! Stay tuned next week's for Jen's Gen X take on the "she-shed!" She's turning her backyard shed into her dream office and you can follow along every step of the way!