Contentment and gratitude are so sweet. In the age of social media, filters, catalogs, and online shopping, it is easy to compare my life to lives of others. I am daily met with flashy offers claiming to have the next best thing – as if my dream life can be bought.
We live in a tiny apartment. Our pedestal table hardly fits our dining nook. We have 3 feet of counter space in the kitchen and minimal storage for food, linens, cleaning supplies, and basics. Half the bulbs in our dining light fixture are perpetually out, regardless of how many times we buy a new pack from Target. The pipes squeal when our upstairs neighbor runs their shower, and our heating system creaks through the night. But it’s our very first home.
Happy Monday, Y’all! Today I am sharing the first things we bought for our apartment. Even though I tried to be an informed bride by asking around and reading articles, this was unchartered territory for me. Dillon and I chose to not move in together until the day we got married, which meant we didn’t combine all our possessions until our wedding day. We were fortunate to have the keys to our apartment a few weeks early. We took care to fill our space with basic needs (and some wants) during those weeks. While we’d both lived away at college after high school, we both moved directly into our apartment from our family homes.
As a result, we basically moved into our apartment with the bare bones necessities that one should have for a home. Confession: we still haven’t purchased our own flatware set. We received most of our household essentials at my bridal shower, but there are some pieces that remain unfulfilled. Thankfully, we were blessed with gift cards to fill in the gaps!
Our space is small (about 650 square feet), but even the tiniest space can feel barren if left unfurnished. We were blessed to have a couch and bed from our parents, but that was all for furniture. As you can see from the photo above, our couch set is a spring green color which is not my preference – but I’m grateful to have been gifted it! I would eventually like to purchase a neutral couch instead.
As we first got settled into our apartment, I kept a list of items to purchase from Target and Walmart. After receiving the keys to our apartment, we spent most of that first week making multiple trips to both stores for essentials. I’ve organized the list into categories for quick reference. Enjoy!
— curtains and curtain rods
— pretty hand towels
— a candle
— pantry shelving and bins
— dish soap, sponges, and a sponge holder
— trash cans for the kitchen and bathroom
— trash bags in varying sizes (bathroom, beneath the kitchen sink, and tall kitchen)
— toilet paper and paper towels
— basic seasonings
— accent cabinet
— a nice dining table and chairs (This came about a month later. We used a folding table in the interim.)
What are the first things you purchased for your first apartment or home?
One of my favorite parts of newlywed life is playing interior designer within our shared space. I plan to take you along in the process through posts just like this one, starting today with living room inspiration for our first apartment! In June I shared how we’re starting with neutral furniture because it’s timeless and versatile. As a result, this has left plenty of room for creative expression with decorative accents!
While considering my aesthetic vision for our living room, I thought about its function too. We dream of hosting game nights in this space. It’s the place we retreat to after a long day of work to talk and relax. This is also the room where I enjoy quiet time almost every morning. As a result, I planned the space around the characteristics of being comfortable, cute, and welcoming with plenty of storage. We have a place for our books and Bible study reading, a place for Dillon’s gaming equipment, and a place for my quiet time items.
bookshelf | gallery frames | accent cabinet | couch | white pillows | ticking pillows
home pillow | coffee table | rug | end table | lamp base | lamp shade | ginger jar
Because we invested in storage-friendly furniture above, we currently have a place for our books and Bible study reading, a place for Dillon’s gaming equipment, and a place for my quiet time items. There’s a space for board games, charging cords, candles, and a lighter.
I envision that rug, coffee table (ahem, I don’t want ottomans anymore), pretty end table tying our room together beautifully. I’m excited to continue making progress on our space and sharing pictures when it’s done!
Do you have any recommendations for pieces that are both pretty and decorative? Please share below, we would love to hear them!