LIVING/DINING ROOM UPDATES & HOW IT’S FURNISHED NOW

Patrick & I moved into our apartment a year and a half ago. Back then, it was so fresh and new and exciting, so of course, I wrote a post showing it off! I loved the way it looked back then, but we knew there were some changes to make. We’ve slowly made it feel how we want, with more elements of our style and some DIY projects to get it here. If you want to see what the space looked like before, there’s a post here from September 2015. My oh my, how it’s changed since then!

The biggest addition to the apartment is Louie! Patrick’s family cat came to visit us last November and then never left. We didn’t have plans to have a pet here, but now he’s here and not going anywhere. He definitely adds some fun to our home! Okay, sorry, now onto the furniture! Opting to upgrade from the futon (which now lives in the den) to a couch was a pretty easy decision. We needed something small, but grown up. This couch from JYSK (here) is the perfect look and size. We don’t love the quality and will definitely need to upgrade at some point in the future, but for now it works! And it perfectly hugs around the coffee table, that Patrick made last fall. I’ve seen lots of comparable tables on Pinterest, but nothing quite like this one!

We got a flatscreen TV and sound bar! When we first moved in, we streamed off my iMac which lived on this same table. We are still open to changing that table out, but just haven’t found the right piece. I also secretly don’t want to find something new because I don’t want to get rid of this table! The top opens up to a massive mirror and lots of storage. One day, it will live as the perfect makeup table. This dresser came from my teenage bedroom. I had painted it with wall paint pastel purple after purchasing it at a garage sale. Over the summer, we repainted it and striped the top down to reveal the oil stains and filler that I was trying to cover up years ago! It was a fun project to change this piece up, and the result is completely one of a kind!

I found this dining table on Kijiji long before we moved here, and still adore it’s modern styling. Oh yeah, and I spent an afternoon repainting those chairs just for fun! We also reupholstered the seats with a (tablecloth) fabric from Ikea! The bold blue probably isn’t everyone’s taste, but I love these chairs and painting them made the set even more special to me! This set looks way more expensive then it did when we first moved in.

My small little workspace is tucked in at the bottom of the stairs with a big leafy tree in a vintage crock. Patrick’s grandpa made this desk for his childhood bedroom, so it’s nice that it is continuing to get use. This Ontario print from Kid Icarus in Toronto was the basis for the small gallery wall of memories and places. I can’t wait to add more as we travel and explore! Patrick’s sister made the photo bunting which found it’s perfect home above the desk. I feel very inspired here in this corner!

The dining area has changed with the addition of this fully customized hutch. It’s a hand-me-down from Patrick’s granny that just showed up at our apartment one day in the back of a truck! I’m not exaggerating. So we decided to paint it, distress it, change the hardware and add chicken wire in place of glass. It’s definitely a cottage-look piece, but it pairs so perfectly with our ultra-modern table in the best possible way.

I hope you like the changes and maybe feel a little inspired. I’m so proud of the look we’ve created in our little home. Would you paint a piece you’re no longer enjoying or add a bold colour into your space? Do you want me to show some DIY projects in the future and integrate more interiors? It’s definitely something I enjoy and want to explore more.  What’s your personal home decor style?

  • I love the way color is incorporated into the space! I tend to be very neutral and minimalist, but I love how you painted the chairs blue!
    -Sisi
    http://www.modernbeautygirl.com

    • Thank you Sisi! I definitely am drawn to neutral and minimalist style, but love to incorporate bright pops for fun! The best thing is, I can always paint the chairs another colour a few years down the line if my style ever changes 🙂