condo progress take two – media center

The condo is a continual work in progress. You can view the first installment of our condo here, you certainly don’t want to miss out on the hospital green walls and cobalt blue pendant lights.

But…as with everything, you have to celebrate the little victories. Our most recent addition is our media center.

Although we vowed to choose quality over quantity, desperation got the best of us and we caved – or rather our pocketbook did. After the Hubbs vowed to never ever assemble another piece of IKEA furniture, he wound up spending last Saturday flipping through the pictorial illustrations of the odd little IKEA men instruction book. You all know what I’m talking about.

It gets me every time.

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We opted out of saving up for a West Elm/CB2/Crate and Barrel media center, and chose the higher rode – instant gratification in the form of IKEA BESTA TV storage combination. I can’t find the exact product online (perhaps because there’s like a zillion possible combinations) but here’s a couple of examples:

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besta-tv-storage-combination__0183463_PE334494_S4We ended up purchasing the 2 cabinet system option, 2 doors, glass top, and 6 modern chrome legs, for a grand total of [$140]. With that price, it’s really hard to beat.

The white gloss finish and modern chrome legs tie in the modern lines of the couch while balancing our rustic, industrial table and traditional nailhead linen chairs.

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Along the way I found this lovely beauty at Crate and Barrel – Willa Raven side chair originally [$149] but purchased the floor model for just [$49]. It’s seen better days, but with a few minor scuffs the hubbs says it has added “character.” #soomature

willa-raven-side-chair

I actually quite like the black, country style in contrast to the mod glossy white cabinet. I plan to do a little DIY dip dye style and paint the lower half of the legs gold, and add a sheepskin rug for texture and cozy appeal, like this:

DIY dip dyed table chasing shiny objects

DIY dip dyed table chasing shiny objects

sheepskin draped chair via the little room of style

sheepskin draped chair via the little room of style

As for our media center, I love a good IKEA hack and am thinking of adding either overlays or leather pulls for a custom finish. Here is my amazing inspo:

via my overlays

via my overlays

via sugar & cloth

via sugar & cloth

Oh the possibilities.

Now that I have the bones of my media cove carved out, I can’t wait to finish it. Just a few DIY projects, some artwork, a garden stool or accent table and I’m good to go. I might even purchase another system to create added vertical storage and some height.

DIY media center projects to follow!

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condo – before & progress

Post holiday decorating always leaves me a bit blue. Yes, January is about new beginnings and renewal (not to mention broken diet/gym/yoga/spin you name it resolutions), but is it so bad to say that January may be my least favorite month? #sorrynotsorry

I digress.

Our condo is a continual work in progress and with the holidays long gone, our space is feeling a bit empty. I’m really embracing the minimalist, industrial, Scandinavian look – literally. Empty corners, bare walls, white space, a makeshift media center Costco card table, which a friend dubbed as “industrial” – hey, I’ll take it.

It’s still missing some texture, layers and accents, but I’m trying to enjoy the process. And save money along the way – decorating, home improvement projects, and the likes can sure empty your pockets.

When we first moved in, our condo looked like this. Please excuse the poor quality pictures, view at your own risk! 🙂

{BEFORE} The pictures speak for themselves, but our lovely 600 sq. ft condo came equipped with all the fancy fixins’ –

  • hospital green walls
  • cobalt blue pendant lights
  • track lighting
  • seashell-esque wall scones
  • wiry oatmeal carpet
  • vinyl tile floor
kitchen

kitchen

hall/entry

hall/entry

main room

main room

main room

main room

bathroom

bathroom

bathroom

bathroom

vinyl floor

vinyl floor

{PROGRESS} keep in mind it’s still in the early early stages, but at least the green is gone!

Here are a few of the changes we’ve made so far –

  • white white white – helps to maximize the space and provides a blank canvas to showcase my eclectic palette
  • Edison pendant lights – the clear frame allows the eye to move seamlessly across the space, which is important in small spaces
  • bu-bye weird seashell sconces, helloo lovely modern lighting
  • brand spankin’ new toilet
  • new laminate floors in a gray weathered finish – a nice contrast to my gray-toned white paint. I carried it on throughout the entire space to avoid breaking up the already small space.
  • new baseboards and door casings – good moulding adds architectural interest and a finished, updated look
hallway/entry

hallway/entry

pendant lights

pendant lights

main room

main room

main area

main area

dining room

dining room

main area

main area

hallway/entry

hallway/entry

makeshift bar

makeshift bar

dresser

dresser

{TO DO}

  • replace track lighting (yuck)
  • new dining room light
  • paint – baseboards, casings, fireplace, french doors, closet…(ok I lied, our closet is still that dreadful green)
  • new appliances $$$ – break my piggy bank this is on hold, but I can dream of my stackable Samsung washer/dryer
  • patio – deck resurfaced/stained, a good cleaning, seating area
  • redo configuration of laundry room and organize
  • laminate overlays for kitchen and bathroom
  • replace countertops
  • finish bathroom

I tire just contemplating the endless to-do’s, but it’s good to remember to take your time and enjoy the process. Don’t buy things you don’t absolutely love or else you wind up spending more in the long run. I firmly believe in regularly editing different areas of your living space. Step back and curate the details along the way – is the seating configured in a way that encourages conversation? Are both shelves absolutely necessary or redundant? Do you still love that piece of furniture you’ve had since college and is it functional in your present lifestyle?

Hopefully this will motivate me to knock off a few of those tasks within the upcoming weeks…okay, months. Until then, I hope I can provide you some encouragement based on real life living/redesigning/decorating. It’s not always pretty or HGTV perfect, but always remember to enjoy the process.

More pictures to come!