my apartment decor in chicago
I have lived in Chicago for about four years, ever since I started college at Loyola. Of course, my first two years I lived on campus in dorms and would go home during the holidays and summer, but by the end of summer before my junior year I moved into my first real apartment in the city. I recently signed my lease to stay here for another year (my third) and have been decorating and making the space more my own. When I first moved in, most money went towards big ticket items such as my bed, dresser, couch, etc., so decor was a second thought placed on the back burner.
I had other reasons for making it a second priority; first being, I wanted to live in the space a bit and solidify what I wanted to do with it, and secondly, I wasn't exactly sure how long I would be staying here and if I wanted to invest in a space that might change in a year. But after I signed my lease for a second year, I decided that I would most likely be staying here somewhat in the long run and started to experiment more with decor.
A decent amount of items I've chosen to decorate my apartment with have been gifts or things I've taken from my parents house (with their knowledge), but I've also acquired new items that are completely my taste, minimalist/modern with a touch of bohemian. Plus, I live in a city so my apartment is a rental and I can't exactly be painting walls, tearing things down, or making huge changes; but I can experiment with little things.
I want to start with my favorite room, my bedroom. When some people say they live in their bedroom, I really mean I LIVE in my bedroom. It is my sanctuary and where I feel most comfortable, it has great lighting and an overall cozy vibe. I especially like playing with my window area since it's the focal point of the room.
Originally I planned on getting a storage bench to keep my TV on, which one day I still may; but for now I like using my suitcases which double as storage for extra pillows and blankets. I used clear duct tape (I know...lol) to hang a string light bulbs over my window which gives the room a softer ambience than the lamp on my nightstand. Along the windowsill I have a candle holder, crystals, and an air plant. I also love these Jonathan Adler pillows for my bed.
Next my living room, which is the biggest space in my apartment separated into two areas. One being the main area with my couch and TV and the other side being more open with a console table, full length mirror and desk/work area.
Similar to my bedroom, the living room has a ton of natural light and great window space. But my favorite part of this room is the gallery wall. It is a collection of photos I've taken of my name spelled wrong on different Starbucks cups and I'm obsessed. Along the windowsill I have a collection of wine and alcohol bottles on one side and a Buddha statue, candle, and a letter 'K' for my name.
In the next area of the living room I have a console table decorated with miscellaneous items that I've collected over the years (including shot glasses from different places I've traveled), a full length mirror with fairy lights hung around it, a little plant area, and a work space.
Overall, everything is a work in progress with new items being added and moved around, but at this point I'm happy with how everything flows and looks. It gets me excited for the future when I can actually design and work within a big space that I own and can really make mine (and maybe find a more permanent solution than duct tape to hang things). As for right now, I'm happy playing around with what I like and keeping it simple.