A Look Back At My Apartment Through The Years

If you haven’t heard the news already, I’m leaving my apartment of over 6 years and moving back to Palm Springs!

As I pack up each room for the move I’m reminded of how many faces each one has had over the years, and how we started out here with literally only an air mattress and a laptop. I worked hard to make this apartment feel like our own home and did every thing I could to personalize it within the limits allowed. In the beginning I worked with what I had and could afford, which wasn’t much, and slowly improved each room over the years and brought in new and better things to make it what it is today. I had fun doing it and I’m really proud of what I’ve done and been able to share with you all since the blog started.

I thought it would be fun to take a little look back through the years. Each rooms has looked even more different than what you’ll see below, but this is what I could find on my Instagram and photo archives.

The living room and dining room have always been the main focus. It’s where we spend the most time and really the only room people see when they come over. It started out with ugly paint and carpet (the floors were eventually changed by management) and eventually turned into a bright and spacious feeling room. It was even featured in Better Homes and Gardens!

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As you can see I flipped the entire layout last year.

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The dining room has had a few different lives too. 45778_431244939058_252962_nHere are a couple of my favorites.891011

Even the front door got a makeover a couple of times!

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And lastly, the bedroom. I went from garden grandma chic vibes to tropical resort vibes.

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I’ve had a lot of fun living here and sprucing this place up, but I’m excited for something new!

Stay tuned for projects in the new place soon!

 

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Home Decor: New Lamps, New Mirrors, New Living Room Look

If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you’ll know I’m always changing things around in my apartment. I get bored, what can I say?

My husband was traveling for work this week, so I was left alone to my own devices. That really means I had to distract myself from the fact that when he’s away I become a lonely hermit womanchild. I usually take up various projects around the house and Netflix binge until my eyes blur.

I started a few little projects this time. Mostly rearranging and switching out pictures and the sort. I also started stenciling the dining area/entry way (more on that later).

Wall Stenciling in Progress via Melodrama

Then finally on the last day I saw a light at the end of my lonely woman tunnel. I emerged from my hermit crab shell and put on actual human clothes and took myself out for a little retail therapy where I found lamps and mirrors on clearance. The lamps and shades are from Target and the mirrors are from Ross. After I bought them I promptly returned home and turned back into a crab person.

Anywayyyyy here’s what it looked like before:

Vintage dresser as living room decor via MelodramaI traded out the DIY gold brushed art for round mirrors, traded the IKEA lamps for mint ones with caned shades from Target, and used my vintage milk glass vases to hold palm clippings for a whole new look. TADA!

Vintage dresser as living room decor via Melodrama

I had to have these lamps. They remind me of vintage jadeite. I thought the caned yellow lampshades added something special too. I decided on black mirrors because I feel like it grounds the TV. Otherwise it just looks like a big black rectangle on the wall. Overall I think this all goes with the rest of the room a lot better.

Lamps: Target

Lamp Shades: Target

Vases: Vintage, Etsy

Mirrors: Ross

Dresser: Vintage, Craigslist

Bar Cart: Target

Make sure you’re following along on Instagram to see more.

Home Decor: Update Your Karlstad Sofa By Changing The Legs

Even though it was super comfortable, I got really sick of having a bulky sofa in my living room. It took up most of the wall and didn’t leave room for things like side tables and lamps, etc. I didn’t want to commit to a really expensive sofa that I might change my mind about, so we went to IKEA and picked up a Karlstad. The standard size was still a little too big so we settled on the loveseat. To be honest it has been great! The feature that sold me was the removable/changable slip cover. The thing I disliked most was the legs.

There are sites and online shops dedicated to making custom legs for IKEA furniture, but if you’re on a budget and want a solution fast, look to your local hardware store.

How to change the legs on your Karlstad sofa

Standard block legs that did not fit my style at all. Luckily it’s easy to change. Cheap, too!

How to change Karlstad legs

First you need to change the bracket on the bottom of the sofa to fit the new legs.

How to change Karlstad legs

Then attach the new bracket.

How to change Karlstad legs

This bracket is going to make the new legs fit. I got my legs and brackets at Lowe’s for under $15 and I simply painted them the colors I wanted.

How to change the legs on a Karlstad

Just screw those in and you’ve got brand new legs!

How to change the legs on your Karlstad sofa

 

So far so good. Now I can afford to change them any time I want by either re-painting or just picking up a new set for under $10.

Home Decor: My Work Space And My Future Plans For It

Living in a one-bedroom apartment is challenging sometimes. Working from home is awesome and I love my apartment, but I won’t lie, it would be lot easier if I had a whole room to devote to projects. Some place where I can make a mess and have space to spread out. That’s not the case around here. Luckily I was able to carve out a little corner of my living room.

If you’re not so sure about where to set up shop in your own home, there’s always co-working companies like WeWork that have cool rental spaces where you can set up and function as a small company. There’s also the added benefit of networking.

Blogger from Melodrama's Current Work SpaceThis is where I work. I spend most of my day here. I write and edit photos in my favorite chair, craft and sew at my handy dandy gate leg table, and I store a whole bunch of stuff on those shelves and in the drawers. It really is about as functional as I can get in such a confined spot. My only problem is organization.

Craft Shelves

I have plans though! I’m going to give this space a little makeover. Since it’s in my living room, I need to make it look less random and more put together. I want to hide the spray cans and messy paint bottles.

Pegboard, hooks, and baskets are going to become part of this corner very soon. Fingers crossed it’ll solve some of my organizational problems!

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Stay tuned for the new and improved work space. Coming soon to a blog near you.