For The Home

For The Home


Thomas will be graduating from grad school soon and we will be moving out of our current apartment very soon as well. This was our “first” official place together. It never really felt like our own space, mainly because we had a short term lease since we knew we would be moving again once he finished school. It was mostly furnished with the owners decor (no point in bringing our own stuff for such a short time) so it was hard to make it feel like our own place. So, I’m really excited to finally find a place and create a home that feels us! We have some stuff, but still need a lot. The big pieces that we do have are mostly passed down from our parents and grandparents, which we are so lucky to have. We also have a boat load of wedding gifts that have been sitting in storage- untouched- that we can’t wait to unpack. But for the the most part, we still need a lot of things like a couch, a dining room table, side tables, coffee table, desk, etc. etc. etc. The list could go on!
My outlook on decorating our new place is to take things slow. I don’t want to rush into trying to fill space by buying things we like, not love. It’s also really expensive, so I know it will take time but I’m okay with that. In the meantime, I have been scouring the internet for small inexpensive ways to incorporate our style into the passed down pieces we have. Luckily, Thomas and I have a pretty similar aesthetic (although mine is a bit more feminine and glamorous than his) in that we both love a modern look, but in a cozy way. If that makes sense? I really don’t know much about interior design, but I do know what I like. You can check out my Pinterest boards here, here and here dedicated to the looks I love and hope to someday achieve.
What are your thoughts on decorating your first official place? I would love to know!


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  1. I know exactly what you mean Julia! We have moved 5 times in the last four years since my hubby and I have been married. We rent at each place so it has been hard to make it home especially since we moved so often. Like you our rental situation was schooling. My hubby went back for a second bachelors and now his Masters. He graduates soon too so we plan on moving out of our latest tiny abode to a home where we will be for the next two years at least and make it ours. Funny, our first place-a loft was decorated modern and glamours with faux fur rugs and lots of candles.

  2. We have been married for a little over a year and have moved three times! When we first got married I bought some pieces that weren’t exactly what I was looking for but got them anyways. I’m already sick of them! The books “Good Bones. Great Pieces” and “I Brake for Yard Sales” were great resources for me!

  3. lady – I am totally in that same position in my life now too… short term lease, living with borrowed things, dreaming of the day I can make a house my home! I know it will be a slow process, but I am already working on curating the type of style I want in my house – sleek, white/lucite base, with pops of glam and warmth through gold and colorful accessories. I say splurge for the major moment pieces and then take your time to fill in the rest! Have fun planning (love your boards)!

  4. I saw this quote a while ago on Pinterest:

    “If you wait until you have enough money to decorate and make your home your own it will never happen. If you wait until you can afford to buy everything new you are missing the point. It is the old, the new, the made, the hand-me-down, the collected, the worn (but loved) things in your home that make it your own.”

    I’ve had to work to keep myself from buying things for my own home just for the sake of filling up its emptiness, and to instead be patient enough to wait and find things that have meaning for me, things that I truly love! Happy decorating :)

  5. Love your blog! I really love the layout and just how everything is so easily navigable.

    Just thought I’d do a shout out :)

    xx Jane

  6. I love your Pinterest boards! You should also sign up for – it’s like Pinterest, but strictly for interior design and they have amazing room ideas. I am in the process of planning a wedding and decorating our “first” as well, and it’s so handy! Good luck :)

  7. My boyfriend and I just moved into our first place about 3 months ago now and it’s been so much fun decorating!

    I pinned up a storm too and definitely had to find a balance of masculine and feminine with everything we brought in. It takes time but it’s really starting to come together and feel like home.

    Happy decorating!


  8. This hits so close to home! I too just graduated college and moved into my first ever apartment. I had a few hand-me-downs from my parents but generally had everything to buy. I focused on finding items that I loved that still worked cohesively together, while remembering that I wanted these items to last, so no major investment pieces in colors I wasn’t sure if I would love years down the road. That is probably the best thing i’ve done for myself while furnishing my place. And in the next few months as my boyfriend and I prep to move in together, i’m hoping the pieces will work there too :) Great post!

  9. The boyfriend and I are going through the same transition! I hope you guys stay in SF! Good luck with everything!! And, of course, LOVE your blog!!

  10. I’ve had my home for ten years now and what I wish I knew then was to buy neutral and flexible pieces…you never know how your style may evolve or if you’ll be moving in the near future to a room of different proportions. I really wanted a sofa with a chaise on one side, but opted out of it because I didn’t know where I’d be in five years. Pro. I bought red couches because I loved them then, but don’t any longer. Con.

  11. Moving is always so much work, but it’s so exciting having a new space to work with. My husband and I moved into an apartment together in February shortly after we got engaged, but I feel like we never fully moved in. If all goes as planned, we’ll be moving next week and I’m so excited to start fresh. I think looking for small ways to incorporate your personalities is a great idea. One thing we’ll be doing a lot of is getting cheap or free furniture that was handed down and making it new by painting it or reupholstering because, like you said, it is really expensive. I think it’s a good way to incorporate furniture you need until you find and can afford the perfect piece.

  12. Calling a place home, can take time & I agree with you in taking time to complete the decoration… As you have mentioned you have unopened wedding gifts, so maybe many things that you need you might already have them & don’t know it… My suggestion don’t rush your purchases, indeed buy things you love & not just like… Good luck with your move, I have done it a few times & I know it is a lot of work & takes time to tide everything…

    xo, Violeta from Athens, Greece

  13. I totally know how you feel! My boyfriend and I have lived in our apartment for a year and it still does not really feel like home. It’s really hard to decorate when you know you are just going to have to move again in a short amount of time. I am sure your home will be gorgeous once everything is done because you have such great taste! Hope to see a future post on this later!


  14. I love decorating and I couldn’t wait until I had my own place to decorate!

    I would start off with neutral pieces. My first purchase was a neutral couch. Then I found a painting that I LOVED…not liked. Once I had both of those items, I could then incorporate pops of color. *My grandma used to be an interior decorator in San Francisco.* (Her advice) “Add a pop of color in your pillows or in your art pieces. Once you get tired of those colors or want to change them, they can easily be replaced.” -(Also budget friendly) *Go to estate sales. One of my favorite pieces is my vintage coffee table from the 1950′s. It’s beautiful, affordable, and adds so much character to my apartment!

    When I went shopping for pillows, I went a little crazy. I bought a bunch of different pillows with different textures. It’s fun to not always “keep it safe.”

    Good Luck!

  15. My guy and I just moved into our first apt in NYC 2 months ago. Sounds like we have the same situation! We’re taking it slow with our apartment, only purchasing things we really love because we aren’t in too much of a rush. A lot of our furniture has been passed down from our parents and grandparents so we’re trying to incorporate fun decorative pieces to make everything our own! Good luck with your place! It’s so much fun decorating your first place :)

  16. Take your time – I loved shopping for really neat vintage and used furniture, that was just as beautiful, but that had a more homey feel to it right from the start. (example: the coffee table I picked up at a yardsale that my partner loves because it has a big wide surface for him to work from and lots of character to it)
    Mix and match, keep what you love, and don’t feel bad about passing on what you don’t. Building a home together is a wonderful way to start a new stage of life!

  17. I loved decorating mine and boyfriend’s first place. Including him in the design was one of the best decisions I had ever made, it was a great project that he was kind enough to let me take the lead on but loved that I wanted him to be involved in so that he could love the space just as much as I did