CG is my new E-design client
and she is super excited about her new job and apartment in LA
We just finished the living room area
and now are moving on to the
This is a small one bedroom apartment with many nice features, such as security and a gym,
but the rent is pretty high
so we don't have a large budget for furniture
Remember our $10,000 dollar budget
must include move in costs
for the apartment too!
so here is where we stand:
first and last on the rent: $3000
misc costs for cable and utilities: $500
living room furnishings: $1,975
so that leaves us with $4,525 dollars
We left World Market and headed off to Pier One
This table above is really great
and in fact I purchased one for my son when he got his first place,
only he liked it with the black base
The base, with a 48" inch glass top
runs $232 dollars
We looked for more things at Pier One
but honestly liked the things at World Market
much better...and I love Pier One usually!
So back we went...
and bought another one of the Champagne Bookshelves
What is nice about these, is that they can be pushed together at some point down the road
if CG gets a bigger place...
or she can use them on either side of the sofa in the living room
as she starts to acquire more quality pieces!
Hey I'm all about buying the best you can afford...but when you're just starting out, you really don't have a real grasp on what your "personal style" really is yet...or at least I didn't!
And no one want to be sitting on the floor eating take out Chinese,
looking at a $5000 dollar hutch with nothing in it and no place to sit.
We are using this bookshelf for storage
of pretty white china,
wine glasses and a few little decorative things
We both loved these Asian inspired garden stools and so we bought two
$90 dollars each...total $180 dollars
These can be used for extra seating or as side tables if needed
when she has friends over for drinks
Here are the two chairs we are using in the living room
and these will be used
for extra seating at the dining table
when CG needs them
We wanted a soft comfy seat for every day dining and doing "home office" work at the table.
I looked through some catalogs for nice parsons chairs and found these
from Ballard Designs
These can be ordered "in-stock" with some great slipcovers
The chair base runs $129 dollars and the slips came to $69 dollars each
Total for two chairs
There is a nice little bar area along the entry to the kitchen
and I loved the idea of something really contemporary
I found these "ghost chair" Kartel knock off bar stools at Sears of all places!
$199 for the pair!
The furniture is all purchased
but we need a few finishing touches:
We saw some great table top and serve ware at World Market but CG has some things from college so she will be using most of those things
but we did pick up a set of these black "Willow" plates
to hang on the wall
total...$22 dollars for 4
Two fun grain sack pillows...courtesy of The Polished Pebble Shop
$150 for two
She has a spot for a large piece of art too
so we found this poster at Art.com of a 1950's work by artist
Franz Klein and will have it framed
We had to by at least one little fun "cutesy" item from World Market
so we thought this little tray of mugs would look fun
next to the coffee maker
I think these were around $25 dollars
Here is our total for the dining area:
total for furnishings spent to date:
Wow...we are doing great!
We have almost $3,000 dollars left for the bedroom
Something tells me we are going to need every penny!
Take a peek at our design
and note how it relates to the living room area
There are so many element's that can be moved around
and changed as needed or
when CG gets bored with the look
more fun design to come...the Bedroom
and..... don't forget to enter the give away
Winners will be announced on Saturday morning!