I know, it could be a lot worse. For those of you who have been reading for a bit, you’ll know that just because we have more space than we could fill, the apartment’s not in the best condition. But I digress…I have the best problem when it comes to floor space. Don’t feel too bad for me.
When we moved into the apartment, I originally wanted to make the larger room our “office” and make the smaller room the bedroom. It has worked out well for us in the past, but not this time.
In our last apartment, D. complained for a long time about not having a space to himself. We used to share an office, so it’s not like I had a place all to myself either, but he obviously felt much more strongly about it. So in an attempt to be accommodating, I let him have the smaller room to himself, took the kitchen nook as my office space, and kept the larger room as our bedroom. This left half of the bedroom empty – and I chose to take advantage of it to do something I haven’t been able to do before.
I gave myself a reading nook!
And here’s the after!This was a very cheap makeover, thanks to my brother-in-law. He had this chair in his house, but had nowhere to put it, so I’m borrowing it for now. The table was from Target, and I got it for $40 on clearance. The lamp is the Forsa from Ikea, and it’s a great light for only $30! The blanket is from Uniqlo, and the candle holder is super old, so who knows where it came from…probably Target, like, 10 years ago. The photos are some of my favorites from hiking last year. I got the frames at Ikea too – I’m pretty sure I didn’t spend more than $20 on the whole display, which is always a good thing! The only thing this space is missing is a footstool, but I’m taking my time and trying to find one that I will like, and is the proper height.
While it’s a small change, and one that I did on a pretty tight budget, I’m glad to have it. Now that I’m the one without a quiet space to myself, this reading nook has proved to be a great place to work, read, blog, and just chill out. I do miss having a home office space where I can go and work in peace, but for now, this will definitely do!