We moved into our 2 bedroom apartment in Newport Beach back in February of this year. It was an older community that hadn’t really been upgraded but, didn’t matter to us considering it was much more space than we were used to, had gorgeous vaulted ceilings and we were walking distance to the beach.
As far as design aesthetic- I really wanted to emulate beach living as much as possible without being too cheesy or cliche. It all started with my husband’s surfboard – the first week we moved in, it was sitting on our patio when a lightbulb suddenly went off and I said “what if we used the board in our decor?!” Mounted it on the wall a few days later and instantly fell in love! From that point forward I started incorporating real life items into my design.
However, living in an apartment does present it’s challenges – you don’t own the space so you’re definitely limited to what you can do! And what you can, tends to be costly – like installing wallpaper and then you wonder if it’s really worth the investment if you’re just going to move out in a year.
I really had to think outside the box – we removed an ugly light fixture in our dining room and replaced it with something much more modern and boho to go with the beachy vibe! See below for light fixture before and after…
I also really wanted to get some peel & stick wallpaper to jazz up our entry and though it was a small space, it was still going to cost me upwards of $400 so I decided to make my own wallpaper. I used washi tape to create a pattern and stick to the wall – the overall project cost me $5! Yes, you heard right! I like my design on a dime y’all! See below for entry before and after…
After living in our Newport Beach apartment for a total of 5 months, my husband got offered a dream job in Scottsdale, AZ that we couldn’t refuse. We broke our lease, packed up a Uhaul and decided to move in with my parents while we we’re in this transitional period. They had just built a home in Peoria, AZ so the timing nothing short of perfect! It’s not always the first choice to move back in with the folks but sometimes you gotta make sacrifices that will benefit you in the long run and that’s exactly what we did! See below for pictures of the room at my parent’s before and after..
As for our space here – I really wanted to incorporate the desert into my design. I envisioned pretty taupes and burnt oranges, lots of natural textures, terra-cotta pots, desert plants..just anything that reminded me of the Sedona red rocks, the deep canyons and majestic desert ranges.
It’s been exactly one week since we’ve moved to Arizona so I’ve got a lot more decorating to do – you wouldn’t think so considering that I only have a bedroom as my canvas but you just wait….
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