Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Decorating is Done

So Saturday I woke up with a bee in my bonnet to finish decorating our apartment. This included the kitchen pics in my last blog post, but a few other lingering projects that I wanted to get done. My mom and sister's upcoming visit was a motivating factor, but also hitting the 6 month mark this week made me realize if I don't get it done NOW, we won't be able to enjoy it for the rest of our time here.

So, a trip (or two) to IKEA later, here is what we did...

We filled in the space between the living room and entry door with this shelf unit, some mirror frames and a vase. It was a big, blank white space before.

We had purchased the coat rack and "shoe bench" a while ago of necessity, we just needed a place to hang our jackets and put on our shoes. The "bench" is actually a shelf unit that can go horizontal or vertical, it works perfect for this wall. I finished the wall off with three photos I've taken on our travels here. They are all converted to black and white with a "touch of red" in them to match the theme.
And here's a wider angle view of that area:
On the wall between Brandon's bedroom door and our bedroom/bathroom entry, we have a small table that we use to put our keys on. We added a fourth photo to match the three above the shoe bench, and a red vase to tie it together. Everything except the vase/flower and the plant actually came with us from the US. I've had these frames forever - they just keep working!
Here's the view of the living room shelving units, which are also full of books, TV and some decorative touches. We are really happy with it! It made it feel even more like home and now we can enjoy it for our next year and a half here. Come visit and see it in person!


  1. It looks lovely and lived-in now. Nice work!

  2. Kat that looks great. When we first bought our home back in 1973 we had a black, red & white color scheme and it has always been one of my favorite color combos. I know you guys will enjoy your time left in Italy so much more now that you really feel settled. Love keeping up with what you are doing and miss you lots. Tonight is the meeting at Melissa's and it still seems weird that you aren't there. Have a great weekend.

  3. Sooo awesome! I love the colors. When you get back to the States, can you come to Colorado and finish up decorating our place?

  4. You did a beautiful job! I really like our apartment.

  5. I love what you did. The red, black, and white are so wonderful.


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