More Apartment Ch-Ch-Changes...

I can't seem to get myself settled on one look. I stand in a room and look around, and suddenly I figure out something that would work better than what I have going on. 

Thus began the moving of the coffee bar set-up...



This happened because the green dresser the coffee bar was on in the dining/office space was exactly the right height for my bedside table...



It is about the same height as the orange sideboard that was on this side, and now sits on the other side of my bed.



But the reason that I put the orange sideboard on the other side is because the side with the green dresser is where I sleep, read, watch TV, work on the computer, etc.

And the green dresser is wider, affording me more room.

Do you recall what was in the spot where the orange sideboard now is? (I know. This is getting rather confusing.)



The kitchen table, which was too short for its position next to my bed, in terms of lamp height. (I'm pretty compulsive about the height of things being the same.)

So now it's across from my office space, and I have a place again to sit and eat. 


So bringing this red cabinet into my apartment started a flurry of changes. As well as bringing in the Wayfair dresser. 



I guess January is just my "figuring things out" month. But then I have to admit that I'm always trying to figure out a way to make things easier and better for myself in my little apartment.

I like to problem-solve. So I can be walking around the apartment, all four rooms of it, and suddenly an idea springs into my head. And I'm off and running. 



56 comments

  1. Great changes, everything looks amazing and I love that you have a little dining area now.

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    1. Yeah, kind of stupid of me not having a designated place to eat. But I was actually just pushing my desk chair down and eating at that long 8 foot craft table!

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  2. I do the same thing - one change always leads to another. I think it's fun to move things around and get a fresh perspective. And the bright and cheery colors lend themselves to a lot of mix and match in your apartment! Wish you could come see my space with new eyes and help me out...

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  3. I know what you mean about always searching for better ways to design and use a space. I think you've done a great job. I like the 2 dressers beside your bed. I have the same thing next to mine. I like the extra surface space they provide.

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  4. Love the changes! As always, your space looks lovely.

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    1. I haven't shown it yet, but I took the smaller quilts down from above the side tables next to the couch. I'm trying to learn to live with "white space" without automatically feeling I have to fill it.

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  5. It looks great! I love how all your pieces have such great storage also. In a small place we have to look for all those nooks and crannies to put our things. I have been moving furniture, adding a new to me chair and getting rid of clutter. It feels so good. So much more to go but I will dedicate the month of January to getting my front room just as I want it. Then on to the next room. I'm on a roll. How do you move furniture? by yourself or does someone help? It's a bit of a problem for me but sometimes I can move things myself.

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    1. It does feel good. I have readers email and ask me: Doesn't it upset you to give your things away? No, it really doesn't. I'm not sure why. I just usually think someone else can use it.

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  6. Good for you. Your creative juices are always flowing.

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    1. I can't get them to stop! I wish I could just slow it down a bit.

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  8. I too like tables/height/lamps to balance. Symmetry is impt to me too. Sheila

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    1. Oh, yes! I need symmetry. If it isn't the right height, I use books underneath.

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  9. I'm right there with you Brenda! Our house feels so unsettled to me. January is like that I think. Your apartment looks great from where I sit! :) ~julie

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    1. I think maybe it has something to do with putting all the holiday things away, and then not quite knowing where to arrange things back.

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  10. It looks fantastic, Brenda - as does your new header!! Love both looks! Oh, and I'm obsessed with that super cute lamp next to your bed - the one with the embroidered shade. I admit, I have a thing for lamps...it might be a little addiction - :)

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  11. I like the bedroom wall, and I love your red cabinet every time I see it now. I wish I had your energy.

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    1. And I wish I could give you some energy! I have entirely too much. Both mental and physical.

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  12. It all looks great. I am the same way, I change one thing and it leads to another and another. You decorating is always so great. Love visiting your blog. Have a great day. Karie

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  13. I do the same thing, and then all of a sudden a great solution comes to me and things fit perfectly. I have the same picture of two cows,and the same mug tree by my coffee maker. I love quilts and want to know how you attach them to the wall. Keep being creative and moving things around!

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    1. Great minds think (and choose things) alike! I use thumb tacks to adhere the quilts to the wall.

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  14. I just love how creative you are with your furnishings! My home hasn't changed lately because I somehow feel 'stuck'. Especially since Christmas. Thanks for inspiring me to try again! Oh, and I have to have symmetry, also. Or else I can't relax. Does that make sense?

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    1. You've probably got the winter doldrums. Your energy will find its way back to you.

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  15. Great changes. Love the height for the night stands. I've been on a "change it up" binge too. Been meaning to say, I love your new header. Have a nice weekend.

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    1. Maybe January is just a "change it up" month.

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  16. Love your changes.. And I too move things around, from place to place.. I just found your blog and am having so much fun looking around.. You have some beautiful decorating ideas.. Love it. Judy

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  17. Your quilts are truly lovely. You are a very talented lady. Your home is a reflection of your creativity. I read once that for woman- rearranging furniture is the equivalent to taking a vacation. I just finished cleaning out and rearranging four closets and the pantry while my husband was away on a duck hunting trip. I had a ball and am very refreshed! Lani

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    1. When I was married, I couldn't wait for him to go out of town so I could turn the house upside down!

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  18. The 'domino' effect...been there!

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  19. Change is always great! Love the look of the coffee bar area, where does one purchase a coffee cup hanger such as you have? Thanks for sharing Lisa@ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

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    1. The coffee cup hanger you're seeing is one that I found, of all places, at my grocery store, for $21! I have a shorter one I ordered from World Market for about $15. But the taller ones are usually pricey when you can find them. That's why I snapped it up.

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  20. I always love to see how you change things around. I love to change things too. But, I am afraid I could not live with a plain white wall.. I always tell my friends, live is to short for just white. We have so many wonderful colors to live with. I love color!! Keep up the good work...

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    1. I am trying to live with "more" white walls. Still going to be things on them. Always. But I'm trying not to cover them from floor to ceiling.

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  21. I like the you are going back to your original colors. I like them better than the boho colors. I like the style but not always the colors. I am slowly adding things to the walls . With the living and dining rooms plus the kitchen all the same room, it is hard to decide. Be careful moving things.

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    1. Don't worry. I have all vinyl floors. Easy to move stuff. I just had the bug for Boho. But it didn't last very long!

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  22. I work like that too Brenda-looking good!

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  23. Brenda I love all of the changes! You have incorporated some gorgeous colors and they all blend together! And don't feel bad. ..I'm doing the same thing. .. the house is topsy-turvy right now, lol

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  24. Looks very nice and I love the colors and how well it all comes together. Very cozy!

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  25. Your coffee bar area looks great. Your whole apartment does.

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  26. I love to problem solve too! Most of the time my projects stem from a problem "I think" that I have, something that bothers me... I love the changes that you've made. Your bedroom is pretty. That's my next room to tackle. My bedroom decor has always lacked something...but I have some pallet wood and some ideas :-) You always inspire Brenda!

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  27. You have great ideas and always manage to pull them off---wish I had your creativeness!

    Jane

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  28. Your home looks so bright and cheery. Great job!

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  29. I love the changes you've made. I'm not moving any furniture. I'm trying to get rid of the piles and baskets that I've let accumulate. When I donate something or throw away old magazines, I feel so free.
    I, too, love your quilts. They add so much color. I'm not much for "white space" either.

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  30. Moving things around keeps things interesting, Brenda :) Your colors and patterns are always so cheery!

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  31. Your home always looks beautiful with well collected items! Love the quilts! Did you make those? ~Rhonda

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  32. Your home always looks beautiful with well collected items! Love the quilts! Did you make those? ~Rhonda

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  33. Brenda thank you for sharing your lovely home with us! I noticed in one of your pictures that you charge your phone on your nightstand. For health reasons, you should keep your phone far away from your head as you sleep. All the best!

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  34. Brenda, I love all the pops of red in your apartment and your use of beautiful quilts on the walls.

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