Leap of Faith

Making the move from Chicago to D.C. six months ago was a leap of faith in many ways. Moving meant leaving the city in which I attended college, made incredible friendships, fell in and out of love, worked as a young professional, and learned a lot about myself.  When I packed up my car, I was not only I leaving a place I loved but moving to a city in which I'd never lived, into an apartment with three women I'd never met, and into a bedroom I'd only seen photos of.

Luckily, the new city, roommates, and room didn't disappoint. D.C. has been the perfect fit, in large part due to the fact that I live with three talented, smart, and fun ladies. Aside from the wonderful women I've met living here, my new apartment has given me the chance to do one of my favorite things - design a new space. For a girl who used to pore over the most recent IKEA catalog with her friends and design her dream home by ripping pages out of Pottery Barn, Domino, and ELLE Decor, nothing could be more fun.

First let's look at what I've got to work with: 

Things I love:

  • Sunshine - This room was originally the porch. While this occasionally causes a few heating/cooling issues (read: my space heater is my best friend) it means I get incredible light all day long, even when it's gray  and rainy outside.
  • Room to Move - The footprint of this room is much larger than anywhere I've lived. Plus, it has high ceilings and, of course, huge windows. That means I can use more dramatic art and window furnishings since they won't overwhelm the room. 

Challenges:

  • No Closet - I know, it was a hard pill to swallow.  Living in a room that doesn't have a designated space for my ever-growing shoe collection (never mind my clothes) is daunting and creating storage space will be a challenge. 
  • Bland Walls - Because this is a rental I'm not prepared to invest time painting and repainting walls. That means that the standard, beige, color isn't going anywhere. On top of that, there are competing textures in the room. From the tiling behind the bed to the painted brick, there's a lot to navigate.
  • Multipurpose Needs - Even though this room is gracious in size it needs to serve a lot of different purposes; closet, office, and bedroom. That means I need to fit a bed, desk, desk chair, dresser, bookshelf, and hanging rack in the space.

There are a lot of amazing features to take advantage of in this room and a lot of challenges to work through. Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing floor plans, images that have inspired the redesign of this room, and, eventually (I promise) the final product. In the meantime, take a look at a few of the interiors that will be informing my designs.