Alright, I think this is my main source of inspiration, if not for the whole apartment (
minor major tufting crush over here), but at least for the living room. This has so many elements I absolutely adore and plenty of realistic inspiration to draw from even with our non-existent budget.
The tufted sectional. Love the cream, the rounded arms, and the layout. A perfect couch for entertaining, lounging, napping, or reading! I’m also dead-set on getting a cream tufted bed, which we’ve decided will absolutely be our first major purchase (no more mattress on the floor, woot woot!)
The antique prints. I have really started to adore artwork since becoming a renter. It can transform any space and can invoke warmth, color, or humor into a room (even in those gross sterile white-walled rentals, which we won’t have thank GOD!). Although it can be expensive to buy art and custom framing, there are so many alternatives thanks to the wonderful world wide web and high quality printers. I’m especially taken with this this and this found on Etsy.
The lighting. Really, who doesn’t love a great chandelier? I’d probably lose the birdcages in real life (although great for an editorial spread). I hope to incorporate at least one chandelier into the new place, and probably only one since they can be a bit pricey. But the great thing is that chandeliers are no longer limited to the massive crystal ornament styles hanging in ballrooms and palaces. There is a chandelier for every style!
And lastly, curtains. When we hit up Ikea for some basic necessities for our summer sublet, we probably spent 30 minutes looking at our curtain options. I love that these are a beautiful cream and bring light into the room, but still thick and durable. Also, a professional interior designer who I chatted up while there told me that hanging curtains from the ceiling or at the wall’s full height will instantly add depth and glam to the room (no matter how small the windows).