Kathryn's "The Couch was the Catalyst"
Location:Iowa City, Iowa
What I Love About My Home
I love the feel of the place. The couch was the catalyst. I found this icky blue beat-up couch on a family vacation and I just knew it could be amazing. I had the couch and an extra roll of black-and-white wall paper. The design developed from there. It feels chic, stylish, and inviting on a studentâs budget.
Biggest Challenge in Furnishing My Home
This condo had zero architectural interest. You might even say it had negative architectural interest with its popcorn ceilings, outdated cabinets, ugly linoleum, etc. In addition, I had to accept the fact that any upgrades I made needed to suit the budget of future buyers, mostly graduate students. This condo is a testament to getting creative with low-cost materials and remnants. I hung the curtains over the sliding door with plumbing materials. I replaced the ugly linoleum with updated linoleum arranged in a checker-board pattern. I repurposed old furniture. One left-over roll of designer wallpaper, painted cabinets, and a chalkboard wall made all the difference in the kitchen. Broken and battered closet doors were removed and replaced with industrial shelving and fabric. The artwork consists of inexpensive prints and photographs taken by my husband.
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