When I moved from Toronto to Vancouver my Dad came out and replaced all the light switches in my first (and second!) apartment. I was reminded of my Dad whenever I turned on the lights, which was really nice. Also, since almost nothing else in the apartment had been changed since the 1960s it gave the place a more modern retro-cool feel, instead of seeming like a weird time capsule. The apartment had dark wood panelling in the living room, parquet floors throughout, orange with gold fleck formica countertops, and peopto-bismol pink fixtures in the bathroom. The small modern touch was a great improvement!
Insta-Upgrade: Switch the Light Switch
|8/6/11 11:52 AM|
Hello everyone! I am also a grad student on a limited budget, and my apartment is largely Ikea. However, I don’t buy my Ikea furniture new – it’s all "previously enjoyed" furniture from Craigslist! This is great because it's much less expensive (my ‘Klippan’ was only $60 including delivery, and my dresser was free!), and helps alleviate some of the environmental concerns associated with Ikea furniture because you’re re-using. I'm currently finishing a two-year degree in Vancouver, and I will be moving back to Toronto in the fall. I'd love to be able to spend more time scoping out great vintage pieces and refinishing them, but I'm only here for two years, so it's hard to justify the investment of time when you know you will have to turn around and sell everything again when you leave! Another advantage of buying Ikea items used from Craigslist is that you know the exact dimensions of the piece you are buying, so there are no surprises (usually) when you go to pick it up, which is important in a small space. My partner and I tried to break up the Ikea-ness of our space by building some pieces, like a 2-person desk and an ottoman. Several visitors have commented that our place looks like it should be in a magazine, so I think we have done fairly well with our budget and time constraints! It's also fun that things like the Poang chair can become conversation pieces. Even one of my profs has one in her office!
Apartment Therapy New York | Is Your Home an IKEA Catalog?
|5/3/09 4:09 AM|
Your space is SO pretty. I especially love the dresser/lamp/mirror/blue wall in the bedroom. Does anyone have an idea for a way to make a similar lamp as a DIY project? I can't believe it's only 250 sq. feet! You have really managed to maximize the space.
Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | House Tour: Laura's Smallest Coolest Los Angeles
|3/15/09 2:22 PM|