Friday, September 23, 2011

Apartment ~ The After

Yes, just the “after”.  I was there twice and twice I forgot my camera!  This past weekend we moved my son into his apartment.  The walls were freshly painted white and white they will stay, but we will bring some color in with the furniture, bedding, window treatments and some d├ęcor.  Keep in mind that we had little time and used what we had to get this done.  This is the living room when I arrived this morning. 

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Here it is when I left.

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He took our old recliner loveseat for the living room and my den area rug.  I purchased the drapes at Target along with the rod.  The windows are not very big and I had a length of 70 inches to work with, so I got 63 inch drapes.  His Goodwill find on one of our first trips was this storage ottoman.  It will work perfectly as extra seating and he’s even got some clothes stuffed in there.

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A floor lamp from my master sitting room that wasn’t getting much use works well since space is at a minimum and he could use the lighting.  Getting rid of the rest of the boxes will make it even better for him.  There was enough room with the furniture set up this way for a side table next to the couch and he had the tray table set up when I arrived.  They basically will have to eat their meals sitting on the loveseat.

We realized that his Queen size bed would take up practically all of the room in the 9x9 bedroom, so I ran out Saturday afternoon and managed to purchase the last Full size bed the store had.  I had to run out because my hubby rented a U-haul that day to move his things over.   Here’s the room when I arrived this morning.

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That, of course, led to a trip to the nearby Marshalls to get some sheets and a mattress pad.  Very tight, but he can move around and he got the furniture he wanted to bring in here.

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Here it is when I left.

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I used clip rings for the rod I installed in his bedroom to hang the large “flag” he has for his favorite football team ~ The Colts!  We used the soccer “flag” over his bed since he has no headboard.

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I found a rug and towels on clearance for the bathroom.  I decided for him {and his roommate} that they were doing blue and green in here.  Nothing on this window, except the blind it came with.  There isn’t much room to hang a rod and the blind provides enough privacy and light control.

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He tells me these are girls towels with the color and design.  I just liked it because it had the blue and green I wanted to bring in for them.  I mean, sheesh, it’s not florals for Pete’s sake {“girls towels”}!

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In the kitchen I chose red as an accent color for them.  Again, everything in this apartment is white.  Excuse my mess but this has been my landing area when I come in.  

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Red valance from Target, red towels and pot holders from the Dollar Tree.

DSC03202_2603A cute little seasonal touch that I just had to get.

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Pantry and shelving area. 

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Having to put this together somewhat rushed, I think it’s looking pretty good! 

Kathy

26 comments:

fran said...

Hi Kathy, your son is very lucky. Everything looks great! I like the towels and as a "girl", I don't think they are girly at all! He'll get used to them :)
Fran

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Nice work! Looks great and I am sure he'll be very happy there!

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Hi Kathy, you did a fabulous job decorating your son and his roommate's apartment, it looks great!
hugs~~~ Daphne

Leslie said...

What a great little apartment! love all the niches and crannies.
Sigh. Sometimes, I dream of moving back into an apartment. Less to clean, less stuff.
I had to laugh at the zebra "girly" rug in the bath!
Ha!
Our children don't know how good they've got it--having interior designers as moms! LOL!
Have a great weekend, you!
~me

Leslie said...

Oh! I clicked on Fairy Hobmother's link, and it took me to an appliance site? Is that right?

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I just went through the same thing twice~first my sons apartment at college, and then revamping my other son's Boston apartment. It is fun helping them make a home out of chaos, and they truly appreciate it! Great job!

Blondie's Journal said...

You did an amazing job, Kathy! What we mothers do for our kids!! I love the touches of red in the kitchen and I think the green towels in the bath are perfect. I always tell my kids not to get light towels {they stain} or dark ones {they fade} and these are perfect!! Great job!

XO,
Jane

LuLu Kellogg said...

Everything looks fabulous Kathy but I had to LOL @ "girl towels".....sounds like something my son would say!

LuLu~*xoxo

Katherines Corner said...

It looks terrific. I am sure he is grateful for your special touches too.Hugs and wishes for a joy filled weekend.

Okio B Designs said...

I think it looks great! Of course, you know when you visit him it will look nothing like it does now. Men - we all know they are slobs!

J

KATHY said...

Nice job kathy!! It looks great.

Kathy

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

There's nothing like a woman's touch--even if it is mom! It looks great, Kathy. I bought my son a bright green pillow, the that looks like a chair back, to sit on his bed, and he said it was a girl color, too. (It was the only one Target had!) Hey, on a separate note, how much were you able to paint with your ASCP sample? I bought two sample colors this week and was just wondering. Thx, Kim

sissie said...

Hi Kathy,
I can't believe all you have on your plate!
With your move and everything, I know you are really working hard.
You did a great job on your son's apartment. It looks great. Just what the guys need.

Tell him those are not girlie towels. LOL!

hugs
sissie

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Great job, Kathy! Your son's new place looks wonderful.
Hugs,
Sherry

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

It looks terrific Kathy! How exciting for him to have a new place of his own. I'm sure he appreciated all you guys did for him!

Judy said...

Kathy dear, you don't know how lucky you are that the only thing your son quibbled with was his "girl" towels. I remember moving my son into his first apt. when he left for law school. Everything I tried to do was met with, "Mom...Mom..it's okay...really, just...don't." I finally threw in the towel and my broken heart. I cried the whole 8 hours home. I didn't know if it was because I missed him or because he wouldn't let me "Mom" him in his new apt.

Becs said...

Hi Kathy. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and taking the time to leave a comment about Marsha's apron. It was alot of fun to do for her. Love what you did with the apt makeover! Becs

Gail said...

O'Kathy your sons place looks great! I love how you used the Colts flag as window treatment in his room and Congrats on your visit from the Fairy Hobmother!

Enjoy your weekend,
Gail

Marla and Steve @ Always Nesting said...

You work fast and you do good work. Cute apartment.

Hi, I'm Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

This is absolute perfection! Your son must love his space created so ruggedly lovely by mom.

Denise said...

It looks great! I bet your son is so excited!

BECKY said...

He is so blessed to have such a great Mom, Kathy!! You have done a great job...I knew you would! Wanna come to Florida for a long weekend and work your magic here??? ;o)

Love ya,
Becky

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh wow, it looks great!!! You did a fantastic job and I'll bet your son is thrilled. How exciting for him and for you.

And congratulations on winning that prize--WOW! That is amazing too!

XO
Cindy

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Nice batchelor pad! You did a great job and I'm sure your son really appreciates it! Linda

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Kathy, I bet your son is enjoying his new appartment! It looks great! I'm still working on Chase's room...there sure is alot of black in there. I must get some colorful pillows made fast!lol...Thanks for your nice comments on my dining room! Kristen

eleven-o-one said...

You have just been awarded with the Versatile Blogger Award! Your blog is an inspiration. To find out more about this award check out this post: http://eleven-o-one.blogspot.com/2011/09/versatile-blogger-award.html
Fran

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