So, it’s been a while since I’ve been able to share any new content with you all here. A lot has changed since February, including the fact that I am now a law student (more on that to come). It’s safe to say that law school is pretty stressful for most. Over the Summer, as I prepared for this next chapter, I invited yet another layer of drama into my already eventful life. In the middle of this global COVID-19 pandemic, I found myself in the midst of anxiety from an unlikely source—interior design. Normally, I would be excited to browse Pinterest or window shop at cute boutique shops with my mom. In undergrad, I had a ball decorating my dorm at THEE Jackson State University. Shoutout to all my McAllister/Whiteside Honors College floor-mates who made my freshman year really fun!
Unlike my undergrad move-in, this move-in season was different. My ultimate goal was and continues to be to create a space that was uniquely designed for my personal enjoyment—the one place I could go to enjoy myself while in law school. I was really stressed about finding the right rental location in my new college town that offered a relatively low risk of COVID. In my search, I landed on this rental house.
After finding the perfect rental, I had a new challenge—sticking with my tight budget and ensuring that my furniture deliveries came on-time. My nightmare was having to start law school without essential furniture like a bed or a couch. Luckily, I did the majority of my décor shopping online throughout the Summer, and my last minute budget buys came in right on time for my move-in date.
My original goal was to furnish this rental for $2,700.00 or less (furniture,appliances, etc.). With the help of my family, friends, and church members, I was able to stick pretty close to that budget by getting a few pieces (e.g. dining set, bed, TV, etc.) for free. So, in this two-part blog series, I’d like to give you all a quick look around. First up, let’s take a look at the main living area!
This space turned out to be really fun and colorful while still maintaining a feminine sophistication that is perfect for this single life. It really reflects my personality. I got a lot of pieces on sale or on discount. You can see exactly where I purchased most of my pieces with corresponding affiliate links below. Keep in mind that I did get a few of these pieces for less than the current list price with some bargain comparison shopping.
DRM Table Set-Free (Gift)
Original Painting by @allyjdurrdesigner
Similar Faux Orchid https://go.magik.ly/ml/10fc0/
There’s so much more that I would like to add to this space to make this place my own, but of course, reality is that I’m now on a tight student budget yet again and I don’t know exactly how long I’ll be living here. Plus, I don’t have too much free time to spend sifting through site and shops for throw pillows or other decor. So, for the meantime, I am definitely satisfied with where the space is currently.
The best part about this entire move-in experience was being able to share it with parents and my grandma, who definitely made it all the more memorable as she blessed the space. Cheers to new adventures in this new space!