I thought it would be fun to do a version of my own - and what with the mobility of this lifestyle it seems like a blog idea that will just keep on giving, right? :) And if this inspires anyone else to chime in and (please, please, please!) tell me how to decorate my house so much the better.
So, the evolution of a foreign service apartment (part 1 of ?):
Below is my living room as of August 2017.
Not wanting to spend a mint on furniture for the one unfurnished apartment I'm likely to occupy in my career - especially while saving up to build on and furnish the sand pile - I've been trying to work with the Ikea stuff I had from grad school. Granted, the home design experts with the blog I mention above advise that you play around and try new things but it's a little harder to do that with a budget target of $0.
So how'd I do?
Well, 0 dollars was a little ambitious, but I haven't spent much in this room. Once my stuff arrived I rearranged the furniture - for free! - hung some artwork I already had, and unpacked my big Ikea coffee table. To get to this point:
It still felt pretty empty though so in the end I did buy a few pieces including the clock/wall art behind the TV - $20, the TV itself $100, some dirt cheap Ikea lamps (only one is visible here) - $16 and the rug - $70. Total $206. This room still needs plenty of TLC but I'm happy with the progress so far given my budget and total lack of decorating intuition.
In the dining area I haven't spent a cent. I moved in my keyboard - now that it's in the living room it gets more use than in Lagos - my big brown chair and my own Ikea table - ironically to replace the Ikea table GSO provided.
Eventually I added some curtains, hung some artwork, and swapped out the brown chair for this white one.
And just to round things out, a view in the other direction.