This post is going to feel monumentally long because it’s so full of photos. Turns out Keenan and I bought our little Woodstock apartment exactly 111 weeks ago. I know because that’s when I posted the first photo of the space. Completely bare and deceptively tiny-looking. We’ve come a long way since then. We’ve spent a lot of hours and money transforming it from an empty shell into an actual home. Proof that with enough plants and parents who you can borrow a bit of cash from, anything is possible. As much as we tried to stick to a budget, there were so many things we couldn’t live happily without, like a security system (Verisure Smart Alarms came highly recommended to us if you’re currently trying to choose the best provider), an internet connection, and appliances so we did end up having to spend a little more than planned. No one likes borrowing money, but sometimes it’s the only option you have. Although there are some little things that can be done to help you save money along the way, like using Simply Switch to compare prices on broadband and other utilities.
This post was so fun to put together because it gave me the opportunity to look back at some of the big and small changes we’ve made over the past two years. I feel like we’ve done so much! Some renovations were smart and some were monumentally stupid. We knew this process was going to take some time, but we are so glad with how everything has turned out. If our close friends hadn’t recommended we looked into a free lifetime mortgage calculator, I don’t think any of these home improvements were going to be possible. But they were all really fun to do. I hope this post gives you some inspiration!
Look at that empty shell! From this photo, it looks like you’d never be able to fit two lives into the space. But it feels much bigger with stuff in, surprisingly!
Since this picture, I’ve given away about ten more black bags worth of stuff! Where does it all come from?!
It’s funny cause I only really spend a couple of days a week working here. I try to get out to coffee shops a few times a week. Otherwise I work from the kitchen table, the couch, the daybed…
The kitchen set-up has stayed largely the same over time. The best part about it is the natural light, which makes for some great photography opportunities for food and flatlays.
Have yet to eat a single breakfast at this “breakfast bar”…
He’s still there and I still love him.
Whoa! This is crazy to look back at now! We’ve maximised the space by building a loft bed, which you can see towards the bottom of this post.
Looking back it this I can’t believe how much I hate the colours! So much red and not nearly enough white. It makes the space feel so cramped!
New rug, coffee table, dining room table and chairs from @mrp_home. When we first moved in, we thought the house was tiiiiinyyyy. But through using rugs to create separate spaces and slim furniture like these Scandi pieces, we’ve managed to create a kitchen with a breakfast bar, a dining area, an office space and a living room – all in a studio apartment.
This was a monumentally stupid idea. Not long after this photo was taken, I woke up in the middle of the night to what I thought was someone axe murdering me. Turns out it was just the shelf falling down on my face, giving me a cut and bruised cheek.
This couch is still one of my favourite things in the house. The compact style really suits the space. You can order it online here.
Another terrible idea. Still looking for plants that can grow in relative darkness, never seeing the natural light of day, with steam hitting it at least once a day…
This was a good idea. I love having the pots displayed like this – even if our first Airbnb guests did scratch them to hell.
Little did I know the cats would use this cute little garden as their own personal toilet…
Now THIS was a good idea. It basically gave us a whole new room to play with.
I mean, it looks great. Still don’t really use it as my office though…
Shame these died very shortly after this was taken. Think I was misinformed about them being indoor plants.
I’ve got a new post coming up, detailing our makeover – from plans to budget and suppliers, we might even be considering smart home futures from Crestron Dealers, so keep an eye out! We’re celebrating two years in our new home this weekend and my heart is so warm thinking about it.