As promised, one year in, a "before and after" tour of our apartment in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Guys, there is still MUCH to do (I'm desperate to replace our crappy old dining table, for instance) but with a little love and elbow grease, I am able to concede that we've definitely turned things around in that time. We were lucky in that we moved from a similarly sized one bedroom apartment in Chinatown and so all of our furniture fitted pretty seamlessly, but in total, over time, we've probably spent about $1500 on sprucing up the place- mainly on paint, wood, soil, planters and pots for the garden and a couple of light fixtures. You'll also see that literally 90 per cent of our furniture has been purchased second hand, on Ebay or Craigslist, usually. I hope this post proves that a small budget can go a long way (especially with the TSWIL three-step plan of white walls, books and plants) if you're smart about it. Scroll down, if you'd like, to see some before and after shots.
LIVING ROOM: BEFORE